Fugitives (Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric)
Fugitives is a fictional story in the Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric series episode 2. Written in 2015, it retroactively took place in an unaired second season of the Challenge of the GoBots animated series.
Part 2 of the 5 part "Robo Rebels" saga.
The following was first posted on the Renegade Rhetoric Facebook page on December 29th, 2015.
Cy-Kill: The next day, in the GoBotron Stockades, they were visited by Major Mo. He told them that Zeemon was in critical condition, and asked them if it was true that they had tried to assassinate the Councilor. They vehemently denied the charges, and Major Mo believed them. Unfortunately for them, he was the only one who did. Control of the Guardian Council had fallen to Bladez, who was readying the Guardians for a big, and secret, offensive, gathering together all troops and making special modifications to the Command Center fleet. This immediately caused the Robo Rebels much suspicion, given what they had already learned about him. They implored Major Mo to take their suspicions to Leader-1, and he promised he would.
Bent Wing, however, couldn't leave things there. She insisted that they break out and see what they could discover on their own. Super Couper immediately signed on, saying that it sounded like a laugh. Raizor was inclined to stay, until Super Couper questioned his courage and implied that Bent Wing might be better off without him. That appeal to his ego was enough to sway him. Raizor begged Tail Pipe to come along, as they would need his computer expertise.
Raizor punched through a wall, enabling Tail Pipe to get access to the circuitry of the Stockade. He was able to open the doors to their cells and turn off the security cameras, allowing them to sneak out. All went well for them until they encountered Mach-3 and Night Ranger. Bent Wing transformed to her Chance Vought F4U Corsair configuration and drew off Mach-3, in his F4 Phantom mode. Raizor grappled with Night Ranger, allowing Super Couper and Tail Pipe to break past. I believe Tail Pipe even apologized to the guard!
Having eluded their pursuit, the Robo Rebels were now fugitives. They decided to visit Bladez's magnificently appointed mecha-mansion to look for clues. What they discovered shocked them... none other than the Master Renegade himself was hiding out there! They overheard him in communication with none other than yours truly, with Bladez standing proudly by his side, revealed as the treasonous backstabber he is. As they eavesdropped, he outlined to me how he had duped the Guardians and was about to send half of the Guardians on a massive mission to Alpha Centauri... a mission he hoped I would ambush, forever breaking the back of the Guardian forces. Though I was wary, it was too good an opportunity to pass up, and I reluctantly agreed.
The Robo Rebels immediately attempted to withdraw and warn Leader-1, but Raizor had more brawn than elegance and knocked over a vase on his way out, alerting the Master Renegade to their presence. He dispatched Creepy to delay them, sending Bladez to initiate the Alpha Centauri mission without delay. Creepy proceeded to tear them apart in battle, always pushing them back away from Leader-1's GoBotron Fortress. Eventually they were able to trick him into plunging into a deep shaft, but they arrived at GoBotron Fortress too late, witnessing not half but the entirety of the Guardian Command Center fleet take flight! And as they did so, the figure of Bladez loomed large before them...
- Jim Sorenson credited Chris McFeely for co-writing the five-part Robo Rebels saga.
- On December 21st, 2015 the Ask Vector Prime Facebook page posted a fictional list of the unaired episodes of Challenge of the GoBots season 2, which listed "Fugitives" as season 2 episode 2, which was supposed to air October 28, 1986.
- This is the first appearance of the GoBotron Fortress, based on an unreleased GoBots playset.
- "Fugitives". Written by Jim Sorenson. Transformers: Renegade Rhetoric. October 28th, 1986/December 29th, 2015. No. 2, season 1.
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