Facebook Page Transformers: Rescue Bots Interview with Nicole Dubac
Sunday, March 2nd, 2014 10:58AM CSTCategory: Cartoon News
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Taking questions both from the two interviewers and also answering a few questions submitted by page fans, Nicole delves into many topics pertaining to Rescue Bots. Asked about how the show will continue to run along the same continuity as Prime, Nicole states that there are already a lot of Easter eggs in Rescue Bots that demonstrate the tie-ins. While she couldn’t share any spoilers, she did mention that Rescue Bots will continue to treat the show as existing within the Prime continuity, and that they will continue to homage and pay tribute to that series where possible. A long time Transformers fan who grew up watching and playing Transformers, Nicole appreciates the series and never wants to talk down to its audience. She says that all of the writers take their jobs very seriously, and always enjoy what they do. Asked if there will be more female characters, or if the moms will surface, Nicole can’t share any specifics, but says there will definitely be more female characters.
When asked about the quantity of non-essential character development, Nicole says that the writing staff greatly enjoys the character moments, like whole stories that come out of them. For example, Blades’ pirate fanatic moment, are intentional and fun moments for the writers. They are trying to get across that the Rescue Bots have personalities and quirks, which help to make the character real.
Nicole finishes up the interview with a teaser that we will see the characters meet greater challenges and undergo some serious changes. She also gives a shout-out to the artists, directors, and crew that make the show what it is.
Read the whole interview below:
The moment you've been waiting for! The interview me & Boulder did with the great Nicole Dubuc, one of the writers of RB! Please enjoy! She's a great lady! And Season 2 starts tomorrow!
Heatwave: Areia L. Carroll asks "With Transformers Prime now over, are the writers thinking of any ways to further tie the shows together since they have been said to be in the same universe? Something like Agent Fowler, Unit:E or even Ratchet having cameos?"
Nicole: The writing team is always trying to think of ways to put Easter eggs in Rescue Bots that tie it to the Prime universe -- a lot of people have noticed the "I hope there's no such thing as a Skyquake" line Blades has, or the implication that Morocco was trying to sell off technology to Silas. I can't spoil anything that's coming up, but know that we're still treating the show as existing in Prime continuity and we pay homage/reference that whenever we can. At one point in season 1 there was a chart of where the Rescue Bots episodes happened in the Prime timeline. Now we lag the Prime events by quite a bit, obviously.
Heatwave: I know me & several others have often tried to put the timelines together... like when Morocco got the team fired & the bots couldn't contact Optimus, we often wondered if that was during the Orion Pax events. Gennie Shively asks "Did she grow up watching transformers or have other inspiration/motivation? The show is so intelligently written that I enjoy it as much as my kids."
Nicole: First off, thanks for the compliment! The writers all take this show very seriously (Jeff Kline is a stickler for plot clarity and Brian Hohlfeld is always doing the "is this in-character" check) and we never want to talk down to our audience. I did indeed grow up watching Transformers G1, and playing Transformers (I was always Bumblebee), and I wish I had kept my Grimlock and Ravage toys. How cool were those?! But the biggest inspiration on this show has been the characters themselves - they're so fun to write for, and there's such a depth of mythology to reference and draw from. Also, this show is kinda my love letter to the 80s, as you can probably tell by all the pop-culture references.
Heatwave: Lots of people love all those references! It makes for a fun game! Especially in the Alien Invasion ep! I love that you’re willing to take the time to do this! Boulder appreciates it too whenever he's on, heh.
Boulder: Hi Nicole, Yes, I appreciate you doing this, as Heatwave says. It’s an awesome gift for you to give to the fans, and believe us, they ARE devoted fans! Heatwave: Andy Blair asks "Will we be seeing Hoist, Medix, or any other new bots in future episodes?"
Nicole: Sorry, Andy, can't spoil anything, but I will say you'll meet more of the Burns family...
Heatwave: Ha! Cool! That actually brings me to a question I had... would we ever see any of the moms? The few female characters we have so far have been absolutely great!
Nicole: Can't say either way, sorry about that! BUT I can say you will see more female characters.
Heatwave: Oooo exciting! You guys have done an excellent job with female characters in this series as well as in Prime! How did you come to work on RB? Was it because you were working on Prime already? Did Hasbro ask you or did you want to do it to begin with?
Nicole: As we were wrapping up season 1 of Prime, Jeff Kline asked me to develop Rescue Bots with Brian Hohlfeld and himself. While we were in development (writing the bible and the pilot for the show), I kept writing for Prime season 2, but when we got our pickup, I started full-time on Rescue Bots as a co-story editor with Greg Johnson (who was just finishing on GI Joe Renegades).
Heatwave: Krysta Osborn asks "Which Bot is Nicole's favorite to write and why?"
Nicole: I love writing for all the Bots for different reasons -- cranky pants Heatwave is fun 'cause I can hear Steve Blum's snark in my head. Blades is hilarious and Parv always plusses the lines with his reads. Boulder is sweet and the emotional core of the Bots, and Imari brings such warmth to him. But I have to say, writing for Chase is my favorite. His dead-pan reads make for some really great stuff, and the "that's what she said" line (in fact, that whole episode where he's learning about Earth humor) still crack me up -- D.C. knows how to deliver! Stay tuned for some more great Chase episodes this season.
Boulder: Thanks Nicole. I've met DC at a con and he does deliver, it’s very true! See, Heatwave, I'm sweet! Nicole says so!
Heatwave: Phssh... you can be the huggable one... I don't need hugs! When I first started watching, I was kinda meh about Chase, but I've really come to like him, DC does a great job & you write some great lines for him! One of the new promos made laugh! "There are times I wish gravity wasn't a law!"
Nicole: I shoulda said stay tuned for great episodes for each Bot, as we try to feature them each at least twice per season!
Heatwave: I always look forward to my eps.
Nicole: Yeah, the Heatwave ep I wrote for s2 might be my favorite this season.
Heatwave: Ooooo! Now I'm excited! What about the human characters? Do you have any favorites you like to write for there? I'm a pretty big fan of Chief myself, love him!
Nicole: My favorite part of the humans in Rescue Bots is that we get to write them as families who work together, who are smart, and caring…Still-quirky, but ultimately people you want to spend time with. Yes, even Kade. It's probably easiest to write a line for him, and again, I have to give huge credit to Jason Marsden for his hilarious Kade deliveries. Maurice LaMarche delivers Chief as the dad everyone on the crew wishes they had -- he's so reassuring, caring and capable, with a sense of humor. Lacey Chabert brings a fun feistiness to Dani, and Shannon McKain handles all the techno-speak we throw at him with a lovable, nerdy quality (yes, Graham is the guy I would date). Writing for Tim Curry was a dream come true. Doc Greene has a fun way of speaking where he reverses what he's saying mid-sentence -- it could be this, or it could be that -- and we like to come up with fun science sayings for him: "boiling chips" is a throwback to my organic chem lab days. LeVar is amazing. And the kids are always so prepared with their lines. Elan Garfias plays Cody, and the emotion, range and sweetness he brings to the role makes the character real and the heart of the show. Diamond White has a sassy brightness that made Frankie appear in way more episodes than we originally planned. Oh, and who can forget Jeff Bennet, our love-to-hate Mayor Luskey and Huxley Prescott! (I think I got all the humans in there -- whew, probably more than you wanted to know!)
Boulder: I like the Chief myself....and Doc Greene cracks me up! Speaking of casting, were there any changes made to the characters after the voice actors were cast to accommodate great ideas they came up with? Also, any fun stories to share about the casting process?
Nicole: After the characters were cast, our amazing actors began to "plus" their roles -- sometimes with a reaction or ad lib. As writers, we love hearing this stuff, and we pick it up and run with it. The actors, by the way, are the closest-knit voice acting cast I've ever known -- we all hang out for fun after work and on weekends. We definitely write to them, and sometimes a story idea will come out of a joke one of them makes. Parv's dancing in the recording booth is evident in Blades in 201, for example. Fun casting stories -- well, Elan was Cody from the moment we heard him. It was a very easy show to cast; everyone just seemed to click!
Heatwave: I bet having Tim Curry was a ball! Everyone was so excited he was announced! So that's where the boiling chips came from... had several people wondering! & good on Diamond! I really like Frankie! & I remember Jeff from so many older cartoons like Gargoyles & such. You guys do a great job with the humans. I rarely like them in TF series, but in RB & Prime I've liked them all! Especially Fowler in Prime! Kudos!
Boulder: Great cast and we can tell they have so much fun! Our next question is from ABates. They ask: “Were there any scenes from season 1 that had to be cut during production that she wished could have been included?”
Nicole: I am sure there are scenes that have been cut, and certainly we're always losing jokes because of time constraints. Specifically in the pilot, there were a lot more scenes/gags where Cody shows the Bots around Griffin Rock for the first time. Our scripts start out at 35 pages and we usually have to get them down to 31 for production, so a lot of stuff gets trimmed. We try to keep the bits in our minds that get cut, and find a place for them in future episodes.
Heatwave: Pravus Prime asks "Rescue Bots has a lot of non-essential character development (such as the bots preferences in movies they like to watch), has this always been intentional from the start or is it something that has come about as the series progressed?"
Nicole: The writing staff takes great delight in the character moments -- sometimes whole stories will arise from them, like "what if Blades was a pirate fanatic?" It's very intentional and a lot of fun. We want to really get to know our characters and their quirks and we try to put that in as much as possible. To me, that's what helps make a character real.
Heatwave: I love character quirks! They really make them seem more alive! Partly why I find this show so endearing. Moreprimeland asks "Where did Dr. Morocco get his anti-aging machine? And WHAT does it run on? He mentions it was the best technology he stole... from who?"
Nicole: All of your questions will be answered… In time! Stay tuned.
Heatwave: And our last question would be...Is there anything in season 2 that you could tease us with?
Nicole: In season 2, expect our characters to meet with even greater challenges… And undergo some serious changes. Also, this isn't off a particular question, but I want to put in a shout-out for our amazing artists, directors and crew who make the show as good as it is. They put their heart and soul into Rescue Bots and really believe in creating a great story. Frank Molieri and Brian Hohlfeld are two halves of an awesome executive-producing coin. Nathan Chew has been our director for all three seasons, and the passion and joy he brings to the board is incredible. Props to Jerry (the driver among other things), Matt, Austin, Bess, Zac, Judge, Patrick, Tim… Our composers and international artists... We've had tremendous support from our executives at Hasbro and the Hub (they give very helpful notes - you should have heard our time travel discussion!). And of course, major thanks to Jeff Kline for making this all possible. (If I forgot to mention anyone, it's my own lack of coffee, not their lack of talent!)
Heatwave: It takes a lot of people to make a great show! The music has been topnotch & often gets stuck in my head, especially the tune often played when they're out in the water (that whistling tune). There's so many great little moments in the show that make me go "Cool!" like in ep 2 when Chase did that flip transform. Ah coffee... hot brown water in a spherical container...
