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M.A.S.K. Episode 33: "Caesar's Sword"

Our next episode review on MASKast will be discussing #32 "Caesar's Sword". This time, Sly Rax takes front stage as he poses as Julius Caesar's ghost in order to scare off archaeologists who have discovered the long lost Sword of Victory. It's up to M.A.S.K. to stop V.E.N.O.M. from possessing the sword and the mystical power that goes with it. Check out the episode stats...

AIR DATE: Nov 13, 1985
CHARACTERS: (M.A.S.K.) Matt Trakker, Bruce Sato, Gloria Baker, Hondo MacLean, Scott & T-Bob. (V.E.N.O.M.) Miles Mayhem, Cliff Dagger, Vanessa Warfield, Sly Rax.
VEHICLES: (M.A.S.K.) Thunder Hawk, Rhino, Nightstalker, Shark (V.E.N.O.M.) Jackhammer, Piranha, Manta.

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  1. This is a good episode. I like it when we see Rax operating on his own. It’s interesting that he tries to keep the sword for himself, but it’s also interesting that we see single members of VENOM or MASK (except from Matt Trakker) alone making independent decisions like this. We normally just see them together with the others.
    I also remember that this episode made me hungry the first time I saw it, and I actually bought spaghetti and meatballs like we see here :D

  2. It is an Okay episode - but it does have some issues.

    The lasers seem to come out of Sly's finger when he was dressed as Julius Caesar - how does that work?

    Thunderhawk at times looks out of proportion. But much of the the rest of the cartoon looks great!

    Why is it that Bruce Sato has to use a Mic to contact the others - but when they reply they aren't holding mics in their hands? I assume that this was a "Device" to let us know that they were all talking to each other over a radio and only the first person speaking need to use it to get that point across!

    I was confused by Bruce using his Lifter Mask to lift up the road to expose Jackhammer and using his Mask to lift it out from its subterranean hideaway - where did Rhino drive if just lifted up the road in front of him?? Anyway....

    The idea of the Spare Wheel turning round as Hurricane converts - I liked. It added a little touch to the simple conversion that you guys already alluded to in your review of the toy line! The whole part of that sequence is great - with the conversion, the wheel being "fired", Cliff Dagger using the shield to protect him but his boss Miles Mayhem getting hit squarely in the face by it!

    It was great to see Miles Mayhem in the Gunner's seat of Jackhammer for the most part of the episode. It really is a vehicle that requires a Co-Pilot! He looked like a knight riding into battle high up on his horse!

    Getting to see Sly Rax's eyes as he finds the sword is great and then when he shows his true colours in betraying Mayhem is great.

    I'm not too sure that the whole idea of Rax being scared off by some street cats really worked for me - I mean, where was his Mask all of this time? Couldn't he have used that to see them off!! (Apologies for these comments, Doug Stone, if you are reading - I know you are a cat lover).

    Why didn't T-Bob convert to Motor Scooter Mode to aid in the escape for Rax? When he did eventually convert - I wasn't fond of his "engine" noise - sounded pretty poor!

    It was a nice touch when Bruce got out of Rhino and into the ATV - great to see this vehicle being used!

  3. Just listened to your podcast on Caesar's Sword the other day. Been away awhile, so I've got some catching up to do. I noticed in the episode how Vanessa seems to take charge during the initial confrontation with MASK and basically holds the ruins of Rome hostage while being chased by Thunderhawk. I really liked her thinking, and have often wondered how much better VENOM would have done in their missions had she been the leader instead of Mayhem. She seems to know exactly what to do here, unlike Miles who once again spends his time wondering how MASK found them.

  4. Mumble, mumble, stavolta per dare un punteggio devo fare la media.
    5 per l'ambientazione in Italia;
    5 per il completo grigio Armani di Matt a inizio puntata;
    5 per Hondo che fa filone a scuola;
    5 per la citazione dei gatti di Roma, famosi in tutto il mondo;
    1 per i disegni: il Colosseo e i Fori Imperiali sembrano fatti con i lego e la fontana di Trevi sembra le cascate del Niagara;
    1 per il menù: in Italia, gli spaghetti con le polpette NON esistono. E la pizza che servono a T-Bob ha una faccia orrenda;
    2 per l'incoerenza: Rax in versione spettro non dovrebbe parlare latino?
    3 per i boxer di Rax: ne abbiamo visti di migliori, ad esempio quello con i cuoricini rosa;
    1 per la noncuranza culturale di Veleno, che polverizza reperti archeologici di inestimabile valore senza alcun costrutto e danneggia irrimediabilmente la Fontana di Trevi, peggio dei tifosi del Feyenoord;
    2 perché è chiaro che la spada di Cesare è un falso made in China che non ha nessun potere.
    Quindi complessivamente: 3.


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