Transformers: Rescue Bots Additional Season 3 Episode Listings

Transformers: Rescue Bots Additional Season 3 Episode Listings

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 5:39am CDT

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Feel like we've lost track of the long-running Transformers: Rescue Bots animated series? Zap2it is here to help out! With the latest episode of season 3 (The New Recruits) introducing Salvage and Blurr, the rest of the episodes seem to deal with the new arrivals and whatever they might actually be up to, and leading up to the arrival of Servo the Cyberdog. Check out the synopses below!

E19 The New Recruits Rescue Bots find they have new recruits to train, but these newbies are hiding a dark secret.
Sat, April 25 2015 1:30 pm EDT

E20 Rescue Bots Academy Cody and the Rescue Bots must teach Blurr and Salvage everything they need to know.

Sat, May 02 2015 1:30 pm EDT

E21 A New Hero A solar flare knocks out power in Griffin Rock; Blurr deserts the Rescue Bots and steals the ship.

Wed, April 22 2015 5:53 am EDT

E22 Four-Legged Hero Cyber-Dog Servo puts the Rescue Bots' undercover status in jeopardy.

Wed, April 22 2015 5:53 am EDT

E23 Endangered Species The Bots go to extremes to protect endangered woodpeckers discovered by Boulder.

Wed, April 22 2015 5:53 am EDT

E24 More Than Meets the Eye An injured Chase uncovers many mysteries while Doc's magician sister visits Griffin Rock.

Wed, April 22 2015 5:53 am EDT

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Re: Transformers: Rescue Bots Additional Season 3 Episode Listings (1678271)
Posted by Archanubis on April 23rd, 2015 @ 12:39pm CDT


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Posted by Sabrblade on April 23rd, 2015 @ 1:46pm CDT
Archanubis wrote:


"Video has been removed by User"
Gotta be quick when they go up. YouTube eps don't last more than a day or so.

Another outlet - http://www.watchcartoonslive.com/transf ... f-morocco/
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Posted by Archanubis on April 23rd, 2015 @ 1:57pm CDT
Sabrblade wrote:
Archanubis wrote:


"Video has been removed by User"
Gotta be quick when they go up. YouTube eps don't last more than a day or so.

Another outlet - http://www.watchcartoonslive.com/transf ... f-morocco/

Thanks

Someone posted "The New Recruits" on DailyMotion early. I kind of like Salvage; has kind of a "Southern country boy" feel to him, and he's a bit of a tinkerer. Not quite the trained engineer Boulder is, but I can see the two working with Graham on projects. Blurr on the other hand... well, there's room for improvement in his case. Saying any more would spoil the episode.
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Posted by Sabrblade on April 23rd, 2015 @ 2:24pm CDT
WAHOO! I missed the YouTube upload and don't have an Amazon Instant Video account, or an iTunes account, so now I can see it! ;)^
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Posted by Sabrblade on April 25th, 2015 @ 1:18am CDT
Episode 70 -

There was an earthquake on the previous night. Graham, Cody, and Frankie are checking out the sensors on Wayward Island for info on the quake.

They're checking out the cave where they previously found Ira.

An aftershock helped to unearth the spaceship that was previous glimpsed at back in episode 63.

There's someone inside it.

Short theme song.

The Bots examine the ship and note that it's ancient, way before their time. Heatwave thinks it looks like a cargo ship.

New purple guy thinks he's home and gives each of the "Cybertronians" a hug.

Purple guy's Blurr, "fastest transport pilot in the galaxy and two-time winner of the Cybertronian 500."

Blurr says that he and his loader, Salvage, got hit by a huge meteor storm that caused their ship to crash-land on Earth. That was ten thousand years ago.

Salvage can't remember anything after the crash. His stasis pod was damaged.

Salvage has taken an interest in recyclables, as he likes to tinker with odds and ends.

Blurr doesn't seem to want the others to find out what happened to his ship in the past.

Optimus has come to meet the newcomers.

Salvage and Blurr have chosen their new altmodes.

Hey, Optimus's Rescue Trailer is back. Wish it could turn into its toy's winged jetpack mode, though.

Optimus has talked with Chief about Blurr and Salvage staying with the team as Rescue Force Recruits. Prime makes this offer to the two (despite protests from everyone except Boulder and Cody), and while Salvage is honored, Blurr seems less concerned about being a Rescue Bot than he is about getting keep his sweet wheels.

