Jonny Quest (1964–1965)
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The Sea Haunt 

The Quests land themselves smack dab in the heart of a seafarer's fantastic and nightmarish yarn, complete with a ghost ship, a prowling sea monster, a hold full of coffins, and hidden treasure.


William Hamilton (as William D. Hamilton)




Episode cast overview:
Mike Road ... Roger T. 'Race' Bannon (voice)
Tim Matheson ... Jonny Quest (voice) (as Tim Matthieson)
Don Messick ... Dr. Benton C. Quest / Bandit (voice)
Danny Bravo Danny Bravo ... Hadji (voice)
Keye Luke ... Charlie (voice)
Henry Corden ... Ship Captain / Batavian Officer (voice)
Sam Edwards ... Hans / Radio Operator / Batavian Radio Operator / Search Plane Pilot (voice)


En route to Sumatra, the Quests spot the Star of Borneo, a Dutch freighter declared missing in the Java Sea. Landing their aircraft on deck, they find the ship seaworthy but deserted. As they discover and read the captain's log, baring a tale of woe and horror, an amphibious sea monster ventures out from the ship's shadows to destroy their plane. Stranded and unable to call for help, the Quests have to survive the night to build an escape raft in the morning, but circumstances force them to take an immediate stand against the monster for survival. Aiding them somewhat is the ship's Chinese cook, Charlie, whom they find half-frozen in the galley freezer. Written by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

11 March 1965 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Whether deliberately or accidentally, the Sea Haunt sea monster is similar to the Creature from the Black Lagoon, although it is somewhat more dinosaur-like. The creature, and the entire episode, are somewhat reminiscent of the horror of H. P. Lovecraft, and the claustrophobic atmosphere aboard ship is unique in the series. See more »


Speculation arises that the creature was disturbed from the deepest depths of the sea floor by recent heavy storms. No storm is so great that it can affect sea or ocean floors at profound depths. This explanation doesn't hold water. See more »


Dr. Benton C. Quest: [reading the captain's log] "Developed engine trouble this morning two hundred miles from the Lingga Archipelago. While it was being fixed, I first saw the creature as it crawled over the ship's railing. It was probably brought up out of the sea by a storm, which had been raging the night before. I gave orders for the crew to capture it but it wasn't easy. It's a strange and awful thing. I've never seen the likes of it before, almost impossible to describe. It's body is covered with scales and ...
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References Sea Hunt (1958) See more »

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"Don't worry, Bandit. Nothing will happen to you that won't happen to the rest of us."
14 October 2019 | by bensonmum2See all my reviews

The Quest team discover an abandoned freighter in the Java Sea. The captain's log indicates the crew were attacked by some sort of creature from deep beneath the sea. After the Quest's plane is destroyed by the same monster, the team will have to use their wits to survive.

The Sea Haunt is a solid final episode in the Jonny Quest series. The creature animation is a bit weak by the standards of the series, but it does come across as a dangerous being. The creature looks a bit like The Creature from the Black Lagoon - with a tail. The strength is comparable as the creature has no problems destroying a plane and trashing a ship. He represents a real threat to Jonny and Co. The group uses whatever is at their disposal to ward off the creature until they can be rescued. That's one of the things that always impressed me about the series - the groups resourcefulness and intelligence. Overall, good storytelling and a fun episode.

A few random thoughts:

1. Those acetylene torches were more like flamethrowers. I don't think that's the way they actually operate.

2. I love the way Dr Quest and Race discuss the creature and its undersea origin like it's the most normal thing in the world.

3. The Sea Haunt does feature some unfortunate racial stereotyping. I'm glad Charlie was the one who saved the day.


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