Anyone can use a weapon, but the ninja is a weapon.
  -- Storm Shadow (after the Dreadnoks finish boasting and destroying a tank)
Home Episode Summaries Season 2 Let's Play Soldier - Notes

Credits: written by Buzz Dixon

Production Number: 600-69

Original Airdate: October 15, 1986

SUNBOW'S SYNOPSIS
Cobra kidnaps and “persuades” Dr. Jeremy Penser, a frustrated and wheelchair bound young scientist, to help them develop their Voltronic Galaxitor - a weapon designed to reverse the polarity of atoms, turning its target into anti-matter which then explodes. Sgt. Slaughter and Sci Fi attend a Science Fiction Convention where Penser is autographing his latest book in an effort to protect him from Cobra. But they are too late! With the help of Penser’s younger brother, Timothy (who loves his Jeremy dearly), Slaughter and Sci Fi track Dr. Mindbender to his hidden laboratory and rescue the young scientist.

THE  PERSONNEL
G.I.Joe: Dial-Tone, General Hawk, Low-Light, Sci Fi, Sgt. Slaughter Cobra: BAT*, Buzzer, Dr. Mindbender, Monkeywrench, Motor-Viper, Ripper, Serpentor, Thrasher, Torch*, Zandar*, Zarana
THE  GEAR
G.I.Joe: Devilfish, HAVOC, Triple T Tank Cobra: Stun, Swampfire, Thunder Machine, Trubble Bubble
* indicates the character was silent during the episode

OBSERVATIONS
Spider-Man made his third appearance in the G.I.Joe series in the form of a poster.

Gung Ho Goose, a comic purchased by Timothy, was a nod to the one-shot issue of Destroyer Duck, which was created to help Steve Gerber fund his Howard the Duck lawsuit against Marvel Comics (with information from Matthew Pak's 3 3/4" G.I.Joe Collector Guide - Volume Two: The Television Episodes).

After Serpentor angrily explains he read the project’s technical reports, the Voltronic Galaxitor is fired and Star Wars lightsaber sounds are heard before the gun self-destructs.
During a pan shot inside the convention, several science fiction references are heard:
1. A fan asks another about where he can find an issue of Fantastic Four #28, which is a Marvel Comics title.
2. Dash Jordan, whose name is a nod to Flash Gordon, was mentioned as a speaker.
3. While wearing a blue helmet and backpack, a fan informs another that the sequel to the Attack of the Turnips, a title that parodies the 1978 film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, "will be out next month."
Also, considering the number of Star Wars sound samples included in the series, the fan in the grey and purple costume standing on the far left hand side may be a nod to Darth Vader.

Before Sgt. Slaughter visit's Sci Fi's room, a character similar to Prowl in the Sunbow series The Transformers was seen on Sci Fi's television.

ERRORS
The back of Serpentor's headpiece should not be green but gold.

While he is punched by Sgt. Slaughter, Monkeywrench appears without his beard and with a moustache that looks like Dr. Mindbender's.

One of the shots in the episode was recycled, however, in the second shot, the gloves were not included and the forearm guards appear more transparent in the second shot.

LESSONS

Lifeline
Original:
Lifeline explains that good nutritional habits will help you in the long run.
USA:
Unknown

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