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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


:bulletred: As always, SPOILERS!




RESCUE BOTS EPISODE 73. FOUR-LEGGED HERO
(How much is that robo-doggie in the window…)


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”Servo is not a pet; he’s a Cybertronian helper dog and right now, he’s not helping.”

Knowing the purpose behind the Transformers franchise, I always welcome new gimmicks and elements to its tie-in television shows because most of the time, the writers can squeeze a decent and often excellent excuse why This New Character is here or This New Gadget will be used. Transformers has an unusually good talent for that and I think it speaks highly of the creators who either care or adore the franchise so much that they are willing to do it justice. It’s separated Transformers from other toy brands for a longest time because the legion of fan loyalty is so high its unique and almost unprecedented. Any toy addendum will often be used properly within the context of the show.

Rescue Bots’ sea of fancy knickknacks have been a frequent occurrence throughout the show, but season three has been bombarded with them to a bit of their detriment: Dinobot modes, new Cybertronians, a giant transforming ship, etc. Even for a toyetic show, this is ridiculous. After all, the only “fresh” additional to season two was a barely used truck-a-saurus hummer fire truck (technically a season one finale, but still) and Energize tools (something the crew still makes good use of.) The Dinobot alt modes is the gimmick that suffered the most because it derives the question, “What does dinosaurs have anything to do with first responding?” Nothing. The thing about a good gimmick is how well integrated it is and what use it can give to our wayward crew. But toy companies think on a different level than the writers, animators, directors, etc. They’re often at the mercy of the Hasbro overlords and have to find a way to make this work.* They tried, they really did, but nothing about their dinosaur modes add anything to the Rescue Bots’ growing repertoire, even if it gives Blades super awesome sonic wave blasts. The only wise decision is that the creators only bring it out when they absolutely have to, arguably for the best.

Then there’s Servo whom I’m not sure how to feel.

Servo should have me enthralled; I love dogs. I feckin’ love dogs. They’re the best animals ever and no one can tell me otherwise. I would have been ecstatic if Cody kept Noble the puppy back in season two’s “Rescue Dog”, but Servo leaves me with an oddly lukewarm feeling. A robot dog transforming into a handy toolbox felt the gimmickest of the gimmick. Because it’s an animal, Servo doesn’t have the luxury of having a personality outside of “doing dog things” to let him stand out (then again, this might have also happened to Noble if Cody had kept him.) His purpose is to be an aid to the Rescue Bots, acting as a convenient toolbox because Graham forgot his wrench back at the station. Servo hasn’t bothered me since his initial appearance, but that’s largely because he hasn’t done anything to annoy me. Servo helps when needed, but that’s about it. But I can’t say the dog is a riveting character that Salvage and Blurr were; two bots I wished had stayed instead of Rin-Tin-Tin over here.

That said, “Four-Legged Hero” is the cutest, most adorablest, sugar-coated, rainbow-brightening, gush-worthy episode ever. It’s exactly the kind of feeling I would get whenever I see a dog in real life (I am so the person who instantly goes over to a person’s house and pets the dog.) The thing is, it’s not because of Servo. No, the real star is Luskey’s wife’s little ragamuffin, the tragically named Poopsie.

Poopsie develops an affection for Servo that I can only interpret as a doggie crush after Servo saves her. She repays his kindness by going to truly death-defying lengths to win Servo’s heart, unaware the stuff she gives Servo and the situation she puts him through unintentionally causes the public to assume the worst of the robo-dog. Servo tries to do the right thing. The episode wisely gave him a simple, internal dilemma where he must be a proper non-sentient robot who obeys his human masters or act on his own for the greater good. And that damn Poopsie keeps mucking it up. It’s highly amusing to see Servo gently rejecting Poopsie’s gifts. In any other situation, would Servo have accepted?

"Four-Legged Hero” gives Servo a bit of character, though it didn't endear me to him. If anything, his whole “secret identity risk” has become a dime-a-dozen plot by this point. I actually came off liking Poopsie more. She saved the episode with her tenacity and her determination to win Servo’s mechanical spark. I don’t know, I think it’s just freakin’ adorable. Granted, cuteness alone doesn’t save the episode, but It’s nice that Servo got a focus with a logical conflict.
:star::star::star: AND A HALF OUT OF FIVE STARS

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BONUS OBSERVATIONS



HEY, THE CROSS-EYED LION’S BACK: He was last seen all the back in season one.


