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EPISODE 15:
FORCED ALLIANCE

ORIGINAL AIRDATE:
04/10/1985
WRITER:
Jeff Segal, Kelly Ward and Doug Booth
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SYNOPSIS

Dozer in the Command CenterThe Guardians successfully test their new Enigma anti-surveillance device. However, Cy-Kill's Thruster spots them, and he and Pincher attack. They steal the Enigma device, return to Thruster and prepare to attack again. The Command Center is chased into an asteroid field, and both ships are damaged and forced down on a nearby planet. The Guardians try to recover the device, but Turbo and Crasher end up caught in a giant spider web. The giant mechanical spider that made it promptly arrives, and more attack the rest of the Gobots. They all manage to free themselves by working together, and a truce is agreed until they escape from the planet.

Turbo and Crasher trapped in the webMatt uses Dozer to cause a flash flood and wash the spiders away. A magnetic field is preventing the ships from taking off, so Nick, Scooter and Pincher go looking for a way to counter its' effect. Meanwhile, the other Renegades covertly set traps on the Command Center during repairs. Pincher helps locate the crystals that can block the magnetic field, but after collecting them, the Renegade leaves Nick and Scooter trapped. Back at the ship, Cy-Kill takes out Leader-1 and Turbo. The Renegades prepare to escape, leaving Pincher, who's caught by a spider. Dozer saves him, and he still has enough crystals for the Command Center to leave the planet. A recovered Leader-1 rescues Scooter and Nick and heads back to the ship. When they try and activate the hyperdrive, Pincher confesses to the sabotage but accidentally activates it before being Astro-Beamed away. Turbo had already undone the damage anyway, switching the explosives for the enigma device the Renegades stole during the fighting. And then everyone goes home.


NOTES

Scooter's horrifying disguiseThe unnamed planet seems to be largely magnetic, but this only really affects things when it suits the story. Scooter has a small cutting laser located in his index finger. Pincher and Crasher both have storage facilities in their chests.

The Enigma device is probably named in honour of the World War II decryption system.


TRIVIA

Cy-Kill takes out TurboGobots Featured: Leader-1, Dozer, Turbo, Scooter, Crasher, Cop-Tur, Cy-Kill, Pincher.

Humans Featured: Anya, Matt, AJ, Nick.

Particularly Glaring Errors: When they scrap in the Command Center, Leader-1 is twice the size of Cy-Kill. A magnetic planet would cause robotics more problems than it being difficult to fly above it too.

Moments of Actual Quality: Dozer sorting a spider by himself is nice.

Unintentional Hilarity: Scooter disguises himself, Nick and Pincher as a spider. A spider with a big Scooter head.


REVIEW:

Pincher reveals the Renegade sabotage to TurboA real drag. Despite some welcome attention for Pincher and a serviceable contribution from Dozer (even if the writers seem to keep forgetting he's in the episode), there's not a lot of interest here at all.

The Renegades betraying the truce when they've got what they need is hugely obvious from the second it's proposed, yet the Guardians are still surprised when it happens. And yet again, a vital job is delegated to Team Fail. Rubbish, absolute rubbish.