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Blackjack
2008-07-04, 04:07 AM
I have been here quite a while, and I was wondering why the G1 cartoon episode synopsis has halted in Season 3 pt 1 for quite a while. I have VCDs of (most of) season 3 and 4, and if I may I can do the reviews for you.

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Running checklist of episodes completed:
http://tfarchive.com/community/showpost.php?p=650599&postcount=45

Halfshell
2008-07-04, 08:22 AM
I think whoever was doing them (Spengs?)'s brain probably melted.

inflatable dalek
2008-07-04, 09:30 AM
I think whoever was doing them (Spengs?)'s brain probably melted.

Then he may now be the perfect reviewer for the cartoon.

Blackjack
2008-07-04, 01:18 PM
[proofed]

Nice one. Here're sample reviews for 'Carnage in C-Minor' and 'The Killing Jar'. I am not going to do it in order, or my brain will also go into meltdown.:) I am resisting the urge to just copy Transformers Wikia's summaries...
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Carnage in C-Minor
Airdate: 14 October 1986
Written by: Buzz Dixon
Japanese Title: The Challenge of the Planet of Music

SYNOPSIS
Galvatron, Soundwave and the Constructicons attach a rocket to an asteroid, planning to send it on a collision course with Cybertron. A group of Autobots led by Ultra Magnus intercept, and a fight ensues. Broadside drops out of the sky in aircraft carrier mode to slam Devastator. The rocket is destroyed by a group of 'Autobots' (see Errors) but the comet still moves uncontrollably to a nearby planet, with the Autobots and Decepticons around it. Suddenly, a musical wave hits the asteroid and destroys it. The Autobots and Decepticons rumble on the planet, with Blaster and Soundwave commenting on the great harmonious melody.

Leaving the Constructicons to battle Perceptor and Hot Spot, Galvatron and Soundwave fly to the city. Ultra Magnus and Blaster hold on to Broadside as they also go to the city. In the city, apparently everything is based on melodies and songs, and the 'ultimate harmony' is created by Allegra, Basso Profundo and Zebop Scandana. (my, what weird names you have.) Allegra and Basso have a fight, and she leaves. Magnus' team arrives to warn Basso about the Decepticons, but Basso says anyone not satisfied with their culture can go like Allegra.

The Decepticons, spying on them, blast a bridge to bury the Autobots alive. Then they go to find Allegra on her isolated island retreat. The Autobots are revived by Basso and Zebop's combined melodies.

The Autobots race to rescue Allegra, but Allegra has been deceived into giving the Decepticons one third of the melody, which had been recorded by Soundwave. Allegra realises the Decepticons are evil but Galvy holds her prisoner. The Decepticons and the Autobots fight, but Soundwave's playback is too powerful for the Autobots. Zebop tries to use his part of the melody, but Soundwave records it and uses both recordings to bury the Autobots in a hole.

Galvatron prepares to kill Allegra, but Ultra Magnus and Broadside, rising from the crevice, stop him. Blaster fights Soundwave, but in the process Zebop is crushed by them. As the Decepticons retreat, Allegra heals Zebop.

Meanwhile, the Constructicons fight Superion and Defensor. As Galvatron and Soundwave arrives, Basso conveniently plays the third part, which knocks Defensor out. Soundwave records it and plays the whole harmony, defeating Perceptor and destroying part of the city. The Decepticons retreat, keen on killing Metroplex on Earth with the full harmony.

Magnus' team arrive, and makes things clear. The people heal Perceptor with music. Meanwhile Soundwave wreaks havoc on Metroplex with the melody. However, the Autobots, with Allegra, Zebop and Basso in tow, counterattack with anti-music, a.k.a. white noise. Blaster clashes with Soundwave, deleting the tape files in the process. The Decepticons retreat, and the Autobots teach the trio of aliens about harmony and all that stuff.

Featured Transformers: Galvatron, Soundwave, Bonecrusher, Ultra Magnus, Perceptor, Grimlock (one fleeting look), Devastator, Broadside, Brawn (see errors), Huffer (see errors), Bonecrusher, Blaster, Superion, Long Haul, Scrapper, Scavenger, Mixmaster, Hook, Hot Spot, Fireflight, Silverbolt, Skydive, Slingshot, Air Raid, Defensor, Groove, Scamper, Metroplex
Notable Others: Allegra, Basso and Zebop (first and only appearances for all three)

NOTES
This is Broadside's first proper appearance, although his jet mode has appeared at the strangest places in some previous episodes. He has two robot models in the cartoon, one is the more toy-accurate version with a visor, as seen in 'the Burden Hardest to Bear'. The model used in here is the other one (the one used in the comics), with a face. Perceptor can defeat Devastator with one shot, despite Superion/Defensor being unable to. This is probably the reason why Perceptor has transformed into Rambo in All Hail Megatron. Oh, trivia fans: the planet's name is Eurythman, according to TFWiki. I won't bother to edit everything.

ERRORS
Crap, where do I start? This episode is notorious for having the most errors, enough for a whole season. Okay, in the Autobot attack, Devastator is shown to be as tall as Soundwave. In the immediate next scene, the Constructicons were shown to combine to form Devastator. Broadside and Superion are shown to be the same height as the other Autobots for a scene when they should tower over them. The three Autobots that destroy the rockets are: Huffer, Brawn and Bonecrusher. Huffer and Brawn are dead by this point, Bonecrusher's... switched sides? This is made worse by Bonecrusher having an Autobot insignia a scene earlier. Also, music can travel in space. When the Autobots are shooting the meteor, they look like they all have one leg and big heads. Despite being 'outnumbered', the only Autobots that stay constant are only Magnus, Broadside, Blaster, Perceptor and Hot Spot. Others randomly change from Grimlock, Superion (who appears and disappears as the story progresses), Groove and Defensor (who appears, disappears and switches place with Superion, though Hot Spot's still there). During the second scene when Devastator was formed, the animation was so messed up that it appears seven Constructicons formed him. Defensor appears for a scene beside... Hot Spot! Hot Spot also appears with Magnus' and Perceptor's team at random intervals. Soundwave and later Broadside have sported purple Autobot insignias. Blaster mouths Broadside's dialogue in one scene, while at another scene, Magnus mouths Blaster's. The Aerialbots combine into Superion to fight Devastator. A couple of scenes later, Defensor and Superion are present. After that, Superion goes AWOL. he height comparison between Soundwave and Galvatron varies throughout. Broadside's height ain't that constant either. Soundwave points out that Zebop is standing in the distance, while Galvatron says that he probably is with the Autobots. Yet, Ultra Magnus is standing nearly next to him. Lesson: Ultra Magnus can't take cover and Galvatron needs spectacles. Blaster mouths Ultra Magnus' dialogue on one point. Soundwave is shown with both groups at the same time. Magnus is able to scoop two Constructicons with his hands and clonk their heads together. He is big, but ain't that big. Soundwave conveniently has an 'erase button' within reach of any Autobot. Apparently the safest way for a human, and the Autobots, to ride Broadside is to hang on to his wings, instead of riding in the cockpit, defying all laws of physics. Even though Zebop and Blaster should fit in Broadside's cockpit) At times they even look like they are not hanging on. In one scene a tiny Blaster is flying on Sondwave's shoulder. Broadside's cockpit has enough air supply for three humans/aliens from another planet to Earth. Also, despite the aliens/humans speaking in English, albeit in a sing-song manner, everyone bar Soundwave and Blaster couldn't understand anything. And that is without considering the crap plot involving harmonies and singing maniacs.

REVIEW
(One out of Ten)
Look at the errors section to see how I think of this episode. A crappy plot, an error-filled episode, singing dialogue... Despite having a promising start, with the nice action scenes it all goes waaaaay downhill when they touchdown at the planet with unprounceable name. The singing talking definitely makes me yearn for Wheelie's rhymes or Blurr's speedy talk more. The animators seem to mix up the character models, and the plot device (three parts of music) is crap. It's also very convenient, isn't it, for Soundwave to have an erase button within reach? The only redeeming quality is the scene where Broadside falls on Devastator. That is all.
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The Killing Jar
Airdate: 15 September 1986
Written By:Michael Charles Hill & Joey Kurihara Piedra
Japanese Title: Four Captives

SYNOPSIS
A Quintesson scientist and his Allicon guard go on to kidnap several Transformers of interest. First on their list is Ultra Magnus. Fooling him by projecting a hologram of Sky Lynx on their ship, they lure Ultra Magnus to get on board. There Magnus is subjected to an experiment where he is betrayed by a hologram of Rodimus Prime. Next, the Quintessons go to Charr to kidnap Cyclonus, where he was succumbs to being betrayed by hologram Galvatron. The next target is Wreck-Gar, who is fooled by a (believe it or not) a hologram of a clown from a show he is watching. The Quintesson theorizes that Wreck-Gar will go offline when he sees that
there is no junk on his cell, but Wreck-Gar proves him wrong by tearing up his cell walls and making his own junk. The final target is Marissa Fairborne, who is subjected to being betrayed by a hologram of her father, who changes to a Quintesson-headed human.

The Quintesson introduces his prisoners to each other before starting his experiments and shows that it is futile to try to escape, beginning with Marissa. But Wreck-Gar launches his hand to switch off the ray holding Marissa. She takes out the scientist easily, and proceeds to try to free Ultra Magnus. Just as the Allicon tries to attack her, the ship flies into an electron storm, which wrecks havoc on everybody.

The two Quintessons run to the control room and steer clear of the storm. Magnus shorts out the energon bars and the four prisoners escape. Wreck-gar battles the Allicon while Marissa battles the Quintesson. Cyclonus battles Magnus over who gets the ship. However, a greater danger soon presents itself: a black hole, about to destroy the ship. The engines keep the ship in place, but the people on board fight over the remaining escape pod.

During the resulting skirmish, the pod was launched, with the six still trapped on board. Magnus is sucked out, but is pulled on board by Cyclonus, claiming 'warriors should meet their end in battle'.

A derelict ship is sucked into the black hole. Just as they debate again whether the engine would prevent them from being sucked in, the engine blows up and the ship is sucked in and transported into a negative dimension where everyone is turned different colours (Cyclonus is a nice shade of gold!). They repair the engine with donated parts, and enter the white hole on the correct trajectory.

They exit the black hole, to the place Sky Lynx and Astrotrain has arrived after receiving the distress signal. Predictably, the two space ships are fighting. Magnus and Cyclonus, respecting each other as warriors, are content to leave but they promise that the next time they meet it will be as enemies.

Featured Transformers: Allicon, Ultra Magnus, Sky Lynx (hologram and in present), Rodimus Prime (hologram), Cyclonus, Broadside (hologram; see errors), Galvatron (hologram), Wreck-Gar, Astrotrain
Notable Others: Quintesson Scientist, Marissa Fairborne, Flint (Hologram)

NOTES
Flint (Dashiell Fairborne) of G.I. Joe is apparently father of Marissa; both their surnames are Fairborne. This was confirmed to be the case, and Flint's voice actor was supposedly used in this episode. Cyclonus and Magnus respect each other as warriors. Wreck-Gar references many TV shows, as always. See TFWiki for a list. This is the first time "Alternate mode" is used in fiction, by the Quintesson to describe the Allicon.

ERRORS
The hologram of Rodimus Prime is miscoloured as Hot Rod, doesn't have the wings and the Autobrand is in the wrong place. Maybe because it's a fake? The Quintesson lure Cyclonus with a hologram of... Broadside. Even has the correct voice actor. How stupid are both Cyclonus and the Quintesson? Why doesn't Magnus think of short-circuiting the energon bars earlier? He was the first to be captured, and must have plenty of spare time while the ship travels to Charr, Junk and Earth. Wreck-Gar has two hands for a short time after he shoots one of. During the time when the Quintesson prepares to leave in the escape pod, the escape pod is missing. In the alternate universe, when the Quintesson explains their predicament, Cyclonus' lips are moving. The colour of negative universe Magnus' face jumps around. The Allicons' right forearm disappears right before the scene in which Marissa removes it. Cyclonus apparently needs an escape pod to escape, although he turns into a freakin' space ship himself.

REVIEW
With a small cast of three transformers, one human and the two Quintessons, this episode gives plenty of characterisation for them, particularly Magnus and Cyclonus, the centerpieces of the episode. The two of them have been pushed aside by the others for quite some time now, and it's nice to see them shine. However, the black hole plot was stupid and felt redundant, as they escape in less than two minutes. There are not even some random badly-drawn aliens for them to fight! All that happened in the AU is that they change colour. Come on! I mean, they could just get sucked into the negative universe, with evil Autobots and all, and fight their way out, and Magnus and Cyclonus can STILL recognise each other as warriors. What a wasted opportunity. Still, it's a great piece for the characters spotlighted in the episode. Namely, Magnus, Cyclonus, Wreck-Gar and to some extent Marissa. Even though I hate Marissa.

