Jonny Quest

Season 1 Episode 16

The Fraudulent Volcano

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Aired Friday 7:30 PM Dec 31, 1964 on ABC
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  • For such a "diabolical bad guy," Dr. Zin sure is easy to defeat.

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    Once again, the Quest team encounters Dr. Zin, here claiming to be in the process of developing "the greatest destructive force known to man" (whose details are left unspecified) and which he plans to offer to "any country or individual that can pay." Dr. Quest was called to the story's island locale by a governor concerned by a series of volcanic eruptions, in hopes that Quest could extinguish the volcano by use of a device he had recently invented for blowing out oil-well fires. (That device functioned by means of a compressed-air blast; how such an air blast could seal a fissure in the Earth's crust is also left unspecified.) The eruptions are being caused by Dr. Zin, as some part of testing his new weapon.



    The plot involves the capture of Quest Senior and Race by Zin, infiltration of the volcano/base and freeing of the adults by the boys, and the inevitable foiling of Zin's plot. However, the actual ending is unsatisfyingly simple. Zin's headquarters and operation are apparently totally incapacitated by the mere act of Race delivering a couple of pickaxe blows to an electronic control panel. The coda scene is in the island governor's office, where we learn that the local police or military have captured all Zin's troops and have rigged Zin's base for demolition (this, after being unaware of the base or those troops, despite Zin's troops' flying around the island on hovercraft and apparently capturing/terrorizing the locals). Zin himself was not captured, remaining available for further vague deviltry.



    "Bond" movie parallels & foreshadowings:

    --the villain's base is inside a dormant volcano, whose crater floor is a sideways-retracting door, and which can be entered from the side through a cave ("You Only Live Twice," 1967)

    --the villain's henchmen try to kill the good guy by slipping a tarantula into his bed ("Dr. No," 1963)

    --key figures in the villain's organization are known by a numbered codename, "Simon #" ("Thunderball," 1965, "SPECTRE #")

    --villain has a beam/ray weapon capable of bringing down aircraft ("Dr. No," used against rockets)

    --villain escapes despite base being destroyed and henchmen captured ("Blofeld" in "You Only Live Twice" and "Diamonds Are Forever," 1971)



    Trivia: In the first and second wide shots of the Quest team riding the motor cart after Race and Dr. Quest don Zin-man uniforms, Dr. Quest's mouth is clearly moving, though no voice is heard.moreless
Granville Van Dusen

Granville Van Dusen

Race Bannon (voice)

John Stephenson

John Stephenson

Dr.Benton Quest

Tim Matheson

Tim Matheson

Jonny Quest

Don Messick

Don Messick

Dr. Benton Quest / Bark of Bandit

Allan Lurie

Allan Lurie

Additional Voices

Mike Road

Mike Road

Roger "Race" Bannon

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