Family of Heroes
Synopsis: In deep space,
Optimus Prime's message for the Autobots to join him is received
aboard a capsule. It sets course for his coordinates. Upon
landing, its occupants, Rescue Force Sigma 17, encounter Optimus
Prime. He tells them much has changed in the time they've been in
stasis. Each of the four members (Heatwave, Chase, Boulder and
Blades) are assigned to perform rescue duties in the town of
Griffin Rock, a testing ground for new technology. They are to
pretend to be inanimate rescue vehicles (fire engine, police car,
bulldozer and rescue helicopter) to the Burns family (Police Chief
Charlie Burns and his children, Cade, Graham and Dani), each of
whom is a rescue team member. His youngest son, Cody, is still a
boy but he wants to be able to live up to the rest of the family's
reputation. He is the first to deduce that the robot vehicles are
actually alive. The Rescue bots help the family stop a fire and
later a rogue dinosaur robot that runs amok. By show's end,
Heatwave reveals to the family that they are sentient alien life
forms (much to their surprise). Also, Cody is welcomed on to the
team as their dispatcher.
Synopsis: The Rescue bots
and Burns family have some trouble working together as a team.
Cody tries to get them all to get to know one another but his
efforts fail. The team are called to stop a devastating fire and
later learn it is the result of a man made volcano that is
connected to the Earth's core. The team have to pull together to
stop the volcano from burning Heatwave and Cade (who get trapped
in an underground tunnel by the lava flow) and prevent the island
from being destroyed. In the end, everyone begins to appreciate
their partners for their respective strengths.
Comments: Rescue Bots is aimed at the
younger audience but I was surprised to find the show is not badly
written, all things considered (I'm used to kids shows like this
condescending to their audience but was pleased to find that was
not the case with this show). I don't know that I'll try to catch
every episode or anything but what I saw was well animated (2D cel
animation with 3D cgi enhancements).
Apparently, the show shares a continuity with Prime.
Optimus Prime is present (in cameos) but no Decepticons are (or
that we see, anyway, since they're not the focus of the show). The
show is there to teach children about family and forging good
relationships with one another, not on the melodrama of war--and
that's okay. Rescue Bots
will also be a great "gateway drug" for the young ones. Once they
get a little older they can move on to Prime.
I also think it's cool that this is the first time we've
ever had two
Transformers cartoons on simultaneously (even if they serve
different functions ultimately).
Verdict: Good. Worth showing to your
kids--or even watching yourself, if you have nothing better to do.