*To the best of my knowledge anyway; I do not claim to know how Hasbro and their relationship with the people behind the TV show works.




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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


:bulletred: As always, SPOILERS!




RESCUE BOTS EPISODE 73. FOUR-LEGGED HERO
(How much is that robo-doggie in the window…)


image


”Servo is not a pet; he’s a Cybertronian helper dog and right now, he’s not helping.”

Knowing the purpose behind the Transformers franchise, I always welcome new gimmicks and elements to its tie-in television shows because most of the time, the writers can squeeze a decent and often excellent excuse why This New Character is here or This New Gadget will be used. Transformers has an unusually good talent for that and I think it speaks highly of the creators who either care or adore the franchise so much that they are willing to do it justice. It’s separated Transformers from other toy brands for a longest time because the legion of fan loyalty is so high its unique and almost unprecedented. Any toy addendum will often be used properly within the context of the show.

Rescue Bots’ sea of fancy knickknacks have been a frequent occurrence throughout the show, but season three has been bombarded with them to a bit of their detriment: Dinobot modes, new Cybertronians, a giant transforming ship, etc. Even for a toyetic show, this is ridiculous. After all, the only “fresh” additional to season two was a barely used truck-a-saurus hummer fire truck (technically a season one finale, but still) and Energize tools (something the crew still makes good use of.) The Dinobot alt modes is the gimmick that suffered the most because it derives the question, “What does dinosaurs have anything to do with first responding?” Nothing. The thing about a good gimmick is how well integrated it is and what use it can give to our wayward crew. But toy companies think on a different level than the writers, animators, directors, etc. They’re often at the mercy of the Hasbro overlords and have to find a way to make this work.* They tried, they really did, but nothing about their dinosaur modes add anything to the Rescue Bots’ growing repertoire, even if it gives Blades super awesome sonic wave blasts. The only wise decision is that the creators only bring it out when they absolutely have to, arguably for the best.

Then there’s Servo whom I’m not sure how to feel.

Servo should have me enthralled; I love dogs. I feckin’ love dogs. They’re the best animals ever and no one can tell me otherwise. I would have been ecstatic if Cody kept Noble the puppy back in season two’s “Rescue Dog”, but Servo leaves me with an oddly lukewarm feeling. A robot dog transforming into a handy toolbox felt the gimmickest of the gimmick. Because it’s an animal, Servo doesn’t have the luxury of having a personality outside of “doing dog things” to let him stand out (then again, this might have also happened to Noble if Cody had kept him.) His purpose is to be an aid to the Rescue Bots, acting as a convenient toolbox because Graham forgot his wrench back at the station. Servo hasn’t bothered me since his initial appearance, but that’s largely because he hasn’t done anything to annoy me. Servo helps when needed, but that’s about it. But I can’t say the dog is a riveting character that Salvage and Blurr were; two bots I wished had stayed instead of Rin-Tin-Tin over here.

That said, “Four-Legged Hero” is the cutest, most adorablest, sugar-coated, rainbow-brightening, gush-worthy episode ever. It’s exactly the kind of feeling I would get whenever I see a dog in real life (I am so the person who instantly goes over to a person’s house and pets the dog.) The thing is, it’s not because of Servo. No, the real star is Luskey’s wife’s little ragamuffin, the tragically named Poopsie.

Poopsie develops an affection for Servo that I can only interpret as a doggie crush after Servo saves her. She repays his kindness by going to truly death-defying lengths to win Servo’s heart, unaware the stuff she gives Servo and the situation she puts him through unintentionally causes the public to assume the worst of the robo-dog. Servo tries to do the right thing. The episode wisely gave him a simple, internal dilemma where he must be a proper non-sentient robot who obeys his human masters or act on his own for the greater good. And that damn Poopsie keeps mucking it up. It’s highly amusing to see Servo gently rejecting Poopsie’s gifts. In any other situation, would Servo have accepted?

