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Countdown for Zartan

2nd of 55 episodes in Sunbow season 1. Written by Christy Marx. First aired September 23, 1985.









Previous episode: Cobra's Creatures
Next episode: Cobra Soundwaves

As Storm Shadow and the Dreadnoks train new Cobra recruits, Cobra Commander sends Zartan to plant a bomb at the new Worldwide Defense Center. Disguised as scientist Dr. Mettier, Zartan plants the bomb but is discovered by Spirit. Spirit is captured by Storm Shadow, but Freedom escapes to alert the Joes, who rally to the center and hold Zartan there.

Zartan ultimately decides to save his own life by revealing the bomb's location. The Joes defuse it, but Zartan escapes confinement shortly thereafter. Meanwhile, Storm Shadow stops the Dreadnoks from torturing Spirit and the real Dr. Mettier and leaves them unattended, giving them the opportunity to escape. Noticing that Zartan's bomb failed to destroy the building, Cobra's air forces attack the center. The Joes hold their own until Spirit arrives in a stolen Cobra Rattler and drives off the enemy.


Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Spirit190 seconds15 linescaptured at defense center, tortured by Dreadnoks, stealing a Rattler
Lady Jaye161 seconds33 linesat Joe HQ, flying Sky Hawk to defense center, directing bomb search, in Sky Hawk during attack
Zartan155 seconds32 linesdisguised as Cobra Cmdr and Dr. Mettier, caught by Joes, escaping
Gung-Ho144 seconds15 linesat Joe HQ, flying Sky Hawk to defense center, looking for bomb, fighting during attack
Stalker142 seconds10 linesat Joe HQ, flying Dragonfly to defense center, looking for bomb, in Dragonfly during attack
Storm Shadow136 seconds11 linestraining recruits, fighting Spirit, stopping Spirit's torture, trying to prevent his escape
Ripper120 seconds7 linestraining recruits, capturing Mettier, watching Spirit's cell, in FANG attacking defense center
Recondo117 seconds9 linesat Joe HQ, flying Dragonfly to defense center, looking for bomb, fighting during attack
Buzzer116 seconds9 linestraining recruits, capturing Mettier, watching Spirit's cell, in FANG attacking defense center
Cobra Commander108 seconds14 lineswatching recruits, overseeing Zartan's mission, in FANG leading defense center attack
Freedom98 seconds at defense center, alerting Joes, exposing Zartan, rescuing Spirit
Doc98 seconds8 linesat Joe HQ, flying Sky Hawk to defense center, looking for bomb, in Dragonfly during attack
Torch90 seconds14 linestraining recruits, capturing Mettier, torturing Spirit, in FANG attacking defense center
Destro89 seconds10 linesobjecting to Zartan and the Dreadnoks, in FANG attacking defense center
 
Troops Appearing
Cobra25 seconds stationed at ziggurat base, in FANGs and CLAWs attacking defense center
Greenshirt2 seconds guarding main entrance of defense center (5:47-5:48)
 
Vehicles Appearing
FANG56 seconds used to attack defense center
Sky Hawk38 seconds used to fly to defense center and defend it from Cobra's attack
Dragonfly26 seconds used to fly to defense center and defend it from Cobra's attack
Rattler25 seconds stolen by Spirit to fly from Cobra base to defense center, used in battle
CLAW12 seconds used to attack defense center
Skystriker5 seconds parked on airfield at Joe HQ
 
Non-Toy Characters: Cobra trainees, Dr. Mettier
Non-Toy Equipment: generic tanks, blue Dreadnok motorcycles

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 1.1 set (Disc 4, Episode 1).
  • This was the first episode aired that was not part of a miniseries. All the toys represented in this episode also appear in The Revenge of Cobra, and Lady Jaye is the only 1985 release to appear.