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Transformers is awesome. And if you’re following me (my condolences), you might be asking yourself:
wtf am i supposed to do with all this robot shit?
Watch This (this show is pretty much the perfect modern intro to TF) :
Play These (really fun games that act as prequels to TF Prime):
Read This (good five-issue series that greatly enhances the next item):
Then Read This (the motherfucking apex of Transformers fiction):
And if you’re not robot obsessed and want gobble up everything Transformers after all that then I can’t help you.
And once you’ve got that under your belt:
Watch this: (Great writing and characterization with plenty of 90’s charm)
Watch this: (Yet more great writing and characterization, albeit for a younger audience, with plenty of post-millennium charm)
Okay, can I just take a moment to point out what this says about Bumblebee?
He is tortured by Megatron. Tortured. By Megatron. And Megatron may choose to leave him alive in the end, but surviving that is still no mean feat.
And Bumblebee keeps going up against Megatron afterwards - and doing so without hesitation. In Operation: Bumblebee, he charges into a groundbridge to steal the spark extractor right out of Megatron’s hands - the hands of the same mech who left him broken and bleeding on a dying Cybertron - and even reenacts his daring exploits for the kids later. There’s a lot of resilience there.
And there’s a surprisingly lack of bitterness, too. After what he went through, Bumblebee could well have wound up resentful - of the war, of his cause, of the medic who failed to save his voice. But Ratchet seems far more distressed by his failure than Bumblebee does - Bumblebee simply accepts it. In fact, he doesn’t seem to spend any time dwelling on it at all.
Part of this is probably due to the fact that Bumblebee is still, relatively, quite young. Indeed, a great deal of his behavior remains almost childlike. When he’s stuck at base without his t-cog, he refuses to stop bothering Ratchet and leave him alone. In the very depths of Megatron’s mind, Bumblebee is still utterly fascinated by the projection of himself. ‘Bee even manages to feel distress at the small things, like stepping on Raf’s remote-controlled car. But his innocence doesn’t stem from a lack of experience with the realities of existence - he’s been through more than enough to destroy any illusions about that. They all have.
So all of this? It says that Bumblebee is remarkably determined, resilient, and fiercely optimistic. Or, at least, that’s what it should say.
Instead, by the show, at least, it’s often just accepted, treated as a given, and that frustrates me a little.
Poor Bumblebee. He hardly ever does anything in the show. It’s kind of unfortunate because he’s sold as a flagship character, but hardly gets any character development. It’s true. We are shown Bumblebee’s optimism and determination through his actions, but that’s about it. We aren’t shown why or how. It’s not expanded on.
The only real test to his resilience comes when Raf is almost killed by Megatron at the end of season 1… and even then we really only see him punch a wall and get calmed down by Arcee.
I remember hearing that originally, Raf was going to actually die in that arc…. DAMN. How great would that have been for Bee’s development??? He could have actually gone through an actual character arc instead of having his character remain stagnant the rest of the time…
I mean, Arcee gets Airachnid and Starscream and her revenge plots, Bulkhead gets to learn empathy, Ratchet comes to be more compassionate of the humans (and he’ll get a nice challenge to that in season 3 apparently), even Optimus Prime (the embodiment of the Transformers brand) actually develops somewhat as a character after the season 1 finale. FOR FUCK’S SAKE. Smokescreen has been around for like FIVE episodes and he’s had more development/focus than Bumblebee has!!
Am I wrong or is this kind of unfair to our poor adorable Bee??
Totally unfair, I agree! Well said.
It seems like the most Bumblebee really gets is to facilitate other characters’ development. His voicebox gets damaged - but Ratchet is the one who’s still feeling guilty over that. “His” human is nearly killed - but Optimus is the one who tries to hunt down and kill Megatron because of it. Bumblebee is the one who gets Megatron to reconsider letting Optimus die in “Sick Mind”, and shows up just in time to shame Arcee into sparing Starscream in “Partners”. He’s like an emotional touchstone for everyone else, without actually getting much development himself.
