March 02, 2019

TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS


TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS
(The Hub/Hub Network/Discovery Family, February 18, 2012-October 22, 2016)

Atomic Cartoons, Darby Pop Productions (season 1), Vision Animation, Kickstart Productions, Moody Street Productions (season 2), DHX Media Vancouver (season 3-4), Hasbro Studios




MAIN CAST:


             To tap into a younger demographic, Hasbro decided to release a new line of Transformers figures through their Playskool Heroes toyline. Called Rescue Bots, the figures featured a bulkier design and an automatic transforming mechanic.



Debuting in 2011, the initial lineup included the established bots of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, as well as introduced the line-specific bots of Heatwave the Fire-Bot, Chase the Police-Bot, Blades the Copter-Bot, Boulder the Construction-Bot, Hoist the Tow-Bot and Medix the Doc-Bot, with variants of several of them released later. Their base of operations was the high-tech Fire Station Prime, which was a building with Optimus’ likeness and voice informing them of emergencies. A series of soft plastic human characters with cartoonish proportions were released with their own rescue tools to compliment the bots. Amongst them were Chief Charlie Burns, firefighter Cody Burns, Axel Frazier, Sawyer Storm and Walker Cleveland. A line of tie-in storybooks were also created for inclusion with the fire station and the electronic versions of Heatwave and Chase (the first was given out at BotCon2011).

Promotional art of the main characters.

To promote the toys, Hasbro commissioned the creation of an animated series that would air on the network they owned, The Hub. The show was developed by Nicole Dubuc, Brain Hohlfeld and Jeff Kline, who served as story editor, supervising producer and executive producer, respectively. Under no instruction from Hasbro, it was decided that since the show was going to air on the same network as the already-airing Transformers: Prime that the two shows should share a mythology. That connection carried over to the Prime sequel series Robots in Disguise that aired on Cartoon Network beginning in 2015 (not to be confused with the 2001 anime). As the toys and thus the show were meant for a younger audience, the setting and premise was devised to keep the show largely insulated from the larger conflict between Autobots and Decepticons. It was also decided to focus on the new bots introduced in the line, with some revisions made to their overall appearance and to their human friends.

Blades, Boulder, Heatwave and Chase.

Transformers: Rescue Bots focused on Rescue Force Sigma-17, the last known Rescue Bot regiment from Cybertron. Their ship brought them to Earth after receiving the message Autobot leader Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen, reprising the role he originated and from Prime) broadcast as a beacon to all lost Autobots. Determining their skillsets weren’t suited for combat, Optimus assigned them the task of pairing up with human partners to learn about the Earth and how best to engage in the protection of the populace. However, they had to pretend to be actual robots so as not to alarm humans and expose the presence of aliens on Earth.

Griffin Rock, a sleepy little hamlet.

The Rescue Bots were sent to the island town of Griffin Rock, Maine (named because of Dubuc’s love of griffins) with Chief Charlie Burns (Maurice LaMarche); an ally of Optimus’ and initially the only one privy to their secret. As Griffin Rock was a proving ground for new technologies and a producer of many great scientific minds, the idea of transforming robots wasn’t that hard of a sell. As part of their cover, the Rescue Bots assumed new vehicle forms: Heatwave (Steve Blum), the short-tempered and impatient leader, was a fire engine (and fire boat); Chase (D.C. Douglas), the most robotic of the bunch who loved rules and regulations, became a police car; Boulder (Imari Williams), whose great strength was contrasted by his intelligence and gentle spirit, took the form of a bulldozer; and Blades (Parvesh Cheena), the fun-loving and most child-like, was left with a helicopter (despite his fear of heights). As a play on Optimus’ battle call of “Autobots, roll out!”, the Rescue Bots mobilized with the call “Rescue Bots, roll to the rescue!”.

The Burns family of heroes: Graham, Charlie, Dani, Cody and Kade.

To serve as their pilots were the rest of the Burns family: firefighter Kade (Jason Marsden), a former star athlete with an ego to match, was paired with Heatwave; daredevil rescue pilot Dani (Lacey Chabert), who never met a machine she couldn’t fly or drive and didn’t hesitate to jump into a rescue, was given Blades; brilliant engineer Graham (Shannon McKain), who tended to live inside his own head a bit too much, was assigned Boulder; and Chief Burns took Chase for himself. The bots’ secret wasn’t kept too long as the youngest Burns, Cody (reimagined as a young boy from his figure, voiced by Elán Garfias), discovered the truth as soon did the rest of the family. After a period of adjustment, the humans and bots found a way to work together as true partners, with Cody serving as support from the firehouse where they all lived.

