Talk:Swamp Thing (1991 TV series)

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  • The first episode aired as a Halloween special in 1990. Are there any suggestions for a new article name? --Meadyforzbs (talk) 20:02, 26 August 2011 (UTC)
I really hate to disappoint you with this, but the first episode didn't air as a Halloween special back in 1990; it aired on April 20, 1991. AdamDeanHall (talk) 23:36, 4 November 2011 (UTC)
Hmmmmm, I saw something just now that may be of use to both of you in ironing out this misunderstanding. According to one of the listed references, the pilot (called "The Un-Men Unleashed") debuted on Halloween, October 31, 1990. Perhaps that is what is causing the confusion? Maybe you can sort this out now. AzureCitizen (talk) 23:49, 4 November 2011 (UTC)
AzureCitizen is right, that's exactly what I'm talking about.--Meadyforzbs (talk) 23:03, 5 November 2011 (UTC)
Are you gonna leave the original airdate, April 20, 1991, as it is on the page? AdamDeanHall (talk) 22:35, 7 November 2011 (UTC)
The first step here is to get some sort of agreement and consensus on just exactly what the "original air date" is. Is that the first date (chronologically) that any episode of the series aired? Or is it something else? AzureCitizen (talk) 22:48, 7 November 2011 (UTC)
April 20, 1991 is the first date that the episode ("To Live Forever") aired on Fox. Is this reason enough? AdamDeanHall (talk) 00:48, 8 November 2011 (UTC)
Don't you mean the episode "The Un-Men Unleashed" instead of "To Live Forever"? AzureCitizen (talk) 01:12, 8 November 2011 (UTC)
No. I mean the episode "To Live Forever". AdamDeanHall (talk) 16:22, 8 November 2011 (UTC)
Somehow you've gotten confused then, as "To Live Forever" is definitely not the first episode (plus it didn't air until April 27, 1991). Take a look at the article, do you see that "The Un-Men Unleashed" aired as the first episode? AzureCitizen (talk) 16:28, 8 November 2011 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Now look at the third reference listed in the article, the link points to this:

8.6. WASN'T THERE A CARTOON SERIES? Animated advert might be a better description, but yes, DIC Entertainment and Batfilms produced a series in conjunction with the Kenner toy line. Only five episodes were produced. Previously turned down by CBS, they eventually aired on Fox Saturday Mornings (the pilot: 'the Un-Men Unleashed debuting unannounced on October 31st 1990 (Halloween)) The first episode was released on home video. The theme song from this 5 part blatant toy ad was 'Wild Thing', with the word 'wild' substituted with 'swamp'. And with lyrics such as "You fight everything nasty", it's no surprise it didn't really take off. Andy Heyward, President of DIC entertainment, was also an Executive Producer of the live action series. The series is currently being shown on The Children's Channel. Episode titles were: "The Un-Men Unleashed", "To Live Forever", "Legend of the Lost Cavern", "Experiment in Terror" and "Falling Red Star"

This is why Meadyforzbs is contending that the first episode, "The Un-Men Unleashed", first aired on October 31st, 1990 instead of later re-airing on April 20, 1991. AzureCitizen (talk) 01:59, 10 November 2011 (UTC)

Actually, the episode on April 20, 1991 was "To Live Forever", not a repeat of "The Un-Men Unleashed". --Meadyforzbs (talk) 20:52, 11 November 2011 (UTC)
Where are you drawing that information from (which sources)? I'm going off of the link that says "The Un-Men Unleashed" first debuted on October 31, 1990, along with the link that says the entire series was aired in sequence starting with "The Un-Men Unleashed" on April 20, 1991, followed by "To Live Forever" on April 27, 1991, and so on, etc. AzureCitizen (talk) 21:29, 11 November 2011 (UTC)
The dates listed in the US Copyright Office. --Meadyforzbs (talk) 21:42, 11 November 2011 (UTC)
Link/URL cite? AzureCitizen (talk) 21:44, 11 November 2011 (UTC)
http://cocatalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&PAGE=First --Meadyforzbs (talk) 21:47, 11 November 2011 (UTC)
When I click on the link, I get this response: "The Online Public Access Catalog is not available. Please contact the library (Error Connecting to Opac Server)." AzureCitizen (talk) 21:54, 11 November 2011 (UTC)
Yes, the site is down at the moment. It should be back up later. --Meadyforzbs (talk) 22:13, 11 November 2011 (UTC)

Okay, I was able to get into the site and pull up the records for all five episodes: The UnMen Unleashed, To Live Forever, Falling Red Star, Legend of the Lost Cavern, and Experiment in Terror. If we use the official date of publication filed with the U.S. Copyright office, we get this result:

# Title Writer(s) Original airdate
1 "The Un-Men Unleashed" Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley October 31, 1990 (1990-10-31)
Dr. Arcane turns his henchmen into mutants to attack Swamp Thing. Two kids, Delbert & J.T., along with Tomahawk, Bayou Jack, and Arcane's step daughter Abby come to Swamp Thing's rescue.
2 "To Live Forever" Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley April 20, 1991 (1991-04-20)
Dr. Arcane and his Un-Men travel to the Amazon Rainforest in search of “the trees that never die,” and enslaves a local Indian tribe to harvest their sap.
3 "Falling Red Star" Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley, Mike Medlock April 27, 1991 (1991-04-27)
Swamp Thing, Bayou Jack, and Tomahawk help NASA retrieve a nuclear-powered satellite that has crash landed in the swamp. Meanwhile, Arcane desires the satellite for his own advantage.
4 "Legend of the Lost Cavern" Mark McCorkle, Bob Schooley May 4, 1991 (1991-05-04)
Still obsessed on gaining immortality, Dr. Arcane desecrates the Indian burial of Tomahawk’s ancestors in search of the Lost Caverns, home of the fabled Fountain of Youth.
5 "Experiment in Terror" Bruce Shelly, Reed Shelly May 11, 1991 (1991-05-11)
While showing Delbert & J.T. around the swamp, Swamp Thing is captured and taken to New Orleans for government experiments. Delbert, J.T., and Bayou Jack plan to rescue him as does Arcane for his own plans.

Does everyone concur that this is the best solution? AzureCitizen (talk) 00:43, 12 November 2011 (UTC)

Agreed. --Meadyforzbs (talk) 02:52, 12 November 2011 (UTC)
The solution has been implemented. AzureCitizen (talk) 00:04, 13 November 2011 (UTC)