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M.A.S.K. Episode 37: Sacred Rock

Our next episode review on MASKast will examine #37 "Sacred Rock" which takes us overseas once again to the "land down under", Australia. The plot for this episode finds V.E.N.O.M. tricking a tribe of Australian aborigines in order to steal their treasure. It’s up to M.A.S.K. to protect the tribe and also rescue Scott and T-Bob without the use of a damaged Thunder Hawk. Here are the episode stats...

AIR DATE: Nov 19, 1985
CHARACTERS: (M.A.S.K.) Matt Trakker, Gloria Baker, Dusty Hayes, Buddy Hawks, Scott & T-Bob. (V.E.N.O.M.) Miles Mayhem, Vanessa Warfield, Sly Rax, Cliff Dagger.
VEHICLES: (M.A.S.K.) Thunder Hawk, Gator, Shark (V.E.N.O.M.) Switchblade, Piranha.

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  1. This episode was confusing, among other things. Scott would be safer with Matt at Ayers Rock? Really? Dagger's plan of using Switchblade as a sky god is actually better than Mayhem's! Lines like Matt's "That's exactly what I want you to do." when Brad didn't say anything and VENOM being fooled by a hologram when they spent the majority of the episode using that exact same technology had me scratching my head. Shouldn't VENOM at least be aware, by now, of MASKs' powers? Know your enemy, right? At one point it looked like Switchblade passed right through the holographic giant's hand! Shouldn't this have tipped Mayhem off? Also, Matt and Bruce's magically changing wardrobe and Mayhem automatically knowing the natives would take Scott to the treasure were really off-putting. I also didn't like how they portrayed the aboriginals. No matter what your beliefs are, unless you have an IQ of 2 you're not going to mistake a small boy for your sky god. VENOM seems obsessed with finding any treasure they can, often to the detriment of more lucrative ventures. Just the fact they needed a hologram machine to secure the riches seems like it would be a zero sum gain, given the cost of said machine versus the amount of treasure seen. I miss the early episodes when VENOM would hold cities of the world hostage with radioactive materials or comets, or commit other acts of terror to further their goals. It seems to me they have basically become treasure hunters with high tech tools. I did like the shots Rax took at Dagger, and even though Dagger is an easy target, it always cracks me up when other members of VENOM take jabs at him. Still, the VENOM scenes were not enough to save this episode from the overwhelming influence of Scott and T-Bob or goofs such as VENOM not even noticing Thunderhawk and Rhino. Overall, a pretty lousy episode, especially given the lame way VENOM was defeated.

  2. I remembered this episode as rather boring and uninteresting, but when I watched it again, I was positively surprised. The episode has a lot of humor and some great lines, like when Matt and Bruce think Scott and T-Bob sliding down the rock are VENOM, when Mayhem refers to Dagger as the Dagger-god and when T-Bob declares that it's nice to finally be riding something that doesn't turn into defense mode, while he and Scott are being carried into the rock. I also liked it when Thunderhawk got crushed by a rock, because it added a little realism to the episode, instead of the MASK-vehicles always remaining unharmed while the VENOM-vehicles get crushed. Finally I thought the ending was good - while at the same time – a little humorous. An enjoyable episode!


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