Doc Greene with Anna Baranova and Frankie.

Aiding the Burns family with research and quick inventions was the Greene family. Dr. Ezra “Doc” Greene (LeVar Burton) was Griffin Rock’s top inventor and scientist whose creations tend to go a bit haywire and often cause as much trouble as they help. His daughter, Frankie (Diamond White), was Cody’s best friend and shared in her father’s brilliance. Eventually, Doc met and married Professor Anna Baranova (Kath Soucie) and together they have their own daughter, CeCe (Soucie).

Huxley interviews Mayor Luskey.

Some of the colorful citizens of Griffin Rock included the blusterous and egotistical Mayor H.B. Luskey (Jeff Bennett), who sought to get tourists to the town often at the expense of safety; Huxley Prescott (Bennett), a nosy reporter often followed by a drone camera who believed from the start the bots weren’t just mere robots; Mr. Harrison (Douglas), who often traveled via a heli-pack that tended to malfunction; Jerry (named for production coordinator and prop designer Jeremiah Regan, voiced by McKain), a hapless truck driver who often got into accidents or screwed up his deliveries; Deputy Barney (based on the character Barney Fife, voiced by Bennett doing a Don Knotts impression), the only other cop in town who was a bit slow-witted; Dr. McSwain (Ginny McSwain, the show’s voice director), the town doctor; Mr. Feiffer (Hohlfeld), the jolly town baker; Mr. and Mrs. Rubio (Bennet & Chabert), who often had mishaps with their car; and Milo (Marsden), an excitable young man who believed in conspiracies.

Dr. Morocco and his MorBot.

Primarily the bots and Burns family dealt with a variety of natural and man-made emergencies all around Griffin Rock; such as landslides, traffic accidents, storm damage and more. But, even without the Decepticons (who were mentioned several times, if never seen) they managed to rack up their fair share of antagonists: Colonel Quint Quarry (Jim Cummings) was a big-game hunter who employed a variety of high-tech devices in his hunts; Lord Thurston Chumley (based on a character from the original series, also Cummings) was Quarry’s brother and chief rival who kept animals he captured frozen in stasis as trophies; Madeline Pynch (Katherine McNamara) was a rich businesswoman who would do anything to be even richer and get what she wanted; Chickadee (Kristen Schaal), a ruthless con artist who did whatever it took to get what she wanted; Skip Scobble (Eric Bauza), the under-paid agent and stunt double of actor Murray Dorfhauser (also Bauza) who stole rare books on the side; Evan and Myles (both Robbie Daymond), twins who were Griffin Rock’s main criminal element involved in crimes ranging from car theft to hacking; and the Velgrox (Bennett), a violent alien race that fed on other sentient beings. Their biggest foe, however, was  Dr. Thaddeus Morocco (based on Basil Rathbone, initially voiced by Tim Curry until he was replaced by Jonny Rees after his stroke), a purely evil genius who could manipulate events behind the scenes as well as attack full-on with his variety of inventions and MorBots. Even being stranded in the future with no memory could stop him, as he returned as a sentient computer virus to further plague Griffin Rock.

New recruits: Blurr and Salvage.

Transformers: Rescue Bots had a preview of the first two episodes on December 17, 2011 before officially debuting on February 18, 2012 on The Hub; which would become Discovery Family Channel during its run. Dubuc, Hohlfeld, Kline and Zac Atkinson served as the primary writers for the series, with additional scripts written by Greg Johnson, Dean Stefan, Mairghread Scott, Greg Weisman, Chris Wyatt, Kevin Burke, Gregory Bonsignore, Marty Isenberg, Jackson Grant, Cydne Clark, Kim Beyer-Johnson, Claire Yorita Lee and Steve Granat, amongst others. Show star McKain also contributed to scripts for three episodes. The series’ theme described the show’s premise with lyrics by Dubuc, music by Starr Parodi and Jeff Eden Fair, and performed by Josh Ramsay of Marianas Trench. Parodi and Fair also provided the incidental music for the first season, with Christopher Elves taking over for the remainder. The theme’s lyrics were shown on screen during the third season episode “I Have Heard the Robots Singing”, which was the franchise’s first-ever musical episode.

