G.I. Joe: Renegades

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G.I. Joe: Renegades
G.I. Joe Renegades logo.jpg
Genre
Created by
  • Whitney Champion
  • Matt Meeks
Based on G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
by Larry Hama
Developed by
Voices of
Narrated by David Kaye
Opening theme
  • Starr Parodi
  • Jeff Eden Fair
Composer(s)
  • Starr Parodi
  • Jeff Eden Fair
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Production
Executive producer(s) Jeff Kline
Producer(s)
  • Phil S. Crain
  • Therese Trujillo
Running time approx. 21 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Hasbro Studios
Release
Original network The Hub
Original release November 26, 2010 (2010-11-26) – July 23, 2011 (2011-07-23)

G.I. Joe: Renegades is an American animated television series based on the G.I. Joe toy franchise. The series aired on The Hub from November 26, 2010 to July 23, 2011. The series aired on Teletoon in Canada.

The series was available for instant streaming through Netflix from April 5, 2012 up until February 2015. DVD and Blu-ray releases by Shout! Factory came out in 2013.[1]

Plot[edit]

A group of young Joes are forced to become fugitives after a spy mission goes horribly wrong that involves the explosion of Cobra Industries' Pharmaceuticals. Now branded as renegades by the media for crimes they didn't commit, they're forced to fight. Pursued by the military and Cobra mercenaries, they must use all their skills to prove their innocence and to expose the true face of Cobra Industries and its mysterious leader, Adam DeCobray.

According to the recent "Hub Exclusive" TV broadcast promoting this series and Transformers: Prime, homages to The A-Team are used in the background of this incarnation of the characters. Most notable is that Roadblock is stated to parallel B.A. Baracus in size and mechanical aptitude, and Flint is formally an actual officer rather than a warrant officer and is specifically the officer assigned to arrest the "Renegades", akin to Colonel Lynch of the A-Team series. Also, Lady Jaye is sympathetic to her longtime friend Duke and provides covert support for him and the Renegades, much like Captain Charissa Sosa in the A-Team film and Amy Allen in the 1980s TV series.

Opening narration[edit]

After two episodes, the series' intro is narrated by David Kaye:

Accused of a crime they didn't commit, a ragtag band of fugitives fights a covert battle to clear their names and expose the insidious enemy that is... Cobra. Some call them outlaws. Some call them heroes. But these determined men and women think of themselves only as "Ordinary Joes". And this is their story.

Characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Ep. # Episode title Director Writer(s) Original Air Date
1"The Descent, Part 1"Nathan ChewHenry Gilroy & Marty IsenbergNovember 26, 2010 (2010-11-26)

A team of five soldiers—Duke, Rip Cord, Tunnel Rat, Roadblock and Scarlett—are sent to investigate Cobra Pharmaceuticals. They discover Cobra's new top secret weapon, Bio-Vipers, but are discovered and are forced to blow the facility to save themselves.

Introducing Characters: Duke, Tunnel Rat, Scarlett, Roadblock, Snake Eyes, Rip Cord, General Abernathy, Baroness, Doctor Mindbender, Lady Jaye, Cobra Commander
2"The Descent, Part 2"Scott BernHenry Gilroy & Marty IsenbergNovember 26, 2010 (2010-11-26)

After surviving the Cobra factory explosion, the team are framed for the explosion at Cobra Pharmaceuticals and are now known as the "Renegades" by the media. The team then goes after a surviving Bio Viper that is heading to Springfield. While Baroness and Doctor Mindbender oversee the "quarantine," General Abernathy sends Flint to get Lady Jaye to help him bring in Duke's team.

Introducing Characters: Flint
3"Rage"Kevin AltieriStan BerkowitzJanuary 7, 2011 (2011-01-07)

Posing as a preacher that helps veterans, Scrap-Iron kidnaps Tunnel Rat and uses him to test a weaponized "exo-armor" suit for James McCullen and his M.A.R.S. Industries. He meets Ralph Pulaski (a.k.a. Steeler) in another suit and they must battle each other to survive. Roadblock then attempts a rescue by allowing himself to be captured, but he is forced into an exo-suit as well. Now the rest of the Joes have to save him too.

Introducing Characters: Scrap-Iron, Steeler, Destro (As James McCullen), Doc, (Iron Grenadiers are mentioned)
4"Dreadnoks Rising"Scooter TidwellEugene SonJanuary 14, 2011 (2011-01-14)

The Joes make a pit stop in a small town in Kansas and quickly find themselves tangling with the Dreadnoks, their leader Zartan, and a cowardly local sheriff. Now they must race against time to help the locals free themselves from the Dreadnoks reign of terror, give the sheriff back his courage, put the whole gang behind bars, and get out of dodge before Flint arrives to arrest them.