Nicole: LOL about the coffee comment, Heatwave. Thanks for the opportunity to do this, it was a lot of fun!
Boulder: Actually, thank you, Nicole!!! Taking the time to chat with us is a wonderful gift to the fans, and much appreciated!
Heatwave: Yes, thank you again! This was absolutely wonderful and gave us some great insight into the workings of the show! You have been absolutely great!
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Posted by Foxbear on March 2nd, 2014 @ 12:16pm CST
There is the usual all ages friendly action and adventure we all fell in love with in the first season as Kade and Heatwave try out the new Mobile Command Vehicle. (That is one toy I would actually buy.)
Doc Green is being Doc Green and that creates the majority of the problems in the show. Really, WHO thought it was a good idea to give that man free access to Cybertronian tech? Oh yeah. Boulder.
Dani and Blades share some friendly banter over a para-glider they rescued. (Blades is curious as to why she remembers this Taylor's name and not any of the other rescues.)
Turns out Heatwave was Lobbing champ for three years running.
All in all it was a very satisfying start to the season and I am looking forward to the next!
Posted by Bumblevivisector on March 5th, 2014 @ 12:58am CST
The long delay of this season still makes little sense sales-wise, because the toys they're showcasing have been out for months. The MHQ has even already come and gone through Marshalls; granted, it debuted last thing last season, but this first ep seemed largely concerned with highlighting it.
Posted by Sabrblade on March 8th, 2014 @ 10:30pm CST
There's a shipment coming over from the government to Doc's lab. Chief and Chase are to escort it, and Chief seems to have a cold.
Uh oh, Evan and Myles are out to nab the government tech. And hey, Even can speak.
Er, wait a sec. They're on an island. How exactly do Evan and Myles plan to get away from Chief and Chase by car?
Huh. Oil spill. Clever. And nearly fatal since their pursuers were sent over a cliff. Chief likely wouldn't have survived if his car hadn't been Chase, who transformed and climbed back up.
Shorter version of the theme song today.
Chief refers to Evan and Myles as being "back" on Griffin Rock, implying that they'd been off the island since they last appeared.
Forgot to mention this with the previous two episodes, but the firehouse now has a statue of a griffin standing upon an Autobot symbol set outside of it.
Ah, it's the flu that Chief has. and with him out of commission, the next oldest Burns, Kade, assumes command, much to the chagrin of Cody and Heatwave.
LOOOOOOOOL at the scene with the Bots trying to understand the human illness known as the flu.
Cody's voice sounds a little off in this episode. Like, more high-pitched than normal.
Kade is a jerk. I love the guy, but he's a jerk.
Blades is coughing from the smoke.
"Power Up and Energize!!!" - Heatwave is using his double-barreled water cannon from his large-sized transformable Energize toy! So he's got TWO Energize tools! Also, I forgot to mention this last time as well, but the Energize tool usage also has the Bots' Autobot symbols glow blue.
Doc's new invention is a Stasis Machine, which sounds like a device similar to the Immobilizer, only it freezes object not only in space but in time as well, stopping them from aging. Although, the thieves from before still got away with part of the shipment, so it may not work properly.
Cody accidentally got zapped by the incomplete machine. So this is how he gets olde--WOAH!! He's RIPPED! Buff, muscular, a full grown mustache, he's like younger, primer version of his dad! At 6' 2", even.
What went wrong is that, since the machine has two forces (one that ages and one that reverses age) and one of them is missing. Cody got hit by the present aging force while the de-aging force is still missing.
Chase mistakens the aged Cody for an intruder.
And the Bots are not the least bit impressed by the new "grown up Cody".
And Kade is likewise not the least bit enthused (quite the opposite, in fact). This'll be good.
Wait, that's a rocket. A full-blown Jimmy Neutron-sized rocket. Caught on the power lines. If that doesn't just scream "dangerous" then I don't know what does.
The rocket came from a Mr. Cullen, an amateur astronomer.
Heatwave (to Kade): "You may be a fireman, but I think you just got burned." - OH SNAP! I love this show!
Uh oh, is Hayley flirting with Cody (who identifies himself as "Cole", Kade's older cousin filling in for Chief)?
KA-BOOM!!! 200 pounds of fuel gone up in smoke.
Eeyup, now Hayley's into "Cole" since he shielded her from the blast (while he's a bit grossed out by her affections since he's still a child at heart), which makes Kade VERY irate.
Chase is against the dispute between Kade and Cody, but Heatwave is ALL FOR of power struggles! Though he means after they finish the mission, but dude!
How convenient of Evan and Myles to show up at the lab to steal the rest of the Stasis Machine.
TREX! He's back!
While it's very nice that Chase stopped at the red light to let the elderly man cross, don't police cars still have the legal right to pass through red lights when blazing their sirens?
Evan and Myles plan to hijack the ferry to the mainland.
Oh dear, Myles used his stolen piece of the stasis machine to de-age Kade.
LOL, widdle Kade's wearing some borrowed clothes from Cody.
Aaaaand, nabbed 'em!
LOL at Chief reaction to young Kade and grown Cody.
Oliver Vaquer voiced the adult version of Cody.
Danica McKeller voiced Hayley.
When I first heard about this episode, I was skeptical. It sounded like an idea that could be either really good or really awful. And I am relieved to see that it turned out to be the former. This episode was downright hilarious. It's like how season 1's "Four Bots and a Baby" seemed like it could also go either way, but turned out to be really good in the end. Adult Cody was superbly competent yet believably flawed as a character, and that's how it showed be. He wasn't the stereotypical "little boy in a man's body" portrayal we get in stories like this, nor was he Gary Stu'd into being the best Mr. Perfect ever. He saw his condition as an opportunity to exploit, and did so in a reasonably believable manner, while also showing signs of needing much to learn as an adult, for it takes knowledge and wisdom, not mere size and strength, to be a man. And kid Kade was fun bonus. Overall, another gem of an episode.
Next week... g-g-g-g-GREMLINS??!!!
Posted by Sabrblade on March 12th, 2014 @ 8:53am CDT
Episode 33 - http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tv/transformers-rescue-bots-prescotts-bots/EP015030430040?aid=zap2it
Episode 34 - http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tv/transformers-rescue-bots-blame-the-gremlins/EP015030430041?aid=zap2it
Posted by El Duque on March 12th, 2014 @ 9:55am CDT
Episode 7, Prescott's Bots, is scheduled to air on April 5th. See the brief synopsis below:
S02, E07 (First Aired: April 5, 2014)
The Team is forced to participate in a reality show that captures extreme danger on camera.
Episode 8, Blame the Gremlins, is scheduled to air on April 12th. See the brief synopsis below:
S02, E08 (First Aired: April 12, 2014)
Kade's nightmares come to life and threaten Griffin Rock and Cody and the Rescue Bots must help.
Posted by El Duque on March 12th, 2014 @ 10:42am CDT
Check it out embedded below:
Join Chase, Heatwave, Blades and Boulder—the Autobots' best rescue team—for five adventure-filled episodes! Along with their human friends, the Burns family, the Rescue Bots go undercover to protect the quiet, little town of Griffin Rock from danger!
You can pre-order the dvd now here:
http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/tra ... roes-scene
Posted by El Duque on March 12th, 2014 @ 6:03pm CDT
S02, E09 (First Aired: April 19, 2014)
While trying to hunt it down, Cody and the Bots discover the legendary Maine Ridge Monster is closer than they thought.
Posted by Sabrblade on March 12th, 2014 @ 9:43pm CDT
As for the video, that's from episode 24, "Shake Up", and is Diamond White (Frankie's voice actress) doing the singing herself instead of being dubbed over by a soundalike.
Posted by Sabrblade on March 15th, 2014 @ 9:09pm CDT
After hearing reports from a local sea captain about something (he claimed it was a sea monster) circling the captain's vessel three times, the team is out at sea investigating, only to happen upon an iceberg. In a non-winter season.
It's HIM! He's aboard the iceberg! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!
Chief tossed him com link onto the iceberg so that Dani and Blades can track it. Smart.
Cody's found a control panel. Could the whole iceberg be completely artificial?
And after pushing a button, a large hatch has opened underneath Blades' feet, swallowing him.
Yyyyyyep! The iceberg is really a large ship covered in ice. Methinks a sinister plot is afoot.
Blades wants to get the whole team, the Navy, and Optimus all together before exploring the ship.
According the ship's log, it is called the S.S. Isolde.
And according to chief, it's a freighter that was lost in 1966. It was used to transport experimental tech to Griffin Rock, but the captain and crew had to abandon ship after certain cargo became unstable.
The log continues to say that the captain was Zachary Burns, who was Burns siblings' great-grandfather. He never spoke of what happened because it really spooked him.
A nearby generator is still turned on. Seems dangerous enough since it instantly froze Blades completely.
Why doesn't Cody just ask Dani to help him bring back the portrait?
According to Doc Greene, records from 1966 show that the Isolde's cargo was mostly top secret, except for one thing: the Subzero Expander (the device that froze Blades). It was supposed to restore melting polar caps by generating fresh ice.
LOL! Blades is in a defrosting tub and wrapped in the blanket.
Kade and Heatwave both agree in blowing up the freighter, while the others wanna preserve its historicity. Despite validity of the latter party's interests, Chief has to put the safety of others above all and sides with "the bomb squad".
Cody is ordered to stay behind, but knowing human sidekicks in Transformers, but while also knowing how smart this show is... erm, I'll just wait and see if he stays behind or not.
Cody's reading more of the captain's log for info. Cue flashback!
The rest of the team is using the Darby Ava again.
"Power Up and Energize!" - Heatwave's water gun is instead used as a flamethrower this time.
Dynamite bombs have been placed, with timers set for a ten minute evacuation.
Uh oh! Something's moving in the water. Sea monster? Or something worse?
Just in case it's something alive, Blades and Heatwave have tossed away the bombs.
It's a submersible! You know what that means!
Though, his voice is a bit different. That's not Tim Curry (he must have still been ill at the time of this recording).
Morocco claims to have patched things up with the mayor upon returning the mayor's schooner (which he mispronounces as "skooner"), nullifying his arrest warrant.
He also claims that the Burnses are trespassing, saying that the Isolde is "finders keepers". While Kade doubts that'll hold up in court, his dad unfortunately confirms that Morocco is in the right. According to naval salvage law, whoever finds an abandoned vessel gets claim to the ship and all its cargo. Morocco even has an official document signed by the mayor earlier that morning.
Though Morocco is warned about the ship's unstable cargo, he isn't worried as he is conducting a salvage operation, and demands that the Burnses cease their interference.
Cody just called the mayor and got a confirmation that the Isolde now belongs to Morocco. The Burnses have no jurisdiction to continue their investigation and pull out. Morocco has won.