Quickshadow: bot of action!

Over the course of four seasons the show changed animation studios, resulting in slightly different character designs and overall looks to the series. For the first season, it was animated by Atomic Cartoons in Canada using Toon Boom Harmony. For the second season, animation was handled by Vision Animation in Malaysia, Moody Street Productions in Australia, and Kickstart Productions. Frequent Hasbro collaborator DHX Media took over the production of the final two seasons, outsourcing the bulk of the work to Philippine studio Top Draw Animation.

Bumblebee and Optimus Prime.

Optimus would make several appearances throughout the series, either giving the team new instructions via a comm link or the rare personal appearance for help with a mission. Other appearing established Autobots included Bumblebee (initially using sound effects by Dubuc, but later voiced by Will Friedle reprising the role from Prime and Robots in Disguise) who appeared in several episodes and was said to be good friends with Blades, and Sideswipe (Darren Criss, reprising the role from Prime) as he chased a Mini-Con named Bounce (Blum) to Griffin Rock. Veteran Autobot High Tide (Michael Bell, who starred in the original Transformers cartoon), was created for the show as an old friend of Optimus and served as a trainer for the Rescue Bots and who could combine with his rescue ship to form a giant Autobot. He also left them his Mini-Con dog, Servo, to watch over the team. Another new Autobot, Quickshadow (Alex Kingston), was a covert operations specialist also sent by Optimus to train the team and whose vehicle form was the high-tech spy car from the Maven Danger films (a play on James Bond).



As the show progressed, several things were introduced. Boulder and Doc Greene created new Energon-powered tools that the bots could use on rescues. Activated with the phrase “Power up and energize!”, Heatwave could gain an axe, Chase a grappling claw, Boulder a gun that shot multi-purpose foam, and Blades a hook and winch. To rescue Professor Baranova from Quint Quarry, the bots adopted alternate dinobot forms to impersonate the ones Quarry wanted Doc Greene to build for him. Heatwave became an apatosaurus, Chase a stegosaurus, Boulder a triceratops, Blades a pterodactyl, and even Optimus became a tyrannosaurus rex. New Rescue Bots Salvage (Marsden) and Blurr (Max Mittelman) were introduced, having been found in stasis for thousands of years of Earth. Quiet and thoughtful Salvage adopted the form of a garbage truck and utilized objects others regarded as useless to create useful items. Blurr was Salvage’s complete opposite, adopting a race car form that matched his lack of patience and desire to always move fast, and had trouble finding how a racer could be a Rescue Bot.

The training center.

For the fourth season, the series time-jumped three years both to catch up to events transpiring in Prime (such as Optimus’ death and resurrection—this happens often) and to account for the kids’ voice actors aging and their voices changing. Both Cody and Frankie received new aged-up character models as a result. In the interim, Doc Greene and Professor Baranova had married and had a baby together: CeCe (Soucie). The entire fourth season focused on a subplot that would change the entire status quo of the Rescue Bots series. Optimus finally allowed the bots to reveal themselves to the townspeople of Griffin Rock, who, despite fears of the contrary, were welcoming and receptive to them. The reason for the reveal was to enlist their help in building a new training center on the mainland where the bots would usher in the next generation of Rescue Bots. The center could transform like the bots and was hidden from view by a series of holographic projectors. It was also controlled by a hologram of Griffin Rock’s first female scientist, Elma Hendrickson (Soucie). Travel between the center and Griffin Rock, and later around the world, was made instantaneous by the development of a teleporting GroundBridge. At the conclusion of the season, Optimus gave the bots their new assignments: Chase would remain on Griffin Rock with Chief Burns; Boulder and Graham would build a community for Autobots and humans in the northwest; Blades and Dani would command Quickshadow and High Tide in China; and Heatwave and Kade would oversee the training of the recruits at the academy.

Some of the cast of Rescue Bots Academy: Wedge, While, Hoist, Hotshot and Bad Luck Chuck.