Optimus requests that Heatwave and his team become Blurr's and Salvage's teachers, and only Chase accepts the task directly (the others are either surprised or in disbelief).

Cody volunteers to mentor Salvage. He takes the big guy to the local junkyard, where Salvage feels like he's in heaven.

Blurr and Heatwave have a race on Heatwave's obstacle course behind the firehouse.

Blurr wins by faking a crash.

Blurr alludes to possibly having had a vehicle mode back in the past, when he didn't have one when he was found in his ship earlier.

Don's trapped under a crane at city hall.

Blurr pull's Don and his car free of the crane, but fails to realize that Don's car was the only thing keeping the crane from falling over. After he yanks the car loose, the crane comes crashing down. While Blurr jumps out of the way, the others grab the crane before it could have fallen onto (and killed) the injured Don.

The crane's also threatening to fall onto city hall. Blurr is really not good at helping.

Salvage used his technical know-how to tinker up a uni-directional dynamic electromagnet out of junk to pull up the crane from the other side.

"Power Up and Energize!" -- Heatwave uses the jackhammer that cam with Bumblebee's toys to finish repairs on the crane.

Optimus has come to confirm what really happened in the past. Though it's true that the ship did crash-land on Wayward Island in a meteor storm, it was Salvage, not Blurr, who risked his life to save the cave people. Blurr wanted to stay with the ship, but Salvage couldn't ignore the humans. Salvage had Blurr help him build a raft to get the humans off of the island, but one of them went missing. Blurr had promised to go find the missing person, but Blurr never came back. Salvage sent off the other humans and went looking for Blurr. Salvage found the missing caveman (Ira), but Blurr was nowhere around. Salvage took Ira to the cave, where he gave Ira an amulet of energon to protect him. But then the ship closed, trapping them both inside.

Blurr attempted to start up the ship to get off of Earth instead of keeping his promise. He was going to leave Salvage behind, thinking he was too slow to make it back to the ship in time. The two bots fought, which scared Ira away. Then the meteors started hitting the cave. All they could do was go back into stasis and hope for the best.

After further consideration, Optimus feels that the team shouldn't give up on Blurr, and Boulder and Cody are the only ones still willing to give him another chance.



Jason Marsden -- Salvage
Max Mittelman -- Blurr



Wow. This one was surprisingly heavy. We got two new Autobot characters and one of them is presented as the black sheep of the family. At first, it seems as though Blurr was gonna be a case similar to Prime Smokescreen, in which the new guy is a rambunctious rule breaker who drives the more experienced members crazy, while still being endearing to the audiences. Instead, we got this turned on its head with Blurr instead depicted in a manner that reveals a shameful past marked by selfishness, cowardice, and an attempted betrayal of Salvage. He was going to abandon Salvage and leave him for dead. Even though Blurr's motivations for doing so had no malice or animosity, it's still surprisingly dark for this kind of show, yet it wasn't dealt with that darkly as much as it was dealt with more solemnly. and the episode even ends with nearly everyone having lost their respect for Blurr, with their being unsure if they can ever trust him. What's more is that very little action happens in this episode, as the majority of the episode is taken up by the characters just standing around talking to each other about very important matters. However, this episode wasn't all doom and gloom. On the upside, Salvage is a very charming addition to the show. Though he kinda feels like yet another Animated Bulkhead-esque character like Boulder (being a big green lovable lug who is mechanically talented and artistic), he felt unique enough to be likable in his own right. Though it was Blurr I was looking forward to the most before watching this episode, it's Salvage whom I look forward to seeing more of in the end.
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Posted by Archanubis on April 25th, 2015 @ 12:28pm CDT
Salvage looks like he's going to fit in with the rest of the team just fine, despite the others' initial objections to him and Blurr being part of the team. I also like how the writers make a point that Salvage and Blurr weren't friends, even though they were the only two on the ship (Salvage even mentions that they didn't interact much beyond what their jobs entailed). They'll probably develop Salvage a little more, but I think this episode's pretty much established his niche.

