Ark II

Season 1 Episode 1

The Flies

Aired Saturday 11:00 AM Sep 11, 1976 on CBS
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The Flies
A gang of children finds canisters of poison gas. When their leader, Fagin, tries to use them to bargain for power with war lords, his plan backfires.

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • 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.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • 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.

    • NOTES (1)

      • 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.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

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