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Dinosaucers
Dinosaucers-Title.jpg
Dinosaucers title screen
Format Animated series
Created by Michael E. Uslan
Starring See voice cast below
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 65
Production
Running time approximately 0:22 (per episode)
Broadcast
Original channel first-run syndication
Original run September 14, 1987 – December 11, 1987

Dinosaucers was an animated television series created by DIC Entertainment in association with Ellipse Programmé that originally aired in syndication in the USA in 1987. 65 total episodes were made and the show only lasted one season during the 1987-1988 television season.

The show's first season (episodes 1 to 21) can be purchased individually by episode or in its entirety from online retailer Amazon.com.

There were originally plans to release a Dinosaucers toyline, and prototype figures were produced; however the line was scrapped after the show was cancelled. The toys included Stego, Bronto-Thunder, Allo, Bonehead, Plesio, Quackpot, Ankylo, and Genghis Rex.

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Description

The show follows the Dinosaucers and their battles against the evil Tyrannos. Each group is composed of intelligent anthropomorphic dinosaurs or other prehistoric reptilian species. The Dinosaucers are also allied with four humans known as the Secret Scouts. The two groups originally come from a planet in a counter-Earth orbit known as Reptilon. Most of the characters are named after the type of prehistoric animal they are based on, or some pun of the name.

Both groups have a central base of operations. The Dinosaucers' base is called Lava Dome and is located in a mountain area, in a dormant volcano. The Tyrannos' base is located under a tar pit. Each of the groups' members save for Teryx and Terrible Dactyl–who can themselves fly–have flying ships in which they can travel and do battle. Most ships actually resemble the personae of their respective owners. Along with their individual ships, both groups have a large mothership of sorts as well.

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Dinovolving

All the Dinosaucers have a button on the front of their uniforms which instantly devolves them to their non-anthropomorphic dinosaur state, while retaining their intelligence and speech capacity. This special ability is called Dinovolving and initially appeared to be a significant element of the series, as both Allo and Bronto Thunder Dinovolved in the first episode. Despite the apparent technological advantage, most of the later episodes did not feature any Dinovolving. Teryx was the only Dinosaucer who would never Dinovolve throughout the series, while Allo, Tricero, Bonehead and Bronto Thunder would use the ability in more than one episode.

The Tyrannos don't have the secret of Dinovolving, and a few episodes even revolve around their plans to steal the technology somehow. However they do possess a special raygun called a devolver. Blasting a living creature with this weapon has the same "devolving" effect as Dinovolving, but also reduces the victim's intelligence and removes the ability to speak. In any case, the device often winds up being used against them, to much comedic effect, rather than on the Dinosaucers. In this fashion, Genghis Rex, Ankylo, Quackpot and Brachio were all changed into primitive dinosaurs at various times in the series. The Tyrannos also possess a weapon called a "fossilizer", which is capable of turning its target into stone, as well as reversing the condition.

Characters

Dinosaucers

The Dinosaucers and the Secret Scouts. From left to right: (rear) Stego, Tricero, Bronto Thunder, Allo, Bonehead, Ichy, Teryx, Dimetro (front) Ryan, Sara and David; Paul is absent, photographing the group.

The Dinosaucers are the forces of good in the series and have a total of 8 members in their group.

