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Episode name english:

 The Roteks

Episode name german:

 Die Roteks

Episode name german alternative:

 Die Rotek-Käfer

Episode name french:

 Les Rotecks

Episode

 8 in season one 

Episode

 8 of 75 overall in 2 seasons 

Previous Episode:

 

07 - The Ultimate Weapon


Next Episode:

 

09 - The Oz Effect



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 October 9th, 1985 on A&E

First aired in Germany:

 1987 at RTL

 

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Alex Sector

-

Jackrabbit

Mask -

Rhino

 (takes damage) Co-Pilot & 

Rhino All-terrain vehicle

 Co-Pilot

Brad Turner

-

Hocus Pocus

Mask -

Condor

 (takes damage) Pilot

Bruce Sato

-

Lifter

Mask -

Rhino

 (takes damage) Pilot & 

Rhino All-terrain vehicle

 Pilot

Buddy Hawks

-

Penetrator

Mask -

Firecracker

 (takes damage) Co-Pilot

Hondo MacLean

-

Blaster

Mask -

Firecracker

 (takes damage) Pilot

Matt Trakker

-

Spectrum

Mask -

Thunderhawk

 (get destroyed) Pilot

 

Civilians:

Scott Trakker

-

T-Bob

 (takes damage) Pilot 

Duane Kennedy


•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 MASK energy room is one of the central elements of the first MASK episodes.

Hidden deep in Boulder Hill, the energy room consists of two parts. The room where the M.A.S.K. agents come together to discuss the mission, and the actual energy room, also called the mask room.

The table and chairs in the energy room are on a huge platform, which rises up following the meeting.

Once the platform has moved up, it reaches the mask room where the masks will be charged for the mission.

The masks are moved out of the ceiling with the energizing device. The energizing device can hold a maximum of 8 masks.

After the energizing device was mopved out of the ceiling, the arms fold out and an energy beam flows through them, into the masks. With this, the masks are then charged for the mission, and can be used.

In the course of the episodes, the energy room always looks different. He has several designs.

 
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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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Rhino has many different technologies as a mobile operations center. One of them has an important role to play in the episode, so I want to highlight it.

Rhino's ATV, it´s All-Terrain Vehicle.

The rear of Rhino, behind the sleeping cabin, houses the ATV. This could be driven out. Rhino leaves the outer part of the 1st axle, the inner wheels form the front axle of the ATV. Then the saddle plate is opened and a driver can take a seat.

The ATV itself is also equipped with weapons.

The ATV was always used when Rhino, or the other vehicles, was broken down, or Rhino did not get on and a small maneuverable vehicle was needed.

The ATV is part of the toy and is a cool feature.


T-BOB technologies, activities, outfits:

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Like all MASK agents' vehicles, Scott's vehicle can transform T-Bob. In this, and many other episodes, T-Bob's default mode can be seen.

T-Bob has a wheel on which he can ride after his transformation, like a one-wheeled scooter.

Scott uses T-Bob very often as a means of transportation, transforming T-Bob into scooter mode.

This mode was also part of the toy, but rather poorly implemented, as T-Bob had 3 wheels here.

 
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In order for Scott to communicate with his father Matt Trakker, T-Bob has installed a communication system.

The keypad, microphone and speaker are located on the back of T-Bob's head. Covered with a flap.

The communication system often helps Scott and T-Bob out of trouble, but Scott has also used it to save a mission or two.

Scott can contact the M.A.S.K. team with it, or he is contacted over it by the M.A.S.K. team.


V.E.N.O.M. TEAM:

Cliff Dagger

-

Torch

Mask -

Jackhammer

 Pilot

Miles Mayhem

-

Viper

Mask -

Switchblade

 (get destroyed) Pilot

Sly Rax

-

Stiletto

Mask -

Piranha

 (get destroyed) Pilot


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

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The Roteks are biologically enigineered insects that appeared in the episode The Roteks.

According to Duane Kennedy of the P.N.A, Roteks were a special breed of metal-eating insects created in a top secret lab for warfare. 'Just drop them behind enemy lines and let them go to town' The insects are deu to multiply each 12 hours, making them a virtually unstoppable pest.