The entire season set-up the possibility of a spin-off, however fans, the cast and crew were left wondering about the future of the series for months afterward. Eventually, it was revealed that a spin-off, Rescue Bots Academy, would be going forward, but with significant changes. Animation duties were handed off to Boulder Media Studio, which was purchased by Hasbro in 2016. Likewise, the cast for returning characters was completely replaced by a New York-based talent pool. Rescue Bots became the longest-running Transformers cartoon, surpassing the original by 6 episodes.

Uncle Woody comes to visit.

During the show’s run, it was nominated for an Annie Award, two Australian Screen Sound Guild Awards, five Behind the Voice Actors Awards, two Daytime Emmy Awards and a Cynopsis Kids !magination Award. Cummings won the Voice Actor award for his portrayal of Quint Quarry, Bennett won the Emmy for his portrayal of Mayor Luskey, and Mark Hamill the Cynopsis for guest-starring as Woodrow Burns; Chief Burns’ younger brother who was an inventor and adventurer with an interest in the paranormal.

Book collection.

To better tie into the show, the Rescue Bots toyline was completely retooled to bring the designs of both the bots and humans closer to their animated appearances. Little Brown and Company, through their LB Kids imprint, published a series of easy-reader books that adapted episodes of the show beginning in 2013. Bendon Publishing International, Inc. published four jumbo coloring and activity books that contained nearly-identical content, but different covers. They also released Welcome to Griffin Rock, which was essentially provided profiles for each character for a very young audience. In 2013, Reader’s Digest published Roll to the Rescue!, which was a “life-the-flap” book. In 2013, Leap Frog published Race to the Rescue, a video game in which the bots had to stop Morocco’s Disaster Bots from destroying Griffin Rock. In 2017, Hasbro published a Choose Your Own Adventure-style interactive video on their official YouTube account called My Transformers: Rescue Bots Adventure. The video utilized some new limited footage of Heatwave and Cody along with repurposed clips from the show.

DVD Cover.

The first DVD release of the show came in 2012 as a Toys ‘R’ Us exclusive with the first two episodes that could either be purchased on its own or given for free with the purchase of a Rescue Bots toy. Shout! Factory released 13 collections between 2012 and 2018. The first three contained episodes in release order, but each one after pulled episodes from various seasons that fit a particular theme; sometimes with repeated selections based on their ability to fit into multiple themes. EDEL released the German version of the show across six volumes between 2013 and 2014. Beyond Home Entertainment handled the Australian and New Zealand releases which featured the first three seasons broken up into volumes and a complete season 1 set.



EPISODE GUIDE:
Season 1:
“Family of Heroes” (12/17/11) – The Rescue Bots arrive on Earth and are assigned by Optimus Prime to work with a family of heroes to learn about Earth.

“Under Pressure” (12/17/11) – An old man-made volcano causes lava to burst out around Griffin Rock and the Burnses learn that their robots are actually aliens.

“Hotshots” (2/25/12) – Blades’ new scoop claw allows him and Dani to complete rescues by themselves, leaving everyone else out.

“Flobsters on Parade” (3/3/12) – While Heatwave tires of playing robot, the other bots deal with an invasion of lobsters.

“The Alien Invasion of Griffin Rock” (3/10/12) – Huxley Prescott is determined to prove that aliens are planning to invade Earth.

“Cody on patrol” (3/17/12) – Cody’s desire to help on rescues causes him to unleash a swarm of futuristic nanites.

“Four Bots and a Baby” (4/14/12) – Cody babysits Doc’s Robo-Baby, which ends up causing trouble for him and the bots.

“Walk on the Wild Side” (4/21/12) – Boulder acquires a lion from the zoo to become the team’s mascot.

“Christmas in July” (4/28/12) – Doc’s weather machine causes a snow storm in the middle of summer.

“Deep Trouble” (5/5/12) – The bots deal with a shark that seems to be targeting high-tech equipment.

“Return of the Dinobot” (5/12/12) – A hacker uses Doc’s dinobot to cause chaos and allow them to hack into the town’s central computer.

“The Other Doctor” (5/19/12) – Dr. Morocco introduces his MorBot which could put the Rescue Bots out of a job.

“The Reign of Morocco” (5/19/12) – The Rescue Bots adopt hobbies during their forced retirement while Cody and Frankie investigate Morocco.

“Small Blessings” (6/9/12) – All the bots except Chase end up shrunken when they try to stop Myles and Evan’s attempt to rob Doc’s lab.

