Gate Of Darkness



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Episode name english:

 Gate Of Darkness

Episode name german:

 Das Tor der Finsternis

Episode name german alternative:

 Das Tor zur Dunkelheit

Episode name french:

 La porte des ténèbres


 63 in season one 


 63 of 75 overall in 2 seasons 

Previous Episode:


62 - Disappearing Act

Next Episode:


64 - The Manakara Giant

01 - The Deathstone

02 - The Star Chariot

03 - The Book Of Power

04 - Highway To Terror

05 - Video VENOM

06 - Dinosaur Boy

07 - The Ultimate Weapon

08 - The Roteks

09 - The Oz Effect

10 - Death From The Sky

11 - The Magma Mole

12 - Solaria Park

13 - The Creeping Terror

14 - Assault On Liberty

15 - The Sceptre Of Rajim

16 - The Golden Goddess

17 - Mystery Of The Rings

18 - Bad Vibrations

19 - Ghost Bomb

20 - Cold Fever

21 - Mardi Gras Mystery

22 - The Secret Of Life

23 - Vanishing Point

24 - Counter-Clockwise Caper

25 - The Plant Show

26 - Secret Of The Andes

27 - Panda Power

28 - Blackout

29 - A Matter Of Gravity

30 - The Lost Riches Of Rio

31 - Deadly Blue Slime

32 - The Currency Conspiracy

33 - Caesar's Sword

34 - Peril In Paris

35 - In Dutch

36 - The Lippizaner Mystery

37 - The Sacred Rock

38 - Curse Of Solomon's Gorge

39 - Green Nightmare

40 - Eyes Of The Skull

41 - Stop Motion

42 - The Artemis Enigma

43 - The Chinese Scorpion

44 - Riddle Of The Raven Master

45 - The Spectre Of Captain Kidd

46 - The Secret Of The Stones

47 - The Lost Fleet

48 - Quest Of The Canyon

49 - Follow The Rainbow

50 - The Everglades Oddity

51 - Dragonfire

52 - The Royal Cape Caper

53 - Patchwork Puzzle

54 - Fog On Boulder Hill

55 - Plunder Of Glowworm Grotto

56 - Stone Trees

57 - Incident In Istanbul

58 - The Creeping Desert

59 - The Scarlet Empress

60 - Venice Menace

61 - Treasure Of The Nazca Plain

62 - Disappearing Act

63 - Gate Of Darkness

64 - The Manakara Giant

65 - Raiders Of The Orient Express

66 - Demolition Duel To The Death

67 - Where Eagles Dare

68 - Homeward Bound

69 - Battle Of The Giants

70 - Race Against Time

71 - Challenge Of The Masters

72 - For One Shining Moment

73 - High Noon

74 - The Battle For Baja

75 - Cliffhanger

First aired in US:

 Wednesday December 25th, 1985 on A&E

First aired in Germany:

 1988 at RTL


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Alex Sector



Mask (final appearance of this mask) -


 (takes damage) (final appearance) Co-Pilot

Brad Turner


Hokus Pocus

Mask -



Bruce Sato



Mask -


 (takes damage) (final appearance) Co-Pilot

Buddie Hawks



Mask (final appearance of this mask) -


 (takes damage) (final appearance) Pilot

Matt Trakker


Ultra Flash

Mask (final appearance of this mask) -


 (takes damage) (final appearance) Pilot



Scott Trakker



•Mr. Subas
•Elderly motorist (cameo)

M.A.S.K. Technologies:

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M.A.S.K. has its headquarters at a gas station in Boulder Hill. Boulder Hill Gas works as a functional gas station, complete with gas pumps and a repair garage. Buddie "Clutch" Hawks, M.A.S.K. agent in charge of upkeep on the fleet of transforming vehicles, also maintains the gas station's cover as a working facility. If under attack, the gas station has offensive and defensive transformation abilities, including freeze cannons and armor plating.

Inside, M.A.S.K.'s headquarters is far from ordinary; M.A.S.K.'s vehicles are stored inside, as well as theenergizing device that powers the team's masks. Matt Trakker has a subterranean transportation system that shuttles him between his mansion and M.A.S.K. headquarters. All this is supplemented by an incredibly powerful computer.

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The M.A.S.K. Computer is housed at both Matt Trakker's mansion and at Boulder Hill. Trakker often uses voice commands to ask the computer to analyse objects and photographs and has programmed the computer to select the most suitable M.A.S.K. agents for each mission.

Occasionally, Trakker uses a portable version housed in a suitcase that has the same capabilities.

The computer is also connected to all MASK vehicles. So Matt uses it regularly in Thunderhawk to let the computer choose the best agents for the mission.

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Every MASK agent had it, every fan wanted it, the iconic MASK watch.

With the watch, today we would say smartwatch, the agents were informed that they were selected by the M.A.S.K. computer for a mission.

A flashing mask, similar to Matt's Ultra Flash mask, appeared in the watch's display, signaling to the agents that they were needed.

These left thereupon everything and drop, and hurried to the mission.

The watch was silver / red with a metal bracelet.

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The M.A.S.K.Transport Jet is an enormous transport plane used by M.A.S.K. to fly their vehicles to other locations.

In the episode Caesar's Sword, Gloria Baker is seen piloting the Transport Jet with Hondo MacLean as her co-pilot.

