Guardian Academy (episode)

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This article is about the cartoon episode. For the titular institution, see Guardian Academy.
Challenge of the GoBots ep 64
"Guardian Academy"
Airdate December 12, 1985
Written by Jeff Segal, Kelly Ward, Mark Young and Lane Raichert
Animation studio Hanna-Barbera

It's graduation day, but not all the cadets have the Guardian cause at heart...


Featured characters[edit]

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Guardians Renegades Humans



Continuity notes[edit]

  • Gadgets and Powers:
    • Creepy is able to project energy-draining webs to snare opponents while in creature mode.
    • Traitor can produce electrical sparks from his antenna.

Continuity errors[edit]

  • When GoBots tries to have continuity, they make continuity errors.
    • In broadcast order, Tri-Trak, Twister and Tork have all appeared already as active members of the Guardians. Re-Volt also appeared with the Renegades, meaning this episode must take place earlier than "Terror in Atlantis", "Mission: GoBotron", ""Et Tu, Cy-Kill"", and "The Secret of Halley's Comet".
    • This episode also retroactively creates errors in the flashback scenes of ""Et Tu, Cy-Kill"", which showed Tri-Trak and Twister as active Guardians long ago, before Cy-Kill's defection.
    • No explanation is given for Staks having to attend Guardian Academy, considering he's been active since the pilot and made numerous appearances.
  • Leader-1 claims the Red Team has the highest score, but that isn't true. Together, the Dread Launchers score is 122,750, while the Secret Riders score (even with Tri-Trak's measly 7 points) is 138,159.
  • Cy-Kill's portable Astro Beam creates a stable portal the Blue Team is able to fly through. It is a modified Astro Beam, so this wouldn't necessarily be an error, but Cy-Kill and his goons materialized in traditional Astro Beam fashion first.

Animation and technical errors[edit]

  • Whether or not Tri-Trak has a moving mouth when he speaks is inconsistent throughout the episode.
  • Turbo's left eye is missing in the opening shot when he turns his head.
  • Tri-Trak is lying on a different ground for his close-up shot than the distant shot with him and Twister.
  • The area around Tri-Trak's face is also red when he's on the ground, when it should be gray.
  • Staks phases through the side of Thruster when Blue Team infiltrates the ship, instead of walking through the portal.
  • When she and Scorp charge the Guardians, Vamp converts without turning around, causing her robot face to rest on the front of a distorted version of her car mode.
  • It's odd to call this an error, but when he's shown relaxing and reading a book, Staks has hands. Staks doesn't have hands. Poor Staks.
  • Zeemon is among the Guardians who arrive to stop Cy-Kill from escaping with Zeemon.
  • Rest-Q's face is melting when the Guardians all clap for Tri-Trak's graduation.
  • And yet another example of BuggyMan appearing in a crowd of Guardians.

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