Jonny Quest

Season 1 Episode 20

The Invisible Monster

Aired Friday 7:30 PM Jan 28, 1965 on ABC

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  • A colleague of Dr. Quest's brings a mass of energy to life.

    This is what I consider to be one of the series' horror episodes. Dr. Norman, a scientist working on an isolated island with something he calls molecular energy, loses control of his experiment. In the ensuing explosion, a seething bubble of energy escapes his lab. He realizes the energy mass is alive and calls Dr. Quest for help. By the time Dr. Quest arrives, the energy monster has devoured Dr. Norman, and Dr. Quest races to destroy the creature as it moves across the island, consuming everything in its path. The episode builds tension from the start, as we see the newborn monster walking invisibly away from the ruined lab, its feet burning holes in the ground. (Makers of horror films take note: this is how you scare viewers.) One of the most suspenseful moments is when the monster bears down on a stranded Hadji. The only thing that keeps this episode from perfection is the moment when Dr. Quest and Race douse the monster with paint to make it visible. Sometimes the scariest monster is the one you don't see, and that definitely applies here. However, even after the monster is visible, there is still a lot action and suspense, thanks to some great writing. And music is used very effectively throughout to heighten the visuals.