Denyer
2008-07-04, 05:35 PM
It's good quality stuff and we'd be very interested. Could you (or Clay, or Ziggy, or someone with a site-related role) coordinate this with Spengs so that it doesn't end up being people working offline covering the same material? I have go do assignments and/or die, and after another three weeks of this I'm in another country for a further ~month. Normalcy will resume after that, probably.

inflatable dalek
2008-07-04, 09:26 PM
Unless someojne pops up in here to say they've already done it I'll shoot Spengs a PM to start the ball rolling in the mourning when i aint so tired.

Assuming Spengs does want to finish the G1 guide in its entirety there's still more TF cartoons than any one [sane] reviewer can handle, so if you have the sources and the desire we can almost certainly use your help on something.

EDIT @ Denyer: Which Bond book is that a quote from then? Tis bugging me cause I should know it having only read them last month...

Denyer
2008-07-04, 09:43 PM
The first one I think; I haven't had chance to pick up books much, I'm currently on Diamonds Are Forever and it'll probably stay stalled that way for the next few weeks at this rate...

Blackjack, having skimmed more closely it really needs running through spelling and grammar checkers -- you've got things like "Ultra Magnus dispatches of two Constructicons" [is this "two of the"?], "Galvatron and Soundwave flies to the city", "I never knew bunny-ears can be such a fun character", "Magnus' team arrives to warn Basso about the Decepticons, but Basso said anyone not satisfied can go like Allegra.", "The people heals Perceptor with music", etc. Is English your first language? The flitting between tenses within sentences and the formation of plurals would make me guess you're used to different grammar rules... it's not a problem if you can grab someone to proof-read things.

Notabot
2008-07-04, 10:41 PM
If you need a volunteer, I'd be happy to proof and correct some stuff on a trial basis. Can't guarantee 100% accuracy, but I'd give it a shot if it'd be helpful in any way. And if someone else wants it or if my nose is somewhere it doesn't belong, let me know.

Blackjack
2008-07-05, 03:57 AM
:p Wrote those in a hurry, so I didn't exactly run it through the grammar checker.

inflatable dalek
2008-07-06, 04:14 PM
The first one I think; I haven't had chance to pick up books much, I'm currently on Diamonds Are Forever and it'll probably stay stalled that way for the next few weeks at this rate...

Ah yes, it's when he's recovering from the Bulgarians exploding at him isn't it? Shame that bit wasn't in (any of) the film(s). Cinema needs more exploding Bulgarians.


I've spoke to Spengs, he feels to spread thin with other things he's doing to be able to focus on the G1 reviews for the foreseeable future and so is happy for them to be taken over by a new pair of hands as long as they use the same review format.

Blackjack
2008-07-07, 07:21 AM
So I can review the other episodes, yes?:D:D If so... might I suggest moving this thread to someplace else?

Denyer
2008-07-07, 05:57 PM
Mmm, toy reviews needs a separate forum, and there's a separate workspace for the RPG, may as well have one for comics/cartoons and whatever else.

Anyone who's up for proofing is most welcome.

Blackjack
2008-07-08, 03:29 PM
[Proofed]

Webworld
Airdate: 20 October 20 1986
Written By: Len Wein and Diane Duane
Japanese Title: “The Planet of the Web”

SYNOPSIS
Galvatron leads Cyclonus, Soundwave, Scourge and the Sweeps to an asteroid belt, searching for a material known as isodrite. As Galvatron monologues about crushing his enemies, his insanity became more apparent. Soundwave ejects Ratbat, who finds Autobots mining the isodrite. A battle ensues, during which Galvatron, in insanity, beats up his own troops. To sum it up in the words of Perceptor: “Remarkable. Galvatron is doing most of the work for us.” The Autobots make a clean getaway aboard Sky Lynx.

Back on Chaar, Motormaster and Swindle (and apparently Laserbeak as well), complain to Cyclonus, asking him to do something about Galvatron's madness, or they will think of choosing a new leader. As Cyclonus ponders what to do, a hologram of a Quintesson appears, and advises him that there are places which specialize in repairing damaged minds, such as the planet Torkulon. Cyclonus naively believes the Quintesson, and begins making plans to make Galvy to go to Torkulon. Meanwhile, the Quintessons discuss among themselves that they would not have to deal with the most unpredictable of the transformers.

Cyclonus informs Galvatron that the Autobots are resting on Torkulon after their recent battle. Predictably, Galvatron orders an assault on Torkulon, accompanied with Cyclonus, Scourge and a couple of Sweeps. Upon landing, Galvatron threatens several aliens caged in webs, demanding that they tell him where Ultra Magnus is. The aliens answer with insane replies. “Mommy!”, “I have no head.” etc. The Torkulons, monkey-like beings, arrive shortly. When Galvatron refuses their orders to restrain himself, they restrain him. Galvatron quickly realises Cyclonus has fooled him. Galvatron is carried away to begin his therapy, while Cyclonus fills out paperwork. (and proceeds to rip it up. Jerk.)

As the therapy proceeds, Scourge protests but Cyclonus tells him to give it a chance. The Torkulons are unsuccessful in trying to get Galvatron to talk about his problems, since he answers with “Kill… Smash… Destroy! Rend… Mangle… Distort!” Then they try to get Galvatron to rebuild his scarred psyche by building things. Predictably, he builds a gun and blasts the Torkulon. Finally they attempt "exo-drama" where patients act out their problems. A bouncing alien shrieking at Galvatron finally causes him to snap, as he shouts "I'll give you something to scream about!!" Galvatron becomes immune to the Torkulons’ restraints. The Torkulons use more webbing on him and use their last resort, the Alya solution.

The therapists reveal that Torkulon is a living planet, and can manifest itself in the form of insectoids that consume the damaged and crazed parts of an unrepairable psyche. This treatment, however, will in effect leave Galvatron mindless. Cyclonus and Scourge protest and demand Galvatron's release, but they are also restrained by the Torkulons.

The Alya begin to feed on Galvatron's mind. Cyclonus and Scourge also protest at their leader’s torture, but suddenly something goes wrong. Galvatron’s insanity proves too much for the planet, and causes it to malfunction. In the chaos, the Decepticons are freed from the planet's grasp. After beating up Cyclonus a little for getting him in this mess, Galvatron blasts his way to the ‘centre of the planet’, having seen its mind while it was inside his. The planet’s attempts to restrain him are futile as Galvatron blasts his way through to its living-computer core. Several cannon mode blasts render the entire planet inoperable. Galvatron says he will now destroy whatever is left, and warns Cyclonus against stopping him.

After the planet and the therapists are “devastated with precision and care”, Galvatron gloats over its beauty, seeming to be just a little more sane. At least until Cyclonus informs Galvatron that it will take the Torkulons centuries to rebuild. Galvatron decides his work of destruction isn't done if it's going to take only centuries, but the weary Cyclonus suggests that the Autobots are a bigger threat. Galvatron remembers Ultra Magnus and the Decepticons leave the planet in search of the Autobots.

Featured Transformers: Galvatron, Soundwave, Cyclonus, Scourge, Sweeps, Ratbat, Perceptor, Springer, Ultra Magnus, Sludge, Sky Lynx, Swindle, Motormaster, Laserbeak
Notable others:
Quintessons, assorted aliens, the Torkulons (first and only appearance)

NOTES
This is Laserbeak's final appearance in the G1 cartoon. Walking, no less. The tests done on Torkulon are parodies of actual psychological methods. (Although as far as I know Earthen psychologists don't use giant bugs or webs) Galvatron says, "You can't change me! I am GALVATRON!", to which the alien replies, "that's the problem, you're already changed." This refers to either Megatron changing into Galvatron or the plasma bath at 'Five Faces of Darkness', depending on your preference.

ERRORS
Soundwave speaks without the monotone sound effect, so he's Dr Claw for the entire episode. After arriving in the battlefield Soundwave promptly disappears. During the battle the Decepticons' and Autobots' laser colours are switched. Swindle appears among the retreating Decepticons despite not being there . Cyclonus has an Autobot insignia on him at one point. The relative number of Sweeps at Torkulon changes from only Scourge to up to three Sweeps along with him.

REVIEW
(Nine out of Ten)
One of my favourite episodes of Season 3. For one, it focuses on the villains. Hey, I am a sucker for Decepticons. The Autobot/Decepticon battle is only an excuse for Galvatron to display more insanity and for the Autobots to say some good lines. Cyclonus and Galvatron are well-defined, Galvatron's insanity is apparent, and Cyc's concern for Galvy (as well as his naiviety) is well executed. Scourge's less trusting nature is a nice contrast to Cyclonus' single-mindedness as well. Motormaster and Swindle are good choices for those not satisfied with Galvatron's rule. The scenes in Torkulon are funny, yet there is brutality. Everybody, even the physicians, deliver memorable lines. Webworld confirms that Galvy and Megs are two different characters (Galvy loves to go BWAAAAAA for one thing). It seems that in the end of the episode Galvy nearly kills everybody, a rare situation in the G1 episodes. This excellent episode is a wonderful spotlight for Galvatron and Cyclonus. Was it any wonder that it's one of the 25 Greatest Moments in Transformer History? The animation is great, the plot engaging...

Notabot
2008-07-08, 05:42 PM
So, what's the best way to submit proofs? I went through adding bold and strikeout in MS Word, then realized that it's not going to copy well here. I can save it as an HTML and post the code, but there's a lot of extra formatting that doesn't sit well with the board.
Any suggestions?

Cliffjumper
2008-07-08, 05:45 PM
Hopefully someone who doesn't still use Dreamweaver 4 will be in soon, but IIRC the site uses the same code as the board - i.e. if you put the formatting in your post, they can half-inch the formatting wholesale.

Notabot
2008-07-08, 06:23 PM
That's the trouble: I just copied the stuff to a Word file, did the formatting/editing there, then realized it's a bear to get it back to the board. I think I can probably weed out most of the spare formatting code without too much trouble, but is there a better way to do it in the future? I'll try posting what I have in a couple minutes here.

Notabot
2008-07-08, 06:31 PM
Airdate: October 20, 1986
Japanese Title: “The Planet of the Web”
Writen By: Len Wein and Diane Duane

SYNOPSIS
Galvatron leads Cyclonus, Soundwave, Scourge and the Sweeps to an asteroid
belt, searching for a material known as isodrite. As Galvatron monologues about
crushing his enemies, his insanity apparent, Soundwave ejects Ratbat, who finds
Autobots mining the Isodrite. A battle ensues, during which Galvatron, in
insanity, beats up his own troops. To sum it up in the words of Perceptor: “Remarkable.
Galvatron is doing most of the work for us.” The Autobots make a clean getaway
aboard Sky Lynx.

Back on Chaar, Motormaster, Swindle and apparently Laserbeak, complain to
Cyclonus, asking him to do something about Galvatron's madness, or they will
think of hacing (?) a new leader. As Cyclonus ponders what to do,
a hologram of a Quintesson appears, and advises him that there are places which
specialize in repairing damaged minds, such as the planet Torkulon. Cyclonus
naively believes the Quintesson, and begin begins making
plans to make Galvy to go to Torkulon. The Quintessons discuss among themselves
that “shortly we will have several less Transformers to deal with -- including
the most dangerously unpredictable of them all."

Cyclonus informs Galvatron that the Autobots are resting on Torkulon after
their recent battle. Predictably, Galvatron orders an assault on Torkulon,
accompanied with Cyclonus, Scourge and a couple of Sweeps. (see Errors). Upon
landing, Galvatron threatens several aliens caged in webs, demanding that they
tell him where Ultra Magnus is. The aliens answer with wierd weird
replies. “Mommy!”, “I have no head.” Etc. etc. The
Torkulons, monkey-like beings, arrive shortly. When Galvatron refuses their
orders to restrain himself, they restrain him. Galvatron quickly realizes
Cyclonus has fooled him. Galvatron is carried away to begin his therapy, while
Cyclonus fills out paperwork (and proceeds to rip it up. Jerk.).

As the therapy proceeds, Scourge disagrees (protests? objects?)
but Cyclonus tells him to give it a chance. The Torkulons are unsuccessful in
trying to get Galvatron to talk about his problems, where (since)
he answers with “Kill… Smash… Destroy! Rend… Mangle… Distort!” Then they try to
get Galvatron to rebuild his scarred psyche by building things. Predictably, he
builds a gun and blasts around. Finally they attempt "exo-drama"
where patients act out their problems. A bouncing alien shrieking at Galvatron
finally causes him to snap, who shouts (as he shouts,)
"I'll give you something to scream about!!" Galvatron becomes immune
to the Torkulons’ restraints. The Torkulons use more webbing on him and use
their last resort, the Alya solution.

