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Messenger from the Deep

10th of 20 episodes in DiC season 2. Written by Marv Wolfman and Noel Watkins. First aired October 14, 1991.









Previous episode: The Sludge Factor, Part 2
Next episode: The Greatest Evil, Part 1

Wet-Suit and scientist Dr. Sims begin investigating the ruins of an underwater city when they are attacked by Cobra Eels. A stray shot releases a glowing snakelike creature that attacks and absorbs the combatants on both sides. Flint leads a rescue team while Cobra Commander and Destro head for the city in hope of treasure. The two teams meet, and a battle ensues that destroys the Joes' Barracudas and summons the creatures again. The creatures absorb Duke, Scarlett, and Road Pig; meanwhile on the surface, Cobra has overtaken the Joes' base of operations.

Cobra Commander and Destro use their Hammerhead to chase Flint and Heavy Duty through the city, destroying much of the ruins in the process. Somehow their Hammerhead's self-destruct sequence is activated, starting a countdown that will destroy the entire city. Snakes then appear and absorb everyone but Flint, who quickly finds a dry room in the city where all the captive Joes and Cobras are being kept in pods. He activates an orb that explains the ancient city's history and its purpose in collecting and examining primitive life forms. The oracle releases the captives and provides a sub for them to return to the surface. But the Cobras take the sub for themselves and flee. The Oracle transports the Joes back to their surface base before the Hammerhead explodes. The Oracle leaves the Joes with a plea not to destroy themselves as her people once did.

Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Flint416 seconds46 linesat water base, in Barracuda, on sled investigating underwater city, returned to surface
Heavy Duty285 seconds17 linesin Barracuda, on sled investigating underwater city, returned to surface
Cobra Commander251 seconds41 linesin Hammerhead, on sled, seeking treasure in city, evacuating in chopper
Duke224 seconds15 linesin Barracuda, on sled investigating underwater city, returned to surface
Scarlett216 seconds16 linesin Barracuda, on sled investigating underwater city, returned to surface
Wet-Suit153 seconds12 lineson sled investigating underwater city, captured, returned to surface
Destro144 seconds13 linesin Hammerhead, on sled, accompanying Cobra Cmdr in city, evacuating in chopper
Road Pig78 seconds4 lineson sled accompanying Cobra Cmdr in city, evacuating in chopper
 
Background Characters
Capt. Krimov5 seconds(silent)at water base, held prisoner by Range-Viper, greeting returning Joes
Cloudburst5 seconds(silent)at water base, held prisoner by Range-Viper, greeting returning Joes
Cutter5 seconds(silent)at water base, held prisoner by Range-Viper, greeting returning Joes
 
Troops Appearing
Eel87 seconds on sleds attacking Wet-Suit, accompanying Cobra Cmdr
Range-Viper12 seconds holding prisoners at Joe water base, evacuating in chopper
 
Vehicles Appearing
Hammerhead260 seconds used to reach underwater city
Barracuda59 seconds used to reach underwater city
 
Non-Toy Characters: Dr. Sims, Oracle
Non-Toy Equipment: green Joe water sleds, red Cobra attack chopper

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Series 2, Season 2 set (Disc 2, Episode 3)<
  • First appearance: the Barracuda.
  • Dr. Sims never reappears after being captured; his fate remains unknown.
  • The Eels in this episode are simply Sludge Vipers wearing red flippers.