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PREVIOUS SEASON ONE REVIEWS:
1+2. Pilot
3. Trust Exercises
4. More than Meets the Eye
5. W.W.O.D
6. 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-Sitting
12. Hunting Season
13. Out of Focus


:bulletred: As always, SPOILERS!












"Clampdown realizes after all we've done for him, if he sided against us, I wouldn't rest until I made him eat his own claws."

Subverting her usual stance on rules, Strongarm's been leaving the base in secret during the dead of night for some reason. Unfortunately her favorite buddy, Sideswipe, caught her in the act. In an effort to keep up her creds and prove to her leader, Bee, she endures all the work he dumps on her. It's a classic blackmailing scenario, but what's important is Strongarm's little lapse in judgment. At least in her eyes. She knows what she's doing is against protocol and that it goes against everything she believes in, but it installs a lot of humanity and vulnerability in her, especially when said "vulnerability" is revealed to be a relaxing day at a car wash. 'Collect 'Em All!" had Strongarm dealing with a breakout of robot rashes from stress and overexposure to a foreign planet she's not used to. Mentally, a character like her probably overtaxes herself that she needed to find a way to adjust her needs. A car wash in privacy is probably the equivalent of me occasionally taking Yoga to reduce my anxiety (and back pain.) This is also comparable to Bee's method of relaxing: fighting Cons. He gets jumpy otherwise, though one can’t help but think he needs a better outlet. Hey, whatever works.

I also like the idea that Bee figured out Strongarm’s sneak out anyway, but instead of chastising her for it, he trusts her not to expose their secrets. This reveals that 1.) Bee is not an idiot 2.) Strongarm has worked hard that she officially has Bee’s trust that she won’t fuck shit up and 3.) Strongarm needs to be better at sneaking out. XD

In the Transformers Animated episode, "A Bridge Too Close, Part II", Megatron brands the Constructicons Mixmaster and Scrapper into his Decepticons legion after their services building an impromptu space bridge for his grand scheme. Instead of killing them or pushing them aside after they've done their part, Megatron sees value in keeping these two around and thus recruits them into his ranks. Megatron is pragmatic; he doesn't have any feelings or emotional ties for their well being. He cares for what they bring to the table; what they can contribute; and if must be, what sacrifices they can perform for the greater good of their clan. Animated Megatron treats his subordinates with a great amount of respect most villains in an all-age kids show would rarely afford: he never resorts to petty insults, he doesn't refer to them as his "minions" or "henchmen", but as loyal freedom fighters combating the Autobots due to their oppressed lifestyle. Sure, as long as you acknowledge Megatron as your superior (he doesn't necessarily see the rest of the Cons as equals which possibly adds a layer of hypocrisy and certainly an ego in him) and don't cross him, then you're good. All things considered, that's not a bad deal for an antagonistic foe. At worst, the most Megatron has ever done to his crew when they fail is an exasperated facepalm. Truly, the only one he ever roughed up and broke any of his cardinal rules for had always been directed to Starscream and we all know Starscream is a special snowflake case anyway.

All of these qualities fit Steeljaw to a tee or a near tee. He, too respects his comrades, never puts them down or insults them. "True Colors” reveals he’s quick to criticize, but just as likely to praise when Minitron didn’t off the Autobots, but did rescue Underbite. Of course Steeljaw also dropped the same bot as dead weight the moment he could, but that goes back to the same level of pragmatism Animated Megatron has: sacrifice once so the others can escape and live to rebel another day.

So far, the biggest difference between the two is how they present their ideals. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Megatron believes the Cons are oppressed. We don’t see it per say, but we can tell from the way the Autobot government acts: corrupt, biased, and xenophobic. More is underlined and detailed in the supplementary materials in The Allspark Almanac, but the leaders of Cybertron and its restrictive society (plus millions of years of war) gives plenty to doubt and more incentive to take Megatron at his words (and it’s a pretty bit incentive since their actions aren’t decent, no matter how desperate they are.) Steeljaw’s is a little iffy because we don’t know if his speech about Con oppression is true or a whole lotta bullshit he made to avoid prison time. He, as far as we know, didn’t have the whole war background nor do we have much details on Cybertron and its current government to know if what he feels is anyway justified. The closest evidence of a intolerable government is the council sending a bounty on Bee despite a previous episode establishing Jazz returning to Cybertron to placate them with Bee’s good intention. Since I don’t believe Jazz would sabotage Bee in anyway, this means the council likely didn’t believe or cared. Even then, this isn’t enough of a concrete evidence for or against Steeljaw.

