An elite special missions force fights against the terrorist forces of Cobra.
Based on the successful toy series by Hasbro, GI Joe is the code name for an elite strike force comprising of personnel from all branches of the United States military. Their primary purpose is be a counterforce to the huge terrorist organization called Cobra which is gunning for world domination.
Where do you start on one of the most influential characters of all time. I can not stress enough how much fun this show is. Cobra is a terrorist force intent on taking over the world by any means they can. Cobra is headed by the self obsessed Cobra Commander. This guy built a laser to etch his face on the moon so the world wont forget Cobra. He makes Saddam look like a boy scout considering he not only brainwashed two U.S. towns but constantly overruns middle eastern dictatorships. If it wasn't for Destro his weapons supplier his character has developed wonderfully. The G.I.Joes themselves are led by Brigadier General Hawk but he is constantly in a meeting trying to prove to The Jugglers(Pentagon Beurocrats) that keeping the Joes around is a cheaper option than letting Cobra have its way. Cobra Commander detonated an explosive devise on the San Andreas Fault to raise an island up in the ocean so he could turn it into a legitimate country that gives him diplomatic immunity in the U.S. I have the utmost respect for Larry Hama who was the guy who got the ball rolling in the comic, action figure and cartoon series. Keep up the good work on this cartoon. Yo Joe.
I love this series. I developed an interest in it a couple of years ago and I've loved it ever since. THe battle between Joe and Cobra is very entertaining with colourful characters on both sides. I first saw the show when I was a kid. That was when the show was named ACTION FORCE in the UK. I now have the movie on video and the first half of Season One on DVD. The show has not disappointed me so far.
There's great voice work from 80s voice maestros like Chris Latta and Neil Ross. The humour in the show is very appealing as well as there are constantly petty power struggles in the Cobra ranks. Perhaps the introduction of Serpentor wasn't such a good idea, but the show still had good moments. I heard a rumour that there may be a real life GI JOE movie. I hope there will be. If it's based on the Devil'a Due comic that would be good because what I've seen of that comic is great. Here's hoping.
The P.S.A.'s are basicly the product of their time, mostly because the G.I. Joe animated series is basicly inspired