The Autobots start watching TV to learn about Earth culture and find a wrestling match pitting robot against modified human; the robot in question is Bumblebee. The human, Cyrus Rhodes, defeats him but does not stop fighting, so the others must come rescue him. Scientist Prometheus Black, who created the human modifications, was attempting to get a contract from the police, but Fanzone refuses due to Rhodes's rampage. Black also loses his funding from Porter C. Powell. In anger, he causes a lab accident that changes him so he secretes an acid that will dissolve anything, even Autobot alloy. He swears revenge against Sumdac for creating the robots he is competing with, and against the Autobots for making him look bad in the wrestling match. Sumdac is demonstrating his new model of police drone when it goes awry; Sari discovers that it was sabotaged and takes the evidence to Ratchet, who runs some tests and learns of Meltdown's acid. The Autobots then hurry to Sumdac Tower in case her ... Written by
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Sumdac's sabotaged police drone bears a more-than-passing resemblance to the ED-209, a police robot from the film RoboCop
(1987). Likewise, Sumdac's mention of its faulty identification software is likely a reference to a scene in the film in which the ED-209 runs amok at a demonstration. Coincidentally, RoboCop also takes place in a futuristic Detroit. See more
Cyrus 'Colossus' Rhodes
Stand and fight! What are you, yellow?