5.15.2012

M.A.S.K. Episodes 1-10 Review

M.A.S.K. Episodes 1-10 Review

Back in early February, we decided to take a journey through all 75 episodes of the M.A.S.K. cartoon series. Wyatt and I also decided to share our journey with other fans of the show and begin recording a weekly podcast called MASKast. It's been a great way to conger up old memories of watching the show in the mid 80s and also convey the elements of the show that we used in creating our M.A.S.K. Movie script. Many of the episodes of the show are available on YouTube, so don't worry if you have made the investment yet to purchase the Shout Factory box set to follow along with us.

As Wyatt often says we've "had a blast" watching the first 10 episodes and also detouring to talk specifically about the series one toys and with Matt-Trakker.Com creator Bill Faries. Now, we want to take a quick overview of the first 10 episodes before we move on in the series. For those of you who have not been listening every week, we've been basically going over the story, characters, and vehicles of each episode and then rating on a scale of 1-5. Listeners have been invited to "play along" each week using the M.A.S.K. Movie blog to give their own rating and leave comments.


Here is a glimpse into the first 10 episodes and the ratings given by us and the fans. Click the episode name to watch on YouTube!

01: The Death Stone

PLOT: V.E.N.O.M. steals a strange meteorite with healing powers using Switchblade disguised as a UFO.
VOTER RATING: 66% of voters rated 5 for this episode
WYATT RATING: 4
JASON RATING: 4

02: The Star Chariot

PLOT: V.E.N.O.M. steals a mystical arrowhead rumored to point the way to an alien spacecraft buried in the desert.
VOTER RATING: 53% of voters rated 5 - 33% of voters rated 4
WYATT RATING: 4
JASON RATING: 4


03: The Book of Power

PLOT: VENOM steals an ancient book which holds the secrets of a mythological city of riches.
VOTER RATING: 45% of voters rated 3 - 27% of voters rated 4
WYATT RATING: 4
JASON RATING: 4


04: Highway of Terror

PLOT: M.A.S.K. tries to retrieve a stash of military plutonium that V.E.N.O.M. plans to use to power an earthquake machine.
VOTER RATING: 90% of voters rated 5
WYATT RATING: 5
JASON RATING: 5


05 Video V.E.N.O.M.

PLOT: V.E.N.O.M. hypnotizes innocent people through their television sets and threatens to use them to attack a Texas oil refinery if not paid a hefty ransom.
VOTER RATING: 70% of voters rated 5
WYATT RATING: 5
JASON RATING: 4

06 Dinosaur Boy

PLOT: V.E.N.O.M. abducts a strange lizard creature whose antibodies prolong human life.
VOTER RATING: 46% of voters rated 3. 30% rated 5 or 4 and 24% rated 2 or 1
WYATT RATING: 4
JASON RATING: 2

07 The Ultimate Weapon

PLOT: V.E.N.O.M. obtains a device that jams the control systems of M.A.S.K.'s vehicles rendering their opposition immobile.
VOTER RATING: 100% of voters rated this episode a 5 (46%) or a 4 (54%)
WYATT RATING: 5
JASON RATING: 4

08 The Roteks

PLOT: V.E.N.O.M. steals a swarm of metal-eating bugs secretly developed by the military.
VOTER RATING: 88% of voters rated this episode 5 or 4.
WYATT RATING: 5
JASON RATING: 5

09 The Oz Effect

PLOT: V.E.N.O.M. uses a strange vortex machine to abduct a village of Australian aborigines and forces them as slaves to mine valuable crystal.
VOTER RATING: 44% of voters rated this episode 5, 33% rated 4, and 23% rated 3.
WYATT RATING: 4
JASON RATING: 3

10 Death From The Sky

PLOT: V.E.N.O.M. uses a tractor beam to steer a meteor to Earth which threatens to destroy a major city.
VOTER RATING: 90% of voters rated this episode 5 or 4.
WYATT RATING: 4
JASON RATING: 3



Now, leave a comment with your favorites and vote in the blog poll in the right hand column of this site.

UPDATE 5/30: Voted the best was The Roteks (14), Highway of Terror(11), and The Deathstone(10.) Voted the worst was Dinosaur Boy (no votes), The Star Chariot(3), and The Book of Power(3.)

1 comment:

  1. My favourite of the first ten episodes is Video VENOM. The chasing scene with Matt and Vanessa in the middle of that episode is one of my favourite scenes in the whole series. I like Highway Of Terror a lot too, especially the scenes with Mayhem in the rocking chair and Mayhem and Rax in the balloon.I also voted for The Oz Effect.

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