Darkest Before the Dawn

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Challenge of the GoBots Season 2 ep 52
Cy-Kill's presented order
"Darkest Before the Dawn"
Airdate October 21, 2015
Written by Jim Sorenson

It's convention time! Do you have your costume ready?


The Renegades wanted to capture Dr. Faraji, inventor of the Dynamic Asymmetrical Wavefront Nullifier. Hearing he was giving a speech at SciFi Con in New York, Cy-Kill and the Renegades decided to attend in disguise. Matt Hunter, Turbo, and Raizor were also present at the convention, however, and tried to stop the kidnapping. Turbo and Dr. Faraji were captured, but Matt and Raizor escaped to warn the Guardians. Faraji sabotaged the weaponized DAWN when the Renegades installed it on Roguestar, causing it to disrupt the ship's Stealth device. As Leader-1 and the Guardians staged a rescue assault, Turbo and Faraji destroyed the DAWN and escaped on a Space Hawk, leaving the Renegades to retreat to hyperspace.

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(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Guardians Renegades Humans



  • Challenge of the GoBots Season 2 was a virtual continuation of the original show related by Vector Prime (from his multiversal perspective) and Cy-Kill (who lived it).
    • In realities where this story aired on television, it premiered on November 25, 1986.
  • This "episode" related by Cy-Kill from "Ask Vector Prime"'s Guest column contained a mid-length summary–longer than the brief mentions of the earliest episodes, but not yet the full three-act synopses like later stories.
  • This episode was named in an Ask Vector Prime post on December 21, 2015.

Continuity notes[edit]

  • This "episode" is the first presented appearance of Raizor. Part of the "Renegade Rhetoric"-only subgroup called the Robo Rebels, Raizor's unit would receive an origin mini-series in later "Rhetoric" broadcasts which served as the season premiere of this virtual second season. His fellow Robo Rebels were previously introduced in "The Hawks of Space".
  • The characters' cosplay for SciFiCon was at follows:
  • According to Vector Prime, time was passing at a faster rate in Challenge of the GoBots than was passing in the real world, sometimes with months going by between episodes. As a result, while this episode "aired" in 1986, the events presented really took place more than ten years later, so some of the anachronistic costumes described above actually make perfect sense in context and oh no, what's that behind you?!
    • Vector Prime? Where'd you go, Vector Prime?

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