V.E.N.O.M. had managed to get their hands on a colony of Roteks thanks to a spy in the laboratory where they were developed. This undisclosed spy left the colony at exactly the right coordinates for the agents of V.E.N.O.M. to pick them up.

None of the M.A.S.K. vehicles could withstand the destructive power of the Roteks. But Matt Trakker urged Alex Sector to develop a way of driving the insects crazy by using a special frequency emited from Trakker's Spectrum mask. It took a couple of tries to find the correct frequency, but Trakker remembered that the Roteks were especially responsive to the frequency emited from his son Scott's birdcaller.

By using this frequency, Trakker managed to turn the tables on Miles Mayhem and V.E.N.O.M, who became the focus of the Roteks themselves. Later, Trakker used a modified version of this frequency to lure the Roteks back into their containment unit so they could be returned to the laboratory they came from.

 

Voice Cast:

Doug Stone

 as 

Matt Trakker

 

Hondo MacLean

  and 

Bruce Sato

 

Mark Halloran

 as 

Buddy Hawks

 

Sly Rax

 

Cliff Dagger

  and 

Duane Kennedy

 

Brendan McKane

 as 

Alex Sector

 

Miles Mayhem

 

Graeme McKenna

 as 

Brad Turner

 

T-Bob

  and  Elderly motorist 

Sharon Noble

 as 

M.A.S.K. Computer

  and  Woman in library 

Brennan Thicke

 as 

Scott Trakker

 


Summary of The Roteks

Location of the episode*: USA

Summery:

Matt, Scott und T-Bob verbringen ein Wochenede beim Camping. Scott ist, während Matt auf dem Grill das Mittagessen zubereitet, damit beschäftigt, Vögel mit seinem selbstgebauten Lockgerät anzulocken. Die Vögel machen T-Bob ganz schwindelig. Dieser schreckt plötzlich auf und verscheucht somit die Vögel. T-Bob hat Schmerzen. Matt entdeckt auch warum. IHm fehlt der halbe Fuss. Im nächsten Moment fällt auch noch das Wohnmobil auseinander. Matt versucht noch Buddy über das Funkgerät zu erreichen, doch keine Chance. Statt dessen finden die Drei metallfressende Käfer. Zurück im Hauptquartier holt sich Matt Auskunft zu diesen Tieren über sein Bildtelefon bei Mister Kennedy. Dieser erklärt ihm, dass es sich um Rotek-Käfer handelt, welche in einem geheimen Versuch vom Militär gezüchtet wurden, um dem Feind alle Waffen und Ausrüstung zu zerstören. Einer dieser Käfer-Schwärme ist aus einem naheliegenden Labor verschwunden. Dieser ist wohl auch für diesen Schaden verantwortlich. T-Bob nimmt vor Schreck direkt reißaus. Matt beginnt unterdessen mit der Agentenselektion. Diese treffen sich zur Lagebesprechung in Boulder Hill. Anfangs scheint Brad die Lage nicht ganz ernst zu nehmen, wird aber von der Wichtigkeit des Einsatzes überzeugt.nach dem Aufladen der Masken, starten die Mask-Agenten in die Mission, die Käfer wieder einzufangen. Am Campingplatz angekommen erwartet sie ein Bild der Verwüstung, welches sie nur fassungslos bestaunen. Brad erkundet derweil schon einmal mit Condor im Haubschraubermodus die Umgebung. Auch die anderen beginnen mit der Suche nach den Käfern. Alles scheint unauffällig, doch da bricht Rhino die Achse. Sie wurde von den Käfern zerbissen. Auch die anderen kommen in Schwierigkeiten. Matt gelingt es den ersten Käfer zu fangen. Auch Alex und Bruce haben schon einige eingesackt. Hondo bricht während der fahrt das Lenkrad von Firercracker und er landet in einem Fluss. Die Lage entpuppt sich als gefährlicher, wie zuerst vermutet. Alex hat eine Idee, um das Nest der Roteks aufzuspüren. Sie folgen den von den Käfern ausgesendeten Ultraschallwellen bis zum Nest. Hondo und Bruce heben den Boden an der markierten Stelle aus und finden eine Kiste mit Käfern. Jetzt wird klar, die Käfer wurden ausgesetzt. Als auch noch Miles Mayhem mit Switchblade auftaucht, ist klar wer dahinter steckt, Venom! Miles startet direkt zum Angriff. Mask kann sich nur in den Wald zurückziehen. Brad jedoch, dessen Fahrzeug als einziges unbeschädigt geblieben ist, startet zum Gegenangriff. Doch er bekommt direkt noch Gesellschaft von Sly Rax mit Piranha. Die anderen Mask-Agenten helfen so gut es in dieser Situation geht. Die Roteks beginnen auch den Rest der Mask-Fahrzeuge zu fressen. Einige der Käfer schleudert Mask in Richtung Venom. Daraufhin ruft Miles die Roteks mit seinem Lockgerät wieder zurück in die Box. Venom tritt siegessicher den Rückzug an. Mask versucht sich für den bevorstehenden Rückkampf zu wappnen. Scott und T-Bo sind derzeit immer noch im Landhaus und T-Bob versucht sich vor den Roteks zu schützen. Venom schmiedet in der Zwischenzeit schon böse Pläne für den Einsatz der Käfer. Die Mask-Fahrzeuge werden währenddessen behelfsmäßig zusammengeflickt. Über die richtige Ultraschallfrequenz will Mask die Rotek-Käfer besiegen. Matt startet mit Thunderhawk einen Überraschungsangriff auf Venom. Diese sind völlig überfordert. Matt sendet über Spectrum die Frequenz, um die Roteks anzulocken, doch Fehlanzeige. Da wird Matt klar, dass die Roteks das erste mal auftauchten, als Scott sein Vogellockgerät eingesetzt hat. Sie benötigen diese Frequenz! Doch schon im nächsten Augenblick wird Thunderhawk von Sly Rax getroffen und Matt muss eine Bruchlandung mit Totalschaden hinlegen. In der Zwischenzeit versucht T-Bob sich im Garten des Landhauses einzumauern. Er denkt dies sein der einzige Schutz für ihn. Scott hält das für sehr übertrieben. Mask ruft Scott zur Hilfe, um an die richtige Frequenz zu kommen. Dieser eilt natürlich sofort los. Venom will sich gerade über die Reste des Thunderhawk hermachen, als Matt die richtige Frequenz übermittelt bekommt und diese über Spectrum abfeuert. Daraufhin befreien sich die Roteks aus ihrer Box, welche sich in Switchblade befindet und beginnen diesen zu zerfressen. Auch Piranha bleibt nicht verschont. Venom bleibt nur noch eins, die schnelle Flucht in Jackhammer. Matt lockt die Käfer mit seiner Maske wieder zurück in die Box, indem er die Frequenz leicht verändert. Die Gefahr ist gebannt.