"Four-Legged Hero” gives Servo a bit of character, though it didn't endear me to him. If anything, his whole “secret identity risk” has become a dime-a-dozen plot by this point. I actually came off liking Poopsie more. She saved the episode with her tenacity and her determination to win Servo’s mechanical spark. I don’t know, I think it’s just freakin’ adorable. Granted, cuteness alone doesn’t save the episode, but It’s nice that Servo got a focus with a logical conflict.
:star::star::star: AND A HALF OUT OF FIVE STARS

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BONUS OBSERVATIONS



HEY, THE CROSS-EYED LION’S BACK: He was last seen all the back in season one.


*To the best of my knowledge anyway; I do not claim to know how Hasbro and their relationship with the people behind the TV show works.




____________________________________________________________________________________________

:heart: STUPID FANCOMICS:heart:


Discovery (A Transformers Animated Fancomic): Read the entire thing here. Placed there for archival purpose. Recently cancelled.

:heart: OTHER STUFF:heart:


Archive / Archive 2
If you ever want list of links to all the reviews/rants/analysis/time-wasters I wrote.

My Twitter: Follow me ramble in 100+ words or less here.

My Tumblr: Lots of pretty pictures I like.
  • Listening to: Various
  • Reading: Yes Please/Gamespite Vol. 3
  • Watching: Game Grumps
  • Playing: Grim Fandango
  • Eating: Nothing Right Now
  • Drinking: Pepsi
: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

:bulletred: As always, SPOILERS!




ROBOTS IN DISGUISE EPISODE 9: RUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE
(Pride cometh before a fall)





“Personal journal: I have driven 2,000 miles from the scrapyard and my pistons are positively tingling! Successfully completing this mission might mean a promotion. Sergeant Strongarm…Lieutenant Strongarm…President Strongarm!”

Here’s an interesting difference between Strongarm and Chase. The latter is presumably the Cybertronian equivalent of an adult and thus has come to an expectation that rules exist for a reason and must be followed to its strictest circumstances. He rarely bypasses this train of thought and is quick to whip out a code or law at any given moment. Chase doesn’t think outside the box that often – it’s such a foreign concept to him – and it takes time for him to bend the rules a little to accomplish his goals. Strongarm tries to live by this moral standard, but she’s a bundle of joy compared to the ol’ Rescue Bot. She’s very much a child and much like teenagers are apt to do, they tend to break or twist the rules to their own whim. Strongarm’s philosophy is exactly like Chase’s, but she finds loopholes or disobey her own line of thinking in order to get the job done much quicker than he did. A lot of this, I think, has to do with her youthful age. Strongarm leaps without thinking because she believes it’s justified through her central beliefs. Why wouldn’t she be right? She’s a cop who’s always obeyed the laws. That line of thinking might have worked for her back in Cybertron, but it only means so much on Earth. She’s had to adapt and change some of her perspective in order to survive, even compromising at times.

Strongarm’s the least adjusted of the five, as evident in “Collect ‘Em All”, but she tries. So when Bumblebee sends her on a solo mission, Strongarm has a chance to prove her worth to her superior and for all Cybertronian cops everywhere.  The opening intro reveals she’s got big dreams and possible delusions of grandeur, but her actions prove she’s got ways to go.  When Bee won’t stop babying her, Strongarm purposely lies to him about backup arriving in a bid to secure her original goal an ironically self-reliant, responsible cop. This is very much a rookie, teenage thing to do. Strongarm is so obsessed with what she thinks she can do that she doesn’t realize there are limits to her abilities and her ill-actions put her and Bee in jeopardy. Yet when given the chance, Strongarm is resourceful and she knows it. The episode is a humbling experience for her and a vital lesson on biting off more than she can chew.

