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EPISODE TYPE: Growth Ray (Potion)
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WHAT IS POLLY?: A non anthro, furry, green and yellow colored pet parrot
IS HE MACRO ORIGINALLY?: No
HOW DID HE BECOME MACRO?: Getting zapped with a Molecular Reducer/Enlarger
MACRO NAME: SAME AS BEFORE
REVIEW OF EPISODE: Not to bad as far as a G.I. Joe episode goes. It had the usual Cobra comes up with some far fetched plan, G.I. Joe beats them in some one sided battle. Laser shots go flying by not hitting everyone, as vehicles explode only for everyone to jump out just in time. Seems more like an episode of A-Team sometimes rather then a military cartoon. But this was a strange episode in that it was supposed to be the token Christmas episode that most cartoons have somewhere in the mix. The Christmas theme was really more of an undertone then an actual plot or basis of this. After the opening Christmas toy collection in the hanger ends, and some sad moments with Mutt and of course Polly singing annoying Christmas carols, we have a typical, been there done that G. I. Joe episode.
I suppose when I was younger, I liked this stuff. I didn't realize at the time how lame the story plots really were. But looking back on it now, they really could have done better. A lot of the moments are just silly at best and some of the situations we see in this episode are just not logical. Cobra goes through all this trouble to sneak into G.I. Joe base by shrinking themselves down and hiding in the toys. Ok it's a way to tie it into the whole Christmas theme of the episode. But logically everything after this just seems like a bad plan. First of all they want to sneak in to the base, not so they can defeat G.I. Joe, but so they can steal the good guys vehicles and attack some nearby city there by ruining G.I. Joe's reputation. We have the bad guys infiltrating the base, taking care of some over paid for security system, being returned to normal size and then just locking them on hooks in some freezer. To make matters even worse, Cobra Commander decides to put the key inside with them as if to gloat. And how does Shipwreck get free from his hook, he grips his legs around some frozen side of beef next to him and hoists himself off. It sounds ridiculous if I was just telling someone this without having seen the episode, but this all actually happened. Even Polly as a giant seemed silly at points. The malfunctioning gizmo of Destro's made Polly grow extra big as he laid unconscious. Polly just flies out of there and makes some heroic rescue at the end and Cobra is not seen again after that. It just was like everything was thrown at us so suddenly but none of it made much rhyme or reason overall. Like I said, it's your typical G.I. Joe episode, and when it was on in the 80's it was actually a lot of fun. I suppose it's a bit silly to today's standards but these cartoons never tried to write Shakespeare, just have fun because they could.
The real problems I have here are the plot and reasoning of Cobra and their plan. It really just didn't work for me. If you have a size device why use it for such a lame master plan. Why not either make the troops giant size, or some creature giant size to attack the city or G.I. Joe base? And then why leave G. I. Joe alive with the possibility to escape? You would think they would have learned by now. If they even locked the freezer door they would have at least had them trapped. They couldn't even do that. So instead of wanting to take care of G.I. Joe and capture the base that has all the weapons and technology and secret plans. They just want the vehicles to attack some city named Keystone City. I'm sorry I just found the whole premise to be weak and far fetched. It's no wonder why Cobra never won in all the he years they fought G.I. Joe, they have all these great devices and abilities yet the plans they come up with are so out there that they are doomed from the start. So really the story just was not logical by any standard. Destro being the only one at base too was a little illogical as well and using the size device as a weapon was just a way to get Polly big. Seems like this story could have worked if they came up with a better premise and execution.
Polly as a giant was all right but short lived as well. While it's not technically a blink moment as his growth starts awhile before he shows up to save the day at the end, he really only have a few moments where he does his rescue thing and mostly is played up as a joke at Shipwreck's expense at the end. Polly seemed to get either dumb or annoying as a giant. He was kind of witty and smart alec for the most part in the various episodes that he and Shipwreck appear in. But as a giant all he did was say Christmas sayings. Nothing more. It was like they couldn't think of what a giant Polly would say, so they just decided to give him some Christmas stuff to sing and it was more annoying then amusing. Polly has a good personality and it wasn't used at all to it's best here with Polly as a giant. Even as he awakens from being knocked out by the growth ray, he just is silent, hops about , flies through the roof and heads into the distance. He didn't seem surprised at his size or even confused. It was just all natural to him with no talking or anything. Could have been much better, but if they wanted to leave the episode with a sight gag , it worked for that if anything.
In general, I must say I was a bit disappointed. We have so few giant bird moments out there and this should have been better then it was. The story was weak and Polly as a giant was not to creative in any way. Making Polly big wasn't a bad idea at all but you feel that maybe Junkyard may have worked better as a giant animal as Polly just seemed lost and out of place at times. He rescued planes and rescued Duke but he didn't do much else and that is the true disappointment of what could have been a fun situation really. This episode is about as middle of the road as you can get. You get some growth, you get a giant bird, his moments aren't anything to creative and the animation is normal for the 1980's. Its just very average and will leave you wishing they did better but also give you a good look at a giant Polly on the loose to give Shipwreck hell. Not bad. Could have been much better.
MEMORABLE QUOTES AND MOMENTS IN EPISODE:
(A shrunken Polly gets hit with the reducer/enlarger ray returning him to normal size as he flies over to Shipwreck)
Polly: "Polly feels dizzy.."
(Polly faints on Shipwrecks shoulder)
Shipwreck: "Oh poor Polly."
(Shipwreck puts his fainted parrot onto a small table)
Shipwreck: "I'm gonna miss you durin' the battle with Cobra pal. But not very much."
(A gigantic sized Polly leans his huge beak in towards Shipwreck yelling)
Polly: "MERRY CHRISTMAS! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!"
(Shipwreck just walks away from the huge bird mumbling)
Shipwreck: "Oh..bah humbug!"
FINAL NOTES:*Polly is voiced by none other then (you guessed it) Frank Welker, who again shows up as a voice for a macro creature. Frank Welker has been in many cartoons, way to many to even name and does great animal and monster voices. So it is no surprise that he was the voice of Polly in the G.I. Joe Cartoon, and that his voiced character wound up being macro in the episode.
Factual -- It is very unlikely that Cobra Commander would leave the key inside the freezer for them to get to if they ever got loose (which they did). A real terrorist group would have killed or at least made sure that GI Joe was unable to get free.
Continuity -- Mutt was knocked out by the vapors of the mini jet before he hits the alarm alerting the Joe's. A few moments later he is seen with the rest of the Joe's as they go to attack the Cobra's returned to normal size.
+ :Good idea in making Polly macro, even if it wasn't executed to it's fullest. Some funny lines and moments and good action make for your typical G.I. Joe episode. Shipwreck's lines as he sees the huge Polly stand before him are priceless.
- Not a great plot overall and a lot of parts are just silly and far fetched at best. Polly doesn't do much as a giant and his moments are shot lived without him really accomplishing or saying much other then some annoying Christmas sayings.
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