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"Eggman: The Video Game Part 1"[1] is the one hundred and third episode in the Sonic Boom television series. It aired on 29 September 2017 in France and on 11 November 2017 in the United States.

Synopsis

When Eggman tries to recruit Shadow to help him bring more evil to his video game, it has dangerous consequences for Sonic and his friends.[2]

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Plot

On a Sunday afternoon, Sonic is joyriding in his car through the local canyon. There, he is met by Tails, operating his vehicle with Knuckles in tow on a hoverboard. Sonic takes the opportunity to propose a race to Tails, who excitedly accepts, oblivious to Knuckles being slammed into several rocks as a result of his reckless driving. The race is cut short, however (much to Knuckles' relief), when Sonic is interrupted by an "emergency" transmission from Amy on his Communicator, who requests that Sonic purchase eggs from the local marketplace for a recipe she is attempting. Wasting no time, Sonic extricates himself from the race and heads towards Hedgehog Village.

Upon arrival in the village, Sonic accidentally splashes Eggman, who was buying groceries, with mud as he passed. Immediately apologetic, Sonic freely allows Eggman the opportunity to splash him with mud in retribution. However, in his attempt to do so, Eggman merely covers himself with more mud. Now enraged, Eggman dispatches a number of his robots to attack Sonic, who handily destroys them. Jeered by onlookers in the wake of his defeat, Eggman, perceiving himself as the victim of the situation, is confused. Sonic, in response, contends that such a reaction is the result of his history of malicious behavior.

Thoughtful, Eggman considers a way to improve his personal image when he witnesses the sale of the newly-released Tommy Thunder video game. This inspires him to create his own video game in his own image to enhance his reputation. After successfully developing his video game, named 'Stache Smash, Eggman begins marketing it in the Village Center, but is soon chided by Tails and Knuckles; they criticize the game's archaic format and insist that games based on motion capture offer a superior product. As such, Eggman revises his plan to develop a new game using motion capture, dubbed Super 'Stache Smash.

To do so, he attacks Hedgehog Village while having a number of Spy Bots surreptitiously record Team Sonic in the midst of the ensuing battle in order to recreate their abilities in-game. After the destruction of all his robots, Eggman then has the Spy Bots record a number of his clumsy personal stunts that he intends to implement into the game. Team Sonic watches this in bewilderment, and Sticks wonders if they should retaliate against him, seeing as his moves are embarrassing enough; Sonic spin attacks Eggman over the horizon, putting aside the fact that he would feel bad doing so after his poor display.

At Eggman's lair, he, Orbot, and Cubot review the footage; Eggman deems his stunts to be insufficient and, at the unappreciated advice of Orbot, resolves to enlist Shadow the Hedgehog to fight Sonic so as to provide superior footage for his in-game character to use. Eggman manages to track down Shadow and attempts to offer him a proposition, but is quickly rebuffed by the hedgehog in light of their failed previous partnership and is told to leave. Therefore, Eggman attempts to devise a way to manipulate Shadow into attacking Sonic. To this end, Eggman approaches Sonic's Shack with the intention of deceiving Sonic into saying unflattering comments about Shadow in front of a microphone and camera. When Sonic only makes neutral remarks, however, Eggman instead edits the resulting footage to make it sound as though Sonic is trash-talking Shadow and shows it to the latter within a cave he has taken residence in; in spite of the doctor's laughably poor editing, the hedgehog is furious and spurred to retaliate.

In the Village Center, Knuckles is telling Tails a joke when Shadow ambushes them; Eggman arrives not too far from the scene in the Eggmobile and orders his Spy Bots to capture the ensuing mayhem from multiple angles. In the midst of the largely one-sided fight, Shadow teleports away as Knuckles throws a punch, knowing Tails was attempting to attack him from behind, causing Knuckles to incapacitate the fox with the punch; he then defeats the echidna with a shoulder charge from behind. Soon afterward, Amy and Sticks enter the fray and continually fail to land a blow; they are eventually grabbed from behind by Shadow, lifted into the air, and tossed away to land hard on the ground, defeated as well. Nevertheless, Amy barely manages to contact Sonic on her Communicator for help before collapsing.

Immediately arriving on-site, Sonic looks around to see his badly-injured friends struggling to get back up and asks Shadow what he has done, but the only response he gets is another shoulder charge that knocks him through three trees and into a wall, leaving him stunned in the rubble; Shadow stands over Sonic, prepared to finally finish his rival off as the episode fades to black (and Knuckles expresses his dissatisfaction with the cliffhanger ending).

Continuity

Goofs

  • In the first shot of the video game store, Perci is shown missing her hoodie.
  • In the first shot of the video game store, Sonic and the Sheep Villager are shown barely reaching the height of Knuckles' shoulders. In the next shot however (which occurs immediately after the first one), Sonic and the Sheep Villager are much more elevated, almost as if they are standing on the porch in front of Knuckles (which they did not in the previous shot).
  • The shade of Cubot's yellow color scheme differs between his body and gloves.

Title in other languages

Language Title Translation
French Eggman : le Jeu Vidéo - Partie 1 Eggman : the Video Game - Part 1
Polish Eggman: Gra wideo, część pierwsza Eggman: Video game, part one
Ukrainian Еґмен: відеогра, частина перша Eggman: video game, part one

Trivia

  • Nine days before this episode aired on Boomerang, Bill Freiberger released the title card for this episode on Twitter as a teaser.[3]
  • This is the second multi-parter in the Sonic Boom TV series, the first being "Robots From The Sky".
  • Before this episode aired, Sam Freiberger would often make jokes on Twitter about Shadow hanging out in a cave, possibly as a reference to the scene in this episode where Eggman finds Shadow in a cave.
  • Wild Cat exclaims the line "Shut up and take my money!", which is an infamous line from the episode "Attack of the Killer App" of Futurama.
  • Eggman rhetorically asks to imagine him in a video game. This is a reference to his video game counterpart and, to a lesser extent, himself starring in the Sonic Boom video games.
  • After completing his game, Eggman says "Finally. A video game starting a pudgy guy with a mustache." This is a reference to Mario of the Super Mario Bros. series.
    • The "Super Plumber Brothers" video game that is mentioned by Tails in this episode is also a reference to Super Mario Bros.. Tails' enthusiasm about the game may also be a reference to the real-life popularity of the Super Mario Bros. series.
  • The "Mortal Blood Sport 7" that is mentioned by Knuckles is a reference to Mortal Kombat.
  • 'Stache Smash is a parody of the 1982 Atari video game Pitfall!.
  • The requirement for completing 'Stache Smash is a reference to the video games in the Sonic the Hedgehog series that require the seven Chaos Emeralds to be collected in order to achieve the "good ending" of the respective games.
  • The fighting moves Eggman uses when recording himself includes Ryu's iconic Hadouken attack from Street Fighter and Shang Tsung's "crane" stance from Mortal Kombat.
  • Knuckles breaks the fourth wall at the end of the episode after the screen goes black by saying, "Aw man! A cliffhanger? I hate those."

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 CNFan1995. Cartoon Network November 2017 Premiere Info. Toonzone. Retrieved on 2 November 2017.
  2. Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (9 November 2017). Retrieved on 9 November 2017. “Bill Freiberger: Ep. 251: When Eggman tries to recruit Shadow to help him bring more evil to his video game, it has dangerous consequences for Sonic and his friends.”
  3. Bill Freiberger on Twitter. Twitter (2 November 2017). Retrieved on 2 November 2017. “Bill Freiberger: A #sonicboom preview for next Saturday: Ep.251 "Eggman: The Video Game" Part 1 written by Jean-Christophe Derrien.”

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