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EPISODE 27:
TARNISHED IMAGE

ORIGINAL AIRDATE:
25/11/1985
WRITERS:
Jeff Segal, Kelly Ward and David Schwartz
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SYNOPSIS

Cy-Kill disguises himself as Leader-1UNECOM picks up a broadcast from Cy-Kill claiming the Renegades are fed up of their defeats, and are leaving Earth and Gobotron alone in favour of finding better pickings elsewhere. However, this is just a lie to mask their latest device - personal holographic devices to disguise the Renegades as Guardians. They plan to discredit their enemies, and a feigned distress call keeps the real Guardians busy. They head to the UNECOM base, and are almost discovered by a new Renegade detector device. However, General Newcastle assumes the device is malfunctioning. The Renegades then set about creating mild disorder.

Crasher causes mayhem while disguised as ScooterWhen the real Guardians return to Earth to find they've been blamed, and banned from landing by the United Nations. The Guardians protest their innocence, but reluctantly move off when UNECOM scramble jets to attack the Command Center. Leader-1 suspects Renegade foul play, and sets the ship on the bottom of the sea. Turbo heads off to talk to Matt, Nick and AJ, who decide to give the Guardians the benefit of the doubt for now. The Renegades, meanwhile, attack a UNECOM facility in order to disable their computers. Under the sea, the Guardians analyse footage of the attacks and discover the truth. They're about to take their findings to General Newcastle when they pick up an SOS from the UNECOM base. There, Scooter uses a hologram of Courageous to drive off the Renegades. Cy-Kill, Cop-Tur and Crasher escape, leaving Doctor Go who spills the beans to the Guardians. He confesses in front of UNECOM and the UN, clearing them in the eyes of the world.


NOTES

General Newcastle tells the Guardians they're banned from EarthThe devices seem to be different ones to those seen in "Pacific Overtures". UNECOM are bound by UN decrees. The HQ is protected by an energy shield. Doctor Go finishes the episode in Guardian custody - presumably he's later rescued (he doesn't seem to have travelled to Thruster/Earth by Astro-Beam, as the narrative here seems to take place over a few days). Leader-1 threatens him with hard labour on the Moon of Fire (another of Gobotron's moons).

Amusingly, the disguised Renegades seem to be voiced by their Guardian voice actors doing impressions of the Renegades. Once again, the storyline is similar to a Transformers episode - this time "Megatron's Masterplan" (they do keep ripping off the bad ones, don't they?). Here Leader-1 earns big points for not letting his troops just be convicted of crimes he knows they didn't commit, and for not letting his honour endanger Earth's population.


TRIVIA

The Renegades are menaced by a holographic CourageousGobots Featured: Cy-Kill, Cop-Tur, Crasher, Doctor Go, Leader-1, Scooter, Turbo.

Humans Featured: Matt, General Newcastle, Nick, AJ.

Others Featured: Courageous.

Particularly Glaring Errors: Why can't Doctor Go fly off with the other Renegades? He flies into the base without problems...

Moments of Actual Quality: This is one of Leader-1's best showings - as noted above in the comparison to Optimus Prime, he actually thinks this one through logically and reacts sensibly to Cy-Kill's ploy.

Unintentional Hilarity: That must be the lamest crime spree ever.


REVIEW:

Dr. Go claims Cy-Kill made him do itA less interesting composite of "Pacific Overtures" and "Doppelganger". However, it's nice to see the Guardians think their way out of trouble (it's nice the way they pick up on the fake Scooter having blasters; when I first saw Crasher attacking I assumed the writers wouldn't think of it, and yet it's brought up as a point of defence - satisfying!).

Doctor Go is pretty good value, but aside from that it feels pretty tired - another daft plan from Cy-Kill which goes to inordinate lengths to get rid of the Guardians without actually hurting them...