Safety tip*
T-Bob tests the safety of his building by smashing one of the bricks with a sledgehammer. It bursts into a thousand pieces and hits T-Bob in the eye. Matt has to clean the robot eye because T-Bob can't see anything anymore. Fortunately, Scott was wearing protective glasses.
 

Facts worth knowing about The Roteks

Small mistakes in the episode*:

•After Matt Trakker approves the M.A.S.K. computer selection of the MASK agents, the computer says 'transmitting M.A.S.K. signal code' but we've already seen each MASK agent receiving the call on their watches individually.
•During the overhead shot in the M.A.S.K. conference room, Matt Trakker is seen wearing his Rhino uniform. In the next shot it has changed to his Thunderhawk outfit. Hondo's outfit also has the wrong colors in the first shot.
•When Hondo MacLean climbs onto the back of Buddy Hawks' motorcycle, Buddy's jacket is blue instead of purple.
•After Brad Turner and Condor are forced onto the ground, the ridge on top of his mask is grey instead of black in one shot.
 

Other publications from The Roteks:

•Golden Books published a book in English with the title The Roteks
•The Golden Books book was published in France by WHITMAN under the title Les Roteks
•The Golden Books book was published in the Netherlands by Deltas under the title De Roteks
•In Germany, a VHS cassette with the episode was released. It was episode 10 of the series. The cover does not show any scene from the episode
•In Germany, a tape with the episode was released. It was episode 10 of the series. The cover does not show a scene of the episode
•The episode was used by Panini for its Stickeralbum from 1987.  

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