Jackie Chan Adventures

Season 1 Episode 1

The Dark Hand

Aired Unknown Sep 09, 2000 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Captain Black hires Jackie Chan to a secret government agency - Section 13, to track down the artifacts pursued by the Dark Hand, a crime organization far darker than anyone could have known. Also, Jackie's 11-year-old niece came to visit from Hong Kong and finds herself willing to help in the fight against evil. Jackie must gather up all 12 magical talismans that the Dark Hand had started retrieving before the Dark Hand does.moreless

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  • Jackie Chan in his own cartoon show.

    The first episode of this is really great. Good action, good premise, and good setup. I haven't seen this show in years and finally got to see it again online. I am happy to say I was glad to revisit it. You know what's really interesting? You know that Jackie's niece Jade is added to help with the kid aspect, and to give Jackie comic relief. But here's the interesting thing: Jade isn't annoying. I mean tell me this isn't something you expect? I mean Jade is perky and pesky sometimes, but annoying? Not really. And there a lot of kid shows with annoying sidekicks. So that's a big for me, that's she's just Jade. Jackie is good too, basically all the characters are. When you watch this show, you know you are going to be entertained.moreless
  • Excellent series premiere.

    Jackie Chan on one of his archeology excursions, came upon a shield. It seems that two groups are now going to be keeping a close eye on him, battling for that very same object. Jackie back at home though, has some other problems. He's recently acquired a niece named Jade, who he has to get acquainted with. Then, three mysterious men enter, and demand they have the shield. After they leave, Jackie follows them, but gets caught. The four battle throughout the streets all the way into the children's park before the three give up. That's when Captain Black enters and gives Jackie Chan a position in Section 13. His day doesn't end as a giant Japanese man named Tohru, abducted his uncle in return for the shield! Jackie and Jade trick Tohru, for the true and vital piece of the shield was the talisman within the center of it.

    I remember as a kid, I decided to watch this because it's Jackie Chan in cartoon form, though I didn't realize how great an episode this was. The action perfectly captured what made Jackie Chan a popular and loveable movie actor; the awesome fast paced martial arts, incorporated with a dose of humour, creates one of the most ultimate forms of entertainment. Jackie Chan movies were always looked forward to because of the stunts and martial arts, though they also overlap within comedy range, even when Chris Tucker isn't around. It's difficult to dissect the exact uniqueness that Jackie Chan and his style of martial arts delivers, but for his cartoon debut to harness that very same sophisticated style of entertainment, you know this is going to be a great cartoon regardless if Jackie Chan's face was plastered onto this series--it won't be the same however; hell, it might be worse.

    The episode itself was firing on all cylinders. It made a strong presence from the beginning, established the goals Jackie Chan needs to accomplish, and presented the conflicts that are the Black Hand. It also had a very interesting conclusion. Up to the last minute or so within the episode, we were all believed to think that the shield was the central piece in which the Dark Hand desired. Though it was really the talisman within the center of it. In the process, it also did a nice job of introducing Jade and her cunning and unpredictable character when she easily penetrated Section 13--the irony of it being a top notched anti criminal organization--and tricked Tohru when she took the talisman before handing him the shield. And can't forget Uncle, whose favourite phrase of "One more thing," never gets tiring. And outside of the comedy within the action, the comedy in general is pretty charming and can easily put a laugh on your face every other minute.moreless
Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan

Himself ("Hey Jackie!" Segment)

James Sie

James Sie

Jackie Chan/Chow

Sab Shimono

Sab Shimono

Uncle Chan

Stacie Chan

Stacie Chan

Jade Chan

Julian Sands

Julian Sands


Recurring Role

Adam Baldwin

Adam Baldwin


Recurring Role

Clancy Brown

Clancy Brown

Captain Augustus Black/Ratso

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Trivia: Captain Black previously worked with the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO), widely known as INTERPOL.

    • Trivia: According to Captain Black, Section 13 was founded to investigate large scale International Crime.

    • When Tohru crushes Finn, Ratso, and Chow, they land in this order top to bottom: Finn, Ratso, Chow. In every other episode, the order from top to bottom is: Chow, Ratso, Finn.

    • At the beginning, Jackie is wearing an undershirt while punching a coatrack. But throughout the episode, whenever Jackie's sweater flips upward during the beginning and when Jade pulled on his collar while at Section 13, we see his bare chest.

  • QUOTES (5)

  • NOTES (6)

    • This is the second animated series that Duane Capizzi worked on, which aired on Kids' WB! The first one was Men in Black: The Series

    • The end credit song is called "Chan's the Man", which is performed by the band, Wheatus. It was written by the band's former bass player, Rich Leigey.

    • Talisman: Rooster, which was found in a shield in the treasure room.

    • Before WWI, there was a terrorist group named "The Black Hand."

    • This episode has a few differences from the rest of the episodes in the series: The card that introduced the Q&A segment with Jackie Chan had a smaller dragon emblem bookended by Chinese characters on a white/yellow background, and a credits song titled "Chan's The Man" throughout the rest of the series. Also, the background used during the credits is the card that introduces the Q&A segment, and the opening music is used during the credits.

    • The Talisman Saga begins in this episode.


    • The playground fight scene is quite similar to another playground fight scene in Jackie Chan's very own Police Story 2.

    • Jackie: You speak English?!
      In Rush Hour, which co-starred Jackie Chan, Officer Carter (Chris Tucker) was given the impession that Officer Li (Chan) could not speak English, since Li was only speaking in Chinese, but soon found out he was wrong.