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06-04-2013, 05:36 PM
What are your favorite G.I. Joe/Cobra characters and episodes?


11-20-2013, 09:32 AM
One of the best episodes of the ARAH has to be There's No Place Like Springfield. Not only was it a nod to The Prisoner and the Twilight Zone, I think it inadvertently served as a commentary on service members returning from Vietnam, which you must remember was only ten years past in 1985. Think about it, Shipwreck, although under the influence of Cobra, was experiencing post traumatic stress disorder from his "war experience," albeit imagined. It depicted very well the effect PTSD had on his family.

Let's Play Soldier was also interesting in its depiction of Post- Vietnam SE Asia and issue of war orphans. It is amazing that the topic was even broached in a children's program.

Here are the really weird ones- Nightmare Assault (are we sure Low Light wasn't using illicit substances), Iceberg Goes South (how is it even possible to survive being mutated into a whale), Cobra's Candidate (sooo 80's and somewhat un-pc), and Gray Hairs and Growing Pains (What!?!)

12-20-2013, 05:06 PM
The Viper is Coming will always be my favourite. I rewatched it the other night and noticed just how violent Destro gets with his subordinates.

12-27-2013, 09:43 AM
And how can anyone forget Cobra Claws are Coming to Town this time of year? I left the Funhouse off my list- Cobra set off an atomic bomb! On a weekday morning children's show!

02-12-2014, 06:40 AM
I really like Cobra Stops the World. It feels like a 5-part miniseries wrapped into a single episode. I always liked the Alpine and Bazooka duo.

02-12-2014, 09:16 AM
I always thought the original 5-part series was exceptional. They put a lot more time into those 5-part movie series and it really showed. The detail and movement of the characters and vehicles blew my mind! As for regular episodes, I thought the 2-part "Worlds without end" story was well done.

02-12-2014, 09:53 AM
"Once Upon a Joe" is one of my top favorites.

"Once upon a time, there lived a shoemaker, The Duke, who lived in a giant combat boot with his three sons, Leatherhead, Frog Face and Shipshape." ("Squawk! This is for the birds," quips Polly.)

"After discovering that he is cooking the laundry, The Duke interrupts the fight between Frog Face and Leatherhead and explains to all of his sons that they are all out of food. Therefore, Leatherhead skips off to town to buy hamburgers for everyone. But the Big Bad Cobra struck Leatherhead’s weakest spot, his head, with a mallet."


02-17-2014, 11:26 AM
I agree, Cobra Stops the World is fantastic because of the real- world issues involved- terrorist threats to the oil supply, etc.
Here are a couple more that I remember: Haul Down the Heavens- cobra instigating global warming and the very violent premise of cobra wanting to drown the world!!, Jungle Trap was also interesting, The Phantom Brigade was just plain bizarre, The Gamesmaster was a very tripy 80's episode (Flint on vacation and driving a Ferrari again as well as the Baroness in very abbreviated atire), An Eye for Eye- an exploration of the collateral damage inflicted on civilians by war and terrorism, The Pit of Vipers- the danger of automated war machines, and finally, Not a Ghost of Chance- great animation, music and very mature character moments between Flint and Lady Jaye.

02-17-2014, 12:00 PM
I like the episode where Cobra has the animal control thing and takes control of Junkyard and makes him hunt Mutt after a brief five minute head start. Mutt's budy says "Hey! You said he had five minutes!" And Cobra Commander said, in a way that only he could, "Yess, funny how time flies, issn't it?"

03-04-2014, 08:50 AM
The original MASS device 5 part was one of the best. I also liked the traitor 2 part, and worlds without end.

04-01-2014, 02:25 PM
I like the occasional "Easter Egg" that was included in some of the episodes. For example "Skeletons in the Closet" when Lady Jaye is walking through the house that she "inherited" she passes a couple of portraits, one looks like her and one looks like Destro with a bad wig. As she walks past the portrait of Destro turns his head to watch her as she walks across the room. It's quick and it wasn't until I saw the episode on DVD before I noticed it and could back up to see it in slow motion.

In another episode "My Favorite Things", at the end while Leatherneck and Wet Suit are in the sick bay recovering, there is a quick scene where Leatherneck is in a wheel chair and he's reading a comic book, if you pause it you'll see it's a Marvel G.I. Joe Comic book.

02-20-2015, 07:26 AM
I have to echo the responses of all of you in terms of the original ARAH series. I like all the episodes mentioned above but I also like to rewatch the Arise Sepentor Arise! mini-series. Much better stories to work with here than the DIC series. Countdown for Zartan is another good one.

02-20-2015, 10:01 AM
Pyramids of Darkness and Arise Serpentor Arise were both my favourite 5 parters. For episodes Haul down the heavens, Hearts and cannons, Synthoid conspiracy, Worlds without end, Flint's Vacation, Jungle Trap, Funhouse, Captives of Cobra, were all awesome episodes of the first season.

02-20-2015, 11:42 AM
MASS Devise, Revenge of Cobra, Synthoid Conspiracy,No Place Like Springfield (although I was disappointed it was on a Cobra Island and not VT like the comics), Pyramid of Darkness, and Arise Serpentor Arise. As you can tell I liked the multi part serialized stories.

02-28-2015, 11:14 AM
I loved Arise, Serpentor, Arise as well as Countdown for Zartan (international intrigue). Hearts and Cannons was also an interesting episode with its otherworldly Arabian Prince character and his quasi mystical and religious overtones.