  • Allo is an evolved Allosaurus and the leader of the Dinosaucers. Allo is calm, collected and serious. He wears blue and teal armor, a teal helmet, and has brown skin. He has a wife named Vera, a daughter named Alloetta and even a maid named Gatormaid (a play on Gatorade). He is the nephew of the Dinosorceror and Dinosorceress (rulers of Reptilon). His address on Reptilon is "where Palmer Avenue meets Emerson and Lake".
  • Dimetro is another member of the Dinosaucers and Allo's assistant. Dimetro is the scientist/mechanic of the group. He wears brown and red armor, a blue mask on his head, has aqua green skin and speaks with a slight Scottish accent. Dimetro is an evolved Dimetrodon, which is a synapsid or mammal-like reptile, rather than a dinosaur.
  • Bronto Thunder is an evolved Apatosaurus. Often considered to be the second-in-command of the Dinosaucers, he usually takes command when Allo is away from Lava Dome. Bronto Thunder has a girlfriend back on Reptilon named Apatty Saurus, and was a "rep" for a ceramic tile shop before he became a Dinosaucer. Bronto Thunder's name is an example of a tautology, as "bronto" means "thunder" in Ancient Greek.
  • Stego is an evolved Stegosaurus and a rather dim-witted recruit when compared to the rest of the team. He tries to be brave, but is prone to panic attacks and general cowardice. Stego can pull his head inside his Dinosaucers' uniform, much like a turtle.
  • Tricero is an evolved Triceratops. He had a history for doing investigative work back on Reptilon, and provides a voice of calm reason. Tricero was a member of the law-enforcing Tricerocops on Reptilon before he became a Dinosaucer.
  • Bonehead is Allo's nephew and, as his name suggests, is not particularly bright. Has a baby brother named Numbskull (Nummy). Mother Bonehilda is a famous scientist, and Allo's sister. Bonehead is an evolved Pachycephalosaurus.
  • Ichy, whose name is pronounced "Icky", is an evolved Ichthyosaurus, a prehistoric aquatic reptile. He has a pointed beak, a tail with fins or flukes, grey skin and wears green armor. He also wears dark green flippers on his feet, rather than boots. Ichy (and Plesio) can talk to sea creatures.
  • Teryx is the only female Dinosaucer. She is an evolved Archaeopteryx, which was once thought to be a transitional form between theropod dinosaurs and birds. She has white feathers and wears pink armor. Teryx has a crush on Ichy, but fears it won't work out because she is a flying creature, while Ichy is aquatic. Teryx used to be an actress on Reptilon's daytime television before she became a Dinosaucer.

Secret Scouts

The Secret Scouts are four teenage humans who help the Dinosaucers as allies. According to the opening credits they met them when they first arrived and gained powers through magic rings they were given. They are some of the closest friends the Dinosaucers have while they are on Earth.

The Secret Scouts. (From left to right) Sara, Paul, Ryan and David
  • Ryan Spencer is a blond haired male teenager who seems to be the smartest and most athletic of the group. He doesn't seem to get into as much trouble as his three friends do. He is Sara's brother.
  • Sara Spencer is a blond haired female teenager and the only girl of the Secret Scouts. She is quite athletic and informative often teaching the Dinosaucers, albeit confusing to them, Earth-related notions. With her ring power, she can jump at amazing heights for short periods of time. She has a pet cat named Missy. She often goes on adventures with Bronto Thunder and relates very well to the only female Dinosaucer, Teryx. She is Ryan's sister.
  • Paul (surname unknown/not given) is an African American male teenager who seems to find the Dinosaucers thrilling and fun. He also has a pet dog named Charlie who has caused a lot of trouble for the Dinosaucers in various episodes. His Scout ring lets him run at enhanced speed over long distances. He generally spends a lot of time with Dimetro.
  • David (surname unknown/not given) is a black haired teenage male who is the wild one of the bunch. Often getting into trouble and making matters worse by getting the Dinosaucers involved in his "act first and think second" tactics. He is strong and athletic, and although he doesn't quite have the sharp intellect of Paul or Ryan, he is creative and a quick thinker. He is often involved with various adventures with Stego and Bonehead.

Tyrannos

The Evil Tyrannos. (From left to right) Styraco, Plesio, Genghis Rex, Quackpot, Brachio, Ankylo and Terrible Dactyl

The Tyrannos are the forces of evil in the series and have a total of 7 members in their group.

During the course of the series, Plesio, Terrible Dactyl and Quackpot would all betray Genghis Rex at least once over matters of conscience.