The therapists reveal that Torkulon is a living planet, and can manifest itself
in the form of insectoids that consume the damaged and crazed parts of an
unrepairable psyche, but in effect leaving Galvatron mindless.
(This treatment, however, would in effect leave Galvatron mindless.)
Cyclonus protests and demands Galvatron's release, but he and Scourge are also
restrained by the Torkulons.

The Alya begin to feed on (?). Cyclonus and Scourge also protest
at their leader’s torture, but suddenly something goes wrong. Galvatron’s
insanity proves too much for the planet, and causes it to malfunction. In the
chaos, the Decepticons are freed from the planet's grasp. After beating up
Cyclonus a little for getting him in this mess, Galvatron blasts his way to the
‘center of the planet’, having seen its mind while it was inside his. The
planet’s attempts to restrain him are futile as Galvatron blasts his way
through to its living-computer core. Several cannon mode blasts render the
entire planet inoperable. Galvatron says he will now destroy whatever is left,
and warns Cyclonus against stopping him.

After the planet and the therapists are “devastated with precision and care”,
Galvatron gloats over its beauty, seeming to be just a little more sane. At
least until Cyclonus informs Galvatron that it will take the Torkulons
centuries to rebuild. Galvatron decides his work of destruction isn't done if
it's going to take only centuries, but the weary Cyclonus suggests that the
Autobots are a bigger threat. Galvatron remembers Ultra Magnus and the
Decepticons leave the planet.

TRANSFORMERS FEATURED
Galvatron, Soundwave, Cyclonus, Scourge, Sweeps, Ratbat, Perceptor, Springer,
Ultra Magnus, Sludge, Sky Lynx, Swindle, Motormaster, Laserbeak

NOTABLE OTHERS
Quintessons, the Torkulons

NOTES
This is Laserbeak's final appearance in the G1 cartoon. Strangely he was among
the Decepticons protesting to Cyclonus, walking, no less. The tests done on
Torkulon are parodies of actual psychological methods. (No, earthen
psychologists don't use giant bugs or webs). Sludge has one of
the funniest lines: "Uhh...Dumb Sweep." Like he ain't dumb. Galvatron
says "You can't change me! I am GALVATRON!", to which the alien says,
"that's the problem, you're already changed." This refers to either
Megatron changing into Galvatron or the plasma bath at 'Five Faces of
Darkness'. Go figure.

ERRORS
Soundwave speaks without the monotome (monotone) sound
effect. One of the Sweeps is coloured as Swindle at one point. Cyclonus is a
fool; he trusts the Quintesson despite being betrayed more than once. The
relative number of Sweeps at Torkulon changes from only Scourge to two Sweeps.

REVIEW
One of my favourite episodes of Season 3. For one, it focuses on the villains.
Hey, I am a sucker for Decepticons. Cyclonus and Galvatron are well-defined,
Galvatron's insanity is apparent, and Cyc's concern for Galvy (as well as his
naiviety) is well executed. The errors inside are not too noticeable.
Everybody, even the physicatrians (psychiatrists?* Physicians?),
deliver memorable lines. Webworld confirms that Galvy and Megs are two
different characters. It seems that in the end of the episode Galvy nearly
kills everybody, a rare situation in the G1 episodes. The animation is great,
the plot engaging... A must-see. [/p]

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"Carnage in C-Minor" 1/10

SYNOPSIS
Galvatron, Soundwave and the Constructicons attach a rocket to an asteroid,
planning to send it on a colission (collision) course to (with)
Cybertron. A group of Autobots led by Ultra Magnus intercept, and a fight
ensues. Broadside drops out of the sky in aircraft carrier mode to slam
Devastator. The rocket is destroyed by a group of 'Autobots' (see Errors) but
the comet still moves uncontrolably (uncontrollably)to a
nearby planet, with the Autobots and Decepticons around it. Suddenly, a musical
wave hits the asteroid and destroys it. The Autobots and Decepticons rumble on
the planet, with Blaster and Soundwave commenting on the great harmonious
melody.

Leaving the Constructicons to battle Perceptor and Hot Spot, Galvatron and
Soundwave fly to the city. Ultra Magnus and Blaster holds (hold)
on to Broadside as they also go to the city. In the city, apparently everything
is based on melodies and songs, and the 'ultimate harmony' is created by
Allegra, Basso Profundo and Zebop Scandana. (my what wierd (weird)
names you have.) Allegra and Basso have a fight, and she leaves. Magnus' team
arrives to warn Basso about the Decepticons, but Basso says anyone not
satisfied can go like Allegra.

The Decepticons, spying on them, blast a bridge to bury our heroes alive. Then
they go to find Allegra on her isolated retreat. The Autobots are revived by
Basso and Zebop's melody.

They (The Autobots?) race to rescue Allegra, but Allegra had
(has) been deceived into giving (the Decepticons) one
third of the melody, recorded by Soundwave. Allegra realises the Decepticons
are evil but Galvy holds her prisoner. They face against the Autobots, but
the three are defeated by Soundwave's playback. (The Decepticons and
Autobots fight, but Soundwave’s playback is too powerful for the Autobots.)
Zebop tries to use his part of the melody, but is recorded by Soundwave.
Soundwave (but Soundwave records it and) uses both recordings
to bury the Autobots in a hole.

Galvatron prepares to kill Allegra, but is stopped by Ultra Magnus and
Broadside, rising from the crevice (Ultra Magnus and Broadside,
rising from the crevice, stop him). Blaster fights Soundwave, but in
the process Zebop is crushed by them. As the Decepticons retreat,
Allegra heals Zebop.

Meanwhile, the constructicons fight Superion, and Defensor. As Galvatron and
Soundwave arrives (arrive), Basso conveniently plays the
third part, which knocks Defensor into submission. Soundwave records it and
plays the whole harmony, defeating Perceptor and destroying part of the city.
The Decepticons retreat, keen on killing Metroplex.

Magnus' team arrives, and makes things clear. The people heal Perceptor with
music. Meanwhile Soundwave wreaks havoc on Metroplex with the melody. However,
the Autobots, with Allegra and co. in tow, counterattack with anti-music, white
noise. Blaster clashes with Soundwave, deleting the tape files in the process.
The Decepticons retreat, and the Autobots teach the humans about harmony and
blah blah blah.

TRANSFORMERS FEATURED
Galvatron, Soundwave, Bonecrusher, Ultra Magnus, Perceptor, Grimlock(one
fleeting look), Devastator, Broadride, Brawn (wha?), Huffer (huh?), Blaster,
Superion, Long Haul, Scrapper, Scavenger, Mixmaster, Hook, Hot Spot,
Fireflight, Silverbolt, Skydive, Slingshot, Air Raid, Defensor, Groove,
Scamper, Metroplex

NOTABLE OTHERS
Allegra, Basso and Zebop (first and only appearance. Thank goodness.)

NOTES
This is Broadside's first appearance, although his jet mode has appeared at the
strangest places in previous episodes. He has two robot models, one is the
'winged' (“winged”) and with a visor like the toy, (as)seen
in 'the burden hardest to bear' (“The Burden Hardest to Bear”).
The model used in here is the other one, with a face.

ERRORS
Crap, where do I start? This episode is notorious for having the most errors,
enough for a whole season. Okay, in the Autobot attack, Devastator is shown to
be as tall as Soundwave, then (in) the next scene(,)
the constructicons combine to form Devastator. Huh? Broadside and Superion are
shown to be the same height with (as) the other Autobots
for a scene. When the Autobots were (are) shooting the
meteor, they (all) look like they have one leg and big heads.
Despite being 'outnumbered', the (only) Autobots that stay
constant are only Magnus, Broadside, Blaster, Perceptor and Hot Spot.
Others randomly change from (amid) Grimlock, Superion (who
appears and disappears as the story progresses), Groove and Defensor (who
appears and disappears, though Hot Spot's still there). The three Autobots that
destroy the rockets are: Huffer, Brawn and Bonecrusher. Huffer and Brawn are
dead, Bonecrusher's... switched sides? Might be a 'cameo' by E-Hobby exclusive
Autobot Constructicon Load Hauler. Defensor appears for a scene beside... Hot
Spot! The height comparison between Soundwave and Galvy varies throughout.
Broadside's height ain't that accurate either. Soundwave points out that Zebop
is standing in the distance, while Galvatron says that he probably is with the
Autobots. Yet, Ultra Magnus is standing nearly next to him. Lesson: Ultra
Magnus can't take cover and Galvatron needs spectacles. Blaster mouths Ultra
Magnus' dialogue on one point. Soundwave is shown with Galvatron and the
Constructicons at the same time. Wow. Apparently a single blast from Perceptor,
the nerd, is enough to disassemble Devastator. The shame, the shame. On the
planet, Ultra Magnus dispatches of two of the Constructicons by SCOOPING THEM
UP WITH HIS HANDS. He is big, but ain't that big. Soundwave conviniently
(conveniently) has an 'erase button' within reach of any Autobot.
Apparently the safest way for a human, and the Autobots, to ride Broadside is
to hang on to his wings, instead of riding in the cockpit. At times they even
look like they are not hanging on. At (In) one scene a
tiny Blaster is flying on Sondwave's shoulder. That is without considering the
crap plot involving harmonies and singing maniacs.

OVERALL
Look at the errors section to see how I think of this episode. A crappy plot,
an error-filled episode, singing dialogue... Despite having a promising start,
with Broadside's debut, Soundwave vs Blaster round 3, and many combiners, it
all goes waaaaay downhill when they touchdown at the planet with unpronouncable
(unpronounceable) name. The singing talking definitely makes me
appreciate Wheelie's rhymes, Blurr's hyperspeed and Wreck-Gar's radio talk
more. Regardless, it is interesting to see that only Sounds and Blaster enjoy
the music. Definitely the worst Season 3 episode. Oh, and the planet's name is
Eurythman, according to Wikipedia. I won't bother to edit everything.
_______________________________________________________________
"The Killing Jar" 7/10

SYNOPSIS
A Quintesson scientist and his Allicon guard go on to kidnap several
Transformers of interest. First on their target (First on their
list/Their first target) is Ultra Magnus. Fooling him by projecting a
hologram of Sky Lynx on their ship, Ultra Magnus gets on board and (they
lure him onboard.* There Ultra Magnus) is subjected to an experiment of
being (where he is) betrayed by a hologram of Rodimus Prime.
Next, the Quintesson go (goes) to Charr to kidnap
Cyclonus, where he was succumb (succumbs) to being
betrayed by hologram Galvatron. The next target is Wreck-Gar, where the
Quintesson fooled him (who is fooled) with a hologram of
(believe it or not) a clown from a show he is watching. The Quintesson theorizises
(theorizes) that Wreck-Gar will go offline when he sees that
there is no junk on his cell, but Wreck-Gar proves him wrong by tearing up his
cell walls and using them as junk. Their (The) final
target is Marissa Fairborn, where she was (who is) subjected
to being betrayed by his (her) 'father', who changes to an
alien.

The Quintesson introduces his prisoners to each other before, and shows that
it is futile to escape, starting his experiments (starting his
experiments and shows that it is futile to try to escape), beginning
with Marissa. But Wreck Gar (Wreck-Gar) launches his hand
to switch off the submission ray holding Marissa. She takes out the scientist,
and proceeds to try to free Ultra Magnus. Just as the Allicon try (tries)
to attack her, the ship flies into an electron storm, which wrecks havoc on
everybody.

The two Quintessons runs (run) to the control room and steers
(steer) clear of the storm. Magnus shorts out the energon bars
and the four escapes (prisoners escape). wreck-gar
battles the Allicon while Marissa battles the Quintesson. Cyclonus battles
Magnus over who gets the ship. However, a greater danger soon presents itself:
a black hole, about to suck the ship (is about to destroy the
ship/suck the ship in. The engines keep the ship in place, but the
people on board fight over the remaining escape pod.

After a skirmish, the pod launches empty, with the six still trapped on board.
Magnus is sucked out, but is pulled on board by Cyclonus, claiming 'warriors
should meet their end in battle'.

A derelict ship is sucked into the black hole. Just as they debate when they
will be sucked in, the engine blew (blows) up and the ship
is sucked in and transported into an (a) negative
dimension where everyone is turned different colours (Cyclonus is a nice shade
of gold!). They repair the engine with donated parts, and entered (enter)
the whitd (white)hole on the correct trajectory.

They went out of (exit) the black hole, (to
the place) where Sky Lynx and Astrotrain has (have)
arrived after receiving the distress signal. Magnus and Cyclonus, respecting
each other as warriors, promise that the next time they meet it will be as
enemies.

