The Manakara Giant



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Episode name english:

 The Manakara Giant

Episode name german:

 Der Manakara Gigant

Episode name german alternative:

 Der Gigant von Manakara

Episode name french:

 Un aimant géant


 64 in season one 


 64 of 75 overall in 2 seasons 

Previous Episode:


63 - Gate Of Darkness

Next Episode:


65 - Raiders Of The Orient Express

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02 - The Star Chariot

03 - The Book Of Power

04 - Highway To Terror

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31 - Deadly Blue Slime

32 - The Currency Conspiracy

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34 - Peril In Paris

35 - In Dutch

36 - The Lippizaner Mystery

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38 - Curse Of Solomon's Gorge

39 - Green Nightmare

40 - Eyes Of The Skull

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44 - Riddle Of The Raven Master

45 - The Spectre Of Captain Kidd

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47 - The Lost Fleet

48 - Quest Of The Canyon

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53 - Patchwork Puzzle

54 - Fog On Boulder Hill

55 - Plunder Of Glowworm Grotto

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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

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75 - Cliffhanger

First aired in US:

 Thursday December 26th, 1985 on A&E

First aired in Germany:

 1988 at RTL



Bruce Sato



Mask -


 Pilot & Co-Pilot

Calhoun Burns



Mask -



Gloria Baker



Mask -


 (final appearance) Pilot

Matt Trakker



Mask -





Scott Trakker



•Stephen Mandrake

M.A.S.K. Technologies:

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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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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.


Miles Mayhem



Mask -


 (get destroyed) Pilot

Sly Rax



Mask -



Vanessa Warfield



Mask -


 (get destroyed) Pilot

V.E.N.O.M. Technologies:

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How V.E.N.O.M. managed to get the magnetic beam is not known. In the consequence we make acquaintance with it.

At the beginning of the episode, V.E.N.O.M. uses the beam to strand a cargo ship on an island.

The instruments go crazy and the beam attracts anything made of metal.

It does not matter if they are ships, MASK vehicles or even VENOM's own vehicles, as happens to Sly Rax with Piranha.

When the M.A.S.K. team reaches the island with the transport jet, they protect another ship that is about to be hijacked with the jet's built-in camera that puts a shield over the ship.

Scott ends up getting his hands on the magnetic beam and starts playing with it. In the process, he destroys both the machine and Switchblade and Manta, which crash into the magnetic beam.


Voice Cast:

Doug Stone


Matt Trakker


Bruce Sato

  and  sailor #1 

Mark Halloran


Sly Rax

  and  sailor #2 

Brendan McKane


Miles Mayhem

  chief  and  sailor #3 

Graeme McKenna




Brad Turner

  Stephen Mandrake  and  sailor #4 

Sharon Noble


Gloria Baker


Vanessa Warfield


Brennan Thicke


Scott Trakker


Summary of The Manakara Giant

Location of the episode*: Manakara, Madagascar
Short summery*: A cargo ship crashes on a beach under mysterious circumstances. Native people say it is the ghost of Manakara. It is actually V.E.N.O.M. (obviously) and they have a strange new magnetic device that gets a hold of T-Bob, as well as the M.A.S.K. vehicles.  

Safety tip*
Matt holds a firedrill in the mansion and reminds Scott and T-Bob they should always have a fire route mapped out in advance and have a rope or chain ladder handy in case they're on the second floor.

Facts worth knowing about The Manakara Giant

Particularly in this episode*:

Matt and Gloria take Shark along on their investigation, later Bruce Sato arrives with Thunderhawk.
•When Matt calls in the team, there is no agent call-up sequence, it cuts straight to a shot of the Thunderhawk.
•On the Transport Jet, two of the same projectors used as a camera in Gate of Darkness are now used to create a magnetic barrier over a ship in.  




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