Based on Hasbro's line of toy soldiers. "G. I. Joe is America's top secret mobile strike force team. The mission: to defend freedom. The threat: Cobra, an evil organization bent on world ... See full summary »
When Cobra develops a secret bio-weapon on their hidden island base, GI Joe is called in to stop them. A daring invasion is executed with Snake-Eyes squaring off against Storm Shadow, his ... See full summary »
Gobots are loosely based on the Tonka toy line. There are two warring factions: the Gaurdians, lead by the charismatic Leader-1, and the Renegades, lead by Cy-Kill, who is bent on dominating Gobotron and then the Earth and the galaxy.
In this film, Cobra is at it again. This time, they have a device called the Weather Dominator which can control the world's weather and use it as a devastating weapon. Now the Joe team must find a way to fight Cobra when they seem to have the very elements at their command. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This mini-series marks the first appearance of Cobra Commander in his ceremonial hood. In the comics, he has worn the hood since the first issue of the Marvel series. See more »
Towards the end of the miniseries, Duke pulls a homing beacon out of his pocket and activates it so the Joes can traces its signal. First, why didn't Duke turn it on when he was *first* taken to the Cobra HQ? Secondly, as with Snake-Eyes, is security at Cobra HQ so lax that they don't check to see if prisoners are carrying weapons, or homing beacons, on them? See more »
[after Duke and Snake-Eyes have been captured by Cobra]
All right, looks like I'm in charge now. Gung-Ho, Short-Fuze, Breaker, form a guard detail and take the Cobra Commander to Blackwater Prison for safekeeping.
[to Cobra Commander]
That's one place *nobody* breaks out of, Bumper Face!
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The first G.I. Joe mini-series was a great starting-off point for the regular series that would soon follow. It introduced the concept of special military team G.I. Joe fighting to save the world from terrorist organization Cobra. It also introduced us to several of the core characters on both sides, including Duke, Snake Eyes, Scarlett, Cobra Commander, Destro, and the Baroness. This second mini-series is even better than the first one, with an even more exciting action-packed story and interesting new characters introduced. The plot is about Cobra using their latest weapon, the Weather Dominator, and the Joes trying to stop them. When the Weather Dominator is split into three pieces that are scattered all over the world, the Joes race to retrieve the pieces before Cobra does.
Some of the colorful new characters on the Joe side are Flint, Lady Jaye, Roadblock, Gung-Ho, Spirit, Shipwreck, and Mutt (with his dog Junkyard). On the Cobra side, we have the awesome ninja Storm Shadow, Firefly, and mercenary Zartan and his Dreadnoks. Snake Eyes also has his iconic look in this one, unlike the first mini. A few of the highlights from these five episodes are Duke and Snake Eyes being forced to fight (a retread of sorts from Duke being forced to fight in the first mini-series), Honda Lou West, Spirit vs Storm Shadow, Destro's creeper vines, and the Palace of Doom. The animation is colorful and a step above most '80s TV cartoons. The music is rousing and compliments the action well. The voice work is excellent. It's a fun cartoon full of action, humor, and lots of cool characters with fleshed-out personalities and conflicts with each other. Lots of cool gadgets and vehicles, too. The writing is smarter than your average cartoon aimed at kids. It's a great mini and just a great cartoon series altogether. It doesn't get the respect it deserves. It's often reduced to a "just a cartoon to help sell toys" put-down but it's arguably the best '80s cartoon series. Certainly one of my favorites.
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