One Born Every Minute
|"One Born Every Minute"|
|Airdate||January 25, 2016|
|Written by||Jim Sorenson|
Rube goes solo, as both the Guardians and Renegades struggle to keep up with his antics.
The Renegades Rube and Crain Brain conducted surveillance on Doctor Blanco, a UNECOM scientist working on a transmutation ring. The newly awakened Rube had no life experience and a short fuse, however, causing him to react poorly to Crain Brain's taunting. After seeing Blanco react similarly to a tabloid reporter, Rube broke cover and approached Blanco, suggesting a partnership against all those who spurned them. The naïve and frustrated Blanco agreed.
Rube and Blanco traveled to Texas A&M University to acquire the Optical Waveform Field Inverter he needed to finish his ring. The Guardians were summoned by UNECOM, however, and engaged the Renegade. Scooter and Nick tried to convince Blanco that Rube was no good, but they failed. Blanco concocted a chemical mixture that distracted the Guardians, letting the twosome escape.
The unlikely duo had made a warehouse hideout where Blanco worked on his transmutation ring, but Nick had slipped a homing device on him earlier, and the Guardians located their targets. Rube tried to fight his way out through overwhelming odds, until Cy-Kill arrived as well to take charge (and steal the benefits from Rube's scheme). The Guardian and Renegade Power Marchers were at parity, however, and Leader-1 revealed the Power Warrior Courageous was on scene as well, countering Monsterous. Loath to engage in a fair fight, Cy-Kill and the Renegades retreated. Rube returned to Cy-Kill and Doctor Blanco was arrested by UNECOM.
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
- 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 December 9, 1986.
- This episode title was first released in an Ask Vector Prime post on December 21, 2015.
- "One born every minute" is a reference to the P. T. Barnum quote about suckers. Meanwhile, a rube can refer to an uneducated yokel. We see what you did there.
- Odd Ball, Vamp, Scorp, Fright Face, South Claw, Pow Wow, Breez, Clutch and Warpath are all mentioned by Cy-Kill in an opening soliloquy, but are not part of the actual episode narrative.
- This episode makes it explicitly clear Rube and the other Puzzler components have different personalities and life experiences from the Cybertronian sparks they are based on. Their minds are presumably the GoBotic technology equivalent of the personality shell programs used for the Vehicon generals in Beast Machines, rather than the Predacon shell programs of Beast Wars that simply made the underlying consciousness more evil.