Episode 26: Link Up
Optimus was heavily damaged in the last battle, and is in recovery.
Jetfire, the second in command, will be taking over his duties until he
is at his full strength again. Scavenger and Blurr tell Hot Shot how
Thrust led the Decepticons to overwhelming victory on the planets
Vector, Orga, and Duke, almost eliminating the Autobots completely.
The Mini-Cons alert them to the presence of a Transformer flying around
the base, which turns out to be Thrust (Jetfire admits here to not
being able to understand Mini-Con speech). Jetfire immediately goes
after him, alone, and tells the kids not to tell Optimus about it.
Thrust leads him on a chase through the clouds, and eventually brings
him into a Decepticon ambush, where the three flying Decepticons are
waiting, along with six airborne Mini-Cons. Jetfire transforms and
starts firing, surprising Thrust, who had counted on the Autobot not
attacking with the Mini-Cons present.
However, being so vastly outnumbered proves overwhelming for Jetfire,
so Blurr, Hot Shot, and Smokescreen warp to a nearby island to help.
Smokescreen extends his cannon to launch the Skyboom shield to Jetfire,
but the cannon is blown off by a surprise attack from Demolishor and
Sideways. The kids radio Red Alert, telling him that the Autobots are
losing and they need Optimus' help. Megatron arrives on the
battleground with the Star Saber, and the Autobots realize they have to
retreat. Jetfire tries to fly away, but is surrounded by the Air
Military Team, and he refuses to fire on them.
Red Alert and Scavenger are about to go and join the fight when they
realize somebody is at the warp gate. It's Optimus, who left the repair
bay prematurely so he could help. He insists that they warp him to
Jetfire's coordinates, and that he'll be fine. Jetfire transforms to
pants mode and together with Optimus they form Jet Convoy for the first
time. He shoots Starscream, sending him crashing into the ocean, then
does the same with Megatron. He then comically picks up Demolishor and
tosses him in as well. The Decepticons then retreat. In closing,
Optimus tells Jetfire he should be more cautious from now on, though it
doesn't seem he takes this advice too seriously.
Additional notes: I'm pretty sure this is the first time the name Convoy has been used in
any form of US continuity. Hasbro probably just stuck with the name Jet
Convoy because it was too hard to come up with another one (Jet Prime
doesn't sound so impressive).
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