Introducing Characters: Zartan, The Dreadnoks (Buzzer, Ripper, Torch, Monkeywrench and Road Pig)
5"The Package"Nathan ChewRich FogelDecember 3, 2010 (2010-12-03)

The Baroness contacts mercenary Major Bludd to track down and assassinate a target—a former Cobra employee and internet blogger—who they believed stole one of their data scanners.

Introducing Characters: Major Bludd, Breaker
6"Return of the Arashikage, Part 1"Scott BernGreg JohnsonDecember 10, 2010 (2010-12-10)

The Joes take refuge at Snake Eye's dojo where they train with him and meet his first apprentice Jinx. They also learn about his connection to Storm Shadow and their connected past in the Arashikage ninja clan.

Introducing Characters: Jinx, Storm Shadow
7"Return of the Arashikage, Part 2"Kevin AltieriDean StefanDecember 17, 2010 (2010-12-17)
The Joe team regroups after an ambush from Storm Shadow. Snake Eyes and the Joes must hunt him down and come up with a plan to rescue Jinx, who has been kidnapped by her cousin.
8"Busted"Scooter TidwellAndrew R. RobinsonJanuary 28, 2011 (2011-01-28)

Duke is wrongfully imprisoned when he gets caught up in a chop shop while looking for a replacement part for their vehicle. The rest of G.I. Joe must break him out of prison by having Roadblock get arrested. They soon discover that the prison warden is making prisoners fight each other for his amusement. Now the Joes must get Duke and Roadblock out and expose the illegal activities in the prison.

Introducing Characters: Law & Order
9"The Enemy of My Enemy"Nathan ChewScott SonnebornFebruary 4, 2011 (2011-02-04)

Adam DeCobray hires James McCullen of M.A.R.S. Industries to work on a project to combine Dr. Mindbender's Bio-Vipers with his failed exo-armor suits. Meanwhile, the Joes infiltrate a Cobra stronghold after receiving information of DeCobray's plans from who they thought was Breaker's masked whistleblower. During the attempt, Mindbender reveals a deadly secret leading DeCobray to reveal himself as Cobra Commander. James McCullen becomes a "Destro" (estranged/alienated one) as he is forced to wear an iron mask as a symbol of his attempted betrayal and a mark of his servitude to Cobra.

Introducing Characters: Serpentor the Cobra, Iron Grenadiers, Mecha-Vipers
10"Fire Fight"Scott BernAlexx Van DyneFebruary 11, 2011 (2011-02-11)

When the town of Green Ridge, is issued a court order to halt the construction of a dam built by Cobra Industries, Baroness and Doctor Mindbender send Firefly to burn this former resort town to the ground, leaving it up to G.I. Joe and a local firefighter to stop him.

Introducing Characters: Firefly, Barbecue
11"Homecoming, Part 1"Kevin AltieriMarty IsenbergDecember 24, 2010 (2010-12-24)

Duke heads home to Missouri to protect his family from a Cobra attack while the Joes infiltrate Cobra's Christmas party in Washington D.C. to find Adam DeCobray (a.k.a. Cobra Commander). Also the origins of Duke's adolescent past with Flint during a high school football state championship game are revealed.

Introducing Characters: Max Hauser (Duke's dad), Connie Hauser (Duke's mom), Vincent Hauser (Duke's younger brother)
12"Homecoming, Part 2"Scooter TidwellGreg JohnsonDecember 24, 2010 (2010-12-24)

With the Joes in Flint's military custody, the Baroness tries to regain control of the computer hard drive that holds Cobra's secrets from the military train that they are on. The Joes identities are compromised and they're now called the "Springfield Four" by the media. After losing a battle with Snake Eyes on top a moving train, Storm Shadow approaches the Baroness to form an alliance with Cobra.

Introducing Characters: Stalker, Tripwire
13"Brothers of Light"Nathan ChewBrandon AumanMarch 11, 2011 (2011-03-11)

Disguising themselves as spiritual healers, Tomax and Xamot entrance the Joes and trap them in their cult-like commune called the Brothers of Light after they help Sister Leia, one of their disciples escape. Meanwhile, Doctor Mindbender is seeking a psychic in order to learn the twins' secret and use their psych abilities to adapt a control system enhancement for his Bio-Vipers.

