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EPISODE 49:
FITOR TO THE FINISH

ORIGINAL AIRDATE:
21/11/1985
WRITERS:
Jeff Segal, Kelly Ward and Don Glut
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SYNOPSIS

Fitor with Bad Boy, Stallion and Stinger The Guardians are inspecting a new highly advanced UNECOM station. Cy-Kill has identified it as a great threat to his plans, so he dispatches Fitor with an assault team to take it out. The Guardians hold out against them, though, and Fitor is captured. Leader-1 and Turbo take him to UNECOM HQ for questioning, but Fitor manages to force the Command Center to crash. They bail out before it hits, taking the Renegade with them. Cy-Kill sends Crasher and Cop-Tur to recover Fitor. The Guardians have taken him on to Gobotron where they can use a Brainstormer. Crasher and Cop-Tur attack them en route, but the Renegades' Thruster is shot down and the Command Center escapes into hyperspace.

Turbo charges Stinger and StallionCy-Kill adopts different tactics, capturing Scooter, Matt, AJ, Nick and Anya on Earth. Fitor is handed over to the Guardian forces on Gobotron, but Cy-Kill contacts Leader-1 and tells him to hand his second-in-command over or he'll kill the hostages. Leader-1 agrees to a hand over, but is attacked by the Renegades when he arrives without backup. Fitor is about to finish off the Guardian when the Astro-Beam takes him away from Earth, and then Turbo arrives with Guardian reinforcements. The Renegades are overrun and Astro-Beam back to Roguestar, allowing the Guardians to recover their captives.


NOTES

Fitor is restrained onboard the Command CenterThe use of an establishing shot of the planet implies The Renegades still seem to have some presence on Gobotron here - Fitor and company certainly aren't onboard Roguestar.

Fitor is psychotically loyal to the Renegades, making at least one attempt to kill himself (and anyone else nearby) before he can be interrogated. Cy-Kill knows this (even describing him as a friend) and admires him for it, but Crasher and Cop-Tur are less than enamoured with Fitor (who does, after all, call his leader "C.K."). Scooter has fire extinguishers in his fingertips. Cy-Kill can fire a restraining field from his fists, and also project a forcefield.


TRIVIA

Leader-1 and Turbo take their prisoner to GobotronGobots Featured: Turbo, Scooter, Leader-1, Cy-Kill, Cop-Tur, Crasher, Fitor, Bad Boy, Stallion, Stinger, Zeemon, Blaster, Night Ranger, Heat Seeker, Staks, Dive-Dive, Hans-Cuff, Wrong Way.

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

Particularly Glaring Errors: Fitor states he'll be returned to Roguestar by Astro-Beam in 48 hours, but he didn't start out there. The original broadcast order has this one coming straight after "Escape from Elba", which means on successive days kids got to see fairly similar basic plots.

Moments of Actual Quality: Fitor's tremendous in this one, especially his absolute joy when he causes the Command Center to crash (compare and contrast to Scooter, if so inclined). Cy-Kill sussing Scooter's hologram straight away is great too.

Unintentional Hilarity: Turbo riding Fitor while the Renegade tries to knock him off by wobbling very slightly and calling him names is pretty bizarre.


REVIEW:

Scooter and company are held by Cy-KillIn some ways this is just a poor man's "Escape from Elba", but that would be a harsh description of a surprisingly good Glut script. This one is less all-round excellent, but does have a wonderful take on Fitor. His resolute behaviour makes him strangely heroic, and the mutual respect he holds with Cy-Kill shines through.

It loses impetus in the second half a little with a very obvious double-cross at the hand over (not made any less tedious by the script realising it's obvious) and less of Fitor, but it's still a solid piece of work.