I had real hopes for “Operation Bumblebee”, because it made so much sense to me that Bumblebee might be sublimating all of the effects of the war - the anger, the trauma - into being as useful as possible to The Cause, and that would all come crumbling down when he suddenly couldn’t be useful anymore (something I felt the creators played with decently well with Bulkhead’s protracted injury in Season 2). But I was disappointed when the end of that episode was so clean-cut: new t-cog = Bee is completely fixed, nothing to see here, move along.
I’m not sure whether it’s Bee’s voicelessness that’s getting in the way for the writers (I feel like Soundwave is pretty under-used, as well, maybe for the same reason). But they’ve found creative ways to show what Bee is feeling in a lot of different situations throughout the series, so if that is the issue, it really shouldn’t stop them.
ohhh god YES. I feel like they’re AFRAID that we won’t understand Bumblebee because he’s not speaking words… but they’ve already shown they’re capable of having him understood-
In episode 6 he is working with Raf on his science project and they have what can only be described as the most adorable conversation EVER. Raf asks about his status as a scout and replies to his beeps and whirrs with generic responses that are ALSO informative to what Bumblebee is saying… it’s really not that hard. But the way they’ve used his character since then- it does seem like they’re just afraid to try having him actually talk in any meaningful way.
Operation Bumblebeewouldhave been great to challenge Bumblebee’s contribution to the team without a t-cog… but yeah. That episode was pretty much about Ratchet. OH HEY. Just like how OperationBreakdownwas aboutBulkhead.Haha! There seems to be a pattern with the “operation” episodes, huh?
As for Soundwave… I feel like it’s different for him. His lack of speech is apparently a choice. His silence makes him creepier- more menacing. And when he actually DOES take action he WRECKS, and you know it’s serious business. So while it would be AMAZING to see more of Soundwave, I don’t mind his lack of inclusion as much as I do with Bumblebee (the apparent flagship character)
At least Bumblebee got to have a special episode of Rescue Bots dedicated to how awesome, heroic, and cool he was. Though, even then, you could argue that this was more about framing and developing Blades as a characters rather than BB…
Poor guy just can’t catch a break
Anyways, I find this whole discussion very interesting. Characters like Bumblebee, (the hard-working, enthusiastic, playful but helpful, eager to mature, young-man types) are usually archetypes Western cartoons love to focus on. Instead, Bumblebee is used as a vehicle to develop others in the cast, most notably archetypes Western cartoons don’t dwell on much like Ratchet (an elderly character) and Arcee (a female character).
Now I can have access to HD of my adorable robo-babies whenever I want!
Go forth my American and Transformers loving followers… Spread the love, coax others to watch the show, partake in fandom activities, buy the toys, leave strange tweets on DC Douglas’ twitter account
These are the things that get further seasons greenlit
If this is true, that’s pretty neat.
It is, to a degree….
Greg Johnson (writer for Beast Wars) and Bob Forward (writer, developer, and story-editor for Beast Wars) have several written episodes for Rescue Bots. Greg Johnson is also credited as a story editor for Rescue Bots alongside Nicole Dubuc.
Perhaps it’s more accurate to say there’s at least two big “Beast Wars Names” attached to Rescue Bots.
Now, if Larry DiTillio got involved with season 2…
This idea came to me after talking with people in a livestream chat.
I was actually pondering the same think early last week. I think Dreadwing would have gotten along really well with little Cody Burns. Cody’s all about loyalty to your family, dedication, hard-work, and keeping things classic…
Plus, Cody wears a bomber jacket and Dreadwing’s a jet, so…
“Transformers: Rescue Bots: Roll to the Rescue” While You Guys Were Fighting Unicron …”
cody there was one rule about the long grass. one rule.
Everyday I secretly hope I’ll find Dinobot sneaking about somewhere… Every day…
… Specifically, more Rescue Bots fanfiction with Cody and Frankie having adventures together, cause they’re both so great.
“Thank you… Someday, you’ll invent things that’ll help a lot of people!”
“I will? … Alright, I will!”