Not that Bumblebee is any better. His heart is in the right place. He sent Strongarm on a simple recon mission, but sneakily tags along out of concern. Strongarm is not amused by this and questions her superior officer. It does say something about Bee’s leadership that he doesn’t trust her enough to work out a mission by herself, especially since he did give her the go-ahead. At some point, you gotta cut the umbilical cord. Buuuut she did bug him until he relented and her irrational behavior only prove Bee’s point. Lack of faith isn’t good moral support for your troop, but so is pride. There has to be a balance and compromises have to be made. Strongarm isn’t ready, but Bee knows if he keeps cuddling her, she won’t gain the experience needed for future missions, one where he won’t or can’t be involved in. He gives her another shot and she successfully captures Springload alongside her boss. Like strongarm, Bee’s internal logic is how to be a proper leader and making hard decisions like this is par for the course. You and Animated Optimus could have an entire plate of discussion there, buddy.



That’s also the central line of thinking with the Denny/Fixit subplot. Neither one refuses to acknowledge their skills, choosing to annoy one another until they give in. It is through the act of teamwork that they find a satisfying ground. They compromised and find a better solution to their woes. And hey, they fixed the Decepticon Hunter, so progress!
:star::star::star::star: OUT OF FIVE STARS



BONUS OBSERVATIONS


DEMOCRACY IS THE RIGHT OF ALL SENTIENT BEINGS: Strongarm mentions being President someday. Is this the new line of government for the Autobots? Is presidency only relegated to a specific part of Cybertron? Either way, it’s a neat little world builder. Maybe the Autobots realized having a council is no longer the best method after the war ended. *shrugs*

OH THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME! I don’t know why they bother to conceal Bee until the opening theme finished, it’s obviously him.

BEST LINE:

STRONGARM: Fixit, good news. Springload fell into my lap. I’ve made the arrest, no need to send in backup.
FIXIT:  All this happened since we last spoke 60 seconds ago?
STRONGARM: …Yes. Remember, we’re in a different time zone!
FIXIT: Oh! Well…good, congratulations and see all three of you when you get back.

This dialogue is better heard than written, but it’s a gem.

RUNNER-UP

DENNY: You moved my snow sleds next to the microwaves?! What kind of system is THAT!?
FIXIT: Alphabetical. Cybertronian alphabet.

Fixit, you troll.





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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!


:bulletred: As always, SPOILERS!




ROBOTS IN DISGUISE EPISODE 8: TRUE COLORS
(The closest thing to Clever Girl we're going to get.)





”Oh, I can definitely squish him…but then, I’m not a bad guy.”

Grimlock being a Decepticon in a team of Autobots is an interesting angle that I stated as A Thing that needed to be explored in future episodes. “True Colors” isn’t what I had in mind, but that’s before I realized Grimlock wasn’t going to be anything but a well-meaning goofball. Keep in mind this is not a bad thing whatsoever. Grimlock was the surprise character for me. I don’t care for The Big Guys; they just never did much for me. Yet Grimlock’s enthuasium for violence and eagerness to be a team player earned a spot in my cold, cold heart. He took it to such extreme levels, but it’s balanced with a level of silliness that makes him endearing. He is too simpleminded—too kindhearted—and comical to dedicate a story on the philosophical differences between Bots and Cons. “True Colors” instead roots itself into something far fitting for his character.

The episode is clever about Grimlock’s sudden transformation into an antagonist; he attacks and insults his team (often in that order) and escapes with Underbite in tow. For a bit, we’re to assume he truly did turncoat until Russell realizes he’s “talking to himself.” I like the individual cast’s reactions to this unexpected development. Naturally, Strongarm is quick to accuse Grimlock without taking anything in account, thinking he’d play them all for saps. Sideswipe remains Grimlock’s biggest supporter, showing a likable demonstration of loyalty and friendship he wouldn’t have cared for as much in the first episode. Out of the main five, Sideswipe has shown the most growth and the Rebel-Turned-Hero understands what it’s like to have fingers pointed in his direction, whether he was responsible or not. Appropriately, Bumblebee is the Middle Man; he refuses to jump the gun like Strongarm has, but exercises precaution in case Grimlock has been yanking their chain the whole time. This leaves Smart Guy Fixit and Russell to figure out what’s really up with Grimlock: his body has been taken over by a miniature Con named - wait for it - Minitron.

I also love Fixit trying to confront the currently deranged Grimlock when past episodes had him cowering behind Russell. Aww, Fixit’s growing a spine.



