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Jonny's Golden Quest was the first TV movie made for the Jonny Quest series, telecast in 1993 on the USA Network.

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. Later, a girl named Jessie Devlon arrives, insisting that her father, scientist Victor Devlon, is missing. She wants the Quests help in locating him, and despite Benton's urges, Jonny burns for vengeance.


The film had a troubled development history. It had started life as a part of the second set of the Superstars 10, but it didn't actually get made until after the Turner buyout. The film is seen as an attempt to reboot the franchise after The New Adventures of Jonny Quest, but it only recieved one follow-up: Jonny Quest vs. the Cyber Insects. Real Adventures ignores the events of the movies and The New Adventures.


Tropes used in this TV movie:

  • Amicable Exes: Race and Jade.
  • An Aesop: Seeking revenge is bad.
  • Badass Longcoat: Snipe wears one in his introductory scene.
  • Bald of Evil: Dr. Zin.
  • Big "NO!": Zin, as his complex explodes.
  • 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.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Jesse when she learns her mother lied to her about who her father was and didn't say anything until Race's life was in danger.
  • 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.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Rachel’s death causes Jonny to breakdown and Benton to briefly quit the I-1.
  • Disappeared Dad: Race reveals to be one to Jesse since her mother was pregnant with her. He never learned the truth until the climax of the movie.
  • The Dragon: Snipe, the only Replicant who can talk and also isn't prone to melting.
  • The End... Or Is It?: As the heroes get some well-deserved rest, a tube containing an unconscious Zin clone floats to the ocean's surface. Eye Awaken ensues.
  • 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.
  • Foreshadowing: In her first scene, Jade says she and Race really need to talk. She wanted to tell him that they have a daughter.
  • Girls Have Cooties: Jonny’s reaction during his conversation with his mother about Race and Jade.
  • Happily Married: Benton and Rachel until the latter’s death.
    • Somewhat with Race and Jade, though they went through a divorce prior to the beginning of the movie. They do get back together in the end.
  • 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.
  • Luke, You Are My Father: Jesse shouts “Dad!” to Race near the climax of the movie, surprising the latter.
  • Made-for-TV Movie
  • Not So Different: Jonny and Jesse once they realize their respective parent (Rachel and Race) would be killed and they blame their surviving parent (Benton and Jade) for the formers’ death.
  • 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.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Race lampshades Zin using clones to achieve immortality, saying he'd be living on as these diseased, melting husks forever. Zin admits that would be most unpleasant, which is why he kidnaps Race and intends to harvest DNA to improve his cloning technology.
  • 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.
  • You Killed My Mother: Jonny to Dr Zin after Rachel’s death.


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