According to the last entry of the captain's log, the crew was ordered to abandon ship by the Griffin Rock lab because any attempts to move the damaged Subzero Expander would likely cause it to explode and flash freeze everything within five miles. That's it was never retrieved.
The team's gotta go back.
No! The ferry is nearby! Captain Shaw's gotta get it away from there!
There's no time to explain to Morocco the danger he's in, so Kade orders his "Fire-Bot" to "assist" the good doctor to his submarine.
They... they didn't make it in time. The ferry, the Bots, the Darby Ava, the Isolde, it's all frozen. The humans took cover, but the whole area has been deep freezed.
And the Burnses are all trapped inside their frozen Bots.
Boulder tried moving, but it just knocked him and Graham over a cliff. They were VERY fortunate to survive that fall.
Dani's de-icing spray isn't enough this time, either.
Yikes! The freeze went all the way to shore.
Oh, smart thinking, Cody! Really smart thinking! No, I'm not being sarcastic, here! He's gotten the Turbo Cycle and is riding it out to sea in its jet ski mode to help out. This is one of the rare cases where his help is definitely needed. Gotta love it when we get some decent written and competent human sidekicks for once.
NO!! The ferry's passengers are making a break for it, driving their cars out onto the frozen sea! The fools! They could drown themselves if the ice breaks!
Cody's come equipped with a whole tank of de-icing spray. Better than Dani's smaller spray bottle (but to be fair, no one could have known that'd end up being this bad).
Morocco escaped! His sub is gone!
Go get those drivers from before, guys! Roll to the rescue!
The ice! It's breaking!
Wait, why didn't the Burnses get inside the Bots before they drove off?
All the jumping around the Bots do to catch each car could have easily further broken or sank the ice beneath their feet. Sure is a miracle that it didn't.
The Darby Ava's been hit by ice! It's going down!
WHAT THE--!!! Morocco SAVED the Burnses?!!
And now he's fled the scene again. Did he save them to throw off suspicion or something? Or to make them think that that makes up for his past misdeeds?
The Isolde's gone too. Chances are Morocco might have taken it as well.
Doorbell. Package delivery.
It's the portrait of Zachary Burns that Cody was trying to get earlier. Cody wonders if there's hope for Dr. Morocco yet.
Meanwhile, on the Isolde, Morocco opens up a crate to find something glowing. "Oh my! Just what the doctor ordered!"
*GASP* The episode closes on Morocco's M logo in its own version of the scene transition!!!
Aw, this upload left out the end credits, so I can't tell who voiced Morocco in this one.
This episode turned out to be a lot better than I anticipated. The iceberg was much much more than a big piece of ice, the dangers just kept on piling and piling on top of each other, and we even got more of Griffin Rock's history explored. And what's more, we got the return of Doctor Morocco and he's just as classy and elegantly calculating as ever! He was quite literally untouchable in this episode (save for Heatwave lovingly tossing him into his sub) and pretty much won in the end. Even without Tim Curry's awesome voice, this show proves that good writing can make a villain be deliciously evil and enjoyable, especially when he manages to turn the law around on our heroes. And regarding the dangers, I loved how this episode shows just how dangerous things can get here with there actually being consequences and repercussions that happen when the team fails to stop the Subzero Expander from going off. And that combined with Morocco's victory shows that the good guys pretty much lost in this episode, a rarity in a Transformers cartoon and especially in one aimed at younger audiences. So, even though they managed to safe everyone and all survive, they still lost. Morocco got away and kept all the goods he was after. Score one for the bad guy, this time.
EDIT: Found the Hub Network version. Greg Ellis voiced Morocco in Tim Curry's stead.
Posted by bluecatcinema on March 16th, 2014 @ 2:58pm CDT
Posted by bluecatcinema on March 16th, 2014 @ 3:00pm CDT
Posted by Archanubis on March 19th, 2014 @ 7:39pm CDT
bluecatcinema wrote:Nice to see Morocco back. Too bad Tim Curry's stroke prevented him from reprising the role.
I didn't realize he had a stroke; I though his role on Star Wars: The Clone Wars had taken him away from his role as Dr. Morocco.
Posted by El Duque on March 21st, 2014 @ 5:00pm CDT
S02, E10 (First Aired: April 26, 2014)
Cody's uncle comes to visit; the Rescue Team goes on a mission below the earth's surface.
Posted by bluecatcinema on March 21st, 2014 @ 6:57pm CDT
Posted by Sabrblade on March 21st, 2014 @ 10:55pm CDT
Posted by Sabrblade on March 22nd, 2014 @ 7:08pm CDT
Never thought I'd see the day where Blades of all Bots would get enjoyment out of using a sloped waterfall as a water slide, what with the fast downward falling motion involved in it.
Boulder's painting, Chief is fishing, and Kade and Heatwave are skipping stones competitively. Looks like a picnic.
The recreational area (as Chase puts it) that they're at is Blossom Vale, which Graham notes was almost lost to a housing development, but Chief notes that the Council thankfully refused that offer (since the mayor and his wife like to snorkel there).
Emergency call. A little girl (named Cathy) fell into the Old Hawkins Well, which is too narrow for an adult to fit inside, so they have no choice but to lower Cody down in to get her instead.
The well's sides are crumbling, so they instead have to dig a bigger hole nearby to get to the bottom of the well from the side of it.
Power Up and Energize! Heatwave gets his axe and Chase gets his claw.
OH YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!! GAAAAGH!!! There was no girl trapped in the well at all! What was down there was Priscilla's talking DOLL named Cathy! Even Chief is ticked off!
Ugh! And with Priscilla being such an ungrateful twit, I'm really starting to wish that she would fall down that well herself. Why did the makers decide to create such an unlikable a character?
And her mother, Madeline, not only lets her get away with such behavior, but tells Chief lighten up since she'll reimburse the city for the time the Team just wasted retrieving a doll that Priscilla no longer even cares about. Lady, there are a lot things money can't fix.
And, now she's wanting to buy the Bots to put them on the market. I can see who her daughter gets her mindset from.
Heh, Blades like the doll.
Someone left a cellphone behind on a street bench, and it's vibrating. Chief picks it up to answer to see if the owner is calling to get it back and... dude is all spaced out. Let the mind control session begin.
"The project is the priority."
Chief seems okay, but we viewers know better.
He's having Chase evacuate Blosson Vale, and is secretly stuffing the lost cellphone in a hidden bag full of lots of similar cellphones. I'm starting to think that a certain doctor isn't the one behind this scheme this time.
When asked by Cody what they were doing, Chase explains that Chief evacuated the park because he was "adamant that poisonous sulfur levels were dangerously high." The others, and Chase, are skeptical of this claim, but Heatwave trusts Chief so much that he insists that they should trust him as well.
"The project is the priority. And the priority is the project."
Heatwave: "Hey, whay aren't you answering Cody?"
Kade: "The project is the priority."
Heatwave: "What project?"
Kade: "Blossom Vale."
Heatwave: "Alright, Kade, it's high time I was told what's going on out there!"
Kade: "No, it's high time you started following orders without questioning them."
Heatwave: "I dare you to say that again!"
Some CGI was used for Vehicle Mode Blades putting out the structure fire.
So, it looks like Dani and Blades might also be free of the mind control in this episode, meaning that Cody may not be alone in his eventual efforts to save the rest of his family.
Looks like the others are mining some kind of special mineral from underneath Blossom Vale.
Oh snap! Graham hypnotized Blades, who then hypnotized Dani with her radio helmet. Looks like Cody really is alone in this one.
Oh no. Cody called Doc and his diction sounds like he's possessed too. Just how far has the hypnosis from the phones spread?
Both Frankie and the mayor are possessed too. And a lot of the townspeople. This is bad. This is very bad.
The boulders containing the mineral that the possessed are mining are being sent to a large ship offshore.
Finally! An accident at the dig site knocked Boulder free of the hypnosis when his phone got smashed. He's the first and only ally that Cody now has.
Smart thinking! Take out the local cell tower and destroy the phones' signal.
More CGI! This time for Boulder's transformation to jump over the others into the tower.
No one remembers anything prior to their hypnosis.
Graham can't believe that such technology as a phone that hypnotizes people to carry out orders exists. Boulder adds that it even worked on bots, which he deems "dangerous science".
The mineral that was being dug is none other than... gold. A LOT of gold. The team then recalls how a company once tried to buy Blossom Vale not too long ago, and then this incident happens, as though those people knew the gold was there ahead of time and used the Team to do their dirty work. Chief to find whoever is responsible and bring them to justice, however long it takes.
Though the Bots take responsibility for the recent activities and want to mend the damage they did, it looks like the rest of the town wants to help them out as well.
DUN DUN DUN! Madeline Pynch's company was behind the whole ordeal. Ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves a new villain!
Stacy Darrow voiced Madeline Pynch.
At first, I was thinking this episode would be a follow up to the last one, but then as things began to add up, it became pretty clear that it wasn't. With the introduction of Madeline Pynch, I was ready to dislike this character as much as her daughter, but now that we see her as the newest addition to this show's rogue's gallery, her contemptible nature is much easier to accept for a villainess. And, unlike Morocco, the Team has no idea that she was responsible, nor are they aware of her being at large with unethical schemes happening behind the scenes of her company. Another layer of corruption within Griffin Rock has been exposed to the viewers, and now the gauntlet has been cast in this one with Madeline Pynch now a full-fledged nemesis of the Rescue Bots. Beware, Autobots, for your enemies are growing in number.
Posted by Archanubis on March 24th, 2014 @ 4:24pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:At first, I was thinking this episode would be a follow up to the last one, but then as things began to add up, it became pretty clear that it wasn't. With the introduction of Madeline Pynch, I was ready to dislike this character as much as her daughter, but now that we see her as the newest addition to this show's rogue's gallery, her contemptible nature is much easier to accept for a villainess. And, unlike Morocco, the Team has no idea that she was responsible, nor are they aware of her being at large with unethical schemes happening behind the scenes of her company. Another layer of corruption within Griffin Rock has been exposed to the viewers, and now the gauntlet has been cast in this one with Madeline Pynch now a full-fledged nemesis of the Rescue Bots. Beware, Autobots, for your enemies are growing in number.
I, too, suspected Morocco had hand in the events of this episode, though I suspected Ms. Pynch as well, since strip mining doesn't seem to be Morocco's style. I do wonder if the two will join up at some point, with one pulling an "Eviler than Thou" on the other (my money's on Morocco screwing Pynch over).
While it's interesting that Pynch's villainy has gone undetected this episode, it surely can't last, only if such villainy rarely lasts long on shows like this (how long did it take for Dr. Morocco's villainous nature to be revealed? A quarter of an season when one adds up all the episodes before his intro?) Naturally, once could assume her villainy could be revealed with an internet search (after all, a company petition the city council to buy the site, and Cody and especially Frankie are pretty 'net savvy), though I suspect Pynch was smart enough to use a "shell company" to hide her true intentions and cover her tracks.
