Directed By: ?
Written By: ?
Starring: Tim Matheson, Don Messick, Doug Young ...
Running Time: 30 min
Air Date: 07/01/1965
This series tells of the adventures of Jonny Quest, a young boy who travels around with his father, Doctor Quest, and gets its all sorts of life-threatening situations. Now, is that good parenting? Tut tut. But apparently all of this dangerous and most likely traumatising malarky is actually quite a light-hearted, fun kind of thing. In "Werewolf of the Timberland", Jonny Quest and co. travel deep into the timberland is search of a rare specimen of petrified wood.
They are met with hostility from the local woodsmen, who warn them of werewolves before attempt to crush the camp with a massive tree. Obviously Doctor Quest is going to decide to move out at this point in order to protect the two young boys, right? Nope, instead he's going to go on a hovercraft adventure the next morning and leave them both behind, all alone. "You boys will be safe here," he tells them. Yes, of course they will. So long as they steer clear of those, umm, murderous psychopathic timberfolk. Obviously they wander off into the woods and encounter a massive Indian with a massive wolf, before discovering a gold-smuggling operation and being kidnapped. Yeah, like nobody saw that coming.
They manage to escape but not before being shot at and almost drowning. The whole experience doesn't seem to bother them all that much, though. Back at camp, the two grown ups seem only vaguely concerned at the boy's disappearance, but eventually everything works out okay thanks to the intervention of the massive Indian. Hoorah!
The opening scene features two Frenchmen camping out in the woods at the full moon, as ya do, when one of them is attacked by some sort of wolfish creature. The other Frenchman scares the beast away with a gunshot, and upon checking out the size of the paw-print he declares "It can be only one thing ... the loup-garou! The werewolf!" We then pretty soon discover that one of the men knows full well that a local woodsman is in fact a werewolf, but he insists he wasn't out last night. The frenchmen are also secretly moving gold along with their lumber. Gold-smuggling Loup-Garou! Eek!
The 'werewolf' doesn't appear again until towards the end of the episode, when we discover that the werewolf in question is actually just a guy in a wolf suit. Aww, that's no fun. I was hoping to see Jonny Quest get stalked by a huge, ferocious were-beastie. Eventually the imposter almost gets ripped to shreds by a massive wolf, though. That'll teach him to cry wolf! Heh.