Jonny Quest: Season 1, Episode 18

Pirates from Below (14 Jan. 1965)

TV Episode  |  TV-Y7  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure
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Foreign agents hijack Dr. Quest's new Underwater Prober, taking Race, Jonny and Bandit prisoner.


(as William D. Hamilton)
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Episode cast overview:
Mike Road ...
Jonny Quest (voice) (as Tim Matthieson)
Don Messick ...
Dr. Benton C. Quest / Bandit / Col. Svedri (voice)
Danny Bravo ...
Hadji (voice)
Doug Young ...
Guard 2 / Hypnotized Guy / Control Center One / Frogman in Boat (voice)
Vanya, Commander Valmar, Guard 1, Scuba Diver (voice)


Dr. Quest's new Underwater Prober, an amphibious craft with mechanical arms, enters its final series of tests before turnover to the Navy. Hadji and the doctor take leave to attend a mainland meeting with scientists from Calcutta while the others stay behind, adjusting the Prober's ejection system. Foreign agents, who've been patiently eyeing the project, mobilize to take it. As they force Race to drive the Prober to their secret underwater base, Jonny talks to Hadji through their portable communicators that the agents failed to notice. At the base, Race, Jonny and Bandit attempt an escape on hovercraft but fail, and when Dr. Quest and Hadji zero in for a rescue, they, too, are taken captive. With no other options handy, Hadji engineers an escape by hypnotizing their guard with his ruby. Now the Quests flee for their lives in the Prober, pursued by agents in minisubs with orders to kill. Written by statmanjeff

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In compass reading, there are 360 degrees, with north being 0º and subsequent degrees numbered clockwise. When Jonny relays the travel direction of the Prober to Dr. Quest, the arrow above the controls alters between 5º and 6º (slightly east of north), but Jonny says 325º (which is 10º north of north-west) and bearing "117" (slightly south of east-south-east), yet Dr. Quest concludes they're heading south-south-east (which, to be precise, would be 157.5º). See more »


Jonny Quest: You're pretty smart for an eleven-year-old.
Hadji: Yes, I know.
Hadji: [to the guard carrying Hadji] To the machine, James.
Hadji: [to Jonny, Race and Dr. Quest] Sorry I can't give you gentlemen a lift. You'll just have to rough it.
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I'm in the middle of an awfully dry stretch
25 February 2010 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

Dr. Quest newest invention is an underwater vehicle (sorry, I can't remember what they called it) that sort of rolls across the bottom of the ocean floor. The invention becomes the target of a group of baddies who want the vehicle for themselves to sell off to the highest bidder. Race and Jonny get mixed-up in the hijacking and it's up to Dr. Quest and Hadji to save the day.

I hate to have to give another Jonny Quest episode such a poor rating, but I don't have much choice. Pirates from Below just isn't that good and has very little to recommend. In a word, it's pretty dull. I've had similar problems with the previous two episodes. When I think about these three episodes, they all suffer the same weakness – the lack of a compelling or interesting villain or other threat. The pirates in this episode, the loggers in Werewolf of the Timberland, and the nondescript bad guys in The Fraudulent Volcano can't begin to compare with the spider-like robot of The Robot Spy, the threatening mummy from The Curse of Anubis, or the dragon pit found in Dragons of Ashida. Those episodes presented adversaries and situations that were suspenseful and frightening. I know things pick-up later on in the Jonny Quest series and there are some really good episodes to come, but right now, I'm in the middle of an awfully dry stretch.

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