This is not the most complimentary incarnation of Blurr that's appeared on TV (not so sure about the comics). As you mentioned, Sabre, this Blurr is a self-invested coward who isn't leaving a very good impression on anyone at the moment - I mean, the guy made the rather easy-going Salvage angry enough to attack him. I suspect Blurr's going to have the most development in the next couple of episodes especially since the episode description for "A New Hero" pretty explicitly states that Blurr will steal the Sigma. At the moment though, he's not off to a great start - about the only ones who are willing to give him a chance right now are Optimus, Cody, and Boulder, for differing reasons. Heatwave's the most vocal at the moment (though that's not really anything new) and I suspect the two won't be on the best of terms - and I'm not sure Blurr will endear himself that well to High Tide if the latter appears in the next episode. It's almost a blessing High Tide didn't appear in this episode - he may have mellowed since his debut, but I can imagine that him chewing out of Blurr would still have been a lot worse than Heatwave's was.

We'll just have to wait and see how these two fit into the old Rescue Bots dynamic.

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Posted by Flashwave on April 26th, 2015 @ 12:22am CDT
Thought: (Or Fanfiction fuel) of all people, Heatwave goes to HighTide for training advice, since he doesn't want to look like he's letting Prime down, giving High Tide a chance to shine again, ad buid on his past and past interaction with Heatwave.

Yeah, probably more FanFiction fuel, I just hate to see High Tide become "Token Boat guy".

Yep, gonna love Salvage. Just hope he doesn't become "Magic gadget saves the day" dude. And I think I'm gonna love what they do with Blurr's development, even if I don't end up loving Blurr.

Makes me sad that Medix and Hoist couldn't become characters too. Medix, you could right off as Ratchet in the Cybervirus ep, but poor Hoist.

I need a Salvage figure. He might have to be the first RB figure I buy, but I'm just too attached to figures with knees and elbows.

Any one else feel sad for Ira again, having seen his family, a wife or sister sent off to sea without him? And on those same lines, those poor cavepeople on a wooden raft with NO steering in the OCEAN? Not sure that was your brightest idea there, Salvage.
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Posted by Sabrblade on April 26th, 2015 @ 12:26am CDT
Since the Wiki is currently deeming Blurr to be the same guy as the Velocitronian Blurr from the Exiles novel, I wonder if Salvage could originally have been a Junkion, as I think it woul be cool if both of the new guys had hailed fromm both of the colony worlds featured in that book.

Though, it would alo be cool if High Tide had some connection to Aquatron, but I can live with him being a native Cybertronian.
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Posted by Flashwave on April 27th, 2015 @ 1:54am CDT
Thoughts on time that bug me.

-Heatwave says that Salvage an Blurr's ship is "Before theur time."
-The Rescue Bots went into stasis sometime prior to the abandonment of Cybertron, some million or three years ago? (As seen in the pilot, when they say that they need to contact Cybertron Command) Di the Energon Eater Ep. establish a timestamp on that rescue?


Sabrblade wrote:Since the Wiki is currently deeming Blurr to be the same guy as the Velocitronian Blurr from the Exiles novel, I wonder if Salvage could originally have been a Junkion, as I think it would be cool if both of the new guys had hailed fromm both of the colony worlds featured in that book.

Though, it would alo be cool if High Tide had some connection to Aquatron, but I can live with him being a native Cybertronian.


But is there any reason to believe that or is this edmacated speculation based on continuity, because there's thrirty thousan Blurrs running around the Unicron Trilogy too. (or he's running so fast he can be in multiple galxies at once, a speed mirage, if you will.) he mentions being a two time winner of the Cybertronian 500, which implies Cybertron, alhough with no idea as to when that was, I suppose it could have been pre-colony . Doubtful, but possible
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Posted by Zeedust on April 27th, 2015 @ 2:51am CDT
Archanubis wrote:It's almost a blessing High Tide didn't appear in this episode - he may have mellowed since his debut, but I can imagine that him chewing out of Blurr would still have been a lot worse than Heatwave's was.


I'm not so sure High Tide wouldn't have just told Blurr to hit the road, regardless of who else was in the room and what they thought about it.
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Posted by Archanubis on April 27th, 2015 @ 12:07pm CDT
Flashwave wrote:Thoughts on time that bug me.

