T.V. Series Review: Talespin Season 1

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Talespin Season 1 Summary

Season 1, Episodes 1 through 4: Plunder & Lightening

In the series premiere, Baloo, an air cargo pilot, meets Kit Cloudkicker, a 12-year-old orphan, and takes him on as his navigator. He also loses his business to Rebecca Cunningham, a business major who becomes his boss. Meanwhile, Don Karnage, a notorious air pirate, uses a special gem stolen from Shere Khan’s company, Khan Industries, to power a lightning gun and threaten Cape Suzette. The episode, which originally aired as a two-hour movie, re-aired in four parts from November 19 through November 22.

Season 1, Episode 5: From Here to Machinery

Baloo loses a race to a robot pilot, putting himself and several other cargo pilots in Cape Suzette out of work. However, Don Karnage takes advantage of the robot pilot’s inability to evade trouble, and it’s up to Baloo to save the day.

Season 1, Episode 6: It Came from Beneath the Sea Duck

Kit volunteers to babysit Molly while Baloo and Rebecca go shopping. The babysitting is anything but routine as Kit and Molly deal with air pirates and a giant squid.

Season 1, Episode 7: Time Waits for No Bear

When Baloo is late one too many times with his deliveries, Rebecca makes him fly a guided tour, going past certain checkpoints at designated times. However, Baloo hears of a stolen crown and concocts a scheme to get the crown back while Wildcat flies the tour.

Season 1, Episode 8: Mommy for a Day

Molly becomes a surrogate mother to a flying creature that becomes large when it gets wet and small when it dries. This becomes more difficult when she has to protect the creature from the bloodthirsty poacher MacKnee.

Season 1, Episode 9: I Only Have Ice for You

Rebecca takes over flying the Sea Duck after Baloo’s license is temporarily suspended while trying to evade air pirates. The move causes havoc as Higher for Hire attempts to deliver a block of ice to a wealthy desert prince.

Season 1, Episode 10: Molly Coddled

Covington, a notorious jewel thief, hides a valuable item in the Sea Duck. When he tries to retrieve it, however, he discovers that Baloo and Kit have cleaned out the plane and Molly has added the item to her doll collection.

Season 1, Episode 11: Polly Wants a Treasure

Kit befriends a parrot, Ignatz, who claims to know about some buried treasure. Baloo meanwhile is upset when Rebecca charges him for the value of a shipment of expensive crystal, which was actually broken by air pirates.

Season 1, Episode 12: Vowel Play

Baloo’s bad spelling hampers Rebecca’s attempt to go into the skywriting business. Meanwhile, a notorious criminal uses the skywriting to attempt to send coded messages to his henchmen and hold Cape Suzette for ransom.

Season 1, Episode 13: The Idol Rich

Baloo competes with Colonel Spigot to acquire a valuable idol, but uses brains over brawn to get the idol back when Spigot takes the idol from him.

Season 1, Episode 14: Stormy Weather

After Kit gets into an argument with Baloo about taking unnecessary risks, he runs away to join an air circus led by Daring Dan Dawson. However, Dawson makes Kit perform more dangerous and wilder stunts, and it’s up to Baloo to rescue his navigator.

Season 1, Episode 15: Bearly Alive

Rebecca misinterprets a phone call as news that Baloo is dying. When Baloo finds out, he decides to fly to the Bearmuda Trapezoid (a reference to the Bermuda Triangle), from which no pilot has ever returned.

Season 1, Episode 16: Her Chance to Dream

When a debonair ghost ship captain sweeps Rebecca off her feet, she enjoys what she thinks is a dream. When Baloo and Louie decide to exorcise the ghost, Rebecca is forced to choose between her dream and her daughter.

Season 1, Episode 17: All’s Whale That Ends Whale

In a plot similar to that of Free Willy (although Free Willy came out in 1993), Baloo and Kit rescue a mistreated whale from a circus and give him his freedom.

