|Home Episode Summaries Season 2 Computer Complications - Notes
Credits: written by David Schwartz
Production Number: 600-53
Original Airdate: September 26, 1986
Cobra attacks a top secret Joe salvage effort. The Joes realize their
communications are no longer secure. Mainframe begins beefing up commo
security. Meanwhile, Cobra Commander hires Zartan and the Dreadnoks to
infiltrate Joe base and sabotage the new communications system. Zarana,
Zartanís sister, enters the compound posing as a WAC computer specialist.
She and Mainframe strike up a romantic relationship; however, she still
betrays him in the end. Cobra takes over the robot deep-sea submersibles
that the Joes were using and turns them against the Joe team. (Note: This
is the first time Mainframe and Zarana meet; in all future meetings there
will be bitter-sweet nostalgia for their doomed love affair.)
Ledger, Beach Head, Deep Six, Duke, Generic Joe*, Gung Ho, Iceberg, Leatherneck,
Lifeline, Low-Light, Mainframe, Polly, Roadblock*, Sci Fi, Shipwreck, Torpedo,
Wet Suit, Wild Bill*, Zap
Cobra agents, Cobra Commander, Dr. Mindbender, Monkeywrench*, Ripper*,
Serpentor, Strato-Viper*, Torch*, Zandar, Zarana, Zartan
X-30, Tactical Battle Platform, USS Flagg
||Cobra: Cobra Ferret, FANG, Firebat
* indicates the character was silent during the episode
An unidentified Joe was placed next to Gung Ho.
The names of Cobra Commander's subs, Anger, Revenge and Dagger, are
also elements from Shakespeare's play, "Romeo and Juliet," which, like
"Computer Complications," is a story about two people from feuding families
who have a doomed love affair.
As Zartan leaves G.I.Joe headquarters with Zarana, he jokingly refers
to Zarana as Delilah, who, according to the Bible, was a woman who
betrayed Samson by selling the secret of his strength (his hair) to the
Wet Suit's character design changes from one shot to the next three
times during the episode.
|Beach Head (right) is momentarily seen without his mask.|
||Rather than blaming someone else for your mistake, Flint recommends
that you take responsibility for your own actions.