-Heatwave says that Salvage an Blurr's ship is "Before theur time."
-The Rescue Bots went into stasis sometime prior to the abandonment of Cybertron, some million or three years ago? (As seen in the pilot, when they say that they need to contact Cybertron Command) Di the Energon Eater Ep. establish a timestamp on that rescue?

I don't recalled the Energon Eater episode establishing a time stamp on the events that sent the Bots into stasis. I do believe that they had been out for awhile, and their attempts to contact HQ were being met by silence; that may mean that while the Bots left before Cybertron went dark and when they tried to contact Cybertron in that episode, they weren't aware that it was now a dead planet (Heatwave at least seems familiar with the war, which means either the team left during the initial stages, or the team was briefed on current events when they arrived on Earth).

I will admit Heatwave's comment is odd, as is Boulder's comment that he's never see that particular class of ship. It's possible Heatwave's familiar enough with Cybertronian ship designs to tell that it's an older class of cargo hauler (as opposed to one that was commissioned after the bots went into stasis), but the class was rare enough when they were active that the team hadn't encountered it before the episode. Considering how long Cybertronian ships can (and apparently do) stay out in the vastness of space, it's probably not surprising that it stayed in service long enough to crash in prehistoric Maine - though why Ira and his kin are European looking cavemen instead of a proto-Native American people has me scratching my head...

BTW, was Optimus always so much taller than the Rescue Bots? Last couple of appearances, he looks like he's twice as tall as anyone on the team.

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Posted by Zeedust on April 27th, 2015 @ 4:59pm CDT
Flashwave wrote:Yep, gonna love Salvage. Just hope he doesn't become "Magic gadget saves the day" dude.


For some reason, I'm expecting Salvage and Boulder to wind up making junk art together at some point.
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Posted by Sabrblade on April 27th, 2015 @ 9:29pm CDT
Flashwave wrote:But is there any reason to believe that or is this edmacated speculation based on continuity, because there's thrirty thousan Blurrs running around the Unicron Trilogy too. (or he's running so fast he can be in multiple galxies at once, a speed mirage, if you will.) he mentions being a two time winner of the Cybertronian 500, which implies Cybertron, alhough with no idea as to when that was, I suppose it could have been pre-colony . Doubtful, but possible
Granted, the RB Blurr info was put onto the Prime Blurr page prior to Blurr's debut in the cartoon, so it's kind of a case like how RID Grimlock's info and RID Sideswipe's info were each put onto the pages for their respective WFC counterparts ahead of their cartoon debuts. Prime Blurr and RB Blurr could be two different guys, but for now the Wiki's defaulting to its typical treatment of Aligned characters unless otherwise is stated.

However, what I was saying was just how I think it would be cool if the two new guys in this show each came from one of the planets from the Exiles novel.

Archanubis wrote:BTW, was Optimus always so much taller than the Rescue Bots? Last couple of appearances, he looks like he's twice as tall as anyone on the team.

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Looking over previous episodes he appeared in, it seems so.

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Posted by Archanubis on May 1st, 2015 @ 9:44pm CDT
"Rescue Bot Academy" is up on WatchCartoonsLive.com and available for purchase on Hasbro Studio's YouTube channel. I'll hold off on my thoughts on it until Sabrblade posts the synopsis tomorrow.
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Posted by Sabrblade on May 1st, 2015 @ 11:16pm CDT
Archanubis wrote:"Rescue Bot Academy" is up on WatchCartoonsLive.com and available for purchase on Hasbro Studio's YouTube channel. I'll hold off on my thoughts on it until Sabrblade posts the synopsis tomorrow.
Looks like it popped up online as a random torrent download.

Since I found a YouTube upload of it that hasn't been taken down yet (as of this typing), I might watch it early and post about it tonight instead of waiting.

EDIT: Just found out that it was another case like last episode, winding up on Amazon and iTunes early. If the YouTube upload goes down, here's a Dailymotion link.
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Posted by Sabrblade on May 2nd, 2015 @ 2:30am CDT
Episode 71 -

Back when Bumblebee first appeared in his debut episode in season 1, Chief Burns noted how the sudden presence of a new Rescue Bot on the island might draw unwanted attention from the townspeople, yet the presence of newcomers Blurr and Salvage (and their obvious lack of human operators/partners) causes no such problems from the townsfolk. I guess Chief must have clued in the public on the arrival of two more Bots offscreen.

