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The Dream Machine
Season 3, Episode 05
Air date October 10, 1992
Episode guide
A Perfect World
Bitter Waters

The Dream Machine is the fifth episode in the third season of Captain Planet and the Planeteers.

"Any technology has a price. You have to decide if what you give up is worth what you get."


Main Characters[]

The main characters featured in this episode are:

Plot Synopsis[]

Carlos, a Hispanic farm boy on a small island, becomes jealous of his cousin's return from the big city. He is given the power to wish for anything he wants from a mysterious stranger, calling himself the Dream Maker. Soon the whole town discovers the Dream Maker, and they all want something big. Blinded by greed, the townspeople fail to realize that their natural resources are being drained to create the things they wish for. They soon learn the effects of this, but the Planeteers need Captain Planet to get rid of the Dream Maker, who is revealed as Zarm, and quell a near war between the townspeople of La Playa and the villagers of Paloma Blanca, who also want a piece of the Dream Maker.

Episode Summary[]

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Planeteer Alerts[]

First Planeteer Alert

Kwame: Remember, the things you buy are not made out of thin air. For instance, this baseball bat...
Linka: And these magazines...
Kwame: Are made from trees.
Gi: Plastic toys and plastic packaging like these...
Ma-Ti: Are made from oil. That means drilling.
Wheeler: Even a hamburger has a hidden cost... The thousands of acres of land that are used to raise cattle.
Gaia: So think before you buy. The money you pay is only part of what something really costs.
Captain Planet: The power is yours!

Second Planeteer Alert

Gaia: Today our world's economy depends on increasingly scarce resources, such as oil and other fossil fuel. Wars may even be fought over who controls them.
Laika: It is important that we develop alternatives, like clean solar power and other new technologies.
Wheeler: But until these alternatives are available, we need to conserve the resources we have.
Ma-Ti: And whenever possible, ride your bike.
Gi: Or walk. It's healthy.
Captain Planet: The power is yours!

Significant Moments and Facts[]

  • It's the only time that Zarm's voice is provided by David Warner. In seasons 1 and 2, he was voiced by Sting, and in seasons 4 and 5, he speaks with Malcolm McDowell's voice.
  • Zarm's look is different from the one used in his previous appearances. He has no gloves, cloak or a T-like pattern on his chest armour. Instead, he wears a belt with a sword attached to it, and a Gypsy-style earring in his right ear. Also, his hairstyle is less messy.
  • The following were desired from the dream machine each with a cost:
  1. Desire A: First, a suit and a big batch of cakes (Cost: Sheep's wool from sheep and his farmer famly's wheat from his farm's fields)
  2. Desire B: Secondly, Motorcycles (Cost: Ore from high mountains, oil from below the river water, plastic from trees, presumably anyway)
  3. Desire C: Thirdly, Big cars (Cost: Ore from high mountains, oil from below the river water, resulting in oil leaks, so pretty much the same as the motorcycles)
  4. Desire D: Then, Mansions (Cost: Wood from nearby trees in the nearby forest and presumably sand for glass)
  5. Desire E: Finally, Weapons for war (Rifles and Bazookas, each costing the crafted cars for scrap metal)
  6. Desire: Somewhat significantly, Wheeler asked for a high-tech massage chair (Cost: presumably leftover material from motorcycles. Also, Wheeler chose it as a test for the Dream Machine)


Ma-Ti: I knew this greed machine had to be yours!

Zarm : Yes! Greed makes makes people want more and more power...power over the Earth, power over each other...and greed is what I thrive on.


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