“The Griffin Rock Triangle” (6/16/12) – The bots have to rescue a reluctant Professor Baranova from her underwater lab as it teeters on a trench.

“Rules and Regulations” (6/23/12) – When Heatwave ignores Chief Burns’ orders, Chase has to figure out how to help without breaking the rules.

“The Lost Bell” (6/30/12) – A storm strands the bots and Cody on a remote island where they discover a bell stolen from Griffin Rock 200 years prior.

“Bumblebee to the Rescue” (7/7/12) – Bumblebee joins the bots in investigating and destroying a meteor, but it releases a parasite that renders the bots immobile.

“You’ve Been Squilshed” (7/14/12) – Experimenting with a green compound from Mars, Doc accidentally awakens a blobby eating machine that devours everything in its path.

“Countdown” (7/21/12) – Doc accidentally releases a swarm of bugs from the museum who act out their programming to protect the townspeople by teleporting them away to an unknown cavern.

“The Haunting of Griffin Rock” (7/28/12) – Criminals use holographic projects as ghosts to cover their activity.

“Little White Lies” (8/4/12) – The kids try to set up a surprise party for their father but soon discover he and Chase have gone missing.

“Shake Up” (8/11/12) – Frankie follows the bots on a mission to remove a troublesome underground loudspeaker and learns their secret when she’s saved from a cave in.

“Rescue Boy” (8/11/12) – Cody uses an invisibility invention to participate on more rescues but ends up trapped by it when it malfunctions.

“It’s a Bot Time” (8/18/12) – Doc accidentally sends the bots, Cody and Frankie back to the past and their rescue results in a return to a changed timeline.

“Bot to the Future” (8/18/12) – With Morocco now in control of Griffin Rock, the bots have to get past him and his MorBots to return to the past and correct the timeline.

Season 2:
“Road Trip” (3/1/14) – When Cody gets swept up in a transporter only Kade is available to save him.

“Sky Forest” (3/1/14) – Cody becomes jealous when Frankie beats him in an inventor competition but has to put that aside to help her and the bots stop sentient plants from causing trouble.

“One for the Ages” (3/8/14) – Myles and Evan steal government tech while Chief Burns is sick with the flu, and Doc accidentally ages Cody into an adult.

“Tip of the Iceberg” (3/15/14) – A ship once piloted by Cody’s great-grandfather is targeted by Morocco for the cargo it holds.

“Spellbound” (3/22/14) – A golden cellphone puts everyone but Cody and Boulder under mind control.

“A Virtual Disaster” (3/29/14) – Cody and Blades play a virtual reality game that becomes all-too-real.

“Prescott’s Bots” (4/5/14) – To pump up the excitement of his new reality show, Huxley unwittingly unleashes squilsh on a reservoir.

“Blame the Gremlins” (4/12/14) – Kade’s gremlin nightmares become real when Doc’s holographic device allows them to break free and drain energy from various devices.

“Feed the Beast” (4/19/14) – The bots hunt down a strange beast known as the Maine Ridge Monster.

“What Lies Below” (4/26/14) – When Cody and his uncle Woodrow end up trapped underground while looking for aliens, the bots recruit Optimus to help rescue them.

“What Rises Above” (5/3/14) – All stuck underground, the Burns family and the bots discover a cave filled with Energon as they search for a way out.

“Space Bots” (5/10/14) – Doc and Graham test Prof. Baranova’s new space elevator and end up stranded out there when it malfunctions.

“The Island of Misfit Tech” (5/17/14) – Chasing down a rampaging mechanical bull sends Cody and the bots to an island where dangerous technology is stored.

“The Vigiliant Town” (5/24/14) – A series of accidents prompts Luskey to replace the town’s computer system with a new super-computer that begins taking over.

“Buddy System” (5/31/14) – A Lad Pioneer hike gets interrupted when a bunch of snakes on their way to the zoo break free.

“In Search of the Griffin’s Nest” (6/7/14) – Cody and the bots head to Wayward Island to find a mythical griffin while Chief Burns and Chase investigate metal objects being drawn towards there.

“Bots and Robbers” (6/14/14) – A detective movie allows Chase to use his imagination just as Myles and Evan plan to disrupt all the technology on the island.

“Rescue Dog” (6/21/14) – The bots discover the stray dog they took in after a rescue is a rescue dog from a neighboring city.

