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"Spacemageddonocalypse" is the fifty-fourth episode in the Sonic Boom television series. It first aired on 19 November 2016 in the United States.

Synopsis

Eggman discovers that an asteroid is on a collision course with the planet! It's up to Sonic and his friends to destroy the asteroid.

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Plot

At the beginning of the episode, Eggman, Orbot, and Cubot are in space working on one of their satellites while watches from within the safety of his Egg Rocket. As Orbot and Cubot get bombarded by space debris and are bounced back and forth by their lifelines, Eggman decides to play a video game. While playing however, the video game and the Egg Rocket's computer detect a gigantic asteroid heading for earth. Panicking, Eggman races back to the planet, dragging Orbot and Cubot with him. After returning to solid ground, Eggman travels into the jungle on Seaside Island where he reveals to his minions that he had built a secret underground bunker specifically for these kinds of situations, one that not even Orbot and Cubot knew about. Eggman steps inside, wishing to take in the untouched state of the bunker, only to find it a complete mess; Cubot admits that maybe he did know about the bunker after all. Eggman orders them to clean it up as he decides to a new plan he has come up with into motion: with the situation at hand, he intends to use the bunker for monetary gain by making the villagers pay to enter and stay safe from the asteroid's impact.

Standing later in front of the gathered villagers in the Village Center, Eggman reveals that the asteroid is on a collision course with the planet and encourages the villagers to purchase a spot in his bunker to ride out the impact. Sonic immediately sees that it is an evil scheme, but Eggman insists that the threat is no less real, which he admits takes some joy out of his scheme. Having gathered the rest of Team Sonic near his workshop, Tails has a look into outer space with his Tail-escope (which he admits is no different from a regular telescope) and confirms to the others that Eggman was right. Gathering Sonic, Mayor Fink, Professor Cluckins and Eggman in city hall, Tails proposes a plan where they blow the asteroid off its current course so it will not hit their planet. However, the meeting gets nowhere: Fink and Cluckins are no help and opt to hide in Eggman's bunker, Eggman insists they stick to his original plan, and Sonic tries in vain to be the voice of reason.

While Eggman looks for citizens to stay in his bunker with him, Sonic and Tails are in the latter's workshop, with Tails desperately attempting to come up with a plan; Sonic admiring himself in the mirror gives him an idea. For this idea, Team Sonic gathers mirrors and then sets up a device to use them to concentrate sunlight into a powerful beam that can bump the asteroid off its trajectory. The device works, and the beam gets close to the asteroid, but it starts deflecting off surrounding objects in space; Tails concludes there is too much space debris to fire it from here. As Eggman attempts to decide who will get access to his bunker, Tails comes up with a solution to the error in his plan: one of them has to go into space and get close to the asteroid before using the Solar Convergence Device, as Tails calls the mirror device, to bump it off its course. Amy suggests they use Eggman's Egg Rocket, but Tails tells her that Eggman would never let them have it because it would interfere with his plan.

Sonic, however, has an idea; as Eggman chooses the finalists for the people who will join him in the bunker (and sends everyone else home to await their doom), Sonic contacts the Wolf Policeman, who takes the Egg Rocket away as it is illegally parked (even in the jungle) and leaves an annoyed Eggman behind. After getting the Egg Rocket and installing the Solar Convergence Device into it, Sonic volunteers to go into space, but the team recommends that Knuckles attempts the mission as he is the only one strong enough to lift the device if things go wrong, much to the egotistical hedgehog's disappointment. Tails explains to the echidna what he has to do, and he gives Knuckles a spacesuit and an instruction list that uses pictures. Once Knuckles is dressed in his spacesuit, he walks out in a dramatic fashion (though Amy tells him to hurry it up).

Later, as the Egg Rocket is approaching the asteroid, Tails tells him that its magnetic field will interfere with radio transmissions, leaving Knuckles on his own. However, Tails then realizes he gave Knuckles his grocery list instead of the instructions, much to his shock. When Knuckles tries the SCD on the asteroid, his inability to properly operate it causes its mirrors to shatter and the device to break apart. He then decides to go out of the Egg Rocket on his own and destroy the asteroid using a powerful ground pound. After doing this successfully, he attempts to get off the asteroid before it completely breaks apart. Amidst the attempt, he spies Eggman's satellite; after jumping onto it, he rides it like a surfboard back to the Egg Rocket, getting back in contact with the rest of the team and telling them what happened.

