Overloaded, Part 2 is the twenty-eighth episode and the second episode of Transformers: Robots in Disguise Season 2.
While the away team struggles against the elements to capture Polarclaw, Bumblebee's team tracks Overload, Backtrack and ransack.
With Optimus Prime's grip on the ice cliff weakening, things are not being helped by the Decepticon above throwing more chunks of ice down at them, despite Windblade's best efforts to keep the Decepticon occupied. At his Mini-Cons' plea, Drift jumps into action and though initially objecting, Sideswipe helps him form a chain to try to pull Optimus up. Windblade joins in and they manage to get Optimus to safety. Optimus admits maybe he's affected more than he thought, however a sonic roar from the Decepticon forestalls further discussion by starting an avalanche. Windblade disregards Optimus's order to take off and uses her turbines to slow the avalanche, though the Autobots are still swept off the side of the mountain.
Bumblebee's team finds the wrecked parking lot, and Bumblebee assumes it was a battle between Overload and the Mini-Cons Ransack and Backtrack rather than a team-up. Reasoning the two parties will have gone in different directions, Bumblebee heads after Overload by himself, despite Strongarm's protests. Strongarm and Grimlock head in the other direction in search of the Mini-Cons.
The Autobots in the Arctic pull themselves out of the ground and thank Windblade for her efforts in slowing the avalanche's force. Optimus contacts Fixit who is able to identify the Decepticon as Polarclaw, a Decepticon with exceptional vision. Sideswipe laments that they won't be able to get close before Polarclaw spots them, but Optimus leads them to a nearby human base, where he demonstrates an ability taught to him by the Primes — the ability to scan a vehicle and take on just its color scheme.
While discussing Bumblebee's behavior, Grimlock and Strongarm realize that they've been tracking scout troops instead of Mini-Cons. Stuck between two oncoming troops, Grimlock comes up with a subterfuge which allows them to leave with their cover intact.
Optimus's team finishes taking on new polar camouflage color schemes and starts heading off. Sideswipe observes that Optimus seems even more wiped out by the effort, but Windblade points out one of his left wheel is squeaking, something Sideswipe shrugs off as minor. The team heads back up the mountain.
Bumblebee finds Overload pummeling an occupied recreational vehicle as a warm up to draw out Optimus, and attacks the Decepticon leaving the Mini-Cons to watch.
The team in the Arctic use their new color schemes successfully to sneak up to the cave Polarclaw is hanging out in. Sideswipe impatiently tries to move in, but his squeaky wheel alerts the Decepticon who immediately begins to flee. The Autobots give chase only to find themselves on a cliff over water. Sideswipe slips, causing them all to fall in and plunge to the bottom, where they find the cold is increasingly compromising their systems. Optimus comes up with a new strategy and orders Windblade to fly ahead and force Polarclaw into the water.
Bumblebee's futile pounding on Overload comes to an end as Overload fights back along with the Mini-Cons. Overload manages to pin him to the ground and starts punching him instead, without recognizing Bumblebee.
Windblade manages to cut off Polarclaw and redirect him into the water where the other Autobots have Sideswipe grab him and drag him down to the bottom. Unable to use his sonic roar, the Decepticon is easily punched out by Optimus. The Autobots pick their captive up and start heading for one of Windblade's caches to store him. While on route, Optimus Prime asks Sideswipe if he needs assistance due to the Autobot limping but Sideswipe doesn't want any help.
Battered, Bumblebee notices the Cyclone Mini-Cons and manages to appeal to their love of noise to turn them against Overload. The pair start hitting Overload with pots and pans, allowing Bumblebee to render the larger Decepticon unconscious. Grimlock and Strongarm arrive and Bumblebee admits Strongarm was right in that splitting the team has left them shorthanded, so they will have to come up with different tactics to make up for it. Noticing the Mini-Cons interest in noise, he convinces them to march back to their stasis cells with Strongarm and Grimlock following. They start heading back towards the scrapyard and the occupants of the RV vow never to go camping again.Template:Tfwiki
"And this could be from Ransack or Backtrack! Or it's rust."
"Move it! Move it! I am not digging a ditch for the eighth year in a row! Ugh!"
[Grimlock roars and runs out of the forest before Strongarm drives up]
"Nothing to worry about, juvenile citizens. Just the Forest Service preparing for Scenario 26-B: scientists revive a dinosaur and it runs wild!"
"Stay in school." [drives off]
"We may have to dig the latrine, but we are going to rule campfire story time!"
- —The scout master gets an awesome story thanks to Strongarm.
"Wait, I remember you now!"
"Yes, you once called me shameless and overdramatic. How dare you, sir!"
- —Overload mistakes Bumblebee for his greatest foe, a critic.
"Not the face, NOT THE FACE!"
- -Overload has seen another Prime from another reality.
"Sideswipe, you appear to be limping. Do you require assistance?"
- —Optimus Prime to Sideswipe
"Wow, as an expert on punches, I'd say that one was downright Grimlockian."
Continuity notes Edit
- The color changing ability that Optimus Prime teaches Drift, Windblade, and Sideswipe in this episode has been previously utilized in Aligned fiction before, specifically by Bumblebee and Smokescreen in season three of Transformers: Prime. This time around, however, it seems to only be a temporary supercharge, where as in Prime it was permanent change.
- Unless of course it wasn't and Prime merely depicted it that way. Seeing how Bumblebee's yellow again in this sequel show, it's possible he reverted to his original colors sometime after that series ended.
- Bumblebee uses this ability later on further re-enforcing that idea.
Prisoner manifest Edit
- In stasis: Hammerstrike, Bisk, Chop Shop, Terrashock, Filch, Minitron, Springload, Ped, Quillfire, "that one with all the eyes", Malodor and the Skunkticons, Nightstrike, Vertebreak, Octopunch, Groundpounder, Headlock, Scowl, Scratch, Zizza, Pseudo, Fracture, Airazor, Divebomb, Thunderhoof, Underbite, Clampdown, Overload, Backtrack, Ransack, Polarclaw
- Known at large: Steeljaw, Kickback
- Released: Grimlock
- Countless others all missing, presumed at large
Transformers references Edit
- The ability the Autobots use to change their color schemes is similar to various examples of Spontaneous recoloration, such as the Autobot Brothers' "supercharge" ability from the RID anime.
- Windblade demonstrates the ability to fly or at least hover in robot mode.
- Overload somewhat broke the 4th wall when he stated "A plot twist".