G.I. Joe: Renegades

G.I. Joe: Renegades is an American animated television series based on the G.I. Joe toy franchise. The series aired on The Hub from November 26, 2010, to July 23, 2011.[1]

G.I. Joe: Renegades
G.I. Joe Renegades logo.jpg
Genre
Based onG.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
by Larry Hama
Developed by
Voices of
Narrated byDavid Kaye
Opening theme
  • Starr Parodi
  • Jeff Eden Fair
Composers
  • Starr Parodi
  • Jeff Eden Fair
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Production
Executive producers
  • Jeff Kline
  • Stephen Davis
Running time21–22 minutes
Production companies
DistributorHasbro Studios
Release
Original networkThe Hub
Original releaseNovember 26, 2010 (2010-11-26) –
July 23, 2011 (2011-07-23)

The series was available for instant streaming through Netflix from April 5, 2012, up until February 2015. DVD and Blu-ray releases by Shout! Factory came out in 2013.[2]

PlotEdit

A small group of US military personnel are forced to become fugitives, after uncovering suspicious activity at a Cobra Industries pharmaceutical facility. Now branded as renegades by the media for terrorist crimes that they did not commit and pursued by the military as well as Cobra mercenaries, they must use their specialized military skills to prove their innocence and to expose the true face of Cobra Industries and its mysterious leader, Adam DeCobray.

(According to the recent "Hub Exclusive" TV broadcast promoting this series and Transformers: Prime, homages to The A-Team are used in the background of this incarnation of the characters. Most notable is that Roadblock is stated to parallel B.A. Baracus in size and mechanical aptitude, and Flint is a Lieutenant, rather than a warrant officer and is specifically the officer assigned to arrest the "Renegades", akin to Colonel Lynch of the A-Team series. Also, Lady Jaye is sympathetic to her longtime friend Duke and provides covert support for him and the Renegades, much like Captain Charissa Sosa in the A-Team film and Amy Allen in the 1980s TV series.)

Opening narrationEdit

After two episodes, the series' intro is narrated by David Kaye:

Accused of a crime they didn't commit, a ragtag band of fugitives fights a covert battle to clear their names and expose the insidious enemy that is... Cobra. Some call them outlaws. Some call them heroes. But these determined men and women think of themselves only as "Ordinary Joes". And this is their story.

CharactersEdit

EpisodesEdit

Ep. # Episode title Director Writer(s) Original Air Date
1"The Descent, Part 1"Nathan ChewHenry Gilroy & Marty IsenbergNovember 26, 2010 (2010-11-26)

A team of five soldiers—Duke, Ripcord, Tunnel Rat, Roadblock and Scarlett (with Snake Eyes helping from the shadows)—are sent to investigate Cobra Pharmaceuticals. They discover Cobra's new top secret weapon, Bio-Vipers, but are discovered and are forced to blow the facility to save themselves; though seemingly at the cost of Ripcord's life.

Introducing Characters: Duke, Tunnel Rat, Scarlett, Roadblock, Snake Eyes, Rip Cord, General Abernathy, Baroness, Doctor Mindbender, Lady Jaye, Cobra Commander
2"The Descent, Part 2"Scott BernHenry Gilroy & Marty IsenbergNovember 26, 2010 (2010-11-26)

After surviving the Cobra Pharmaceuticals explosion, the team are framed for it and become known as the "Renegades" by the media. They then go after a surviving Bio-Viper that's heading to Springfield. While Baroness and Doctor Mindbender oversee the "quarantine," General Abernathy sends Flint to get Lady Jaye to help him bring in Duke's team.

Introducing Characters: Flint
3"Rage"Kevin AltieriStan BerkowitzJanuary 7, 2011 (2011-01-07)

Posing as a preacher that helps veterans, Scrap-Iron kidnaps Tunnel Rat and uses him to test a weaponized "exo-armor" suit for James McCullen and M.A.R.S. Industries. He meets Ralph Pulaski (a.k.a. Steeler) in another suit and they must battle each other to survive. Roadblock then attempts a rescue by allowing himself to be captured, but he is forced into an exo-suit as well. Now the rest of the Joes have to save him too.

