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If you want to read up my episode reviews for Season One of Rescue Bots, click here: neoyi.deviantart.com/journal/A…

:bulletgreen:PREVIOUS SEASON TWO REVIEWS
27. Road Trip
28. Sky Forest


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:bulletred: As always, SPOILERS!




RESCUE BOTS, EPISODE 29: ONE FOR THE AGES
(Or “The One with Hot Cody and frankly, I’m disturbed I think that way of what is originally a ten-year-old boy.”)


”You don’t get it because you’ve never been small. Being big means you get to do more cool stuff.”

Kade’s a dick. I just wanted everyone to know that.

But it’s a big part of his character and at times, a necessary evil to utilize for conflict. Similarly, Cody’s ongoing character arc is his age. He’s an exceptionally well-behaved, clever ten-year-old stuck on the low end of the scale in a family of first responders. He’s constantly encouraged for his resourcefulness, but too young to join the team professionally. While Kade’s jerkass personality can be tedious, Cody’s isn’t simply because they like to spice up the plot whenever he’s in woe about his personal issues.

I could not take Older Cody for a bit there. I just…I just…the mustache. It took a while, but it’s a good fit. He’s quite handsome. (Oh God, I feel like I’m going to the special Hell for saying that.) His hairstyle mimics his father and with Charlie out of commission, Cody largely spends time rescuing inside Chase. (I am definitely going to the special Hell.) I’ve theorized Cody would grow up to be most like his father. They share near match-for-match personality: they’re noble, rational, quick-thinking, and respectful to others. It’s the ideal police officer. Despite his childish glees, Cody still remembers to be kind and patient. When Evan and Miles zap Kade to pre-adolescence, Cody respects his abilities and treats him as an equal member of the family. The show has the right idea: Cody IS too young to get into scuffles his older brothers and sister does, but unlike Kade, they don’t constantly belittle his intelligence. And hey, Charlie’s got to retire someday. The man looks like he has at best, a good decade of lawbending to do while his kids have another good 20-30 years tops; someone in the Burns family has to replace him!

But boy howdy does he get giddy. It’s an age old tale: sometimes kids get frustrated on the limitation older folks place on them. The way I see it, they usually default to two options: try to run away from home (silly nine-year-old me threatened dad with this decades back) or wish they could grow up so they can do whatever they want. The latter is unfamiliar to me because I don’t remember ever desiring to be an adult when I was young (but I sure do wish I was below eighteen again sometimes, just to get out of the hell that is your twenties and all the bills and health insurances you have to worry about, but then I’d have to relief High School and screw that), but it’s a classic setup for many children’s entertainment. Which reminds me, I still need to see Big. Cody acts appropriately for a ten-year-old who gets a brand new adult body: visible excitement. He energetically parades around and takes advantage without losing his childlike viewpoint. He’s a twentysomething with the mind of a ten-year-old and this is reflected by his youthful exuberance, his tendency to tease Kade endlessly (though the dick had it coming), and how gross he feels when Haley hugs him in a romantic way (and she was totally flirting with him.) The balance is perfect and it made for a highly entertaining episode and by “entertaining”, I mean drop dead funny.

What I find even more hilarious is that the Burns siblings take this extremely well. What does that say about Griffin Rock? The ending however is the cake-topper and it perfectly captures the ridiculousness of Rescue Bots.

Evan and Miles are put to good use: effective enough to annoy the central cast, but not so threatening that they’d put Morocco to shame. Like Priscilla, the two are in a certain middle scale between antagonistic assholes who are perfectly good people otherwise and dangerous denizens like Morocco himself.

Cody’s voice actor is definitely going through puberty. The first two episodes seem to be toying with his vocals by trying to find the right pitch so he still sounds vaguely like a ten-year-old. I say this because his voice here is noticeably higher than the first two episodes, so presumably they got the pitch they wanted. He sounds squeakier than his Season One self, but I think that’s an inevitable acceptance unless they have to replace the kid actor. Are they going to keep doing this for the upcoming third season because I can’t really imagine how long they can keep this up? Not unless Season Three must pull the possibly even more inevitable and age Cody up a few years and I don’t mean with one of Doc Greene’s inventions.
:star::star::star::star::star: OUT OF FIVE STARS


BONUS OBSERVATIONS


DID EVERYBODY TIME TRAVEL OR SOMETHING? What is up with these cars and their fins? For an island that looks towards to the future, their cars seem stuck in the past.

