Your acting couldn't get you onto a soap opera.
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Home Episode Summaries Season 1 Bazooka Saw a Sea Serpent - Notes

Credits: written by Mary Skrenes

Production Number: 600-29

Original Airdate: October 31, 1985

SUNBOW'S SYNOPSIS
Late one night, from the peaceful shore of Pine Tree Cove, the sweet - but slow-witted - Bazooka sees a monstrous form rise from the water and devour what looks like a giant firefly. Unfortunately, none of the Joes believe him - until it’s too late. The “sea serpent” is a Cobra-built machine that devours and “digests” them in its own bulk and grows in size with each new attack! [Note: Bazooka identified the firefly as a Trubble Bubble in the episode]

THE  PERSONNEL
G.I.Joe: Bazooka, Alpine, Cutter, Duke, Shipwreck, Quick Kick, Lady Jaye, Thunder, Breaker, Wild Bill, Gung Ho*, Airborne*, Deep Six, Joe divers Cobra: Cobra Commander, Cobra agents, the Baroness, Destro, Tomax, Xamot, Eel
THE  GEAR
G.I.Joe: WHALE, Dragonfly, Mauler, MOBAT, USS Flagg, Skystriker, SHARC Cobra: Firebat (gray), Trubble Bubble, Rattler
* indicates the character was silent during the episode

OBSERVATIONS
If the sea serpent was designed to eat ships and directed by remote control, why would a Trubble Bubble fly toward the creature? Maybe the Cobra agent flying the Flight Pod was a failure even when measured by Cobra's low standards and Cobra Commander decided to test the machine by using the agent was the guinea pig. Expanding on this thought, the story would have been more entertaining to see the Cobra agent receive a failing evaluation, get caught in the creature's jaws, and then smashed unconscious as Quick Kick smashes open the door thus bring his dreary career as a Cobra agent to an end. If the story was presented in this format, the viewer would have been allowed to see the inner workings of the Cobra organization (where perhaps bribery guarantees a promotion) and his possible escape and swearing off of the Cobra life forever. Although a story told strictly through a Cobra agent's point of view was never produced, several stories in a similar vein were created, like "Memories of Mara" and "In the Presence of Mine Enemies." And the storytelling technique would have worked wonderfully for Mercer, the ex-Cobra Viper who joined the Joes, if the series continued into a third season.

At one point in the show, Duke tells Alpine to "can the comedy," a line which is repeated in the episode "The Gods Below."

While Quick Kick is rescuing Lady Jaye from the Enforcers, he sings "I’m the Barber of Seville," a line which could be from the comic play "The Barber of Seville," which was written by composer Gioachino Rossini in 1816. Also, the purpose and design of the Enforcer Elements (left image), metal tentacles that protect the inside of the mechanical creature, parallel the defenses of Unicron in the film The Transformers: The Movie (right image). To view another parallel between the Transformers movie and the G.I.Joe series, click here to visit the Miscellaneous Notes section for the episode "Flint's Vacation."

"Bazooka Saw a Sea Serpent" was the second of three episodes included on volume 12 of the FHE commercial tape series.

ERRORS
The coloring of Shipwreck's shirt should not be white.

LESSONS

Alpine
Original:
Alpine explains that you shouldn't panic and run around if you are lost. Instead, go back to where you were separated from your party.
USA:
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HIGHLIGHTS
Movie Clip: Cobra Commander yells at the twins that he is in complete control, but he is interrupted as soon as Lady Jaye tosses a Cobra agent through the room's window. The twins nod at one another and simultaneously say, "He's in complete control." [1.75 mb]


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