I cannot begin to tell you the amazing reactions Bee’s team gets when they discover Minitron. The critter sneaks up on all the bots and Bee is literally screaming bloody murder trying to get it off, careening into an awkward pile of tangled robot bodies as they try to pry the little jackass off. I wish I could snap a screenshot for you, but this is something that works better in motion. It’s hilarious.

If Grimlock doesn’t have the necessary brainpower to delve into a political rant about the unfair treatment of Decepticons, there is one guy who can: Steeljaw. I got to say, I like Steeljaw’s attitude to his underlings. He’s not above helping the possessed Grimlock carry Underbite (citing a leader as equal to his people) nor does he callously dismiss him for running away from the Autobots (“cowardly”, you ran away, too, Steeljaw!) A lot of his patience could be the charisma he carries and uses to keep the other Cons loyal and at bay, but Animated Megatron’s savvy intellectual and suave sexiness. So far, Steeljaw is a class act and I’m glad they didn’t settle for a Punch-First, Scream-Second, Think-Later (not necessarily in that order) baddie.

This is the first time the Autobots confronted Steeljaw and his growing posse and I got to admit it’s not as heated or dramatic as it could have been. For a show as lighthearted as this, the eighth episode probably wouldn’t be fueled by intense life-or-death situations, but I really wished it had a little more, ya know?

This episode reveals Grimlock was locked in the Alchemor for property damage. In the Grand List of Shit the Decepticons Did, “property damage” seems the least offensive. If we’re going to count the entirety of the Aligned Continuity somehow, then Grimlock was an Autobot in the past before this show slapped a Con label on him. If that’s the case, I find it telling he was jailed for cause of destruction (understandably justified), but did they brand him as a Con because of it? Remember, the war ended with the Autobots winning, who’s to say bias isn’t heavily in their favor? Imagine an Animated-style xenophobic, classist government structure. You know, the very thing Megatron chided in the first place? This is why Steeljaw’s speech back in episode 3 feels so much more poignant even if he’s likely a manipulative Lying Liar who Lies. That’s my current theory anyway.
:star::star::star::star: OUT OF FIVE STARS


BONUS OBSERVATIONS


THAT’S A LOT OF HARMONICA PLAYING: I wonder how long the miniature Con was trapped that he still thinks Optimus is alive?

LITTLE GUY, BIG NAME: Minitron might be an appropriate name for the tiny tick, but I love the “-tron” at the end; it’s like he deliberately decided to curb from Megatron’s naming scheme to make himself feel bigger than he actually is. Dream big, little guy, dream big.

SPEAKING OF NAME DROPS: Also gotta love Strongarm specifically cried out Solus Prime’s name.

BEST LINES: ”The comm-system will either work or be caught in a fiery explosion! Heh, 50/50.”

I like those odds!




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If you ever want list of links to all the reviews/rants/analysis/time-wasters I wrote.

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  • Listening to: Freedom Planet - Fortune Nights Act 1
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  • Eating: Burrito
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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



:bulletred: As always, SPOILERS!




RESCUE BOTS EPISODE 72: A NEW HERO
(I need a Hero!)




”I like to give things second chances.”
”Or in Blurr’s case, seventh or eighth.”
“See, you haven’t given up on him either.”


Yeah, I think “Rescue Bots Academy” really did pad things out because “A new Hero” takes a bit of time getting to the final climax. It’s a whole lot of back and forth between the main cast trying to prevent the latest disaster and Blurr slinking aboard the stolen spaceship. The latter goes back and forth on his decision to split, guiltiness eating up on him. It’s a crappy feeling to be sure, but it’s further honed by Optimus’ relentless messages, IRVIS unwittingly bringing up his doubt, and Cody’s past encouragement. Blurr thinks of the kid a lot because he not only kept believing in him, but was very vocal about it. A renegade satellite on a collision course is enough for Blurr's heart to grow three sizes that day and he nearly sacrifices himself to stop it.

It was at this point that “A New Hero” dropped the ball.

