Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Jonny Quest 01x04 Pursuit of the Po-Ho

Jonny Quest: The Complete Original Series [Blu-ray]

Jonny Quest is one of my favorite cartoons but I've never seen all the episodes. Here I'll just be looking at the original series. I'm going to be sharing thoughts as I go.  

B2's Movie Cave: Jonny Quest "Pursuit of the Po-Ho" #1.4 (1964) (TV)

We start off in the rainforest with a man being held captive by tribal warriors in a canoe. That can't be good. Then we transition to Race Bannon and Hadji doing some parasailing while Jonny studies- apparently his grades need improvement before he gets to have fun. And good ole Bandit decides to mess with a crab and regrets it. Ah, Palm Key. Can I go there? Anyway Dr. Quest gets a distress call from a Dreena Hartman and she reports that Emil has been captured by the Po-Hos. Ah, that must be the captured guy in the canoe. 

Dr. Quest reassures Dreena that the Po-Hos usually hold their captives for their fire or water god ceremonies, so there's every chance he'll be alive long enough for Quest to get there. Gee, that's reassuring! Off they go and soon Jonny and crew are in Po-Ho land. Turns out Emil and Dr. Quest are old friends. Dr. Quest decides to use an amplifier to announce to the Po-Hos that he is an "air god", and that he is displeased that they took a captive. He speaks their language, after all, one of the few outsiders (naturally) that does so. They then land and Dreena fills them in on what Emil was up to. 

There's some nice atmosphere here. As they talk with Dreena they hear mysterious drums in the jungle, and she relates that the drums had announced Emil's capture. Dr. Quest asks her what the drums are saying now, and she says that they know you are here. Spooky! Bandit, meanwhile, as usual gets into trouble with an armadillo. He's not the smartest. Dr. Quest meanwhile puts his plan into motion. The drums are saying now that Emil is to be sacrificed to a fire god, so Quest is gonna portray an air god again. That doesn't go well, though, and he is captured. *Sigh* What did they expect? 

So now Race Bannon has to rescue him and Emil, and of course Jonny doesn't stay behind like he's told. Dr. Quest and Emil are being subjected to a test of nerves, where the Po-Hos throw poisoned spears at them as they're tied up. Nice. Race uses some purple berries to make himself, well, purple in order to impersonate the Po-Hos water god. I hope this works better. Oh, and they keep calling the Po-Hos savages. Which, I get- I mean, this was the '60's, and so in this sense it's not politically correct, I suppose, by today's standards. The portrayal of the Po-Hos is pretty much a caricature, too. Anyway, Race appears as the water god and the superstitious natives are suitably cowed. Not enough, though, I guess, as their leader continues with the ceremony. 

Race sabotages the Po-Ho canoes while Emil informs us that when the full moon rises hot coals will be dropped into the pit. He and Dr. Quest are now in the sacrificial pit of their fire god. Race puts his plan into action, but I'm wondering- why is the village asleep before they've conducted their sacrifice? No guards? Oh well, Race lowers a rope and soon has Dr. Quest and Emil out of the pit. Well, Emil anyway. A native wakes up and Race has to run for it, and once he gets back to the boat they gun it and pull Dr. Quest out with their outboard motor. Yes, Dr. Quest is pulled by rope through the village and halfway down the river. That looks painful. Good thing Race sabotaged the canoes, though, or they'd be toast. 

So... they are free. Poor Race though. Turns out that the berry juice doesn't wash out, it has to wear off. And it takes three weeks to do that. Jonny has a laugh at Race's expense when Race gets annoyed and Jonny and Hadji pretend to worship him as a water god. Cute. 

I give this one 2/5.

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Tuesday Tagline #198


One girl. One shot. A legend in the making.    

 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week a new Top Ten list will be posted. Everyone is welcome to join. Link back so everyone can check out other bloggers' lists. It's a fun way to get to know fellow bloggers.

This week is Top Ten books that make me smile. Fun topic! At first I wasn't sure how I wanted to tackle this one, then I just kept it simple and came up with whatever came to mind. Turns out it's a pretty good mix of favorite books. 

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

I can't say enough about how this series makes me happy.  

The Shark Club

Eight Hundred Grapes

The Extinction Trials (The Extinction Trials, #1)

One of Us Is Next (One of Us Is Lying, #2)

Bad Girls with Perfect Faces

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Song of the Week #51


This week I'm listening to a classic- and then for a complete change of pace I'm sharing an ambient piece that I just discovered. Enjoy!!   

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Sunday Post #358


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews
It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Book Date  

So how has your world been? I hope everyone is well. Things are pretty scary with the latest news about the virus, with more indications that airborne transmission plays a bigger role (not just the known aerial transmission but the increasing evidence that smaller aerosolized transmission is a thing). I remember back in the early days they said test and contact tracing, along with quarantine, were how to contain this thing. Of course here in the US because of misinformation that hasn't happened. But what can you do? I've been binging Netflix more than I've been reading. I finished up Deadwind (a Finnish show) and I highly recommend. That and Into the Night have been my favorite Netflix shows recently.    

I'm going camping next week so I won't have a Sunday Post next weekend. I'll be in Traverse City for a few days, social distancing and enjoying nature. Hopefully will make it to the sand dunes among other things. I hope everyone has a great week! 

Songs from the DeepGood Girls Lie

Song of the week


Pin on Avion


Good Girls Lie


These videos can be kinda relaxing- just walking around urban areas and seeing the sights. Here's one of the famous Shibuya intersection in Tokyo. 


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