  • Genghis Rex or usually referred to as simply "Rex", is the leader of the Tyrannos, as well as Allo's evil counterpart. He is an evolved Tyrannosaurus, has red skin and wears orange and blue armor. Living up to his species' reputation, he is brutal and tyrannical, and has a violent temper. He appears in every episode except for episode 13 (Trick or Cheat) and episode 59 (The Babysitter) in which Quackpot was the sole Tyranno to appeared in. However, none of the Tyrannos appeared in episode 35 (Fine-Feathered Friends) and episode 51 (Dinosaur Dundy).
    Typically, Rex will insult his compatriots with plays on dinosaur words or names, such as idiot-tops or tail-for-brains, whenever things do not go according to his plans. In exchange, Rex endures being called many flattering and important sounding names by the other Tyrannos, such as Bossasaur and Your Scaliness. A running gag throughout the series is that Rex strongly objects to the use of the term Chiefasaur when addressing him (a reference to the "don't call me 'Chief'" running gag of Perry White from the 50s Superman show). As a villain, he tends to be staggeringly inept, always losing to the Dinosaucers in the end.
    Genghis Rex had deep feelings for Teryx and even attempted to kidnap and marry her, but she resisted since she was in love with Ichy. Rex also has an equally evil sister residing on Reptilon, named Princess Dei.
  • Ankylo is Genghis Rex's dimwitted, sycophantic assistant and is another member of the Tyrannos. Ankylo bears a resemblance to a warthog and exhibits porcine characteristics, often snorting when he speaks. He wears grey armor, has red skin and has a special weapon called the Anklebuster which creates a chain made out of energy, often used to disable the Dinosaucers. Ankylo is an evolved Ankylosaurus.
  • Quackpot is an evolved Hadrosaurus. Quackpot is the practical joker of the group, much to the ire of the other Tyrannos. Like Ankylo, Quackpot is red. Quackpot makes a quacking sound like a duck in comparison to his appearance. Quackpot was the star of a children's television show back on Reptilon called Duckbill's Playhouse, under the stage name T.B. Duckbill.
  • Brachio is an evolved Brachiosaurus. Brachio is the archetypal thug of the gang and is gray. Brachio is the evil counterpart of Bronto Thunder.
  • Styraco is an evolved Styracosaurus. Styraco is the evil counterpart of Tricero and was formerly a dentist working at the office of Pinchem, Pullem & Yankem before joining Genghis Rex on Earth.
  • Plesio is an evolved Plesiosaurus, a prehistoric aquatic reptile. Plesio is cunning and shifty, looks like a pink dragon, and is the evil counterpart of Ichy. Like Ichy, Plesio can talk to sea creatures. Plesio used to work for Slither, Slither & Shark, Attorneys at Law on Reptilon before becoming a Tyranno. He once had a romantic relationship with the Loch Ness Monster.
  • Terrible Dactyl is the flying member of the Tyrannos and the evil counterpart of Teryx. He speaks with a British accent. He wears a pilot mask, purple armor, and a white scarf and has orange skin. Terrible Dactyl is an evolved Pteranodon, a pterosaur which is commonly referred to as a Pterodactyl. In a large proportion of the episodes, Terrible Dactyl begins the conflict between the Dinosaucers and Tyrannos by observing some "suspicious" activity and reporting it to Genghis Rex. Unlike a true Pteranodon, Terrible Dactyl has teeth and a long Rhamphorynchus-style tail. He has a soft spot for baby pterodactyls and even once helped the Dinosaucers protect some in one episode.

Minor characters

  • The Dinosorcerer and Dinosorceress are the leaders of Reptilon. They prefer to rule at arms length, staying out of the squabbles of the Dinosaucers and Tyrannos as parents would their children. They are very powerful, as shown in episodes where they levitate objects and heal deadly diseases. In addition to everything, they are also Allo's uncle and aunt. They possess a "Book of Reptilonian Wisdom" which predicts the future.
  • Apatty Saurus is an evolved Apatosaurus and is Bronto Thunder's girlfriend on Reptilon. She is an expert swamp boater and became a partner at the Color Rep-Tiles tile shop, where Bronto Thunder once worked, sometime after Bronto left for Earth.
  • Major Clifton appears in a couple episodes, although it is never revealed when he and the Dinosaucers first met. He is portrayed as a U.S. Air Force officer who is trying to discover the truth about the Dinosaucers, at the expense of his reputation. He knows the Secret Scouts know about the Dinosaucers and confides in them about his theories, although the scouts do their best not to verify them.
  • Princess Dei is an evolved Deinonychus with yellow-green skin who is Genghis Rex's older sister. She appears a few times in episodes where the cast returns to Reptilon. It is generally believed that she is the leader of the Tyrannos' movement on Reptilon. Her name is an obvious reference to Princess Di.
  • The Furballs, Ugh and Grunt, are balls of fur who are equivalent to quite-intelligent pets on Reptilon. They get into trouble more often than not in each episode in which they appear, but end up saving the day for the Dinosaucers since Tyrannos are allergic to them.
  • Captain Sabretooth and Smilin'Don: Evolved Sabre-tooth cats. They are space pirates with advance weapons that rivals Reptilon's, like a device that naturalizes the Dinosaucers' and Tyrannos' Fossilizers. They're part of a group called the 'Sabretooths' it is said that were invaders of Reptilon, according to the Dinosaucers, but both Captain Sabretooth and Smilin' Don seem to state that Reptilon was their home. Either way, it took all of Reptilon to get and keep the Sabretooths off the planet.