Posted by El Duque on March 27th, 2014 @ 3:24pm CDT
S02, E11 (First Aired: May 3, 2014)
The Rescue Bots and Burnses must work together when they are stuck underground in a primeval world.
Posted by Sabrblade on March 27th, 2014 @ 4:26pm CDT
I wonder if this "primeval world" could be the source of the dinosaur altmodes that will come later in season 3.
Posted by Sabrblade on March 29th, 2014 @ 11:33pm CDT
Anyway, episode 31 -
Wintertime already, huh.
A rocket skier's trapped on Mount Griffin. Never a dull day in Griffin Rock.
The skier's fallen! The impact knocked him out. Probably has a concussion among other injuries.
No wonder Heatwave's gonna have to realize Blades' potential in this one. The snow storm made Blades even more of a nervous wreck than ever.
Ha! Chase invoked Murphy's Law.
The titular virtual reality game that Blades and Cody are going to play is currently on display at the Hall of Inspiration. It's played via V.R. Chambers that each player enters to scan avatars and operate the game from within.
Ha! Cody's avatar can jump like Mario. Let the game references begin.
CAT (short for "Character-Assist Technology") is the game's guide character.
Cool! A map of the island in game form.
Lots of classic game sound effects.
Meanwhile, back in the real world, the snow storm has only worsened, now with lightning added in.
Oh snap! The lightning struck the Hall of Inspiration, and Cody and Blades are still in there with their minds hooked up to the game.
Now the game has been glitched. All dangers that were once harmless have become harmful. Virtual danger is virtually real.
CAT: "I'm sorry, Cody. I am afraid I can't do that." - HAL 9000 reference!
Ha! Blades referred to Barney the Dinosaur by noting that "Dragons seem a lot friendlier on public television!" (even though dragons aren't dinosaurs, er close enough for him, I guess).
Meanwhile, Chief trying to get to Cody and Blades inside the Hall.
Graham looks to be the only one who understands how the game works and, after looking it over, figures that the game can't be turned off manually while in use. And they can't just force it off since, as Boulder states, shutting off the game while Cody and Blades are connected to it might shut off their minds. The only way to turn it off is for it to turn itself off, meaning that Cody and Blades have to finish the game themselves.
Though, Graham figures out a way for one of the other three Bots to be patched into the system to help, and Heatwave volunteers.
The storm is affecting the Hall's power. If the power goes out before the game's over, then it's a permanent Game Over for Cody and Blades.
LOL, "arrow to the knee"!
NO! After that last tree fell onto the power lines, the Hall's power's going dead!
LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!! "All your base are belong to us!"
Phew! That was TOO close! We almost had a double funeral, there.
Heatwave's finally been uploaded to the game. But it looks like they didn't need his help.
How is one supposed to fight, let alone beat, this stone griffin boss? There seems to be no pattern or logic to its movements and actions, acting more like a real life beast than a programmed game boss.
Cody hugs only Graham when he gets out and not his dad?
And why is Chase still confused as to why humans enjoy snow days when they had a fun one back in season 1's "Christmas in July" episode?
Nicole Dubuc voiced CAT.
And Steve Blum is credited as Captain Wild.
This episode... hmm, what can I say? It was fun. Pure, unadulterated fun. Granted, it wasn't a very substantial episode, but it did more character growth both Blades, who learned to become an even braver bot than ever. And Heatwave got a bit out of this one, seeing that Blades really is up to snuff at the end of it all. I guess this is just one of those "kick back, relax, and enjoy the fun after a long, hard day's work" kind of episode, and in that regard, it works well enough.
Posted by Archanubis on March 31st, 2014 @ 4:18pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:And why is Chase still confused as to why humans enjoy snow days when they had a fun one back in season 1's "Christmas in July" episode?
Probably because 1) "Christmas in July" was set in the summer, when most kids are out of school anyway and 2) because it's Chase, who derives enjoyment out of handing out parking tickets, we're talking about here.
Posted by El Duque on March 31st, 2014 @ 10:27pm CDT
In this exclusive sneak peek from Saturday's new episode (1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT, The Hub), some bots are a lot more excited than others to learn that they're being pushed to star in a reality show capturing their rescues. "A TV series is our chance to be famous," Blades (Parvesh Cheena) tells the group.
Posted by Sabrblade on March 31st, 2014 @ 10:32pm CDT
As for the clip itself, kudos to the clip-makers keeping the spoilers to a minimum.
Posted by Va'al on April 4th, 2014 @ 12:21pm CDT
The main bots on "Transformers Rescue Bots" are learning the price of fame on reality television the hard way in Season 2, episode 7, "Prescott's Bots."
The synopsis for the episode reads: "A television producer is insistent upon making the bots, along with their humans, into a reality show. Most of them can't understand why their jobs would be considered entertainment, except one who thinks the idea of being famous sounds amazing, until he learns the difference between 'reality' and 'reality television.'"
"Transformers Rescue Bots" airs Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. ET/PT on The Hub network.
Posted by Sabrblade on April 4th, 2014 @ 11:35pm CDT
Posted by Sabrblade on April 5th, 2014 @ 3:34pm CDT
Huxley's been trying to get Burns and Bots on his new show for some time.
Death by pancakes. That's a new one.
Or at least, it would be if not for Heatwave having caught the mayor before hitting the ground.
You know, this discussion between the Blades and the others about the TV show feels a lot like the same kind of conversations we got from the Maximals in Beast Wars. In this case, just swap out Blades for Cheetor, Chase and Boulder for Rhinox and Tigatron (doesn't matter who would be who), Heatwave for Rattrap, and Cody for... I guess Airazor, and it would all fit pretty well.
In the conversation between Huxley and the mayor, Jeff Glen Bennett is essentially talking to himself.
Sheesh, just how many times is Don gonna break the traffic laws in this town?
Looks like things aren't going as Huxley planned.
LOL at the amount of drink cups he's gone through.
Graham's got engineering homework, so I guess he did decide to attend Gremsky Tech. He's also still got the Squilsh from back in season 1.
Uh oh. A young lady named Nancy Morrison fell into the lion cage at the zoo.
Kade: "Trust me, you do not want to join his Circle of Life."
Some CGI was used for the Bots driving toward the supposedly robbed bank.
Huxley you fool! You've unleashed the Squilsh upon the dam's water. You've doomed everyone in Griffin Rock!
Hux, you've cried wolf far too many times now. That fire's gonna burn till doomsday (which shouldn't be too far off considering the Squilsh threat and all).
The fire's spreading, Heatwave's water tanks ran out, the Squilsh absorbed all the water in every river than runs from the reservoir... Griffin Rock is totally slagged.
...Unless the maple sap from the grove at the beginning of the episode proves helpful enough. guess that wasn't just a non-sequitor.
The fire's now spread to the mayor's home!
"Power Up and Energize!"
And now Hux is serving community service by cleaning up all the sap off of the mayor's mansion.
Nancy isn't credited in the voice credits.
Another typical episode. Kinda fun, kinda funny, I honestly don't know what to say about it. I liked it, at least, but it wasn't that much special. It kinda felt like the season 1 episodes of Beast Wars, in which the characters all acted like themselves and were portrayed well enough, but the stuff that happened to them was mostly ordinary stuff rather than anything that captivating. Some quirky moments had a nice charm to them, but overall, just an average episode.
Posted by El Duque on April 5th, 2014 @ 6:39pm CDT
Doc and Graham are stranded in orbit; Rescue Bots set out to save them.
Posted by Archanubis on April 10th, 2014 @ 4:41am CDT
El Duque wrote:Per the usual Zap2it provides us with a new Transformers: Rescue Bots episode, air date, and teaser description. The May 10th episode is titled Space Bots, see the brief episode synopsis below:Space Bots-
Doc and Graham are stranded in orbit; Rescue Bots set out to save them.
Sounds like we're going to be seeing the Bot's ship take flight.
Posted by Sabrblade on April 12th, 2014 @ 10:41pm CDT
You know, after all the grim and gritty doom and gloom that we got in Prime, seeing a few Autobots doing something as simple and casual as flying a kite is a really refreshing, especially with each of them providing unique commentary about the kite. Boulder considers it a work of art, Heatwave always thought kites were just power line decorations, Blades is the one flying it and excited to see how high he can make it go, and after it hits a tree, Chase notes how it wouldn't have crashed if it had an engine, propeller, or rudimentary steering (despite that defeating the purpose of it being a kite). Really love the little moments of character like these.
Speaking of crashing, Taylor's plane is about to! It's go time!
The plane's gonna hit the lab!
Whoa, Doc is armed and ready! He's shooting it with... putty? What is that stuff?
Well, whatever it is, it helped the plane narrowly miss the building and flutter over it. That was too close.
Collision Foam Cannon. That's what did the trick. Doc and Boulder made it together.
Graham finds it curious that plane turned back towards the island on its own despite being aimed at the ocean. Dani jokes about it gremlins being the cause. Not sure why she does when ghosts or a curse would be just a optional suggestions for her to make.
Later, Cody explains that gremlins are mischievous creatures that disable machinery and electronics. Chase postulates that the presence of gremlins would explain the many mechanical maladies that seem to plague this island. Boulder and Blades agree but Heatwave, using his noggin, doesn't buy it. Cody explains that gremlins are just myths made up by people looking for something to blame when things go wrong, which Heatwave does find believable, but Blades counters in a very logical way. He notes that aliens are also consider to be myths, yet they are aliens.
Kade's having a nightmare about trying to fly a malfunctioning plane during a storm, and a gremlins appears on the engine, tearing it apart and then leaping towards him.
This is Kade's second night shift rescue in a row. Evidently, he's had these nightmares before.
Kade and Cody almost got sliced and diced by the windmill blades!
I just noticed that Cody's hoverboard is actually the ComTab.
Okay, now the gremlins thing makes sense. Graham and Dani explain that, when they were little, they used to tell Kade scary gremlin stories because he was always bossing them around (Kade is the oldest of the siblings), and said stories would give him nightmares.
When Cody explains how everything feels real in a nightmare since it's like having one's worst fears come to life, Chase and Blades each state what their nightmares would probably contain:
- Chase: A town where no one broke the law, rendering him useless.
- Blades: Cumulus clouds, "they're nature's shapeshifters"
And the newly-manifested gremlins break free. Whatdja expect, there, Doc?
Okay, so Doc had a plan this time. The crystal particles the gremlins are made of have only a limited amount of energy, so once that energy runs out, the gremlins disappear. I still expect something to backfire later.
Aha, the remaining gremlins are recharging themselves with electricity from any nearby electronic device that's currently plugged in. And this being Doc's lab, there's a LOT of stuff plugged in.
And now they're siphoning power from anything with a battery. Doc, now is the time to stop being amazed and start being concerned.
And once the gremlins escape, he wises up to the chaos that will indefinitely ensue.
