Transformers: Rescue Bots S2 E13 Title and Description ""The Island of Misfit Tech
Sunday, April 13th, 2014 12:08PM CDTCategory: Cartoon News
Posted by: El Duque Views: 24,835
The Island of Misfit Tech
Cody and the Bots are led on an adventure to an island filled with dangerous technology.
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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 Dr Va'al on April 21st, 2014 @ 6:44am CDT
[quote]The Vigilant Town The new computer designed to keep Griffin Rock safe becomes dangerous.[/quote]
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 Dr Va'al on April 24th, 2014 @ 10:20am CDT
[quote]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. [/quote]
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
[quote]“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. [/*:m][/list:u]
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
[quote]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.[/quote]
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.
[spoiler]"I am Vigil." [/spoiler]
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.