Who is Steeljaw? Why did he act this way? Is what he is saying true or a mere facade? He's the most fascinating, mysterious character in the show that refusing to dwell into his background would be criminal. As much as I praise Animated (you’ll notice I compare a lot of TF shows to Animated a lot, but that’s because I haven’t watched Beast Wars in forever), they heavily dropped the balls with the Decepticons, refusing to dig into their specific stories and justification for their actions (even if a lot of their actions are downright malicious, if not obligatory for the purpose of giving them the standard antagonistic role on an all-age show; same applies to Steeljaw and his cronies.) Without understanding what makes their mind tick, we only have so much to take on Megatron and the Cons’ words. I hope Steeljaw won’t suffer the same fate, he is too interesting to be pushed off to the side.
:star::star::star::star: OUT OF FIVE STARS




BONUS OBSERVATIONS


OH HAI MARK: When did Steeljaw pick up Fracture? Last time he appeared, dude just escaped before the Autobots could get to him. Sure, Steeljaw could have recruited Fracture prior to this episode, but all his recruitment before were shown on-screen, so this one sticks out a bit.

PARTING THAT RIVER: So anyone find it interesting Bee chose to turn his Decepticon Hunter into a staff? Anyone who's seen "Predacon Rising" (the Prime movie, that is) knows the Immbolizer was a thing Bee was semi-associated with since it, too was something of a stick-ish nature. There was a scene earlier in the movie where Bee upholds a rusty stick and uses it to bargain with Predaking. I once stated (something sarcastically) that it was a tool that symbolizes Bee's leadership. I wonder if there was an intent here?

BEST LINE:

FIXIT: A Decepticon alert!
BEE: *sigh* Thank Goodness, our dry spell is over.

Actually not the best line, but it made me think Bee gets off on Con searching.


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:bulletblue:If you want to read my reviews for previous Transformers shows, click here for the first archives or here for the second archives.


PREVIOUS SEASON ONE REVIEWS:
1+2. Pilot
3. Trust Exercises
4. More than Meets the Eye
5. W.W.O.D
6. 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-Sitting
12. Hunting Season
13. Out of Focus


:bulletred: As always, SPOILERS!












"Clampdown realizes after all we've done for him, if he sided against us, I wouldn't rest until I made him eat his own claws."

Subverting her usual stance on rules, Strongarm's been leaving the base in secret during the dead of night for some reason. Unfortunately her favorite buddy, Sideswipe, caught her in the act. In an effort to keep up her creds and prove to her leader, Bee, she endures all the work he dumps on her. It's a classic blackmailing scenario, but what's important is Strongarm's little lapse in judgment. At least in her eyes. She knows what she's doing is against protocol and that it goes against everything she believes in, but it installs a lot of humanity and vulnerability in her, especially when said "vulnerability" is revealed to be a relaxing day at a car wash. 'Collect 'Em All!" had Strongarm dealing with a breakout of robot rashes from stress and overexposure to a foreign planet she's not used to. Mentally, a character like her probably overtaxes herself that she needed to find a way to adjust her needs. A car wash in privacy is probably the equivalent of me occasionally taking Yoga to reduce my anxiety (and back pain.) This is also comparable to Bee's method of relaxing: fighting Cons. He gets jumpy otherwise, though one can’t help but think he needs a better outlet. Hey, whatever works.

