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RESCUE BOTS, EPISODE 27: ROAD TRIP”Two words: Road Trip.”
(Or “How I Spent My One-In-A-Half Year Vacation”)
A year-and-a half. It took them nearly a year-and-a-half (give or take a month or two) before Season Two graced the small screens and all is right in the world. I was stunned when I heard there would be a third season; I figure the extensive gap would mean Season Two would be the last romp of our favorite Autobot response team. But our patience has finally been rewarded: Rescue Bots
is back and all is right in the world.
“Road Trip” admittedly took time to adjust to; there was something clunky, a ménage a trios
of jumbled mess, if you will. A lot of this is owed to the vibrant characters. As usual, they’re perfect. Everybody has a visible, distinct personality: Heatwave remains grumpy and unappreciative while his partner Kade remains the haughty jock-type he mastered back in Season One. Chase’s stoicism lends himself to some of the funniest dialogues in the show (see the “Best Line” section below) while my personal favorite Blades retained his sassmaster skills (”Be extra careful, this one’s name is
Taaaaaaylor.”) God, Blades, you are a fantastic little bitch and I love you. I especially enjoyed Boulder’s time with Doc Greene since it makes a lot of sense for him to do so—his partner IS the pivotal Smart Guy of the Burns family. “Road Trip” managed to focus on each of the central cast and reintroduce who they are and what they do. I think that’s why I originally thought it too scrambled at first, but the episode largely keeps focus and managed to balance everyone magnificently. And of course, as per tradition, Doc Greene fucks everything up. Everybody blows up and dies.
I also adore the B-plot between Kade and Taylor (AKA the pilot that Dani has a crush on and much to her good fortune, the feeling is mutual) because it’s a considerable evolution from Season One. Much of the Burns’ interaction have centered on the robots and the people they rescue. This is understandable because the primarily focus on Season One is the gradual bond the two groups form. With that goal fulfilled, Season Two looks like they’re aiming for greener pastures. Kade’s ego—often a conflict between him and Heatwave—is now centered around Taylor. He, too is a first responder and when they're both lost in the woods with a freakin’ bear on their tail, Taylor’s the one administrating fast, clever thinking. Naturally this riles the redhead and he doesn’t really take too kindly at first. Eventually they get along and all is well. I like it. I think it expands Kade’s character considerably by taking his key trait and letting him interact with someone other than an alien robot or his family.
Specifically, this is something personal
purely because Taylor has the hots for Dani. Characters like Mayor Luskey and "ace" reporter Huxley Prescott serve to be minor obstacles, but they’re largely an impersonal
presence in main characters’ lives. Taylor is different. 1.) He has a much more personal
investment on virtue of being Dani’s love interest (more so if they continuously date) and 2.) His personality is far different from the likes of the mayor or Morocco. Taylor is obviously a nice guy and any criticism he has towards Kade isn’t out of malice. He’s a different sort of “conflict” than greedy assholes, slimy newscasters, and devilish 19th century baddies. Though the two settled their issues, I can’t help but think Taylor was set up to be a reoccurring secondary character (notice he’s an EMT; a first responder the show hasn’t done yet, hmm.) I think this is a great move and I can’t wait to see what he brings to the table.
Overall, “Road Trip” is an excellent, if not slightly out-of-focus (for a minute, I thought the episode would pull another “Cody feels left out” plot because the beginning definitely hinted it) starting point for Season Two. If anything, they haven’t lost their touch yet: the characters are wonderful, the animation got a leg up (mostly in the backgrounds it seems—there’s a griffin statue near the Burns’ fire station where there wasn’t one before for example), and the dialogues and chemistry are nuanced and hilarious as ever. Welcome back, Rescue Bots
, welcome back.
But I still hate that stupid mega-hummus you call a Mobile HQ. OUT OF FIVE STARS
BONUS OBSERVATIONSPALETTE SWAP:
I am amused Frankie’s the only one with a wardrobe change. Granted, it’s just a color swap of her Season One clothes, but still. LIFE CHOICES, MAN:
No wonder that dude is speeding at the beginning; I’d hightail it out of here if anyone caught me driving a gaudy orange car.FRESHLY IMPORTED FROM JAPAN’S ROBOT DIVISION:
Where did they get a DDR pad big and strong enough to support Blades? Did Doc make it? I bet he did. Which means the thing is probably powered by radioactivity. BETTER THAN LOBBING:
Of course Rescue Bots
introduces what looks like an actually game than flippin’ lobbing (I don’t care what you say, Bulkhead; that’s not lobbing, that’s tossing the goddamn ball back and forth.) I’m going to guess Connect Four
. Incidentally, Heatwave does say he was a lobbing champ.BEST LINE: ”Mayday! SOS! This is not a test! Mommy! Those are all the human distress signals I know.”
As always, Chase gets the best lines.
RUNNER-UP: ”Hey, can I be honest? This is kind of a goofy sport.”