Season 1, Episode 18: The Golden Sprocket of Friendship

Colonel Spigot is charged with presenting a golden sprocket as a gift to the Mayor of Cape Suzette. However, Trader Moe wants to steal the sprocket, and it’s up to Kit and Baloo to stop him and help Spigot.

Season 1, Episode 19: For a Fuel Dollars More

Rebecca starts a midair refueling station, which is a hit with the pilots and boosts Higher for Hire’s business. Trouble is, it significantly lowers business for Louie, who starts his own rival station to compete, and Baloo and Kit are caught in the middle.

Season 1, Episode 20 and 21: A Bad Reflection on You 

In this two-part episode, Baloo gets an award from Shere Khan for being “the best pilot in the world.” However, he lets that go to his head when he is selected for the Master Run, a dangerous route from which none of Khan’s pilots that have flown it have returned. When they fly the Master Run, Baloo and Kit learn who is really behind the disappearances, as well as how the trick is done (performed with mirrors – literally). This episode featured the voices of both Alan Roberts and R.J. Williams as Kit.

Season 1, Episode 22: On a Wing and a Bear

Baloo inadvertently lets his pilot’s license expire, but has trouble renewing it when his examiner rattles him by requiring him to perform his actions alphabetically. He then learns that Don Karnage has teamed up with Shere Khan to create an oil shortage in Cape Suzette.

Season 1, Episode 23: A Star is Torn

Baloo is starstruck when he meets film star Kitten Kaboodle, and immediately signs on as her stunt pilot. Concerned for Baloo as his friend, Rebecca learns that the “accidents” on Kitten’s set are no accidents.

Season 1, Episode 24: A Touch of Glass

Wanting to cater to only the upper class, Rebecca puts up the Sea Duck as collateral insurance for what appears to be a valuable jewel shipment. However, Baloo loses the shipment — and the Sea Duck — to what turn out to be two con artists posing as a wealthy couple.

Season 1, Episode 25: The Bigger They Are, the Louder They Oink

Baloo is upset when Rebecca gets a truffle-hunting pig instead of a new pontoon for the Sea Duck. Refusing to believe that her idea may not be good, Rebecca gets herself and the pig enslaved by pygmies, and it’s up to Kit and Baloo to save her.

Season 1, Episode 26: A Spy in the Ointment

Rebecca chides Baloo over being too gullible, but herself ends up being the gullible one when she helps a “spy” deliver a package.

Season 1, Episode 27: The Balooest of the Bluebloods

Baloo learns he’s actually a long-lost baron, but when he goes to the mansion that he has supposedly inherited, there are several attempts on his life.

Season 1, Episode 28: A Baloo Switcheroo

In a plot reminiscent of Freaky Friday, a magical idol switches Baloo with Kit and Rebecca with Don Karnage. They are then involved in a race against time to get back to normal; if they fail, by sunrise they will remain like this forever.

Season 1, Episode 29: Whistletop Jackson, Legend

Legendary hero Whistlestop Jackson pays a visit to Cape Suzette and volunteers to do a special cargo run for Higher for Hire. However, Shere Khan, his longtime rival, has other plans.

Season 1, Episode 30: Double or Nothing

When Baloo learns that Kit’s life savings will pay for him to replace his favorite record, he offers to double Kit’s money if Kit lets him “invest” it.

Season 1, Episode 31: Feminine Air

Higher for Hire’s business is suffering because its boss is female. Baloo decides to enter an air scavenger hunt, but only an all-female aviation club will sponsor Higher for Hire, so he disguises himself as a lady to do so.

Season 1, Episode 32: Last Horizons

Baloo finds the legendary “Panda-La” (a reference to Shangri-La), a mystical place, where he is warmly received. The reception, however, turns out to be a ruse, as Panda-La’s inhabitants decide to attack Cape Suzette.

Season 1, Episode 33: Flight of the Snow Duck

When Wildcat babysits Molly, she convinces him to take her to Thembria to see snow. Once there, however, they have fun, which gets them imprisoned because having fun is illegal in Thembria.

