Hey, guys. I probably shouldn't be doing this, but I feel like I HAVE to talk about the episode 'Planes, Trains and Dudemobiles'. Is this supposed to be a reference to the motto/slogan 'Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll'? And spoiler alert, there are no planes or trains in this episode. I suggest you watch the episode first before reading what I am about to say. So, let's get started.
The episode begins with Knuckles doing a beer-chugging challenge. Wait, no one would allow that? I thought the writers would love the idea of teenagers and adults getting drunk. But back on topic, Knuckles gets a brain freeze and wants to know what he did to deserve this. Well, Knuckles, that's what happens when you consume ice-cold things too quickly. You see, the nerves in the back of the throat send messages to the brain that the food is too cold. So the brain... wait, why am I doing a scientific, logical explanation for something that happened in a kids' cartoon?
Anyway, Tails shows up and excitedly announces that Dude-itude has a concert today. Sonic and Knuckles don't remember being in the band... until Tails mentions "the crackers in the green room". Gee, and I thought Tails' memory was bad. Wait, what am I saying? Tails had that... thing from episode 2 season 1. We then cut to Tails showing off his Dudemobile (briefly in the style of Pimp My Ride, I guess) and the male members of Team Sonic get in the vehicle.
Amy tells the boys to have fun and not to do anything she wouldn't do. OK, let's see. Flirting with random people: check. Being jerks to your friends: check. Berating someone for their 'insensitive' behaviour: check. Nominating themselves for awards: check. OK, Amy. I'll make sure the boys don't do what you
wouldn't do. We then cut to the boys rapping until Knuckles has to take a rest stop. This happens three times by the way, while the guys are seeing the sights. Knuckles, is there... something you're not telling us? Maybe you should see a doctor for that. Or it could be that the road is bumpy.
We then have a scene where Sonic gets so impatient that he forcefully tries to take the wheel from Tails and speeds up! How can something like this be considered funny? Imagine yourself in this situation: you're driving and someone forcefully takes the wheel. You and that person could get injured or killed in a crash or the vehicle could trip over something and tumble over, injuring or killing you both. Or if the two of you are still alive, the vehicle could leak gas, catch fire and explode! But no, that doesn't happen. Maybe I'm expecting too much from the show... like I ALWAYS do.
A police officer shows up and gives them a speeding ticket while Sonic unsuccessfully tries to get special treatment (getting zero speeding tickets) by claiming to be a hero. Sonic is a NATIONAL hero in the SONIC BOOM Universe. How does he expect EVERYONE to know who he is? And celebrity or not, you are bound to be punished for committing an offence. To prevent this from happening again, Sonic lets Knuckles take the wheel, only for the echidna to lose their way to the concert. That has to be the SECOND STRIKE out of three. Why didn't he just let Tails take the wheel again?
Sonic wakes up, only to find himself in the middle of a dark forest and a deranged opossum in the back seat next to him. Apparently, Knuckles let him in... which turns out to be a bad idea because he is the Chain Bandit. After listening to the radio, the bandit strangles Knuckles. Actually, he wraps the chain around Knuckles' shoulders and chest... which could give kids the wonderful image of being strangled to death by a stranger in the back of a car. And no, I was just being sarcastic when I said 'wonderful'. Sonic kicks him out and takes the wheel, speeding off again. The police officer shows up and -- after Sonic talks about the bandit that tried to kill Knuckles -- arrests them, not just because the Bandit was no longer in the back seat but also because they have a chain in the back seat.
So the officer lets them spend the night in "a grey-bar hotel", which Tails assumes to be an actual hotel instead figuring out that they are spending the night in jail. Sigh. In the (ahem) hotel, they bump into Salty, the manager of Dreamboat Express. Anyone remember that name? For those of you who don't know, Sonic and friends were in a cheesy pop boy band before they changed the name. Salty claims that he was arrested for wearing a chain. I want to know something. If the police officer saw the chain in the back seat of the Dudemobile, why didn't he place it in a plastic bag to give to the Forensics Team to analyse it? Also, is the police officer so obsessed with catching the Chain Bandit that he led himself to believe that anyone wearing a chain has to be an accomplice?
The officer gives them a meal and Salty puts on a "stupid" act, while Tails uses a magnet to take the keys and unlock the door to escape with Team Sonic and Salty. Good thing, too. If they had used their powers, the officer would know what they were up to and place them in a higher security prison cell. Well, I haven't been to prison and I don't work in a prison, so what would I know?
We then have a chase scene, which goes on until the Bandit and the heroes are separated. Sonic decides to go it alone with his Blue Force One. Tails makes the jump but the officer fails to do so. Before he is burned to a crisp by molten lava, Tails flies out and uses his Enerbeam to save him. And Sonic apprehends the Bandit, leaving the officer to do the rest. Because of Team Sonic's heroic deeds, the officer decides to let them go. I was expecting them to be punished, but then again, I expect too much. The heroes arrive at the concert, only to find out they are a month early. Why? Because Tails was so excited about the concert that he didn't pay attention to the date. He then tries to make them look on the bright side of the journey, but Sonic (with Knuckles holding him back) tries to pull a Homer Simpson on Tails, while he runs away in panic. And the episode ends with a freeze frame.
There's not much to say about this episode. I found this episode OK. I wasn't a fan of the songs, though. And I didn't like how Sonic endangered himself and his teammates. Though I have to admit, the police officer did better at his job than the ones in Hedgehog Village (that name sounds like a village only populated by hedgehogs, I swear). It had some... scary moments, but it was still OK. I still don't get why the officer didn't analyse the chain and just arrested Team Sonic. And here's a question: why did Knuckles have to be the only one needing to use the bathroom, and not the other Team Sonic members? I think there might be something seriously wrong with him, and he definitely needs to see a doctor for this.
That's all I have to say. Thanks for reading, and take care.