Introducing Characters: Scrap-Iron, Steeler, Destro (As James McCullen), Doc, (Iron Grenadiers are mentioned)
4"Dreadnoks Rising"Scooter TidwellEugene SonJanuary 14, 2011 (2011-01-14)

The Joes make a pit stop in a small town in Kansas and quickly find themselves tangling with the Dreadnoks, their leader Zartan, and a cowardly local sheriff. Now they must race against time to help the locals free themselves from the biker gang's reign of terror, give the sheriff his courage back, put the whole gang behind bars, and get out of dodge before Flint arrives to arrest them.

Introducing Characters: Zartan, The Dreadnoks (Buzzer, Ripper, Torch, Monkeywrench and Road Pig)
5"The Package"Nathan ChewRich FogelDecember 3, 2010 (2010-12-03)

The Baroness contacts mercenary, Major Bludd, to track down and assassinate a target—-a former Cobra employee turned internet blogger-—who they believed stole one of their data scanners, only to learn he's under the Joes' protection.

Introducing Characters: Major Bludd, Breaker
6"Return of the Arashikage, Part 1"Scott BernGreg JohnsonDecember 10, 2010 (2010-12-10)

The Joes take refuge at Snake Eyes' dojo where they train with him and meet his first apprentice, Jinx. They also learn about his connection to Jinx's cousin Storm Shadow and their connected past to the Arashikage ninja clan.

Introducing Characters: Jinx, Storm Shadow
7"Return of the Arashikage, Part 2"Kevin AltieriDean StefanDecember 17, 2010 (2010-12-17)
The Joes regroup after an ambush from Storm Shadow, who has kidnapped Jinx, and make a plan to hunt down the former and rescue the latter.
8"Busted"Scooter TidwellAndrew R. RobinsonJanuary 28, 2011 (2011-01-28)

Duke is wrongfully imprisoned when he gets caught up in a chop shop while looking for a replacement part for their vehicle. The rest of G.I. Joe must break him out of prison by having Roadblock get arrested. They soon discover that the prison warden is making prisoners fight each other for his amusement. Now the Joes must get Duke and Roadblock out and expose the illegal activities in the prison.

Introducing Characters: Law & Order
9"The Enemy of My Enemy"Nathan ChewScott SonnebornFebruary 4, 2011 (2011-02-04)

Adam DeCobray, head of Cobra Industries, hires James McCullen of M.A.R.S. Industries to combine Dr. Mindbender's Bio-Vipers with the failed MARS exo-armor suits. Meanwhile, the Joes infiltrate the Cobra lab after receiving information of DeCobray's plans, from a masked whistleblower. During the attempt, Mindbender reveals a deadly secret, leading DeCobray to reveal himself as Cobra Commander. James McCullen becomes an iron-masked "Destro" (estranged/alienated one) as a symbol of his failure, betrayal and servitude to Cobra.

Introducing Characters: Serpentor the Cobra, Iron Grenadiers, Mecha-Vipers
10"Fire Fight"Scott BernAlexx Van DyneFebruary 11, 2011 (2011-02-11)

When the town of Green Ridge issues a court order to Cobra Industries to halt the construction of their dam, Baroness and Doctor Mindbender send Firefly to burn this former resort town to the ground, leaving it up to G.I. Joe and a local firefighter to stop him.

Introducing Characters: Firefly, Barbecue
11"Homecoming, Part 1"Kevin AltieriMarty IsenbergDecember 24, 2010 (2010-12-24)

Duke heads home to Missouri to protect his family from Cobra, while the Joes infiltrate Cobra Industrie's Christmas party in Washington D.C.. Duke's (adolescent) past with Flint during a high school state football championship is revealed.

Introducing Characters: Max Hauser (Duke's dad), Connie Hauser (Duke's mom), Vincent Hauser (Duke's younger brother)
12"Homecoming, Part 2"Scooter TidwellGreg JohnsonDecember 24, 2010 (2010-12-24)

With the Joes in Flint's military custody en route to DC aboard a military train, the Baroness tries to regain a hard drive holding Cobra secrets. Now dubbed the "Springfield Four" the Joes' identities are compromised in the process. Storm Shadow via the Baroness, forms an alliance with Cobra.

