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Operation Dragonfire: Day 1

6th of 10 episodes between the regular seasons of the Sunbow and DiC series. Written by Doug Booth. First aired September 4, 1989.

Preceded by: Operation Dragonfire Opening Sequence
Next episode: Operation Dragonfire: Day 2

Slaughter's Marauders are hooking up a generator to provide power to a poor Himalayan village. A journalist called Scoop puts a sinister twist on his coverage of their work. Cobra monitors the Joes' operation, intent on attacking a nearby monastery to acquire a secret weapon inside; and Destro dumps the Baroness in favor of Zarana. When Cobra attacks, the monks at first refuse to respond, and Cobra fights off the Joes when they arrive. Once Scoop saves Sgt. Slaughter from a burning building after his tank crashes, Slaughter is impressed and recruits him.

When Cobra attacks the central monastery, the monks begin chanting to activate their weapon, and serpentine waves of energy form a force field around the monastery. A Crimson Guardsman posing as a monk records the chant and relays it to Cobra via Scoop, who himself is a Crimson Guard captain. Cobra overruns the monastery and prepares to harness the power of the Dragonfire weapon. Meanwhile, the Baroness and Gnawgahyde steal away with the mutated Cobra Commander.

Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Scoop213 seconds28 linesfilming at village; driving Raider; joining Joe Team; with Crimson Guard; reporting to Serpentor
Serpentor185 seconds24 linesat base; leading attack on monastery in F.A.N.G. II; activating Dragonfire
Sgt. Slaughter167 seconds22 linesleading defense of monastery in Equalizer; saved from fire; chased by Cobra
Destro139 seconds14 linesat base; in Razorback to attack monastery; deciphering Dragonfire texts
Rock 'n Roll123 seconds18 linesat village; in Raider to defend monastery; chased by Cobra; watching Dragonfire activate
Low-Light102 seconds9 linesat village; in Raider to defend monastery; suspicious of Scoop ; watching Dragonfire activate
Baroness79 seconds5 linesdumped by Destro; in H.I.S.S. II to attack monastery; stealing Cobra Commander
Zarana64 seconds4 linesmocking Baroness; with Destro during monastery attack; noticing Cobra Cmdr's disappearance
Gnawgahyde61 seconds7 linesat base; in H.I.S.S. II to attack monastery; stealing Cobra Commander
Footloose33 seconds (silent)at village; in Lynx to defend monastery; watching Dragonfire activate
Cobra Commander25 seconds (silent)in snake form at base; wheeled into monastery; stolen by Baroness and Gnawgahyde
Background Characters
Spirit19 seconds (silent)at village; in Armadillo to defend monastery; guarding monastery; watching Dragonfire activate
Barbecue18 seconds (silent)at village; in Raider to defend monastery; putting out fire; watching Dragonfire activate
Copperhead5 seconds (silent)inside monastery as Dragonfire is activated
Troops Appearing
Crimson Guard97 seconds9 linesdisguised as monk to record chants; meeting with Scoop; inside monastery
Night-Viper46 seconds1 lineat base; attacking monastery in H.I.S.S. II's and Devastators; inside monastery
Frag-Viper13 seconds attacking Joes inside monastery
T.A.R.G.A.T.10 seconds attacking Joes inside monastery
Vehicles Appearing
F.A.N.G. II83 seconds used by Serpentor to attack monastery
Razorback76 seconds used by Destro to attack monastery
H.I.S.S. II71 seconds used to attack monastery and unload Night-Vipers
Raider62 seconds used to defend monastery
Equalizer49 seconds used to defend monastery; crashed, pinning Sgt. Slaughter
Devastator16 seconds used to attack monastery
Armadillo13 seconds used to defend monastery
Lynx10 seconds used to defend monastery
Hovercraft3 seconds seen at beginning of first monastery attack
Non-Toy Characters: Rin-Po Shei

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Series 2, Season 1 set (Disc 1, Episode 1)
  • First appearances (in order): Scoop, Night-Vipers, Gnawgahyde, T.A.R.G.A.T.s, and Frag-Vipers; the F.A.N.G. II, Razorback, Cobra Hovercraft, Devastator, H.I.S.S. II, Raider, Slaughter's Marauders Armadillo, Lynx, and Equalizer.
  • Beginning with Operation Dragonfire, DiC takes over G.I. Joe animated storytelling. Most parts are recast (with Cobra Commander, Sgt. Slaughter, and the Baroness as notable exceptions), and pre-existing characters have new animation models and color schemes, even if they did not receive new figures in stores.
  • DiC stories contain almost no references to Sunbow's episodes. This episode is the exception, since Cobra Commander was left mutated into a serpentine form at the end of G.I. Joe: The Movie.