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Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015 TV series)

Transformers: Robots in Disguise is an American animated robot superhero television series for children produced by Hasbro Studios and Darby Pop Productions in the United States, and animated by Polygon Pictures in Japan. It is the stand-alone sequel to Transformers: Prime, featuring characters and storylines mostly self contained from the events of its predecessor as well as an overall more lighthearted tone.[7] Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (the executive producers of Prime) did not return to the new series. In the United States, the series ran on Cartoon Network from March 14, 2015 to November 11, 2017.[3][4][5][8][9]

Transformers: Robots in Disguise
Transformers - Robots in Disguise (2015 TV series) logo.svg
Based onTransformers by Hasbro
Developed byAdam Beechen
Duane Capizzi
Jeff Kline
Voices of
Composer(s)Kevin Manthei
Kevin Kiner[1]
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3 (plus miniseries)
No. of episodes71 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Jeff Kline (seasons 1 and 2)
Stephen Davis
Producer(s)Adam Beechen
Production company(s)Hasbro Studios
Darby Pop Productions (seasons 1 and 2)
Polygon Pictures[2]
DistributorHasbro Studios
Release
Original networkCartoon Network[3][4][5]
Original releaseMarch 14, 2015 (2015-03-14) – November 4, 2017 (2017-11-04)
Chronology
Preceded byTransformers: Prime (2010–2013)
Related showsTransformers: Rescue Bots[6]
External links
Production website

The show's second season, featuring guest appearances from some returning Transformers: Prime characters, premiered on February 20, 2016. A six-episode mini-series centered on the return of Starscream premiered in Canada on September 10, 2016, before debuting on U.S television the following month.[10][11][12] The third and final season, subtitled Combiner Force, aired from April 29, 2017 to November 11, 2017.[13][14][15]

Contents

PlotEdit

Season 1Edit

Five Years after the events of Predacons Rising, Cybertron's beginning brings forth a new age of prosperity to a new generation of Transformers. Earth no longer remembers the Decepticon-Autobot conflict as the Cybertronians stopped visiting the planet. Bumblebee has since become a seasoned Cybertronian police officer and despite his fame, he chooses to be a humble peacekeeper. Things change when he is summoned by the vision of Optimus Prime. Thought to be long dead after restoring Cybertron's population, Optimus Prime calls for Bumblebee to return to Earth as a new threat appears.

With the help of Sideswipe (a rebel "bad boy bot") and Strongarm (an Elite Guard cadet partnered to him), the trio makes it to Earth to discover a crashed maximum security prison ship called the Alchemor and its steward Fixit (a hyperactive Mini-Con with faulty wiring). They soon learn the Alchemor had "a couple hundred" Decepticon prisoners within Stasis Pods, but all of its inmates have escaped. It is now their duty to recapture all the escaped Decepticon prisoners before they cause further harm on Earth. With the aid of humans Russell and Denny Clay and the Dinobot Grimlock (who was a prisoner of Alchemor for committing property damage before siding with Bumblebee), Bumblebee leads this unlikely team to protect Earth from the Decepticon prisoners led by Steeljaw and restore order.[16] Steeljaw even forms his own group fellow Decepticon prisoners like the metal-eating Underbite, crime boss Thunderhoof, stranded bounty hunter Fracture, Fracture's Mini-Con partners Airazor and Divebomb, and cowardly informant Clampdown.

The Autobots are later joined with the likes of Autobot bounty hunter Drift, his Mini-Con partners Slipstream and Jetstorm, the female warrior Windblade, and the return of Optimus Prime in the wake of the arrival of Megatronus, who was the one that crashed the Alchemor (and subsequently freed Steeljaw and his pack and later blackmailed Steeljaw into helping him escape his imprisonment) and who the Thirteen Primes have been preparing Optimus for. During the battle Bumblebee, Sideswipe, and Strongarm realize they can combine their Decepticon hunters together and become more powerful. After a lengthy battle, the Autobots manage to pin Megatronus under the right arm of the Crown City Colossus statue. Bumblebee, Sideswipe, and Strongarm combine the power from their Decepticon hunters and unleash a massive beam of energy that is powerful enough to blast Megatronus to dust. As Steeljaw had been blasted away by Megatronus, the Autobots were able to capture Underbite, Thunderhoof, Fracture, and Clampdown. Just as the Autobots are about to leave, Bumblebee orders his team to "Rev up and Roll out!", finally finding his perfect rallying cry. Back at the Scrapyard, Bumblebee asks his team if they would like to stay on Earth. One by one, each Autobot states why they would like to stay on Earth. Optimus Prime also agrees to stay on Earth, but he notes that he will only do so as Bumblebee's equal rather than as his leader to which Bumblebee agrees.