Introducing Characters: Stalker, Tripwire
13"Brothers of Light"Nathan ChewBrandon AumanMarch 11, 2011 (2011-03-11)

Running a cult commune and fleecing the initiatives of their money, psychic twins Tomax and Xamot hypnotize most of the Joes after they find Sister Leia wandering in the desert. Meanwhile, Doctor Mindbender is seeking a psychic in order to learn the secrets to mind control for his Bio-Vipers.

Introducing Characters: Tomax and Xamot, Crimson Guard

Trivia: This episode was dedicated to the memory of Clément Sauvé (1977–2011).
14"Knockoffs"Scott BernTom PugsleyMarch 18, 2011 (2011-03-18)

Flint and Lady Jaye offer Zartan a reduced sentence for his help. Meanwhile, the Baroness transports a camouflage suit—-technology that can duplicate anyone's appearance—-to Cobra Commander, but Zartan accidentally ruins everyones plans. The Joes and the Falcons, must capture Zartan and retrieve the camo suit.

Introducing Characters: warrant officer/helicopter pilot Wild Bill Hardy
15"White Out"Kevin AltieriDean StefanMarch 25, 2011 (2011-03-25)

Dr. Mindbender creates prototype "Shadow-Vipers", synthetic doppelgangers of Storm Shadow, to track down the Joes, who are now in Canada hiding out with Snow Job, Tunnel Rat's old arctic trooper buddy. But Snow Job doesn't give the team the warm welcome they expect. There, Snake Eyes rescues a timber wolf caught in a hunter's trap.

Introducing Characters: Snow Job, Frostbite, Timber
16"Shipwrecked"Scooter TidwellStan BerkowitzApril 16, 2011 (2011-04-16)

A sea captain, Hector Delgado, helps the Joes transport a canister commandeered from Cobra's arctic lab to General Abernathy in Washington D.C., evidence that would expose Cobra Industries' illegal activities and clear their names. On board his ship, Courtney, a prototype Techno-Viper is freed from its canister.

Introducing Characters: Shipwreck, Cover Girl (in a poster as Courtney Kreiger), USS Flagg, Techno-Viper

Trivia: The two Cobra grunts at the beginning, revealed when they compare stories, are grunts from Fire Fight and Homecoming who are being punished for losing to the Joes.
17"Castle Destro"Nathan ChewMitch Rothenberg & Josh EiserikeApril 23, 2011 (2011-04-23)

Tracing the prototype Techno-Viper's signal, following its defeat, the Joes end up in Scotland, and become trapped inside Destro’s castle during a recon mission. They discover the Bio-Dag, a missile that dispenses Bio-Vipers en-mass.

Introducing Characters: B.A.T.s
18"Union of the Snake"Scott BernEugene SonApril 30, 2011 (2011-04-30)

The Joes infiltrate a corporate tele-communications summit at the Cisarovna chateau in Russia. They uncover a mind-control scheme involving Cobra Industries' new "Black Adder" cellphone. However, the Joes discover a local with an axe to grind against the Baroness and her family, and he's willing to sacrifice everyone's life for revenge.

Introducing Characters: Red Star (of the Oktober Guard)

Trivia: Cobra Flight Pods (aka: "Trouble Bubbles") from the old series were introduced.
19"The Anaconda Strain"Kevin AltieriBill WolkoffMay 7, 2011 (2011-05-07)

The Joes uncover the deadly Anaconda Strain (a mammalian virus engineered from reptile DNA) while searching for a missing biochemist, Dr. Kurt Schnurr, in Mexico. They also learn of Cobra's plan to profit from the sale of its antidote once they've released it onto the unsuspecting populace.

Introducing Characters: Airtight, Doctor Venom aka Dr. Monev
20"Prodigal"Scooter TidwellAndrew R. RobinsonMay 14, 2011 (2011-05-14)

The Joes raid a Cobra medical facility to search for "Patient X" (the originator of the Anaconda Strain) and any other information that would help them prevent an outbreak. They soon discover that Patient X is actually an amnesiac Rip Cord and help to regain his memory. Unbeknownst to them, he has been turned into a Bio-Viper/human hybrid by Doctor Mindbender and Cobra can track his movements.

