If you’re looking for new Transformers on TV, right now there’s only one show for you, and it’s really meant for younger viewers: Transformers: Rescue Bots. Rather than the epic struggle between Autobots and Decepticons resulting in Earth-wide destruction, violent battles, and massive explosions, the Rescue Bots face natural disasters and moral battles to help those in need, and hopefully teach a lesson or two along the way.
Season 2 of the series premieres on The Hub Network on Saturday, March 1, 2014 with a two-episode special at 1pm and 1:30pm ET, 10am and 10:30am PT, and rather than try to take a look at the episode myself and guess how kids would enjoy it, I enlisted help from the littlest Newsarama writers, my nephews Ian and Jack. Ian is nearly 6 and Jack nearly 3, and both love Rescue Bots. Ian has started to play with some older-kid Transformers as well, but still enjoys the show aimed at the younger audience, and loves watching with his little brother.
The boys watched the first episode of Season 2, “Road Trip,” with their mom (my sister, Larissa) to see what the second season has in store. She loves the show as a mom, with its non-violent storytelling, while “still having some turmoil and things to learn.”
But what did Ian and Jack think about the show?
Both boys were very excited to see a new episode, having watched the Season 1 episodes multiple times. They were both singing along with the theme song, and kept singing it “for a long time afterwords,” their mother said. Before the theme song, though, there was a two minute introduction scene. Ian “liked the beginning,” he said. The scene coming before the theme song made him “curious about what will happen,” though he was worried “it might be dangerous.”
He has his favorite bots, of course, but likes some things about each one. He likes how “Heatwave can reach people high up, Boulder can make holes, Chase can drive very fast, and Blades can fly.” His younger brother especially likes Chase and Boulder – no surprise given how much he loves the Cars franchise. Jack was happy that “They saved the day!” in this episode.
The moral story of the episode centers around Cody. For a time, as he deals with a new family dynamic, everyone around him ignores him for a time. Ian said he recognized how “Sad and scared” Cody was, while Jack knew “he needed help.” Ian was glad that Cody “was happy at the end,” though.
As for the action of the episode, there’s a scene between Heatwave and a bear that both boys loved. When the bear scratched a tree, Jack yelled out “That’s a bad boy!” because he could tell Heatwave was upset. Ian said he “laughed really hard when Heatwave roared at the bear and scared it away,” so your young fans can look forward to some funny moments balancing out the story.
Larissa asked Ian what he would tell friends about the episode, and he noted succinctly, “It was a little scary, but the Rescue Bots saved the day!”
Ultimately, the most important thing, the one thing Hub wants to hear about Transformers: Rescue Bots is that kids keep watching. Well, they’re in luck. Ian said, “I am ready for more Rescue Bots episodes!” as soon as the show ended, and Jack agreed, saying, “I am excited for new shows!”
Mom agrees, too, saying it looks like a “good new season,” and she’s glad to have a way to get a little more life out of all those toys from last year!
Transformers: Rescue Bots airs regularly on The Hub Saturdays at 1:30pm ET/10:30am PT– the special hour-long season two premiere starts at 1pm ET/10am PT on March 1, 2014