Woo yeah, closure!
Why wasn’t Baranova in the finale though? That bugged me…
Transformers Rescue Bots S1E15
If pressed, I’d probably say that The Griffon Rock Triangle is not only my personal favorite episode of Rescue Bots, but also the best written, and one of the more technically/thematically competent offerings.
Firstly, the script comes to us courtesy Mairghread Scott. Having written Stronger Faster for Transformers Prime, this should give you a hint of her abilities to structure good drama and full character arcs into one episode without feeling too stuffed. It has a number of imaginative actions set-pieces such as the underwater boat rescue and tunnel exploration scenes. The basic plot of the episode has a wonderfully surreal quality to itself as well, as Cody unravels a decades old maritime mystery.
Professor Anna Baranova is a great female character, and a welcome addition to the cast; it was great to have her show-up again in Countdown. Her design and general look is very distinct, and it’s nice to have an older woman still presented as attractive. I also like the direct comparison Boulder makes between the professor’s fear of loosing her isolating, but comforting laboratory home, to what the Autobots have gone through with the death of Cybertron. Rescue Bots doesn’t usually like to delve into the darker TFP-related aspects of its premise after-all, note how they wrote around just why Bumblebee can’t talk during Bumblebee to the Rescue. As a side note to this, I was very surprised to see Optimus flat out say “Decepticons” during the Bot to the Future preview clip.
Its my favorite type of Rescue Bots episode as well. Lacking the classic Proud Red vs. Fabulous Purple dynamic of Autobots vs. Decepticons Transformers fiction usually mines plot from, Rescue Bots has to look elsewhere to structure conflict. Typically, stories stem from one or more of Doc Greene’s experiments gone horribly wrong (which unfortunately gets stale after awhile), sitcom-esque character banter (which is entertaining, but cannot hold full episodes of a children’s action cartoon), or more adventurous scenarios involving the rich history of Griffon Rock itself such as The Griffon Rock Triangle or The Lost Bell.
I like plots structured around Griffon Rock because it helps build the setting and makes the audience increasingly emotionally invested in the town, much like Cody is himself. After all, you generally want the viewer and the central protagonist on roughly the same page of personal investments. For example, in The Reign of Doctor Morocco, the underlying threat (and eventually realized threat in the finale) is largely represented by the fact that life on the island might irrecoverably change. The friendly community is threatened by an external source that seeks to disrupt the status quo for selfish reasons (the titular Rescue Bots upset the status quo too in the S1 opener, yes, but they worked to fit in and did so for pure survival). Much like New York City in Sam Raimi’s Spider-man films, Griffon Rock is a sort of character itself, and the audience wants to see it developed and protected appropriately. Cody even discusses the importance of Griffon Rock and its people with Prof Baranova to get her to leave her underwater lab and return to the surface world.
You know Griffon Rock, it never changes! People are still the same too, and most of ‘em are really nice. I think you know that though… Otherwise, you wouldn’t have risked everything to try and help them. Don’t you want to finish what you started?
You can’t resist my cuteness doctor… Don’t try to fight it…
To any rate, I love The Griffon Rock Triangle because it succeeds in so many areas. I hope that Mairghread Scott does more scripts for Rescue Bots in the future, and that S2 keeps up the series’ energy.
“Elma Hendrickson, Griffon Rock’s first female scientist.”
“That’s where my middle name comes from; Elma…”
I really liked this scene. Its a good bit of world building while adding weight to Frankie’s character and her history at the same time.
It bugs me at times that neither Frankie nor Cody have moms… but this is something at least. Although, if the two women really did run off with each other, I suppose I understand…
WARNING! Not Safe for Work. There be prawns in here… also bondage, some blood, pretty graphic smexing, robot/human, toys…yup.
Pairing: Heatwave/Kade, faceless person/Kade
Goddamit, I never was into robot/human ships. Rescue Bots why did you do this to me TwT why are your human characters so enjoyable?
I think I started drawing these around episode 4 with the Flobsters as a joke and request from some of the people I work with XD. Then I couldn’t stop.
