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  • SatAM Retrospective Episode 7: “Sonic Racer”


    Sonic the Hedgehog is famous for his speed but he also has quite the ego. This ego can easily be taken advantage of by villains such as Dr. Robotnik. This is demonstrated in episode seven of SatAM: “Sonic Racer” which debuted on October 23, 1993 and was written by Len Janson.


    The episode begins with Bunnie Rabbot, Sally Acorn, and Sonic the Hedgehog inside one of Robotnik’s bases to destroy the main generator of Robotropolis. As Sonic distracts the guards, Sally and Bunnie overload the generator causing the factory to self-destruct. Sonic quickly takes the two away from the exploding building. The three celebrate but Sally realizes that they’ll need to shut down the evil doctor’s backup generator.

    The attack angers Robotnik but Snively suggests a way to get rid of the hedgehog. The nephew suggests taking advantage of the hedgehog’s ego by hosting a racing tournament to bait him. Robotnik is pleased with the idea and proceeds to carry it out with posters to advertise the competition. 

    This obviously catches Sonic’s attention so he plans on going to the race. Sally is concerned that it is another trap and tells him that he was supposed to help them take down the backup generator. Sonic dismisses her warning saying that he will simply be a distraction to cover Sally and company.

    As Robotnik waits for the hedgehog to appear in the race, Antoine, Bunnie, and Sally try to avoid swatbots in order to reach the location of Dr. Robotnik’s backup generator. The evil doctor grows impatient but the blue speedster finally shows up dressed in a cloak. Robotnik immediately recognizes him (probably should’ve dressed as Bob Beaky) but plays along. Sonic remains unimpressed by his competition until a new robot appears that can go around 1000 mph. The hedgehog is still skeptical and confident that he will win the race.

    “There are no rules in this race,” says Snively, “except to stay on the marked course. On your marks….GO!” and the two are off!SatAM7Image

    As Sonic catches up to the robot, Snively activates the first of the traps to kill Sonic. Deadly lasers appear on the track but Sonic slows down and jumps over them surprising Snively and angering Robotnik. After that, Sonic is blocked by two hoverbots but he quickly runs over them but is then blocked by a tall wall. He simply runs along the wall and gets over it and the hoverbots hit the wall destroying themselves.

    Next, Sonic is racing against the robot in a swamp but just as the blue blur catches up, a robotic arm from the toxic pit attempts to take him down. Sonic, however, breaks free and continues the race. The hedgehog finally catches up to the speedy robot but Snively has one last ace up his sleeve. At a push of a button, the robot has a hand that grabs Sonic by the head and flings him up in the air. Sonic however lands smoothly on his feet. He grabs a power ring from his backpack and quickly catches up to his opponent.  

    Meanwhile, Sally and the others enter the location of the back-up generator. The princess needs to get inside the control center to shut it down but the only way to get in there is through a conveyor belt. Antoine volunteers but he clumsily falls on it and pulls a lever that activates the conveyor belt moving him close to the crushing gears. Sally sends a flare to tell Sonic to help them. 

    As Sonic runs through the race, he notices the flare and gets out of the track to the back-up generator. Robotnik demands Snively to find Sonic but he can’t find him. Sonic quickly reaches Antoine and clogs the gears with a power ring saving him in the nick of time. But as the ring is stuck, the gears start to melt so the Freedom Fighters quickly flee from the building. As the generator is destroyed a massive blackout spreads throughout Robotropolis and Robotnik’s eyes glow with hatred at Snively while the Freedom Fighters celebrate in Knothole. This concludes episode seven of SatAM. SatAM7Image


    At a Glance: SatAM Episode 7: Sonic Racer

    Summary: The evil Doctor Robotnik has announced a racing tournament for the people of Robotropolis. Will Sonic win the race? Or will he eat the dust of his competitors?

    Air Date: October 23, 1993