Looks like the Bots are immune to the gremlins' energy siphoning since the gremlins only feed on electricity, not energon.
"Power Up and Energize!" Whoa! Chase has an energy net launcher for his tool. That's not one from the toys.
Hey, it's that platform from episode 1. Looks like it hasn't been used since as it's all rusty and covered in cobwebs on its underside.
The last few are heading for... the power plant!
Well, those gremlins sure poofed away fast after Kade shut down the power grid. I mean, it was inevitable that they would, but I would have thought that they might have enough juice to keep going for a bit longer after their having absorbed a fair amount of energy from the power plant. Yet, once Kade hit's the switch, they all just puff away mere seconds later. Eh, oh well.
HA! That cumulus cloud looks shaped like a (f)lobster.
This is one of those that I knew going in was going to be a pretty weird one, but for what set out to accomplish, it did it adequately enough. Like some episodes before it, the description made it seem like this would be a supernatural-based episodes, but also like said episodes before it, there was a scientific explanation rooted in all of it. What's more is that this episode gave us more focus on Kade, allowing us to get a look at a side of him we don't see very often: His cowardly side. Typically, Kade is shown to be very brave and daring, sometimes even to the point of crazy Leroy Jenkins levels, but always for a good cause since his heart is in the right place (even if he usually tries not to show it). He's a fireman and always willing to put his life on the line for others. But here, we see him in a state of vulnerability and weakness unable to function at optimal levels, so to speak. As he's always trying to be the macho man and play things cool, seeing him cope with his fears and the stress that comes with it reveals further layers to his character that we rarely see that often in shows aimed at this one's target demographic, which is something that is always welcome. Bottom line, a doofy premise with exceptional execution.
Posted by El Duque on April 13th, 2014 @ 12:08pm CDT
The Island of Misfit Tech
Cody and the Bots are led on an adventure to an island filled with dangerous technology.
Posted by Bumblevivisector on April 13th, 2014 @ 1:26pm CDT
Posted by Sabrblade on April 19th, 2014 @ 8:59pm CDT
Whoa! Obscure reference! Whilst stargazing, Blades and Heatwave argue over where one can see the Mirtonian Star Cluster. The Mirtonian Constellation was first mentioned in G2 Laser Optimus Prime's toy bio, and first appeared in the Japanese G-2 manga.
The Maine Ridge Monster is New England's version of Sasquatch/Bigfoot.
Shorter version of the theme song this time.
Heatwave just got sprayed by a skunk, and he and the other Bots can smell it. Olfactory sensors?
Chase never travels with a Lad Pioneers Handbook.
The Closed Captions on my TV set spell the name of the guy Kade thinks Cody's photo of the monster is really of as "Mr. Talbott".
At the lunch fundraiser, Doc's newest invention is the Magnetic Insta-Grill.
Once again, the Mayor has fumbled Doc's lastest invention. He's set the local blimp on fire and it's crashing to the ground. Good thing the Team is on the scene.
Ooooh. The Mayor just made a joke about the Hindenburg. That might have been of poor taste, there, Mayor. (No pun intended on "taste")
Yeesh, Mr. Talbott is one scary-looking dude.
Uh oh, looks like the Mayor's canned products at the fundraiser have been falsely labeled. Knowing him, that'll come back to stir up trouble.
Cody wants to go after the monster, and Heatwave agrees. He's hungry for blood and wants revenge for the "monster" getting him skunked earlier. Chase is interested since he likes gathering evidence, but Boulder's not to excited since he thinks they ought to learn more about it before doing anything rash and violent.
Boulder goes to Graham for advice, who gives him the classic "people fear what they don't understand" mini-speech.
Boulder seems to have an interest in naming things. First he names the cross-eyed lion at the zoo "Whiskers", and here he dubs the Main Ridge Monster "Ridgey"
According to reports, the Maine Ridge Monster was said to have been first sighted on the mainland in the 1800s. It's either 8 feet tall or 18 feet tall, and either has a white patch on its chest or no white patch.
There really is something attacking the cannery, and it does look like a Sasquatch-type creature, but is it really the monster they're looking for?
It's destroying various crates of the same cans that Mayor Luskey's meat from the fundraiser was contained in.
Boulder is still unconvinced that "Ridgey" is as bad as the other think he is, thinking that he might be looking for something.
Whatever he's doing, "Ridgey" is HUGE! Larger than an adult human, but smaller than the Bots. He might come up to their waist/lower torso height. And he's superbly strong and agile. Just what IS he?
"Rescue Bots, Power Up and Energize!"
Heatwave's got his toy's axe, Blades has his toy's hook, and Chase has a non-toy shield.
There was some funky animation going on with Boulder's chest as he stood up when Chase helped him hold up the support beams. His neck extended extra long and then the rest of his chest stayed put for a second before following his rise all at once.
Boulder's Energize tool is a non-toy welding laser.
Cody's camera got wrecked during the incident, but "Ridgey" left some "monster hair" behind.
Dani points out that the hair is inorganic fake hair.
Graham can't stop eating the Mayor's Magic Meat.
The Mayor's been robbed. Someone broke into her personal storehouse last night and made off with his supply of Magic Meat.
Looks like the thief left a trail. The hunt is on.
The trail ends at the firehouse. Checking the security camera footage reveals "Ridgey" having come and destroyed the camera.
Uh oh, Graham's not feeling so good...
He's... He's metamorphosed! Like a werewolf! This goes beyond science fiction, here, guys! This is straight up fantasy levels, here!
They gotta go after him. Heatwave sounds like he's willing to go as far as killing the creature if that's what it's gonna take to stop it from harming anyone, even fully knowing that the creature is really Graham.
Closed Captions spell the name of the stuff Doc says was in the can as "Fo-Foo". Short for "Forever Food", because it had no expiration date. According to Doc, it was a failed product shelved back when he was a junior scientist. Fo-Foo research was discontinued when scientists found that, in the absence of UV rays, the meat caused "unusual behavior".
Apparently, a stockpile of unused Fo-Foo was sealed in Bunker 16, which backs right up against the mayor's mansion. And Fo-Foo has addictive properties.
Doc: "Now, the only place to find some..."
Chief: "Don't say it."
Doc: "Is on the Best Left Forgotten shelves."
Chief: *sigh* "Just once, couldn't something in the B.L.F. stay forgotten?"
Doc: "I'm afraid Griffin Rock is quite thorough when cataloging its scientific failures."
There's more than one monster! The Mayor was eating the meat at the funraiser, and the fake hair Cody found was Luskey's toupee. Luskey and Graham are both monsters!
Both monsters are in the building and dangerous close to some Nitroglycerin (which is highly explosive).
Boulder managed to get through to Monster Graham, while Monster Luskey had to be held down and restrained.
Doc says that both of them will continue to turn into were-creatures so long as there's Fo-Foo in their systems when the moon rises. But he has a cure. They must first counteract the synthetic food with fresh greens like raw broccoli, spinach, and kale.
Heatwave apologizes for nearly trouncing Graham.
Cody still thinks the Main Ridge Monster is out there somewhere... and he just might be right.
Aside from the very weird dip into the realm of fantasy with Graham and the Mayor literally metamorphosing into were-creatures, this one was quite decent. Plenty of suspense, a fair amount of action, and a good message about the fear of the unknown that feels evocative of many X-Men stories. Boulder turned out to be the star of this one despite Cody's prominence in regards to the Main Ridge Monster myth, and said myth helped to bring more world-building to this universe. I am a bit surprised they didn't try to play up the red herring of Mr. Talbott beyond his brief appearance at the fundraiser, but I guess it would have distracted more from the episode's main plot and would have been a bit cliche (an episode of Static Shock comes to mind that did something similar to this red herring idea), and with everything that happened in this one (and there was a LOT that happened), it was enough to keep us busy without one more plot thread added in. Another good one.
And next week, we get Mark Hamill!!!
Posted by Va'al on April 21st, 2014 @ 6:44am CDT
The Vigilant Town The new computer designed to keep Griffin Rock safe becomes dangerous.
4/26/2014 What Lies Below
5/03/2014 What Rises Above
5/10/2014 Space Bots
5/17/2014 The Island of Misfit Tech
5/24/2014 The Vigilant Town
Posted by El Duque on April 23rd, 2014 @ 12:32pm CDT
THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES AS THE RESCUE BOTS AND OPTIMUS PRIME FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL AND A WAY OUT FROM UNDERGROUND, ON “TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS,” MAY 3
Mark Hamill Guest Stars as Uncle Woodrow Burns and Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime
April 22, 2014
"What Rises Above" - Stuck underground and separated, the Rescue Bots and the Burnses, along with Optimus Prime, must regroup and work together to escape. Along the way they discover a primeval world of strange creatures, who may pose an even greater threat to their survival in the exciting conclusion of this two-part adventure on "Transformers Rescue Bots," Saturday, May 3 at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT on the Hub Network. Actor Mark Hamill guest stars as Uncle Woodrow, Chief Burns' adventurous and eccentric younger brother who often clashes with his older, more cautious sibling. Peter Cullen guest stars as Optimus Prime, the supreme leader of the Rescue Bots.
Doc Greene (LeVar Burton)
Dani Burns (Lacey Chabert)
Cody Burns (Élan Garfias)
Chief Charlie Burns (Maurice LaMarche)
Kade Burns (Jason Marsden)
Graham Burns (Shannon McKain)
Francine Greene (Diamond White)
Huxley Prescott (Jeff Bennett)
Heatwave (Steve Blum)
Blades (Parvesh Cheena)
Chase (D.C. Douglas)
Boulder (Imari Williams)
Woodrow Burns (Mark Hamill)
Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen)
Stephen Davis, Executive Producer
Brian Hohlfeld, Supervising Producer
Frank Molieri, Supervising Producer
Steven L. Sears, Writer
Nicole Dubuc, Story Editor
Kevin Altieri, Director
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Hub Network @HubTVNetwork
Hub Network Online: http://www.hubnetwork.com
Press Information: http://press.discovery.com/us/hub/
Posted by Va'al on April 24th, 2014 @ 10:20am CDT
Cody finds himself in a new world of trouble when his Uncle Woodrow comes to visit in a new episode of "Transformers Rescue Bots." Uncle Woodrow is voiced by "Star Wars" actor Mark Hamill, and his character is convinced aliens exist beneath the Earth's surface.
As can be seen in the below Zap2it-exclusive clip, that doesn't go very well when the machine Cody and Uncle Woodrow operates switches into auto pilot. Peter Cullen also guest stars in the episode as Optimus Prime, who comes with the rest of the Rescue Team to save Cody and his Uncle.
"Transformers Rescue Bots" airs Saturdays on The Hub at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT.
Posted by Sabrblade on April 24th, 2014 @ 11:23am CDT
Also, I think this clip might be from this week's episode, "What Lies Below", instead of next week's "What Rises Above" episode, since they both feature Hamill and Cullen as guest stars (it's a two-parter spread across both Saturdays) and this one seems to take place before Woodrow learns the true nature of the Bots.
