|G.I. Joe: Renegades|
|Based on||G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero|
by Larry Hama
|Narrated by||David Kaye|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Running time||21–22 minutes|
|Original network||The Hub|
|Original release||November 26, 2010 –|
July 23, 2011
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.
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.
- Charlie Adler - Cobra Commander, Buzzer, Monkeywrench, Jumpmaster (ep. 1) Cobra Trooper #1 (ep. 1), Swami Vipra (ep. 13), Guard #2 (ep. 20)
- Clancy Brown - Destro, Truman (ep. 8), Whistleblower (ep. 11)
- Natalia Cigliuti - Scarlett
- Nika Futterman - Lady Jaye, Female Reporter (ep. 1, 7), Sheriff's Clerk (ep. 10)
- David Kaye - Main Title Narrator, Professor Patrick O'Hara (ep. 25-26)
- Matthew Yang King - Tunnel Rat, Torch, Cobra Trooper #3 (ep. 1), Country Clerk (ep. 10), Technician (ep. 10), Cobra Guard #1 (ep. 16), Pilot (ep. 19), Operations Tech (ep. 24), Cobra Guard (ep. 26)
- Jason Marsden - Duke, Ripper, Trooper #2 (ep. 1), Mitchell (ep. 2), Prison Guard #1 (ep. 10), Intel (ep. 10)
- Johnny Messner - Flint
- Khary Payton - Ripcord, Lead Cobra Trooper (ep. 1), Guard #1 (ep. 20)
- Kevin Michael Richardson - Roadblock, Road Pig, Computer Voice, Major Hidalgo (ep. 1), Cobra Security Trooper (ep. 1), Mechanic (ep. 10), News Anchor (ep. 11), Crowd Member #1 (ep. 12), Franz (ep. 13), Guard #1 (ep. 13), Moon (ep. 16), Sailor (ep. 16), Preacher Davis (ep. 23)
- Charlie Schlatter - Doctor Mindbender, Wild Bill, Lift-Ticket, Security Chief (ep. 1)
- Tatyana Yassukovich - Baroness, Receptionist (ep. 1)
|Ep. #||Episode title||Director||Writer(s)||Original Air Date|
|1||"The Descent, Part 1"||Nathan Chew||Henry Gilroy & Marty Isenberg||November 26, 2010|
A team of five soldiers—Duke, Ripcord, Tunnel Rat, Roadblock and Scarlett (with Snake Eyes helping from the shadows)—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; though seemingly at the cost of Ripcord's life.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 Bern||Henry Gilroy & Marty Isenberg||November 26, 2010|
After surviving the Cobra Pharmaceuticals explosion, the team are framed for it and become known as the "Renegades" by the media. They then go after a surviving Bio-Viper that's 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 Altieri||Stan Berkowitz||January 7, 2011|
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 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 Tidwell||Eugene Son||January 14, 2011|
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 biker gang's reign of terror, give the sheriff his courage back, 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 Chew||Rich Fogel||December 3, 2010|
The Baroness contacts mercenary, Major Bludd, to track down and assassinate a target—-a former Cobra employee turned internet blogger-—who they believed stole one of their data scanners, only to learn he's under the Joes' protection.Introducing Characters: Major Bludd, Breaker
|6||"Return of the Arashikage, Part 1"||Scott Bern||Greg Johnson||December 10, 2010|
The Joes take refuge at Snake Eyes' dojo where they train with him and meet his first apprentice, Jinx. They also learn about his connection to Jinx's cousin Storm Shadow and their connected past to the Arashikage ninja clan.Introducing Characters: Jinx, Storm Shadow
|7||"Return of the Arashikage, Part 2"||Kevin Altieri||Dean Stefan||December 17, 2010|
|The Joes regroup after an ambush from Storm Shadow, who has kidnapped Jinx, and make a plan to hunt down the former and rescue the latter.|
|8||"Busted"||Scooter Tidwell||Andrew R. Robinson||January 28, 2011|
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 Chew||Scott Sonneborn||February 4, 2011|
Adam DeCobray, head of Cobra Industries, 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 someone 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 Bern||Alexx Van Dyne||February 11, 2011|
When the town of Green Ridge is issues 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 Altieri||Marty Isenberg||December 24, 2010|
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. All the while, Duke's adolescent past with Flint during a high school football state championship game is revealed.Introducing Characters: Max Hauser (Duke's dad), Connie Hauser (Duke's mom), Vincent Hauser (Duke's younger brother)
|12||"Homecoming, Part 2"||Scooter Tidwell||Greg Johnson||December 24, 2010|
With the Joes in Flint's military custody, the Baroness tries to regain control of the hard drive holding Cobra's secrets from their military transport. The Joes' identities are compromised in the process, leading to them being called the "Springfield Four". After losing a battle with Snake Eyes atop a moving train, Storm Shadow approaches the Baroness to form an alliance with Cobra.Introducing Characters: Stalker, Tripwire
|13||"Brothers of Light"||Nathan Chew||Brandon Auman||March 11, 2011|
Disguising themselves as spiritual healers, Tomax and Xamot entrance most of the Joes and trap them in their cult-like commune called the Brothers of Light after they return Sister Leia, one of their disciples, to them. Meanwhile, Doctor Mindbender is seeking a psychic in order to learn the secrets to mind control, leading to him capturing the twins in order to use their psych abilities to adapt a control system enhancement for his Bio-Vipers.Clément Sauvé (1977–2011).