TRANSFORMERS FEATURED
Allicon, Ultra Magnus, Sky Lynx (hologram and in flesh), Rodimus Prime
(hologram), Cyclonus, Broadside (see errors), Galvatron (hologram), Wreck-Gar,
Astrotrain

NOTABLE OTHERS
Quintesson Scientist, Marissa Fairborn, Flint (Hologram)

ERRORS
The Quintessons pick (lure) Cyclonus with a hologram of...
Broadside. How stupid is (are both) Cyclonus and the
Quintesson? Why doesn't Magnus think of short-circuiting the energon bars
earlier? He must have plenty of time while the ship travels to Charr, Goo/Junk
and Earth. Wreck-Gar has two hands for a short time before he repleces (replaces)
his hand (after saving Marissa?). On (In) the
alternate universe, when the Quintesson explains their predicament, Cyclonus'
lips are moving. Cyclonus apparently needs an escape pod to escape. He turns
into a freakin' space ship, for Primus' sake.

NOTES
Flint of G.I. Joe is apparently father of Marissa; both their surnames are
Fairborn. But I haven't watched G.I. Joe, and I don't know whether the holo-guy
is Flint. Cyclonus and Magnus respects (respect) each
other as warriors. They are sucked into a black hole and escape in less than a
minute, while they stress before 'We will be witness to our destruction.' and
such. How convenient.

REVIEW
With a small cast of three transformers and the two Quintessons, this episode
gives plenty of characterization for them, particulary (particularly)Magnus
and Cyclonus, the centerpiece of the episode. I never knew bunny-ears could be
such a fun character. This is completely ruined by including Marissa. I hate
her for some reason, not the least of (which is) her having a wierd
(weird) voice, and (. )I would prefer
(have preferred) that it were Daniel or Spike that had been
kidnapped. Heck, bring Wheelie in, just not Marissa. Regardless, the conclusion
comes too neat(ly), and the notion of an alternate universe is
wasted. All that happened in the AU is that they change colour. Come on! I
mean, they could just get sucked into the negative universe, with evil Autobots
and all, and fight their way out, and Magnus and Cyclonus can STILL recognize
each other as warriors. What a wasted opportunity.

Notabot
2008-07-08, 06:34 PM
OK, so minus a little garbage text here and there, that seems to have worked. Apologies for the triple post.
Feedback on the feedback is appreciated. Let me know if some of it is too nitpicky, the formatting is obnoxious, or I "corrected" something that is correct already in Queen's English. :)

Blackjack
2008-07-10, 10:36 AM
:up::up::up::)Thanks a lot, Notabot. You're a big help. I'm going to finish ironing out the mistakes in a coupla minutes.

Blackjack
2008-07-11, 03:18 AM
Yay! The edits are done, finally!:clap::clap::clap:

Blackjack
2008-07-11, 10:24 AM
Chaos
Airdate: 30 September 1986
Written By: Paul Davids
Japanese Title: Death Crystal

SYNOPSIS
An alien is flying around Decepticon territory, blasting junk with something best described as a shrapnel bazooka. This, of course, does not go unnoticed and Blast Off attacks. The alien sells the weapon to Blast Off, but the ammo (greenish crystals) can only be found on a certain planet.

Meanwhile on Cybertron, Kup tells one of his stories to the other Autobots. In the planet Dread, Kup escapes from Ick-yak, a lizard monster, by tricking him into a quicksand. However, Kup was captured by 'Orbs', who wanted to make a slave out of him.

Grimlock heard that the monster Chaos lives on Dread, but Kup is evasive about it. At that moment, Wreck-Gar alerts the Autobots that someone blasted an EDC station. Kup, Blurr, Grimlock, Wheelie and Sky Lynx head to Goo to investigate. Blurr wisely turns off the goo so they can walk.

They meet Wreck-Gar and see the blasted station. Kup's machines detect that the holes were made by Death Crystals. When the others push Kup, who is being evasive about what he knows, Runamuck and Blast Off attack with the death crystals. Sky Lynx saves the other Autobots, who board him. Sky Lynx then evades the crystal blasts, until his wing is hit, but a comet blows up and the Autobots escape.

The other Autobots demand that Kup tell them what he knows, and Kup does so reluctantly, saying that Death Crystals grow on Chaos, a monster that lives in the mountain on Dread. When Kup was captured by the Orbs all those years ago, he was one of the numerous robot slaves captured and made to work in a cave to gather Death Crystals near Chaos' cavern. One day, Chaos, a glowing green monster, attacked. In the confusion Kup escaped. The other slaves beg for Kup to free them, but Kup left them when he saw Chaos.

Meanwhile, on Dread, Galvatron, Astrotrain and the Predacons are forcing the slaves there to mine the death crystals and build... A giant cannon. Surprise, surprise. Chaos appears and the slaves run out of the mine. Galvatron, thinking that the slaves are escaping, orders Predaking to capture them.

Sky Lynx arrives on Dread. Blurr and Kup do a little recon. They are ambushed by the Predacons, and Blurr is kicked down into the quick-mud. The other four Autobots arrive, and Sky Lynx battles the Predacons while his bird part rescues Blurr. Grimlock helps Kup, who is under attack from Rampage and Razorclaw. Wheelie and Wreck-Gar then drive the Predacons away.

The Autobots want to destroy Chaos so there will be no more death crystals. Sky Lynx flies to the mountains for recon. Meanwhile, the cannon is ready to destroy Cybertron when Sky Lynx attacks. The other Autobots arrive to help. Sky Lynx gets blasted while monologuing. (You think only the bad guys monologue) Galvatron cannon-blasts the others.

Kup enters the cave to face Chaos. Just as he does so, Predaking uses a lightsaber to bring down a big rock that seals Kup in the cave. The Autobots, with Sky Lynx down, the Autobots don't fare well against Predaking. They escape and meet Sky Lynx.

In the cave, Kup uses the unorthodox method of 'there is a greater monster than you outside and you're afraid to face him.' Kup then frees the slaves he abandoned so long ago.

Galvatron then prepares to fire on Cybertron, but Kup arrives with the freed slaves. They push the cannon and aim it at Chaos. They fire at him, blowing the mountains up in process. The Autobots and slaves board Sky Lynx and escape before the Decepticons could pursue them. Kup then tells a story about Jonahgar and the space whale...

Featured Transformers: Blast Off, Kup, Wheelie, Blurr, Grimlock, Wreck-Gar, Sky Lynx, Runamuck, Galvatron, Astrotrain, Razorclaw, Headstrong, Tantrum, Rampage, Divebomb, Predaking
Notable others: Skuxxoid Mercenary

NOTES
Kup first tells the story of the Ick-Yak in Transformers: the Movie. Chaos is a kind of ugly giant bear made of green crystals. Blurr shutting off the Goo is a reference to the earlier 'Five Faces of Darkness part 4'. Continuity! This is Runamuck's first appearance. Jonahgar and the Space Whale is a reference to the Biblical story of Jonah and the whale. On a wise move at the part of the animators, the early model for Kup (seen in Transformers Universe and elsewhere) was used for flashback scenes. According to Jim Sorenson, originally this episode called for organic alien slaves, and character models were developed for them. Said organic models appeared briefly in the flashback (and as aliens in Starscream's Ghost) but for the major part of the episode, they are robot slaves.

ERRORS
Galvatron blasted Goo into pieces in 'Five Faces of Darkness Part 4', yet Goo seems just okay here. Did Wreck-Gar rebuild it or something? Of course, it might not be the same Goo (as the one in FFoD had a serial number). How did Kup and the slaves get out of the sealed cave? When the comet blows up and the Autobots escape, the animation makes it look like... well, something. If the cannon is enough to destroy Cybertron, how come all it does is only blow up a mountain? Predaking's sword clips through a rock at one point. As Kup frees the prisoners, one of them disappears and reappears between frames.

REVIEW
(Six out of Ten)
A filler episode. Still, it is quite good, even if Chaos is unbelieavably ugly, and the plot is hardly original. It just combines two of Megatron's classic Season Two plots — a giant cannon as well as energy crystals, with a weird looking monster thrown in for good measure. However, this gives great characterization for Kup. The old Autobot stars in this episode, with him facing his old sins. In my opinion it's a bit shy from a finished script (Kup's stories are edgy at times, and it clashes a bit with the Decepticons' presence) but it's not bad.

Blackjack
2008-07-11, 10:34 AM
Dark Awakening
Airdate: 1 October 1986
Written By: Antoni Zalewski
Japanese Title: Convoy's Shadow

SYNOPSIS
The Decepticons chase the Autobots to an asteroid field after being informed of their location by the Quintessons. Galvatron, obviously, doesn't trust the Quints anymore. The Autobots escape from Decepticon torpedoes by letting their ship blow up while they escape in a lifepod. Hey, if it works once...

Without communications, and air for the humans (Rodimus says "Basically you have two choices: suffocate or smother." Jerk.) they board on something big, with an Autobot symbol. The Decepticons follow suit when they see the big thing.

As it turns out, it is an Autobot mausoleum that houses Autobots that died in the Great War. (Great War = TFTM) They enter, much to Daniel's chagrin. The Autobots walk around, but Daniel wanders off. Suddenly he comes face to face with the dead body of Optimus Prime, walking. Daniel freaks out and slams into one of the graves, and a dead Autobot falls out. He runs again, and bumps into Rodimus. He tells him about his encounter. Rodimus Prime, with the others, goes into Prime's tomb, behind the veil. Roddy opens it. It's empty!

The Decepticons attack, and the Autobots, low on energy, are pushed backwards. Their ship is destroyed by the Decepticons. At this point, to the surprise of everybody, Optimus Prime blasts all the Decepticons, who retreat. Rodimus is prepared to give Optimus the Matrix, but Magnus and Kup disagree, asking Optimus what happened. Optimus replies, "Hhh... darkness. Cold. Then, light." Daniel speculates that OP was in a coma.

It appears that OP has built an escape ship. Rodimus, enthustiastic to give the Matrix to Optimus, does so. However, Optimus begins to move backward when he sees the Matrix, before pushing it into his chest with difficulty. Rodimus turns into Hot Rod, and Prime suddenly blasts everybody. As he does so, he says "What have I done?" Prime then activates Auto Destruct before escaping by himself. The Autobots find themselves on a collision course with a sun.

Prime returns to Cybertron and tells the Autobots that Rodimus and the others were killed by Quintessons. Predictably the Autobots angrily follow Prime to attack the Quints.

Rod's party escapes to Cybertron on another ship just as the mausoleum explodes. explodes. They meet dumb Sludge and Snarl, who, in their stupidity, ramble on about “you are dead,” and tell everything to them. Meanwhile, Prime's party doesn’t stop for anything, even when Blurr gets a message that Rod and co are still alive.

However, in their base, the Quintessons reveal that they actually placed a bomb in the planet as a trap. They say "To Prime himself he seems... Alive." Meanwhile, the defence systems blast the Autobots.

Rod's party arrive in a ship. Prime seems reluctant, but orders to destroy the ship, which they do. However, Perceptor identifies the floating Autobots and orders a rescue.

Hot Rod orders to turn the ship around, while Hot Rod faces Optimus. Optimus suddenly flashbacks that the Quints reactivated him, but there would be lingering remnants of his memory and personality. However, apparently because of the Quints' implants, Optimus' body fights Hot Rod while Op's mind realises that he should be destroyed.

The two fight and Hot Rod is downed, but, due to the Matrix's influence, Optimus regains control of his body, and returns the Matrix to Rodimus. Optimus Prime orders the Autobots to return to Cybertron. Despite the Quints' efforts, the flagship (with OP in it) crashes into the detonator, blowing the planet up along with him inside. At the end, the narrator promises that Optimus Prime will return.

Featured Transformers: Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Galvatron, Cyclonus, Sweeps, Scourge, Arcee, Kup, Dirge, Thrust, Optimus Prime (killed again), Hot Rod, Perceptor, Grimlock, Springer, Skydive, Sludge, Snarl, Air Raid, Fireflight, Slingshot, Blurr, Powerglide, Skyfire, Wheelie, Perceptor, Blaster, Jazz
Notable others: Daniel, Spike

NOTES
Optimus Prime still retains his injuries from his fight to the death against Megatron in Transformers: The Movie. The Autobots whose bodies are housed in the mausoleum are (as read by Daniel) Ratchet, Prowl, Ironhide and Huffer. Ratchet, Prowl and Ironhide died in the opening scene of TFTM (although they didn't list Brawn for some reason). Huffer's death, we must remember, is not shown in TFTM, but it is possible he died as he was outside Autobot City when the Decepticons attacked. Wheeljack and Windcharger are not listed, leading to speculation that they are still alive. This may not classify as an error, but multiple jets using the smaller Aerialbots character models, as well as Skyfire and Powerglide models, are seen to be blasted apart. Since the Aerialbots show up later in the series, it is safe to assume that they are generics. This leaves the other two's fates ambiguous, though. In a nice bit of twist, Optimus' mouthplate doesn't move when he speaks until he regains his consciousness. Then the mouthplate moves. Some Quintesson lines are directly lifted from FFoD.

