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Old 2011-04-09, 01:09 PM   #16
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Hope for the Future
Airdate: 26 October 2001
Written By: Tom Wyner

Synopsis:
T-AI and Optimus Prime summons the Autobots. The Autobot Brothers return. The Spychangers take out the Predacons in the beach and return. Team Bullet Train respond, doing their link-up maneuver on the way. They discuss past events and replays almost every single event so far on the monitor. Finally they reaffirm their mission to protect Earth and stop Megatron from stealing the O-Parts.

Featured Transformers: Side Burn, Prowl, X-Brawn, Hot Shot, Rev, Crosswise, Wars, Ironhide, Mirage, Slapper, Dark Scream, Gas Skunk, Sky-Byte, Rapid Run, Railspike, Midnight Express, Optimus Prime, Megatron
Notable Others: T-AI, Koji Onishi, Doctor Onishi, Kelly

Review:
In respect to Transformer shows broadcasted worldwide, clip shows are unique to Robots in Disguise (the Japanese post-G1 shows maybe had their share, but I'm not sure), and is never reused anymore. Pretty common in other Japanese shows, though. For damn good reason, too. Who wants to bloody watch repeated footage? This kind of flashback episodes only works if the show has been going on for some time, not twelve episodes that aren't important to any 'plot'! It would've been justified if the episodes were fast-paced and interconnected like in Beast Machines, but no. It's terrible, and utterly useless for people who have already watched previous episodes. Dialogue and scripting is abysmal, and stuff like stock Global Space Bridge scenes, or the Bullet Trains' funky maneuver, and constant panning shots of the Autobot groups are padding to a padding episode. Disastrous. Added to the fact that Optimus continues to assure Koji that they will find his father when the Autobots have apparently been spending their time acting as fire trucks, towing away illegal parkers, molesting red sports cars, hiding behind advertisement posts, watching past stock footage and everything shows how incompetent they are, aren't they? I urge you, skip this episode for the sake of your sanity. RID's slow but nice silly kiddy fun, don't make your already tedious experience grate by watching the bloody clip shows.

(Zero out of Ten)

Notes:
In Japan, an entirely different clip show 'Gigatron's Ambitions Revealed!' is aired instead, which focuses on different footage. Haven't watched it, and am not planning to, but presumably it's the exact same thing but from the Predacons' viewpoint.

Every single bit of animation, even the framing story, is recycled from all previous episodes. The events of 'Battle Protocol', 'An Explosive Situation', 'The Hunt For Black Pyramid', 'Sideburn's Obsession', 'Mirage's Betrayal', 'Skid-Z's Choice', 'The Ultimate Robot Warrior', leaving out the episodes which debuts the Bullet Trains, the Spychangers and Tow-Line, as well as 'Secret Weapon D-5'. That doesn't mean you're not free of them, though... a good three minutes is devoted to replaying the Spychangers beating up the Predacons in an exact shot-for-shot from 'Spychangers to the Rescue'.

The flashback to 'An Explosive Situation' retcons the bomb into a 'device', presumably due to 9/11.

Midnight Express mentions 'Sky Spies', a reference to the similarly-named drones from the G1 cartoon. If they are searching for Doctor Onishi 24/7, they apparently aren't as effective as their G1 counterparts.

The Autobots work out that the Predacon base is located underwater based on 'the Hunt for Black Pyramid'. Since the base is mobile it won't do them much good.

Goofs:
Since this uses recycled footage, at one point at the battle between the Predacons and Spychangers, Gas Skunk falls towards the Plutonium device that pops out of nowhere and disappears in the next shot.

The dialogue when finding the O-Part is different from the previous episode.
 

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