|Home Episode Summaries Season 1 Primordial Plot - Notes
Credits: written by Donald F. Glut
Production Number: 600-43
Original Airdate: November 12, 1985
Cobra steals specimens of DNA recently discovered in the fossil remains of dinosaurs and, through a sinister scientific process, grows its own giant reptiles with which to terrorize civilization.
When Cobra Commander tells Destro that the world was once ruled by reptiles and will soon be ruled again but by a Cobra, the line would have held an extra sense of foreshadowing if the story of the series was a directed by single mind like J. Michael Straczynski in Babylon 5. However, the line ends up as just another wishful thought.
|G.I.Joe: Flint, Scarlett, Gung Ho, Airtight, Roadblock, Joe grunts, Deep Six
||Cobra: Wild Weasel, Crimson Guard, Cobra Commander, Destro, Tomax, Xamot, Cobra agent
|G.I.Joe: SHARC, Skystriker
||Cobra: Rattler, FANG, Ferret
Because "Primordial Plot" debuted in 1985, which was five years before Michael Crichton's book Jurassic Park and eight years before the film, "I'd say Joe got the jump on Mr. Crichton on this one" (submitted by Dino Virgilio Monzon).
And where was Deep Six when Flint, Gung Ho and Scarlett arrived at Cobra's
|The Joes are seen briefly walking through equipment at Joe headquarters.|
|Tomax and Xamot's sashes should be colored red and not grey.|
Crimson Guard #1 of 3: No survivors here. Let’s check the other wrecks.
Gung Ho: No two ways about it. We’ve got to call in an air strike.
Scarlett: How loud can you yell?
Gung Ho: Plenty loud.
Scarlett: Good because we don’t have a radio.
Flint: She’s right. We’ll have to take the fortress out alone.
Scarlett: Good. I was afraid we wouldn’t have anything to do
Time: 32 seconds
Commentary: There are some
pros and cons to the edit. The bad animation with the Crimson Guards riding
to the crash site on the Cobra Ferrets is nearly amateurish stop-start
animation in appearance, however, the editors also cut out the humor in
Gung Ho: I’m so hungry even our food packets are looking good.
Flint: Don’t eat, Gung Ho. We've got to conserve food. Who knows
how long we’ll be here.
Gung Ho: Great! Next thing you’ll be telling me is that we can’t
Flint: Well, if you want to bunk out in this oozing swamp, be
Gung Ho: All right, but I’ve got some primal urges to satisfy
and the top two on my list are food and shelter.
Scarlett: What are you complaining about, Gung Ho? I thought
this place would remind you of home.
Gung Ho: It does! Now you know why I left!
Time: 39.5 seconds
Sound Clip: Scarlett walks up to Gung Ho, places a hand on his shoulder
and reminds him: “Cobra has an irritating habit of doing the impossible.”
||If you meet a stray dog, do not try to pet it since it could attack
you. And if the animal becomes angry, back away slowly.
|Same as above.
Sound Clip: Scarlett wonders what the Joes should do with the
dinosaurs and Dr. Massey suggests that his investors would probably like
to open a museum, however, Flint interrupts and tells Dr. Massey that the
investors can suck eggs since the Joes are leaving and Dr. Massey can stay.
"Any questions?" Flint asks the doctor menacingly. [128 kb]