I also like the idea that Bee figured out Strongarm’s sneak out anyway, but instead of chastising her for it, he trusts her not to expose their secrets. This reveals that 1.) Bee is not an idiot 2.) Strongarm has worked hard that she officially has Bee’s trust that she won’t fuck shit up and 3.) Strongarm needs to be better at sneaking out. XD

In the Transformers Animated episode, "A Bridge Too Close, Part II", Megatron brands the Constructicons Mixmaster and Scrapper into his Decepticons legion after their services building an impromptu space bridge for his grand scheme. Instead of killing them or pushing them aside after they've done their part, Megatron sees value in keeping these two around and thus recruits them into his ranks. Megatron is pragmatic; he doesn't have any feelings or emotional ties for their well being. He cares for what they bring to the table; what they can contribute; and if must be, what sacrifices they can perform for the greater good of their clan. Animated Megatron treats his subordinates with a great amount of respect most villains in an all-age kids show would rarely afford: he never resorts to petty insults, he doesn't refer to them as his "minions" or "henchmen", but as loyal freedom fighters combating the Autobots due to their oppressed lifestyle. Sure, as long as you acknowledge Megatron as your superior (he doesn't necessarily see the rest of the Cons as equals which possibly adds a layer of hypocrisy and certainly an ego in him) and don't cross him, then you're good. All things considered, that's not a bad deal for an antagonistic foe. At worst, the most Megatron has ever done to his crew when they fail is an exasperated facepalm. Truly, the only one he ever roughed up and broke any of his cardinal rules for had always been directed to Starscream and we all know Starscream is a special snowflake case anyway.

All of these qualities fit Steeljaw to a tee or a near tee. He, too respects his comrades, never puts them down or insults them. "True Colors” reveals he’s quick to criticize, but just as likely to praise when Minitron didn’t off the Autobots, but did rescue Underbite. Of course Steeljaw also dropped the same bot as dead weight the moment he could, but that goes back to the same level of pragmatism Animated Megatron has: sacrifice once so the others can escape and live to rebel another day.

So far, the biggest difference between the two is how they present their ideals. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Megatron believes the Cons are oppressed. We don’t see it per say, but we can tell from the way the Autobot government acts: corrupt, biased, and xenophobic. More is underlined and detailed in the supplementary materials in The Allspark Almanac, but the leaders of Cybertron and its restrictive society (plus millions of years of war) gives plenty to doubt and more incentive to take Megatron at his words (and it’s a pretty bit incentive since their actions aren’t decent, no matter how desperate they are.) Steeljaw’s is a little iffy because we don’t know if his speech about Con oppression is true or a whole lotta bullshit he made to avoid prison time. He, as far as we know, didn’t have the whole war background nor do we have much details on Cybertron and its current government to know if what he feels is anyway justified. The closest evidence of a intolerable government is the council sending a bounty on Bee despite a previous episode establishing Jazz returning to Cybertron to placate them with Bee’s good intention. Since I don’t believe Jazz would sabotage Bee in anyway, this means the council likely didn’t believe or cared. Even then, this isn’t enough of a concrete evidence for or against Steeljaw.

Who is Steeljaw? Why did he act this way? Is what he is saying true or a mere facade? He's the most fascinating, mysterious character in the show that refusing to dwell into his background would be criminal. As much as I praise Animated (you’ll notice I compare a lot of TF shows to Animated a lot, but that’s because I haven’t watched Beast Wars in forever), they heavily dropped the balls with the Decepticons, refusing to dig into their specific stories and justification for their actions (even if a lot of their actions are downright malicious, if not obligatory for the purpose of giving them the standard antagonistic role on an all-age show; same applies to Steeljaw and his cronies.) Without understanding what makes their mind tick, we only have so much to take on Megatron and the Cons’ words. I hope Steeljaw won’t suffer the same fate, he is too interesting to be pushed off to the side.
:star::star::star::star: OUT OF FIVE STARS




BONUS OBSERVATIONS


OH HAI MARK: When did Steeljaw pick up Fracture? Last time he appeared, dude just escaped before the Autobots could get to him. Sure, Steeljaw could have recruited Fracture prior to this episode, but all his recruitment before were shown on-screen, so this one sticks out a bit.

PARTING THAT RIVER: So anyone find it interesting Bee chose to turn his Decepticon Hunter into a staff? Anyone who's seen "Predacon Rising" (the Prime movie, that is) knows the Immbolizer was a thing Bee was semi-associated with since it, too was something of a stick-ish nature. There was a scene earlier in the movie where Bee upholds a rusty stick and uses it to bargain with Predaking. I once stated (something sarcastically) that it was a tool that symbolizes Bee's leadership. I wonder if there was an intent here?

BEST LINE:

FIXIT: A Decepticon alert!
BEE: *sigh* Thank Goodness, our dry spell is over.

