Return to GoBotron
|"Return to GoBotron"|
|Airdate||November 15, 1985|
|Story by||Kelly Ward, Jeff Segal, John Loy and Peter Anderegg|
|Teleplay by||John Loy and Peter Anderegg|
|Animation studio||Wang Film Productions|
The Power Warrior Courageous is fast, powerful, and available at your local toy stores!
Leader-1 puts the first Power Suit through its' paces as Small Foot, Matt, A.J., Nick and the Last Engineer watch. The suit gives the Guardian leader greatly increased speed. Just then Turbo's Command Center arrives in flames and with two of the legs jammed. Scooter puts out a distress call; Leader-1 uses the new suit's powers to manually put the legs into position, enabling the battered ship to land. Crasher realises the suit poses a major threat to Cy-Kill's invasion plans. The Last Engineer shows off three more suits to the Guardians and the impressed General Newcastle - one with enhanced firepower that Turbo takes a shine to, one packed with high-tech scanners that Small Foot dons and another with telekinetic circuits, which appeals to Scooter. Small Foot immediately overhears Fitor and Crasher. The four Guardians set off in the Power Suits and chase after them. Leader-1 chases after Fitor before punching him out of the sky and while Turbo engages Crasher, blowing her into a crater. Nearby, Small Foot detects a forcefield and sets off to investigate with Scooter in tow - they find the cloaked Thruster, guarded by Destroyer. He is about to shoot them when Scooter uses his suit to create an avalanche, knocking the Renegade out.
Onboard Roguestar, Cy-Kill is hailed by Pincher, who arrives with the trianium crystals for the updated transgressor along with Vamp and Scorp, who have opted to join the main Renegade force. The Master Renegade is put to work but is growing angry with Cy-Kill's dominance. Back on Earth, UNECOM use the Brainstormer on the captured Renegades, learning of the planned invasion. Leader-1 opts to undertake a pre-emptive strike on Roguestar in the repaired Command Centre, taking advantage of the Renegade ship turning off its' stealth field. The Command Center is detected by the Renegades, so Cy-Kill sends Cop-Tur and Tank to man Thrusters and intercept. However the Master Renegade pulls his transgressor gun, shooting Cy-Kill and getting the others to follow him under threat of being blasted. He takes over the defence, ordering the Thrusters to be launched. However, the Guardians have taken the stealth device from Crasher's ship and evade the interceptors, which the Master Renegade unwisely sends to GoBotron, believing that to be the Guardians' target. Instead Leader-1, Turbo, Small Foot and Scooter head towards Roguestar in their Power Suits. The Monster GoBots attack them in their ship and the Guardians are unable to lose them despite a journey inside an asteroid.
A stray hit on the Command Center sends Sparky crashing into the stealth device, making the ship visible to the Renegades. Onboard Roguestar Cy-Kill recovers and blasts the Master Renegade, who Cop-Tur takes to a cell. He begins taking control of the battle, recalling the Thrusters and firing on the Command Center and the Power Suits. However the Last Engineer responds to an SOS sent by A.J. in the redesigned Courageous. He shoots down the Monsters' ship, which crashes into Roguestar. However, the Thrusters then return - but the Last Engineer reveals the full range of the system and Courageous combines with the Power Suits to form a mighty Power Warrior. The huge robot carves up the Renegade fleet so Cy-Kill orders Screw Head to engage its' stealth device and escape. Later on a liberated GoBotron Zeemon hails the Guardians and the Last Engineer, who plan to work together to finally defeat Cy-Kill once and for all.
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
"One size fits all!"
- —The Last Engineer lies outrageously on behalf of Tonka; good luck getting Scooter's toy inside P1...
- "The GoBotron Saga" is the largest continuity headache of the original Challenge of the GoBots run. Aired as episodes 41-45, it was nevertheless clearly intended to immediately follow the original five-part pilot. Regular characters and concepts like the Monster GoBots and Courageous were given origin stories in this Saga.