Blurr sure is reluctant to help the other Bots from being crushed by the platform.

Short theme song.

The whole thing was just a VR training simulation. Looks to be the same VR system as the one seen back in "A Virtual Disaster", only here it's used for rescue training instead of a video game.

Blurr didn't help for tactical reasons. Someone had to be free to handle things in case the rescue went wrong. Heatwave disagrees, citing teamwork as being more important, and suspends Blurr from Rescue Force training until further notice.

Heatwave left Optimus a voice message about things not working out with Blurr. Gotta wonder what Optimus was doing at the time for him (or anyone) to not be at the base to take Heatwave's call.

Each of the four Sigma-17 Bots are gonna school Blurr and Salvage on separate things, in a "Rescue Bots Academy".

Chase's curriculum takes the form of clip show style video logs of previous missions, on which they must take notes for a quiz.

Emergency call. A window washer is trapped on his malfunctioning hover platform. Blades and Boulder go out, while Heatwave and Chase remain on call. And after some persuading, Blurr and Salvage are allowed to go on the mission as well.

Salvage speaking to Kade is essentially Jason Marsden talking to himself. :P

Blurr nearly got the window washer killed!

Naturally, Chief is borderline furious with Blurr's rashness and carelessness.

Boulder suggests Blurr and Salvage might come to understand humans better if they learned more about them, starting with the Burns family. Enter Chase with more video clips.

Blurr and Salvage inquire about human genders and affections. Cue Chase trying to explain, and then showing more clips.

Blades notes how Cody seems to attract "falling objects". More clips from Chase.

The Burnses like to play a variation of Basketball that they and the Bots made up called Burns Ball.

Cody tells Blurr how he's a lot like how Heatwave was when he first came to Earth, always wanting Optimus to reassign him to something better. Blurr's not too sure he's cut out for this kind of stuff (just like Heatwave), but Cody's not going to give up on him.

Blurr mentions having been to Velocitron! "Nice planet. All roads, no speed limits, great spot to relax."

The voice chip from the window washer platform is used in an upgrade Salvage helps to install into the Sigma. It's call the Empathically-Reactive Voice-Interactive System, or ERVIS for short.

Blurr's out running red lights and speed limits, and without a driver.

Blurr toppled the statue of Horace Burns!

Jerry sees that Blurr was driverless. Luckily, Chief convinces him that it's a new experimental self-driving race car meant to making racing safer.

Heatwave. Is. CROSS!

Blurr is confined to the firehouse until further notice.

Blurr discovers the Sigma's hangar hidden under the basketball court.

Blades has finished the training video he was putting together for his own teaching session of Rescue Bots Academy.

Blades video is less clip show style and more of a homage to Mystery Science Theater 3000. :lol:

Blurr overhears Heatwave deciding that, as soon as he hears back from Optimus, Blurr has to go.

Blurr's stolen the Sigma and takes off into the sky!

TO BE CONTINUED...



Lacey Chabert -- Southern Belle Voice
Maurice LaMarche -- Platform Voice
Jason Marsden -- ERVIS
Steve Blum -- Bad Kids TV Voice



Well, this episode sure had some surprises in it. For one, Chase's clips gave the initial impression of this being a typical clip show episode, but it wasn't. Chase's clips were only a small portion of the episode. Another surprise came in the form of ERVIS, who seemed to be added into the episode rather abruptly and for little reason, as though it were instead a seeding for something else to come later. But what surprised me the most was how the episode veered away from how I was expecting it to go into being something else entirely. What I was expecting was simply that, Blurr and Salvage being schooled by the Bots, combined with Chase's clips, that this episode could be used as sample episode to show to a new viewer what this show is like in a nutshell, with Blurr serving as the audience's gateway character in getting to understand the nature of the show. But that all changed when we started getting more of a serious-toned plot in the second half, with Blurr becoming more and more distant from the rest of the team, culminating in his outright abandoning the team altogether in a cliffhanger ending. On top of that, we got Blades' video with its MST3K-style setup and Blurr referring to Velocitron.

