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Cobra Soundwaves

3rd of 55 episodes in Sunbow season 1. Written by Ted Pedersen. First aired October 17, 1985.









Previous episode: Countdown for Zartan
Next episode: Cobra Stops the World

In the Middle East, a Rattler ambush lures G.I. Joe Skystrikers to a Cobra base whose ultrasonic weapon tears the Joe planes apart, causing Ace, Gung-Ho, and Roadblock to be captured. They are taken to an Arena of Sport and pitted against a giant robotic crab. The Joes eventually escape the arena and find their way to an underground river beneath the base. Meanwhile, Flint prepares to defend the nearby oil fields of Sheik Ali while Scarlett persuades Wild Bill to take her on an unauthorized search for the three missing Joes.

Cobra attacks the oil fields while the Joes are missing their air power and their best soldiers. Scarlett spots the missing Joes just as they emerge from the river, and they quickly return to Ali's palace to board Skystrikers. They save the day at the oil fields, but Sheik Ali is kidnapped while watching the action. A team of Joes uses the underground river to sneak around the Cobra base for a rescue, and others use Skystrikers as a ruse to draw out the ultrasonic weapon, which is then attacked using gliders, which are immune to the weapon's effect. The rescue team saves Sheik Ali as Cobra's leaders escape, and the sheik treats the Joes to a banquet of food prepared by Roadblock and Wild Bill.


Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Gung-Ho276 seconds22 linesin Skystriker pursuing Rattlers, captured, escaping, in boat to rescue Sheik Ali; at banquet
Ace268 seconds38 linesin Skystriker pursuing Rattlers, captured, escaping, in Skystriker to Cobra base; at banquet
Roadblock221 seconds15 linesin Skystriker pursuing Rattlers, captured, escaping, in Skystriker to Cobra base; fixing a meal
Cobra Commander143 seconds21 linesusing Ultrasonic Weapon against Joes; at base monitoring events; in Arena of Sport
Scarlett120 seconds17 linestaking Dragonfly to search for Joes, flying Skystriker to oil fields, in boat to rescue Sheik Ali; at banquet
Destro107 seconds15 lineswarning Cobra Cmdr against overestimating Joes
Wild Bill89 seconds10 linestaking Dragonfly to search for Joes and defend oil fields, in boat to rescue Sheik Ali; fixing a meal
Flint88 seconds11 linescommanding defense of oil fields; at banquet
Airborne62 seconds7 linesdefending oil fields, sensing Ali's capture, flying Falcon Glider against Cobra base; at banquet
Breaker26 seconds1 linedefending oil fields; at banquet
Maj. Bludd23 seconds2 linesdisguised as a merchant, capturing Sheik Ali
Grunt11 seconds1 lineflying a Falcon Glider against Cobra base
Wild Weasel10 seconds4 linesleading Rattlers to lure Joes to Cobra base; ordering retreat from oil fields
 
Troops Appearing
Crimson Guard80 seconds6 linesin Arena of Sport; pursuing escaping Joes; guarding Sheik Ali
Cobra80 seconds1 lineflying CLAWs and Rattlers against Joes in desert and at oil fields
Cobra Officer27 seconds throwing Ace, Gung-Ho, and Roadblock into Arena of Sport; guarding Sheik Ali
Greenshirt9 seconds flying a Falcon Glider against Cobra base
 
Vehicles Appearing
Skystriker134 seconds used to follow Rattlers to Cobra base, defend oil fields, and bait Cobra's weapon
Rattler72 seconds used to lure Joes to Cobra base and attack oil fields
Dragonfly53 seconds used to search for missing Joes, defend oil fields, and rescue Sheik Ali
CLAW51 seconds used to pursue crashed Joe pilots and attack oil fields
Falcon Glider19 seconds used to fight Cobra's Ultrasonic Weapon
APC14 seconds seen during oil field attack
MOBAT13 seconds deployed from palace, seen at oil field attack
Slugger8 seconds deployed from palace, seen at oil field attack
VAMP8 seconds deployed from palace, seen at oil field attack
Wolverine6 seconds deployed from palace, seen at oil field attack
Armadillo4 seconds deployed from palace (early design)
FLAK3 seconds seen at oil field attack
PAC/RATs3 seconds Missile Launcher deployed from palace
Viper Glider2 seconds used to attack oil fields (13:23-24)
 
Non-Toy Characters: Sheik Ali
Non-Toy Equipment: ultrasonic weapon, Cobra helicopter, robotic crab

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 1.2 set (Disc 6, Episode 5) and is titled "Cobra Sound Waves" on the menu.
  • First appearance: Wild Weasel.
  • This episode appears to have been produced before The Pyramid of Darkness, since the only post-TROC 1985 appearance is from the Armadillo, which has an awkward early design.