- Specifically here the Power Suits finish production and Courageous's full configuration are seen for the first time, while Vamp and Scorp join Cy-Kill's Renegades.
- Gadgets and Powers:
- After a brief appearance last episode, the full roster of Power Suits and their abilities are put on display: Speed, Firepower, Sensors, and Telekinesis. These are modelled on P2, P4, P3 and P1 respectively; as was often the case with the show the configuration of Guardians shown is impossible on the toys - only Small Foot is depicted in a suit that can accept her toy.
- While Leader-1's suit is shown to almost teleport during his pursuit of Fitor this isn't mentioned in the episode; it seems more likely the animation is attempting to show the suit moves so fast as to seem to appear out of nowhere.
- The ship Courageous is completely redesigned (it just shows up that way and Cy-Kill somehow recognises it, though maybe we can charitably say it was rebuild off-screen and Cy-Kill just makes a lucky guess) and can link up with the Power Suits to form a Power Warrior.
- The Power Warrior Courageous makes its first appearance this episode. The Power Suits appeared in previously broadcast episodes beginning with "It's the Thought that Counts". They were first seen forming Courageous in "Ultra Zod".
- Crasher, Fitor and likely Destroyer are still in UNECOM custody at the end of the episode; presumably they escape or get free off-screen as all appear in future episodes.
Continuity and plotting errors
- Scooter and Small Foot have a conversation where she persuades him to use his suit's telekinesis while Destroyer aims at them. Must be an evil alien robot tank thing. Why Small Foot doesn't even try shooting at the Renegade with her blasters isn't explained.
- Pincher went to Antares III in a Thruster but comes back in a completely new ship; it can't have been from the planet or the Master Renegade wouldn't have needed the Guardians to give him a lift in "Quest for the Creator".
- Why does Cy-Kill turn off Roguestar's cloaking device? He might have conquered GoBotron but he knows that there are a sizeable group of Guardians are still free. The weirdest thing is that finding the ship would have been a good way to show off Small Foot's scanner suit!
- Leader-1 nearly shows common sense, telling Matt, A.J. and Nick to stay behind due to the danger of the planned assault on Roguestar. They ask a second time and he folds immediately.
Animation and technical errors
- Out of necessity, the front car bumper that normally frames Turbo's head vanishes when he's wearing the Power Suit.
- Small Foot's Power Suit looks like an advanced (and ever-changing) cockpit of instrument panels from the inside, but from the outside it looks like a clear glass canopy.
- Once Cy-Kill takes command again, Screw Head's eyes temporarily vanish on his visor.
- When the Last Engineer attacks, Scorp's chest flashes when he talks as if he were making a radio call.
- Turbo is both in the audience and on stage when Zeemon congratulates Leader-1's team.
- Courageous is shown and treated differently here compared to its' other appearances. Firstly only the central ship is referred to as Courageous, with the robot only named as 'a Power Warrior', by Nick. Secondly this is the only time anyone is shown to occupy the central ship, piloted by the Last Engineer. Because of this the robot spends most of its' time orientated horizontally so the Last Engineer can be seen in the cockpit; the face of Courageous is barely glimpsed. And thirdly this is a rare appearance of Scooter both in a Power Suit and as part of Courageous.
- Turbo's Command Center contains at least 11 Guardians - himself, Scooter, Sparky, Rest-Q, Path Finder, Defendor, Wrong Way, Blaster, Night Ranger, Van Guard and Flip Top. Some are seen in crowd shots and again at the ceremony on GoBotron but aside from Sparky none of the "non-star" GoBots seem to be present in the actual battle against Roguestar, with the three humans manning the bridge. While not an outright error this is sadly typical of the show and belies Leader-1 taking the humans along as the Guardians will "need all the help they can get".
- Sparky meanwhile is bumped down to a minor role with a few lines of exposition, wrecks the stealth device and doesn't even get to stand on the stage at the end, despite her crucial role in the saga. Boo!
Home video releases
2015 — Challenge of the GoBots — The Series, Volume Two (Warner Archive Collection)