Transformers: Rescue Bots - Season 2 Episode 4 Information, Episode 1 Sneak Previews
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Tip of the Iceberg
March 15, 2014
An iceberg brings danger to Griffin Rock.
Additionally, fellow fansite TFormers were able to get a look at the first episode of the new season, and have posted three preview clips from the show. We've embedded them below for easier viewing - check them out!
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Transformers Rescue Bots : A Virtual Disaster
S02, E05 (First Aired: March 30, 2014)
The virtual becomes real; Heatwave realizes Blades' potential as a true hero.
Transformers Rescue Bots : Spellbound
S02, E06 (First Aired: March 30, 2014)
The Bots and Burnses are in mind-controlled stupors; Cody scrambles to snap them out of it before he's sucked in.
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#TFRescueBots revelation with @LevarBurton
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But, LeVer Burton has been a regular main cast member on the show since episode 2 of season 1.KnightStrike wrote:Wow so we are going to go from a year and a half between seasons to two seasons in one year? And we get Geordi too? Awesome
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Sabrblade wrote:But, LeVer Burton has been a regular main cast member on the show since episode 2 of season 1.KnightStrike wrote:Wow so we are going to go from a year and a half between seasons to two seasons in one year? And we get Geordi too? Awesome
Holy scrap... I can't believe I didn't realize that he is the voice of Doc Greene. Thanks for pointing that out Sabrblade, I have no idea how I missed that before, but now I want to re-watch all of season 1
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Responding to this as Hub Network as posted its March highlights document, which confirms that Zap2it did make a mistake with the airdates of these two episodes.El Duque wrote:Once again Zap2it brings us details on upcoming episodes of Transformers: Rescue Bots! It looks as though two new episodes will air on March 30th, "A Virtual Disaster" and "Spellbound". Brief descriptions for each can be found below:Transformers Rescue Bots : A Virtual Disaster
S02, E05 (First Aired: March 30, 2014)
The virtual becomes real; Heatwave realizes Blades' potential as a true hero.Transformers Rescue Bots : Spellbound
S02, E06 (First Aired: March 30, 2014)
The Bots and Burnses are in mind-controlled stupors; Cody scrambles to snap them out of it before he's sucked in.
"Spellbound" airs on March 22, and "A Virtual Disaster" airs on March 29, so Zap2it not only got the dates wrong but the order backwards as well.
Also, the document gives slightly longer descriptions for each of the episodes, with the one for "Tip of the Iceberg", revealing something very interesting about that particular episode...
A mysterious iceberg off the coast of Griffin Rock brings both danger and the interest of an old nemesis.
Posted by Sabrblade on March 2nd, 2014 @ 12:16am CST
You know, with the MHQ being a Cybertronian-sized vehicle, there might not be that many roads/streets big enough for it to be driven on.
Heh, Kade likes hummus.
This is Heatwave's first driving lesson. As a robot moded driver, that is. Kade's teaching him.
Is that a school bus with rocket boosters?!! Dude! Where were those when I rode the bus?!
Theme song sequence looks to be unchanged from season 1, but still just as good as ever.
Heh, Blades is doing DDR with Frankie.
Chase and Heatwave are playing a two-player Cybertronian board game whose Cybertronian name is untranslatable (Heatwave thinks "Chase Always Wins" sounds close). It looks like a giant hologram version of Connect Four but it played kinda like a vertical version of Chess, and with medieval warrior characters like a guard, a flank, and an archer. Doc helped build the game for them.
DOC AND BOULDER ARE BUILTING THE ENERGIZE GEARRRRRRRR!!! WOOOOHHOOOOOO!!! Though, they appear to be just light blue colored, physical metal devices rather than being purely energy based as the toyline had us believe.
The teleportation device is called the "Vacuum Accelerator".
Graham has installed a mobile command center inside the MHQ.
Emergency dispatch. It's go time!
Uh oh. The teleporter came back... and took the MHQ and Cody away with it.
The parachuter in danger is Taylor, who was the pilot from "The Lost Bell" that Dani took a liking to.
Taylor's voice is DEEP! Also, he's had EMT training on the mainland.
So this episode has two danger fronts simultaneous of each other. That's always fun.
Oh boy. Atop the highest peak of Mount Griffin. This is bad.
Taylor's a pretty resourceful guy.
Blades is one tough litter chopper to carry all that weight on his winch: The entire MHQ plus the other three Bots and Cody.
And now they've warped to the drive-in.
Ah, so it was the MHQ's GPS signal that was overriding the teleporter's controls.
I love it when this show acknowledges when one of its characters does something stupid that they regret.
Heatwave was one Lobbing champ three years running.
I also love it when the show's characters acknowledge that they have no idea what's going on.
Sure is a darn good coincidence that that particular part of the woods that MHQ teleported into just happened to be open enough for it to fit.
WOAH!!! Heatwave almost just steamrolled over that bear with the MHQ!!! Don't tell PETA.
LOL, Heatwave roared back at the bear.