“Changes” (6/28/14) – As Heatwave trains with Optimus, Morocco uses a prototype weather machine to cause a distraction so he can learn where the bots came from.

“Movers and Shakers” (7/5/14) – Animals run wild in the town as a Power Planter starts collecting every heat source it detects.

“Odd Bot Out” (7/12/14) – Blades becomes jealous when Dani, whose pilot’s license was allowed to expire, teams-up with Bumblebee to save the island from a Cybertronian Liquefier.

“The Griffin Rock Express” (7/19/14) – Cody discovers that Frankie has taken to playing superhero while the bots are busy elsewhere.

“Double Villainy” (7/26/14) – Morocco and Pynch team-up to acquire the bots and the gold under Griffin Rock.

“Rise of the Heroes” (8/2/14) – The Burns family have to free the bots from Morocco and Pynch’s control if they want to stop the island from sinking due to a methane gas explosion.

Season 3:
“Land Before Time” (11/1/14) – Investigating a pterodactyl gets the bots trapped in a tar pit on Wayward island, and Optimus has to become a dinobot to save them.

“Big Game” (11/1/14) – The bots try to help Optimus get used to his dino mode while Colonel Quint Quarry decides to target him for a hunt.

“Too Many Kades” (11/8/14) – Doc’s imaging chamber creates exact duplicates of Kade with differing personalities.

“Phantom of the Sea” (11/15/14) – The bots and Burns family discover a ghost ship that has been appearing every ten years is the result of a damaged time machine from Dr. Morocco.

“Unfinished Business” (11/22/14) – Chase and Boulder head into space to complete a rescue mission they left unfinished.

“No Place Like Dome” (11/29/14) – Doc’s dome to protect the town from a hurricane causes Vigil to reactivate and seek to resume his own “protection” methods.

“Bugs in the System” (12/6/14) – Morocco warns the rescue team that mutant metal-eating army ants are loose on the island, which serve as a diversion for his escape.

“Switcheroo” (12/13/14) – A space nebula switches all the minds of the bots and the Burns family.

“The Riders of Midwinter” (12/13/14) – When a terrible snowstorm puts a damper on a town tradition, the bots take it upon themselves to complete it.

“Bot-Tastic Voyage” (12/20/14) – When Kade accidentally ingests some of Doc’s Scrub-Mites, the bots have to shrink down and go inside him to stop them from causing him harm.

“Quarry vs. Quarry” (12/27/14) – Quarry kidnaps Prof. Baranova and demands Doc make more dinobots for him to hunt.

“Chief Woodrow” (1/18/15) – While Chief Burns is away, Woodrow ends up being made his replacement by Luskey after coming up with a successful plan to save his boat.

“Did You See What I Thaw?” (2/28/15) – Searching for Energon on Wayward Island leads the rescue team to discover a frozen caveman wearing an Energon necklace.

“The Attack of Humungado” (3/7/15) – Doc loans a holomorphic projector to the drive-in theater and an electrical surge causes the monster from Kade’s favorite movie to come to life.

“Thieves Like Us” (3/14/15) – Luskey holds a Bot Appreciation Day and gives out action figures of the bots, which Myles and Evan have programmed to steal for them.

“Time After Time” (3/21/15) – When Cody relives the same day twice he discovers Luskey’s new clock tower may be the cause.

“Pirates Ahoy” (3/28/15) – When it’s determined that the Burns’ ancestor may be connected with pirates, Luskey suspends and replaces the rescue team.

“Turning the Tide” (4/11/15) – Optimus sends High Tide to teach the team about ocean rescues just as a nearby oil rig causes an oil spill.

“The Last of Morocco” (4/18/15) – Jules Verne arrives to find his old friend, Dr. Morocco, but when Verne refuses to help Morocco he uses sea life to attack High Tide’s ship to change his mind.

“The New Recruits” (4/25/15) – The bots find a crashed Cybertronian ship on Wayward Island and revive Salvage and Blurr within.

“Rescue Bots Academy” (5/2/15) – The bots play highlights of past rescues as part of Salvage and Blurr’s training.

“A New Hero” (5/9/15) – Blurr defies Heatwave and leaves the firehouse as a solar flare affects all of Griffin Rock’s technology, leaving Blurr the only one to stop a falling satellite.

“Four-Legged Hero” (5/16/15) – Mrs. Luskey’s dog becomes involved with Servo, which could threaten the bots’ cover.

