Escape from Elba

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Challenge of the GoBots ep 48
"Escape from Elba"
Airdate November 20, 1985
Written by Linda Yuro and Lee Yuro
Animation studio Hanna-Barbera

The Guardians finally capture Cy-Kill, but can they keep him?


Featured characters[edit]

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)



  • The Guardians make a Looney Tunes "ZOOOM!" noise early in the episode when they speedily zip after Cy-Kill.
  • Leader-1 is, in no uncertain terms, a moron. His plan to "test the sincerity" of Fitor and Geeper-Creeper's amnesty request is to reveal the secret location of Cy-Kill's prison, transport them there, and then wait and see if they try to betray him. And his secret weapon if, no when, things go wrong? Matt Hunter. That's it.

Continuity notes[edit]

  • Gadgets and Powers:
    • Cy-Kill is so charismatic, he seems to have already swayed Street Heat and Royal-T to his side before his eyes start shooting a hypnotic ray.
    • Cy-Kill can also give Scooter a run for his money in the voice mimicry arena, perfectly duplicating Turbo's voice and lingo.

Continuity errors[edit]

  • When Turbo first appears via Astro Beam, he shows up as a big giant head. It almost looked like he was using the Astro Beam for some kind of communication instead of teleportation, but moments later he's fully materialized (and normal-sized).

Animation and technical errors[edit]

  • Scooter's legs are completely red in the opening fly by.
  • Street Heat speaks in Royal-T's voice when Cy-Kill hypnotizes them (although he's never spoken before, so it's hard to tell).
  • The black around Fitor's eyes disappears when he's explaining the stealth device.
  • When Leader-1 gets a message from Scooter, Geeper-Creeper turns his head inside its frame, instead of turning his entire head as one piece.
  • Although Fitor and Geeper-Creeper are supposedly wearing restraining bolts on their way to Elba, the devices are not present.
  • Someone yells "Night Ranger, look out!" when Cy-Kill ambushes Turbo's squad, but Geeper-Creeper is actually on-screen at the time getting shot by Cy-Kill and his men. At a guess, during production someone thought Geeper-Creeper was Hans Cuff, the only Guardian not shown getting shot. And that Hans Cuff's name is Night Ranger.
  • Also, Geeper-Creeper alternates several times this episode between two eyes and goggles.
  • Matt opens Turbo's roof instead of his windshield in order to exit on Elba, and the roof is colored green like the windows.

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