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Jonny Quest Season 2 and the movies
© 1998-2010, Lyle P. Blosser
Here is a list of the 13 episodes of Jonny Quest from the syndication-only 1986
season, plus a bit of discussion
on the episodes and the subsequent JQ movies.
Thanks to Gary Karpinski and others for providing the
the episode summaries.
There is some disgreement on the exact order of the episodes, and even on some of
the air dates. Numerous episode guides from various web sites as well as data from
individual contributers differ in the details (although the episode descriptions
remain pretty standard across the board). Until more definitive information (such
as archived printed television guides, etc.) can be located, the information shown
on this page is from the IMDB
episode list for the show
. Thanks to Ray Barrett and Corey Law for contributing
to this topic; further updates may occur as the investigation continues...
- Peril of the Reptilian (09/14/1986) - Mysterious
attacks on military installations in the South pacific lead Dr. Quest to evil Dr.
Phorbus, who has engineered prehistoric remains into mutant dinosaur-like "reptilemen"
to help him rule the world.
- Nightmares of Steel (09/21/1986) - Sheik
Abu Saddi asks Dr. Quest for help in dealing with a vicious marauder band who have
developed robot horses from plans stolen from the shiek. On these metallic mounts,
the raiders are terrorizing Bedouin villages in his country.
- Aliens Among Us (09/28/1986) - A matter transportation
device invented by Dr. Quest is stolen by apparent aliens, but when they fail to
get the device to work, they take a dangerous step by kidnapping Jonny and Hadji
to try to force Dr. Quest to help them.
- Deadly Junket (10/05/1986) - Dr. Zin once
again causes problems when he kidnaps Dr. Bradshaw to work on an anti-anti-missle
system, but brings more grief upon himself after the scientist's daughter Jessie
escapes and seeks out the Quests for help.
- Forty Fathoms Into Yesterday (10/12/1986)
- After being thrown back into the year 1944, the Quests discover that a time machine
discovered aboard a submarine is being used by a German scientist to change the
course of history.
- Vikong Lives (10/19/1986) - While in the
arctic, the Quests discover an ape-like being frozen in the ice, a relic from the
days of the Vikings.
- Secret of the Clay Warriors (11/02/1986)
- After receiving a plea for help from an archaeologist friend exploring the tomb
of an Chinese emperor, the Quests arrive to help end the reign of terror by ghostly
- The Monolith Man (11/09/1986) - The story
of how Hardrok, a living rock being joined the Quest team. It all starts when a
thermal mining operation pushes the limits by digging too deeply; an explosion reveals
a previously-hidden underground civilization.
- Warlord of the Sky (11/16/1986) - Evil scientist
Maximillian Dragna plans to rule the skies with an incredible flying craft called
the Dreadnought. Dr. Quest and the team must attempt to stop the man before he succeeds.
- The Scourge of Skyborg (11/23/1986) - Race
tests a new computerized autopilot (CAP), and runs afoul of Skyborg, a renegade
half-man, half-robot who pits Race against CAP in a battle to win the Quests freedom.
- Skullduggery (12/07/1986) - Dr. Zin is behind
a plan to use tokens of power (a crystal skull and staff) to gain mastery over the
world. But a doomsday device is activated when an ancient Druid ceremony is re-enacted.
- Temple of Gloom (12/14/1986) - Hadji's old
teacher is being forced by the evil Deprave to disrupt a peace conference by using
his mental powers to apparently make nightmares come true. Hadji must try to help
his master and maintain peace.
- Creeping Unknown (03/01/1987) - When a monster
made of plants terrorizes the area near a swamp, the Quests investigate and find
that an evil scientist is turning people into plants.
It should be noted that these 13 episodes, as well as the two feature-length movies,
"Jonny's Golden Quest" (1993) and "Jonny Quest vs. the Cyber Insects" (1995, originally
titled "Jonny's Global Impact"), are not considered "canon" by JQ afficianados.
Not only that, Lance Falk, writer for JQ:TRA, in his
Top 14 FAQ for JQ:TRA
"Just so you know, Jonny's Golden Quest is SO WRONG
about EVERYTHING, it can never be considered data. That way lies madness. It's version
of Jessie, Dr. Zin and Jade are especially incorrect. They are well made and fun
to watch but not considered accurate by any means. Which also goes for the other
TV movie "Jonny Quest and the Cyber-Insects", and also The 86' Jonny Quest series.
These events never happened to our characters. They are "what-if" stories and in
no way, part of Official Jonny Quest history."
According to an article in Television Chronicles
"The second series suffers by comparison in the areas of animation and writing.