Season 2Edit

Weeks after the defeat of The Fallen, the Autobots continue to deal with the threat of the Decepticon fugitives that are still on Earth. While Steeljaw is still at large, he eventually discovers another group of Decepticons stationed on the crashed remains of a second half of the Alchemor that is dubbed "Decepticon Island" led by Glowstrike, Scorponok, and Saberhorn. As Optimus is weakened when the immense power he was lent from the Primes is drained by them, the Autobots split into two teams: an Away Team led by Optimus Prime and another team that remains at their scrapyard base. Along the way, the Autobots run into a strange occurrence in the form of Decepticon criminals who are not listed in the Alchemor prisoner manifest yet have criminal records on Cybertron. Steeljaw even proved himself to the "Decepticon Island" faction by not only freeing Thunderhoof and Clampdown, but also freeing the prisoners Bisk, Groundpounder, Overload, Quillfire, and Springload to be his "elite warriors."

During this period of time, Optimus slowly recovers his strength and teaches the Away team (Drift and his Mini-Con students, Sideswipe, and Windblade) valuable lessons about teamwork. Fixit eventually repairs the GroundBridge following an explosion that occurred after he originally dispatched the Away Team, but a malfunction allowed Soundwave (who was trapped in the Shadowzone as seen in the Season 3 finale of Transformers: Prime) to escape, but his stay was short-lived and attempt to contact Megatron was thwarted as Team Bee put him back in.

As the two Autobot teams are reunited, they pair up with the Autobot Ratchet and his Mini-Con Undertone and find the rest of the Decepticons in "Decepticon Island". The Autobots come up with a plan: infiltrate the base so they could place and activate a Stasis Bomb which would place ALL Decepticons within its range in stasis. Thanks to Sideswipe and Strongarm, who disabled the restrictor collars worn by the enslaved Caretaker Mini-Cons, Fixit leads his brethren into coming to Bumblebee and Optimus's aid in defeating Steeljaw, helping to ensure that all Autobots and Mini-Cons escape the ship and ensuring that the plan succeeds, which it does. In the wake of their victory, Optimus Prime, Ratchet, Windblade, and the Caretaker Mini-Cons repair the ship to be returned to Cybertron, as Bumblebee and the team reside on Earth.

Season 3 PrologueEdit

Following the events of the "Decepticon Island" battle, a group of Decepticon Scavengers arrive on Earth looking for relics from the Great War; they have been partnered with Weaponizer Mini-Cons, a breed of Mini-Cons who can control the bodies of their wielder. At the same time, Starscream makes an unexpected return following the events of "Predacons Rising" with the help of a trio of bounty hunters (Shadelock, RoughEdge, and Razorhorn). Starscream seeks the Dark Star Saber and the Weaponizer Mini-Cons in a plot to rebuild the Decepticon Empire and kill Megatron as revenge for all of the abuse he inflicted upon him. Upon learning the truth from the Mini-Con Sawtooth, the Weaponizers then abandon the Scavengers and later ally themselves with the Autobots. The Autobots are successful in defeating the Scavengers and the bounty hunters, and eventually Starscream as well. With the day saved, Optimus Prime loads all of the Decepticons onto his ship along with the Dark Star Saber before leaving to hand them over to the Cybertronian Authorities. The Weaponizers thank the Autobots for saving them and then they leave in their Sub-Orbital Craft (which Fixit both fixed and modified for space travel) with the intent of "going where they will never be found".[17]

Season 3: Combiner ForceEdit

Sometime after their victory against Starscream and the Scavengers, Team Bee begins crossing paths with the Stunticons, a group of Decepticons consisting of Motormaster, Dragstrip, Slashmark, Heatseeker, and Wildbreak who can combine into Menasor. In order to combat this, the Autobots need to combine themselves into Ultra Bee.[18]