ERRORS
Brawn's name is not listed in the casualties. Rodimus says that Prime has been dead "for years", although Season 3 takes place immediately after TFTM (Daniel is, at least, still on the same age). Cyclonus fires his laser bolt from his knuckle instead of his gun. The Autobots fire purple lasers. During Prime's first appearance, when he freaks Daniel out, he looks more damaged than how he looks for the rest of the episode. Also, there are cobwebs around him, which couldn't be possible unless spiders create webs that fast. Dirge, who was killed by Magnus not so long ago, appears. But that happens all throughout season three, so ignore him. Optimus Prime's back is coloured blue for one scene. Powerglide (or his twin) is seen to be blasted by missiles but shows up again in the next scene dodging missiles. Jazz and Blaster are miscoloured during their appearance. How Hot Rod and his team got the shuttle is never explained. When Optimus is in control of the flagship and orders the other Autobots to return, he has his left arm again... yet the hand is miscoloured. Hot Rod and Rodimus Prime switch character models at random as usual.

REVIEW
(Nine out of Ten)
This is one of the best episodes of Season Three. Much better than the Return of Optimus Prime two-parter that's to come. It's a great spotlight for everyone involved. The Autobots become the stars of the episode, with the Decepticon hardly featured bar to set things in motion. Optimus Prime got his usual heroic moment, Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime is perfectly characterized, even the guys on Cybertron (Grimlock, Springer, the other Dinobots) all get good character moments. Optimus Prime's half-dead sacrifice is really well done and rather touching. Shame that all the work here would be undone somewhat by the Return of Optimus Prime two-parter.

Notabot
2008-07-13, 02:20 AM
CHAOS 6/10
Japan Japanese Title: “Death Crystal “

SYNOPSIS
An alien is flying around Decepticon territory, blasting junk with something
best described as a shrapnel bazooka. This, of course, does not go unnoticed
and Blast Off attacks. The alien sells the weapon to Blast Off, but the ammo
(greenish crystals) can only be found on a certain planet.

Meanwhile on Cybertron, Kup tells one of his stories to the other Autobots. In
the planet Dread, Kup escapes from Ickyak, a lizard monster, by tricking him
into a quicksand. However, Kup was is
captured by 'Orbs', who wanted want to make a slave out
of him.

Grimlock heard hears that the monster Chaos lives on
Dread, but Kup is evasive about it. At that moment, Wreck-Gar alerts the
Autobots that someone blasted an EDC station. Kup, Blurr, Grimlock, Wheelie and
Sky Lynx head to Goo to investigate. Blurr wisely turns off the goo so they can
walk.

They meet Wreck-Gar and see the blasted station. Kup's machines detect that the
holes were made by Death Crystals. When the others push Kup, who is being evasive
about what he knew knows, Runamuck and Blast Off attack
with the death crystals. Sky Lynx saves the other Autobots, who boards board
him. Sky Lynx then evades the crystal blasts, until his wing got (gets
or is) hit, but a comet blew blows up and the
Autobots escape.

The other Autobots demand that Kup tell them what he know knows,
and Kup does so reluctantly, saying that Death Crystals grow on Chaos, a
monster that lives in the mountain on Dread. When Kup is was
captured by the Orbs all those years ago, he was one of the numerous robot
slaves captured and made to work in a cave to gather Death Crystals near Chaos'
cavern. One day, Chaos, a glowing green monster, attacks attacked.
In the confusion Kup escapes escaped. The other slaves beg
begged for Kup to free them, but Kup leaves left
them when he saw Chaos. (You could also keep this all in present tense
by indicating it is shown in a flashback. I haven’t seen the episode, so I’m
not sure which way is best.)

Meanwhile, on Dread, Galvatron, Astrotrain and the Predacons are forcing the
slaves there to mine the death crystals and build... A giant cannon. Surprise,
surprise. Chaos appears and the slaves run out of the mine. Galvatron, thinking
that the slaves are escaping, orders Predaking to capture them.

Sky Lynx arrives on Dread. Blurr and Kup does do a little
recon. They are ambushed by the Predacons, and Blurr is kicked down into the
quick-mud. The other four arrives Autobots arrive, and Sky
Lynx battles the Predacons while his bird part rescue rescues
Blurr. Grimlock helps Kup, who is under attack from Rampage and
Razorclaw. Wheelie and Wreck-Gar then drive the Predacons away.

The Autobots want to destroy Chaos so there will be no more death crystals. Sky
Lynx flies to the mountains for recon. Meanwhile, the cannon is ready to
destroy Cybertron when Sky Lynx attacks. The other Autobots arrive to help. Sky
Lynx got gets blasted while monologuing. Galvatron
cannon-blasts the others.

Kup enters the cave to face Chaos. Just as he does so, Predaking uses a lightsaber
to bring down a big rock that seals ,sealing Kup in the
cave. The Autobots, with Sky Lynx down, the Autobots don't fare well
against Predaking. They escape and meet Sky Lynx.

In the cave, Kup uses the unorthodox method of 'there is a greater monster than
you outside and you're afraid to face him.' Kup then frees the slaves he
abandoned so long ago.

Galvatron then prepares to fire on Cybertron, but Kup arrives with the freed
slaves. They push the cannon and and aimed aim it at Chaos.,
and fired it at him, They fire at him, blowing the mountains
up in process. The Autobots and slaves board Sky Lynx and go away. Kup then
tells a story about Jonahgar and the space whale...

TRANSFORMERS FEATURED
Blast Off, Kup, Wheelie, Blurr, Grimlock, Wreck-Gar, Sky Lynx, Runamuck,
Galvatron, Astrotrain, Razorclaw, Headstrong, Tantrum, Rampage, Divebomb,
Predaking
Notable others: Skuxxoid Mercenary

NOTES
Grimlock enjoys listening to Kup's stories, though Blurr and Wheelie do not.
Chaos is a kind of an ugly giant bear made of green crystals. This is Runamuck's
first appearance. Jonahgar and the Space Whale is a reference to the Biblical
story of Jonah and the whale.

ERRORS
Galvatron blasted Goo into pieces in 'Five Faces of Darkness Part 4', yet Goo
seems just okay here. Did Wreck-Gar rebuilt rebuild it or
something? How did Kup and the slaves get out of the sealed cave? If the cannon
is enough to destroy Cybertron, how come all it does is only blow up a
mountain?

REVIEW
A filler episode. Still, it is quite good, even if Chaos is very ugly, and the
plot is hardly original. It just combines two of Megatron's classic plots -- a
giant cannon and crystals, with a wierd weird looking
monster thrown in for good measure. However, this gives great characterization
for, well mainly Kup. Not a must-see, but pretty good.

DARK AWEKENING 8/10
Japanese Title: Convoy's Shadow

SYNOPSIS
The Decepticons chase the Autobots to an asteroid field after being informed of
their location by the Quintessons. Galvatron, obviously, doesn't trust
them anymore. The Autobots escape from Decepticon torpedoes by letting their
ship blow up while they escape in a lifepod.

Without communications, and air for the humans (Rodimus says “Basically
you have two choices: suffocate or smother.” Jerk.) They they
board on something big, with an Autobot symbol. The Decepticons follow suit
when they see the big thing.

As it turns out, it is an Autobot mauloseum mausoleum that
houses Autobots that died in the Great War. (Great War = TFTM) They enter, much
to Daniel's chagrin. The Autobots walk around, but Daniel wanders around
off. Suddenly he comes face to face with the dead body of Optimus
Prime, walking. Daniel freaks out and slams into one of the graves, and a dead
Autobot falls out. He runs again, and bumps into Rodimus. He tells him about
his encounter. Rodimus Prime, with the others, goes into Prime's tomb, behind
the veil, and . Rodimus opens it. It's empty!

The Decepticons attack, and the Autobots, low on energy, are pushed backwards.
Their ship is destroyed by the Decepticons. At this point, to the surprise of
everybody, Optimus Prime blasts all the Decepticons, who retreats retreat.
Rodimus is prepared to give Optimus the Matrix, but Magnus and Kup disagree,
asking Optimus what happened. Optimus replied replies,
“Hhh... darkness. Cold. Then, light. “ Daniel speculates that OP was
in a coma.

It appears that OP has built an escape ship. Rodimus, enthustiastic to give the
Matrix to Optimus, does so. However, Optimus begins to move backward when he
sees the Matrix, before pushing it into his chest with difficulty. Rodimus
turns into Hot Rod, and Prime suddenly blasts everybody. As he does so, he says
“What have I done? “ Prime then activated activates
Auto Destruct before escaping by himself. The Autobots find themselves on a
collision course with a sun.

Prime returns to Cybertron and tells the Autobots that Rodimus and the others are
were killed by Quintessons. Predictably the Autobots angrily
follow Prime to attack the Quints.

Rod's party escapes to Cybertron on another ship just as the mauloseum mausoleum
explodes. They meet dumb Sludge and Snarl, who, in their stupidity, rambles
ramble on about “you are dead,” and
tell everything to them. Meanwhile, Prime's party don't doesn’t
stop for anything, even when Blurr gets a message that Rod and co are still
alive.

When they arrive at their destination, it is revealed that The
Quintessons actually placed a bomb in the planet as a trap, and said that
. They say, “To Prime himself he seems... Alive. “
Meanwhile, the defence systems blast the Autobots. (Haven’t seen the
episode, so not sure if this is how it happened.)

Rod's party arrive in a ship. Prime seems reluctant, but orders to destroy the
ship, which they do. However, Perceptor identifies the floating Autobots as
who they are and orders a rescue.

Hot Rod orders to turn the ship around, while Hot Rod faces Optimus. Optimus
suddenly flashbacks that the Quints reactivated him, but there will would
be lingering remnants of his memory and personality. However, apparently
because of the Quints' implants, Optimus' body fights Hot Rod while Op's mind
realises that he should be destroyed.

The two fight and Hot Rod is downed, but, due to the Matrix's influence,
Optimus regains control of his body, and returns the Matrix to Rodimus.

Optimus Prime orders the Autobots to return to Cybertron. Despite the Quints'
efforts, the flagship (with OP in it) crashes into the detonator. At the end,
the narrator promises that Optimus Prime will return.

TRANSFORMERS FT FEATURED
Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Galvatron, Cyclonus, Sweeps, Scourge, Arcee, Kup,
Dirge(see errors), Thrust, Optimus Prime, Reflector(?), Hot Rod, Perceptor,
Grimlock, Springer, Skydive, Sludge, Snarl, Air Raid, Fireflight, Slingshot,
Blurr, Powerglide, Skyfire, Wheelie
Notable others: Daniel, Spike

NOTES
Optimus Prime still retain retains his injuries from the
his fight to the death against Megatron in
Transformers: The Movie. The Autobots whose bodies are housed in the mauloseum
are (as read by Daniel) Ratchet, Prowl, Ironhide and Huffer. Huffer's death, we
must remember, is not shown in TFTM, but it is possible he died as he was
outside Autobot City when the Decepticons attack attacked.
Wheeljack and Windcharger are not listed, leading to speculation that they are
still alive. This may not classify as an error, but multiple jets using the
smaller Aerialbots character models are seen to be blasted apart. Since the
Aerialbots show up later in the series, it is safe to assume that they are
generics. Poor Skyfire, however...

ERRORS
Brawn's name is not listed in the casualties. Rodimus says that Prime has been
dead “for years “. What years? Season 3 takes place immediately after
Transformers: the Movie, and Daniel is still on the same age. A jet
using Thundercracker's character model and Dirge's colour scheme is seen...
Next to Dirge, who is was killed by Magnus not so long
ago. The guy whose burial is disturbed by Daniel looks like... Reflector? In
black and yellow? Huh? Powerglide is seen to be blasted by missiles but show
shows up again in the next scene dodging missiles. When Optimus
is in control of the flagship and orders the other Autobots to return, he has
his left arm again... and the hand colored wrong is miscolo(u)red.

REVIEW
An excellent episode. The Autobots become stars of the episode, with the 'Cons
barely appearing other than the fight at the start. Optimus Prime's demise is
what gradually killed the series, and we're all glad that Sunbow brought him
back... Even if it is near the end of the series. The plot is great, even if
the conclusion is flawed: If Prime knew knows that there
is a bomb in the asteroid, why does he charge headlong into it? The Autobots'
reaction to Prime's return is worth watching. But, this episode is one of the
better instalments installments in this episode (season?).
I decked a fraction for the errors.

