If you want to read my reviews for previous Transformers shows, click here
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for the second archives.PREVIOUS SEASON THREE REVIEWS
53. Land Before Prime
54. Big Game55. Too Many Kades56. Phantom of the Sea57. Unfinished Business58. No Place Like Dome59. Bugs in the System60. Switcheroo61. Bot-Tastic Voyage62. Quarry's Quarry63. Did You See What I Thaw64. The Attack of Humungado65. All Bots Great and Small66. Time After Time67. Pirates Ahoy68. Turning the Tide69. The Last of Morocco70. The New Recruits71. Rescue Bots Academy 72. A New Hero73. Four-Legged Hero74. Endangered Species75. More Than Meets the Eye76. I Have Heard the Robots SingingSPOILERS DOWN BELOW!
RESCUE BOTS EPISODE 77/78: NOW AND THEN/TODAY AND FOREVER"Being a Rescue Bot means serving, saving, and protecting those in need."
(And now for most dramatic Rescue Bots titles ever...)
"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. 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. XDMUMMFIED 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.
That’s it for season three! See you in the fourth season! Until then, I’ll be continuing my reviews for Robots in Disguise
(the 2015 version.) Thanks for reading!
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