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for the second archives.PREVIOUS SEASON ONE REVIEWS:1+2. Pilot 3. Trust Exercises 4. More than Meets the Eye 5. W.W.O.D6. As the Kospego Commands! 7. Collect 'Em All! 8. True Colors 9. Rumble In the Jungle 10. Can You Dig It?11. Adventures in Bumblebee-Sitting12. Hunting Season13. Out of Focus14. Sideways15. Even Robots Have Nightmares16. Some Body, Any Body17. One of Our Mini-Cons Is Missing18. Deep Trouble
19. The Champ
For anyone reading the reviews, my apologies. I've been busy and will continue to be busy. My life is basically job, real life stuff, and webcomic. When I am not doing either of the first two, I am always knee-deep in the latter and it's always going to be first priority over these reviews. I also admit Robots in Disguise
isn't doing it for me as much as it did at the start. I'm sadly losing interest (and honestly, I'm looking more forward to Rescue Bots
' fourth season.) At the least I want to say I will try and wrap up the first season of RID and see what happens from there, but even I can't guarantee it. So, let me just work on what I got.
Mini-reviews of episodes 20 - 22. I haven't seen the Windblade one yet. As always, SPOILERS!
ROBOTS IN DISGUISE EPISODE 20. THE TROUBLE WITH FIXIT
Now I know why Fixit was in charge of the Alchemor.
His first appearance didn’t sell anyone the idea that he’s capable of guarding an entire ship of Decepticons. For a while, we saw a stuttering, nerdy robot with vast, resources and an encyclopedic knowledge of the Cons Bee’s crew are capturing. He’s useful, but not in the way we’d expect him to. I especially love his growing friendship with Denny. They bonded so much that Fixit trusts Denny to fix him. Now if that ain’t a d’aww
moment, I don’t know what is.
Fixit’s mysterious nature had a considerably decent built up that his reveal as a weapons-heavy death machine is unexpected and satisfyingly well-planned. And boy does the show go to town with it. The simple plot means the twenty-minute span of the episode drags it on a bit, but it delves deep into Fixit’s role. The Autobots noticeably choose not to tell him what he is, making me wonder - and hope - that it’ll be an issue brought up next time.
But the Optimus subplot is losing me. It's gotten to the point where it's less of an ongoing importance and just random sequences of Optimus popping in to deliver a cryptic warning without any new information or meaningful background. Aside from “Out of Focus”, there hasn't been anything to this specific B-story. Optimus' mission is suppose to indicate an upcoming danger, but I don't feel the sense of ominous and foreboding revelation this should have. OUT OF FIVE STARS
ROBOTS IN DISGUISE EPISODE 21. LOCKOUT
Another good demonstration of Steeljaw's wiliness. Taking over the Bot's hideout is an effective means to get across the idea that he means business, even though it's frustrating that it took the whole twenty minutes for him to force Fixit into opening the rest of the pods and he failed that miserably! I know, status quo, but imagine if he had succeeded.
The ending is where it's at: Steeljaw meets up with an otherworldly robot with significant powers—so powerful he can lift up broken metal with his mind from the other side somehow—whom he teams up with in order to conquer Earth. Then stab him in the back after. Something tells me Steeljaw is biting off more than he can chew. I'd say we're finally getting somewhere in this series, but I feel like that phrase has lost all meaning. ...Aww hell, I'll try and maintain a positive attitude: FINALLY, we're getting somewhere.
I'm not keen on the Denny and Russell subplot though: when does Denny ever feel so despondent about his role as a “useless” human? He's shown plenty of resourcefulness and the confidence to pull if off. His issue seem far too late into the show to be a factor and it feels like a cheap obstacle to make Russell shine. I mean, Russell doing something is fine and all, but there are better ways of making the kid a badass. OUT OF FIVE STARS
ROBOTS IN DISGUISE EPISODE 22. SIMILARLY DIFFERENT
A fantastic Grimlock episode. In spite of his punch-happy nature, Grimlock honestly strives to do good. He has a big moral center and wants more than anything to live up to it. He especially wants to please Bee (a pairing I am finding myself shipping more and more), but his aggressive Dinobot nature is challenged when he meets with a fellow Dinobot: Scowl.
Now Scowl is interesting: his psychotic lust for destruction and lack of concern for anyone puts a huge damper on Grimlock's philosophy. It's great to see the two clash heads—both literally and figuratively. I especially find it chilling that Scowl calls any of his victims “screamers.” It is legitimately one of the creepiest things in the show. Good episode, good character development. OUT OF FIVE STARS
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