Home video releases

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U.S. Releases

  • Dinosaucers: Dinosaur Valley & Carnivore in Rio • Released in 1994. It included the first and seventeenth episodes of the series.
  • Dinosaucers: Take Us Out to the Ball Game & Monday Night Clawball • Released in 1994. It included the second and thirty-second episodes of the series.
  • Dinosaucers: Hooray for Hollywood & Divide and Conquer • Released in 1994. It included the fourth and fifth episodes of the series.
  • Dinosaucers: The First Snow & Frozen Furballs • Released in 1994. It included the twelfth and eighteenth episodes of the series.

Dinosaucers has not been released on DVD and there are no known plans to do so. There have been four tapes in total released on VHS cassette in NTSC format specifically for the United States and Canadian markets. None are still in print or available.

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UK releases

  • Dinosaucers: Volume 1 • Released March 14, 1994. The episodes included in this volume are Dinosaur Valley, Take Us Out To The Ball Game, Happy Egg Day To You, Hooray For Hollywood and Divide And Conquer.
  • Dinosaucers: Volume 2 • Released October 10, 1994. The episodes included in this volume are Burgers Up!, Be Prepared, That Shrinking Feeling, Rockin' Reptiles and Sleeping Booty.

There were two tapes in total released for the UK market in PAL format. Unlike the United States released tapes that had two episodes on each tape, the United Kingdom tapes had five episodes each on both tapes released.