It turns out Salvage and Blurr’s visit is only temporarily; Optimus decides to hoist the two to another Earth location. On theory, I can understand the reasoning: spread out your ranks means more benevolent rescues from high powered alien robots as well as slowly opening a door between the two species. Where Optimus plans to send them is questionable; Griffin Rock and its tech-based island is an exception from the normal norms of every other world. I guess the US government can bullshit Salvage and Blurr as imports from Griffin Rock. It’s either that or whisks them off to Japan. The kids and Otaku would love ‘em.

The ending is a resounding disappointment and it sadly reflects the show as a whole. It gave us three episodes that introduced two new characters that were practically begging to be sixth rangers to the main squad. we got new cast members and new conflicts to deal with. The potential to take the story another step was there; a path in their interlocking road of awesome science and adventure has been revealed. adding two new guys added another sandbox for the writers to play with, so what happened? High Tide made sense as a guest star; he showed up in his debate episode and ensured the crew he wouldn't be a part of their posse. This? This was a waste of time and it irritatingly reverts everything back to status quo.

The show isn't brimming with Greg Wisemanian continuity and its episodic nature is beneficial for this kind of show, but it does have it and has embraced continuity and change before, however minor it may be. Heck, even the spaceship surviving despite actually saying the risk of losing it would be a huge factor doesn’t happen. Cody and Salvage also shared a rapport that felt like a future partnership just waiting to be explored. Why do I have this nasty feeling this was a Hasbro executive decision?



But I think Blurr and IRVIS would make a fantastic comedy duo together; the latter is surprisingly JARVIS-levels of stoically-toned snark.

The rescue mission itself is both terrifying and inspiring. It;s a contradicting combination that emphasizes the best and worst of Griffin Rock. You have an entire island of high tech that people rely on every day. Then the sun farts out a solar flare and knocks them all down. None of this prevents the Burns family from doing their job nor does it stop Doc from using his inventive mind to power GLaDOS a calculator with a potato. A Transformers Animated episode (“Nature Calling”) had Prowl calling out the dangers of technology reliance. Sari points out that there must be a harmonious nature between both organics and machinery and I think that alone extends to the nature of human and bot resourcefulness. Solar flares and the possibility of them messing up technology scare the crap out of me, but seeing episodes like this has a comforting optimism to it. That in spite of any downfall, humanity—and robots—will never give up. They will pick themselves up and damn well survive.  

“A New Hero” suffers some ill-pacing, but was an otherwise solid episode. Unfortunately the finale left a bad taste in my mouth. I want to give the benefit of the doubt that the creators have something up their sleeves and if there’s one show that can do that, it’s Rescue Bots. But all that build-up has gone to waste and the last three episodes are lesser for it.
:star::star: AND A HALF OUT OF FIVE STARS



BONUS OBSERVATIONS


”BLURR NATHANIEL WEASLEY!”



“HOW DARE YOU STEAL THAT SPACESHIP! I AM ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED! YOUR LEADER’S NOW FACING AN INQUIRY AT WORK AND IT'S ENTIRELY YOUR FAULT! IF YOU PUT ANOTHER TOE OUT OF LINE WE'LL BRING YOU STRAIGHT HOME! — Oh, and Salvage dear, congratulations on making the Rescue Bot team. Ratchet and I are so proud."

SPEAKING OF OPTIMUS: Okay, I know he’s a Prime and thus the Most Specialist Snowflake ever, but is it really up to him to create Rescue Bot logos for Blurr and Salvage? Shouldn’t this really be more of a Heatwave thing? He’s the Rescue Bot leader. Granted, a leader of one squad and not a whole, but Griffin Rock’s Bots are the whole. If anything, it would have shown Heatwave willing to give Blurr another chance.

BEST LINE: ”Excuse me, Chief, I’ve never done that before…and I’m quite embarrassed.”

It’s okay, Chase, you’re not the only one who can’t get it up.




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:heart: STUPID FANCOMICS:heart:


Discovery (A Transformers Animated Fancomic): Read the entire thing here. Placed there for archival purpose. Recently cancelled.

:heart: OTHER STUFF:heart:


Archive / Archive 2
If you ever want list of links to all the reviews/rants/analysis/time-wasters I wrote.

