|View Poll Results: Whats your favorite 5 Part Miniseries from GIjoe|
|Pyramid of Darkness||30||12.99%|
|A Real American Hero. this is the first miniseries.||69||29.87%|
|The Revenge of Cobra||58||25.11%|
|Arise Serpentor, Arise||74||32.03%|
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|02-09-2009, 01:23 AM||#71|
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: New York City
I'm w/snakeeyes22. I voted for POD. The Fatal Fluffies are obvious Gremlins copies, and yes the Shipwreck/Snake Eyes underground freightcar chase is totally a rip from Indiana Jones - Temple of Doom, but POD is ARAH in its prime when the series had been established but its downfall was still a far distant event in the future, and the huge Season 1 was on its way!
The Shipwreck/Snake Eyes adventure duo is the best of the whole Sunbow run. Curiosity leads then to an underwater entrance to a Cobra facility located beneath Enterprise City's subway system! [Why doesn't anyone know about this? Probably because the Crimson Twins who own the tallest towers in the city, pay the politicians to keep it a secret.] They blend in with the Cobra Cube Factory long enough to do some espionage, then escape up to the slums, and into a night club where they meet Satin. We hear her sing an 80's new wave pop song, see Snake Eyes breakdance, and then Satin helps them escape!
The other really cool duo is Alpine/Bazooka. Their dialogue in the Mountain of Glass snow scenes is classic. It just gets better when they get in trouble and then meet Quick Kick who woops Storm Shadow and then rescues them. The part when they crash into headquarters by chopper to meet the Joes is great too - Shipwreck asks QK to repeat what he says, and the audio reverses.
There is a grandiosity to the plot here that seems beyond the level of merely a powerful weapon like MASS or the Weather Dominator. And while the space scenes are a little bizzare, they add to the larger than life quality of it.
I like the pro-feminist msg of Lady Jaye talking back to Admiral Leger after he suggests women are bad luck at sea. The scene when Lady Jaye blushes when under hot mud in an air bubble from her javelin w/Flint is hot. By her expression when they reach the surface as Flint talks, you get the distinct impression Lady Jaye just got wet.
While the 1st two miniseries both show globetrotting plots, POD shows how powerful Cobra has become through its embodiment of Tomax and Xamot in the business world and the control that they exert upon Enterprise City and its politics; Such as when Colonel Slash radios that Shipwreck and Snake Eyes are moving into the civilian sector. There is way more involvement of Cobra and Joe with the larger society here, than in MASS or ROC.
The subplot of the Twins wresting control from CC is a bit of a distraction, but it is funny and it demonstrates why Cobra are the bad guys - teamwork requires trust which Cobra lacks because they each only care about themselves. And while the climax is humorously reached when Alpine yodels destruction down upon Cobra Temple, the transform of The Enterprise Towers into a rocket and gantry is complete filler. Still though, the plot is hyper faster paced in especially the 2nd and 3rd episodes. And the writing is full of character development and humor.
But I also like the other miniseries a great deal.
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