Ark II

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 15

    Orkus

    Aired 12/18/76

  • S 1 : Ep 14

    Don Quixote

    Aired 12/11/76

  • S 1 : Ep 13

    The Balloon

    Aired 12/4/76

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    The Mind Group

    Aired 11/27/76

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    The Lottery

    Aired 11/20/76

  • Cast & Crew
  • Terry Lester

    Jonah

  • Jose Flores

    Samuel

  • Jean Marie Hon

    Ruth

  • Geoffrey Lewis

    Orkus

  • Jim Backus

    Arnie Pool

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  • Made in the 1970s when ecology was ascendant, Ark II posited a world where mankind's environmental carelessness had caused the collapse of civilization by the 25th century. A few scientists remained, though, and they've created the Ark to be the envoy of science and progress to scattered communities that have regressed to primitive agrarian conditions. It cruised a desolate, desert-like wasteland, where pockets of humanity survived in isolated oases. Manning the Ark was a crew of four. Jonah was the captain of the Ark and normally the driver. Young scientists Ruth and Samuel provided support. Finally, there was Adam, a talking chimpanzee with intelligence on a par with some humans. Aside from a utility laser, the Ark crew, as part of their pacifist beliefs, carried no weapons. As a last resort, they carried blinding dazzler devices to temporarily disable attackers. The crew never used violence, not even striking others. A long vehicle the size of a tractor-trailer, the Ark was packed with scientific equipment. A second, smaller vehicle, the Roamer, was used for side missions. The Ark also carried the Jet Jumper, a jetpack that Jonah would use for aerial scouting. Whenever they had to leave the Ark unattended, a forcefield could be used to secure the vehicle from intruders. Like many other children's shows of the era, Ark II always left its young viewers with a clear moral at the end of each episode. It was produced by Filmation, one of the leaders of Saturday morning children's programming in the 1970s. Opening narration: For millions of years the Earth was fertile and rich. Then pollution and waste began to take their toll. Civilization fell into ruin. This is the world of the 25th Century. Only a handful of scientists remain. Men, who have vowed to rebuild what has been destroyed... This is their achievement: Ark II, a mobile storehouse of scientific knowledge, manned by a highly-trained crew of young people. Their mission: to bring the hope of a new future to mankind. Ark II log, entry #1: I, Jonah, Ruth, Samuel and Adam are fully aware of the dangers we face as we venture into unknown, maybe even hostile areas. But, we're determined to bring the promise of a new civilization to our people and our planet.moreless

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    • War Lord Brack: (at Fagin after being thwarted by smoke bombs) You toad! You keeper of flies! You wart!

    • Jonah: Ark II log, entry 1444. We are now located in sector 83, area 12. From this location have come reports of serious infringements on the rights of others, perpetrated by a marauding band of parentless children called "the Flies." Our mission is to find them and to bring some discipline and reason into their lives. Signed, Jonah. Captain, Ark II.

    • Jonah: Ark II log, entry 1445. Time - 1800 hours. All canisters of lethal gas discovered have been destroyed. And, as man learned once before, that the weapons he creates to use against others can easily be turned against himself. We can only hope that it's not too late in this second chance we have today. Signed, Jonah, captain of the Ark II.

    • Jonah: Ark II log, entry 405. I'm now approaching a village where slavery is rumored to exist. If the rumor proves true, our mission will be to put an end to this miserable and immoral practice. In this new world we are helping to rebuild, there is no room for slavery.

    • Jonah: Ark II log, entry 406. The people of the village are free again. They know now that only their own superstition and fear kept them enslaved. Never again will they allow one man to control their lives. For unlimited power in the hands of one man makes him a tyrant, and slaves of us all.

    • Jonah: Ark II log, entry 207. We continue to search for samples of rare minerals buried beneath the Earth's crust. Today's geophysical exploration will take place in sector 14, area 31.

    • Jonah: Ark II log, entry 208. Simone and her people learned that trust and affection can accomplish more than fear and misunderstanding. We learned something, too. That although we are scientists and are highly trained, we can still learn things from someone who hasn't had all of our advantage.

    • Ruth: (after Alfie burns up) Samuel, have you ever considered a nice quiet hobby, like rock collecting? After all, this is the only Ark we have.

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    Notes (13)

    • Jonathan Harris, guest-starring as Fagin, would go on to star in Space Academy the following season, another live-action children's show from Filmation, the company responsible for Ark II. The Ark would be used as the basis of the Seeker spacecraft design in the later show.

    • Alfie (Alpha-1) is a re-dressed version of Robby the Robot first seen in the 1956 theatrical feature, Forbidden Planet, and later used in numerous shows and movies.

    • "Omega" features Ark II's most acclaimed guest star alumnus, future Mad About You star and Oscar & Emmy winner, Helen Hunt.

    • Christopher S. Nelson (Zachary) was actually credited as Chris Nelson.

    • I believe the first log entry, read by Terry Lester (Jonah), was inadvertently reversed - either by Terry as he read or by whomever typed his script. It only makes sense if the first entry would have been #67 instead of #76. Besides, episode #10 (The Drought) contains Ark II log entries #76 & #77.

    • Ark II log entries #76 & #68

    • The name of actor Philip Abbott (Martin) was misspelled as Phillip Abbott in the credits.

    • Ark II log entries #142 & #143

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    Trivia (8)

    • Goof: Jonah explains that a gas mask can protect against the poison gas, but their tests showed it can dissolve flesh in seconds, so the mask would give no useful protection.

    • While this was the first episode of the series, its log entries had the highest numbers of the series at 1444 and 1445, while later episodes dipped into double digits. Only episode 8, "The Rule," also had four digit log entries at 1441 and 1442.

    • When Jonah is captured, Baron Vargas' men take away his wrist bracer containing his communicator, holding it up to inspect. But later when Jonah is working in the field, he's wearing both of his bracers, as well as his equipment belt, all of which would be presumably dangerous to allow him to keep.

    • While the Ark team refer to the controls on the scanner as the "scan knob" and "enlarger knob," the controls are clearly the rectangular pushbuttons used throughout the rest of the Ark rather than knobs.

    • The end of this episode is one of the few times Ruth ever drives the Ark and also one of the few times there are more than one person in the forward (driver's) compartment.

    • Jonah leaves Zachery to find other working engines for the village to use. But he synthesized fuel for the tank in the Ark and does not make any more before they drive away, making such engines useless. Also, considering pollution had destroyed their environment, they should not be encouraging the use of internal combustion engines.

    • Adam is voiced by a different (uncredited as usual) actor in this episode.

    • This is the second episode, after "Omega", to feature a society where the old are considered second-class citizens.

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    Allusions (2)

    • Fagin is named after a character in Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist, who was also the leader of a band of young criminals.

    • The Bible: Isaiah was a major figure from the Hebrew Bible (commonly called the Old Testament), like the main characters of Ark II, Jonah, Ruth and Samuel. All four have Books named after them.

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Jean Marie Hon as Ruth...and the rest

    By cheryfan, Mar 26, 2008

  • Pollution and wastefulness have taken their toll upon humanity and caused civilization to collapse into a new dark age. Can mankind be saved?

    By tmkreutzer, Mar 22, 2007

  • The show definitely is dated, but keeps it's nostalgic appeal.

    By Redio, Aug 24, 2006

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