(Respectfully submitted. :) )

Blackjack
2008-07-16, 08:26 AM
Blackjack here. Chaos and Dark Awakening done. If you disagree with any of my reviews, or have other stuff to add, speak op. Next up: Surprise Party and Madman's Paradise, coming on a forum next to you!

Blackjack
2008-07-21, 01:47 PM
Madman's Paradise
Airdate: 13 October 1986
Written By: Craig Rand
Japanese Title: Daniel in Wonderland

SYNOPSIS
On Cybertron, the Autobots are hosting some sort of diplomatic event for a number of aliens, with Rodimus, Spike, and Carly introducing the guests. A colour-changing alien ambassador, Enara, compliments Spike and Carly's "post-embryonic spawn", but Daniel feels insulted. Spike tells Daniel that he can go off and play, but tells him to stay out of trouble and keep the tuxedo clean. Daniel is bored and goes off, thinking that there is no one to play with, no trouble that he can find. An apron-wearing Grimlock, hearing that, decides to give a help on that matter, and follows Daniel.

However, Grimlock does not know the place that they are milling around. Daniel kicks a piece of metallic trash that is lying around. It hits a panel in the wall, revealing a secret passage in the floor. Grimlock leans forward to see better, but predictably falls in, pulling Daniel in as well. Sliding down, they pass a crevice and enter a room covered in ancient symbols. Grimlock sees a dragon glyph and comments on how handsome it is (like him), and as he poses, his tail hits the symbol, causing the red circle on the centre of the room to glow, through which Daniel and Grimlock sink. Grimlock and Daniel find themselves somewhere, and someone in a castle, wearing a red cloak, is aware of their arrival.

Back at Cybertron, Carly looks for Daniel and asks Ultra Magnus and Blaster if they have seen him, at which point Enara tells them she saw Daniel walking away with a Dinobot. The prospect of Grimlock and Daniel together, unsupervised naturally causes everyone to freak out, but Rodimus says "Don't panic yet. Stay calm until we know what's going on. Then we'll panic." Prime sends Magnus, Blaster and Carly to search for them.

Elsewhere, Grimlock and Daniel come across some strange trees that ‘transform’ into centaur-like creatures. They demand to know who the two fight for, and Grimlock says nobody. The tree-centaurs decide to attack. Bad idea, as Grimlock proceeds to toss them around. To make a long story short, Grimlock beats up the centaurs until one freezes his leg. The man in red, impressed with Grimlock's power, waves a tentacle and sends a bolt of energy to attack the tree-centaurs.

He heads out, changing his tentacle into a hand, and welcomes them to Menonia, the realm they have entered. He offers an invitation from the Red Wizard (which is clearly the man himself). Taking them to the castle, the Red Wizard claims that the world was once ruled by the Golden One, a powerful sorcerer, but then the Golden One disappeared, and the Red Wizard took his place. However, evil rebels fought against the Red Wizard. He asks for Grimlock's help. While the two are talking, guards take Daniel, who is asleep, to somewhere more comfortable. Of course, it is the dungeon.

On Cybertron, Steeljaw has tracked down Grimlock and Daniel's scent, and discovered the room they were in. Rewind discovers that the writings on the wall are Quintesson inscriptions. The room was a banishment point for the Quintessons, where they would exile their own criminals to various dimensions for crimes. This must be before they got Sharkticons. Rewind concludes (without any reason) that the wayward duo is in Menonia, where Mara-Al-Utha was banished for practising sorcery. Perceptor activates the portal and stays behind to reopen it when they need it to be.

Meanwhile, Daniel wakes up, and sees an old man chained in the dungeon. The old man's face is similar to the Red Wizzy's. Using a lightsaber, Daniel frees the old man, who explains that the Red Wizard is evil and was the one who imprisoned the Golden One in a cave. The old man is the Golden One's pupil, and was impersonated by the Red Wizard. As he finishes the story, Golden One loyalists (not rebels after all) begin an attack on the castle, which freeing the two. Grimlock, having been duped, begins fighting off the loyalists. Daniel and the pupil head for the cave in which the Golden One was imprisoned.

Meanwhile the Autobots and Carly, having arrived in Menonia, head to assist Grimlock when they see the fighting. However, Carly and Steeljaw find a piece of Daniel’s tux. Steeljaw sniffs him out, reaching the cave. Daniel explains everything to Carly and the cassettes, but the Golden loyalists have are already been beaten back. Since they cannot move the stone and free the Golden One, the pupil prepares to give up.

At this point Ramhorn charges the rock, shattering it and freeing The Golden One. Exposed to sunlight, Goldie is free and reenergized. After the Autobots get told off by Daniel, they storm the castle. The Golden One's arrival causes the Red Wizard to reveal his true form, the Quintesson Mara-Al-Utha. Mara attacks and the Golden One is too weak to defend. He knows of counterspells that will stop Mara, but he needs them to be heard (uh, by who?). Blaster transforms into cassette player mode, and gives the Golden One a microphone. The Golden One speaks his counter spells, and Mara-Al-Utha is banished.

When the battle is over, the Autobots return to Cybertron with a little help from the Golden One. However, when they get back, Spike wants to talk to Daniel. Daniel insists it was an accident, and Grimlock backs him up, saying that Daniel didn't mean to ruin his tux. Everyone laughs at Grimlock like they've got nothing better to do.

Featured Transformers: Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Grimlock, Blaster, Ramhorn, Eject, Steeljaw, Rewind, Perceptor
Notable others: Spike, Daniel, Carly, The Red Wizard/Mara-Al-Utha (first and only appearance), The Pupil (first and only appearance), the Golden One (first and only appearance)

NOTES
Grimlock wears an apron. This is so right and wrong at the same time. When the duo dropped down to Menonia, Grimlock says that they are not in Cybertron, but maybe in California. How cute. One of the Quintesson exiles mentioned, Al-Badur, is featured in one of 3H’s Universe comics. Oh, and there are no Decepticons featured in this episode. Grimlock gets his Hulk moment: “Me Grimlock MAD!!!” The Quintesson model is the same as the scientist shown in ‘The Killing Jar’.

ERRORS
The entrance is a slide. Apparently Quintessons like that. Freaks. Ancient Cybertronian is remarkably similar to ancient heiroglyphics. When Blaster ejects Rewind, the cavity behind his chest door is missing. Rewind’s best guess to go to Menonia, is never explained. I mean, how does he know that the duo got sent there? A little “This panel has recently been pressed” line might work. Perceptor's face is a wrong shade of gray for a couple of shots. Is Grimmy so stupid as to naively trust and fight the rebels? (Ah, wait, this is Grimlock.) Rewind and Eject get their colour schemes switched a couple of times. Mara’s guards are fools; they do not check Daniel’s pockets for weaponry. Oh, and whose idea is it to equip Daniel with a lightsaber? The lightsaber also changes colour from red to blue at random. If it's magic, does the loudness in which the Golden One speaks his spells actually matter?

REVIEW
(Five and a Half out of Ten)
A surprisingly error-free episode. This episode, like ‘Surprise Party’ highlights on Daniel’s freaky adventures, only this time he goes with Grimlock instead of Wheelie. It's a real shame that Season 3 Grimlock was downgraded into a brute comic relief, replacing his old rebellious streak, something that really shouldn't been done. Still, this episode highlights the Autobot Cassettes, which is a good thing. Daniel's just Spike but more obnoxious, but I don't really mind him. Yet. Rodimus and Grimlock's lines are hilarious. However, sticking the Quintessons in every episode with a half-decent plot isn't really giving them a sense of menace.

Blackjack
2008-07-29, 01:13 PM
Grimlock's New Brain
Airdate: 14 November 1986
Written by: Paul Davids
Japanese title: Grimlock's new brain

SYNOPSIS
On Cybertron, the Autobots are having a ceremony to activate a new generator that will better supply them with power. As Rodimus Prime signals Grimlock to activate the machine, Grimlock forgets which button to press and literally uses the unorthodox ‘eenie menie miny moe’ method to try to find the button. After he causes a couple crashes, Rodimus, Magnus and Perceptor manage to switch the generator on. Grimlock says that the button they pressed was going to be his next choice. Elsewhere, a Skuxxoid and Sleazardo are sneaking into the generator to place anti-electrons inside the device, being paid by Galvatron to sabotage the generator.

In space, Cosmos and Sky Lynx are flying to attend the ceremony, when they suddenly begin to experience errors, and crash into the planet. When the other Autobots arrive, Springer and Blaster also experience the same problem. Perceptor concludes that the problem originates from the generator and Rodimus, Magnus, Grimlock, and Kup head down to check it out.

However, Grimlock breaks the compass that Perceptor had given them to navigate the tunnels, so they split up. Grimlock and Kup reach the generator's control computers, and Kup begins to have memory loss. Grimlock deactivates the generator with the works-without-fail tactic of chomping down on it, but immediately begins to speak in a proper manner (“I, Grimlock”), with a Perceptor-style vocabulary, and appears to be not interested in fighting anymore.

Grimlock and Kup save Rodimus Prime and Magnus from the malfunctioning defense systems, and predictably the two are also astounded at Grimmy’s intelligence. However, Ratbat has been observing them and reports back to Galvatron. Galvatron threatens to kill the two alien mercenaries for ruining his plan, as the anti-electrons were hard to find, but Sleazardo reveals that there is another source of anti-electrons in Unicron's brain.

Back on Cybertron, Grimlock and the Autobots pass the other four Dinobots fishing/bathing in a local pond. They invite Grimlock to join, but Grimlock refuses, saying he has ‘more important matters to attend to’. The Dinobots are astounded, as they always fish together. Elsewhere, Grimlock concludes that anti-electrons were the source of the problem, much to the chagrin of Perceptor. As Galvatron's ship approaches Unicron's head, he cautions his soldiers, saying that Unicron may still be quite powerful.

On Cybertron, the Dinobots meet Grimlock, who is building a new spaceship, and Grims asks for their help. With their leader not acting like one of them (“Grimlock no fun”) the Dinobots decide to go without him. Later, Grimlock takes Rodimus, Perceptor, and Kup to Unicron's head, having concluded that Unicron's body was the original source. However, Galvatron fires anti-electrons that he had found toward the shuttle, causing it to crash and the Autobots to malfunction again. Galvatron then unleashes the Terrorcons on the Autobots while Grimlock runs off. Grimlock then uses several components of Unicron to build Nosecone. Together the two drill a hole into Unicron’s brain.

Elsewhere, Cyclonus and Scourge are retrieving the anti-electrons when they accidentally reactivate Unicron. The Evil One’s internal antibodies activate, but Strafe, another robot Grimlock built, destroys the defences. Grimlock builds three more robots: Afterburner, Lightspeed, and Scattershot, calling the team the Technobots.

The Technobots fight the Terrorcons, and they manage to destroy the anti-electrons, but the Terrorcons merge into Abominus. Retreating, the Technobots ask Grimlock for advice, and Grimlock reveals that they are also combiners, and they merge into Computron. The computational capacity held by him is massive, yet he lacks the intelligence to feed it. Grimlock connects a device to Computron's head which transfers his new-found intelligence to Computron, and Grims reverts back to ‘Me Grimlock’. Now armed with both intelligence and power, Computron is able to defeat Abominus and send the Decepticons packing home.

On Cybertron, Rodimus holds a celebration for the newly functioning generator, the creation of the Technobots, and Grimlock's efforts. But Grimlock is not there; he but is fishing with the Dinobots. Grimlock says that being a genius is no fun, and he'd rather be a regular Dinobot. The Autobots cheer.

Featured Transformers: Ultra Magnus, Perceptor, Rodimus Prime, Grimlock, Sludge, Springer, Wheelie, Snarl, Kup, Broadside, Blurr, Grimlock, Slag, Cosmos, Sky Lynx, Blaster, Ratbat, Scourge, Galvatron, Sweeps, Rippersnapper, Blot, Sinnertwin, Cyclonus, Cutthroat, Hun-Grrr, Nosecone, Strafe, Lightspeed, Afterburner, Scattershot, Abominus, Computron, Skydive
Notable Others: Skuxxoid Mercenary, Sleazardo, Unicron

NOTES
Grimlock's voice is basically his normal voice, but without the growling undertone, and with better vocabulary and pronunciation. This episode marks the first appearance of the Terrorcons and Technobots. It is worth mentioning that the Technobots were created without personality components from Vector Sigma. This doesn’t classify as an error (in my book) as the Dinobots themselves were created without Vector Sigma. Of course, one might argue that Grimlock's intelligence would find a way to bypass this problem. This episode marks the return of Sleazardo (from "the Gambler") although this time he's bad guy instead of Devcon's sidekick. This episode also marks the only time where there is water on Cybertron, in the pond where the Dinobots were playing in. Computron's speech pattern is the same with Omega Supreme's. Grimlock mentions Omega Supreme being out on a mission. Jack C Carmel substitutes as Unicron's voice.

