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Posted Apr 15, 2004 @ 10:13 PM

Has anyone else just sat back and watched the PSAs?
I mean, you learn how to spray paint, if you should move a live electrical wire, when to use your head and how to survive falling into the ocean from a high cliff.

Am I dreaming or was there a PSA where they teach you how to help a friend who's fainted? I remember someone having to put someone else's feet up under a sweater after three kids started high school and Johnny passed out from the anxiety.

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Posted Apr 16, 2004 @ 5:31 AM

Am I dreaming or was there a PSA where they teach you how to help a friend who's fainted?

I'm getting a hazy memory of that one too, Schroeder. When I was a kid someone at our church fainted (from the heat, not the Spirit), and little me piped up with "put her feet up!" My mom was pleased that television had actually taught me something useful. :-)

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Posted Apr 18, 2004 @ 10:38 AM

I used to watch this with my brother after school.
I always thought that Scarlett & Duke were supposed to get together (I never read the comic books, just watched the show). In that weird episode where everybody turns into blobs and Shipwreck is like Rip Van Winkle Scarlett & Duke are married, aren't they?

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Posted Apr 18, 2004 @ 12:51 PM

Yeah.
That episode had Cobra kidnapping Shipwreck and making him think he had been in a coma, when really he was on Snake island in a fake town. All the old Joes had retired because Cobra had "been defeated", but really it was a trick by Cobra to get Shipwreck to be under such stress he would reveal the magic formula that had been implanted into his head just a few moments before Cobra had attacked him and captured him at the beginning of the episode.
All the other people in the town were some kinda protoplasm-type blob people.
Lady Jaye and Flint were an item, too, and in the episode, Lady Jaye had died and when Shipwreck mentions her to Flint, he gets really mad and punches him.
It was a great episode, because they actually talked about death and what not.

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Posted Apr 27, 2004 @ 12:07 PM

The two-part "Welcome to Springfield" episodes. They were great. I also liked the one where it looked like Dusty was a traitor and the one where Cobra kidnapped the family members of various Joes.

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Posted Apr 27, 2004 @ 4:01 PM

Why am I just finding this thread?

I haven't seen this show in ages, but I actually still have some episodes on tape from when they first aired in the 80's. I loved the Springfield episodes as well and also really liked the two-part Worlds Without End, I think that was the name. But it took place in a future that Cobra ruled. I specifically remember the Washington Monument being armed with lasers.

The five-part miniseries were always great, but now I get them all mixed up. I remember the Serpentor/DNA one; and there was the one with the Cobra's desert base/Roadblock getting attacked by giant plants...something. But I really loved the GI Joe: The movie. The opening "credits" were awesome; the plot was a bit too sci-fi with the spores and the Shangri-lalalalalas, but it was different. Roadblock was blinded and Cobra Commander was turned into a real snake. A snake y'all. The only thing I disliked was the whole Sgt. Slaughter mess. His minions were cool. Him? Not so much.

I remember someone having to put someone else's feet up under a sweater after three kids started high school and Johnny passed out from the anxiety.


I remember this one too, Schroeder , but the way you described it cracked me up. I also remember the one were the firefighter Joe told the kids the proper way to handle electrical outlets. I still say "and knowing's half the battle."

I may have to find some old tapes when I go home tonight.

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Posted Apr 28, 2004 @ 12:11 AM

MisterMcGee writes:

Why am I just finding this thread?


I second that. I loved this show so much as a kid. Even now, it stands out for its quality: despite the dodgy animation, the writing, voice acting, music, and sound design are still exemplary. For that matter, there are current dramas being written for adults that don't do as good a job of balancing a large cast of diverse race and gender as this little half-hour toy commercial.

But what makes the show really stand out is the fact that it was just batshit insane. Episodes like "Red Rocket's Glare" (Cobra uses a burger chain as a front to set up a ring of ICBM bases all over the U.S.), "Lasers in the Night" (the source of Chairface Chippendale's writing-on-the-moon plot from The Tick), "The Great Alaskan Land Rush" (a lost colony of tsarist Russians living near the Arctic Circle has proof that the Romanovs granted them Alaska, and they offer to sell the whole state to Cobra), and "The Germ" (Cobra's germ-warfare division accidentally creates a huge amoeba that eats everything in its path, and the Joes are helpless to stop it until Doc points out that, and I quote, "Appleseeds contain a tiny amount of poison", and the Joes kill it by launching thousands and thousands of apples at it), warped my growing brain in strange and beautiful ways.

I may have to find some old tapes when I go home tonight.


Why go to all that trouble, when Rhino is putting out entire DVD sets?

Edited by Mr. Excitement, Apr 28, 2004 @ 12:21 AM.


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Posted Apr 28, 2004 @ 12:45 AM

There was a series in the mid-`90s called G.I. Joe Extreme, but I only recently heard of it. Dunno if it played on Canadian TV. Anyone know what the similarities and difference were between it and the original Joes cartoon? Anyone know of a good website for this apparently much-hated series? From the few pics I've been able to find of it, the only obvious difference seems to be that the soldiers were total steroid cases in Extreme...