Actually not the best line, but it made me think Bee gets off on Con searching.


____________________________________________________________________________________________

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:bulletblue:If you want to read my reviews for previous Transformers shows, click here for the first archives or here for the second archives.


PREVIOUS SEASON ONE REVIEWS:
1+2. Pilot
3. Trust Exercises
4. More than Meets the Eye
5. W.W.O.D
6. 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-Sitting
12. Hunting Season



:bulletred: As always, SPOILERS!





ROBOTS IN DISGUISE EPISODE 13: OUT OF FOCUS
(Well, adjust the lens then!)






"The center of the storm is always still and it's easiest to find a solution there."

Robots in Disguise is a delightful show; its characters are fun and funny and their interactions are worth sitting down for. Story is what drives and motivates our characters to get places, but it's the cast themselves that are compelling. They each have problems of their own that we want them to work out. Whether it be Bumblebee's fears he'll never reach the level of leadership Optimus demonstrated to Sideswipe and Strongarm's contrasted arguments; each of them has something to bring to the table. In the long run, characters matter more to me than narrative. However, a good story is still a necessary component and without a good one to carry it through, all that is left are a bunch of characters assing around. This would probably work if the series was about a bunch of characters assing around, but Robots in Disguise built up three distinct plots from the start: the first is Bumblebee and friends locating the escaped Cons and bringing them to justice. The second is Steeljaw hoarding a Decepticon army to fight back against their "oppressors." And the third is Optimus going on a vision quest to train for a potentially big evil. They’re all set up beautifully, waiting to be explored. The problem is that two out of the three plots have yet to reach their full potential. Now that we’ve reached the halfway point of the show, the show is starting to get tedious.

The meat of the story so far centers on Bumblebee and the the Decepticon of the Week format, arguably the least interesting of the three central plots, but definitely understandable to start with. It’s simple and allows our characters to grow and get used to one another. It allows humorous antics for the target audience to gush over (and there are plenty of humorous antics), but the show hints something major is going to happen. If RID had been nothing but silly Con chases, that’s one thing, but the lack of exploration on Steeljaw’s supposed “victimization” and Optimus’ otherworldly quest is worrisome. I love Transformers Animated’s wackiness and I think RID carries many of the same tones, but Animated constantly reminded us of what the stakes will be by keeping Megatron as a secretive player behind his schemes. RID’s snail’s pace means it’s getting to a point where not even the character can save the humdrum.

"Out of Focus" is a breath of fresh air, but it squanders a lot of its potential. We finally get to see Optimus in the Realm of the Primes and it's a pretty place. I do love me some space nebula. :D He's put to the test: climb a giant...globe...thing without any distraction from the imaginary robots shooting at the imaginary people. A part of me appreciates the grand, wise Optimus struggling to figure out this trial because it gives him an interesting conflict. The other part of me cries “bullshit.” Micronus’ lessons seem arbitrarily in the grand scheme of things and even more so when it applies to Optimus. A lot of his lessons are advices Optimus - being a war-torn leader - likely already knew and dished out when he was alive. I find it hard to believe he would be this clueless. I think that's probably the biggest flaw of keeping Optimus around in RID; what can you teach a bot who has already learned so much?

The annoying part is that it does very little to move the overall plot. I mean it does to the extent that we see what Optimus has been up to and why he has to be trained for this, but if you're expecting any new and/or shocking revelations, there’s none. The Thirteen Primes is one of the most titillating aspects of Transformers lore (though I admit heavy bias because it's got that whole Greek Gods thing going minus the incest) and Micronus' reveal is all sorts of cool, but that’s really all there is to it. Optimus’ subplot drags on and it’s largely a vehicle (pun kinda intended) to compare his role with Bumblebee’s.

In this case: how to channel your focus. Bee's going through another crisis of faith about his leadership, but this time he has no doubts about himself; he’s trying to find another method to improve his talents. Struggling to take deep breathes underneath all that stress is another “I can sooo relate to Bee” moment I have piled in my closet. And his next mission gives the meaning, “leading the blind” a whole new meaning. Grimlock, Sideswipe, and Strongarm are briefly impaired visually from Skunkticon sprays, forcing Bee to put in extra effort than usual. As thrilling as this sounds, the episode doesn’t take advantage of it near as much as I wished.  I kind of think they could have cut down some of the action scenes to squeeze in a little centering around this obstacle.

