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The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 1:
The Further Adventures of G.I. Joe

7th of 55 episodes in Sunbow season 1. Written by Ron Friedman. First aired September 16, 1985.






Previous episode: Haul Down the Heavens
Next episode: The Pyramid of Darkness, Part 2

As expected, Cobra attacks the launch of G.I. Joe's space shuttle, but the attack is a ruse to plant Zartan and the Dreadnoks on board. Defended by large robots, Cobra's leaders escape the battle, taking temporary refuge in the Crimson Twins' Enterprise Towers before relocating to a remote base hidden behind a waterfall.

As the space shuttle docks at Space Station Delta, Zartan uses creatures called Fatal Fluffies to take over the station and capture the Joes on board. He then turns the station on Joe Headquarters, firing bursts of energy that leave the base in shambles. Meanwhile, Shipwreck, Snake-Eyes, and their animal companions have followed the robots that assisted Cobra Commander and found an underground complex and subway system. Donning Cobra work outfits, they attempt to infiltrate the hidden base but are stopped at a security checkpoint.


Appearing Cast and Equipment

Featured Characters
Cobra Commander164 seconds23 linesleading shuttle attack, escaping to Enterprise Tower, at waterfall base
Shipwreck163 seconds25 linesin Skystriker defending shuttle, taking SHARC to Cobra base, disguised as Snakeling
Polly144 seconds3 lineswith Shipwreck defending shuttle and in SHARC to Cobra base
Snake Eyes127 seconds cornering Cobra Cmdr, taking SHARC to Cobra base, disguised as Snakeling
Tomax123 seconds10 linesin Trubble Bubble in shuttle attack, escaping to Enterprise Tower, at waterfall base
Xamot121 seconds10 linesin Trubble Bubble in shuttle attack, escaping to Enterprise Tower, at waterfall base
Mutt91 seconds11 linescommanding space shuttle, captured in space station takeover
Timber77 seconds cornering Cobra Cmdr, with Snake Eyes in SHARC to Cobra base
Flint74 seconds13 linesleading defense of space shuttle, chasing Destro, at Joe HQ during satellite attack
Destro65 seconds6 linesleading Rattlers in shuttle attack, escaping to Enterprise Tower, at waterfall base
Zartan55 seconds4 lineson shuttle disguised as Sgt. Popper, taking over Space Station Delta
Lady Jaye50 seconds12 linesin Skystriker defending shuttle, chasing Destro, at Joe HQ during satellite attack
Roadblock43 seconds3 linesin JUMP defending shuttle, in SHARC, at Joe HQ during satellite attack
Dusty43 seconds2 linescommanding space shuttle, captured in space station takeover
Breaker42 seconds3 linesin space shuttle to Space Station Delta
Duke37 seconds2 linesin command at Space Station Delta until takeover
Scarlett32 seconds4 lineson Space Station Delta during takeover
Alpine27 seconds4 linesin JUMP defending shuttle, at Joe HQ during satellite attack
Bazooka24 seconds3 linesin JUMP defending shuttle, at Joe HQ during satellite attack
Gung-Ho20 seconds1 linedriving Slugger to defend shuttle, at Joe HQ during satellite attack
 
Background Characters
Clutch35 seconds cornering Cobra Cmdr after shuttle attack, on space station during takeover
Steeler33 seconds (silent)in space shuttle to Space Station Delta
Footloose32 seconds (silent)in JUMP defending shuttle, at Joe HQ during satellite attack
Junkyard14 seconds on shuttle and space station; Timber mistakenly colored as Junkyard on shore
Quick Kick14 seconds (silent)erroneously seen at Joe HQ during satellite attack
Torch13 seconds1 linestowing away on shuttle, riding Ferret during station takeover
Buzzer13 seconds (silent)stowing away on shuttle, riding Ferret during station takeover
Ripper13 seconds (silent)stowing away on shuttle, riding Ferret during station takeover
Rock 'n Roll12 seconds (silent)at Joe HQ during satellite attack; Clutch mistakenly colored as RnR in one shot
Barbecue8 seconds (silent)at HQ during satellite attack, putting out fires at HQ
Wild Bill6 seconds (silent)at Joe HQ during satellite attack
Grunt3 seconds (silent)in JUMP defending shuttle (3:39-3:42)
Scrap-Iron3 seconds (silent)driving Stinger during shuttle attack
Ace1 second (silent)at Joe HQ during satellite attack (19:36)
Cover Girl1 second (silent)at Joe HQ during satellite attack (17:27)
 
Troops Appearing
Cobra11 seconds flanking Cobra Cmdr and flying Trubble Bubbles during shuttle attack
Greenshirt6 seconds in JUMPs, on foot, and driving Sluggers and VAMP2's to defend shuttle
Crimson Guard2 seconds operating HISSes during shuttle attack (2:41-2:42)
Cobra Officer1 second in Enterprise Tower (10:56)
 
Vehicles Appearing
SHARC148 seconds used to fight water robots and follow Cobra Cmdr into Cobra base
Skystriker104 seconds used to defend space shuttle and pursue Destro
Rattler68 seconds used in shuttle attack, flown by Destro to escape Joes
HISS67 seconds used to fire nets to trap space shuttle
Trubble Bubble33 seconds used to plant thrusters on space shuttle
Stinger27 seconds used in shuttle attack
JUMP21 seconds used to defend space shuttle
Mauler19 seconds used to defend space shuttle
Slugger9 seconds used to defend space shuttle
Ferret5 seconds used by Dreadnoks during takeover of Space Station Delta
Armadillo4 seconds used to defend space shuttle
Dragonfly3 seconds used to defend space shuttle
VAMP Mark II3 seconds used to defend space shuttle
 
Non-Toy Characters: Snakelings (Cobra factory workers)
Non-Toy Equipment: space shuttle, Space Station Delta, Cobra water robots, security robot

Misc. Notes

  • On the DVDs from Shout! Factory, this episode is included in the Season 1.1 set (Disc 3, Episode 1).
  • This was the first episode to air in the Sunbow series' first season, but six other episodes contain elements that suggest they were produced earlier, particularly a blue Snake Eyes aand 1985 vehicles appearing only with prototype designs.
  • First appearances (in order): Polly, Tomax, Xamot, Alpine, Bazooka, Footloose, Dusty, Quick Kick, and Barbecue; the Ferret. Note that Quick Kick's appearance at Joe Headquarters in this episode is an error; he does not join the Joe Team until Part 4.
  • The 2008 release of the DVD with related figures (Quick Kick, Snake Eyes, Maj. Bludd, and Cobra Commander) included a small purple block meant to represent a control cube.