An Explosive Situation is the second episode of Robots in Disguise. It first aired in the United States on September 10, 2001 on Fox Kids.
A nighttime delivery of a power cell is ruined by Sky-Byte, who devours the truck and steals away the cargo. But the energy he consumes doesn't satiate the Predacon's hunger. Koji receives a message from Optimus Prime and rushes outside to be retrieved by the Autobot leader, who brings Koji to the Autobots' secret underground headquarters. Prime introduces Koji to the "proactive cybernetic interface program" called T-AI, the Tactile Artificial Intelligence. The two become quick friends, despite T-AI's lack of a solid body. Optimus explains that the Predacons have been responsible for various battery thefts. The three Autobot brothers, Side Burn, Prowl, and X-Brawn, patrol around in hopes of discovering a crime in progress (although Side Burn is easily distracted by his need to "rev up his engine"). Underwater, in his own hidden base, Megatron mulls over his energy concerns. The Predacon trio arrives with a proposed solution: flashlight batteries. Megatron is unimpressed at how small his henchmen have been thinking. Sky-Byte uncloaks and presents his own, much better idea for powering the Predacons' base: They simply need to recover an energy bomb that some terrorists have hidden in a red XV-12 sports car in Metro City docks. In the city, Sky-Byte, cleverly hidden under the road, follows the car in question (which Kelly happens to be driving). Side Burn arrives to hit on the car, prompting Sky-Byte to begin his attack. Prowl and Side Burn block the fish, but he swims/flies away and meets with the Predacon trio, who are trying to take the credit for recovering the bomb for themselves. Sky-Byte bites into the car to take it from Dark Scream, shattering the car's structure. Trying to save the automobile, Side Burn unintentionally saves Kelly from certain death. Prowl apologizes to Kelly for letting the Predacons ruin her day. With the explosive device in his teeth, Sky-Byte gradually floats back towards the Predacon command center, but X-Brawn steals the bomb right out of Sky-Byte's mouth. Because of the manner in which it was handled, the device arms. Rather than let Sky-Byte have the bomb, X-Brawn swings with the explosive towards the radio tower and begins his ascent. Realizing that the blast radius would be larger than the tower is tall, Optimus Prime rushes out of the base. In the city, X-Brawn tosses the bomb from the top of the tower as far upwards as he can. Using his "Power Stream" attack, Prime fires a blast of water at the bomb, carrying the explosive (and Sky-Byte) out of the Earth's atmosphere. Miles above the Earth, Sky-Byte, who is frozen, handles the explosive in the same manner as X-Brawn and it explodes. The explosion fills the city's sky with a yellow glow, but no buildings are destroyed. Once he's recovered, Sky-Byte begins a study of human culture but is frustrated by the combined power of the works of Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare.
In the episode
English dub changes
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
Original airdate: September 10, 2001. Written by: Tom Wyner
"Here's a tip for you: Never ignore a warning from a shark!"
"Sorry, ma'am. I do apologize for the inconvenience. Are you all right?"
"For someone who's been attacked by a giant flying squirrel and a huge toad, a maniacal shark and a monstrous skunk...sure, I'm just fine."
- —Prowl and Kelly
"What sort of nonsense is this? 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times'? Best or worst, make up your mind!"
- —The subtleties of human literature are lost on Sky-Byte.
- The city the series takes place in is named "Metro City". It is unknown if the mayor of the city has ever been a former pro wrestler. In the Japanese version of the show, the episode takes place in Tokyo, and the radio tower is clearly the Tokyo Tower.
- The radio tower's height is given by T-AI as being 500 feet. The Tokyo Tower's actual height is 1093 feet.
Animation and/or technical glitches
- The book Sky-Byte reads from is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. It's also Hamlet by William Shakespeare. Even the book can't make up its mind!
- T-AI introduces herself as the daughter of the Teletraan I program.
- When playing keep away with the sports car, Dark Scream calls Sky-byte Overbite, the Decepticon Seacon shark from Generation One.
- This episode about terrorist bombs in cities first aired the day before 9/11. It SO never aired again.
- Sky-Byte's dramatic entrance inside the Predacon base suggests a power of invisibility or teleportation, or both. Whatever it was, he never used it again.
- The truck delivering the fuel cell has a license plate G39-20.
- Kelly's car which is destroyed at the beginning of the episode has a license plate J38-57.
- Kelly's custom XZ-12 sportscar has a plate number J-68-85 (and sometimes J68-85).