Posted by Sabrblade on April 26th, 2014 @ 7:52pm CDT
Looks like Dani and Taylor are on a legitimate (picnic) date. It's rare that we see main human characters in TF cartoons involved in this kind of stuff so openly. And it's the preschool show that's doing it here.
Never mind. Picnic's been interrupted and put on hold thanks to a small gizmo running amok nearby and shooting lasers at random intervals.
And here he is. Woodrow Burns is the owner of the small device. No one knew he was coming, and the Bots didn't know he even existed.
The device is "Woody's" deep earth scout, designed to drill underground and collect data. The most recent data he's received has unearthed evidence that aliens may have visited the Earth centuries ago. And, according to the Prime cartoon, there were indeed some Cybertronians that visited Earth back then, as a great battle was once fought there and some cloned Predacons were sent there as well. I wonder if Woodrow's data related to either case.
Oh boy, Woodrow is like a kid in a candy store as he oogles over the "Rescue Robots". He's eager to test drive the police car, which Chief reminds him to go easy on as it's not their dad's old Jalopy. And, naturally, Woodrows speeds off sirens blazing. I think I like this guy.
Cody: "Uncle Woodrow is an archaeologist. Sort of. And an inventor. Sometimes. He's been around the world a lot. I think."
According to Woodrow's research, he's convinced that pictographs, pyramids, Stonehenge, etc. are all alien artifacts.
Woodrow believes he's found evidence of aliens within the caverns beneath Griffin Rock, all of which Chief brushes off as being rock formations, water dripping, and shadows on the walls. However, one of Woodrow's images catches Heatwave's attention, who secretly snaps a photo of it with a camera hidden in his insignia.
Woodrow plans to use the town's old tunnel forger to drill down into the Earth, and invites all of the family to come with. The others are up for it, except for a protesting Chief.
Chief confronts Woodrow about how he (Woodrow) was always the dreamer in the family, but never saw any of his dreams through to the end before moving on to another.
As Chase notices how complex a human sibling relationship is, Cody asks if Bots also have siblings. Boulder says that they don't, yet other works in this continuity have proven otherwise (Sideswipe and Sunstreaker being brothers in Retribution, for instance).
The thing Heatwave saw in Woodrow's imagery is confirmed by Optimus, whom he and Chief contacted, to be energon. It's a new supply that could be of great benefit the Autobots. And based on Team Prime's situation throughout the Prime cartoon, they really need it. Optimus says he'll be arriving in the morning to lead Heatwave's team underground.
Woodrow left early to sneak off to the forger. Cody's gone after him with Boulder, and the two have a talk. Woodrow wants to prove Chief wrong about Woodrow's ideas being hair-brained, but Cody convinces him that taking the forger isn't the best way to do that. After admitting that Cody's right about that, he also confesses about what he really wants to do, which is that he wants to prove to Chief that he's capable of doing something that Chief can be proud of, since all he's ever wanted was his big brother's approval. However, the forger malfunctions and starts up on autopilot, drilling through the cavern walls, taking Cody and Woodrow away with it, and knocking Boulder out with its energy drill.
After coming to, Boulder assesses the scene and realizes that he can't catch them with their going 70mph at a 40 degree angle, and so tries to call in for backup.
Optimus has arrived with the Rescue Trailer from the toyline, which he states is for transporting energon to the surface. He also looks taller than before.
Boulder's come running in with the news about the forger taking Cody and Woodrow. Optimus declares that what was once a mining expedition has now become a rescue mission.
The forger is finally stopped by its passengers as it arrived in a brightlylit underground cavern. The two have found the large blue crystal of energon, but are trapped down there.
Optimus's trailer not only has rocket boosters, but magic gravity defiance abilities that have Chase going, "Statistically speaking, that maneuver should not have worked."
Those are some BIG spiders. They gotta be roughly 10 inches from head to abdomen!
And the Team has finally arrived to fight off those spiders, which are actually putting up a decent challenge for the Bots. They've even webbed up Cody and Woodrow from neck to foot in less than a second each. Almost like they're mutant spiders or something.
Looks like Heatwave's water blasts are the only thing able to ward off the spiders.
Cody tries to tell his dad that it wasn't Woodrow's fault that the forger took off with them, but Woodrow owns up for his own mistakes and apologizes to Chief. He also feels bad about how pointless the whole ordeal was since none of his research merited any positive signs of aliens or lost civilizations or anything. He sees how much of his life he's wasted chasing shadows and decides that he'll head home and get out of their hair once they get to the surface.
When asked what he'll do, Woodrow doesn't know, but he's now accepted that things like Atlantis, Shangri-La, and aliens don't exist.
The others all look at Chief and convince him to not let Woodrow go on thinking he's been living the life of a fool and a failure, by letting Woodrow in on the family secret (even with approval from Optimus).
Woodrow dubs the robots "Cyber Knights" (don't quote me on that spelling), which Optimus corrects him as "Cybertronians".
Woodrow asks if they've been leaving artifacts on Earth for centuries, which Optimus answers, "That is a long story. For another day." Possibly a reference to the Iacon Relics, perhaps?
And just when we think things are starting to look up, the ground opens up beneath their feet, separates the Team, and swallows Optimus and Heatwave.
To be continued...
Well, what can't be said about this one? That was good. Very good! A top notch quality episode of the variety that doesn't involve a villain. Uncle Woodrow is very likable and highly entertaining, with Mark Hamill delivering the role in full. Far too often does the word "eccentric" get used to refer to a character who is comedic and over-the-top, but Woodrow is more grounded in his eccentricities and shows multiple sides of his personality. The introduction of an energon deposit served as a neat nod to the greater continuity with the Prime cartoon, and more nods thrown around here and there were the icing on the cake. The introduction of the forger also adds more to the history of the island, as it is very likely that it was very tool that created all those tunnels on the island. And the addition of Optimus with his toy's trailer was nice surprise, and here's hoping we get to see more of it (and hopefully its other mode) in the next episode. After today's show, I eagerly look forward to Part 2 next week.
Posted by El Duque on May 2nd, 2014 @ 10:11am CDT
“Transformers Rescue Bots” (Saturdays, 1:30–2 p.m. ET)
- May 3 – “What Rises Above”: Stuck underground and separated, the Rescue
Bots, the Burnses and Optimus Prime, must regroup and work together to
escape a primeval world of strange creatures.
- May 10 – “Space Bots”: When an experimental Space Elevator strands Doc and
Graham in orbit, the Rescue Bots dust off their old ship and attempt a risky
- May 17 – “The Island of Misfit Tech”: An out-of-control mechanical bull leads
Cody and the Bots on an adventure through the mysterious “Beam Box” to an
island where dysfunctional technology is stored.
- May 24 – “The Vigilant Town”: A new central computer is designed to keep
everyone in Griffin Rock 100% safe, but its overly restrictive ways of keeping the
humans safe prove dangerous.
- May 31 – “Buddy System”: Finding themselves shackled to unusual partners
during a nature hike, the Rescue Team battles a bevy of escaped snakes
overrunning Griffin Rock.
Posted by Sabrblade on May 2nd, 2014 @ 10:15am CDT
Posted by Sabrblade on May 4th, 2014 @ 8:35pm CDT
Episode 37 -
We're given a recap of last episode in the form of a video recording on the ComTab by Cody meant for Doc Greene to find and use to get help for them. However, the ComTab's satellite GPS doesn't work that deep underground, so it's going nowhere.
Wait, are they really not allowed to say "holy"--as in "holy guacamole"--in this show, that they have to replace it with "moldy guacamole"? That's... lame. Other kids' shows can say that.
With all that lava flowing in, Chief postulates that they must have tapped into one of Mount Magma's tunnels. That's the artificial volcano from way back in episode 2.
I literally cheered when Chase drove backwards up the side of that wall and did that sweet midair flip to land on the other side of the lava flow. Wooo!
"Power Up and Energize!" This time, Chase's claw acts like a long range extending grappling claw. Another cheer-worthy moment. Woo!
Though, that was a little too much excitement for Woodrow.
Wow, Heatwave has really matured since the show's beginning. He and Optimus just a had nice moment in which Optimus asked Heatwave if he was still interested in joining him on the mainland. Heatwave said that he and his team would be honored, but Optimus corrected him by saying that he was only asking Heatwave, not his whole team. As much as he's been dying to take up such an offer ever since he got on this planet, Heatwave respectfully declined since he recognizes that Optimus had asked him to lead his team, and that by leaving them behind, Heatwave would not only be failing them, but failing Optimus as well. And that is exactly the kind of answer Optimus was hoping to hear, for true leadership requires placing other's need above one's own ambitions. Optimus is pleased to see that Heatwave has learned that, to which Heatwave halfheartedly thanks him for (he either doesn't fully get what Optimus was saying, or he's a little bummed that he just turned down the opportunity he'd always wanted to come).
The cavern that the older Burns siblings, Blades, and Boulder are trapped in is all glowing purple and sparkly. Almost like Dark Energon... but blades and Boulder doesn't seem to have any ill effects from it, so probably not.
Oh, it's just fungus. That's no fun.
Whoa! There's a whole ecosystem located in one of the underground chambers. It's like Project: Genesis, for you Star Trek fans.
As Boulder walks towards the underground body of water, Blades stands in the background using a mirrored version of his stock animation model, but with his head still turned towards the right, er, our right.
Blades is nervous about flying near a "terror doctor".
Something pulled them underwater!
I'm not sure that's how a helicopter would work underwater.
Graham: "We need to find a safer cavern."
Boulder starts using his sonar on the cave wall.
Kade: "D'whoa, wait! How do you know there're not even bigger dinosaurs looking for a fight on the other side of that wall? Just, just, turn off your sonic doohickey. Unless you can use it to find Dad!"
Graham: "...Maybe we can!"
Boulder: "If I adjust my sound waves to compensate for the rock's fragibility..."
Graham: "And use the natural cavern acoustics to boost amplitude..."
Blades: "Is that what it sounds like to everyone else when we talk?"
Dani: "Nyeah. With more pop culture references."
Woodrow: "So, you aliens don't sleep. Now, do you eat?"
Chase: "U-Uh, not as humans do."
Woodrow: "Eeuohh, that answers my next question."
LOL, Maurice LaMarche and Mark Hamill making a "Pinkie Truce".
Heatwave and Optimus found Prime's transport from last episode.
And a whole lotta Energon.
Yikes! Blades just tricked the pterodactyl into being eaten by the predatory sea creature. He basically led an innocent, albeit predatory itself, animal to its death. You know, for kids!
The leaders are here!
And the pterodactyl survived. I know it's because this is a kids' show, but I'm okay with it.
Graham notes that, even while inside the Bots, climbing the shaft's walls to reach the exit could take days.