“Endangered Species” (5/23/15) – When Boulder discovers a previously-thought extinct woodpecker, Luskey plans to exploit them to increase tourism.

“More Than Meets the Eye” (5/30/15) – Doc’s magician sister visits the island and Chase discovers her assistants are Myles and Evan, who use her tricks to commit their latest crimes.

“I Have Heard the Robots Singing” (6/6/15) – Huxley accidentally activates Doc’s latest invention, which causes everyone on the island to sing when they talk.

“Now and Then” (6/13/15) – When the Griffin Rock time capsule is dug up, the Quantum Crystal held within is struck by lightning and causes the island to disappear.

“Today and Forever” (6/13/15) – The rescue team works to return Griffin Rock home while Woodrow, Optimus, High Tide and Blurr deal with the fallout from its disappearance.

Season 4:
“New Normal” (4/23/16) – Heatwave is uneasy about Optimus’ orders to reveal themselves to the townspeople, but that decision has to wait when the alien Velgrox invade.

“Bridge Building” (4/23/16) – While the townspeople decide the fate of the bots in their town, the team is split-up by a GroundBridge malfunction.

“Arrivals” (4/30/16) – As Frankie deals with being a big sister while a mysterious car seems to keep getting in the way of the team’s rescues.

“Plus One” (5/7/16) – Quickshadow begins her training of the team by teaching them how to function apart.

“Back to Virtual Reality” (5/14/16) – A virtual version of Morocco threatens to destroy the very real Griffin Rock.

“Vanishing Returns” (5/21/16) – Unable to find anyone free to play with results in Velgrox tech turning Cody invisible and allowing him to learn Pynch’s latest plans for the island.

“Ghost in the Machine” (5/28/16) – Myles and Evan carjack Quickshadow and threaten to reveal the secret of the bots to the world.

“Enemy of My Enemy” (6/4/16) – The Burns family has to get help from Quarry to save the bots from his brother, Lord Chumley.

“Mayor May Not” (6/11/16) – Chase is elected as the new mayor of Griffin Rock.

“All Spark Day” (6/18/16) – The bots take up babysitting when CeCe is accidentally turned into a giant.

“Part Time Heroes” (6/25/16) – The town lacks the funds to replace a vital communications tower, so the rescue team takes on additional part-time jobs to raise the money needed.

“The More Things Change…” (7/2/16) – CeCe’s personality is accidentally uploaded into Elma’s programming, causing her to cause mischief with the training center.

“The More Things Stay the Same” (7/9/16) – The bots have to restore the training center before the disguise holograms fail and it’s exposed to jets about to pass overhead.

“Hot Rod Bod” (7/23/16) – Dani helps Blurr find his place as a Rescue Bot.

“King Burns” (7/30/16) – It’s discovered that the Burns kids are heirs to the kingdom of Griffin Rock.

“Pizza Pi Party” (8/6/16) – Doc’s new yeast invention causes a massive doughy problem at the Pizza Pi Festival.

“Uninvited Guest” (8/13/16) – Bumblebee stops by the training center to get his ship repaired and unknowingly brings an Energon eater with him.

“Camp Cody” (8/27/16) – Graham and Cody use a hologram projector to allow Blades to participate in a Lad Pioneer ceremony.

“Once Upon a Time” (9/3/16) – The rescue team investigates what’s causing the spruce trees to fall over.

“The Need for Speed” (9/10/16) – When Sideswipe follows a Mini-Con to Griffin Rock, Blurr finally finds someone he can relate to—or can he?

“Cody’s 11” (9/17/16) – The rescue team works to retrieve stolen tech from Pynch.

“A Brush With Danger” (10/1/16) – A new Maven Danger film is filming in Griffin Rock, but rare books end up disappearing as a result.

“To Infinity...and Back” (10/8/16) – Dani’s test-flight of a solar-sail spaceship ends up getting her stranded in orbit.

“Family Business” (10/15/16) – Cody tries to figure out what kind of rescuer he’ll become as he needs to save a member of his family.

“Upgrades” (10/22/16) – Optimus sends the team on missions around the globe while the Morocco Virus hatches his latest plan to destroy them.

“Transformations” (10/22/16) – The Morocco Virus builds himself a robot body and takes on a brainwashed Cody as his pilot.

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