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ROBOTS IN DISGUISE (2015) TALKING POINTS
I figure with a new Transformers show now officially out in the US, I can arrange a proper reintroduction to anyone who has recently started watching me. For those of you who are new to my blog, hi, I’m Neo Yi. I write individual episodes of recent Transformers
shows because I clearly don’t have better things to do. I wrote a bunch for Transformers Animated, Prime
, and Rescue Bots
, the latter ongoing because the show is ongoing. You can find the full list here
. I hope they’re endlessly amusing for you as I get a kick out of writing them.
FYI, I will be reviewing individual episodes of Transformers: Robots in Disguise
that are currently airing right now. I am going to write reviews based on the US airdates, mostly to give me breathing space. Having to review the eight or so episodes that came out in the Australia would only drive me crazy. However, I am not going to write a review for the first two episodes (the pilot) because I recently wrote a Toonzone review for it and I am going to pimp it as much as I can. Please check it out here
if anyone is curious on how I feel for the show.
That said, some bonus observations from the first two episodes that I didn’t already write in my review (so if you feel I missed something, I might have already said it on that article.)
*Out of the five main bots, Grimlock’s the one who surprised me the most in terms of likability. Generally, I am disinterested in The Big Guy character archetype. I figured at best he’d be one of the last of the main five I’d be getting a toy of, but his “I want to fight!” attitude and enthusiasm ended up infectious enough for me to buy his toy a couple days after I watched the episode. A good portion of this is due to Khary Payton’s excellent voice work; nailing the blunt attitude with a sense of good, wholehearted fun. Behind Strongarm, I think this guy has the best shot of being my favorite character.
*For that matter, I thought Fixit’s speech impediment would get really old (though it could the further I watch), but it was largely harmless. It doesn’t endear me to it or anything, but I’m totally cool with it.
*My review didn’t emphasize just how much I utterly, utterly ADORE Underbite. He’s so over-the-top and beyond-the-impossible hammy as fuck. It’s the most amazing, glorious thing ever. His ”…CUZ I ATE IT!”
line is way funnier to me than I ever imagined it’d be. I love him, I love him so much. Also, his little tail wags when he’s giddy is the cutest shit ever.
*I appreciate Bumblebee’s sympathy towards Sideswipe because he understands; he’s been there. He’s gone down that road before and even if he wasn’t quite as rambunctious as Sideswipe (at least what I saw in Prime
anyway), Bee still had to deal with another young upshot: Smokescreen. He understands, yo. He understands, yo. Frankly, I think just hanging around Smokescreen gave Bee the immense
patience needed to deal with all the crap in Robots in Disguise.
Bee's "So Done" face could power a trip to Jupiter.
*I find it kind of weird that Bee had to sneak into a private sector of the museum despite his fame as part of Optimus’ soldier. The episodes are pretty clear about this, so why the curator or security couldn’t give a free access pass to him is questionable. I mean, it’s not like they had to write in the extra robots who aren’t going in the space bridge to avoid any writing hassle, they could have just handed Bee a card and told him, “You served Optimus, we trust ya.”
*Yes, I am worried Optimus’ subplot could overrun the general story, but I meant it when I said his current position is clever. He can chime in as the fortune cookie that he is whenever Bee needs a pick-me-up and do whatever mystic quest the universe decided they had to slap onto him because it’s refuses to give Optimus the sweet, sweet death he’s been longing for 31 years. The universe is a prick. (I’m not going to lie though: bringing Optimus back from the dead would make me cringe and I’d say it even if he was my favorite character; cheap deaths is one of my hated narratives.)
*Speaking of soul crushing, Billy the Breakfast Beaver will be in my nightmares for the rest of my life.
I feel so empty inside.
*Okay, so I can’t be the only one raising an eyebrow at the weird animation choice between Underbite and the bird, right? I mean, the entire cast is rendered to look cel-shaded except this one little bird who for some reason is traditionally animated (flash animated?)
I don’t get it? Is it more practical this way?
*The show has a smorgasbord of good lines, but I think my personal favorite comes from Bumblebee when he uses one of the weapons Fixit made for him—”Fixit, you are my favorite minicon.”
—only to go on the fritz seconds later—”Fixit, I’m rethinking my rankings.”
