Episode 4

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Episode 4
Television Episode
Director Mark Baldo
Producer(s) Joshua R. Wexler, Kristy Scanlan
Writer Sean Catherine Derek
Starring John Schneider, Eric Christian Olsen, Henry Winkler
Channel Nicktoons
Released September 23, 2010
Runtime 22 minutes

Von Nebula is the fourth and final episode in the Rise of the Rookies miniseries. The episode aired September 23, 2010 on Nicktoons and was written by Sean Catherine Derek and directed by Mark Baldo.


Preston Stormer, Dunkan Bulk, and Jimi Stringer arrive at New Stellac City in response to a crater that has mysteriously appeared in the city. Bulk notes that New Stellac was the site of the Von Ness mission. Suddenly, Thunder and Corroder appear and begin firing upon them. At Hero Factory, William Furno, Mark Surge, and Natalie Breez are attempting to master the anti-gravity thruster rings implanted in their boots. They accidentally float into mission control, where Zib berates them for fooling around during an emergency. The three rookies land and watch as the battle between Alpha 1 and the villains continues.

The Nebula Gas Cannon being fired

Zib warns Stormer that Thunder's weapon is giving off a strange radiation. Stormer then takes a hit from Thunder and communication is lost. Quadal's analysis of Thunder's weapon shows that it is firing nebula gases. In his black hole, Von Nebula watches the battle progress and declares that his revenge against Stormer has only just begun. Zib sends the rookies to New Stellac, advising them to elect their team leader as no other is available. Surge and Breez choose Furno to lead. Before they depart, Zib gives them Particle Separators, which will allow them to become temporarily intangible.

During their journey to New Stellac, Zib shows the rookies archive footage of the mission where Von Ness went rogue. When team leader Thresher was knocked unconscious by the attacking drone, Stormer dragged him to cover and tried to urge fellow rookie Von Ness in helping him to defeat the approaching drone. Von Ness refused out of cowardice and Stormer left him to guard Thresher while he drew the menace away from them. However, Von Ness tried to leave in the Hero Craft. Despite Stormer's attempts to stop him, Von Ness escaped, leaving Stormer and Thresher alone. In a stunning move, Stormer crippled the drone and single-handedly saved the city.

The criminals attacking

The rookie team arrives at New Stellac City, but can find no trace of the Alpha team. Thunder and Corroder emerge, followed by the newly arrived XPlode and Meltdown, and attack them. The three are saved by the Alpha team. The six Heroes take cover and engage the villains. A black hole appears over the city and sucks away the Heroes' weapons and devices. They link up in order to keep from being drawn in themselves. Von Nebula appears in the hole and Stormer allows himself to be sucked into it, going after the mastermind. Furno follows him. Stormer and Furno cling to the walls of the vortex to avoid being pulled down.

Since Bulk, Stringer, Surge, and Breez no longer have their weapons, they take cover from the criminals' fire. Breez remembers the Particle Separators Zib had given them all. Surge is not fond of the idea of using it because of his experience with it. Von Nebula emerges in the black hole and reveals to Stormer and Furno his plan to use the Quaza mineral in their cores to amplify his black hole. The two Heroes resolve to resist the vortex, but Von Nebula warns them that their efforts are futile.

Finally, the villains run out of ammunition. The four Heroes emerge from cover and subdue Thunder, Meltdown, and Corroder. XPlode resists, launching his Explosive Spikes at them. However, the Heroes use their Particle Separators to survive the attack, despite Surge's reluctance in using his Particle Separator, and Stringer takes down XPlode. Bulk and Stringer use a strip of metal from a monument to Stormer to trap the four villains.

Von Nebula confronts Furno and Stormer

Meanwhile, Stormer and Furno decide to use their Anti-Gravity Thruster Rings to counteract the force of the black hole. Von Nebula (who had been monitoring them) emerges, intending to take the devices away, and the Heroes trick him into believing Stormer has the rings. While Von Nebula attacks Stormer, Furno drops the rings into the vortex, disrupting the black hole. Stormer disarms Von Nebula and sucks him into his own staff, despite Von Nebula warning Stormer to stop and that he would use the staff to destroy them all. The two escape the black hole moments before it explodes and dissipates. The two land in New Stellac City and reunite with the others. They immediately depart for Hero Factory with the staff and the four criminals.

Upon their arrival they are met by a reporter. Stormer gives credit to the rookie team, calling Furno by his name (something he had previously refused to do). As Stormer and Furno walk into the building, they share their doubts on whether Hero Factory's vault can contain Von Nebula. Inside the vault, a flying insect buzzes around Von Nebula's staff. A bolt of energy strikes the insect and sucks it into the staff.


Actor Role(s)
John Schneider Preston Stormer
Eric Christian Olsen William Furno
Stephen Stanton Jimi Stringer
Christopher B. Duncan Dunkan Bulk
Jean Louisa Kelly Natalie Breez
Bryton James Mark Surge
Mark Hamill Von Ness/Von Nebula
Fred Tatasciore Thunder
Charlie Adler Corroder
Jeff Glen Bennett XPlode
Joel Swetow Meltdown
Henry Winkler Nathaniel Zib
Jennifer Coolidge Reporter


  • There is a YouTube video, which has an unfinished testing animation for the episode, but it is unavailable now for some reason.

See also

Television Episodes
2010 Episode 1: Trials of Furno | Episode 2: Core Crisis | Episode 3: The Enemy Within | Episode 4: Von Nebula
2011 Episode 5: Ordeal of Fire | Episode 6: Savage Planet Part 1 | Episode 7: Savage Planet Part 2
2012 Episode 8: Breakout Part 1 | Episode 9: Breakout Part 2
2013 Episode 10: Brain Attack
2014 Episode 11: Invasion From Below