Super Friends Season 2, Episode 6, Storyline D – “Flood of Diamonds”
Original Airdate – October 1977
Short Synopsis: Flood of diamonds? That sounds like a problem we’d all like to have, am I right? Am I right?
Anyway, “[something something], South Africa, home of the world’s richest diamond mines…” – Narrator
We see miners mining:
There’s a cave in, and then for some reason, the cave starts to flood.
Meanwhile, at Justice League Headquarters
“Green Lantern and I will take care of it!” Aquaman volunteers Green Lantern, forcing Green Lantern to have to hang out with Aquaman.
Aquaman and Green Lantern to the rescue.
When they get there, they find they have to swim underwater to the miners. Green Lantern’s ring forms an air bubble for him to swim around in.
Then, they strut and strategize, or “strutagize” as I like to call it because I’m all about efficiency.
Because a straight forward rescue is never enough.
We find out two of the workers (one played by Willem Dafoe somehow) are planning on stealing some of the diamonds for their troubles.
They become worried because they think Aquaman and Green Lantern will save them all before they hide the diamonds. First of all, why would they think Aquaman and Green Lantern would save them quickly? That’s not how the Super Friends roll. And secondly, how long does it take to shove some diamonds up your butt?
So, they decide to make themselves harder to rescue by letting loose some kind of giant drill. Then, when it does what it’s supposed to – knocks a support beam down and makes it harder to rescue them – suddenly they’re all upset about it. I feel a lesson coming on!
The Stupedist Plan Ever
Aquaman and Green Lantern think this new snag means there won’t be time to save them. This is the first thing that comes to Aquaman’s mind and they go with it. This is an actual quote:
Green Lantern replies, “Let’s give it a try!” So, Green Lantern is as dumb as the rest of them. Good to know.
“Later, off the coast of South Africa.” – Narrator
Oh yeah, I can definitely see how this is the quickest and best way to save everyone.
Step 1: Summon whale with your aquatic telepathic powers.
Step 2: Create whale transport vehicle out of your magic green lantern ring
Step 3: Fly giant whale to flooded cave.
Step 4: “guide the whale through the mine.”
Step 5: Have the whale ram through the cave-in.
Step 6: Risk killing the whale because of the shallow waters caused by breaking through the cave-in.
THEY DIDN’T SHOW THE WHALE BEING RETURNED TO THE OCEAN. I can only assume there’s now a giant whale carcass stuck in a mine in South Africa now. What a depressing ending.
Ok, I’m not sure where to even start with this. Usually, the Health segment is all of 30 seconds long and is like: “Bananas, yo, eat ‘em.” But this week’s Health is the most bizarre thing I think I’ve ever seen on Super Friends and you know that’s saying a lot.
Superman is flying over the forest and sees this:
Just your standard young child being chased by a bear. This of course had no affect on me as the children of the Super Friends universe are rarely not being menaced by wild animals.
The kid, casually glancing behind him, sees the bear catching up and says, “Uh oh! I better get movin’!” As if he’s late for soccer practice. Again, not too terribly strange considering the source.
This is where the mushrooms must have really kicked in during the writer’s meeting. Superman swoops down and rescues the boy.
And, just because it’s too good not to share all of it, here’s the dialog:
Boy: Gee, thanks, Superman! I can usually run a lot faster than that!
Superman: Here’s the reason you’re not at your best this morning – you skipped breakfast!
Boy: Gee, how’d ya know!?
Superman: When you skip meals, you don’t give your body fuel to run on.
Boy: I didn’t know that. From now on there won’t be any fuel shortage for my body.
That’s it. THAT’S IT. Boys and girls, the only reason you wouldn’t be able to OUTRUN A FUCKING BEAR is because you didn’t eat your breakfast.
And I thought setting kids up for stitches was bad.
P.S. I’m posting Super Friends outtakes on the Cannibalistic Nerd Facebook page. So, if you need a mid-week Super Friends pick-me-up, that’s the place to get it.
If you would like to see these shenanigans for yourself, Season 2 is available on DVD.
18 thoughts on “The All-New Super Friends Roundup: S2 Ep6D – “Flood of Diamonds””
Why does William Dafoe get to wear a shirt? Hollywood types, sheesh, always thinking they’re special.
Holy smokes! I’m never skipping breakfast again!
And I bet he demanded they be real diamonds to truly get into character.
The look on the jogging boy’s face is the best thing ever. “Oh, just a bear. No big deal. This crap happens EVERY DAY to me. All the bears! All the time!”
He really, really didn’t seem at all concerned. He didn’t even need a moment after he was rescued, he was right into the breakfast message.
Is it just me, or does that South African mine appear to be racially integrated? I mean, I can suspend disbelief for lots of things on SuperFriends, but….
Yes, it was. Let’s add that to the giant pile.
I was going to bring up the south african racial politics but let;s get to the Green Lantern awesomeness. In 1977 I was a seven year old little robot boy that liked Green Lantern, a lot. I remember this episode. This was GL’s get along to be on TV with the overrrated superfriends. It’s a low point for the character, since surpassed by the Ryan Reynolds movie travesty of last year,
Green Lantern could have created something with his ring that would have done the job of the whale. Allowing yourself to be the sidekick to Aquaman is never going to make you look good.
I think Aquaman needs to learn to not trust his instincts.
If only that were one of his super powers.
Well now that the bear skipped breakfast I guess he won’t be at his best either. Great job, Superman.
Now the bear won’t be able to outrun Superman, who I am publicly accusing of eating bears with no proof.
Clearly the answer for the smugglers would have been to stuff the dying whale full of diamonds and make off with it once the removers turned up. Then you’d have deluxe illegal whale meat AND diamonds to sell on the black market. Thanks for the rescue, random whale!
Brilliant! I can see why you were not a writer for Super Friends.
Huh. I had no idea Willem Dafoe got his start on Super Friends.
I like to educate people with my blog.
Just for the record, the Superfriends roundups are the funniest thing around. That is all.
Thank you! I would be ashamed to admit how much time I spend on them.