Oh, terrific. Now we get to play hide-and-seek.
  -- Scarlett (while chasing some young thugs into an alley)
Home Episode Summaries Season 1 Synthoid Conspiracy: Part II - Notes

Credits: written by Christy Marx

Production Number: 600-17

Original Airdate: October 8, 1985

SUNBOW'S SYNOPSIS
Cobra kidnaps politicians, statesmen, military leaders, and opinion makers from all over the world - and replaces them with “synthoid” duplicates, artificial humanoids created by Cobra, to serve Cobra.

THE  PERSONNEL
G.I.Joe: Mutt, Junkyard, Rock 'n' Roll, Quick Kick, Wild Bill, Airborne, Ace, Duke, Scarlett, Gung Ho, Roadblock*, Cover girl, General Franks, General Howe, Admiral Ledger, Col. Sharpe, Breaker, Flash*, Flint, Clutch, Stalker, Ripcord*, Recondo, Doc*, Steeler*, Snake Eyes, Spirit*, Tripwire*, Short-Fuze*, Thunder*, Lady Jaye*, Grunt*, Dusty*, Zap*, Joe grunts, Bazooka, Barbecue, Snow Job, Heavy Metal*, Alpine*, Deep Six*, Blowtorch*, Wild Bill*, Zap*, Shipwreck*, Frostbite* Cobra: Cobra agents, Destro, Cobra Commander, Zartan, Crimson Guards, Copperhead, Tele-Vipers
THE  GEAR
G.I.Joe: Silver Mirage motorcycle, APC, Skystriker Cobra: Water Moccasin, Firebat (grey version)
* indicates the character was silent during the episode

OBSERVATIONS
The name of Destro's ship, the Valkyrie, originated from Norse mythology. According to Edith's Hamiliton's Mythology: "Maidens were his [Odin's] attendants, the Valkyries. They waited on the table in Asgard and kept the drinking horns full, but their chief task was to go to the battlefield and decide at Odin's bidding who should win and who should die, and carry the brave dead to Odin. Val means 'slain,' and the Valkyries were the Choosers of the Slain; and the place to which they brought the heroes was the Hall of the Slain, Valhalla" (page 309). The term "Valkyrie" was also used in the Japanese series Macross, however, the American translators change the term to "Veritech," which is a name for transforming planes in the American series Robotech. Images of the plane are below.

The special effects sound for Destro's planes that created forcefield was sampled from the 1960s series Star Trek, which used the sound whenever the USS Enterprise fired its phasers. Another sample in special effects sounds is heard when the lasers at Cobra's base, which soud like lightsabers clashing from the film Star Wars, tried to destroy the Skystrikers.

There is an unknown Joe behind Footloose and he could be either Footloose, Steeler, Torpedo or Tripwire. Since Footloose always seems like the guy who always wants to "kiss the sky," my vote for the Joe's identity is for Footloose.

Because Cobra's "launch base" in the episode has guns around the edges, a Firebat launchpad as well as a command center in the center of the circular base, the design is very similar to the Cobra Terrordrome toy, which was released a year later. Since the name of the toy was changed from "Cobra Launch Base" (as heard in the first version of the commercial for issue #54) to "Cobra Terrordrome," I wonder if Sunbow and Hasbro bumped into a legal problem with the name of the toy.

In the Batman Beyond episode "Terry's Friend Dates a Robot," an homage was paid to G.I.Joe. The first instance occurs with the mentioning of the term "synthoid," which was used to describe a sophisticated robot that mimics a human being. Also, since the original version of G.I.Joe was a twelve inch figure introduced in the 1960s and marketed under the term "action figure" in order to convince boys to play with Hasbro's military toy, the phrase "antique doll collection" mentioned at the end of the show by the irate father is another nod to the toy line. But were these merely coincidences? Quite unlikely since Paul Dini, who wrote the first season episode "Jungle Trap," created the Batman Beyond story.

ERRORS
Cover Girl's trenchcoat disappears briefly before reappearing in the next shot while she is helping Recondo and Stalker knock out two soldiers.

USA  NETWORK  EDITS
I
Dialogue:
Mutt: Where...where are we? Looks like Destro dumped us in a nest of vipers. Down, boy!
Time: 18 seconds

II

Dialogue:
Wild Bill: Get those jets ready to fly!
Ace: Listen to her guzzle the fuel. Been thirst a long time.
Time: 25 seconds

III

Dialogue:
Scarlett: Duke! Get in! They’ve broken through!
Duke: Yeah! Wuh-uh, right! Okay!
Time: 13 seconds

IV

Dialogue:
Airborne: Reckon they confirm sightin’ us!
Scarlett: Ace, we’re trapped! stay out! They’ve got remote control cannons!
Time: 18 seconds

LESSONS

Blowtorch
Original:
Blowtorch informs two kids that if a fire breaks out in a home, your first job is to escape to safety and then call for help.
USA:
Same as above.

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