Introducing Characters: Tomax and Xamot, Crimson Guard

Trivia: This episode was dedicated in memory of Clément Sauvé (1977–2011).
14"Knockoffs"Scott BernTom PugsleyMarch 18, 2011 (2011-03-18)

Flint and Lady Jaye get Zartan out of prison to help them track down the Joes. Meanwhile, the Baroness tries to transport a camouflage suit—technology that can duplicate anyone's appearance—to Cobra Commander. Zartan steals the suit. The Joes and the Falcons along with warrant officer/helicopter pilot William "Wild Bill" Hardy must capture Zartan and retrieve the camo suit before it ends up in the hands of Cobra.

Introducing Characters: Wild Bill
15"White Out"Kevin AltieriDean StefanMarch 25, 2011 (2011-03-25)

When Dr. Mindbender creates prototype "Shadow-Vipers", these synthetic doppelgangers controlled by Storm Shadow's mind follow the Joes to Canada, where they are hiding out with Snow Job, Tunnel Rat's old army arctic tropper buddy. But Snow Job doesn't give the team the warm welcome in the cold weather they expected. Meanwhile Snake Eyes rescues a timber wolf caught in a hunter's trap and winds up needing to be rescued himself.

Introducing Characters: Snow Job, Frostbite, Timber
16"Shipwrecked"Scooter TidwellStan BerkowitzApril 16, 2011 (2011-04-16)

A sea captain, Hector Delgado, helps the Joes transport a canister containing a prototype Techno-Viper taken from Cobra's lab in the arctic to Washington D.C. in hopes to give it to General Abernathy as evidence that would expose the illegal activities of Cobra Industries. But things go wrong aboard his ship, Courtney along the journey.

Introducing Characters: Shipwreck, Cover Girl (in a poster as Courtney Kreiger), USS Flagg, Techno-Viper

Trivia: The two Cobra grunts at the beginning, revealed when they compare stories, are grunts from Fire Fight and Homecoming (episodes) who are being punished for losing to the Joes.
17"Castle Destro"Nathan ChewMitch Rothenberg & Josh EiserikeApril 23, 2011 (2011-04-23)

Tracing the prototype Techno-Viper's signal following its defeat, the Joes end up in Scotland. While there, the Joes become trapped inside Destro’s castle during a recon mission investigating a Cobra weapon called the Bio-Dag, a missile that dispenses Bio-Vipers on the masses.

Introducing Characters: B.A.T.s
18"Union of the Snake"Scott BernEugene SonApril 30, 2011 (2011-04-30)

The Joes plan to crash a communications summit held by Baroness at the Cisarovna Chateau where they uncover a mind control scheme involving Cobra Industries' "Black Adder" invention. This cellular device can take control of their competition by cerebral manipulation using Doctor Mindbender's mind-control technology siphoned from Tomax and Xamot's psychic ability. However, the Joes soon discover that someone else has infiltrated the estate with an axe to grind against the Cisarovna family and their reign.

Introducing Characters: Red Star (of the Oktober Guard)

Trivia: Cobra Flight Pods (aka: "Trouble Bubbles") from the old series were introduced.
19"The Anaconda Strain"Kevin AltieriBill WolkoffMay 7, 2011 (2011-05-07)

The Joes uncover a deadly virus called the Anaconda Strain (a mammalian virus engineered from reptile DNA) while searching for a missing biochemist in Mexico. They also learn of Cobra's plan to profit from the sale of its antidote.

Introducing Characters: Airtight, Doctor Venom
20"Prodigal"Scooter TidwellAndrew R. RobinsonMay 14, 2011 (2011-05-14)

The Joes raid Cobra's medical facility to search for "Patient X" (who was previously used as a test subject for the creation of the Anaconda Strain virus) and any other information that would help them prevent an outbreak. They soon discover that Patient X is actually an amnesiac Ripcord and help to regain his memory unaware that he has been turned into a Bio-Viper/human hybrid by Doctor Mindbender. Meanwhile, Cobra Commander is told by Doctor Mindbender that this is a good opportunity to track the Joes' location and movements since their interference is now out in the open.

Introducing Characters: Lift-Ticket
21"The Anomaly"Nathan ChewEd Lee & Tim JenningsJune 11, 2011 (2011-06-11)

Doctor Mindbender's attempt to create another human/Bio-Viper hybrid appeared to be a failure at first until it ends up reassembling in the New York City sewer system. When Duke, Roadblock, and Ripcord go along with Tunnel Rat to his hometown of Brooklyn to find a missing child named Reggie, they encounter the Sewer Viper being pursued by Doctor Mindbender and some Bio-Vipers on Cobra Commander's orders. Doctor Mindbender also tries to reclaim Ripcord back as Patient X at the same time. In the end, the hybrid removes the control chip allowing Ripcord control of his Bio-Viper mutation and Tunnel Rat visits his parents, going around the back to avoid MPs in front.

