SatAM Retrospective: Episode 10

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Sonic The Hedgehog #39

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Report: Test subjects S, A, and T are responding very well to experiments. Proceeding to phase three.

Sonic, Amy, and Tails are still stuck in Eggman’s evil tower and being subjected to his increasingly crazy tests. It doesn’t help that Tangle and Belle have unknowingly begun controlling the tower and are making it impossible for their friends to escape! Everyone’s limits are pushed as they try to make it out in time in “Test Run,” part three!

Sonic The Hedgehog #40

Wed Jun 2, 2021 Tentative

Tangle to the rescue! The brave lemur has jumped into the battle to save Sonic, Amy, and Tails from falling victim to Dr. Eggman’s latest experiment. Belle has a different kind of battle when she comes face-to-face with an old friend. Will the gang be able to escape unharmed? Find out in Evan Stanley’s epic conclusion to “Test Run”!

Sonic The Hedgehog #41

Wed Jun 16, 2021 Tentative

The Deadly Six are still on the loose and attacking towns. Jewel the Beetle recruits Sonic’s friends the Chaotix to find and stop the Zeti, but Zavok of the Deadly Six is looking for his minions, too—he’s angrier than ever and wants to reunite. The Chaotix will have to act quickly to outsmart the Deadly Six!

Sonic the Hedgehog: 30th Anniversary Special

Wed Jun 23, 2021 Tentative

After 30 years of going fast, it’s time for fans to celebrate the speediest hedgehog of all time! It’s an unbelievable birthday celebration for Sonic the Hedgehog with his first Classic Sonic special!

First, in “Seasons of Chaos” by longtime Sonic scribe Ian Flynn and artists Aaron Hammerstrom & Reggie Graham, Sonic goes on an adventure from pleasant spring valleys to wintry wonderlands in search of the Chaos Emeralds. But Sonic’s not alone, with a little help from his friends Miles “Tails” Prower, Knuckles the Echidna, Amy Rose, Mighty the Armadillo, and Ray the Flying Squirrel, they’ll race, fight, and fly their way to victory against the baddest of baddies!

Then, in “Dr. Eggman’s Birthday,” the vile, villainous Dr. Eggman takes center stage in a story written by New York Times bestseller Gale Galligan (The Babysitters Club)! And how does the bad doctor celebrate the occasion? Only his Badniks know for sure…

Finally, in “Sonic Learns to Drive,” Sonic’s up against a tough challenge: Driving! When the fastest thing alive can outrun any car, will Sonic have the patience to learn… or will he finally get left in the dust? Written by the hosts of My Brother, My Brother, and Me, The Adventure Zone, and New York Times bestsellers, the McElroy Brothers!

Grab a slice of chili dog cake and don’t get left in the dust on the most way past cool book of the year!

Sonic The Hedgehog #42

Wed Jul 7, 2021 Tentative

Zeti Hunt, part two! Now that Zavok has his pack, it’s time for them to make a big move. But Jewel the Beetle, newly appointed Restoration leader, has called on Sonic, Tails, and the Chaotix to run interference. Will they be able to stop the Zeti and make it home in time for spaghetti!?

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Sequel to the 2020 movie.

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    SatAM Retrospective: Episode 10

    Sonic has always been a fearless hero. There are very few times where we see him legitimately scared. The episode which we’ll be viewing from SatAM happens to be one of those times. Let’s take a look at “Sonic’s Nightmare” which was written by Frank Santopadre and aired on November 13, 1993.

    Our story begins with Sonic rushing through Mobius at top speed until he hears Sally’s voice echoing in the distance saying, “Sonic, where were you when the brains were handed out?” Sonic looks into the distance and sees Sally being captured by Robotnik and some swatbots and thrown into a portable roboticizer. As Sonic rushes to the rescue, a storm appears and the blue blur gets stuck in a super stick pile of mud. He manages to break free of the mud and crosses the bridge. As he crosses, however, the bridge collapses and he falls down the pit as the princess’ words echo and a roboticized Sally Acorn emerging from the roboticizer.

    Now I have a soft spot for stuff like this. 

    Sonic wakes up and realizes it was all a bad dream. He gets up and talks to Rotor for a bit and Sally appears with a transmission Nicole intercepted. The transmission tells the Freedom Fighters that Dr. Robotnik intends on putting chemicals into the clouds to create toxic rain. In order to obtain more information about the plan, Rotor gives Antoine, Bunnie, and Sally swatbot disguises and they move out. 

    Sally and company find the cloud burster being transported and decide to distract the driver with a grenade. This catches the Swatbots’, as well as Snively’s, attention, and they go investigate. While they’re distracted, Sally enters the cloud burster and attempts to decode the security of the device. As Nicole is in the process of decoding, Antoine and Bunnie, who are guarding the cloud burster on the outside, get caught by Swatbots. Unfortunately for Sally, she gets caught as well and Nicole fails to decode the cloud burster.

    Meanwhile, Sonic finds an abandoned base and decides to investigate. He finds no one and decides to find Sally and the others. He finds the tracks of the vehicle transporting the cloud burster and finds a swatbot helmet that Sonic recognizes to be Antoine’s. 

    Sally and the others are moved to the base Sonic just finished investigating. Why he didn’t notice Sally and her comrades is be

    yond me. When he runs to the Freedom Fighters, Robotnik sends out a chasing fireball. In order to stop it, Sonic hops into the ocean for the fiery ball to be quenched.

    One of the things very common in Sonic’s personality throughout the franchise is his fear of water. In the SatAM show, this fear seems to be nonexistent. He is then surrounded by Swatbots. He backs away and eventually steps on some mud and pretends to be stuck. He then catches the machines off-guard and defeats them. This seems to be a reference to the beginning of his nightmare at the start of the episode in which he was stuck in some mud. He finds the three Freedom Fighters locked in an egg-shaped capsule and is about to break them free when he is warned not to because of the electric bars. Sally tells Sonic to take care of the toxic rain that Robotnik is about to be released. The hedgehog tries to figure out how to stop the cloud burster but eventually HAS A MENTAL BREAKS DOWN and flashes back to his nightmare. 

    I honestly did not see this coming in this episode. They were definitely aiming for a darker tone for this one and I LOVE IT. ANYWAYS!

    The flashbacks are repeating the phrase “Where were you when the brains were handed out?” and Sonic lets out a scream of panic and wakes up. The nightmare has been telling Sonic to do one thing: to use his brain. Sonic then strategizes and then digs straight down like a drill using his super-speed and finds the machine that powers the well. Using his super-speed to power the gears, the pipes spew out oil at the flying cloud burster and it crashes with Robotnik and Snively inside…

    Or so the Freedom Fighters thought. Just like the Secret Scrolls episode, Robotnik and Snively fake their deaths but this probably won’t affect future events since their previous fake death didn’t affect the story. As Sonic figures out how to free the prisoners, the base begins to sink into the water. Sonic hands Sally the power ring which will hopefully drain the power of the bars. Sally holds the power ring against the bars and they deactivate. Sonic and the others make a quick escape and thus concludes episode 10. 

    This was probably my favorite episode out of Season 1 so far. I am a fan of dark stories and they were going for that here. I hope to see that in the next episodes of this show.

    At a Glance: Sonic’s Nightmare

    Summary: Dr. Robotnik is preparing the Cloud Burster which will fill the air with poisonous gas! Will Sonic and his team stop him? Or will they suffocate?

    Air Date: Nov. 13, 1993