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Arise, Serpentor, Arise! Part 4

4th of 30 episodes in Sunbow season 2. Story by Buzz Dixon, Teleplay by Ron Friedman. First aired September 18, 1986.









Previous episode: Arise, Serpentor, Arise! Part 3
Next episode: Arise, Serpentor, Arise! Part 5

Defying Cobra Commander's orders, Mindbender orders Sgt. Slaughter taken alive. Hawk sends a rescue team to Cobra Island to retrieve him. The Twins extract DNA from the Sarge, and Mindbender combines it with the rest, infusing the collected DNA into a mass of protoplasm. However, Cobra Commander contaminates the DNA and also allows Sgt. Slaughter to escape his cell undetected. The experiment results in a misshapen wild beast that begins marauding through the Terror Drome.

The monster and the Sarge make their way outside at about the same time. Shortly thereafter, the Dreadnoks shoot down the Joe rescue team as it arrives. A fight ensues between Slaughter and the creature, but he is recaptured shortly after defeating it. As the rescue team sneaks into the Terror Drome, Cobra Commander frees Sgt. Slaughter, who destroys his own DNA tube as Mindbender runs his experiment a second time. Despite the loss, the procedure is successful, and Cobra's new leader rises to identify himself as Serpentor.


Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Dr. Mindbender255 seconds43 linescreating and pursuing protoplasm monster; creating Serpentor
Cobra Commander212 seconds25 linesmonitoring Sgt. Slaughter's escape, sabotaging Mindbender's experiments
Destro158 seconds15 linesassisting Dr. Mindbender in lab; helping capture Sgt. Slaughter
Xamot135 seconds20 linestaking Sgt. Slaughter's DNA; recapturing Slaughter; witnessing Serpentor's creation
Tomax132 seconds19 linestaking Sgt. Slaughter's DNA; recapturing Slaughter; witnessing Serpentor's creation
Scrap-Iron93 seconds6 linesmonitoring Mindbender's experiments; defecting to Mindbender; pursuing Sgt. Slaughter
Beach Head78 seconds11 linesgiving casualty report at Joe HQ; leading Cobra Island rescue team
Hawk39 seconds5 linesat Joe HQ; sending rescue team to Cobra Island
Lifeline36 seconds6 linesone of volunteers sent to Cobra Island
Lift-Ticket34 seconds4 linesflying Tomahawk for team sent to Cobra Island
Duke22 seconds2 linesinforming Hawk of Flint's injuries
Mainframe20 seconds2 linesone of volunteers sent to Cobra Island
Monkeywrench18 seconds1 lineflying Swampfire against Tomahawk
Ripper17 seconds2 linesflying Swampfire against Tomahawk
Iceberg17 seconds1 lineone of volunteers sent to Cobra Island
Buzzer12 seconds1 lineflying Swampfire on Cobra Island
Serpentor11 seconds1 linecreated in Dr. Mindbender's second experiment
Thrasher7 seconds1 linesighting Joe Tomahawk; driving Thunder Machine on Cobra Island
 
Background Characters
Low-Light18 seconds (silent)one of volunteers sent to Cobra Island
Leatherneck15 seconds (silent)one of volunteers sent to Cobra Island
Wet-Suit15 seconds (silent)one of volunteers sent to Cobra Island
Dial-Tone10 seconds (silent)one of volunteers sent to Cobra Island
Torch8 seconds (silent)flying Swampfire against Tomahawk
Cross-Country2 seconds (silent)one of volunteers sent to Cobra Island (3:49-50)
Slip-Stream2 seconds (silent)returning to HQ in Conquest (2:53-54)
 
Troops Appearing
Viper72 seconds3 linesguarding, pursuing, and recapturing Sgt. Slaughter; attacked by rescue team
BAT36 seconds attacking Sgt. Slaughter; subduing Sgt. Slaughter in Mindbender's lab
Crimson Guard18 seconds1 lineattacked by protoplasm monster
Tele-Viper9 seconds assisting Dr. Mindbender in lab
Motor Viper9 seconds1 linedriving Stuns to search for Sgt. Slaughter and patrol Cobra Island
Strato-Viper5 seconds stunning Sgt. Slaughter on cargo plane
Greenshirt2 seconds returning to Joe HQ in wrecked vehicles
 
Vehicles Appearing
Tomahawk54 seconds used to transport rescue team to Cobra Island; shot down
Swampfire21 seconds used to fight Tomahawk on Cobra Island
Stun16 seconds used to search for Sgt. Slaughter and patrol Cobra Island
Conquest X-304 seconds used by Slip-Stream to return to Joe HQ
Thunder Machine3 seconds used to pursue Tomahawk on Cobra Island
AWE Striker2 seconds returning to HQ after Genghis Khan battle (2:59-3:00)
Trubble Bubble2 seconds used to patrol Cobra Island (10:46-47)
Armadillo1 second returning to HQ after Genghis Khan battle (3:00)
 
Non-Toy Characters: protoplasm monster
Non-Toy Equipment: Cobra cargo plane

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 2.0 set (Disc 1, Episode 4).
  • The 2008 release of the DVD with related figures (Cobra BAT, Dusty, and Serpentor) included a barely-articulated figure of Montezuma's Skeleton.