Episode guide & writing credits

No. Title Airdate Credits
1 Dinosaur Valley 9/14/1987 Diane Duane
2 Take Us Out to the Ballgame 9/15/1987 Michael E. Uslan
3 Happy Egg Day to You 9/16/1987 Diane Duane
4 Hooray for Hollywood 9/17/1987 Felicia Maliani
5 Divide and Conquer 9/18/1987 Michael E. Uslan
6 A Real Super Hero 9/21/1987 Brooks Wachtel
7 Burgers Up! 9/22/1987 Ron Harris
8 Be Prepared 9/23/1987 Mike O'Mahony
9 That Shrinking Feeling 9/24/1987 Doug Molitor
10 Rockin' Reptiles 9/25/1987 Felicia Maliani
11 Sleeping Booty 9/28/1987 Ron Harris & Diane Duane
12 The First Snow 9/29/1987 Michael E. Uslan
13 Trick or Cheat 9/30/1987 Michael E. Uslan & Diane Duane
14 Defective Defector 10/1/1987 Doug Molitor
15 For The Love Of Teryx 10/2/1987 Felicia Maliani
16 A Man's Best Friend Is His Dogasaurus 10/5/1987 Michael E. Uslan
17 Carnivore In Rio 10/6/1987 Somtow Sucharitkul
18 Frozen Fur Balls 10/7/1987 J. Vornholt & S. Robertson
19 Hook, Line And Stinker 10/8/1987 Avril Roy-Smith & Richard Mueller
20 The Prehistoric Purge 10/9/1987 Walt Kubiak & Eliot Daro
21 The Truth About Dragons 10/12/1987 Doug Molitor
22 Chariots Of The Dinosaucers 10/13/1987 Somtow Sucharitkul
23 Eggs Mark The Spot 10/14/1987 Avril Roy-Smith & Richard Mueller
24 Mommy Dino-Dearest 10/15/1987 Brooks Wachtel
25 The Whale's Song 10/16/1987 Durnie King
26 Inquiring Minds 10/19/1987 Mark Cassutt
27 War Of The Worlds...II 10/20/1987 Dennis O'Flaherty
28 Beach Blanket Bonehead 10/21/1987 Chris Bunch & Allan Cole
29 The Bone Ranger And Bronto 10/22/1987 David Bischoff & Ted Pedersen
30 Cindersaurus 10/23/1987 Cherie Wilkerson
31 Trouble In Paradise 10/26/1987 Martha Moran
32 Monday Night Clawball 10/27/1987 Michael E. Uslan (story); J. Vornholt & S. Robertson
33 Age Of Aquariums 10/28/1987 Michael E. Uslan (story); Cherie Wilkerson
34 Scents Of Wonder 10/29/1987 Somtow Sucharitkul
35 Fine-Feathered Friends 10/30/1987 Felicia Maliani
36 Allo & Cos-Stego Meet The Abominable Snowman 11/2/1987 Michael E. Uslan (story); Brooks Wachtel
37 The Quack-Up Of Quackpot 11/3/1987 Michael E. Uslan
38 It's An Archaeopteryx — It's A Plane — It's Thunder-Lizard 11/4/1987 Michael E. Uslan (story); Arthur Byron Cover
39 Teacher's Pest 11/5/1987 Doug Molitor
40 Dino-Chips! 11/6/1987 Somtow Sucharitkul
41 The Heart And Sole Of Bigfoot 11/9/1987 Michael E. Uslan (story); David Bischoff & Ted Pedersen
42 Karatesaurus Wrecks 11/10/1987 Michael E. Uslan (story); David Wise
43 Lochs And Bay Gulls 11/11/1987 Michael E. Uslan
44 The Trojan Horseasaurus 11/12/1987 Ellen Goun
45 We're Off To See The Lizard 11/13/1987 Michael E. Uslan & Felicia Maliani
46 Seeing Purple 11/16/1987 Susan Ellison
47 There's No Such Thing As Stego-Claws 11/17/1987 Michael E. Uslan
48 Applesaucers 11/18/1987 Michael E. Uslan
49 Reduced For Clarence 11/19/1987 Michael E. Uslan (story); Carla Conway
50 Attack Of The Fur Balls 11/20/1987 Clancy Fort
51 Dinosaur Dundy 11/23/1987 Michael E. Uslan
52 Those Reptilon Nights 11/24/1987 Bill Fawcett
53 The Dinolympics 11/25/1987 Bill Fawcett
54 Sara Had A Little Lambeosaurus 11/26/1987 Cherie Wilkerson
55 Beauty And The Bonehead 11/27/1987 Brynne Stephens
56 The Museum Of Natural Humans 11/30/1987 Michael E. Uslan, Felicia Maliani & Lydia C. Marano
57 Saber-Tooth Or Consequences 12/1/1987 Michael E. Uslan, Craig Miller & Mark Nelson (story); Craig Miller & Mark Nelson
58 Camp Tyranno 12/2/1987 Michael E. Uslan & Beth Bronstein (story); Beth Bronstein
59 The Babysitter 12/3/1987 Gerry Conway
60 Toy-Ranno Store Wars 12/4/1987 Michael E. Uslan & Jody Lynn Nye (story); Jody Lynn Nye
61 The T-Bone's Stakes 12/7/1987 Michael E. Uslan
62 Scales Of Justice 12/8/1987 Michael E. Uslan
63 I Got Those 'Ol Reptilon Blues Again, Mommasaur 12/9/1987 Michael E. Uslan (story); Todd Johnson
64 I Was A Teenage Human 12/10/1987 Lydia C. Marano & David Wise (story); Lydia C. Marano
65 The Friend 12/11/1987 Bill Fawcett

Voice actors

Other credits

  • Executive Producers: Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Andy Heyward
  • Producer: Michael Maliani
  • Director: Stephan Martinière
  • Art Director: Pascal Morelli
  • Animation Directors: Masnori Miura, Norimo Kashima
  • Creative Supervisors: Robby London, Lori Crawford
  • Production Supervisors: Winnie Chaffee, Bonnie Vitti
  • Music: Shuki Levy, Haim Saban
  • Story Editors: Diane Duane, Brynne Stephens, Lydia Marano
  • Storyboard Artists: Kent Butterworth, Adrian Gonzalez, Steve Gordon, Gordon Harrison, Jim Smith
  • Original Drawings: Craig Berman

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Dinosaucers (1987, 1989-1991, 1993) was a cartoon series, created by DIC Entertainment, about two groups of dinosaurs, called Dinosaucers and Tyrannos, who constantly battle each other.