Introducing Characters: Teddy Lee (Tunnel Rat's older brother)
22"Cutting Edge"Scott BernGreg JohnsonJune 18, 2011 (2011-06-18)
When Scarlett and Snake Eyes sneak into Cobra Commander's secret facility, they find out that Cobra Commander is hiding in the facility after a ninja attack in his own home. The threat of the ninja causes Baroness to call in Storm Shadow to protect Cobra Commander. It is soon discovered that the ninja is actually Jinx in a high-tech suit made by Destro's M.A.R.S. Industries and she learns what really happened the day the Hard Master was killed. Storm Shadow also confesses the truth to her as well and is now masterless when he leaves Jinx to be the rightful leader to the Arashikage clan. She swears from now on the clan will go down the path her father intended—abandon the old ways and embrace the new—using technology.
23"Cousins"Kevin AltieriHenry GilroyJune 25, 2011 (2011-06-25)

Flint hires Corporal Hershel Dalton (aka: Heavy Duty) to apprehend his estranged cousin Roadblock while he and the team are in his hometown of Biloxi, Mississippi for their grandpa's WWII memorial. Meanwhile, Major Bludd resurfaces and plans his revenge on the Joes for the eye injury he suffered in their last showdown.

Introducing Characters: Heavy Duty, Grandma Hinton (Roadblock and Heavy Duty's grandmother)
24"Going Underground"Scooter TidwellEric KartenJuly 9, 2011 (2011-07-09)
While investigating a series of earthquakes that hit along the eastern seaboard in one week, the Joes discover underground tunnels under a Virginia barn being constructed by Cobra with a massive drilling excavator which ends up separating Duke and Scarlett from the others. Like the roads of Ancient Rome, they figure out Cobra is building an underground network with Maglev rails that will allow them to move anything, anywhere, at any time without the public's knowledge making all roads lead to Cobra.
25"Revelations, Part 1"Nathan ChewGreg JohnsonJuly 16, 2011 (2011-07-16)

After a experience with what appeared to be the ghost of her father Professor Patrick O'Hara, Scarlett and the Joes go to her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia where she visits her vacant family home. She learns from footage recovered by Snake Eyes that her father invented the Molecular Assembler Scrambler Sender (a.k.a. MASS Device) for Cobra Industries to use for teleporting troops into battle. Meanwhile, Baroness commands the Bio-Vipers into attacking the Joes when she learns that the stone in Scarlett's locket plays a part in Cobra Commander's plot to use the MASS Device. The reason for Snake Eyes wearing a mask is also revealed.

Introducing Characters: Professor Patrick O'Hara (Scarlett's father)

Trivia: The MASS Device from the old series was introduced.
26"Revelations, Part 2"Kevin Altieri & Patrick ArchibaldMichael RyanJuly 23, 2011 (2011-07-23)

As Scarlett's locket is in Baroness and Doctor Mindbender's possession, the Joes end up taking the fight to Cobra Industries by infiltrating their stronghold in order to stop them from finishing the MASS device. Later, the Joes arrive in Washington D.C. in Destro's High Speed Sentry (a.k.a. HISS tank) and are surrounded by General Abernathy and the Falcons. Scarlett shows them the proof from the lab that they need to clear their names. In the end, Cobra Industries' secrets are revealed and Cobra Commander declares war on the Joes.

Trivia #1: The original broadcast included a trailer segment showcasing the 1980s Sunbow cartoon version of Duke stating the Renegades reality was "just a dream", specifically separating the two interpretations. The other counterparts of the Renegades crew refute the Renegades reality, laughing at the description Real American Duke tells them.

Trivia #2: The H.I.S.S. tank from the old series was introduced along with Destro's signature outfit.