But at the root of it all, what this episode really did that made it stand out was show just how difficult training a young newcomer can be, especially when it's one that doesn't want to learn or go along with what he's being told. In past series, we got such difficult characters as Hot Rod, Cheetor, Nightscream, Side Burn, Wedge, Armada Hot Shot, Energon Ironhide, Cybertron Hot Shot, Animated Bumblebee, Prime Smokescreen, and RID 2015 Sideswipe. All were as inexperienced and hard to work with as Blurr, but all of them still tried to act in line with their teammates most of the time. No matter how much trouble those guys caused, they always managed to come around by the end of the same episode in which they got into trouble. With Blurr, however, he consistently remained uncooperative, and Heatwave was ready to give up on him and toss him to the wind. I honestly cannot think of any series in which the leader/mentor of the rambunctious youngster ever became so irate with said youngster that he even considered giving up on the kid. Every one of those Optimuses (and RID 2015 Bumblebee) was still willing to give their guy a chance and believe that he was capable of following orders and being a team player when things would get hairy. This show, this young-aged preschool-aimed show, however, is the one that is willing to take its kid's misbehavior all the way into the territories of line-crossing insubordination and desertion, and likewise have its role model leader character get so cross as to want nothing more to do with said guy.

In many respects, this is WAY more fascinating than the relationships we've seen between the various Optimuses of the past (and RID Bumblebee) and their respective rebellious kid characters. Of all the TF cartoons we've ever gotten, it's THIS show that is willing to go as far as it has with this kind of relationship. An extent that is probably the most realistic and dramatic of any version of the leaderbot/kidbot relationship we've ever had. And arguably the least kid-friendly version, at that. This episode shows just how sugarcoated so many other versions of this relationship have been depicted up until now. The other versions would have the conflict between the leader and the kid usually resolved by the end of a single episode, with any new conflicts to come in later episodes being all new conflicts. Here, we started with Blurr's reluctance to comply with rescue commands in his debut episode, and said confict has continued straight into this episode, and has only gotten worse, ending with both parties resorting to extreme decisions. This is how character development is done, and done well! This show is one-upping a total of 11 other shows in how its handling the discontent between the leaderbot and kidbot. They don't see eye to eye, they flat out don't like each other, and they don't resolve everything (or even anything) by a single episode's conclusion. The story of their relationship just keeps on going and growing from episode to episode, with no signs of their situation improving.

In a word: Boss.
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Posted by Archanubis on May 2nd, 2015 @ 10:42am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:Well, this episode sure had some surprises in it. For one, Chase's clips gave the initial impression of this being a typical clip show episode, but it wasn't. Chase's clips were only a small portion of the episode. Another surprise came in the form of ERVIS, who seemed to be added into the episode rather abruptly and for little reason, as though it were instead a seeding for something else to come later. But what surprised me the most was how the episode veered away from how I was expecting it to go into being something else entirely. What I was expecting was simply that, Blurr and Salvage being schooled by the Bots, combined with Chase's clips, that this episode could be used as sample episode to show to a new viewer what this show is like in a nutshell, with Blurr serving as the audience's gateway character in getting to understand the nature of the show. But that all changed when we started getting more of a serious-toned plot in the second half, with Blurr becoming more and more distant from the rest of the team, culminating in his outright abandoning the team altogether in a cliffhanger ending. On top of that, we got Blades' video with its MST3K-style setup and Blurr referring to Velocitron.

But at the root of it all, what this episode really did that made it stand out was show just how difficult training a young newcomer can be, especially when it's one that doesn't want to learn or go along with what he's being told. In past series, we got such difficult characters as Hot Rod, Cheetor, Nightscream, Side Burn, Wedge, Armada Hot Shot, Energon Ironhide, Cybertron Hot Shot, Animated Bumblebee, Prime Smokescreen, and RID 2015 Sideswipe. All were as inexperienced and hard to work with as Blurr, but all of them still tried to act in line with their teammates most of the time. No matter how much trouble those guys caused, they always managed to come around by the end of the same episode in which they got into trouble. With Blurr, however, he consistently remained uncooperative, and Heatwave was ready to give up on him and toss him to the wind. I honestly cannot think of any series in which the leader/mentor of the rambunctious youngster ever became so irate with said youngster that he even considered giving up on the kid. Every one of those Optimuses (and RID 2015 Bumblebee) was still willing to give their guy a chance and believe that he was capable of following orders and being a team player when things would get hairy. This show, this young-aged preschool-aimed show, however, is the one that is willing to take its kid's misbehavior all the way into the territories of line-crossing insubordination and desertion, and likewise have its role model leader character get so cross as to want nothing more to do with said guy.