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Opening sequence

Ankylo: The Dinosaucers are leaving, Bossasaur!!
Genghis Rex: Well, FOLLOW THEM!

Happy Egg Day To You (episode #3)

Scene: Allo (with devolver) and Genghis Rex (with fossilizer) are in a Mexican standoff

Allo: I may be a fossil in a second, but not before you're devolved into a tyrannosaurus with a brain the size of a pea!

A Man's Best Friend is His Dogasaurus (episode #16)

Ankylo: I think we Tyrannos have been licked!
Ankylo gets licked by a giant dino-dog that vaugley resembles Odie from Garfield and Friends

Monday Night Clawball (episode #32)

Teryx: When do we get to cheer?
Sara: When our team does something good.
Teryx: I think I'll have a seat.

... then later ...

Teryx: Now can we cheer? He's in the end zone!
Sara: Wrong end zone! Two points for them.
Teryx: I'm gonna get a conifer burger and some fern fries. (walks away)

Allo & Cos-Stego Meet the Abominable Snowman (episode #36)

Allo: Calm down now, tell me what you saw.
Stego: A big ugly monster!
Allo: Oh, don't be silly, Stego. We're the biggest ugliest monsters on this planet.

Who: Two pastrami on rye, comin' up.
Allo: Could I have mine on white bread?
Who: What are you, an Eagle Scout?
Allo: Now listen mister... uh...
Who: Who.
Allo: Who who?
Who: You lookin' for work as a night owl? My name is Who.
Stego: You're who?
Who: Who!
Stego: That's what I said.
Who: What?
Stego: Who!
Who: What?!?
Stego: Never mind!
Who: Oh, he's the cook.
Stego: Yaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!

Allo: Stego, you tried to trick me!
Stego: [like Lou Costello] I've been a baaaaaaad dino.

Stego: This area isn't on the map. All it shows is Mount Himalaya.
When: HIMALAYA! That's where it happened. Slowly I turned, then I saw him.
Stego: [backing away nervously] Allo?
When: I crept closer, step by step, inch by inch... Then, I went CRAZY!
When causes an avalanche to fall on Stego

Lochs and Bay Gulls (episode #43)

Genghis Rex: The Dinosaucers! It can't be! You were all fossilized into rocks!
Ichy: The only rocks around here are the ones in your head, fang face.

The Museum of Natural Humans (episode #56)

Scene: the Dinosaucers and Secret Scouts are holding the Tyrannos at gunpoint

Allo: You lose again, Genghis Rex!
Dimetro: [indicating David] Thanks to the Secret Scouts!
Genghis Rex: Secret Scouts, indeed! You'll get your yours, Dinonerds!!
Rex throws a smokebomb and the Tyrannos run away

Scene: David's skateboard lands empty at Lava Dome 2

Allo: That human is such a practical joker. Why can't they be like we are: perfect in every way?
Dimetro: What's the matter with humans today?

Scales of Justice (episode #62)

Scene: The Dinosaucers are in court defending against Tyranno litigation

Judge: Are you illegal aliens?
Allo: We never illegally crossed your border; we dropped straight down from outer space!
Judge: [speechless]
Cut to shot of Ichy just barely restraining himself from laughing out loud

I Got Those 'Ol Reptilon Blues Again, Mommasaur (episode #63)

Scene: Genghis Rex and Princess Dei escape from the palace on Reptilon after failing their mission

Princess Dei: [derisively mimicking Rex] I'll kidnap the Dinosorceror and Dinosorceress and rule Reptilon! Heh heh!
Genghis Rex: [like Ralph from The Honeymooners] One of these days, Dei! One of these days! Pow! Zoom! Right to the Earth!

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