|14||"Knockoffs"||Scott Bern||Tom Pugsley||March 18, 2011|
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, but Zartan steals the suit and uses it to get revenge. 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 Altieri||Dean Stefan||March 25, 2011|
Dr. Mindbender creates prototype "Shadow-Vipers", synthetic doppelgangers controlled by Storm Shadow's mind, to track down the Joes, who have been spotted in Canada hiding out with Snow Job, Tunnel Rat's old army arctic trooper 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 Tidwell||Stan Berkowitz||April 16, 2011|
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 the hopes of giving it to General Abernathy as evidence that would expose Cobra Industries' illegal activities and clear their names. But things go wrong aboard his ship, Courtney, along the journey when the Techno-Viper is freed.
|17||"Castle Destro"||Nathan Chew||Mitch Rothenberg & Josh Eiserike||April 23, 2011|
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 en-mass.Introducing Characters: B.A.T.s
|18||"Union of the Snake"||Scott Bern||Eugene Son||April 30, 2011|
The Joes plan to crash a communications summit held by the Baroness at her family chateau, where they uncover a mind control scheme involving Cobra Industries' "Black Adder" cellphone; a device capable of taking control of their competition via cerebral manipulation using Doctor Mindbender's mind-control technology siphoned from Tomax and Xamot's psychic ability. However, the Joes soon discover that someone with an axe to grind against the Cisarovna family and their reign has also infiltrated the estate, and they're willing to do whatever it takes.
|19||"The Anaconda Strain"||Kevin Altieri||Bill Wolkoff||May 7, 2011|
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 once they've released it onto the unsuspecting populace.Introducing Characters: Airtight, Doctor Venom
|20||"Prodigal"||Scooter Tidwell||Andrew R. Robinson||May 14, 2011|
The Joes raid a Cobra medical facility to search for "Patient X" (the originator of the Anaconda Strain) and any other information that would help them prevent an outbreak. They soon discover that Patient X is actually an amnesiac Rip Cord and help to regain his memory. Unbeknownst to them, he has been turned into a Bio-Viper/human hybrid by Doctor Mindbender and he wanted them to find him so he can track their movements now that their interference is out in the open.Introducing Characters: Lift-Ticket
|21||"The Anomaly"||Nathan Chew||Ed Lee & Tim Jennings||June 11, 2011|
Doctor Mindbender's attempt to create another human/Bio-Viper hybrid appears 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. When the mad scientist tries to reclaim Ripcord for Cobra, the Sewer Viper removes the control chip in his head, giving the Joe full control of his Bio-Viper form.Introducing Characters: Teddy Lee (Tunnel Rat's older brother)
|22||"Cutting Edge"||Scott Bern||Greg Johnson||June 18, 2011|
|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, leaving Jinx to be the rightful leader to the Arashikage clan while he disappears. 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 Altieri||Henry Gilroy||June 25, 2011|
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 Tidwell||Eric Karten||July 9, 2011|
|While investigating a series of earthquakes that hit along the eastern seaboard in one week, the Joes discover tunnels under a Virginia barn being constructed by Cobra, though a massive drilling excavator 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.|
|25||"Revelations, Part 1"||Nathan Chew||Greg Johnson||July 16, 2011|
After an 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. the MASS Device) for Cobra Industries to use for teleporting troops into battle. Meanwhile, the Baroness commands the Bio-Vipers to attack 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.
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 Archibald||Michael Ryan||July 23, 2011|
As Scarlett's locket is in Baroness and Doctor Mindbender's possession, the Joes decide to take the fight to Cobra Industries by infiltrating their stronghold and stop them from finishing the MASS device. After a climatic fight, 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 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.
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, with no news of renewal for a second season in July 2011. On January 26, 2012 when asked when viewers would see a second season, Henry Gilroy said, "Actually, you're probably not going to."
Home video release
On June 5, 2012, Shout! Factory released "G.I. Joe: Renegades - Season 1, Volume 1" on DVD. "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.
In other media
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.
- Volume 2 and 3 were released on July 22, 2012.
- Volume 4 were released on August 9, 2012.
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. Finally, the main G.I. Joe Renegades team was completed in 2017 with the release of Roadblock as part of the San Diego Comic Con-exclusive IDW Revolution box set.
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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).
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