ERRORS
Why let Grimlock near the sensitive switches when, say, Blaster or Springer would've done a better job? During the first scene, Springer is twice as tall as Blurr and Kup. When the Autobots are near the generator, Kup and Rodimus get affected (Kup loses his memory while Rodimus randomly transforms), but Magnus and Grimlock didn’t. Why, we can’t say. Swoop wasn’t with the Dinobots most of the time. When Rodimus gets affected by anti-electron on Unicron's head, he transforms into Hot Rod's alternate mode (coloured as Rodimus') and later uses Hot Rod's robot model when he battles Hun-Grrr. When the Terrorcons combine, Hun-Grrr transforms into Blot and Sinnertwin (in leg forms), then a second Hun-Grrr hops on as the main body and combines into Abominus. The same thing happens when Abominus separates. The Decepticons are gigantic when they leave Unicron’s head.

REVIEW
(Eight out of Ten)
The introduction of the Technobots is handled rather nicely. It's another 'let's make them laugh!' episode, so it's best to enjoy Grimlock out-smarting Perceptor. The dialogue is fantastic, and references to previous stuff like Unicron's head or Devcon's old buddy is an added bonus. Grimlock's quasi-British accent is handled nicely as well. The Technobots themselves are nice characters, although sadly they won't get much in the way of characterization other than your classic introdump. All in all, one of the better episodes of Season Three.

Notabot
2008-07-30, 01:42 AM
I'm slacking here lately. Plus the html code is giving me fits as I try to paste it over from Word. Anyway, here's what I've got. As always, take or leave as you see fit. A couple fixes I wasn't too sure on since I'm not familiar with the episode, like if the guy is actually chained to the wall, and if it was Magnus or Kup who went unaffected by the doo-dad device. Now, let's see if the code's going to work for me:

Madman’s Paradise 6/10
Japanese Title: Daniel in Wonderland (WHAT??)
Written By: Craig Rand

SYNOPSIS
On Cybertron, the Autobots are hosting some sort of diplomatic event for a number of aliens, with Rodimus, Spike, and Carly introducing the guests. A colour-changing alien ambassador, Enara, compliments Spike and Carly's “post-embryonic spawn”, but Daniel feels insulted. Spike tells Daniel that he can go off and play, but tells him to stay out of trouble and keep the tuxedo clean. Daniel is bored and goes off, thinking that there is no one to play with, no trouble that he can find. An apron-wearing Grimlock, hearing that, decides to give a help on that matter, and follows Daniel.

However, Grimlock does not know the place that they are walking around. Daniel kicks a metallic piece of trash that is lying around. It hits a panel in the wall, revealing a secret passage in the floor. Grimlock leans forward to see better, but predictably falls in, pulling Daniel in as well. Sliding down, they pass a crevice and enter a room covered in ancient symbols. Daniel notices a neat looking dragon, but Grimlock thinks that it's handsome, like him. However, as he poses, his tail hits the symbol, causing the red circle on the center of the room to glow, through which Daniel and Grimlock sink. Grimlock and Daniel find themselves somewhere. And ,and someone on in a castle, wearing a red cloak, is aware of their arrival.

Back at Cybertron, Carly looks for Daniel and asks Ultra Magnus and Blaster if they have seen him, at which point Enara tells them she saw Daniel walking away with a Dinobot. The prospect of Grimlock and Daniel together and unsupervised naturally causes everyone to freak out (funny, Daniel and Wheelie together never caused them this reaction), but Rodimus says “Don't panic yet. Stay calm until we know what's going on. Then we'll panic.” Prime sends Magnus, Blaster and Carly to search for them.

Elsewhere, Grimlock and Daniel come across some strange trees that ‘transform’ into centaur-like creatures. They demand to know who the two fight for, and Grimlock says nobody. The tree-centaurs decide to attack. Bad idea, as Grimlock proceeds to toss them around. To make a long story short, Grimlock beats up the centaurs until one freezes his leg. The man in red, impressed with Grimlock's power, waves a tentacle and sends a bolt of energy to attack the tree-centaurs with a wave of his tentacle.

He heads out, changing his tentacle into a hand, and welcomes them to Menonia, the realm they have entered. He offers an invitation from the Red Wizard (which is clearly the man himself). Taking them to the castle, the Red Wizard claims that the world was once ruled by the Golden One, a powerful sorcerer, but then the Golden One disappeared, and the Red Wizard took his place. However, evil rebels fought against the Red Wizard. He asks for Grimlock's help. While the two are talking, guards take Daniel, who is asleep, is taken to somewhere more comfortable. Of course, it is the dungeon.

On Cybertron, Steeljaw has tracked down Grimlock and Daniel's scent, and discovered the room they were in. Rewind discovers that the writings on the wall are Quintesson inscriptions. The room was a banishment point for the Quintessons, where they would exile their own criminals to various dimensions for crimes. This must be before they got Sharkticons. Rewind concludes (without any reason) that the wayward duo is in Menonia, where Mara-Al-Utha was banished for practicing sorcery. Perceptor activates the portal and stays behind to reopen it when they need it to be.

Meanwhile, Daniel wakes up, and sees an old man with the Red Wizzy’s face chained to the dungeon (wall?). His face is the same as the Red Wizzy’s. Using a lightsaber, Daniel frees the old man, who explains that the Red Wizard is evil and was the one who imprisoned the Golden One in a cave. The old man is his (the Golden One’s?) pupil, and was impersonated by the Red Wizard. As he finishes his story, theThe Golden One loyalists (not rebels after all) begin an attack on the castle, which frees freeing the two. Grimlock, having been duped, begins fighting off the invaders. Daniel and the pupil head for the cave in which the Golden One was imprisoned.

Meanwhile the Autobots and Carly, having arrived in Menonia, head to assist Grimlock when they saw see the fighting. However, Carly and Steeljaw finds find a piece of Daniel’s tux. and Steeljaw sniffs him out, reaching the cave. Daniel explains everything to Carly and the cassetes cassettes, but the Golden loyalists are have already been beaten back. Since they cannot move the stone and free the Golden One, the pupil prepares to give up.

At this point Ramhorn charges the rock, shattering it and freeing The Golden One. Exposed to sunlight, Goldie is free and reenergized. After the Autobots get told off by Daniel, they storm the castle. The Golden One's arrival causes the Red Wizard to reveal his true form, the Quintesson Mara-Al-Utha. Mara attacks and the Golden One is too weak to defend. He knows of counterspells that will stop Mara, but he needs them to be heard (uh, by who?). Blaster transforms into cassette player mode, and gives the Golden One a microphone. The Golden One speaks his counter spells, and Mara-Al-Utha is banished.

When the battle is over, the Autobots return to Cybertron with a little help from the Golden One. However, when they get back, Spike wants to talk to Daniel. He Daniel insists it was an accident, and Grimlock backs him up, saying that Daniel didn't mean to ruin his tux. Everyone laughs at Grimlock

TRANSFORMERS FEATURED
Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Grimlock, Blaster, Ramhorn, Eject, Steeljaw, Rewind, Perceptor
Notable others: Enara the ambassador (first and only appearance), Spike, Daniel, Carly, The Red Wizard/Mara-Al-Utha (first and only appearance), The Pupil (first and only appearance), the Golden One (first and only appearance)

NOTES
Grimlock wears an apron. The funniest thing I have ever seen in Season 3. When the duo dropped down to Menonia, Grimlock says that they are not in Cybertron, but maybe in California. How cute. One of the Quintesson exiles mentioned, Al-Badur, is featured in one of 3H’s Universe comics. Oh and there are no Decepticons featured in this episode. Grimlock gets his Hulk moment: “Me Grimlock MAD!!!” The Quintesson model is the same with as the scientist shown in ‘The Killing Jar’.

ERRORS
The entrance is a slide. Apparently Quintessons like that. Freaks. Ancient Cybertronian is remarkably similar to ancient Heiroglyphics hieroglyphics. Rewind’s best guess to go to Menonia, is never explained. I mean, how does he know that the duo got sent there? A little “This panel has recently been pressed” might work. Is Grimmy so stupid as to naively trust and fight the rebels? Ah, maybe he is. Rewind and Eject get their color schemes switched a couple of times. Mara’s guards are fools; they do not check Daniel’s pockets for weaponry. Oh, and whose idea is it to equip Daniel with a lightsaber? Does the loudness in which the Golden One speaks his spells actually matter?

REVIEW
A surprisingly error-free episode. This episode, like ‘Surprise Party’ highlights on Daniel’s freaky adventures, only this time he goes with Grimlock instead of Wheelie. Actually, Season 3 Grimlock was downgraded into a brute comic relief, replacing his old rebellious streak. Not too good, I must say. Also, this episode highlights the Autobot Cassettes, well, since they first appeared in TF: TM. One last thing that I have to note is the title. In Japanese, it is called ‘Daniel in Wonderland’. This doesn’t look like Wonderland to me. Oh, and ironically ‘Madman’s Paradise’? It doesn’t feature the maddest Transformer of all. Who, you ask? Galvatron. Overall, a too‘mystical’ episode for my liking, although the unusual plot deserves some credit.

Grimlock's New Brain 9/10

SYNOPSIS
On Cybertron, the Autobots are having a ceremony to activate a new generator that will better supply them with power. As Rodimus Prime signals Grimlock to activate the machine, Grimlock forgots forgets which button to press and literally uses ‘eenie menie miny moe’ to try to find the button. After he causes a coupla couple crashes, Rodimus, Magnus and Perceptor manage to switch the generator on. Grimlock says that the button they pressed was going to be his next choice. Elsewhere, a Skuxxoid and Sleazardo are sneaking into the generator to place anti-electrons inside the device, being paid by Galvatron to sabotage the generator.

In space, Cosmos and Sky Lynx are flying to attend the ceremony, when they suddenly begin to experience errors, and crash into the planet. When the other Autobots arrive, Springer and Blaster also experience the same problem. Perceptor concludes that the problem originates from the generator and Rodimus, Magnus, Grimlock, and Kup head down to check it out.

However, Grimlock breaks the compass that Perceptor had given them to navigate the tunnels, so they split up. Grimlock and Kup reach the generator's control computers, and Kup begins to have memory loss. Grimlock deactivates the generator with the works-without-fail tactic of chomping down on it, but immediately begins to speak in a proper manner (“I, Grimlock”), with a Perceptor-style vocabulary, and appears to be not interested in fighting anymore.

Grimlock and Kup save Rodimus Prime and Magnus from the malfunctioning defense systems, and predictably the two are also astounded at Grimmy’s intelligence. However, Ratbat has been observing them and reports back to Galvatron. Galvatron threatens to kill the two mercenaries for ruining his plan, as the anti-electrons were hard to find, but Sleazardo reveals that there is another source of anti-electrons in Unicron's brain.

Back on Cybertron, Grimlock and the Autobots pass the other four Dinobots fishing/bathing in a local pond. They invite Grimlock to join, but Grimlock refuses, saying he has ‘more important matters to attend to’. The Dinobots are astounded, as they always fish together. Elsewhere, Grimlock concludes that anti-electrons were the source of the problem, much to the chagrin of Perceptor. As Galvatron's ship approaches Unicron's head, he cautions his soldiers, saying that Unicron may still be quite powerful.

On Cybertron, the Dinobots meet Grimlock, who is building a new spaceship, and Grims asks for their help. With their leader not acting like one of them, (“Grimlock no fun”), the Dinobots decide togo without him. Later, Grimlock takes Rodimus, Perceptor, and Kup to Unicron's head, having concluded that Unicron's body was the original source. However, Galvatron fires anti-electrons that he had found towards toward the shuttle, causing it to crash and the Autobots to malfunction again. Galvatron then unleashes the Terrorcons on the Autobots while Grimlock runs off. Grimlock then uses several components of Unicron to build Nosecone. Together the two drill a hole into Unicron’s brain.

Elsewhere, Cyclonus and Scourge are retrieving the anti-electrons when they accidentally reactivate Unicron. The Evil One’s internal antibodies activate, but Strafe, another robot Grimlock built, destroys the defenses. Grimlock builds three more robots: Afterburner, Lightspeed, and Scattershot, calling the team the Technobots.

The Technobots fight the Terrorcons, and they manage to destroy the anti-electrons, but the Terrorcons merge into Abominus. Retreating, the Technobots ask Grimlock for advice, and Grimlock reveals that they are also combiners, and they merge into Computron. The computational capacity held by him is massive, yet he lacks the intelligence to feed it. Grimlock connects a device to Computron's head which transfers his newfound intelligence to Computron, and Grims reverts back to ‘Me Grimlock’. Now armed with intelligence AND power, Computron is able to defeat Abominus and send the Decepticons packing home.