Shut up, Kade.
RESCUE BOTS, EPISODE 28: SKY FOREST”Big ideas are like seeds; they need time to grow.”
(Sounds like a goddamn Spyro the Dragon level)
Unfortunately, I wished “Sky Forest” was as good as “Road Trip.” It's perfectly serviceable, but there are a few steps I thought they missed out on. The largest is Frankie and Cody’s brief “rivalry” during the contest. While a lot of the strain between the two is assumptions made by the Rescue Bots, it’s pretty clear Cody displays a bit of a jealous streak. I do like that the kid has his heart in the right place and constantly reassures himself that Frankie deserved it. I think it adds as a comforting tool to compensate for the loss he does feel, but Cody's a selfless ball of adorable. However, they easily solve their dilemma in the first half of the episode when I felt it’s an issue that could have been carried till the end. They also seem to be squeezing in a second, related conflict where Cody wants Frankie’s attention because he has stuff to say (and likely because he misses her company), but he can't get the time because she’s too caught up with her invention. I don’t know, I feel like the resolution was resolved too easily.
I say this because the second half is largely padding. If we’re not given a drawn out view of the sky forest (which I think is an awesome idea), we’re shown drawn out sequences of the trees going gangbuster on the locals. I feel like Cody’s literal wetsuit would have been much more of a triumph if he and Frankie realize around the third act that they need to get over their bitterness, go back to being friends, and team up. Nothing wrong with the two patching things up with remarkable maturity, but the central conflict loses focus and never really gains steam.
The same applies a bit on newcomer Priscilla. I say “a bit” because like Taylor, she’s another interesting addition to the show. She fits in the antagonistic end of things and serves as a convenient obstacle in comparison to Taylor, ranking right up there with the Mayor, Huxley, and Morocco. However, she, too brings something fresh. Like I stated above, characters like the Mayor and Huxley occasionally muck shit up, but lacks the personal weight Taylor possess. While Priscilla isn’t as close to the Burns family as he is, she’s a lot closer to being an effective rival that can bring out new emotions and feelings with the core cast. The mayor and Huxley do their job often with some degree of incompetence or vice in mind, but never enough to personally affect the Burns family. Priscilla however can
have the potential to get into Cody and Frankie’s skin—probably more so the latter than the former. She’s willingly vicious, rude, and self-centered. She has no problem pushing buttons to support her own superiority. Unlike the Mayor and Huxley, she isn’t a jerk because it’ll boost her job, she does it because she can.
So far, Priscilla fits that nice little gap between the Mayor/Huxley and Dr. Morocco: deliberately antagonistic without the immoralities of the latter. She’s also closer to Cody and Frankie’s age, giving the two an obstacle that’s much closer to their end of the ballpark. Which is why I was all the more disappointed that she didn't do as much as I thought she did. I figured she'd have egg on Frankie and Cody and made the situation worse than it already is, but she largely relegates to the background (though never disappears.) She’s a bitch, definitely, but I hope we see more of her because of the potential she brings. She also pulled a "Holy Shit"
moment that legitimately caught me off-guard when she chucked her own goddamn robot at the Venus Flytrap. I don't know if I should be terrified or laugh.
I did like the episode’s messages. Despite the constant hang-ups, the show never dismisses experimental science as a bad thing. Whatever they messed up is treated as either mishaps that can be fixed or a valuable life lesson for them to learn. There is none of that “humans/technology is evil” nonsense here. Even the mayor’s mishandling of the sky forest is treated as an idiotic move than anything malicious (but you know it's bad when Doc Greene
disapproves!). The fact that the sky forest will still have a home on another island nearby further proves there’s hope yet for the project. AND A HALF OUT OF FIVE STARS
BONUS OBSERVATIONSPUT ON YOUR SUNDAY CLOTHES:
What th—is that Eve from WALL.E
? What the hell is she doing here? THE BEST DAMN ENDORSEMENT EVER:
Okay, I know Griffin Rock is all about experimenting and new scientific pursuit, but WOW. For what amounts to a simple contest for kids to show off their chops, the mayor doesn’t mind spending what looks like MILLIONS based on one ten-year-old’s idea. ENVIRONMENTAL ADAPTION:
Apparently in Frankie’s sky forest, puffins can comfortably live in rainforests. WELL, IF ONE OF THEM IS LOST AND AMNESIAC:
Frankie and Cody can always find each other with their mystical science medallion. BEST LINE: Chase: It appears Cody is still distraught; it looks like he’s trying to tackle Frankie!Boulder: I think they’re just having fun.
CHASE. STOP MAKING ME LAUGH. OH MY GOD.
RUNNER-UP: Cody: Graham, Dani, we’re chasing a wayborn fruit picker on west on-lake.Graham: Of course you are.WORST LINE: ”How about a refreshing taste of the ocean!”
Frankie, you need to work on your insults, man.
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