Season 1, Episode 34: Save the Tiger

When Baloo saves Shere Khan’s life, Khan offers Baloo anything he wants, a decision he quickly regrets when Baloo takes advantage of it.

Season 1, Episode 35: The Old Man and the Sea Duck

Baloo suffers amnesia after he hits his head while taking a shortcut during a cargo run. He then lands on an island where an old pilot, Joe McGee, helps him remember how to fly.

Season 1, Episode 36: War of the Worlds

Rebecca overworks Baloo to the point where he lies to her to get some time off. The lie escalates into a Martian invasion, which quickly becomes complicated when a trigger-happy colonel overhears the conversation over the radio.

Season 1, Episode 37: Captains Outrageous

Kit introduces his friend, accident-prone Oscar Vandersnoot, to his club, the Jungle Aces, but Oscar needs an adventure to join. When Kit decides to get Oscar his adventure, he gets more than what he bargained for when Don Karnage kidnaps Oscar for ransom.

Season 1, Episode 38: The Time Bandit

Baloo makes Rebecca think it’s one day later than it actually is so he can get paid early. That one day, however, turns out to be significant as Rebecca then claims that Baloo missed important deliveries to Myopia and Thembria, and goes along to apologize on his behalf. The conflict quickly escalates, and only the arrival of Cleanser’s comet can save Rebecca from peril.

Season 1, Episode 39 and 40: For Whom the Bell Klangs

In this two-part episode, Baloo and Louie go on vacation and get involved with archaeologist Katie Dodd, who is searching for the lost city of Tinabula. Thadeos E. Klang, a mysterious villain, is also looking for the city, but has his own plans for it.

Season 1, Episode 41: Citizen Khan

Baloo and company visit one of Shere Khan’s mining operations, which is overseen by a sheriff who mistreats the workers. When the workers mistake Wildcat for Khan, they kidnap him, but Khan learns of “his” abduction and goes to investigate.

Season 1, Episode 42: Gruel and Unusual Punishment

To lose weight for the Pilot’s Ball, Baloo goes to what he thinks is a weight loss camp, but the camp turns out to be a Thembrian prison.

Season 1, Episode 43: Jolly Molly Christmas

When Baloo learns that all that Molly wants for Christmas is for it to snow for her mom, he takes Kit and Rebecca on a mission to make Molly’s wish come true.

Season 1, Episode 44: My Fair Baloo

Rebecca decides to shmooze with the upper class by booking a reservation on the “Spruce Moose” (a reference to the “Spruce Goose”). Trouble is, Baloo’s crude, unrefined behavior causes problems, but he then has to save the day when the Spruce Moose is hijacked and then crashes

Season 1, Episode 45: Walders of the Worst Treasure

When Baloo delivers a package to Walla Walla Bing Bang, he runs into an old rival, Airplane Jane, and a battle for Walla Walla Bing Bang’s throne between Princess Grace and her long lost cousin Prince Rudolf.

Season 1, Episode 46: Flight School Confidential

When Kit, who yearns to be a pilot even though he’s too young, hears that the flying age has been lowered to twelve in Thembria, he goes there… only to discover that the whole thing is just a ruse and the kids won’t actually be flying.

Season 1, Episode 47: Bringing Down Babyface

A case of mistaken identity causes what would have been a routine prisoner transport to become a serious headache for Baloo as he is pursued by both gangsters and the cops.

Season 1, Episode 48: Jumping the Guns

When a mishap during a delivery knocks out the sentries who man Cape Suzette’s cliff guns, Baloo and an old codger named Barney O’ Turret, who hasn’t fired the guns in years, are forced to man the guns to stop Don Karnage and his gang from attacking.

Season 1, Episode 49: In Search of Ancient Blunders

When Baloo and Wildcat deliver an Egyptian tablet to an archaeologist who plans to open her own Museum of Ancient History, the delivery becomes anything but routine as they look for a lost treasure and try to evade air pirates, traps and an ancient treasure guardian.