Great googly moogly!
It’s very clear that we weren’t the only ones who spotted the very…diverse looks on Chief Burn’s children >w>;
So a lot of us at the studio joked and theorized on these possibilities:
a) He adopted them all
b) Had different
prostituteswives and had a child with each of them who mysteriously disappeared of course he didn’t murder them. Tho I think in headcanon Chief Burn’s wife and Doc Greene’s wife had and affair and left the god forsaken island together in a “screw this noise” fashion
c) Kidnapped them all
One of my fellow animation supervisors began to elaborate on the third choice and it went like this…
Chief saw his mail man and wife with a child and he decides for some reason to kidnap him (who is Kade). Since Chief is the law the couple have no idea who stole their kid.
The Burns father then raises Kade to never go get the mail or even see the mail man for this reason. Until one fateful day…
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And now the show takes a turn for the sinister…
Something I like in Rescue Bots is the ever present, but still understated relationship between Heatwave and Cody.
Now, Rescue Bots is not exactly a program that I expect to have characters experience deep emotional turmoil. But I do feel Heatwave has a stronger element of tragedy to him than his fellow ‘Bots. Given his aggressive personality, he does not enjoy living in a small island community, particularly so when he must hide his true identity and not receive appreciation for his work. While he’s a good commander and cares about the lives and safety of others, he doesn’t seem to get joy from assisting the same way his teammates do. In fact, he seems to prefer combat to rescuing. His relationship with Kade is slow developing and continues to be rocky. Whereas Blades, Boulder, and Chase have quickly settled into a very close relationship with their humans, Heatwave is almost constantly at odds with Kade.
Furthermore, Heatwave’s requests to join Optimus Prime’s team are constantly rebuked or flat out ignored. Keep in mind that in this ‘verse, Optimus may very well be the only Prime left alive, and is also holding out with what could be the last of their known living Autobot comrades. This is something akin to Jesus/George Washington/John Connor telling you to stop calling…
But Heatwave genuinely seems to like and trust Cody. He knows Cody won’t walk all over him or ignore his wants, and he also feels comfortable asking Cody to help him smooth things over with his teammates at times. They may not be explicit partners, but its the first human Heatwave truly bonds with. What’s interesting though, is that Heatwave’s doesn’t often get a chance to demonstrate or validate this relationship.
For example, inThe Lost Bell, Heatwave is gung-ho about providing food and shelter for Cody. He is given a prime opportunity to be Cody’s caretaker, thus proving his usefulness to his closest human friend…
But both Heatwave and the other ‘Bots are utterly hopeless at providing even the basics of sustenance, and wonder-boy shows that he more than capable of taking care of himself. Better in fact, than perhaps the Rescue Bots can self-manage. Note that its Cody’s knowledge of the pirate ship and his desire to explore ultimately gets them off the island too.
Things also come to a head in Countdown, a more dramatic example of Heatwave being denied an opportunity for heroism. He is forced to watch Cody disappear right in front of him, unable to help. His howl of frustration and rage against the robo-bugs in intense. This is compacted with the knowledge that the Rescue Bots are only able to eventually save the Griffon Rock population in the fall-out shelter with the help of the crucial intelligence Cody obtained for them, at the cost of the kid’s own safety. Cody is always one step ahead, even when he’s in danger. Heatwave never gets to be the Big Damned Hero he probably wants to be to show Cody how much he means to the ‘Bots.
So in summation, not only does Heatwave get the perpetual short end of the stick by having to live in an environment he doesn’t find fulfilling… He is constantly denied the opportunity to demonstrate heroism and gratitude to the one human he does seem to have an immediate connection with.
I guess that’s something consistent with the Autobots across both TFP and Rescue Bots… The worse thing in the world to them is when they can’t provide even the most basic protection to the humans they love.
Avatar: The Legend of Cody.
(He’s Cody Burns, so I guess that would make him Fire Nation? And Frankie Greene would be his Earth Kingdom buddy? These are the things I think about…)