Tales of the Gold Monkey 1.10 – The Late Sarah White

Yes, Princess Koji is so much more interesting than Sarah, who spends this episode presumed dead at the hands of one of the stupidest villains I can think of this evening. This annoys me because the story is otherwise remarkably intelligent and literate. It’s set amid the backdrop of extreme anti-American sentiment in the Philippines, while General MacArthur tries to negotiate a treaty with an important guerrilla force in the jungle. It even concocts a perfectly rational reason to bring Sarah, who is an undercover radio operator with very, very little field training or experience, into the action in the first place.

I also like how much money they spent on this. It has piles of extras, lots of speaking parts, backlots we’ve never seen before, and a lot of time on location. If the baddie wasn’t so dumb as to try to fake Sarah’s death by notifying her friends and family in the first place, I wouldn’t have a problem with it at all.

The funny running subplot this time: Jack has, according to his humans, developed an allergy to something and spends the episode making little doggie sneezes. Jake and Corky try to diagnose what’s triggered his allergies only to have him constantly bark no to everything they suggest. Jack is our son’s favorite part of every episode anyway. The doggie sneezes had him chuckling loudly in sympathy. Also, not content with knowing Japanese last week, he understands Spanish this time.

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