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Population Bomb
Season 1, Episode 21
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Air date April 27, 1991
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Population Bomb is the twenty-first episode in the first season of Captain Planet and the Planeteers.

Main Characters[]

The main characters featured in this episode are:

Villains[]

  • General Claw
  • Captain Grosstail

Plot Synopsis[]

Captain Planet repairs a building that was about to collapse and cause a major accident. Back on Hope Island, specifially the cristal chamber, the Planeteers think part of the problem is the world has too many people, and suggests family planning to help control this. Wheeler angrily remarks that it is an attack on his liberty to regulate how many children he should sire in his later years. Later, to blow off some steam, he goes windsurfing with Gi. We see that he has begun to really get the hang of it as he cathches some serious air with his salboad. Gi alerts wheeler to a big storm comming, but wheeler, who is in a much better mood now, says he can "take care of him self". Gi cautions him not to stay out long, but Wheeler shrugges this off. Wheeler, is initially not impressed with the strom's severity, even after a strong wind flings his salboard into a hard turn. He then tries to get on a wave that qickly gets to be too big for him to handel! finally realizing his mistake, wheeler catches site of land ahead of him and makes a run for it, but two waves come to gether and knock him off his salboard and on to the beach, he was heading for. Weeler hits the sand hard but is un-hurt. This changes when his salboard comes crashing down ontop of him, knocking him out! When he comes to, wheeler finds him self on an island called Miceland. He is taken prisoner and sent to a food processing plant. There he meets a talking mouse, who says he is a scientist called Piebald. Piebald explains how they were once ordinary mice, until the fallout from a nearby bomb testing came to the island and gave them humanlike abilities to include the power of speech. They became the dominant species of the island. As hard as it is to believe, Miceland started out as a beautiful paradise. In the beginning, when their population was small, the island was rich and green with clean air and water. They lived in small houses on the beach with plenty of food for everyone. Many wanted big families so their numbers grew rapidly. They moved further inland, clearing the land to build cities to house their growing population and more resources were consumed. Soon all trees and plant life were gone and the island became one big city and their beautiful, blue sky turned dirty and brown from all the pollution the air. All of the other animals that lived on the island are now gone. Most of the animals his people hunted to extinction for food, the others were driven off the island into the sea. There are only memories of those animals in their museums. With no more wild game or vegetation, they have now turned to the seas for food but at the same time are polluting the seas, reducing the number of fish and yet, their population is still exploding! Worse, Miceland is a dictatorship under the leadership of General Claw, who sees Wheeler to be enslaved for heavy labor and Hope Island as a place to be colonized. Piebald is arrested for speaking out against General Claw's rule, but is freed by Wheeler and returned to his family. When Captain Planet appears to find Wheeler, General Claw uses an untested superweapon on him that proves hurtful. At the same time, the people of Miceland are staging a tax revolt, and General Claw sees a chance to kill two birds with one stone by using the superweapon on the protestors. This proves a fatal flaw, as the superweapon triggers a tsunami that engulfs Miceland. Wheeler offers to save Piebald and his family, but Piebald refuses, figuring his race has gotten what they deserved with their doom, and begs Wheeler not to let the same thing happen to humanity. Wheeler then finds himself on Hope Island surrounded by the other Planeteers. When he thanks them for rescuing him, they said they never did any rescue mission, nor do they have any recollection of Miceland. Wheeler realizes he must have been rendered unconscious and had a dream. They asked Wheeler what happened in his dream. Wheeler says that he was surrounded by talking mice that were just like humans and their population just kept growing. They all take Wheeler back home. An image of Piebald's warning plays one last time.

Episode Summary[]

The episodes opens, we find the planetears are comming back to hope island after a mission. they find them selfs in a city that is over populated and poluted. they come across a buidling that is colaposing and summon Captain planet to save the people below it form being killed. Captain Planet repairs a building that was about to collapse and cause a major accident. Back on Hope Island, specifially the cristal chamber, the planeteers think part of the problem is the world has too many people, and suggests family planning to help control this. Wheeler angrily remarks "nobody going to tell me how many kids I can have!" .

Later, to blow off some steam, Wheeler goes windsurfing, his new favorit sport, with Gi. We see that GI has taught Wheeler some tricks, as he cathches some serious air with his saliboad. Gi alerts wheeler to a big storm comming, but wheeler, who is in a much better mood now, and having too much fun windsurfing to stop now, says he can "take care of himself". Gi cautions him not to stay out long, but Wheeler shrugges this off. Wheeler, is initially not impressed with the strom's severity, even after a strong wind flings his sailboard into a hard turn. He then tries to get on a wave that qickly gets to be too big for him to handel, as it sends him and his sailborad flying! Just barely managing to stay on his board and finaily realizing his mistake, wheeler catches site of land ahead of him and makes a run for it, but two waves come to gether and knock him off his salboard and on to the beach, he was heading for. Wheeler hits the sand hard but is un-hurt. This changes when his salboard comes crashing down ontop of him, knocking him out!