"Out of Focus" is the first in a long time to push the greater plot and though it's not quite what I expected, it's better than nothing. Here's hoping the show picks up the slack in the second half of season one.
:star::star::star: AND A HALF OUT OF FIVE STAR




BONUS OBSERVATIONS


YOU LOOK FAMILIAR: For a split second, I almost mistook Micronus to be Ratchet due to the similar head structure. I was going to think Optimus would receive numerous hallucinations from his old comrades during his journey.

BEST LINE:

BEE: Okay, team, let's hit the trails!
SIDESWIPE: Cuz' Bee wants to bail.
BEE: Hey! ...I do the rallying cries.

It's the principle of the matter, Sideswipe!

WORST LINE: "Check out the tough bot, ready for anything, but are you ready for anything, Optimus Prime?"

I don't know, Micronus, do you like repeating words?



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:bulletblue:If you want to read my reviews for previous Transformers shows, click here for the first archives or here for the second archives.


PREVIOUS SEASON THREE REVIEWS

53. Land Before Prime
54. Big Game

55. Too Many Kades
56. Phantom of the Sea
57. Unfinished Business
58. No Place Like Dome
59. Bugs in the System
60. Switcheroo
61. Bot-Tastic Voyage
62. Quarry's Quarry
63. Did You See What I Thaw
64. The Attack of Humungado
65. All Bots Great and Small
66. Time After Time
67. Pirates Ahoy
68. Turning the Tide
69. The Last of Morocco
70. The New Recruits
71. Rescue Bots Academy
72. A New Hero
73. Four-Legged Hero
74. Endangered Species
75. More Than Meets the Eye
76. I Have Heard the Robots Singing


:bulletred:SPOILERS DOWN BELOW!



RESCUE BOTS EPISODE 77/78: NOW AND THEN/TODAY AND FOREVER
(And now for most dramatic Rescue Bots titles ever...)




"Being a Rescue Bot means serving, saving, and protecting those in need."
"That's the "what", but your family gave us the reason "why."


There was a bit of grievous worrying on how season three’s finale. Season two’s finale started off strong with the amnesia-stricken Autobots vs. the Burns family, but a lack of emotional residue and the ending cop out meant it concluded with a pale whimper. Even more so now that Morocco is officially out of the picture for this ride. He’s always been key for each finale and though he kinda sorta has a teeny-tiny mark on today’s plot, season three’s endgame is the odd man out. Obviously, it’s hard to top the season one finale, what with its hellish Morocco-dominated Griffin Rock and it’s likely never going to happen again due to its it darker-presence-than-anyone-expected-for-a-show-aimed-for-very-young-children. So with all that in doubt, how do you make a competent, amazing finale?

Go epic and make it count and boy, do they make it count.

"Now and Then" and "Today and Forever" feel more like a series finale; I wondered if season four was even a factor during writers’ meeting that forced the crew to potentially throw caution to the wind and give it the awesome conclusion it deserves. Like season two, the entirely of Griffin Rock is in turmoil when the entire island is literally teleported to the Arctics.  I won't go into details, but it ends with Griffin Rock pulling a Sonic and floating flying back to Maine via the power of science. And alien blood. It's exactly as ridiculous and amazing as it sounds. Rescue Bots' stories have always dwell into that bizarre 1960s Silver Age comic of pure, undulated nonsense. Whatever makes for a good story makes for a good story, realistic logic be damned. This is why it's so easy to convince me that yes, in the Aligned Continuity, Rescue Bots has the means to lift up and secure an entire island back to its original location without any ramification on the Earth, the people living there, and the environment as a whole. Also, I feel like naming a rock "Reactaline" is just designed to backfire to begin with, so way to go, Doc.



