Ark II: Season 1, Episode 14

Don Quixote (11 Dec. 1976)

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The ARK crew's efforts to disarm ancient explosives are complicated by a latter-day Don Quixote who is convinced the ARK is a giant white dragon and Jonah his nemesis the Black Knight.

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The ARK crew's efforts to disarm ancient explosives are complicated by a latter-day Don Quixote who is convinced the ARK is a giant white dragon and Jonah his nemesis the Black Knight.

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Jonah: ARK II Log, Entry 38. Our mission is to detonate two unexploded bombs located in an ancient battle area.
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Ark II--Don Quixote
11 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode of Ark II has the extremely silly character of Don Quixote (Robert Ridgely) and his faithful companion, Sancho (Vito Scotti) added to please the kids. The plot's suspense device is rather sound though…Jonah is tasked with the responsibility of disarming a huge rocket-shaped bomb that had been buried deep in the ground near a camp of people. Complicating matters is Quixote who, lost in his dreamlike fantastical delusion, considers Jonah his fiercest opponent, The Black Knight (we actually see Jonah turn into the knight through Quixote's delusion), as well as, considers Adam his beloved Marguerite, transformed into a creature! Oh, not to leave out such an important detail…Quixote considers the Ark II vehicle a great white dragon! While always trying to establish lessons to take from each potentially perilous situation the Ark crew faced per episode, this one was not to abandon your imagination and the pursuit of adventure (like Quixote) but also to see through the perspectives of others and understand the difference between reality and fantasy. Sometimes trying to find a lesson from something so corny as the Quixote character of this episode is a task, but I applaud the efforts anyway.

The single most ludicrous part of the episode has Quixote charging the Ark II with his lance, knocked for a loop when encountering the machine's forcefield! That scene where he charges towards the bomb, believing it's a serpent (!), causing the timing device to start, further emphasizes Quixote's detriment to anyone his delusions consider a threat. If it wasn't for Ridgely's total dedication to such an outrageous part, this could have been a complete embarrassment, but hats off to his full-bore approach to the role. He's a hoot. I have to admit this is so stupid its funny (not the bomb scare and attempts to disarm it), particularly when Quixote tries to disrupt the "enchantment" that holds Marguerite in the form of Adam. Poor Sancho tries to contain Quixote as best he can…I can't imagine how much more dangerous Quixote would be if it wasn't for Sancho! However, Quixote, the cause of the bomb scare, ultimately comes to the rescue because his armor is a magnetic, coming to Jonah's aid in the nick of time, undeterred by the idea that he could perish in the process.


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