My Twitter: Follow me ramble in 100+ words or less here.

My Tumblr: Lots of pretty pictures I like.
  • Listening to: Freedom Planet - Fortune Nights Act 1
  • Reading: Yes Please
  • Watching: Agents of SHIELD
  • Playing: Alan Wake
  • Eating: Mushrooms, onions, tacos
  • Drinking: Pepsi
So apparently there is a limit to how much I can add in a given journal (60KB), so baring that in mind, I've decided to do some rearranging. The first Archive will be what it is: an archive of all my previous articles I've written. This one - Archive 2 - will host my current stuff, so all the current Transformers show and anything new I've written as of 2015 goes here. So on the off chance someone is interested in my stuff, it's all stored in these two archives. Whew. Some of these links go to the same page because I sometimes do multiple reviews under one entry.

I will put this specific journal link at the bottom of future journals. Also included are my Toonzone reviews, Tumblr ramblings, and any other outside stuff I've done beyond DA. Please tell me if any of the links aren't working for whatever reason.


PAST ARCHIVE
Archive 1

:bulletred: SPOILER WARNING: A lot of these reviews will spoil, so click with caution.



:bulletgreen:DEVIANTART JOURNAL ARTICLES/REVIEWS:bulletgreen:


THE REVIEWS

All the reviews I did in DeviantART.

RESCUE BOTS/ROBOTS IN DISGUISE (2015) REVIEWS

These are all my reviews of Transformers: Robots in Disguise and Transformers Rescue Bots. They are at the top because they're currently ongoing and I assume most of the peeps watching me are into this franchise. I clearly don't have a life.

ROBOTS IN DISGUISE: SEASON ONE (2015) - ONGOING
1+2. Pilot - Talking Points
3. Trust Exercises
4. More than Meets the Eye
5. W.W.O.D
6. As the Kospego Commands
7. Collect 'Em All


RESCUE BOTS: SEASON ONE (COMPLETE)
1. "Family of Heroes"/2. "Under Pressure" (Premiere First Impressions)
3. "Hotshots"
4. "Flobsters On Parade"
5. "The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock"
6. "Walk On The Wild Side"
7. "Cody On Patrol"
8. "Four Bots and A Baby"
9. "Christmas In July"
10. "Deep Trouble"
11. "Return of the Dinobot"
12. "The Other Doctor"
13. "The Reign of Morocco"

14. "Small Blessings"
15. "The Griffin Rock Triangle"

16. "Rules and Regulation"
17. "The Lost Bell"

18. "Bumblebee to the Rescue"
19. "You've been Squilshed"
20. "Countdown"

21. "The Haunting of Griffin Rock"
22. "Little White Lies"

23. "Shake Up"
24. "Rescue Boy"

25. "It's A Bot Time"
26. "Bot to the Future"


RESCUE BOTS: SEASON TWO (COMPLETE)
27. "Road Trip"
28. "Sky Forest"

29. "One For the Ages"
30. "Tip of the Iceberg"
31. "A Virtual Disaster"
31. "A Virtual Disaster" (April Fool's edition)
32. "Spellbound"
33. "Prescott's Bots"
34. "Blame the Gremlins"
35. "Feed the Beast"
36. What Lies Below
37. What Rises Above
38. Space Bots
39. The Island of Misfit Tech
40. The Vigilant Town
41. Buddy System
42. In Search of the Griffin's Nest
43. Bots and Robbers
44. Rescue Dog
45. Changes
46. The Riders of Midwinter
47. Movers and Shakers
48. Chief Woodrow
49. Odd Bot Out

50. The Griffin Rock Express
51. Double Villainy
52. Rise of the Heroes


RESCUE BOTS: SEASON THREE (ONGOING)
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 Tides
69. The Last of Morocco
70. The New Recruits
71. Rescue Bots Academy


OTHER REVIEWS

These are reviews I did in DA that aren't thorough analysis (read: bitch and rant) and/or recaps of each episode of specific TV shows. Don't stare at them for too long, the snark may burn your eyes.

