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The Mysterious Cities of Gold

The Mysterious Cities of Gold

Canal Panda 1983

In the year 1532, Mendoza, a Spanish Navigator, Estaban, a young orphan, Zia, a young Incan girl, and a band of Spanish sailors set sail from Barcelona in search of El Dorado, the Mysterious City of Gold. Each is on a personal quest of discovery, heritage, and wealth. This is their story... The Mysterious Cities of Gold is a 39-episode animated series that was produced in 1982. It was a French/Japanese co-production that was loosely based on the Scott O'Dell book: The King's Fifth.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Mysterious Cities of Gold

The Mysterious Cities of Gold - S3E23

#1 - The Veils of Rana'Ori

8.50

Season 3 - Episode 23

In the desert, the suspected noises heard are produced by none other than Sancho and Pedro lost in the dunes. They finally found their friend Mendoza. In Manfuha, the children try to leave the oasis to reach the Condor, but the compass they steal from Zarès detects something. They discover in the treasure room of Jabbar a box containing the sails of Rana'Ori!

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold from 4 votes.

The Mysterious Cities of Gold - S3E25

#2 - The Serpent and the Lion

8.50

Season 3 - Episode 25

The Bedouin chief presents to the children the second veil they were looking for, transmitted from generation to generation by the Chaldis tribe. They try to read a plan to the city of gold, but the sails do not reveal anything.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold from 4 votes.

The Mysterious Cities of Gold - S3E26

#3 - Kumlar

8.50

Season 3 - Episode 26

On board the nave, Laguerra prevented Gaspard from killing Mendoza, arguing that Mendoza would be more useful to their living plan than dead. The children enter the city in search of the tomb of Princess Rana'Ori, but the sumptuous city seems deserted.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold from 4 votes.

The Mysterious Cities of Gold - S1E17

#4 - The Great Condor

8.40

Season 1 - Episode 17

The setting sunlight leads Esteban and his friends to the statue of the earth goddess, Pachamama. The legend goes that when Pachamama takes the sun in her arms, the Gates to the Cities of Gold will open. Estaban and Zia place their medallions in the statue and the mountain opens up to reveal the first City of Gold. Inside they discover a great bird, made of solid gold.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold from 20 votes.

The Mysterious Cities of Gold - S1E39

#5 - End of the City of Gold

8.36

Season 1 - Episode 39

The Olmecs place the Sun Power Unit at the bottom of their sunlight collecting crystal and activate it. However, the unit does not behave as expected and the Sun Power Unit begins to overheat. The High Priest of the Cities of Gold, who turns out to be Esteban's father, tries to shut it down using Tao's jar which is actually a control unit. But he could be too late.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold from 22 votes.

The Mysterious Cities of Gold - S1E18

#6 - Maiden Flight of the Condor

8.35

Season 1 - Episode 18

Inside the first City of Gold, Esteban finds a great Golden Condor. When the volcano on which the Cities are built begins to erupt, the Cities are destroyed. Sheltering inside the body of the Condor, they try to make its mechanism work, using the Medallion of the Sun. Suddenly, the giant bird spreads its wings and takes flight.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold from 23 votes.

The Mysterious Cities of Gold - S1E19

#7 - The Nasca Plateau

8.33

Season 1 - Episode 19

The great Golden Condor, carrying Esteban and his friends away from Pachamama and the erupting volcano, lands in the desert at Nazca. But when Pizarro and his soldiers arrive, Esteban makes sure everyone escapes.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold from 24 votes.

The Mysterious Cities of Gold - S3E24

#8 - The Chaldean Desert

8.33

Season 3 - Episode 24

The children reach Condor thanks to Laguerra who confronts the soldiers alone at the risk of his life. Despite the reluctance of Tao, our heroes return to collect it and make it climb aboard. Under the fire of the defensive guns of the fort, they managed with the Condor to recover the box containing the sails.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold from 3 votes.

The Mysterious Cities of Gold - S1E33

#9 - The Reunion

8.30

Season 1 - Episode 33

In the Indian Village of the New Sun, Zia at last finds her father, Papacamayo. But her happiness is short-lived, when he dies from his wounds, after defending the village against an attack by the Olmecs. All the Mayan tribes unite to fight against the Olmecs.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold from 20 votes.

The Mysterious Cities of Gold - S3E22

#10 - The Lord of the Desert

8.25

Season 3 - Episode 22

Zarès aided by Laguerra captures the children and pushes them towards the exit, revealing to them that he possesses, anyway, another track towards the fourth city of gold. They just need them and their medallions to open it ...

