Jonny Quest

Season 1 Episode 8

The Robot Spy

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Aired Friday 7:30 PM Nov 06, 1964 on ABC
9.1
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Dr. Quest and Race Bannon investigate a strange, alien ship that crash lands near one of Dr. Quest's labs. Danger ensues when it turns out that the "alien" is a spy sent from one of Dr. Quest's archenemies.

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  • My favorite Dr. Zin episode!

    10
    Not only because of that giant spider-like robot (although, goodness knows, it certainly was a hi-tech masterpiece). But, also because of Zin's brilliant anticipation of how Dr. Quest would think and act, with regard to the robot. Sherlock Holmes couldn't have made a better deduction! And, that is why he was such a great arch-enemy for Team Quest. Equally brilliant was the concept of the para-power gun. A gun that can neutralize energy by magnetizing it. Sounds like techno-babble, you say? Hardly! Nowadays, it's common knowledge that the electromagnetic pulse, from a nuclear bomb explosion, would deactivate anything that was electrically-powered. But, this fact was used by TV script-writers back in the mid-1960's!!! Almost prophetic, yet again.moreless
  • An mechanized spy infiltrates Dr. Quest's lab.

    10
    A nice blend of scifi and intrigue. The episode opens with a saucer-like craft flying quietly under a cloudy, night sky. The craft lands outside a military installation where Dr. Quest is developing a new weapon system. The craft opens, revealing a black orb with a single large eye. Dr. Quest has the orb brought into the installation and stored in a warehouse for later study. The orb sprouts legs, becoming a spidery, tank-sized device that steals its way into the labs, where it downloads information about Quest's secret weapon system. We then learn that the device was sent by Dr. Zin, Quest's rival. The robot spy heads back to its ship with its stolen information, walking imperviously through everything the military throws at it--machine guns, tanks, flame throwers. Dr. Quest must use his untested weapon as a last resort. Eerie and exciting. One of the best episodes of the series.moreless
  • A creepy episode

    8.5
    Not too long ago, I purchased the DVD set for Jonny Quest. Prior that that, I hadn\'t seen the show in many, many years, and I only remembered a few episodes -- but this was one of them.



    Although not Dr. Zin\'s debut, this episode demonstrated the lengths to which he would go to oppose Dr. Quest. All good heroes need good villians to oppose them, and in Dr. Zin, the show\'s creators managed a prizewinner.



    From the time we see the vaguely alien, wedge shaped craft crossing the water, we know Dr. Quest will have his hands full. And when the strange machine inside examines its surroundings, with a single enormous eye, this is confirmed. But it does not blast its way into the secret lab. That would immediately bring the wrong response. No, it employes cleverness -- something not often seen in cartoons of the day.



    The show maintains a tense pace all the way to the end, as, even after discovery, the strange machine manages to defeat the military response and escape. Only Dr. Quest\'s ingenuity can bring it down, and only then do we learn that the machine is not, as we have thought, a visitor from the stars -- but a visitor from Dr. Zin.



    Completed nicely with the show\'s eerie musical tracks, this is, in my opinion, one of the best pure science fiction episodes of an intelligently written series.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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