2015:
The Big O
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2
Daft Punk's Electroma
The Disaster Artist
Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Complete
Guardians of the Galaxy
Hotel Translyvania
The LEGO Movie
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Longest Journey/Dreamfall: TLJ

Monkeybone
Monument Valley
Persona 3: FES
The Rocketeer
Showgirls
Sister Claire
Sky Dolls
Super Mario 3D World/Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Tinkerbell: The Pirate Fairy
Transistor
Wakfu: Season 2 (Talking Points)



ARTICLES, RANTS, AND NON-REVIEWS

What it says. The DA articles that aren't reviews.

Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015): So Optimus...
Fresh off the Boat: And Now, A Lengthy Rant About Asian Representation
Power Rangers RPM is Something, Alright...



:bulletblue:TOONZONE ARTICLES:bulletblue:

These are all the articles I wrote for Toonzone.


REVIEWS


Tales from Earthsea: Patronizing Boredom in Fantasy Form
Space Dandy Aloha Oe Edition Goes With the Flow, Baby
Transformers: Robots in Disguise Has a Lot of Spark




:bulletyellow:TUMBLR NONSENSES:bulletyellow:

More stupid shit outside of DA, this time in Tumblr: Electric Bugaloo!

CARDCAPTOR SAKURA EPISODE-BY-EPISODE MINI-REVIEWS
Episodes 1-10
Episodes 11 -20
Episodes 21-30
  • Listening to: Cardcaptor Sakura OSTs
  • Reading: How NOT to Write a Novel
  • Watching: Cardcaptor Sakura
  • Playing: Nothing RIght Now
  • Eating: Nothing Right Now
  • Drinking: Nothing Right Now

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Sharpman01 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey I found English episodes of Robots in Disguise. I can link the site for ya if you would like. It only has the first three.
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neoyi Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No thanks. I'll wait for the American release. Thanks anyway.
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Sharpman01 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah cool. Thought I'd offer though.
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Sharpman01 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Valentine's Day, Neoyi...I know that's odd of a random guy to say but felt like being a nice guy.
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neoyi Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the well-wishes, Happy V-Day.
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Sharpman01 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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LordoftheVillains Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy New Year!!!
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neoyi Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Happy New year!
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Somebody14 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Dude I remember first seeing you're work, it was wreck-gar playing a trumpet in the middle of the woods with lockdown and prowl. I love that comic man! :D

But I saw it on another website and the link brought me to deviantart for the first time so your awesomeness brought me here and I THANK YOU!!!!! :meow:

Stay awesome, awesome person. :iconilikeitplz:
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neoyi Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your comment is awesome and you should feel awesome. Thanks for the compliment!
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Somebody14 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome :iconmeowderpfaceplz:

And I do feel awesome, I'm just making sure you feel awesome...cause you are 0w0
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Sharpman01 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
NeoYi, you're the reason I even heard of deviantart. First thing I when looking for pictures of MegaMan, Sonic DP and such and the first thing I find is your Chess Piece comic...and the rest is history.
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neoyi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to know I was a (terrible, evil) influence. XD
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Sharpman01 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks...I think?
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neoyi Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Don't worry too much. I'm just self-deprecating myself since you mentioned Chess Piece. I'm glad you enjoyed it, but I honestly cannot stand my own work on that anymore, so I tend to think of it harshly.
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BlehMaster7 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014
So I made a Transformers Prime AMV to the TMBG song "Fingertips", I just figured it might be something you might enjoy. :J

www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCjvkH…

This song is immensely fun to make AMVs to, I wonder why more people haven't done it.
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neoyi Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha Ha, that was pretty amusing. My favorite would probably be the "What is that blue thing" with Smokescreen because I am damn sure that was my reaction, too. Nice job ending it with the high-pitched Bulkhead scream.
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BlehMaster7 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014
I like the bit with Ultra Magnus advancing on him at the end. I didn't even plan for it to turn out that way, it just did. It's also kind of uncanny how effortlessly the second "Fingertips" segment synced up to the scene where Starscream kills Cliffjumper.
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lockdownthemoodyone Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I true lockdown fan here.
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BlackSkeletonGirl Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Q: I was looking at your gallery and I was wondering........may you do a sailor Lockdown??? :D
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