Upon Knuckles' reveal that he destroyed the asteroid himself and broke it into pieces, Tails worriedly informs him that the asteroid fragments are still heading toward the planet. Sonic, briefly showing excitement at a chance to be the hero somehow, borrows Amy's Hammer and speeds to each of the fragments' points of impact, knocking them all away. After the team is shown a picture of Knuckles on the asteroid taken by the Egg Rocket (which Sticks believes was faked), Sonic claims that he deflected all 30 pieces. However, Tails counted 31 pieces, the remaining one having landed right in front of the door into Eggman's bunker, trapping everyone inside.

Goofs

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Sticks' eye error in the mirror.

  • In several scenes, the furs of characters like Lady Goat and Admiral Beaverton are much darker and/or smoother than usual.
  • When Sticks looks at herself in her mirror, her eyes are completely black.
  • In the scene where Knuckles jumps toward the Egg Rocket from the satellite, the Egg Rocket stops rotating in space for a split second before the scene changes.

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Trivia

  • This episode was first revealed at the Sonic 25th Anniversary party in San Diego as the first season two episode in the Sonic Boom television series to be revealed to the public.[4] Its title was also revealed by Bill Freiberger on his twitter before its official reveal.[2]
  • Starting with this episode, season two episodes in Sonic Boom will premiere on Boomerang before getting a rerun on Cartoon Network.[5]
  • When this episode first aired on Boomerang, the scene where the Solar Convergence Device's laser bounced off the space debris surrounding the asteroid was shorted by several seconds. The full scene would be show during Cartoon Network's rerun of the same episode.
  • The episode's title is a portmanteau of the words "Space", "Armageddon" and "Apocalypse," the two latter of which refer to the end of the world and civilization.
  • The episode is reminiscent of the 1998 movie, Armageddon.
Old and New Villagers

Among the background characters, new ones can be spotted on the far left.

  • This episode introduces several new background characters. Among them are a pink shrew, a purple female with hair locks and antlers, a pale female with long ears, a white dress and shades, a tall male with long pointy ears, and a red male boar.
  • The background music heard at the beginning of the episode is the theme song for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • The video game Dr. Eggman plays in the Egg Rocket resembles Asteroids, an arcade space shooter released in 1979.
  • Eggman's act of handing out roses to the finalists who gets to use his bunker is a reference to the American reality television show, The Bachelor.
  • The quote used by the Egg Rocket's computer, "I'm afraid I can't do that", is the same quote said by HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Sticks' suspicion about the authenticity of the image depicting Knuckles landing on the asteroid is a reference to the conspiracy theories regarding the Moon landing.
  • The Eggman-themed satellite seen in this episode uses the same model as the force field drones seen in "Cowbot".
  • Knuckles using TV listings to explain how Sonic gets to save the world at least once a week is a reference to how Sonic Boom is a television series that airs once a week in the United States, effectively breaking the fourth wall.
  • When Knuckles lands the Egg Rocket, the Wilhelm scream is heard.
  • Concept artwork for this episode appeared in Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice.

References

  1. Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (24 July 2016). Retrieved on 3 November 2016. “Robin McCormack: An idea on what episode 2 of Sonic Boom season two will be, eh? What is it? / Bill Freiberger: The 2nd episode is the 1 that previewed at the 25th Anniversary, Spacemageddonocalypse”
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (24 July 2016). Retrieved on 24 July 2016. “Tailooey Fan: What is the name of the episode of Sonic Boom that there will be an asteroid on a collision course with Earth? / Bill Freiberger: The episode in which an asteroid is headed for their planet is "Spacemageddonocalypse" written by @whereisjoelle.”
  3. Sonic Boom: Spacemageddonocalypse. Zap2it.com. Retrieved on 4 November 2016.
  4. SSF1991 (23 July 2016). Sonic 25th Party: Sonic Boom Season 2 Sneak Peek. TSSZ News. Retrieved on 23 July 2016.
  5. Season Two Of SEGA®'s Animated TV Series Sonic Boom™ Premieres On Boomerang This November. PRNewswire (10 November 2016). Retrieved on 10 November 2016.

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