Captain Planet and the Planeteers

Season 3 Episode 11

A Formula for Hate

Aired Sunday 5:05 PM Nov 21, 1992 on TBS
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A Formula for Hate
Verminous Skumm brainwashes a high school into thinking that AIDS is contagious & dangerous. The Planeteers help out a star basketball player who is accused of having the disease. Captain Planet makes a speech to the crowd about AIDS awareness.

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  • The Planeteers confront prejudice against a high school basketball player who has contrated the deadly HIV-AIDS.

    The series tended to focus on important issues relating to environmental pollution, conservation, and the like. Yet, a few episodes dealt with other social issues; i.e. gangs, and prejudice.

    A high school basketall player finds out that he has tested positive for HIV. The rat-like super villian decides to promote misinformation about how the virus can be spread, so as to encourage fear and hatred. The plot is exposed by the Planeteers, with Captain Planet telling people to get the facts about AIDS/HIV.

    May be the first American network tv cartoon show -- for kids -- to deal with AIDS/HIV. It does talk briefly how the virsus can be spread and makes a plea for greater education, emphathy and compassion.

    The script, beyond the message, is a bit weak and could have been done a bit better. I might have made this a two-part episode to deal with the issue of bigotry/prejudice in a larger context, with a bigger plot from the villian. But features some great guest stars. Overall a powerful, important and fantastic episode. The power is yours!moreless

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Captain Planet: May I have your attnention, please! A lot of you may not know the truth about AIDS. And there's a rat in your midst whose been spreading lies! Give 'em the facts, coach.
      Coach: You CANNOT get AIDS through casual contact. Hugging, kissing, they're all okay. You can even use the same water fountain, or eat in the same cafeteria. It's safe!
      Planet: You've been led astray by lies! Todd hasn't changed.
      Coach: That's right! Todd is the same kid who played his heart out for you, right here on this court last week!
      Planet: Deal with the real, people! Get the facts. If Todd had any other disease, you'd be cheering him on. Right now, Todd needs your support. THE POWER IS YOURS!
      Coach: So what are you gonna do, turn your back on him? Or give him the chance he deserves? (fans begin cheering)

  • NOTES (3)

    • Although this is the 3rd to last episode of the 3rd season, it's the last episode to be produced by DIC.

    • In this episode Captain Planet doesn't even bother with Skumm and his rat henchman, he just wants the police to deal with them.

    • First animated series to deal with AIDS. This episode met with no backlash unlike Sesame Street (Africa version) that now features a HIV positive muppet.