Just about every character is involved or shown in some way or another to add to that "final" feel. The civilians, previously nothing more than screaming lemmings, pitch in and contribute to keep the island moving when power is running out to keep it literally afloat. This isn't just the Burns and the Bots' home, it's theirs’ as well. Woodrow gains sufficient character development when his leadership and rescue know-how comes forth in the absence of the Burns family. Even the people of the past plays a significant part when Elma Hendrickson stashes an important crystal to keep it away from Morocco knowing he'd abuse its potential (hence why I said he had a tiny involvement; gotta keep tradition of Morocco being the final season villain!) Oh, Hendrikson, to have faith in the future scientists of Griffin Rock; that's adorable. Despite Charlie's speech about failing tech, it doesn't denounce what the show always strives for: the balance between science and nature, the latter representative by mankind in this case. After all, it is man who makes tech and it is their abilities that rebuilds and reactivates it in their time of need. Not to mention it is the robots whose last minute struggles ultimately powered through at the end.

The catch this time is that the Rescue Bots’ latest act might be their last. They literally drain their own blood to power the island, nearly dying in the process. We know they're not going to die, but the emotional capacity is real. We've seen them risk life and limb every episode that to have them almost perish for good is a possibility that tugs the ol' heartstring. I'm glad they went there, even if everything turned honky-dory (and why wouldn't we want a happy ending?) In spite of my complaints on the status quo, death is a fate I wouldn't wish on these guys!

But the season doesn’t end in status quo. I wasn’t fond of Blurr and Salvage being stationed elsewhere and I find it especially pointless when they frequently make guest appearances afterwards. However, the finale offers a consolation prize that's just as titillating: Doc and Baranova's engagement! Okay, just kidding, but they do hitch and in spite of their limited interaction, what little we did see progressed their romance enough that I can buy their future nuptials. Though it probably helps that they only showed romantic interest in each other. Also, it's hard to say "no" when your boyfriend risks his life to get a diamond deep underground. That's the power of love, yo.



No, the real kicker is that after three seasons and 77 episodes later, the Rescue Bots can finally- reveal their true identities to the Griffin Rock citizens. I had no clue they would ever consider this option. After all, this show is part of a greater universe where if Robots in Disguise is any indicator, alien robots are still a secret thing in the future. However, Rescue Bots have always been in its own little world, er, island. That's why it takes place in an area surrounded by ocean and why it makes even more sense to keep said identity within the boundaries of the island. Besides, you gotta approach this kind of thing with kid gloves; if popular movies have taught us anything, mob mentality is a powerfully awful thing in the face of aliens.

Season Three has been kind of a gimmicky year. I know this is strange to say for a show designed to sell toys, so gimmick is kind of thing you have to expect, but compare to the previous seasons, we've had more doodads and new characters than the show could juggle: dino bot modes, new robots, a doggy toolbox, etc. It's more than I expected the show to handle and half of it sadly doesn't work because they tend to be limited in use or cast aside for no good reason.

But revealing the Rescue Bots' greatest secret brings up a bushel of new story potentials and interaction. This has the makings to be something great and I eagerly await the results. Come on, Heatwave vs. Mrs. Needlelander would be the most amazing thing ever. Come on. Come on.
:star::star::star::star::star: OUT OF FIVE STARS





BONUS OBSERVATIONS



"WAS IT GOOD FOR YOU AS IT WAS FOR ME?"



Poor Hendrickson, that is the face of a woman who made the poor choice to bunk Morocco the night before. They just made a scientific discovery! It was exciting and fun! They just wanted to celebrate a little with wine, who'd have thunk the both of them would end up gabbing about their life's problem. Oh, her mother was always emotionally distant and daddy was absent. His best friend left him and wrote some book called 20,000 Leagues Under the Earth or...or...Around the World in Moon Days? No, wait, it was From the Earth to the...the... um...it was something! He's drunk, man, he can't remember off the top of his head! Besides, he's too sad. He never knew his parents; he was stuck in an orphanage and forced to work when he was only five. All the kids beat him up and the adults forced labor on him, paying him in measly quantities and gin. But he earned that hay-penny when he was eight and damn it all, it made him the man he is today. Once Henrickson drunkenly asked what the living shit he is talking about, Doc shrugs and said he's so plastered. Then he burst into laughter and everything that happened was...well, it was awkward, but I guess it was magical.

PRECIOUS MEMORIES WITH TIME CAPSULES: I feel it's my duty to now show you this clip of dumbass citizens of Pawnee as they argue over, among other things, what to put in the time capsule. Because these episodes made me think about that and Parks and Recreation is amazing.

SLEEPING ON THE JOB:



What the living flippity-flop, Woodrow!? You're sleeping in a boat in the middle of a storm!? You're either the dumbest person alive or have balls the size of Texas.