THIS ISLAND IS DOOMED: So the next oldest Burns is in command if Charlie is down, which means Kade. Which means the island is doomed. Charlie, I think you need to rethink this rule a little.

”EW, HUMANS.” What the fuck, Blades? Why would you say that? That’s racist, yo.

SMOKEY AND THE ROBOT: When Blades flies out of the smoke, he’s coughing. Why is he coughing, he doesn’t need to breathe.

SUDDENLY SPEECH…FUL: After Taylor spoke in “Road Trip”, Haley finally gets her chance and it’s to flirt with “Cole.” Well, when you’re dating Kade...

BEST LINE:

Boulder: Cody! What happened? You have a lip warmer like Chief.
Chase: I believe it is called a sneeze guard, or in some jargons, a crumb catcher.
Blades: Was that inside your nose the whole time?

RUNNER-UP: "Alright everyone, I need you to, um, step back for your safety and you have to listen to me because I'm an adult. Really."

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aurora-celest Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
“The One with Hot Cody and frankly, I’m disturbed I think that way of what is originally a ten-year-old boy.”

It's okay. Neoyi. I get that awkward boner for adult OoT Link, too. :iconiknowthatfeelplz:

Rescue Bots continues to impress me with their mature writing and characters (except for Kade, he's a douche). Cody came to fully realize disadvantages of being an adult without entirely condemning it along the way. He still had his fun as an adult but was ready to be a boy again by the end of the episode, which is great because I remember watching this "child to adult" plot on other shows and they always made being an adult, like, the shittiest thing ever. I maybe only nineteen and still have much growing to do myself, but so far being a legal grownup isn't the nightmare I've seen some shows portray it to be. Cody found that balance and I love it.

I also enjoy how this show is giving preschoolers a mature kid to connect with in the show. Cody may have teased and pushed Kade's buttons a little, but it wasn't as bad as when Kade did it to him. When the time came for it, Cody treated his brother with respect and consideration, despite Kade's handicap and prior treatment of him. Overall, I am definitely glad that Rescue Bots is on air and I plan to share this with my kids when the time comes for it.

Oh God. The technology that these people have access to. :faint: I didn't say anything about the Groundbridge (Spacebridge? It's a Spacebridge, isn't it?) in the first episode, but now Miles and Evans have a fucking Resonance Blaster, you know, the thing that Soundwave and Wheeljack fought for? Doc Greene is making immortality possible and has all his Frankie clones? Frankie has a "special" Grimlock for a pet when M.E.C.H had problems just making a Nemesis Prime? Jesus, just how advanced are the people of Griffin Rock?! Honestly, the Decepticons should have just fired Shockwave and kidnapped Doc Greene in his stead. Or maybe have them tag team, I'd watch that train wreck either way.
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neoyi Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"because I remember watching this "child to adult" plot on other shows and they always made being an adult, like, the shittiest thing ever. I maybe only nineteen and still have much growing to do myself, but so far being a legal grownup isn't the nightmare I've seen some shows portray it to be. Cody found that balance and I love it."

Being an adult can be great because the limitations you've been imposed as children is really no longer there. But let me tell you, as someone who's pushing 30, it honestly does sometimes sucks to be an adult. It is a rough, hell-filled world. High School is often cited as the worst experience anyone can live through, but they're wrong. High School is just a test for the real world, a world school never really prepares you for. Especially in this time of terrible economies and people desperately trying to find a job, the situation is much more grimmer at the moment. I've seen some people say you aren't truly happy as an adult until you reach your thirties because you spend most of your twenties trying to build a stable life. I'm believing that more and more. Between balancing bills, trying to find health insurance, working to save money so I won't die penniless, just doing my damnest to survive this crazy world, and worse of all, watching those little whippersnappers spouting catchphrases and references that you're too *gulp* old to get; adult life is not a cake walk. At all.

You're 19 now, but come back in about a decade and see if you still feel the same. I guarantee there will be be something that will piss you off and make you want to burn everything.

But yeah, otherwise, being an adult is pretty cool.

"Honestly, the Decepticons should have just fired Shockwave and kidnapped Doc Greene in his stead. Or maybe have them tag team, I'd watch that train wreck either way."

Somewhere in my head canon, I like to think Dr. Morocco discovers the Decepticons, teams up with them, learns their secret, and then betrays them y making off with some Dark Energon for his next experiment. Mwahahahaha!
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aurora-celest Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
Life is life and while I think being my own person is great, I still accept that I'm going to go through struggles no matter what stage I'm in. However, I find the non-university related issues to be far more bearable than the slag I dealt with in high school: everything is on me, not the state, not my school, not my parents, but on me, and I guess that's why I'm a hell of a lot happier now than I was a kid. This is is somewhat personal question, but I like to listen to what my elders have to say: do you handle your problems better now than when you were a kid? Feel free to decline answering that.

