A rocket malfunctions and crashes in the Arctic. Dr. Benton Quest is dispatched to find the rocket but must contend with operatives of a hostile foreign power whom are seeking the same thing he is.


(as William D. Hamilton)

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Episode cast overview:
Roger T. 'Race' Bannon / Fighter Pilot IM2 / Pilot (voice)
Jonny Quest (voice) (as Tim Matthieson)
John Stephenson ...
Dr. Benton C. Quest / Fighter Pilot IM3 / Co-Pilot (voice)
Danny Bravo ...
Hadji (voice)
Don Messick ...
Bandit / Bear Cub / Quest Ship Guard 2 / Baddie (voice)
Doug Young ...
Professor / Submarine Commander / Baddie (voice)


An experimental rocket featuring a new directional system by Dr, Quest veers off course and fails to self-destruct. The Quest party boards an ice breaker to the arctic to retrieve it, thrilling Jonny for adventures in the snow. As Jonny meets and interacts with some of the native wildlife, a submarine from a foreign power is also en route to the crash sight. They caused the malfunction and aren't shy of using deadly force to get there first. Written by statmanjeff

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25 September 1964 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


When the assassin approaches Dr. Quest's ship, he paddles a rubber raft next to it, climbs the anchor chain, and shoots at Dr. Quest. When he is foiled, he dives in the water and swims beneath the surface to just behind a small iceberg. His raft is waiting there for him when it should still be next to the ship. See more »


Baddie: It would be better for that animal if you keep it quiet, too.
Jonny Quest: You can't blame him. He knows a couple o' skunks when he smells 'em.
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Jonny goes to the North Pole
26 November 2008 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

A rocket headed for space goes off-course and crashes in the Arctic. The rocket was armed with an auto-destruct mechanism, but it mysteriously failed to activate. Dr. Quest and family are sent in to investigate and retrieve the valuable scientific instruments on board the craft. But Quest and Company aren't alone. There's a foreign power prowling beneath the Arctic ice flow who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the rocket's many secrets.

"Arctic Splashdown" proves that not all episodes of Jonny Quest were created equally. To the best of my memory, this has to be one of the weakest of the bunch. The problem is nothing much happens and there's no air of menace so often present in the show. The episode features one of the lamest baddies the Quest gang would run across. After firing a torpedo at Quest's ship and hitting an ice berg instead (Am I supposed to believe he didn't see that giant floating block of ice?), #1 baddie decides not to fire again, but wait for later. Huh? How stupid is that? "Arctic Splashdown" isn't a total waste as it does feature some pretty cool gadgets like the ice skiffs (I think that's what they're called), that groovy Jonny Quest music, and that overall sense of nostalgia that I always get when watching Jonny Quest. A 5/10 seems about right for this episode.

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