Oh my GOD, his ship's name is S.S. Close Encounter. This guy is just brushing death off like Teddy Roosevelt did on a daily basis.

Also, how did I not notice High Tide has flipper-like feet? That's ingenious!

TWIDDLING THEIR THUMBS ELSEWHERE: The unnamed robots last seen in the musical are nowhere to be found in these episodes. Presumably they're stuck back on base cleaning up Blurr's track marks.

LOVE IN SMALL DOSES, ER, LICKS: Mayor Luskey is upset at losing all his material goods, but his wife cheers him up with Poopsie. It is legitimately a cute, loving scene between the two.

REFERENCE TO A MOVIE FROM THE BIG MOUSE WHOSE NAME THAT CAN'T BE SAID OUT OF FEAR OF A LAWSUIT: Blades reference's Pixar's UP, one of Pixar's "meh"er films which I think says a lot given their usually high quality. All anyone remembers of UP is the first five minutes, which makes me wonder if Blades was tearing up lubricants during.

BREAK UP BATTER: When Charlie is making his grand speech, we see Kade and Graham's respective girlfriends, but now Dani's. For that matter, we don't see Carin either. Most likely they couldn't fit all the characters in the scene, but I imagine Dani having a bad break up with her boy. XD

MUMMFIED MOLD: There's a bushel of neat continuity moments in the new time capsule, including Cody and Frankie's medallion (aww, I guess they won't be able to find each other if one of them goes missing and/or has amnesia), but should they really have added that bread?



In seventy-five years, that thing is going to be moldy and gross as hell. Did Doc invent some kind of coating to keep it fresh? ...Actually, that's not within the realm of impossibility. I was honestly hoping the episode would have ended with like, I don't know, Morocco in the future discovering the time capsule.

CONFIRMED LINE-UP? FINAL DESTINATION? BLURR ONLY? I noticed Woodrow goes with the Burns when the Rescue Bots decide to reveal themselves to the public, so is this hinting of a future line-up? Cody gets Blurr while Woody ends up with Salvage? Interesting possibilities. Cody's mild-mannered personality clashes with Blurr's bluntness and impatience, so that alone holds good possibilities for fun interaction. As for Woody and Salvage? The latter is calm and kind, but his emotions get the best of him. Woodrow is excited and determined, but he also tends to go overboard when excited. Hmmm...

BEST LINE: "A question about the exchange of marriage rings: are they perhaps symbolic of handcuffs designed to prevent your spouse from escaping?"

Geez, Chase, you're the life of a party.



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PREVIOUS SEASON ONE REVIEWS:
1+2. Pilot
3. Trust Exercises
4. More than Meets the Eye
5. W.W.O.D
6. 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-Sitting

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ROBOTS IN DISGUISE EPISODE 12: HUNTING SEASONS
(A Hunting we will go/A hunting we will go/
HI-Ho the dairy-o/A Hunting we will go)







"I saw how Bumblebee was willing to fight for all of you. I would never believe one so honorable could be a criminal."

(Late review. My bad, I had a busy week.)

Okay, I really like Denny. As I've stated waaaaay back in my review of the first two episodes, I instantly dismissed the guy because he embodied the traits of the paternal manchild. And as have been stated a million times, I hate that stereotype. But Denny has shown he's not only a lovable goof (an endearing quality in itself), but a lovable goof who has his head on straight. He's excited at the prospect of housing alien robots. He enthusiastically joins in on their missions, often in cheesy disguises because that's just the kind of man he is, and yet none of this deters the fact that he's an adult. The writers known he’s over 30, so he often has to deal with situations and responsibilities relegated to his age and position. That means he’s old enough to know when is enough that he can back away and let the robots handle the real dangerous shit. It also means Russell is his number one priority.

"Hunting Season" has Denny making the appropriately smart decision to leave Russell out of harm's way by banning him from future missions. We know that's not going to stick because he's the target audience, but it's good to see a father who isn't petulant, lazy, and terrible at his parenting. More of this, please.