The animation is as stilted as any of contemporaries, and the credibility of the
action is seldom a concern. Aside from the deux ex machina available in the form
of Hardrok [a new character made of living stone added in the new series - LPB]
much use is also made of Hadji's mystical powers, far more so than in the original
shows, in order to extricate the Quests from peril."
"For whatever the reason, the second series failed to fulfill the expectations that
Hanna-Barbera had for it. Though an additional 26 episodes had been planned...production
ceased after the first 13."
The Television Chronicles
article expresses strong disappointment in the
two attempts at creating Jonny Quest feature films, which fail on a number of levels
to adequately carry the Jonny Quest torch. There were apparently problems with the
character relationships (especially between Jonny and Dr. Quest, and Jade is now
Race's ex-wife!), problems with the setting, problems with supporting characters
(Dr. Zin's deteriorating physical condition, and Jade's red hair), and more.
Not having seen any of the season 2 episodes or "Jonny's Golden Quest", it's hard
to say just what the problem is with these productions, although judging by the
synopses, they appear to be just a bit more "extreme" than Classic Jonny Quest,
involving more monsters, aliens, etc. than villians who were diabolical but still
Warning! Personal opinion, and possible spoilers, ahead!
If the 2nd season episodes and "Jonny's Golden Quest" are anything like "Jonny
Quest vs. the Cyber Insects" I can see why the folks at JQ:TRA want to distance
themselves from these productions. The artwork is bland and flat, although "drawn
bigger". Quest labs is now a HUGE facility, with ceilings dozens of feet high, rooms
the size of football stadiums, and filled floor to ceiling with computer-ish screens,
panels, lights, etc. And although the Quests jump all over the globe during the
course of the movie, absolutely missing is the sense of reality, of actually being
on location. The scenes could be taking place anywhere; there's nothing really to
distinguish one place from another.
And maybe that's part of the problem; rather than concentrate on a single locale
and its atmosphere like the original series did for each episode, the film attempts
to expand the impact of the story by including settings from all over the world
(and nearby space). Unfortunately, the result is less than satisfactory; instead
of a "global" feeling, the entire sense of "being there" has disappeared.
The soundtrack and underscores were so dull as to be virtually non-existant; the
plot was strictly fantasy (intelligent prehistoric insect monsters under direct
control of a madman), and, worst of all, the characters have been "updated" to reflect
more politically correct thinking.
Dr. Quest now apparently heads a huge group of scientists in several locations,
including his own "Quest space station" (they commute via several "Quest shuttles").
A new character, an intelligent robot called 4-DAC, is added. Dr. Quest doesn't
seem to use the computers much, but asks 4-DAC to do his research for him. Race
is no longer a tutor for the boys, but is just a kind of "big buddy". And the boys
really don't need guidance any more, as they are fully capable of using all kinds
of equipment, and can do most anything, including flying aircraft (large and small).
Oh, and to be politically correct, there's a girl, Jessie (Race's daughter), who
always seems just a bit more mature than Jonny, who is there to correct his silly
behavior, but yet gives him a kiss "for luck" when he is about to attempt something
The drawing of the human characters seems to have taken a step backward, becoming
more "cartoony", with eyes that widen to three and four times the pupil width, and
lips that don't really seem "in-synch" with the voices. Even Dr. Zin was re-done
so he was less a normal-looking Oriental genius, and more a diseased, warty sick-o.
(Note:The Quest team never defeats any of Dr. Zin's henchmen as they did in the
"good old days"; rather, Dr. Zin eliminates them himself when they fail him in the
least little way!
The main point of "JQvCI" is that Jonny needs to develop more caution and patience,
do less on his own, and become a "team player" if he ever wants to be successful.
Everyone else seems to be "on board" with this line of thinking; poor Jonny is left
out in the cold until he can "get with the program". Thankfully, Bandit still seems
to care for Jonny, just as he is.
I could barely finish the film...gone was the sense of kids sharing in an adventure
with a family, gone was the sense that Jonny and Hadji were buddies instead of "Quest
Team members", gone was pretty much everything that made the original Jonny Quest
so memorable! All in all, there was much to disappoint, and precious little to recommend,
here. One can hope that JQ:TRA can do a better job, and that this incarnation of
JQ is quickly forgotten.
NOTE: In the "JQvCI" credits, original voice providers Don Messick (Dr. Quest and
Bandit) and Tim Matheson (original Jonny) were also part of this project (Dr. Quest
and 4-DAC, respectively); one can only imagine the pain these two went through when
seeing this "improved" JQ!
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