Dear GOD, he has so much venom in his voice.
*I actually did not consider the idea of Strongarm as a teenager. Sideswipe I immediately got because he’s the rebellious youth type, but I always assumed Strongarm would be closer to Bee’s age, but with none of the war experience, hence her “newbie rank.” So color me surprised.
I think that’s about it. And now for your regularly scheduled program:
RESCUE BOTS, EPISODE 65: ALL BOTS GREAT AND SMALL”A Lilliputian Revolution.”
(When do I get my ridiculously show accurate Rescue Bots toys with shoehorned subliminal messages? Yvan eht NoiJ)
I feel like I need to specify a certain scene in “All Bots Great and Small” because it truly captures the spirit of the demented universe that is Rescue Bots.
Like this scene legitimately explains everything about the show and it’s a-freakin-mazing.
To understand in context, the Burns family is to be awarded for their years of services in the mainland. On the same day, Mayor Luskey starts a Robot Appreciation Week (probably the only smart move the man’s made in office—I’d totally go), forcing the Rescue Bots to stand put until the Burns return. After the Burns accept their award, the family boat gets caught in a tangle of kelp. This in itself is pretty bad because it means the Rescue Bots has to keep still even when danger is afoot that requires their assistant. After losing their only tool to untangle it, Dani dives below to loosen the kelp.The Burns is further hampered after by the arrival of a group of literally hundreds of jellyfish.
And before any of that, the episode opens with a brief thunderstorm that creates a mudslide.
It’s like God himself decided to join the disastrous Griffin Rock isle to keep it in a perpetual state of misery for which there is no escape.
Setting aside events performed by acts of Divine, “All Bots Great and Small" is fairly standard. There’s several amusing tongue-in-cheek lampshading to the toyetic nature of Rescue Bots
through the tiny toys the Mayor is swindling to the general public, but nothing that really stands out. If anything, there’s something horrifying about Luskey inserting a not-so-subtle messages to coax people into reelecting him. I mean, little children are seen playing with them.
The Bots’ dilemma also makes no damn sense.For the sake of the Bots’ alien origins; they don’t “function” unless their human hosts give a command. Buuuut a previous episode (I think it’s “The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock”) had the Burns actually excusing an act they didn’t command as a sort of emergency auto-piloting that’s been “programmed” into them should the Burns be absent during a mission. I mean, having the Bots risk their secret identity while the Burns family is elsewhere is a good plot, but ya know, I’m just saying, kinda been solved. OUT OF FIVE STARS
BONUS OBSERVATIONS”TAKE YOUR TV OUT TO A GLORIOUS AFTERNOON OUT IN THE SUNSHINE”:
People already do that, Huxley, it’s called tablets and smartphones. TEAM PLAYER:
Charlie is quick to include Cody into the team when they go to get their award. It’s a great leap from the very first episode; Cody no longer feels left out because he’s too young to be an official first responder and Charlie is supportive of the role he’s had keeping the team informed. CAN ROBOTS FEEL ITCHINESS?
Well, Blades did which is weird because they’re robots. Then again, they can feel and experience pain, so justified???IT WAS TOO OBVIOUS THAT IT WASN’T OBVIOUS AT ALL:
Luskey accuses Doc for the faulty robots because he’s gotten genre savvy enough to know when shit happens, 95% of the time it’s Doc. For once, Green is not the accidental perpetrator of this heinous act. ADULT JUICE:
I have no idea why, but I am endlessly amused by Evan and Myles’ drink of choice: fruits and veggie drinks. Obviously you can’t give them beer cans or anything, but these two are rebellious enough to perform petty crimes that they just have to celebrate with the world’s tamest drinks. It’s cute.
And speaking of food, Kade shoves shrimp into his fire hat at the end of the episode. GROSS.BEST LINE: ”If Dani were here, we’d be kicking tail rotor. Well, she would, I’d be taking names.”
Also, Blades’ imitation of Kade is funnier than it should be. RUNNER-UP:KADE: Which do guys think is my best side for the magazine cover?EVERYONE: Your backside.
Pwned. WORST LINE: ”Way to knock off those knock offs.”GO SIT IN THE CORNER, KADE.
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