The Creeping Desert



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Episode name english:

 The Creeping Desert

Episode name german:

 In der Wüste von Acapulco

Episode name german alternative:

 Die Wüste von Acapulco

Episode name french:

 Un désert déshydraté


 58 in season one 


 58 of 75 overall in 2 seasons 

Previous Episode:


57 - Incident In Istanbul

Next Episode:


59 - The Scarlet Empress

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 18th, 1985 on A&E

First aired in Germany:

 1988 at RTL


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Alex Sector



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Gloria Baker



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Jacques Lafleur



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Matt Trakker



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Scott Trakker




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 garage in Boulder Hill houses the MASK vehicles.

To the mission upcoming in the episode, always just the right vehicles in the garage are ready. How this happens, is not to be seen.

The garage for the MASK vehicles is well disguised, as a workshop.

In order to be able to drive the vehicles from out of the garage, the lifting platform is turned 180°, that a flat floor is created, and the back wall of the workshop goes down.

This opens the way for the use of the vehicles for the mission.

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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.

T-BOB technologies, activities, outfits:

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At the beginning of the episode we see the snowy mansion of the Trakkers. Scott kneels in front of T-Bob and once again builds something new into his robot.

To get his allowance, Matt told Scott to clear the sidewalk of the estate of snow.

Shoveling takes too long, Scott thought, so he unceremoniously converted T-Bob into a snow blower.

The snow blower was started with a pull cord on the engine. The snow is announced through openings in T-Bo's feet and ejected through funnels, which he has instead of his hands. This works very effectively. So Scott sat down in his seat of T-Bob and took off.

The conversion can be seen more often in the episode. So T-Bob dries Scott's hair on the flight in the transport jet. Since Scott's hair is wet and T-Bob wears a bathing cap, it can be assumed that the transport jet has a shower. But why are they showering together?

But the snow blower becomes much more important at the end of the episode.

As Scott and T-Bob walk along the beach, they spot V.E.N.O.M. and Jose Sanchez. V.E.N.O.M. presents the rehydrator. To thwart this, T-Bob uses his feet and sucks on the machine.

Escaping with the machine, T-Bob continues sucking sand, and falls down due to the weight. Thus, José Sanchez gets to the rehydrator and wants to escape.

T-Bob again uses the new mode and sucks sand, which he shoots with his funnel hands at José Sanchez. He lands with his jeep in a wall and has to leave the Rehydrator behind.

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In addition to his new job as a snow blower, T-Bob may also prove himself as a vacuum cleaner.

To clean Boulder Hill's exterior, T-Bob has been given a vacuum cleaner hose. The dust collector is the drawer in his belly.

Already in the episode Fog On Boulder Hill we have seen T-Bob how he cleans Boulder Hill. Here, however, still with a broom.

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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.


Miles Mayhem



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 (takes damage) Pilot

Nash Gorey



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 (get destroyed 2x) Pilot

Sly Rax



Mask -


 (takes damage) Pilot

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

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The Dehydrator was an powerful device used by V.E.N.O.M. turn the sunny restorts of Acapulco into scorching desert land unfit for humans to live in.

It is unclear if the V.E.N.O.M. operatives developed this technology themselves or stole it from it's original inventor. They demonstrated the Dehydrator on various pieces of land in Acapulco for the man who hired them for this job, José Sanchez. He was the owner of the Acapulco Arms Hotel and planned to buy up the rest of the worthless properties and use another machine, the Rehydrator to return the land to it's previous state.

V.E.N.O.M. carelessly left the Dehydrator unatended at the last location it was activated, and it was soon found by M.A.S.K. agents Alex Sector and Jacques LaFleur, who deactivated it withoug any fuss.

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The Rehydrator was an device capable of reversing the effect of it's counterpart, the Dehydrator, over a period of time. V.E.N.O.M. planned to sell both machines to wealthy land owner José Sanchez. He was the owner of the Acapulco Arms Hotel and planned to buy up the rest of the worthless properties caused by the Dehydrator when it turned the sunny resorts into scorching deserts.

However, Sanchez demanded to see proof of the machine's capabilities and receive the Rehydrator before he paid V.E.N.O.M. leader Miles Mayhem the promised amount. During the transaction, Scott Trakker and T-Bob were spying on the criminals. The robot had recently been installed with blowers and dryers for hands, and managed to pull the Rehydrator into his arms and make a run for it.

The two of them did not get very far before they were caught by Mayhem and Sanchez. But by that time, vehicles of M.A.S.K. arrived. Sanchez tried to make his escape with the machine in a jeep, but T-Bob used his blower arms to blow sand at the moving vehicle and stop it in it's tracks.

After the battle, agent of M.A.S.K. Jacques LaFleur activated the Rehydrator so it would return all of Acapulco to it's former glory in about six months.


Voice Cast:

Doug Stone


Matt Trakker


Nash Gorey

  José Sanchez  and  Scout #2 

Mark Halloran


Sly Rax


Brendan McKane


Alex Sector


Jacques LaFleur


Miles Mayhem

  and  Scout #1 

Graeme McKenna




Sharon Noble


Gloria Baker


M.A.S.K. Computer


Brennan Thicke


Scott Trakker


Summary of The Creeping Desert

Location of the episode*: Acapulco, Mexico
Short summery*: José Sanchez, the owner of a large complex of Acapulco hotels, hires V.E.N.O.M. to destroy all other land around his own property, by turning it in to a desert wasteland. After the land is destroyed he plans to buy it real cheap and restore the land with a Rehydrator machine.  

Safety tip*
Scott receives his allowance and says he plans to use it to buy firecrackers to blow up some toys with. Matt does not allow it.

Facts worth knowing about The Creeping Desert

Particularly in this episode*:

Gloria Baker is selected by the M.A.S.K. computer but is already on location. She acts as Thunderhawk's co-pilot
Miles Mayhem is wearing his Outlaw outfit and Python mask, but still flying Switchblade.  

Small mistakes in the episode*:

Outlaw falls off a cliff into the water in one scene, a little later he's back with the other vehicles from Team V.E.N.O.M., only to fall off a cliff again.
•When Rhino pulls up next to Volcano to check on Jacques LaFleur, Alex Sector is seen sitting in the passenger seat while he should be driving.
Scott is only wearing swimming trunks when he and T-Bob try to steal the Rehidrator from V.E.N.O.M. But when Sanchez attempts to flee in a jeep, Scott is suddenly wearing his usual blue shirt, jeans and sneakers.  




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