Ha, they warped right in front of Mayor Luskey down at City Hall.
ROGER CRAIG SMITH voiced Taylor! Sonic the Hedgehog himself, folks!
This first episode of season 2 felt really welcoming for a reintroduction to this show and to its characters. Feels so great to be seeing these people again and still doing what they do best. And now we see out first glimpse at what their new life is like with the Greenes now in the know of the Autobots and the MHQ as a part of the team. Though, there clearly seems to be more work to be had to get everyone used to the new changes, which is a good thing since it lets room for further development to come down the road. And the foreshadowing to the Energize gear was a nice touch, but let's see where they go from here. On with the next episode!
Episode 28 -
That fruit-picking robot looks kinda like EVE from WALL-E, but with four long arms.
Bit of CGI there when Boulder rammed into that mound of fertilizer.
Oh dear. I don't think I'm gonna like this character. The only of the airborne fruit picker is some snooty rich girl named Priscilla Pynch.
For the contest, Cody's idea is a portable sprinkler suit that firefighters/rescuers could wear to enter any blaze as it would spray water in all directions to protect them. Frankie's idea, however, is self-sustaining rain forest towers built in urban areas, which would clean the air of carbon dioxide, produce oxygen, and sustain an endangered ecosystem. Since they can't agree on one idea, they're going to enter separately instead of together.
So Frankie's tower is the titular "Sky Forest".
And Frankie's idea won (that was quick). Looks like Priscilla is a sore loser since she tells Mayor Luskey to forget about an donations to his reelection campaign from her family, and her invention tries to steal his toupee. Brat.
Thanks a lot, Huxley, for making things worse for Cody. He and Frankie are not "bitter enemies".
Boulder: "Frankie and Cody are enemies? When did this happen?"
Heatwave: "It's tough to lose, especially to a friend."
Blades: "If they're enemies, we'll have to choose sides. That's what happens in every buddy movie, I think it's called 'The Bro Code.'"
Chase: "I find no reference to this code in the civil statutes. But, I do value loyalty. Cody, we stand with you! Solidarity!"
Heatwave: "Team Cody all the way."
Blades: "We'll teach her for being smarter than you!"
Heatwave: *looks at Blades*
Even though the tower is complete, it'll take about ten years for the rainforest to grow. Sorry, Mayor, no tourist attraction just yet.
What the--?! Suddenly there's a bunch of flora growing on the tower. As Chase put it, "Apparently someone rushed mother nature."
Aw, Mayor! Rapid-growth formula in the irrigation system is an accident waiting to inevitably happen! Especially something from the Best Left Forgotten section of the Hall of Inspiration, and especially something labeled "aggressive growth".
The Sky Forest is like something straight out of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, only with actual plants instead of candy.
...And more deadly, seeing as how the plants are now trying to kill Frankie and Cody.
Sure are a lot of puffins in the Sky Forest.
Seems like Mr. Harrison has finally gotten the hang of his heli-pack. Let's see how long that lasts.
EEEEEEE!!! They're activating the Energize tools! "Power Up and Energize!" They pull them out from reaching behind their backs not unlike how the Beast Wars characters grabbed their own weapons. Chase has his toys' claw, Boulder has is toys' drill (as seen in the last episode but not in this episode), and Heatwave had his Minicon figure's axe instead of his transformable figure's dual-nozzled water cannon. The axe also makes laser sound effects with each swing. I guess they're at least partly energy-based in that they're physical tools that radiate energy instead of being like tool-based lightsabers. As for Blades, he hasn't activated his yet.
As is typical of her kind of character, Priscilla is ungrateful for her rescue.
The one weakness of these plants is saltwater. Makes sense.
Nice thinking of Cody using the remaining droplets in his suit's water tubes to scare off the vines wrapped around the valve.
Kade: "Longest twenty minutes of my life." -
Okay, Priscilla giving the mayor a bill for her destroyed hover picker was pretty funny.
The tower has been disassembled and relocated to Wayward Island, a nearly inaccessable atoll off of the coast of Griffin Rock.
And so Frankie and Cody will now share the first place title, as Cody's idea proved very reliable in the end.
Priscilla was voiced by Katherine McNamara.
Another good one with a lot of heart and ingenuity. I liked how, aside from the walking stereotype that Priscilla was, this episode played around with cliches and expectations, avoiding going down the obvious routes with them. Frankie and Cody could have easily become harsh rivals in the competition, but their rivalry was brief and remained consistently friendly. Frankie could have easily gotten caught up in all the attention she was getting and had it all go to her head, but she remained in character and never once let her ego get inflated. If one hadn't seen the previous episode, then the Energize tools could have been seen a Deus ex Machina items that would have saved the day in an instant, but were instead only some extras that were thrown in as a bonus and were far from the subject of today's victory. And most of all, the mayor himself turned out to be responsible for the day's catastrophe, as he's always the one blaming others for the disasters, when this time he has no one to blame but himself, and he sure does come to regret it. It's little things like these that help to make this show be so great.
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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!
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.