In many respects, this is WAY more fascinating than the relationships we've seen between the various Optimuses of the past (and RID Bumblebee) and their respective rebellious kid characters. Of all the TF cartoons we've ever gotten, it's THIS show that is willing to go as far as it has with this kind of relationship. An extent that is probably the most realistic and dramatic of any version of the leaderbot/kidbot relationship we've ever had. And arguably the least kid-friendly version, at that. This episode shows just how sugarcoated so many other versions of this relationship have been depicted up until now. The other versions would have the conflict between the leader and the kid usually resolved by the end of a single episode, with any new conflicts to come in later episodes being all new conflicts. Here, we started with Blurr's reluctance to comply with rescue commands in his debut episode, and said confict has continued straight into this episode, and has only gotten worse, ending with both parties resorting to extreme decisions. This is how character development is done, and done well! This show is one-upping a total of 11 other shows in how its handling the discontent between the leaderbot and kidbot. They don't see eye to eye, they flat out don't like each other, and they don't resolve everything (or even anything) by a single episode's conclusion. The story of their relationship just keeps on going and growing from episode to episode, with no signs of their situation improving.

In a word: Boss.

I think you hit the nail on the head there, Sabrblade. I can't really think of anything to add.

I will say that the episode does do a good job of showing how alienated Blurr feels from the rest of the rescue team, even from Salvage, who, by comparison, has pretty much fallen into place. How much of that is Blurr not making an effort and the team not exactly being all that welcoming towards him (especially Heatwave) the episode doesn't make entirely clear, but it does make clear that Blurr isn't fitting in. Blurr does, however, come across as a bit hypocritical when he accuses Heatwave of "taking the easy way" when he later steals the Sigma and runs off (and pretty much proves Heatwave's point). We'll see how things go down in the next episode.

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Re: Transformers: Rescue Bots Additional Season 3 Episode Listings (1683301)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 7th, 2015 @ 10:48pm CDT
And yet another episode has been put onto Amazon early. Seems to be a trend with all these latest episodes.

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Posted by Sabrblade on May 8th, 2015 @ 12:09am CDT
Episode 72 -

A "last time on..." segment. That's rare for this show.

Blurr ignores ERVIS's emergency alert about a situation in the Sigma launch hangar, and orders him to set coordinates for the Silicon Flats of Hydrus Four, "where the racing is fast, the energon is high-grade, and the locals never need rescuing."

The team's out looking for Blurr, unaware of his having taken off in the ship. Um, HOW do they not know this? Surely the ship's takeoff would have shaken the whole firehouse, not to mention that the door to the hangar and its exit were both left open when the ship took off. It's a pretty hard thing to miss.

Some solar flare activity has appeared. Apparently Doc has been detecting it for some time now. When it reaches the atmosphere, it can cause electro-mechanical problems, including with the Bots.

Cody's still trapped in the hangar, with more catwalks threatening to collapse on him.

Short theme song.

Cody contacts Servo via the whistle High Tide gave him, alerting Servo to return to the firehouse. The others rendezvous to follow him.

Cody's found and Salvage saves him before Heatwave catches and tosses away the fallen catwalks.

Optimus is contacted about Blurr's theft of the ship.

ERVIS updates Blurr about Cody's endangerment, Cody's rescue, five unread messages from Optimus, and the incoming solar flares.

The flares darken both the ship in space and the town back on Earth, and continues to harm the Bots.

Both Graham and Boulder suspect a Corona Mass Ejection at play. Sort of a super solar flare.

The team has to check out the town to see if everyone there is alright, but the Bots' lights and sirens and other non-essentials are still out. Though Chief and Chase will head to Doc's to see what he can do to help.

Blurr gets the Sigma restarted, but a communication satellite is heading straight for the ship.

Blurr gets the ship out of the way, but the satellite had been affected by the CME, and is now falling out of orbit on a trajectory toward Griffin Rock. Estimated time of impact is 30 minutes.

Some power is back online, but not enough to raise the island's protective dome. The island's residents must be evacuated to the underground shelter.

Salvage still hasn't given up on Blurr and jury-rigs a transmitter to contact him with.