Trivia #3: Near the end of the episode Duke receives a scar across his left eye, similar to the one he had in G.I. Joe: Resolute and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

Production[edit]

G.I. Joe: Renegades finished its first season original broadcast with episode "Revelations - Part 2" on July 23, 2011. The series went on hiatus status according to Hub PR department,[3] with no news of renewal for a second season in July 2011.[4] On January 26, 2012 when asked when viewers would see a second season, Henry Gilroy said, "Actually, you're probably not going to."[5][6]

International release[edit]

Country / Region Channel Premiere Title
 United States The Hub November 26, 2010 G.I. Joe: Renegades
 Canada Teletoon[7] January 9, 2011
 Hungary Megamax April 18, 2011 G. I. Joe: Renegátok
 Poland teleTOON+ October 1, 2011 G.I. Joe: Renegaci
 Portugal Panda Biggs March 3, 2012 G.I. Joe: Renegades
 Italy Italia 1 November 24, 2012 G.I. Joe: Renegades

Home video release[edit]

On June 5, 2012, Shout! Factory released "G.I. Joe: Renegades - Season 1, Volume 1" on DVD.[8] "G.I. Joe: Renegades - Season 1, Volume 2" was released on DVD on September 25, 2012; the entire season was released on Blu-ray Disc at that time, as well.[1]

In other media[edit]

Comic books[edit]

As adaptations of episodes of the TV series, IDW Publishing published four comic books under the name of G.I. Joe: Renegades. The comic books were released out of order. Each comic book is 104 pages long.

  • Volume 1 was released on January 10, 2012.[9]
  • Volume 2 and 3 were released on July 22, 2012.[10][11]
  • Volume 4 were released on August 9, 2012.[12]

Toys[edit]

Action figures of Duke, Ripcord, Scarlett, Snake Eyes and Tunnel Rat were released in 2011, based on the characters from G.I. Joe: Renegades, with the additional action figures of Law & Order and Airtight. Renegades versions of Cobra Commander, Cobra Trooper, Firefly and Storm Shadow were also released as action figures in 2011. All action figures were branded as part of the 30th Anniversary line.[13]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

The Transformers: Prime/G.I. Joe Renegades block of special programming on Friday from 3:30 p.m.–7 p.m. generated significant gains audience versus the previous week among households and key demographics: HH (+111%, 97,000), Persons 2+ (+133%, 142,000), Kids 2-11 (+130%, 62,000), Kids 6-11 (+78%, 32,000), Adults 18-49 (+117%, 50,000) and Women 18-49 (+120%, 11,000).

Bill Gorman[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lambert, David (June 8, 2012). "G.I. Joe: Renegades - Announcement: 'Season 1, Volume 2' DVD and Complete 'Season 1' Blu-ray". TV Shows on DVD. Archived from the original on September 17, 2012. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
  2. ^ "Interview with Michael Bell". Moonbase2.libsyn.com. December 8, 2009. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  3. ^ ""G.I. Joe: Renegades" confirmed "On Hiatus" after a Single Season". Generals Joes. March 24, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  4. ^ "The Hub Unveils 2011–12 Program Schedule". TV by the Numbers. March 24, 2011. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  5. ^ "G.I. Joe: Renegades writer Henry Gilroy reveals tidbits about the animated series". Generals Joes. January 26, 2012. Retrieved February 16, 2012.
  6. ^ "No G.I. Joe programming on The Hub through early 2013 | Generals Joes - A blog about the importance (or unimportance) of little plastic men". Generals Joes. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
  7. ^ "SUNDAY MORNINGS ON TELETOON ARE A RUSH WITH AN ALL-NEW LINEUP OF ACTION PROGRAMMING". CNW.
  8. ^ Sarto, Dan (April 29, 2012). "G.I. Joe: Renegades Season 1, Volume 1 On DVD June 5". Animation World Network. Retrieved May 10, 2012.
  9. ^ G.I. Joe Animated: Renegades Volume 1 (G.I. Joe Animated (Idw)) [Paperback]. Amazon.com. ISBN 1600108350.
  10. ^ G.I. Joe Animated: Renegades Volume 2 (G.I. Joe Animated (Idw)) [Paperback]. Amazon.com. ISBN 1600108377.
  11. ^ G.I. Joe Animated: Renegades Volume 3 (G.I. Joe Animated (Idw)) [Paperback]. Amazon.com. ISBN 1600108822.
  12. ^ G.I. Joe Animated: Renegades Volume 4 (G.I. Joe Animated (Idw)) [Paperback]. Amazon.com. ISBN 1600108830.
  13. ^ "3 3/4" Figures | YoJoe.com: Dedicated to the G.I.Joe of the 80's, 90's and beyond!". YoJoe.com. Retrieved September 17, 2012.
  14. ^ Gorman, Bill (December 1, 2012). "The Hub Delivers Ratings Increases with Holiday Programming, Including Transformers: Prime and G.I. Joe Renegades". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 24, 2014.

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