Introducing Characters: Lift-Ticket
21"The Anomaly"Nathan ChewEd Lee & Tim JenningsJune 11, 2011 (2011-06-11)

Doctor Mindbender's attempt to create another human/Bio-Viper hybrid appears to be a failure at first until it ends up reassembling in the New York City sewer system. When Duke, Roadblock, and Ripcord go along with Tunnel Rat to his hometown of Brooklyn to find a missing child named Reggie, they encounter the Sewer Viper being pursued by Doctor Mindbender. When the mad scientist tries to reclaim Ripcord for Cobra, the Sewer Viper removes the control chip in his head, giving the Joe full control of his Bio-Viper form.

Introducing Characters: Teddy Lee (Tunnel Rat's older brother)
22"Cutting Edge"Scott BernGreg JohnsonJune 18, 2011 (2011-06-18)
When Scarlett and Snake Eyes sneak into Cobra Tower, they find out that Cobra Commander is hiding in the facility after a ninja attack at his castle. The threat of the ninja assassin causes Baroness to call in Storm Shadow to protect Cobra Commander. It is soon discovered that the ninja is actually Jinx in a high-tech suit made by Destro's M.A.R.S. Industries. Jinx learns what really happened to the Hard Master, Storm Shadow confesses to accidentally poisoning his tea, leaving Jinx to be the rightful leader to the Arashikage clan, while he disappears. She swears the clan will go down the honorable path her father intended, abandon the old ways and embrace the new using technology.
23"Cousins"Kevin AltieriHenry GilroyJune 25, 2011 (2011-06-25)

Flint hires Corporal Hershel Dalton (aka: Heavy Duty) to apprehend his estranged cousin Roadblock while he (and the team) is in his hometown of Biloxi, Mississippi for their grandfather's funeral. Major Bludd chases the cousins through the bijou, but loses them ...and an arm to a gator.

Introducing Characters: Heavy Duty, Grandma Hinton (Roadblock and Heavy Duty's grandmother)
24"Going Underground"Scooter TidwellEric KartenJuly 9, 2011 (2011-07-09)
While investigating a series of earthquakes that hit along the eastern seaboard in one week, the Joes discover tunnels under a Virginia barn being constructed by Cobra, though a massive drilling excavator ends up separating Duke and Scarlett from the others. Like the roads of Ancient Rome, they figure out Cobra is building an underground network with Maglev rails that will allow them to move anything, anywhere, at any time without the public's knowledge.
25"Revelations, Part 1"Nathan ChewGreg JohnsonJuly 16, 2011 (2011-07-16)

Scarlett and the Joes go to her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia where she visits her vacant, family home. She learns from footage recovered by Snake Eyes that her father, professor Patrick O'Hara, invented the Molecular Assembler Scrambler Sender (a.k.a. the MASS Device) for Cobra Industries. Meanwhile, the Baroness commands the Bio-Vipers to attack the Joes when Cobra realizes the stone in Scarlett's locket is an integral part of the MASS device.

Introducing Characters: Professor Patrick O'Hara (Scarlett's father)

Trivia: Features the MASS Device from the original 1980s animated (5 part) mini-series.
26"Revelations, Part 2"Kevin Altieri & Patrick ArchibaldMichael RyanJuly 23, 2011 (2011-07-23)

As Scarlett's locket is in Baroness and Doctor Mindbender's possession, the Joes decide to take the fight to Cobra Industries by infiltrating their stronghold and stop them from finishing the MASS device. After a climactic fight, the Joes arrive in Washington D.C. in Destro's High Speed Sentry (a.k.a. HISS tank) and are surrounded by General Abernathy and the Falcons. Scarlett shows them the proof they need to clear their names. In the end, Cobra Industries' secrets are revealed and Cobra Commander declares war on the Joes.

Trivia #1: The original broadcast included a trailer segment showcasing the 1980s Sunbow cartoon version of Duke stating the Renegades reality was "just a dream", specifically separating the two interpretations. The other counterparts of the Renegades crew refute the Renegades reality, laughing at the description Real American Duke tells them.