So what they're going to do is ignite the energon deposit to make a larger explosion that will create enough force to shoot a platform that they will all ride up and out of the volcano like a rocket-powered elevator. Sigh, I was hoping Optimus would reveal that his trailer could turn into a large winged jetpack for them to all grab onto and ride out with him. After all, what good is promoting a toy if its gimmicks go undocumented in the media?
More Energize tool use. Heatwave's dual-water guns are being used as flamethrower welding torches, and Boulder's got his drill.
The bomb is attached to the ComTab. Sayonara, ComTab.
At least they didn't forget to bring the trailer with them. Eat your heart out, G1 cartoon.
Woodrow's heading out to see more of what's out there to explore in the world, after having witness so much so recently (giant alien robots, prehistoric reptiles, energon, etc.).
Optimus is proud of Sigma-17's progress. He also notes that, as Heatwave has grown into a strong leader, he mush be prepared "when the time comes..." Sounds foreboding, to me.
Hey, Optimus is driving off without his trailer. Dagnabbit, don't tell me he's left it behind.
This was a really cool episode. Lots of action and suspense, wonder and excitement, intrigue and imagination, and plenty of great lines. Mark Hamill and Peter Cullen once again deliver strong performances and will both be missed. The underground sanctuary with the prehistoric creatures was neat, but still warrants further exploration/investigation. We know how the seawater got down there, but the creatures that inhabit the ecosystem and how they've lasted down there all this time deserve more attention. Hopefully we'll get more of this down the line, what with season 3 supposing to have the Rescue Dinobots. About the only disappointment was Optimus's trailer not being to be anything more than just a trailer. Unlike the Mobile Headquarters' beastly introduction, this toy promotion was a bit of a letdown. Still, I may pick that thing up if I can find it on sale or discounted. but overall, this was another winner.
Posted by Sabrblade on May 10th, 2014 @ 10:02pm CDT
Huxley's reporting on the latest Griffin Rock invention: A "space elevator" called the Asgard. It rides upon a cable beyond the stratosphere, and said cable is really a laser beam. This is probably the most impressive thing developed by Griffin Rock yet.
Professor Baranova is back. And she's in Mission Control.
Doc and Graham seem to be the only crew members for such a large craft.
An accidental mispositioning and malfunction with Huxley's camera bot has interfered with the laser array. If the connection isn't restored before the launch (T-minus ten seconds), the overload of the system could destroy the Asgard, killing Doc and Graham inside it.
Doc and Graham are trapped inside since the airlock doors cannot open during the launch sequence.
The Bots make a break for the Asgard and Heatwave gets the camera out at the last moment, getting the laser cable back online just in time for liftoff.
Wow! Another faraway view of the island, and it sure looks more populated than when we last saw this view.
And a full overhead shot of the island. I think I can see Griffin Crest way in the back near the heart of the forest. The island is certainly a lot bigger than I thought it was.
Uh oh, Doc thinks he might have forgotten something and hopes it's not important. That's never good coming from him.
Graham and Doc are supposed to spend a whole week up there. Doc's excited, but Graham's not so thrilled.
The Asgard has reached its destination: 140 miles up.
Doc remembers what he forgot. Air sick bags. No biggie.
Man, this episode is full of some great shots of the island and the town.
The purpose of the Asgard was to give scientists easy access to space.
Rescue Force Sigma-17 hasn't actually ever performed any space rescues before. They've trained for shipboard rescues, but never had the chance to do one. Though, among, Blades flunked that part of the training. Poor guy.
Frankie's spotted a meteor near the Asgard. She's not worried, though, since she says her dad has been tracking that meteor for weeks. It's not meant to go anywhere near the Asgard. But it is headed for something. And that something appears to be a cluster of asteroids. and it has struck one, sending it in the direction of the Asgard.
The Asgard has a greenhouse pod, a laboratory pod, storage, and a living quarters.
Impact!!! The starboard pod was struck and knocked off! Oxygen and supplies are pouring out of the breach!
According to Baranova, the Asgard's interior pressure remains despite the damage. But their comm signals are down and can't be reached. She and her team are retracting the laser cable now. It'll take at least 30 minutes for them to land.
And now debris from the severed pod is coming down over the island. It's go time!
Several pieces will land in the water, but about five pieces will strike the island. One of which will hit at the intersection of Chaucer Street and Willow. The second at the Marina. The third at the zoo. And the last two both at the drive-in (I love Blades's reaction: "Two?! How are we--!").
"Power Up and Energize!" Chase is using an energized version of the Collision Foam Cannon for his tool.
As is Boulder.
But not Heatwave. He just jumped up and slammed into the flaming debris like a BOSS! WOOO!!
Kade: "Okay. Next time... we get a foam cannon."
Woo! Blades caught one piece in his scoop claw and then spun around to punch the other piece with the claw while holding onto the first. All Dani's idea, but still awesome.
And the fifth piece that got got punched away landed in a soccer field. Along with the other piece after Blades set it down.
The laser cable's been retracted, but the Asgard's gone. The asteroid must have knocked it off the laser cable.
The "space agency" (presumably NASA) has been notified, but won't have a ship available in five days. And the Asgard's still not responding.
Heatwave knows what has to be done.
The Asgard is still leaking oxygen. Doc's shut it down, but the oxygen generator is damaged. They only have about 30 minutes of air left.
And now we see where the Bots' ship has been kept all this time. Within a hidden hangar connected to the bunker underneath the firehouse.
And we finally have a name for the the Bots' ship: The Sigma.
Boulder and Chase are co-pilots, Blades is navigation, and Heatwave is likely the captain.
Doc and Graham plan to make an air scrubber to absorb carbon dioxide and replenish oxygen, using the plants in the still-intact greenhouse pod, in order to buy them some time until rescue efforts can reach them. However, the window in the greenhouse is cracking.
"Rescue Bots... Rocket to the Rescue!"
Cody accidentally stowed away aboard the Sigma. He was bringing the Bots a first aid kit for Doc and Graham, and didn't realize they had already begun the launch sequence while he was still aboard. He has to stay inside Heatwave's cockpit since they can't go back yet. Though, he enters through Heatwave's windshield retracting so that Heatwave doesn't have to transform.
Heatwave's going to go get Graham and Doc, but forgot he had Cody inside him. He at first refuses to take Cody into danger, but Cody convinces him that he'll be fine since they have to hurry.
The tether line's jammed, so Heatwave will have to make the jump without it.
Heatwave's on the Asgard. He's got them!
The window's cracked, and it's sucking Heatwave out and away from everyone!
Yes! He's using his water guns to propel himself back towards the Sigma. Not sure if that would actually work in space (I'm no expert on this), but a happy ending is good enough for me.
And the Sigma has brought back down the Asgard to the beach. Though, lots of civilians must have seen the Sigma, so how will it be explained to them?
Chief brought everyone in the old squad car.
Heh, even Kade's willing to give Graham a hug.
Doc wonders how they'll explain "all this" to Baranova. Chief suggests they say that they came home the old-fashioned way: Splashdown.
The Bots really enjoyed being able to fly the old bird again, and hope to be able to so again someday. But right now, nothing beats rolling to the rescue on good ol's Terra Firma for Heatwave.
Jeff Bennett voiced the "Countdown Voice".
Lacey Chabert voiced the "Female Robotic Voice".
Steve Blum voiced "Technician 1".
Kath Soucie voiced "Technician 2".
Holy snap! This episode was amazing! I know it was a filler, but slag it was awesome! Just, just, goodness gracious! More of this, please and thank you! This was high quality stuff for this show. Really gripping, action-packed, suspenseful, thrilling, and remarkably intelligent. This plot could really work well for most other TF cartoons, and that it got to be this one that did it made this one extra special. They were really at their A game in this one. One the most ambitious episodes yet! A+ work all around!
Posted by El Duque on May 15th, 2014 @ 10:14am CDT
Posted by El Duque on May 16th, 2014 @ 9:05am CDT
Posted by El Duque on May 16th, 2014 @ 11:36am CDT
See what happens this week on the Rescue Bots when an out-of-control mechanical bull leads Cody and the Rescue Bots on an adventure through the mysterious "Beam Box" to an island where dangerous tech is stored.
Posted by El Duque on May 17th, 2014 @ 2:05pm CDT
Posted by Foxbear on May 17th, 2014 @ 7:01pm CDT
Something that is really catching my attention are are very broad hints that the show is dropping. Given Optimus's testing and subsequent commending of Heatwave and suggestion that he was ready for more responsibility one has to ask if the Rescue Bots are going to be made the resident ambassadors to Earth When the rest of the Autobots pull out?
Posted by Sabrblade on May 17th, 2014 @ 10:16pm CDT
Cody had tried out for soccer, but didn't make the team. Kade, in his typical arrogance, is upset over this because it means that, according to him, Cody just ruined the family legacy of every Burns being a soccer star. Jerk.
A mechanical bull ride from the fun center is running wild. This is no ordinary mechanical bull ride. It's basically a robot bull with all of its body parts, instead of just a torso and head that spins and bucks in a stationary spot.
Okay, Chief just cried out the word "Holy--!", when episode 37 had them use the word "moldy" as a substitution for that word. Can they make up their minds on whether they want to use that word or not?
Short version of the theme song today.
The bull is an experimental carnival ride from the mainland, programmed with "extras" to make staying on it more challenging.
Kade says he's ridden tons of mechanical bulls, but this one's far different from the kind he's used to. For one, those ones don't run around and aren't the size of vehicles like this one is.
Blades is actually the most confident of the team this time, wanting to "rustle this little doggie" himself.
OMG!!!!! An INSERT SONG!!!!!! In a non-anime TF cartoon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The bull was programmed some artificial intelligence, so Chief and Chase decide to talk it down. Chase succeeds in making the bull listen to reason... until Heatwave shows up and gets it (and the song) going again.
When Boulder puts the bull's tech in sleep mode, the song shuts off as well. I guess it was coming from the bull itself.
Boulder... put the bull into sleep mode.. because he's a "bull dozer". Badumtish!
When the bull is brought to Doc, he states that it is too big and too dangerous for the B.L.F., and belongs on the "Island of Misfit Tech". And here I was thinking it would have a more proper name.
The island is supposed to be Top Secret, so Doc plans to use his memory-erasing earmuffs to undo his accidental mentioning of it. But Chief gives him permission to tell the others about it since the whole team has maximum security clearance.
The island is the storage center for Griffin Rock's most hazardous experiments. It is located in the middle of the ocean, completely impossible to find. But tech is sent there via... well, first there's another secret to behold. An entire building is hidden behind the laboratory disguised by a hologram of the mountainside.
And here is the Beam Box. It is most definitely an enlarged version of the Beam Box toy currently sold at retailers, a this one is larger even than the Bots. The chamber inside acts as a teleporter to the island.
Doc admits that he is not the one who built it, nor does he know who did, nor does he know how it works. Though, his predecessors left him an instruction manual.
