Welcome to a new feature of Car JoeMez! Since I love vintage cartoons, I thought I’d tackle a series episode by episode and keep you abreast of what’s going on and what I think. Maybe you’ll be inspired to check out a show, maybe not.
As you heard on the podcast, I’ve been wanting to get into MASK for a while as I remember it from my childhood, but it was never something I was really into. I finally picked up the DVD set during the Amazon Prime Day sale and figured it’d be a good show to start with since I’d pretty much be seeing all of it for the first time.
So, without further ado, let’s get to the debut episode of MASK entitled, “The Deathstone”!
A meteor crash lands in a mountainous area somewhere where ‘s there’s not many people or places. Some kind of archeological team is dispatched to retrieve it where they are then ambushed by agents of VENOM (Vicious Evil Network Of Mayhem) who steal the stone and then attempt to sell it to all kinds of militant groups from around the world for the price of $50 million.
Professor Stevens who was the head archeologist meets with Matt Trakker who puts together a unit of MASK (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) agents to chase down VENOM and retrieve the stone.
This is not an origin episode. You have no idea who MASK is, why MASK exists or what the beef is between Matt Trakker (independent rich guy leader of MASK) and Miles Mayhem (independent rich guy leader of VENOM).
A little background would be nice to get some insight into all that, but maybe that will be revealed in a later episode. For now, you are dumped straight into the middle of what seems to be just another day in the life of MASK. I assume the agents on both sides will both be delved into a bit as we go on because everything is treated as if you should already know what’s going on and the specialties of each person. Spoiler alert: you don’t.
The show has a very GI Joe-ish vibe concerning the conflict between MASK and VENOM, but GI Joe has a much better cast of characters to have fun with thus far. Although, the rumors of a possible GI Joe/MASK crossover movie do begin to make some sense after watching this.
All in all, not the episode I would have liked to see first, but hey, I’m committed to this so I’ll keep going. Like I said, hopefully, we’ll get some more background on the alliances and conflict as we go.
This episode features an ending PSA as did a lot of other cartoons during the 80s. I assume there will be one for every episode going forward and I genuinely am excited for that as those were some of my favorite parts of both GI Joe and Masters of the Universe.
For this episode, we learn about the dangers of crossing the street making sure to do so in the crosswalk and to look both ways. Solid advice.
Like I said, I was hoping for an origin episode and I didn’t get it. Without any background, it becomes tough to follow who is who and why they are doing what they’re doing. Probably would have been a perfectly fine episode had it not been the first, but because of that, I throw it just ** on the Meltzer scale. We’ll see how they build off this going forward.
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