Western Animation / Jonny's Golden Quest

Jonny's Golden Quest was the first TV movie made for the Jonny Quest series. It aired in 1993. It had a troubled development history. It had started life as a part of the second set of the Superstars 10, it didn't actually get made until later after the Turner buyout. By this time it became obvious they had wanted to reboot the franchise following the end of The New Adventures of Jonny Quest, and this movie seems to be the one that came from it given that Jonny's mother is present (at least for a while).

If anything, the only continuation from this point is Jonny Quest vs. the Cyber Insects which came out two years later. As by the time the Real Adventures came around the new writers had their own new idea of how to reboot the franchise that didn't fully align with this nor the previous two series.

Dr. Benton Quest and his wife, Dr. Rachel Quest, are investigating mutations which turn out to be caused by toxic runoff from the secret laboratory/lair of Benton's old enemy Dr. Zin, who is dying of an unspecified disease and trying to clone himself. Most of the clones turn out mutated and deformed mentally regressed monsters which Zin refers to as "Replicants." He has recently succeeded in creating a more or less perfect clone of himself however.

Zin's henchmen kidnap Benton and Rachel, and Jonny and Hadji along with Race stage a rescue, however Rachel dies when she and Zin fall into molten lava. Jonny and his father grieve. Later, a girl named Jessie Devlon arrives, insisting that her father, scientist Victor Devlon, is missing, and she wants the Quests help in locating him. They agree, but it turns out she's not Devlon's daughter, but Race's, and that Zin isn't dead (it was the perfect clone that fell into the lava), and is behind the entire thing. Jonny burns for vengeance despite Benton's urges not to.

Tropes used in this TV movie:

  • Alchemy: Dr. Zin finds a means of turning lead into gold.
  • An Aesop: Seeking revenge is bad.
  • Badass Longcoat: Snipe wears one in his introductory scene.
  • Bald of Evil: Dr. Zin.
  • Brainwashed: Averted. Hadji tries to hypnotize Snipe using the sparkly jewel from his turban, but it doesn't work.
  • Broad Strokes: As a whole this new origin is it taking from the original show what it needed.
    • Specifically the role of red head love interest for Jonny had changed again. While the previous series gave as Jessie Bradshaw, now we have Jessie Bannon, lost child of Race Bannon and Jade.
  • Chase Scene: A few, one with a gigantic cherry picker crane.
  • Clone Degeneration: The Replicants don't last for very long and eventually melt into puddles of slime, bones and all.
  • Crusading Widower: Averted almost entirely with Benton. Even when it turns out Zin is still alive, he doesn't want to be driven to violent acts to avenge Rachel.
  • The Dragon: Snipe, the only Replicant who can talk and also isn't prone to melting.
  • Expendable Clone: The first perfect clone of Zin is this. The Replicants (except for Snipe) also count.
  • Faceless Goons: Zin's Volcano Lair is bristling with them.
  • Faking the Dead: Zin can do this repeatedly thanks to having clones of himself. The Quests eventually get wise to his shenanigans, though.
  • Family-Unfriendly Death: The sight of the Replicants melting is pretty horrific, and also Zin's robot kills Dr. Victor Devlon by burning him to ash with its laser.
  • Force-Field Door: Benton and Rachel are held prisoner inside of a cage with bars made of energy.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Why Benton doesn't want his son to thirst for vengeance.
  • Hologram: 3-DAC.
  • I'm Melting!: Zin's Replicants tend to break down and melt into goop after a time due to unstable genetic structures.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: As usual none of the bad guys can hit anything.
  • In Curable Cough Of Death: Zin suffers from this and has to use a breathing machine.
  • Killer Robot: Zin has one.
  • Land Downunder: Where the climax takes place.
  • Loves Only Gold: Zin wants to use Alchemy to turn lead into gold.
  • Made-for-TV Movie
  • Sequel Hook: The surviving clone.
  • Super Villain Lair: Zin's secret lab inside an Australian water-treatment plant.
  • Volcano Lair: Zin has one of these at the beginning.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Snipe just sort of disappears.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: The Replicants don't get much sympathy from the heroes and are routinely dispatched in a variety of gooey, violent ways.
  • Yellow Peril: Underplayed due to this being made in the 90's, but Zin nonetheless has visibly yellow-colored skin and looks and dresses like a racist caricature of a traditional Asian man.
  • You Have Failed Me: A Replicant fails at a task and escapes. Later, when Zin is talking outside with Jezebel Jade, he lifts a silver cover to reveal the Replicant has been buried up to its neck in the dirt. Its eventual fate is unknown.