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold from 4 votes.

The Mysterious Cities of Gold - S1E36
#11 - Aerial Pursuit
8.19
Season 1 - Episode 36

Esteban flies the Golden Condor against the terrible Olmec war machine, to try to rescue Zia. Tao and Esteban manage to leap onto the machine in mid-air, and Zia is saved. But Tao is left behind, a prisoner.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold from 16 votes.

The Mysterious Cities of Gold - S1E37
#12 - The City of Gold
8.11
Season 1 - Episode 37

With Tao as a hostage, the Olmecs force Esteban and Zia to use their medallions to open the doors to the City of Gold.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold from 18 votes.

The Mysterious Cities of Gold - S1E16
#13 - The Urubus
8.10
Season 1 - Episode 16

Searching for the Cities of Gold, Esteban and his friends cross a high plateau up in the Andes. Near Lake Titicaca, they are attacked by the Urubus, a tribe of giants. Tao invents a submarine, and they capture Karuga, chief of the tribe, and hold him prisoner. Karuga tells them that there's a City of Gold on a mountain, guarded by the earth goddess, Pachamama.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold from 21 votes.

#14 - The Nest of the Condor
8.07
Season 2 - Episode 24

Our young heroes and Ambrosius have managed to enter the second City of Gold. Esteban and Zia receive a message delivered by holograms of The Sages of Mu and Atlantis.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold from 14 votes.

The Mysterious Cities of Gold - S1E23
#15 - The Jade Mask
8.05
Season 1 - Episode 23

In the jungle, Esteban and his friends discover some ruins, deserted temples and pyramids. In one of the temples, Pedro and Sancho try to remove a jade mask from the wall when the mask begins to glow. Suddenly the stone beams shoot out of the walls, ceiling and floor and trip them up.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold from 20 votes.

The Mysterious Cities of Gold - S1E15
#16 - The Subterranean Secret
8.00
Season 1 - Episode 15

Gomez and his soldiers attack the Fort of the Black Eagle to try to recapture the cannon Mendoza had stolen. Mendoza uses the cannon to fight back, but cannot stop the Spanish army who storm the fort and drive the Incas out. Esteban, Tao and Zia run away towards the High Peak, following secret underground passages constructed by the Incas.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold from 18 votes.

The Mysterious Cities of Gold - S1E29
#17 - The Burning Shield
8.00
Season 1 - Episode 29

Having found the Burning Shield, Esteban and his friends fall into the hands of the mysterious Olmecs, who possess very advanced technology. They escape from them, but are captured again. So what will happen to them now?

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold from 14 votes.

The Mysterious Cities of Gold - S1E32
#18 - Attack of the Olmecs
8.00
Season 1 - Episode 32

With the help of Gomez and Gaspard, Esteban and his friends succeed in getting the Golden Condor to fly. But the Olmecs find the Indian Village of the New Sun, and mount a fierce attack. With the help of the Golden Condor, they are defeated. But Zia's father, Papacamayo, has been seriously wounded.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold from 17 votes.

#19 - Face to Face
8.00
Season 2 - Episode 26

Back in the village, the children happily reunite with Ambrosius. Mendoza reveals to Esteban that his father is alive and waiting for him. Esteban meets with his father, but their reunion is cut short.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold from 12 votes.

The Mysterious Cities of Gold - S3E3
#20 - The Golden Bird
8.00
Season 3 - Episode 3

Using his gift to make the sun reappear, Esteban allows Zia to take off the Condor. Under the astonished eyes of Yoshi, the immense golden bird finally emerges from the waves. Mendoza, Sancho and Pedro manage to escape from the castle.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Mysterious Cities of Gold from 3 votes.

Last updated: apr 15, 2021

Comments

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the season 2 is a huge disappointment, it's nothing like the first one. Everything happened too fast, they take the childrens who watch this for imbeciles (well, it seems to be the trend in cartoons these days) and the story is just bad. I can watch the original over and over without be tiring of it but the new one, no way.

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Well I finally got round to buying the DVD and watching season 2 - it was definitely in keeping with the original. I loved it. I hated it. It was nice to see the characters again and their journey, this time in Asia and it was quite educational. I hated Kokopetl the parrot more than ever sooooo annoying. If you liked the original you will like this!

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Season 2? Huh?

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