In the episode Green Nightmare, Alex Sector and Dusty Hayes are at the controls, with Brad Turner serving as navigator. Alex and Dusty are again seen piloting the vehicle in the episode The Everglades Oddity, while Ace Riker, who is an ex-test pilot, looks over their shoulders.

Alex is once more seen piloting the jet in The Creeping Terror, with Jacques LaFleur as co-pilot and Matt & Scott Trakker in passenger seats while T-Bob is blow drying Scott's hair.

In the episode Plunder of Glowworm Grotto, the pilot is Bruce Sato, with Dusty once again serving as co-pilot and Gloria in the navigators position. However, Bruce boards Julio Lopez's vehicle Firefly and exits the Transport Jet while still in flight. Then Dusty saves Bruce's life using his Backlash mask from inside the Jet's hangar bay door. Thus leaving Gloria allone to pilot the vehicle.

In several episodes, such as Curse of Solomon's Gorge; The Lost Fleet and Follow the Rainbow the Transport Jet lifts off immediately after dispatching the M.A.S.K. vehicles and agents with no indication who could be flying it.

In the episode Panda Power, an unidentified pilot drives a forklift carrying a crate out of the transport, deposits the crate on the ground and leaves.

In the episode Dragonfire, Scott Trakker mistakingly calls the Transport Jet a "hovercraft".

In the episode Stone Trees, the Transport Jet is unable to land in the Canadian forest, so Condor flies out and Volcano dives off the ramp with a parachute. It is unclear if Volcano is being operated by remote control or has an unseen driver since Jacques LaFleur was already on location. It is also unclear who piloted the jet during this mission.

Similarly, in The Scarlet Empress, Raven exits the Jet while it still in the air and the transport pilot is never referenced.

In the episode 'Treasure of the Nazca Plain, Bruce Sato is manning a communication station aboard the jet with Brad Turner and Julio Lopez looking over his shoulder. Who is piloting at this time remains unknown.

In Gate of Darkness, Brad Turner seves as pilot and Buddy Hawks is the navigator. Matt requests that Brad makes a video scan of the Gate of Darkness using a multi-headed camera that deploys from the bottom of the jet. Matt then orders Brad and Dusty to do a Trans-Drop, ejecting their vehicles Condor and Firecracker from the plane while it hovers in mid-air.

Two of the same projectors used as a camera in Gate of Darkness are used to create a magnetic barrier over a ship in The Manakara Giant. Once again, the M.A.S.K. vehicles, in this case Thunderhawk and Raven exit the hovering Transport jet.

In Raiders of the Orient Express, Slingshot, Condor and Thunderhawk are seen boarding the Transport Jet. It remains unknown who opens the landing doors for them. All of them exit the Transport in flight.

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In many episodes, it happens that vehicles of both teams either need to be repaired after the mission, or are completely destroyed.

In the episode, we see that the vehicles can also do minor repairs by themselves.

Rhino drives through a bed of nails and the front left tire bursts and flies away. Interestingly, in one picture you can see how the tire flies away, including the rim, later the rim is back on the hub.

Thereupon Rhino tips over, right into a field of embers. Good that paint has got nothing off.

Bruce straightens Rhino up again with the help of his Lifter mask.

Then we see said rim is back on the hub, flips inward and a new rim with new tire flips out. Repaired.

This is the only time we can see something like this. In other episodes before and also after you don't see that. In the racing season, the agents have to repait by hand.

T-BOB technologies, activities, outfits:

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Bruno Sheppard


Magna Beam

Mask -



Cliff Dagger



Mask -



Miles Mayhem



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Sly Rax



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Voice Cast:

Doug Stone


Matt Trakker


Bruce Sato


Bruno Sheppard

  and  Mr. Subas 

Mark Halloran


Buddy Hawks


Cliff Dagger


Sly Rax

  and  Fakir 

Brendan McKane


Alex Sector


Miles Mayhem


Graeme McKenna




Brad Turner

  and  Elderly motorist(cameo) 

Sharon Noble


M.A.S.K. Computer

  and  Scott's friend 

Brennan Thicke


Scott Trakker


Summary of Gate Of Darkness

Location of the episode*: India
Short summery*: V.E.N.O.M. lures a cobra from a shiva-festival using a floating flute. They are after an ivory throne that is hidden in a maze in the Himalayan Mountains. The markings on the back of the cobra’s head are supposed to show the way through the maze.  

Safety tip*
After watching a Tarzan movie, T-Bob and a friend of Scott's want to climb a tree. But Scott warns them about the dangers of falling.

Facts worth knowing about Gate Of Darkness

Particularly in this episode*:

Dusty Hayes is mentioned by T-Bob during Sly Rax's dancing rope trick.
Brad is seen practicing the drums instead of his usual instrument, the guitar.  

Small mistakes in the episode*:

•Thanks to a misaligned animation cel, Bruce is standing with one foot in a wall just after Matt opens the hidden door to the Gate of Darkness.
•The ivory throne has almost doubled in size after it is tied underneath Switchblade.
Matt Trakker's pants change from blue to brown as he runs back to Rhino to climb aboard.  

Other publications from Gate Of Darkness:

•The episode was used by Panini for its Sticker album from 1987  




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