|Home Episode Summaries Season 1 Operation Mind Menace - Notes
Credits: written by Martin Pasko
Production Number: 600-09
Original Airdate: October 15, 1985
Cobra "recruits" a battalion of men and women with paranormal powers - telekinesis, pyrokenesis, and even an out-of-body traveler, and turns their incredible powers against the Joe team. [Note: One version of the episode’s synopsis replaced "and even an out-of-body traveler" with "etc. --".]
* indicates the character was silent during the episode
|G.I.Joe: Flash, Airborne, Duke, Lady Jaye, Stalker, Blowtorch, Snow Job
||Cobra: Cobra agents, Storm Shadow, Wild Weasel*, Destro, Cobra Commander
|G.I.Joe: Dragonfly, Sky Hawk, Polar Battle Bear skimobile
||Cobra: FANG, HISS
Like several episode in the series, special effects sounds were sampled.
For example, as Storm Shadow jumps up to slice two cables to a platform,
the hissing sound from Luke's practice droid aboard the Millennium Falcon
is heard. Also, R2-D2's chirping and whistling sounds are used while the
defensive units on Easter Island turn to fire at the Joes.
The animation cells of Duke and Airborne are recycled during their mad
dash to save Tommy and a slight jump can be seen while Airborne is running.
The cobra symbol on an officer's shirt changes from silver to red.
Lady Jaye's gloves appear and disappear from one shot to the next.
Flash: These guys don’t know when to quit!
Airborne: Guess we’ll have to teach them then.
Time: 25 seconds
Duke: You okay, Lady Jaye?
Lady Jaye: Put it this way: if I die in the next few minutes,
it’ll be of embarrassment. Will you look at that? They’ll be sandblasting
that monument for weeks.
Time: 11 seconds
Time: 1 second (pan shot of the base at the ground level)
Destro: Quickly, Commander!
Cobra Commander: I should enjoy watching these two being destroyed!
Time: 9 seconds
Karmandy: What happened to the new kid?
Cobra agent: Cobra Commander has special plans for him.
Time: 6 seconds
Airborne: I want that, too. But, Tommy, I...I, kid, I never
wanted it like this.
Time: 8 seconds
Commentary: Because of the
USA editor's decision to carve out this scene, the viewer misses the opportunity
to see one of the storytelling strengths of the series, the emotional dimension
of the characters. However, the full impact of Airborne's desperate plea
is not lost. Visit the Episode Highlights section below for a clip of this
truly wonderful scene.
Movie Clip: Download the sixth edit by the USA Network [1.36 mb]
||As explained by Quick Kick, anything worth doing is worth planning.
|Same as above