Trivia #2: The H.I.S.S. tank along with Destro's signature outfit are featured, and the Cobra Night Raven can be seen on a Cobra computer screen

Trivia #3: Near the end of the episode Duke receives a scar across his left eye, similar to the one he had in G.I. Joe: Resolute and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

ProductionEdit

G.I. Joe: Renegades finished its first season original broadcast with episode "Revelations - Part 2" on July 23, 2011. The series went on hiatus status according to Hub PR department,[4] with no news of renewal for a second season in July 2011.[5] On January 26, 2012, when asked when viewers would see a second season, Henry Gilroy said, "Actually, you're probably not going to."[6][7]

Home video releaseEdit

On June 5, 2012, Shout! Factory released "G.I. Joe: Renegades - Season 1, Volume 1" on DVD.[8] "G.I. Joe: Renegades - Season 1, Volume 2" was released on DVD on September 25, 2012; the entire season was released on Blu-ray Disc at that time, as well.[2]

In other mediaEdit

Comic booksEdit

As adaptations of episodes of the TV series, IDW Publishing published four comic books under the name of G.I. Joe: Renegades. The comic books were released out of order. Each comic book is 104 pages long.

  • Volume 1 was released on January 10, 2012.[9]
  • Volume 2 and 3 were released on July 22, 2012.[10][11]
  • Volume 4 were released on August 9, 2012.[12]

ToysEdit

Action figures of Duke, Ripcord, Scarlett, Snake Eyes and Tunnel Rat were released in 2011, based on the characters from G.I. Joe: Renegades, with the additional action figures of Law & Order and Airtight. Renegades versions of Cobra Commander, Cobra Trooper, Firefly and Storm Shadow were also released as action figures in 2011. All action figures were branded as part of the 30th Anniversary line.[13] Finally, the main G.I. Joe Renegades team was completed in 2017 with the release of Roadblock as part of the San Diego Comic Con-exclusive IDW Revolution box set.[14]

ReceptionEdit

RatingsEdit

The Transformers: Prime/G.I. Joe Renegades block of special programming on Friday from 3:30 p.m.–7 p.m. generated significant gains audience versus the previous week among households and key demographics: HH (+111%, 97,000), Persons 2+ (+133%, 142,000), Kids 2-11 (+130%, 62,000), Kids 6-11 (+78%, 32,000), Adults 18-49 (+117%, 50,000) and Women 18-49 (+120%, 11,000).[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 243–245. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ a b Lambert, David (June 8, 2012). "G.I. Joe: Renegades - Announcement: 'Season 1, Volume 2' DVD and Complete 'Season 1' Blu-ray". TV Shows on DVD. Archived from the original on September 17, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
  3. ^ "Interview with Michael Bell". Moonbase2.libsyn.com. December 8, 2009. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  4. ^ ""G.I. Joe: Renegades" confirmed "On Hiatus" after a Single Season". Generals Joes. March 24, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  5. ^ "The Hub Unveils 2011–12 Program Schedule". TV by the Numbers. March 24, 2011. Archived from the original on April 29, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  6. ^ "G.I. Joe: Renegades writer Henry Gilroy reveals tidbits about the animated series". Generals Joes. January 26, 2012. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  7. ^ "No G.I. Joe programming on The Hub through early 2013 | Generals Joes - A blog about the importance (or unimportance) of little plastic men". Generals Joes. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
  8. ^ Sarto, Dan (April 29, 2012). "G.I. Joe: Renegades Season 1, Volume 1 On DVD June 5". Animation World Network. Retrieved May 10, 2012.
  9. ^ G.I. Joe Animated: Renegades Volume 1 (G.I. Joe Animated (Idw)) [Paperback]. Amazon.com. ISBN 1600108350.
  10. ^ G.I. Joe Animated: Renegades Volume 2 (G.I. Joe Animated (Idw)) [Paperback]. Amazon.com. ISBN 1600108377.
  11. ^ G.I. Joe Animated: Renegades Volume 3 (G.I. Joe Animated (Idw)) [Paperback]. Amazon.com. ISBN 1600108822.
  12. ^ G.I. Joe Animated: Renegades Volume 4 (G.I. Joe Animated (Idw)) [Paperback]. Amazon.com. ISBN 1600108830.
  13. ^ "3 3/4" Figures | YoJoe.com: Dedicated to the G.I.Joe of the 80's, 90's and beyond!". YoJoe.com. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  14. ^ "OFAE.net SDCC 2017 IDW Revolution box set review".
  15. ^ Gorman, Bill (December 1, 2012). "The Hub Delivers Ratings Increases with Holiday Programming, Including Transformers: Prime and G.I. Joe Renegades". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on December 6, 2010. Retrieved October 24, 2014.

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