Someone shared a photo today of trhe 60th anniversary edition of the Johnny Quest Series. 60 years? I remember watching that show as a kid. I still watch it, mostly because I love Race Bannon.
I don't care as it has Race Bannon, covert actions, intelligence gathering, security, electronics and espionage. He was the coolest guy on the show, way cooler than Jonny Quests father, some redheaded Scientist that usually had some lame plan like "we'll reverse the polarity of the beam. . . ". Seriously, Dr. Quest was cute and all, but redheaded scientist? Boy, I hope he can cook. :-)
Plus ,Race, assigned by "Intelligence One" to guard Dr. Quest and his son, can fly anything, jets, hovercrafts, alpacas (though those are a bitch to remove the gust lock from the rudder without a fight). Then let's throw in firearms -pistols, rifles, slingshots, bazookas, he's an expert at them all.
Unlike the so called "role models" of today he doesn't consult with a committee or apologize before blasting an assortment of holes in the bad guys. Arm Race with only a piano tuning fork and throw him in a room with a bunch of two legged mutant Brahma bulls with uzi's and in the next scene he'll be grilling burgers.
You didn't see Race going to the store to buy someone feminine hygiene products. He didn't have manicures or facials. Heck, we never even saw Race taking Bandit out for walkies on the airport tarmac so he doesn't poop in the Quest jet. No he was too busy protecting the Quest family from the bad guys and monsters (seriously if the Questjet landed at my airport I'd be on the fast train south of here before all the giant komodo dragons showed up). Jonny Quest had action, grisly deaths (lots of them) and an assortment of weapons and firearms and you didn't see any of us in my house ending up monsters. No, we all wanted to grow up and be one of the good guys.
It wasn't just monsters. Race once took out a panther with a shot to the skull while elsewhere on television, Jim was off wrestling the giant Anaconda and Marlin was waiting in the safety of the jeep. And there was always the issue with the hotel that ALWAYS seemed to have a poisonous snake someone left for them ("yes, front desk, we specifically asked for the non-cobra suite.")
It still brings back good memories, even all these years later. Yes, we had a show with violance, with monsters and guns, but always with a lesson, a display of moral code, not "how many points you can rack up by shooting something on a video screen". Violence was not undertaken easily, the destruction of a life done for the protection of the innocent, not for material gain. The bad guys learned the hard way, especially with Race Bannon around, that violence to promote evil or take something that is not yours, was not a good idea. With intellect and tools, came responsibility. That was a lesson not lost on us. We were a generation of kids who were not wrapped in bubble wrap so we never learned the difference between right and wrong, good and evil and deliberated courage versus "stupid should hurt". There are those of you reading this who understand, the rest may simply say "Jonny WHO?