ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 04/11/1985
congratulates a baffled Steamer on his good work, and the Guardians are
routed. Steamer is rejected by the Guardians, who incorrectly believe
he was in on Cy-Kill's plans, especially when a disk containing the Command
Center's schematics are found on him. They try to imprison Steamer, but
he escapes and spies on the Renegades. Cy-Kill is adding controls to construction
vehicles to level the town, and Steamer takes this information back to
the Command Center. With his help, they stop the vehicles, Steamer destroying
Cy-Kill's control device. Leader-1 takes out the Astro-Beam prototype,
and the Renegades
Steamer was created just for this episode, and isn't based on any toy from the line (none even come close). His alternate mode is a steam roller. It's a bit weird he was created for this episode when there were other underused Renegades kicking around - say, Crain Brain for example. Steamer isn't seen again after this one - maybe he then had to enrol (HAHAHAHAHAHA!) in the Guardian Academy?
There are some pools of water on Gobotron - Night Ranger falls in one. Whether it's naturally occurring or imported from Earth is anyone's guess, though. Cy-Kill has a forcefield - presumably he forgets about it a lot of the time... He can also exude corrosive gas and/or flames from his motorcycle exhausts - presumably he forgets etc. etc. and so on.
Gobots Featured: Fitor, Screw Head, Steamer, Doctor Go, Cy-Kill, Crasher, Sparky, Night Ranger, Path Finder, Cop-Tur, Leader-1, Turbo, Scooter.
Humans Featured: Nick, AJ, Matt.
Particularly Glaring Errors: Sparky being quite so cowed seems very out of character compared to her feisty showing in "The Gobotron Saga". Okay, so she's every right to be scared of Cy-Kill, but begging Steamer for her life is less impressive. Why does Leader-1 destroy the Astro-Beam prototype? He makes no effort to recapture it, and even points out that it's Guardian property. What happens to the nearly-finished Renegade version? Doctor Go only had a couple more adjustments to make to it anyway.
Moments of Actual Quality: Steamer's just great. Decent character, well handled and - surprisingly - well-designed. It wouldn't be inconceivable to reverse-engineer a working toy from the animation model.
Unintentional Hilarity: Steamer: "I'm not going to let you destroy this city, you clowns!". He then blows up two blocks of flats to crush Cop-Tur and Crasher. The building where Cy-Kill's converted construction vehicles appears to belong to a company imaginatively named Machinery Manufacturers. Hmm, I wonder what they make?
A simple idea done nicely. Steamer is well-defined and nicely sympathetic without being particularly weak, while Cy-Kill gets to be intelligent by using the defection against the Guardians while also putting the boot into Steamer.
Despite the Astro-Beam prototype being a macguffin the plot is good, or at least fast, even beyond the Steamer stuff, giving some action scenes to match the character stuff. One of the better episodes, though it's a disappointment they didn't do more with Steamer afterwards.