Season 1, Episode 50: Louie’s Last Stand

An overzealous Douglas Benson, one of Shere Khan’s employees, forges Khan’s signature to acquire several of Khan’s assets to forcibly take over Louie’s.

Season 1, Episode 51: Sheepskin Deep

Desperate to attend a reunion for a grade school (from which he never graduated), Baloo goes back to school to earn his degree in time for the reunion.

Season 1, Episode 52: Pizza Pie in the Sky

Rebecca leaves Baloo and Kit in charge when she attends a Better Business Boot Camp. Baloo takes advantage of this to team up with Louie to start their own pizza delivery business, but things quickly spiral out of control as they get the attention of the Health Department

Season 1, Episode 53: Baloo Thunder

When Professor Buzz, who works in Shere Khan’s research and development section, is framed for stealing a top secret research project, Baloo and Kit work to clear Buzz’s name and find out who the real culprit is.

Season 1, Episode 54: Bullethead Baloo

When Baloo learns that he is “yesterday’s news” and the new hot item is a character called “Bullethead,” Baloo tries to regain the kids’ respect by posing as Bullethead. Meanwhile, Shere Khan deals with a crazed robotics scientist and his Mechanical Electric Laborer (MEL) robot.

Season 1, Episode 55: Destiny Rides Again

Baloo and Kit find themselves flirting with destiny as they encounter an Idol of Doom and El Gato, a villain who wants the idol for himself.

Season 1, Episode 56: Match One for the Gipper

After Baloo inadvertently picks up a package belonging to another pilot, Ace London, Ace blames Baloo for the mix-up and Baloo has to clear his name while also dodging air pirates.

Season 1, Episode 57: Stuck on You

Baloo finds himself literally stuck to Don Karnage after an accident with a 55 gallon drum of glue. They race to return to get the glue removed, but have to dodge Rebecca and the other air pirates along the way.

Season 1, Episode 58: The Sound and the Fury

Wildcat’s love of animals shows itself when he befriends several small, furry creatures. The animals, however, are wearing radio control collars, which when activated causes them to take anything mechanical apart… especially airplanes.

Season 1, Episode 59: The Road to Macadamia

When Baloo and Louie deliver a shipment to the kingdom of Macadamia, they are in for more than they bargained for with the kingdom’s evil vizier. Meanwhile, they also fall for the king’s attractive daughter.

Season 1, Episode 60: The Ransom of Red Chimp

Louie’s aunt, Aunt Louise, visits him and turns out to be more than a handful as she is just as much of a party animal as her nephew. She even goes after Don Karnage, who tries to kidnap her.

Season 1, Episode 61: Your Baloo’s in the Mail

When Rebecca wins a contest, she has Baloo mail the winning ticket for her. Unfortunately, Baloo spends most of the money on food rather than postage, and now has to help speed the mail along so it can get delivered in time.

Season 1, Episode 62: Paradise Lost

Baloo and Wildcat take an explorer to an island that looks deserted but restores prehistoric life when a magical river runs through it.

Season 1, Episode 63: The Incredible Shrinking Molly

Molly finds herself caught in a mad scientist’s lab and inadvertently gets herself shrunk. It’s up to Baloo, Rebecca and Kit to go to the scientist’s lab and find a way to get Molly un-shrunk.

Season 1, Episode 64: Bygones

When Baloo meets a pilot who claims he is Rick Sky, who had vanished some twenty years ago, Sky takes the Sea Duck to finish a mission he had failed to complete. Baloo has to evade air pirates, get the Sea Duck back, and find out who this mysterious pilot really is.

Season 1, Episode 65: Flying Dupes

Baloo is asked to deliver a package, which is actually a bomb, to the Thembrian High Marshal. Meanwhile, Colonel Spigot is instructed to fly a plane but doesn’t know how, and Baloo offers to teach him if he will complete the delivery for him.

Talespin Season 1 Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Fun show for all ages. Adventurous, funny and a few lessons to learn.

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