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Posted Apr 28, 2004 @ 10:31 AM

Never saw G.I.Joe Extreme but it sounds God-awful. The craziest episode of the classic show was when Cobra developed their own TV network and aired programs that had very fascist messages!

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Posted Apr 28, 2004 @ 11:06 AM

I remember the 'Serpentor' series. That wasn't my favorite. Too many people to remember. Sgt. Slaughter. Oh man. Which came first? The wrestler or the toy?

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Posted Apr 28, 2004 @ 11:13 AM

OK, I admit it: I broke down and bought the DVD set. (Season 1, Part 1).
It contains the first 27 or so episodes, including the "Pryamid of Darkness" mini-series.

Boy, the episodes don't hold up to current viewing! Though it does bring back warm childhood memories, so it was definitely worth the price.

Oh, and two things?
Corbra Commander? Rocks. So much cooler than Serpentor.
Shipwreck? So very, very gay.

Edited by ShadowDenizen, Apr 28, 2004 @ 11:14 AM.


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Posted Apr 28, 2004 @ 11:48 AM

Which came first? The wrestler or the toy?

I want to say the wrestler. Wasn't it a big deal back then that a real life wrestler was going to appear in a cartoon?

Corbra Commander? Rocks. So much cooler than Serpentor.
Shipwreck? So very, very gay.

ITA. I hated Serpentor. And Shipwreck so reminded me of Paul Lynde (center square of the old school Hollywood Squares) that I used to think that Paul should sue whoever voiced Shipwreck.

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Posted Apr 28, 2004 @ 11:50 AM

I didn't even know this thread was on here! I remember this show pretty well, and like other posters, wondering why no-one could actually hit anything when they shot at them. They must have gone to the same military academy as the A-Team.

4. It's funny, but how many of Cobra's forces are British? I guess the poor British are always cast as the bad guys in kids' cartoons. There are the twins, Zartan, the Dreadnocks (Australian?) and the Baroness who seems Russian. All the bad guys are 'furriners!


I remember in Britain there was a comic book version with its own action figures of G.I. Joe called Action Force that had the same characters, except it changed the nationality of a lot of them to even things up a little I guess. So, people like Flint and Lady Jaye were British, Alpine was French Algerian, Airborne was Italian, the guy with the dog (Mutt?) was Spanish and so on. People like Duke, Scarlett and Snake-Eyes were still American though. Wasn't the Baroness German or Austrian? I get a bit of a Baader-Meinhoff vibe from her.

Scarlett and Snake Eyes were my favourites, they kicked ass.

I don't remember this Shipwreck character though. How gay did he look? I'm picturing a kind of Village People ‘In The Navy’ kind of guy.

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Posted Apr 28, 2004 @ 12:29 PM

I remember this show pretty well, and like other posters, wondering why no-one could actually hit anything when they shot at them. They must have gone to the same military academy as the A-Team.


This is too funny.

I don't remember this Shipwreck character though. How gay did he look? I'm picturing a kind of Village People ‘In The Navy’ kind of guy.


You're picturing it right. He had the light blue shirt and little white hat. He even had the parrot on his shoulder. Full-on, Liberace gay.

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Posted Apr 28, 2004 @ 12:34 PM

They must have gone to the same military academy as the A-Team.

BWA!!

I'm picturing a kind of Village People ‘In The Navy’ kind of guy.

You got it: tight, white Navy uniform with a white hat, tattoos (I remember one being an anchor) on his broad chest and muscular arms, a beard...and the voice. Oh, and he was usually with his parrot, Polly.

As cool as Zartan was, he so reminded me of Ozzy Ozbourne (whom I was afraid of when I was young) that he creeped me out. I had schoolgirl crushes on Flynt, Ace, and Snake Eyes, and yeah I'll admit it: Lady Jaye. I also loved her uniform.

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Posted Apr 28, 2004 @ 1:55 PM

Actually according to the voice-actor interviews I found on some GI:Joe site Ship-Wreck's voice was based on Jack Nicholson in The Last Detail where he played a sailor.

Edited by Denman, Apr 28, 2004 @ 1:55 PM.


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Posted Apr 28, 2004 @ 3:55 PM

Barbeque also bears a resemblance to Edgar G Robinson. Great episode The Viper is Coming, "West Corner first."

What was up with Destro's porn star wardrobe?

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Posted Apr 28, 2004 @ 5:21 PM

As cool as Zartan was, he so reminded me of Ozzy Ozbourne


So true... so true!!
I never noticed this before, but he looks alot like Ozzy.

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Posted Apr 28, 2004 @ 10:01 PM

LMAO! You guys are bringing back flashbacks of childhood. I remember my brother and I changing the lyrics to the theme song...

A few years ago Cartoon Network was playing GI Joe sometime late at night-- I found it on vacation--- course everytime I would catch an episode it'd be the same ones.


I did like the Welcome to Springfield story, and Dusty as a traitor was probably one of the first episodes I ever saw. I thought it was funny that Destro and Baroness usually got matched up against Lady Jaye and Flint. One of my favorite episodes is the one where Lady Jaye inherits an estate or something--- turns out she may somehow be related to Destro. Alpine and Bazooka were also favorites.