Wow. For a second, the episode made us think that Blurr just might feel guilty enough to want to go back and stop the satellite, what with his hesitation to resume course to Hydrus Four, but nope, he says to resume course. Wow.

Oh, nevermind, he rethought his rethinking and ERVIS reverses course back to Earth, ready to shoot the satellite with the Sigma's laser blasters.

Unfortunately, the laser was just recently installed (being the upgrade to the ship that was installed last episode) but wasn't finished before Blurr took off with the ship. So it can't fire.

Salvage reaches Blurr and patches him into the others.

Boulder and Graham instruct Blurr on how to get the laser working, but it'll only work at 10% capacity. So Blurr decided to fly in ten times closer, which will put him in the path of the exploding debris. The ship, and Blurr himself, could be destroyed.

Blurr destroyed the satellite...

...and the Sigma.

Oh wait, the explosion just triggered the ship's cloaking shield. It's there.

Chase wants to court-martial Blurr for grand theft spaceship.

Hi Optimus.

Optimus performs a "Rite of the Autobrand"-style branding on Blurr and Salvage, and states that they have proven themselves to be Rescue Bots... at another Earth location.

Choral music closes the episode.



Okay, let's not beat around the bush, here. We all saw Blurr's redemption coming. It's in the episode title, even. We knew he'd have to come around and help out in some form in the end, or else run the risk of becoming one of the most despised-by-the-fandom Autobot characters ever. So it was predictable that he'd have a change of heart because it was inevitable. That said, it was still a good episode, if a bit confusing in places like with how literally NO ONE except Cody noticed the giant alien spaceship lift off at the end of last episode, or why Blurr and Salvage are suddenly reassigned to some other location by Optimus. Why did he do that? It took this show nearly 70 episodes to give us new Rescue Bots (High Tide is a guest star and not a Rescue Bot), and just as they were getting adjusted to working with our heroes, Optimus comes along to put them on a bus. Boo!

But, don't get me wrong, it really was good. The danger of the satellite falling out of orbit was gripping enough keep up interest in it, and Blurr's progression as a character came to its natural next step of development for one such as himself who had zero interest in rescue missions having to learn to get used to that kind of action. And three episodes of this development was ample time for it to occur in a manner that was both realistic and dramatic.

I just don't get why they can't stick around for good. Salvage is even voiced by series regular Jason Marsden, so he's not even a guest voice role. What's wrong with adding more Autobots to the main cast? Prime suffered this same problem with not getting a new main Autobot until season 3 with Ultra Magnus and then upgrading Wheeljack to full time status (he was just a guest in the first two seasons). I really hope that the new RID series doesn't suffer from this as well, as it's great when new faces added to the main team since it opens the door for new (and sometimes better) character dynamics between old and new characters. It's like Hasbro Studios is too afraid of changing things that much with its TF cartoon main character lineups, when every show that's ever come before theirs have had next to no problems with bringing in new faces. At the very least, this team needs its own full-time "Sixth Ranger" (well, "fifth", but you know what I mean).
Re: Transformers: Rescue Bots Additional Season 3 Episode Listings (1683349)
Posted by Archanubis on May 8th, 2015 @ 3:39am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:I just don't get why they can't stick around for good. Salvage is even voiced by series regular Jason Marsden, so he's not even a guest voice role. What's wrong with adding more Autobots to the main cast? Prime suffered this same problem with not getting a new main Autobot until season 3 with Ultra Magnus and then upgrading Wheeljack to full time status (he was just a guest in the first two seasons). I really hope that the new RID series doesn't suffer from this as well, as it's great when new faces added to the main team since it opens the door for new (and sometimes better) character dynamics between old and new characters. It's like Hasbro Studios is too afraid of changing things that much with its TF cartoon main character lineups, when every show that's ever come before theirs have had next to no problems with bringing in new faces. At the very least, this team needs its own full-time "Sixth Ranger" (well, "fifth", but you know what I mean).

I have to agree; not sure why Salvage and Blurr couldn't have stuck around a little longer, if only to see them obtain a little more training, especially since I think Blurr still needs a little more development if only to make sure his "redemption" sticks. I think there would have been plenty of ways to feature the new 'bots without them completely stealing the spotlight from the original four.

As for the "sixth ranger" character - something tells me Servo is serving as this atm.

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