Somewhere in my head canon, I like to think Dr. Morocco discovers the Decepticons, teams up with them, learns their secret, and then betrays them y making off with some Dark Energon for his next experiment.

In my head cannon, Dr. Morocco does discover the Cons but instead of teaming up with them, he observes them and steals Vehicon bits after battles. Then he makes Nightbird with those pieces and has her steal Cybertronian tech when they're not looking. Maybe throw in Dr. Arkeville as Dr. Morocco's rival and that might be an interesting fic.
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neoyi Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
" This is is somewhat personal question, but I like to listen to what my elders have to say: do you handle your problems better now than when you were a kid? Feel free to decline answering that."

Yes and no. It IS very liberating to make your own decisions, but that also means you're stuck handling your own consequences. Keep in mind though, I say this not because of any limitation based on how I was as a child and I am now as an adult, although certainly this can be a factor (for example, I was a very clueless, ignorant child all the way up to my teens; I feel like I gained a lot more knowledge in my adult years along with a heap of better maturity. But I feel I can still learn more - I am only 27, after all.) If I suffer any grievance due to issues in real life that I must counter and handle as an adult, it's because I actually suffer from a case of Anxiety. So yes, I will overthink, nitpick, and panic over even the flimsiest decisions. You can imagine how I deal with any consequences I am forced to fix. You may be different and thus you may end up handling adult matters differently.
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aurora-celest Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Thank you for answering my question. 
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neoyi Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No prob. Good luck with, well, life. XD
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DecepticonFlamewar Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the depth of your writeups.

I have to take issue with your comment about Charlie only having ten years or so, though. I've been trying to figure out the cast's ages for a while, and the conclusions I reached don't quite fit that.

So, we know for sure that Kade is oldest, and I'm working on the assumption that Graham is second youngest.

In the Griffin Rock Triangle, Charlie said Baranova disappeared when he was "a boy" and I believe he said it was 28 years prior. 

Now, Charlie could have called himself a "boy" up until his late teens. I still think of my teenage and even early teenage self as a girl. However, we can be sure that Charlie would not be calling himself a boy after his wedding, or after his oldest child was conceived.

Graham has a Masters in engineering, presumably civil engineering. If Graham skipped a year in school and graduated high school at 17, spent four years for his bachelors and graduated at 21, and spent two years getting his master's, which is a VERY accelerated timeline, he's no younger than 23. Kade, meanwhile, must be younger than 27, probably 26, allowing time for his parents to get married before having him.

(This would put Dani somewhere in the 24-25 ballpark.)

Charlie's a respected man around town and from a "good family;" it's unlikely that his parents would have allowed him and his wife to keep any children he had before 18. It's unlikely that Charlie would have even had children before that age, as he has the social reasoning to understand what's expected of him. If he married his wife roughly a year before Kade was born, that was probably 27 years prior to the show, right?

So if they were 18 on their wedding day, that would make him 45.
If they were 23 on their wedding day, that would make him 50.
If they were 25 when they were married, that would make him 52, the same age as my mother was when she had me. My mother works every day. For the record, I'm 27. 
My father only stopped working at 60.

So if you posit that Charlie's grayness is a product of Anderson-Cooper like graying, and that Charlie plans on working until 60 or 65 (although perhaps transitioning to more desk-riding over the next few years), he could be at crime fighting for a good fifteen years yet. 

That said, I'm glad I'm not the only person who was unimpressed with Haley's flirting with Cole. Sure, Kade is a jerk, but HE DESERVES BETTER.
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neoyi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the comment. And my, you've put a great degree of thought in the age thing. The whole "decade" comment is really more a jokey guess than anything, though I do peg Charlie around 50 something in my head.
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DecepticonFlamewar Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I imagine he's just shy of 50 just because his health is so much better than either of my parents were at 50. But he's so passionate about his work that I think even if he has to retire from fieldwork on the force, he's going to be riding a desk until he gets a recruit who's strong enough to do the job he's doing now. Which is probably Cody in fourteen years.  
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neoyi Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Even if Charlie is goes well into his 60s, a cop with his level of experience may be healthy in comparison to people even younger than him. Either way, I think we can both agree he won't be retiring anytime soon. :)
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