Ahhh, Drift. Drift, Drift, Drift. Yeah, I don't really care about Drift. I wasn't there when he first graced his ninja butt in the earlier IDW comics, so the whole Creator's Pet shilling and the fandom drama that ensued is something that I never experienced. This all seems a thing of the past anyway and the current Drift as written by James Roberts looks to be a fan favorite (but then, who isn’t in that comic?) As exaggerated it can get, I do get a kick out of his blatant fundamentalism versus Ratchet's Atheist backgrounds because it creates an interesting (read: hilarious) conflict and makes me ship them more. ...Shut up, they totally respect each other much more than Ratchet is willing to admit. Now the Bayverse Drift is someone I oddly ended up liking. He looks and acts stereotypical, but given what Bayverse Transformers have done prior, he ended up far less racist than I thought he would. For reasons that I cannot fathom, I ended up liking him a lot; so much I almost would have bought his toy except I could never find the specific one that I wanted. Ahh well.

RID Drift looks like the love child of his movie verse counterpart and Animated Wreck-Gar. Lord knows why they gave him such a garish orange color though. Apparently Jazz's message wasn't enough to sway the Council since he's out for Bee's head as per request from the high ups. Who's surprised at this? Really. Really. Once Bee helps him out, Drift, being the honorable guy that he is, decides to pay a life debt by sticking to his side until Fracture's captured. So he basically designates himself as Bumblebee's mom. "Stay in the garbage dump for protection." "Stick close to me to survive." "Eat your Energon peas." "Go to bed before 10." "Did you finish your paperwork in time, Bumblebee?"

I can't say I endeared myself to this Drift either. He has a solid story even if I wasn't too compelled by it: Drift is honorable and makes good on his promises. He's disciplined and seasoned, but also strict and unforgiving; a perfectionist so to speak. He’s easy to criticize, but isn’t arrogant about it; he has high expectations. Drift doesn’t dismiss his pupils and from the way Slipstream (or was it Jetstorm) gushes about him compare to his previous life, Drift is good enough to help those in need if it means guiding them to an honorable path. Still, a little faint praise isn’t so bad here and there. Bee already has this balance; one where he can lead, but has enough of a young mindset to relate to his chargins.



Fracture has a powerfully sexy design, but little else. I think I’m interested in what he is than who. Despite being of Con allegiance, he’s also after Bumblebee. Me thinks the council doesn’t care what side you’re allied with; a bounty is a bounty is a bounty hunter. I like bounty hunters, they offer the rare cases of total neutrality and in a franchise built on two warring factions, hearing their stories is just as interesting. I’m not sure if RID has plans to do that with either Fracture or Drift. The latter certainly doesn’t deter to the councils, so maybe? Otherwise, I have little attachment to the guy. Sorry, Fracture, but there’s only one robot bounty hunter in my heart:



Fracture, you're not even a fraction of the level of creepy and badass this guy is.
:star::star::star::star: OUT OF FIVE STARS



BONUS OBSERVATIONS



"INSPECTOR NIGEL NIGEL": The only way that name could get anymore British is if they replace "Inspector" with "Sir" or "King."

IN DEFENSE OF STRONGARM: When Drift insults the entire team, Sideswipe steps in and actively defends Strongarm. A very cute moment. :)

OH, SPEAKING OF SIDESWIPE: I just realized something. I think there’s an inherent brilliance in giving Sideswipe a sword. Having been rebellious for who knows how long and possessing the tendency to show off, giving him a weapon that most teenage boys would find "cool" makes an awful lot of sense. Who can bet Sideswipe bought a sword thinking it'd make him this awesome warrior dude without ever realizing the consequences of wielding one. Now obviously he knows how to use it, but being on Bee's team mean he has the opportunity to truly earn that weapon.

SACRIFICE MY BUTT! Bumblebee refuses to trade his own life to save his kidnapped friends. This sounds callous, but Bee reasons that Fracture won't let them go regardless knowing he's "the bad guy." I find this refreshing. So many heroes do the whole "Fine, I'll come with you if you let my friends" go routine. True, it's the noble thing to do, but none of them seems to even remotely consider the possibility that this immoral jackass would kill his or her friends anyway. Good to see Bee subvert it.

BEST LINE:

SIDESWIPE: Maybe it needs more fuel.
DENNY: Hey! Do I tell you to do...whatever you do?
SIDESWIPE: Nope, that's Strongarm's job.

BAM.

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