Following the Stunticons' defeat, Optimus Prime has them and several other Decepticons that have been captured recently stored away in his ship so he could return them to Cybertron. He also enlists Drift and his Mini-Con students to accompany him for a special mission. At the same time, Soundwave is working to escape from the Shadowzone with the help of some Activator Mini-Con allies. Also, Steeljaw, Underbite, Thunderhoof, Quillfire, and Clampdown return where they are tasked with capturing Bumblebee's team for their mysterious benefactors on Cybertron who arranged for them to be pardoned of their respective crimes. Soundwave eventually gets free from the Shadowzone and is also revealed to be allied with Steeljaw's mysterious benefactors, but he is defeated by Team Bee before he could activate a beacon that would try to summon Megatron and taken back to Cybertron by Optimus Prime to stand trial. It is soon discovered that Steeljaw and Soundwave's benefactors are the members of the Autobot High Council who are actually Decepticon infiltrators (consisting of Cyclonus, Cyberwarp, Riotgear, Skyjack, and Treadshock) who have plans to invade Earth. When Ultra Bee defeats their combined form of Galvatronus, the Autobots restore order to Cybertron as a formation of a new Autobot High Council is underway.

CharactersEdit

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
126March 14, 2015 (2015-03-14)September 12, 2015 (2015-09-12)
213February 20, 2016 (2016-02-20)May 14, 2016 (2016-05-14)
Miniseries6October 22, 2016 (2016-10-22)December 3, 2016 (2016-12-03)
326April 29, 2017 (2017-04-29)November 11, 2017 (2017-11-11)

CastEdit

Main castEdit

Additional voicesEdit

BroadcastEdit

United StatesEdit

The series was originally planned to premiere on what was known as the Hub Network (a joint venture between Hasbro and Discovery Communications).[7][37] However, on October 7, 2014, just days before the channel's re-branding as Discovery Family that took place on October 13, it was announced that the series would premiere on Cartoon Network instead. Hasbro Studios president Stephen Davis felt that Cartoon Network was a more appropriate home for a Transformers series due to its male-oriented demographics, having felt that Hub Network had been skewed towards girls. Previous animated Transformers series had also aired on Cartoon Network prior to the launch of the joint venture and Hasbro Studios.[3][4][5][38]

The series debuted with a special prime time premiere of the two-part pilot on March 14, 2015, followed by the regular time slot debut, starting with an encore of "Pilot" Pt. 1, on March 21.[8][39]

Season 2 ran from February 20 to May 14, 2016. The six-part miniseries premiered on October 22 and concluded on December 3.

Season 3 ran from April 29 to November 11, 2017. It was the third and final season.[40]

InternationalEdit

On January 13, 2015, it was announced that Cartoon Network has acquired the rights to broadcast the series worldwide,[41] similarly to the global distribution of Prime before it.

Several countries have premiered the series before the United States. On February 9, Canal J premiered the series in France,[42] making it the first in the world to broadcast it on television. On March 2, Biggs premiered it in Portugal.[43] In Italy, K2 aired the pilot on March 7, followed by the official premiere on March 9.[44] On March 13, Cartoon Network Arabic premiered the Arabic version of the series .[45]

Among English speaking countries, Cartoon Network in Australia was first to debut the series, having premiered it on February 21.[46] On March 7, the series debuted on two versions of Cartoon Network, one available in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Malta, the other broadcasting in English to Greece, Greek Cyprus, the Middle East and Africa.[47][48] In Canada, the show premiered on Teletoon on March 21.[49] The series was premiered on May 23, 2015 on Cartoon Network India.The series also aired on Toonami in India in English and on Voot, a viacom18 app in Hindi dubbed version.

Season 1 made its debut on CITV weekday morning lineup on January 4, 2016. Season 2 first aired on CITV in March 2016 in the UK.[50]

In Japan, where the two preceding toy lines to Transformers —Diaclone and Microman— were created, the series was premiered on March 15, 2015 on Animax under the local title of Transformers: Adventure (Japanese: トランスフォーマー アドベンチャー, Hepburn: Toransufōmā adobenchā). First season had a break after episode 13 on June 14, and resumed on September 20 with episode 14. The songs "Save the Future!!" and "Try (Transformers: Adventure)" (Japanese: TRY☆トランスフォーマーアドベンチャー↑↑↑) replace the original opening and closing themes, respectively. Takara Tomy, the company that has been representing Transformers franchise in Japan since its inception under the pre-merger Takara, is marketing and promoting associated toys on behalf of Hasbro.

Home mediaEdit

Shout Factory released the first five episodes onto DVD titled A New Autobot Mission on October 27, 2015.[51] They released the complete first season on May 10, 2016.[52] In Australia, Beyond Home Entertainment released the complete first season onto DVD on September 1, 2015; they also released a single-disc DVD comprising the first seven episodes on the same day.[53][54]

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