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The Forge is the seventh Total Immersion Event for Cartoon Network's (or in this case [adult swim]'s) Toonami block. The first episode premiered at the 2019 Momocon before its November 9 release.

TOM and Sarah are discussing what to do with Georgia (the worm creature they took with them at the end of The Intruder III) as she's growing quite big and Sara feels the Vindication doesn't have the necessary environment of her home planet. Before the discussion can go further, the ship's navigation suddenly re-programs itself, locks out the crew and send them to an unknown space station. When TOM goes to confront those who brought them there, he's knocked out from behind by the ringleader and the Clydes are likewise taken out. This soon leaves Sara the only one who can save TOM from whatever the inhabitants have planned. All the while the duo try to figure out who exactly these people are.


Episodes: Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5

The Forge has the following tropes:

  • Aliens are Bastards: The Forge's alien race considers the bots to be their "disposal labor", and wants use the Vindication as a warship to achieve world domination.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • TOM loses his left arm again during a firefight, much to his annoyance.
      TOM: (After his arm is blasted off) Dammit! I just got this thing!
    • Then in episode 4, even as he’s about to be destroyed, he manages to crack a few more jokes about his armless state.
      TOM: (after being shot) Agh! I can’t believe you shot a one armed man! For all you know, (malfunctioning) I could've revealed the secrets of the universe!
    • And after he gets uploaded into his new body, he’s still at it.
      TOM: I’ve got two new arms.
  • Body Backup Drive: TOM, yet again. This time, it’s after he gets shot by "Booger".
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  • Call-Back: In the previous TIE, Countdown, The present TOM had witnessed a corrupted future Sara blow up an uninhabited planet using the Vindication's weapons. Here, "Booger" reveals that the Vindication was originally meant as a warship, so it's firepower makes much more sense now and likewise showcases the threat that "Booger" presents if he goes through with his plans.
  • Contemplate Our Navels: TOM does this during the discussion about Georgia, citing he doesn't really know where he comes from.
  • Darker and Edgier: Even more than The Intruder II in this aspect, with a much more deeper story. Though the TIE starts off lighthearted, it quickly gets dark, not turning back. The Clydes, a few aliens, a few yellow TOM units and even TOM himself die across the span of four episodes. Of course, TOM does get rebuilt.
  • Failed a Spot Check: TOM manages to get the drop on one of the crewmates of the ones that brought them there. But the leader, a very bulky alien, quickly gets the jump on him.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: TOM makes one in episode 4, attacking the aliens to give the other units enough time to escape on the Vindication. But unsurprisingly, he gets rebuilt immediately afterwards.
  • Hero Killer: The Commander Of The Forge ("Booger") ultimately kills TOM 5 by shooting him in the back, destroying his circuits.
  • Interface Screw: The first four weeks of the event don't have any major changes to the bumpers like past ones (Week 1 only has TOM and SARA absent for story reasons, while Weeks 2-4 includes shots from the event itself). In Week 5 however, the bumpers start to glitch and don't play any of the preview footage.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: TOM Jr. after his restrictive programming is deleted.
    TOM Jr.: My fellow TOMS! Now is our chance for the freedom have long been denied! Join me brothers! And FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE OF TOM!
  • Just a Machine: The alien race's attitude towards the bots. When Junior convinces the other yellow TOM lookalikes to escape the Forge for freedom, the aliens assume the bots to be malfunctioning.
  • Junior Counterpart: TOM Jr.
  • La Résistance: TOM and Junior convince the yellow TOM units to form one of these. The alien race obviously is NOT happy about this.
  • Robo Speak: Those not liberated still speak in this tone. It actually becomes a plot point in episode 3 when TOM tells TOM Jr. to "speak in their language" to convince the others to rebel.
  • Servant Race: The yellow TOM units serve as this to the alien race.
  • They Just Don't Get It: The yellow TOM units (excluding TOM Jr.) can’t really understand that much due to their restrictive programming.
    TOM: TOMS! Find cover!
    Yellow TOMS: (Beat)
  • Wham Episode:
    • Ep 1: When TOM confronts one of the intruders on the ship, he sees it's a bot that looks just like him. He's knocked out before he can get any answers and the Clydes are destroyed in trying to save him.
    • Ep 2: The ringleader turns out to be an alien (whom TOM dubs "Booger") wearing a suit who reveals that the Vindication is actually a warship that his kind had lost years ago and all the units on the station are droids created under his service. With the ship now back under his control, he plans to set out and conquer the universe. Sara manages to break TOM free and the first droid they comes across, Sara "frees" of his restrictive programming. He then begs TOM to help free the others which TOM reluctantly agrees to.
    • Ep 3: TOM and the unit they liberated manage to convince the the other workers to rebel and help them. But SARA finds out the warp core to the Vindication is compromised. What's more when the group reach the ship, they find themselves caught in an ambush by the aliens, lead by "Booger". Oh yeah and TOM loses another arm.
    • Ep 4: The biggest wham of the TIE so far. TOM and the others are caught in a ambush, with some not making it out alive. Realizing that there is no other way he can save them, TOM makes a Heroic Sacrifice, attacking the aliens to give the others enough time to board the Vindication and for Yellow TOM (who TOM dubs "TOM Jr.") to clone himself. They manage to board successfully but TOM is shot and killed by "Booger".
    • Ep 5: "Booger" commands the alien force to go after the Vindication, retrieve it, and kill the yellow TOM units. TOM Jr. commands the others to work on the compromised hyperdrive. Meanwhile, SARA manages to to backup TOM 5’s memories and transport them into a new body, dubbed T.O.M 6.0. TOM obsesses over his new arms for a while before they then form a plan to blow up the drop ships going after the Vindication, giving TOM Jr. and the other bots enough time to escape. But did we mention TOM has new arms?


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