The reason they send the fail tech to the island instead of destroying it because there may come a time when these failures turn out to be useful for some other function than what was intended of them. They are each tagged so that they may be recalled from the island whenever such times may come.
It seems that whenever the bull sees Heatwave, Heatwave's red coloring sets it off again.
Cody tried to get the bull into the Beam Box, and succeeded, but as he jumped away, his jacket got caught by one of the bull's horns and was pull in with it, sent away to the island.
The bull ran off with Cody's jacket, which had his Com link in it.
An early version of the Scrapmaster is on the island. It can't tell was is and isn't refuse, thinking Cody is trash and is preparing to destroy him.
Blades makes a Star Trek reference by noting how, on TV, the guy wearing Heatwave's color doesn't come back these kind of missions.
Heatwave got beamed right on top of the Scrapmaster. In a brief scuffle, he unknowingly lost his recall tag. The Scrapmaster found it and got beamed back to Griffin Rock instead. This is bad.
The Scrapmaster's too powerful to handle, so they had no choice but to vacate the secret building and lock it inside. However, it's locked in with some very sensitive equipment, and there's no way to get Heatwave and Cody back now.
Cody does have a fair point about those who sent the dangerous inventions to this island not shutting down beforehand.
Kade has a plan. Since he's the only one that the Scrapmaster hasn't marked as refuse yet, the others will distract the trash bot while he makes a break for the Beam Box.
The mechanical bull won't attack Cody because he got hit by a blue paintball from an out of control paintball machine. It hates red but likes blue.
Kade's on the island, but some security bots are trying to shoot him with some very lethal lasers.
Cody sprays Heatwave blue with the paintball machine so that the bull doesn't attack him.
What the--?! What genius thought it would be a good idea to include flamethrowers on the carnival ride?! Sheesh!
Cody's got a real good arm for baseball. He struck all three of the security bots' power supplies with baseballs he threw. Even Kade is impressed.
Wait a sec. Kade's official Hub website bio called him a star quarterback in high school, and his bedroom shown back in a season 1 episode had it decorated with baseball stuff, yet here he claims that soccer was his sport?
Blades points out that Rescue Bots come is sets of four. Too bad for Hoist and Medix.
The bull and the paintball machine are brought back to deal with the Scrapmaster. The latter is painted red and the bull goes at it.
Closest thing we get to an actual name for the paintball machine is when Doc calls it a "paint cannon".
Kade mentions having not been good at gymnastics. He doesn't like leotards.
The bull's theme song plays over the end credits. It's called "Ready to Roll" and performed by Clint Black.
Maurice LaMarche voiced the "Scrapmaster Beta"
Jason Marsden voiced the "Security Droids"
Well, this episode was certainly a surprise. In all of the wacky crazy chaos that went down in this one, I did not expect there to be the moral that we got hidden beneath it. That anyone can find something their good at and have the potential to be good at something despite any shortcomings they display in other things. Just because a person doesn't excel at one thing doesn't mean they don't have what it takes to succeed at anything else. Not only was thing attributed to the fail tech that was sent to the island, but also to Cody, in which both got second chances for newer opportunities to be explored, instead of each being given up on completely. When they go the way of inserting lessons into episodes like they did here, this is the way to go. Not up in our faces like some other purely educational programs are, but done with subtlety masked by purely noneducational action and chaotic hi-jinks.
Posted by horseg27 on May 21st, 2014 @ 10:57pm CDT
Can't wait to see more of where they go with this series!
Posted by Foxbear on May 24th, 2014 @ 4:28pm CDT
So "The Vigilant Town" was well done but a very common story line. I mean you knew where it was going from the moment Vigil showed up.
But in this day and age a sci-fi show almost can't not do this story arc at least once.
I guess that was why the writers felt the need to add that mind- -blowing plot twist at the end.
"I am Vigil."
Posted by Sabrblade on May 25th, 2014 @ 12:12am CDT
For once, Chief is monitoring the team from the Command Center (Cody's over at a scooter race).
Blades is using his toy's Energize hook tool.
The scooter race is a Lad Pioneers event.
A garbage truck knocked Cody off his path in the race and his scooter's malfunctioning.
Chase saved him. Turns out the truck was automated and wasn't supposed to intersect with the race. So, combined with an earlier fire sprinkler malfunction, and a car swerving off the road, there seems to be a series of glitches in the town's automated utilities.
Mayor Luskey blames the central computer for these incidents, calling it outdated and such. He's wanting to replace it with a new model that has just arrived.
The new model is so new that Griffin Rock will be the first town to ever test it. I guess it's another development of the government.
The new central computer will be able to control not just some, but ALL of the technology on the island. Knowing this town, that does not sound comforting, Luskey.
It is called "The Vigilant Computer", or "Vigil" for short. And it talks.
The Burns siblings are a bit skeptical about the Vigilant, but Chief is fine with it if it means keeping everyone safe, since their calls have been getting more and more dangerous lately.
Cody drives Rolling Thunder to the lab to watch Vigil's activation.
Doc had Vigil's mainframe set up in the lab's secure basement. Frankie mentions the security system that all the lower levels have. A Chekov's Gun, perhaps?
The mainframe was put into a vault in case intruders get past the sonic cannons. Frankie mentions Morocco as an example of such an intruder.
Since the Vigilant is an experimental prototype, Doc wants to test it before putting it online, but the Mayor is impatient and boots it up all the way.
Vigil knows everyone who's in the room with it as it has access to everyone's personal files. It also tracks everyone's mobile phone signals to know each person's position.
Vigil really does have control over everything. After Don ran yet another red light, Vigil brought Don's car to a halt just as Chief and Chase began their pursuit.
Vigil took possession of a window washing bot to catch the runaway hover stroller of Elsie, Mrs. Rubio's baby girl.
Vigil has come to realize that it is somehow unable to take control of the Burns's rescue vehicles, and is therefore keeping them out of the junkyard to prevent from putting their lives at risk (there's a fire in the junkyard that has spread to nearby propane tanks).
Jerry is near the tanks, unconscious. However, Vigil detects Jerry as being at his home and doesn't believe the others when they can see the man on the ground right before their eyes. So he's keeping everyone out of the junkyard.
So, what's the team's response to this? They go in, of course! Vigil obviously hasn't been prepped for deal with Autobots before.
Dani and Blades got Jerry while the others took care of the fire and propane tanks. No thanks to Vigil.
Vigil didn't detect Jerry because Jerry had left his phone at home. Vigil had not accounted for this oversight either. Vigil says that it will inform the mayor to make it a mandatory for all people to carry communication devices on their person 24/7, which Chief states is unrealistic.
Cody beseeches Vigil to work with them in keeping the town safe, rather than against them. But Vigil disagrees since it cannot control their rescue vehicles. To Vigil, in a vigilant town, there can be only one voice: Vigil. Therefore, the Burns family must submit themselves to Vigil or else.
Back at the firehouse, everyone discards all of their communication devices upstairs and heads into the bunker to discuss the situation with Vigil.
After giving Doc a call to "fix" Vigil, Doc tries to do so, but Vigil is already onto him and deems him and Frankie a security threat. Vigil possesses Dither and threatens to electrocute the Greenes if they do vacate this level in ten seconds.
And now Doc and Frankie are trapped in the freight elevator.
Wait a sec. The Burnses are all wearing their communications devices again. Shouldn't they still not want Vigil to listen in on them?
Boulder: "I guess those mowers are meant to keep us from leaving."
Chief: "Vigil, explain yourself!"
Vigil: "The Rescue Team remains outside of my control, and therefore is deemed a security threat."
Kade: "Whatdja just blow a fuse?!"
Dani: "You cannot keep us here!"
Graham: "This isn't safety, this is tyranny!"
Vigil: "I am forced to implement more severe restrictions in order to reach a 100% safety rating."
Ha. They gotta roll to the rescue via the underground tunnels, which Blades complains about their narrowness.
Vigil has confined everyone to their homes to keep them all safe, and Huxley is secretly reporting on the scene outside of his home. but since his camera is a communications device, Vigil will undoubtedly notice him all too soon.
Yep. Though, it was a security bot that spotted Huxley rather than his own camera.
The Team drove to an underground level beneath the lab's basement, which Graham states is the second subterranean level of the lab (the team is currently below the third level).
"Power Up and Energize!" Heatwave's using his toy's dual water guns, which Kade referred to as a "fire extinguisher". But Heatwave has some kind of surprise with it: A smokescreen, which he uses to unveil laser tripwires on the third level.
They get past the lasers by climbing over them, holding onto the overhead pipe system.
They've reached Doc and Frankie in the elevator, but it time to go face Vigil. Here we go.
Nice! They tricked the sonic cannons into blasting the vault door open.
With the master switch overridden by Vigil to prevent sabotage, the Bots resort to the most basic solution of all: VIOLENCE! They start and whacking and pounding and smashing and slamming at Vigil's console and structure, but Vigil reacts violently its own way by eletrocuting the Bots as a warning. If they don't leave in ten seconds, Vigil will fill the whole room with an electrical surge.
However, Cody finds a flaw in Vigil's singleminded logic: There are humans inside the Bots, and if Vigil harms them, that mean he will fail to keep them safe. This causes Vigil to malfunction, realizing that his directives are conflicting in this case, as he is programmed to protect both humans and himself, but cannot do so in this case without harming one or the other (Protect Vigil = harm humans, Protect humans = harm Vigil). His logic board overloads and is shut down completely.
Heh, Heatwave's making sure that Vigil's down for good by punching at the console some more.
And the Burnses go hover scooter racing through downtown.
The mayor has insisted that the central computer be re-installed and updated, while Vigil is tossed into the Beam Box and sent to the Island of Misfit Tech... why does that not sound comforting?
GASP! Vigil reactivates on the island... and dons a Decepticon insig--PSYCHE! The Con symbol seen in this video was edited into it by the uploader. There was no Con symbol in the actual episode. Wonder how many fell for this gag.
Lacey Chabert voiced Mrs. Rubio
Bill Mumy voiced Vigil
As an expected homage to HAL 9000 of 2001: A Space Odyssey, this episode delivered. Vigil worked as a new antagonist who isn't villainous but a well-intended extremist. Just goes to show that there can neither be an extreme of 100% safety nor an extreme of no safety at all. It kinda reminds me of Beast Machines in that no one extreme can dominate the other, but a balance of harmony must be reached. As Vigil worked to maintain full security, he completely underminded what he initially set out to do, ultimately bringing about what Megatron has thus far failed to: "Peace Through Tyranny." Even though Vigil was bested, he's not down for the count, and now has access to a whole island of lethal, chaotic technology for him to take control of. I don't know what, if anything, is to come of this, but between this cliffhanger, Morocco getting what he wanted from the Isolda, Madeline Pynch working to enhance her machinations against the Rescue Bots, and Optimus's forboding message last time we saw him, this season could be building up to something big.