Smokescreen (Transformers)

Smokescreen is the name of several different fictional characters in the Transformers robot superhero franchise. Smokescreen is one of the second year Autobot Cars in the Transformers series, his toy was remolded from Prowl and Bluestreak, itself originating from an earlier Japanese line named Diaclone. Smokescreen's vehicle mode was based on an actual existing car—a 1979 Nissan Fairlady Z race car in the Electramotive team livery. Team founder Don Devendorf's car was recreated, except that his number 83 was changed to a 38. Smokescreen's bio indicated that while he appeared calm and easy-going, he was in reality the closest thing the Autobots had to someone who thought like a Decepticon, he would cheat to win without hesitation, covers his true goals from his fellow Autobots. Autobot leaders use him as a spy amongst the ranks at times. Smokescreen first appeared in issue 14 of the Marvel Transformers comic. Here, he was brought to life alongside Grapple, Hoist and Tracks via the downloading of their personalities and Sparks from storage.

Bumblebee took all but Grapple on a tour of the surrounding area—but ended up in a trial by fire when the Decepticons tried to steal sonic energy from a rock concert. The group battled Starscream and Thundercracker, defeating them, but left when the humans accused them of sabotaging the concert. After this, Smokescreen played more of a peripheral role, battling the Decepticons, but not having any major roles, he was one of the many casualties. He was not shown to be revived, but returned in the pages of the Transformers: Generation 2 comic, where he accompanied Grimlock on a disastrous raid on Jhiaxus' forces. After this, he battled against Jhiaxus forces under Optimus Prime's command—only to be killed by a squad of Jhiaxus' troopers alongside Ironhide; the Smokescreen of the post-movie universe appeared in the Marvel UK comics, most prominently in the "Legacy of Unicron" arc. He and Inferno were dispatched to escort Wreck-Gar back to the planet Junk. There, they discovered; the two escaped to warn Rodimus Prime, leaving Wreck-Gar behind to free his people, with Inferno being badly injured by the mind-controlled bounty hunter Death's Head.

The two arrived on Cybertron—only to discover that Unicron's puppets Cyclonus and Scourge had launched an all-out Decepticon assault. The Decepticons badly damaged the shuttle, Smokescreen refused to leave his injured friend. Inferno had other ideas and bodily threw him through the windshield to safety, before crashing and killing as many Decepticons as he could. Smokescreen returned to Junk with Prime and the Dinobots, determined to avenge Inferno, contributing to the Chaos-Bringer's eventual defeat. Smokescreen appeared in "Dinobot Island pt 1". Smokescreen was used quite in season 2, taking the starring role in the episode "The Gambler"; this saw him strike a deal with a gambler named Bosh in order to save his fellow Autobots—he would win energon for Bosh if Bosh used some to restore the others. Predictably cheating his way to victory, he was lost all his winnings. With the help of Devcon, he and Bosh ended up battling and defeating Astrotrain and Ramjet. After this Bosh freed the other Autobots.

The cartoon made use of his abilities—in "The Key to Vector Sigma", for example, his smoke saved the Autobots' super-fuel after Prowl's security detail was compromised, in "Auto Berzerk" he downed the Seekers—including Starscream—with his disruptors. Smokescreen was not among the Autobots whose death were shown in The Transformers: The Movie, did not appear in the post-movie Season Three, appearing only in the Japanese opening for season 3, as the movie was not shown in Japan at the time. Smokescreen made a brief appearance in the first episode of Transformers: The Headmasters. Smokescreen is one of the characters appearing in the unlicensed comic book Transformers Chronicles Book One by Hirofumi Ichikawa; this story has him working with the Autobot Axelerators against the Skyscorchers, facing Dreadwing, being reformatted into the Generation 2 Decepticon jet Smokescreen. Generation 1 Autobot Car Smokescreen A red/blue redeco of the Nissan Fairlady robot toy used for Prowl and Bluestreak. Alternators Smokescreen Smokescreen was the first Transformer to be released in the anticipated Transformers: Alternators/Binaltech toy line by Hasbro/Takara.

Smokescreen's alternate mode is a Subaru Impreza WRC. Smokescreen captures a fantastic amount of detail from the real car while still providing plenty of poseability in robot form. Smokescreen includes an intercooler from on top of the engine that can be turned into an "Electro-Disruptor Rifle"; the Alternators rear view mirror is inset and painted silver while the Binaltech is reflective and solid. Smokescreen was still a racing version of a production car—this time, the 2003 Subaru Impreza World Rally Championship car, driven by Tommi Mäkinen, his character card explained that he had been revived by Subaru's STI tuning group, who had built his new body, that he was more dedicated to dispelling fear and apprehension amongst his comrades than ever. Smokescreen is faithful to the original Generation 1 incarnation, he has many similarities beyond the name and the fact that he is a blue vehicle which makes him recognizable. While the Alternator line only released one Smokescreen, the Binaltech line released two.

They were similar, but had a few minor differences to depict the two distinct WRC cars: The number seven or eight was printed on the top and on the doors. The number seven version license plate is "S40WRT" while the number eight license plate reads "S30WRT" There is an image of a cartoon pig

Fire on the Mountain (The Marshall Tucker Band song)

"Fire on the Mountain" is a song written by George McCorkle of The Marshall Tucker Band. The song was recorded by the band on their 1975 album, Searchin' for a Rainbow, released as the album's first single, it peaked at number 38 on the Billboard Hot 100.. "Fire on the Mountain" was written by George McCorkle in the hopes that his friend Charlie Daniels would record it on the album of the same name. When Daniels decided not to use it, McCorkle recorded it with The Marshall Tucker Band, it is one of the most popular Southern rock tunes. The song's lyrics are set during the California gold rush. "Fire on the Mountain" details how a family sets out from their home in North Carolina looking to make some money panning gold. In the end, the singer ends up getting shot and killed, his widow is left behind with a worthless claim. Toy Caldwell plays steel guitar in the song, but it is out of tune because he didn't know how to tune it properly. According to the sheet music published at by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the song is composed in the key of G Major with the vocal range spanning from D4 to G5.

Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics