|Season 1, Episode 14|
|Air date||February 9, 1991|
Meltdown Syndrome is the fourteenth episode in the first season of Captain Planet and the Planeteers.
Duke Nukem targets a nuclear power plant. Worse, the power plant is suffering from a nuclear meltdown, as its administrator, Dr. Borzon, ignored earlier signs of trouble. Duke Nukem captures Dr. Borzon in order to stop him from preventing the meltdown in order to feast on its festering radioactivity. The Planeteers are sent to stop Nukem and the meltdown. When it approaches critical mass, Captain Planet warns this could be worse than Chernobyl and Three Mile Island combined. Captain Planet decides to save the day by flying the entire plant to a place well equipped for nuclear explosions - the Sun! However, he also warns that he cannot keep saving the day like this. Dr. Borzon thanks the Planeteers for saving him and admitted he failed to warn others of the dangers of nuclear power due to his beliefs that it was clean and plentiful, and that issues like smog are indeed environmental problems. Gi recommends Dr. Borzon study geothermal energy in his quest to find a clean, abundant energy source.
Captain Planet: We all take energy for granted, but power has its price.
Gaia: Think about it. When you turn on your lights or stereo, you're using up energy.
Captain Planet: But you are also using up Earth's resources and contributing to pollution.
Kwame: We need energy, but we also need to use it wisely.
Gi: Don't waste it.
Linka: Turn off the lights and TV when you are not in the room.
Ma-Ti: The little things you do at home can make a big difference for our planet.
Wheeler: The power to save power is yours.
Significant Moments and Facts
- Captain Planet can shake the ground by stamping his foot.
- Duke Nukem said, "Why don't you grab a rod and go fishing - nuclear fishing", which is a pun as the word "fishing" sounds similar to "fission".
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