When he comes to, wheeler finds him self on an island called Miceland. He quikly notaces that the island is so poluted that the water melts his sailboad. He is discoved by two mice patroling the beach, who shoot him with lazer guns and take him prisoner. He sent to a food processing plant. Wheeler awakens again to find that he is tied to a conver belt, just as he is about to go throuh a grinder. He crys out for help, stopping the grinder just before his feet enter it. He then meets a talking mouse, Piebald who says he is food technician but was once a scientist. His boss, captin Gross Tail demands to know why Piebald stopped the food processer. Piebald points out that wheelr is alive. Gross Tail concludes he will make a good salve of heavy labor. He heads off to tell Genral Claw. Piebald explains how they were once ordinary mice, until the fallout from a nearby bomb casued a strange rain to hit the island and gave them humanlike abilities inculding the power of speech. They became the dominant species of the island. Miceland was once a beautiful paradise. In the beginning, when their population was small, the island was rich and green with clean air and water. They lived in small houses on the beach and food was in abundance. Many wanted big families so their numbers grew rapidly. They moved further inland, kncking down trees to buld lage buildings to house their growing population and more resources were consumed. Soon all trees and plant life were gone and the island became one big city and their beautiful, blue sky turned dirty and brown from all the pollution the air. All of the other animals that lived on the island are now gone. Most of the animals his people hunted to extinction for food. There are only memories of those animals in their museums. With no more wild game or vegetation, they have now turned to the seas for food but at the same time are dumping pollutants into the sea, rapidly distory it disptie it beging their only current food sorce. their population is still exploding! Worse, Miceland is a dictatorship under the leadership of General Claw.

Wheeler asked why the island did not just reduce the size of the familys. Plebald replys that ist just no use as big familys are a closely held tradition. When wheeler asks as to how he ended up at the food processing plant,Plebald tells him when he was a scientist he spoke out against the over poplutaion of the island he was arrested, this got him his slave posisiton running the food processing plant. Genral Claw shows up and demands wheeler tell him were he comes from so Hope Island can be colonized, but, Wheeler refuses. Genral Claw somehow knows that wheeler came from the "north" wich is were Genral claw will send his army to cpature it. Kwame and Linka, who, along with the rest of the planeteers have been searching for wheeler in the G0copter, are captured on hope island by the mice and broght to Miceland, to be used as slaves as well as wheeler.

Piebald unties wheeler but is arrested as a trader for doing so. Wheeler, now untied, grabs Gross tail and threatens to squeeze him to death. But Piebald askes him to let Gross tail go. Gross Tail then thretons to hurt Plebald if wheeler dose not do everything he says. Mati and GI take off after Linka and Kwame, who they have become concered about as they have seemingly dissappared. As this is happeing, Wheeler has become part of a propaganda display for Captain Gross tail, doing so to keep Plebald safe. However, when he finds that the final plan is to conquer hope island and enslave his frends, Wheeler grabs Plebald and makes a run for it. As this is happening, the crowed watching the display brakes out into a riot, as dose everyone on the island. Genral Claw orders the new salves, Linka and Kwame, be used to stop the riot.

Wheeler returns Piebald to his wife an kid, then climbs to the top of the same buding, which happens to also be Captain Gross Tail's headqurters. Here, Wheeler is finaly able to get intouch with Mati using his ring. He then uses it to free Linka and Kwame, who he sees from his position high on top of the tower, and attack their capters. They reach for the sky and are then able to finally unite with Mati and GI, In the GOcopter, who are now being attacked by Genral Claws attack helicopters, and summon Captain planet. When Captain Planet shows up he qickly makes short work of General Claw's army. General Claw then decides to use an untested sonic canon on captain planet. After he saves them from some more mice with lazers, Wheeler tells Captain Planet to take Kwame and Linka back to the G0copter first, he heads off to get piebald. He is then shot with the sonic cannon

Genral Claw then decdeds to use it on the people of Miceland. Who's riot has turn into an all out revolt. This proves a fatal flaw, as the superweapon triggers a massive earthquake. As this is happeing wheeler is pined by some failling debris captain planet sees this and frees him. As this is taking place, The earthquake is causing Miceland to sink. Wheeler once agin, Climbs up the side of Pibalds building and offers to save Piebald and his family, but Piebald refuses, figuring his race has gotten what they deserved with their doom, and begs Wheeler not to let the same thing happen to humanity. A wave of water knocks wheeler off of the side of Piebald's house and he finds himslef falling a great distances down toward the ground and striking a board with his head as he finally lands.

Wheeler then wakes up and finds himself on Hope Island surrounded by the other Planeteers. His head resting near the remains of his sailboad, wich seems to have some how eroded on both ends. He asks for Piebald but no one knows who he is, or any memorys of Miceland. Planeteers tell him he must have had a dream. Wheeler repiles he had a nightmare. They asked Wheeler what happened in his dream. Wheeler speks of the talking mice that were just like humans and their population just kept growing. They all head back home. Just Before the episode ends, Piebald's pela no to let there be more people then their world can hold reflects on the surface of the water.

Planeteer Alerts[]

Captain Planet: Did you know the population of the world is now more than 5 billion?
Ma-Ti: Wow. That is a lot of people!
Gi: And it's increasing by 90 million people each year.
Kwame: But the earth is not getting any bigger.
Linka: So when it is your turn to have a family...
Wheeler: Keep it small.
Captain Planet: The more people there are, the more pressure we put on our planet. So take it easy on our earth and conserve what you can. The power is yours!

Significant Moments and Facts[]

  • When Wheeler climbs a building to return Piebald to his family, he remarks about the 1933 film King Kong.
  • In a later episode, Wheeler imagines himself having sired several children with Linka, but rethinks that after recalling his experience in this episode.
  • This is a rare episode in which all the regular Eco-villains are absent.

Quotes[]

  • Gi: In some countries, the government recommends a couple only has two children.
  • Wheeler: Oh, yeah? Well, no one's telling me how many kids I can have.
  • Piebald: My people and I are doomed. But yours can still be saved. Don't let this happen to you. Don't let there be more people than your world can hold.

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