Pole Position

Season 1 Episode 5

The Race

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Aired Saturday 10:30 AM Oct 13, 1984 on CBS
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Dan and Roadie are competing in a California-Mexico race while trying to identify a smuggler among the other drivers. Meanwhile Daisy meets one of the mechanics and borrows a new kind of computer game from him. Tess distracts the suspects at the race party while Dan plants trackers on their cars. Dan is determined to drive the entire race himself, which Roadie isn't happy about, especially given Dan's tendency toward recklessness. When the race is over and neither suspect has the chip, Dan and Tess are at a loss... until they catch one of the cars moving away and take off after it in a high-speed desert chase to catch the smuggler.moreless

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      • This episode was included on the "Racing to Adventure" compilation tape by Karl-Lorimar / Kideo Video.

      • The laugh that comes from Wilson's game sounds a bit like Roadie's original voice in the pilot episode "The Code".

      • The concept of mind-controlled video games was somewhat popular around 1984, when the show aired. Atari, then the videogame king, even had plans to release a "MindLink" controller for their 2600 system. (However, people who have used an actual working prototype have reported that it really responds more to facial movement than brainwaves.)

      • Classic gaming aficionados will recognize the sound effects in the game Daisy first plays from Atari's "Xevious", though the game itself plays like "Armor Attack", or possibly "Combat" on the Atari 2600.

      • For the truly obsessed: Hermes' car is the red one, #7. Blank has the black one, #0. Roadie is #3. If you freeze-frame the finish line scene, you can see that Blank wins the race, followed by #4, third place is blocked by the crowd but judging by the color it's likely #6, then #11, #1, #5, #8, #2, and #9.

      • The traffic light from the "Pole Position" arcade game is used again in this episode.

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