I did see the GI Joe Extreme show. It was different from the GI JOe we all loved, but it wasn't terrible--- not that I remember much of it. I just used to catch the episodes before heading to work. Ok so I hate watching news and such in the morning so I watch cartoons. :)

Now you know... and knowing is half the battle.

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Posted Apr 28, 2004 @ 10:44 PM

PostToastie writes:

He had the light blue shirt and little white hat. He even had the parrot on his shoulder. Full-on, Liberace gay.


What? Granted, the show had no lack of gay characters. Alpine and Bazooka were as gay as cutoff jeans with white socks and no shirt. Tomax and Xamot were so gay they burned down the theater. Serpentor was so camp he slept in a bunkbed. Wet-Suit and Leatherneck bickered like an old married couple. God only knows what the Dreadnoks got up to in their spare time, but they didn't seem to pay too much attention to Zarana. But Shipwreck? Shipwreck was constantly trying to cheat on Cover Girl with the other female Joes, no matter how many times they knocked him on his ass. Then there was that time when he fell in love with a mermaid. That's right, Shipwreck was so straight he would have sex with fish that looked like women. Shipwreck=straight.

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Posted Apr 28, 2004 @ 10:49 PM

I'm only going with Wetsuit and Leatherneck as queer boys. Alpine? He was Bazooka's social worker. You gotta be careful with folks who are "special" and tote bazookas.

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Posted Apr 29, 2004 @ 6:30 AM

I had no clue what gay was back then, so all these revelations are jarring! ;-) I so remember that Shipwreck/mermaid episode. I also remember struggling to figure out how he and the 'maid would, uh, you know, do it. And Tomax and Xamot were the twins with the Arthur Kent hairstyle, right?

What was up with Destro's porn star wardrobe?

I could never understand what the Baroness saw in him. That mask of his totally turned me off. He did seem rather comfortable strutting around in those outfits, though.

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Posted Apr 29, 2004 @ 8:41 AM

Tomax and Xamot were so gay they burned down the theater.


BWAH! And Hee!Mr. Excitement, ITA with your whole post. I never saw Shipwreck as gay, but the rest of them you mentioned? Hell yeah. Cobra Commander was the gayest of them all, though. I mentioned this a long time ago, but did you ever see the Cobra troopers lounging around base out of uniform? Masks/helmets still on, tight tank tops and tiny shorts? You just know CC was having special training sessions with them on one on.

Is the 2nd season on DVD yet or just the first season?

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Posted Apr 29, 2004 @ 10:11 AM

Don't know yet. OK, big question: Scarlett or Lady Jaye? Who'd I go for? Scarlett baby!

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Posted Apr 29, 2004 @ 2:38 PM

Is the 2nd season on DVD yet or just the first season?


Actually, only the first half of S1 is out so far. Rhino has not released an offical release for S1, Part2, but it's expected to be sometime in June. (Gotta love TVShowsondvd.com!!)

OK, big question: Scarlett or Lady Jaye? Who'd I go for? Scarlett baby!


Well, I think Lady Jaye got short-changed.
Sure, Scarlet has red hair. So what? Jaye was just bad-ass.

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Posted Apr 29, 2004 @ 6:38 PM

What about Cover Girl? I mean, she as dropped in favor of Lady Jaye and Scarlet!

I loved this series. In my day, all the kids on the block wanted to be Tunnel Rat, from the movie, because we lived on a creek where the run-off drains emptied, so in the summer we'd play in the creek and the water and the few empty drains and call ourself Tunnel Rats.

I always had a crush on Mainframe. Brown hair, brown eyes. White and grey uniform.

My boyfriend cannot stand Sgt. Slaughter, and to tell the truth, I can't either.

GI Joe Etreme was a let-down.

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Posted Apr 29, 2004 @ 10:11 PM

I'd choose Lady Jaye as well. Here another big question: Baroness
or Zarana?

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Posted Apr 29, 2004 @ 10:11 PM

I always liked Lady Jaye better than both Scarlett and Cover Girl.


Ok so far in the past few months, I've seen Smurf porn, read a discussion about who in GI Joe was gay---- ok my childhood memories are being messed with.


Loved the comment about Alpine being 'Zooka's social worker-- it's funny because it's true.

It is funny to look back on things we used to enjoy with our adult perspectives.

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Posted Apr 30, 2004 @ 12:59 AM

Baroness: Bad Little eurotrash rich girl.
Zarana: Biker skank but always good for some role playing.

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Posted Apr 30, 2004 @ 6:33 AM

Don't know yet. OK, big question: Scarlett or Lady Jaye?

Lady Jaye, baby. Lady Jaye. But I liked Cover Girl too.

Here another big question: Baroness or Zarana?

Mmmmm...this one's difficult, but I'll go with Baroness because I respect any woman that can run in high heels.

It is funny to look back on things we used to enjoy with our adult perspectives.

Oh, it is. I don't think I'm quite ready for Smurf porn thought. :-)