On Cybertron, Rodimus holds a celebration for the newly functioning generator, the creation of the Technobots, and Grimlock's efforts. But Grimlock is not there, but ; he is fishing with the Dinobots. Grimlock says that being a genius is no fun, and he'd rather be a regular Dinobot. The Autobots cheer like they have nothing better to do.

CHARACTERS FEATURED
Ultra Magnus, Perceptor, Rodimus Prime, Grimlock, Snarl, Broadside, Blurr, Kup, Sludge, Springer, Wheelie, Slag, Cosmos, Sky Lynx, Blaster, Ratbat, Galvatron, Sweeps, Scourge, Rippersnapper, Blot, Sinnertwin, Scourge, Cyclonus, Hun-Grrr, Cutthroat, Nosecone, Strafe, Lightspeed, Afterburner, Scattershot, Abominus, Computron, Silverbolt, Skydive
Notable Others: Skuxxoid Mercenary, Sleazardo, Unicron

NOTES
This episode marks the first appearance of the Terrorcons and Technobots. It is worth mentioning that the Technobots were created without personality components from Vector Sigma. This doesn’t classify as an error (in my book) as the Dinobots themselves were created without Vector Sigma. This episode also marks the only time where there is water on Cybertron (the pond where the Dinobots were playing in). When Rodimus gets affected by the generator, he reverts back to Hot Rod. His voice even changes back to Hot Rod’s. Grimlock never changes out of his dino mode, ;then again, seeing a T-Rex talk in lecturer style is kinda funny.

ERRORS
During the first scene, Springer is twice as tall as Blurr and Kup. If Grimlock is such a klutz, why did Rodimus bring him instead of, say, Blaster or Springer? When the Autobots are near the generator, Kup and Magnus (Rodimus?) gets get affected, but Magnus and Grimlock didn’t don’t. Why, we can’t say. Swoop wasn’t with the Dinobots most of the time. (He gets to replace Snarl) The writers remember to mention that Omega Supreme is away, yet they forgot to include one of the Dinobots? Blurr pops out during the fight on Unicron several times. When the Terrorcons combine, Hun-Grrr transforms into Blot and Sinnertwin, then a second Hun-Grrr hops on as the main body and combines into Abominus. The Decepticons are gigantic when they leave Unicron’s head.

REVIEW
Oh, I love this episode. Finally, a Season three episode that did not feature Grimlock wearing an apron, being annoying or being bad comedy, but is still very fun. While blatantly ‘Buy New Toys’, the introduction is smoothly handled. “Are you my father?” –Nosecone, after being created by Grimlock. The plot is unique, and I never expected cartoon Grimlock to be smart. References to previous episodes such as Unicron’s head and Sleazardo are an added bonus. Grimlock and Perceptor’s constant banter is classic. “Why you think Grimlock stupid? Me no stupid. Grimlock is smartest Dinobot of all.” “Unfortunately, that's probably true. I just wish the Dinobots had more sophisticated brains.” “Brains?! Grimlock know how to bash brains. Maybe bash yours.” This dialogue’s script is very well-written. I love the Terrorcons, and this episode would have gotten a full ten if it had featured a proper origin for them. A must-see.

(Woot! Third time's a charm. Respectfully submitted. :) )

Blackjack
2008-08-12, 11:53 AM
Sorry, but expect heavy delays. My laptop's been struck down with a virus, and I have reformatted it. However, it took out all my data containing the Animated series review. No, seriously.

The toy reviews were up because I did them in my Cell phone's notes function.

Sorry. But, still, the reviews prior to this is proofed, polished and repaired. Expect 'the Return of Optimus Prime' to come up first. I hope. My computer's glitching...

Blackjack
2008-08-21, 10:53 AM
The Return of Optimus Prime, Part 1
Airdate: 24 February 1987
Written by: Marv Wolfman & Cherie Wilkerson
Japanese Title: The Resurrection of Convoy Part 1

SYNOPSIS
While on a deep-space mission to test a new alloy that they have developed, scientists Jessica Morgan and Gregory Swofford detect a ship carrying Optimus Prime's body on a collision course with a planet orbiting a star they are researching nearby. Despite Gregory's reluctance (his face was scarred in a previous battle between Optimus and Megatron, so he hates robots.), finally Greg and Jessica gets Prime’s body out of the ship and into their own ship, just in time before Prime's ship crashes into the sun, making it go nova. However, spores coat their ship.

Upon return to Earth, Jessica's father studies the spores and learns that they are not only alive, but are a contagious viral carrier that induces hatred and destructive urges into whomever they touch. A scuffle between the Technobots and Terrorcons over the new alloy gravely injures Jessica, her father is convinced by Gregory to try and resurrect Prime's body as a carrier of the spores against the Autobots. Later it was revealed Jessica was paralyzed from the waist down in the accident and now needs a special exosuit made by the Protectobots to walk. While Jessica feels okay about it, it increases Greg and her father’s hate against the Autobots. Unable to revive Prime’s body, Jessica’s father nearly melted it down before Greg has the idea of using it to bait the Autobots.

Jessica, forced to tell the Autobots, informs Rodimus Prime about the trap. Rodimus, eager to rebuild the former Autobot leader The trap succeeds, and subsequently many Autobots, including Ultra Magnus, the Throttlebots, Superion and Defensor, are infected. The Decepticons have learned about Optimus Prime's recovery as well via Ratbat, and have shown up to terminate Prime permanently. However, the Decepticon themselves are instead infected too. Only Rodimus, Jessica and Galvatron manage to escape unsatched, the former two taking Optimus’ body with them. Bumblebee, Wheelie, Blurr and Steeljaw also escaped infection but they are injured when trying to stop Superion, Defensor and Bruticus, who were rampaging in a city.

Back at Autobot City, Rodimus requests Wreck-Gar’s help to try and repair Prime, but Prime is too far gone even for the Junkion to repair. Desperate, Rodimus contacts Sky Lynx, one of the few uninfected, and orders him to locate and bring back a Quintesson, remembering that they had once before restored Optimus. He then disconnects Metroplex to keep the Citybot from being infected. Just as it’s done the infected Ultra Magnus barges in. Ultra Magnus and the infected Throttlebots give chase to Rodimus Prime. Wreck-Gar tries to stop Magnus, but is infected himself, and the resulting scuffle, Rodimus Prime was infected.

The Hate Plague, as it's now called, running wild and infecting humans and other Transformers, even so far as reaching to other planets. Sky Lynx finds a Quintesson whom he saves from infected Sharkticons, 'requesting' his help to revive Optimus. The Quintesson warns that should anything go too wrong during the process Optimus will never live again. Finally, however, Optimus is restored to full life, declaring that "no force in the Universe can stop me."

Featured Transformers: Optimus Prime (brought back to life), Megatron (Flashback), Cutthroat, Blot, Sinnertwin, Rippersnapper, Hun-Grrr, Strafe, Scattershot, Nosecone, Lightspeed, Afterburner, Abominus, Computron, First Aid, Streetwise, Blades, Hot Spot, Swindle (error), Ultra Magnus, Rodimus Prime, Ratbat, Groove, Defensor, Silverbolt, Air Raid, Skydive, Fireflight, Slingshot, Superion, Searchlight, Freeway, Wideload, Chase, Wheelie, Blurr, Bumblebee, Steeljaw, Galvatron, Soundwave, Bruticus, Breakdown, Dead End, Motormaster, Drag Strip, Wildrider, Cyclonus, Scourge, Kup, Wreck-Gar, Sky Lynx, Metroplex, Brawl, Headstrong, Razorclaw, Vortex, Sharkticons
Notable others: Gregory, Jessica Morgan, Jessica’s father, Quintesson

NOTES
This episode marks Abominus’ single line in the cartoon series: “Computron think too much!” Meanwhile, Wreck-Gar's lines "I'm a doctor, not a forklift!" and "He's dead, Jim." reference popular quotes from Star Trek's DrMcCoy. Similarly "His engines, they cannae take the strain!" comes from Scotty. When Rodimus Prime gets the Autobots ready he begins with a long roll call, with the Aerialbots, Protectobots, Throttlebots, Blurr, Wheelie, Steeljaw and Bumblebee, saying their names one by one. The flashback is Megatron's final appearance in the cartoon series. Following Roger C Carmel's death, Jack Angel substitutes as Cyclonus' voice actor for the remainder of the series.

ERRORS
More or less, the beginning of this episode is a retcon. Firstly, how is Optimus’ even in the sun (a natural one about to go nova) when he rammed the Quintesson headquarters in ‘Dark Awekening’? Besides, the injuries from the Movie and 'Dark Awakening' have all disappeared. At the end of ‘Dark Awakening’, Prime at least has a shattered faceplate, a missing arm, and broken panels, but he is shown intact and fully repaired in the beginning of the episode. Furthermore, Jessica and Gregory is able to lift Optimus’ intact body out of the ship into their own in less than thirty minutes, with no help whatsoever except for some rope. Sure, there's no weight and all, but still... They also 'detect life signs' when Optimus was dead. When Gregory and Jessica's father rush at the hospital and find the Protectobots, Swindle is among them. Ratbat is white when he jumps in cassette mode into Soundwave. In one scene, Bruticus is the same size as all the other Decepticons. In Ratbat's report, they are talking about 'his body', but Galvatron immediately knows it's Optimus Prime's body. Rodimus is already block-coloured red for a few seconds before Wreck-Gar touches him. A normal truck is shown as infected. During the rampage, a group of humans also clip over another human. When Wreck-Gar infects Rodimus, Rod’s already red before being touched. How did the Hate Plague beat Sky Lynx to the Quintessons, who are hiding in the 'far reaches of space'? Throughout the episode, the red glow effect of the Hate Plague cuts through other objects.

REVIEW
(Five out of Ten)
Despite the novelty of Optimus Prime's return, which makes the fanboy in me happy, this episode contradicts basically almost everything we know from the excellent episode ‘Dark Awakening’. It seems to be convenient solution to things when there could be many other ways this could be done. At the bright side, this episode includes more than half of the Transformer cast, making for a more ‘war’ like atmosphere. However, the plot with the Hate plague is… rather dull and hastily-thought. The two scientists are dull and very unrealistic. A quick reason to lengthen time, when, say, a search for Optimus Prime's body would've made for a better plot.

Blackjack
2008-09-08, 08:52 AM
The Return of Optimus Prime Part 2
Airdate: 25 February, 1987
Written By: Michael Charles Hall, Marv Wolfman & Cherie Wilkerson
Japanese Title: The Resurrection of Convoy part 2

SYNOPSIS
The revived Optimus Prime demands that Sky Lynx tell him what had happened during his time dead. Sky Lynx recaps the events that had conspired to bring him back through a flashback. The Quintesson manages to reactivate the injured and uninfected Autobots, which include Goldbug, a rebuilt Bumblebee.

When Kup asks what the plan is, Prime admits that he doesn't have a plan. Without the wisdom within the Matrix, he doesn't have a clue as to where to start. Jessica comes forward with the experimental alloy that the humans had worked on, which proved strong enough to block the spores. Coating Optimus with this alloy would protect himself from the Hate Plague and allow him to get close enough to Rodimus to extract the Matrix from him. However, all the alloy had been stolen by the Decepticons. The Autobots decide to retrieve the metal.

Meanwhile, on Chaar, Galvatron is pinned down by his own soldiers, unable to fight back against their maddening ferocity...until Optimus and his team arrive to save Galvatron, making an uneasy alliance. However, Galvy is naturally suspicious of Optimus' motives, especially when he learns they need the alloy, but he cannot get anything out of them. Galvatron leads Optimus and his gang down a series of boobytrapped tunnels, the Autobots getting caught in a giant spider web. The delay causes all of them save for Optimus, Sky Lynx, Galvatron and Jessica to be infected. The quartet made their way to the storage chamber.

Unfortunately, Jessica accidentally blabs out loud their plan to coat Optimus with the metal, making Galvy attack Prime to get the alloy for himself, but he is soon subdued by Sky Lynx. Forced to help them, Galvy reluctantly loads the alloy to Prime’s trailer. However, the infected Cyclonus sneaks in and infects Jessica, who in turn infects Galvatron and Sky Lynx. The two remaining Autobots are forced to flee to earth.

Once on Earth, Optimus is coated with the silver alloy, and sets out to find Rodimus Prime. He finds Rodimus near Autobot City, taking down infected Throttlebots with reckless glee. Optimus attempts to reason with him, which fails. Unwilling to hurt Rodimus, Prime lures him to a nearby auto shop, attempting to peacefully subdue and talk Rodimus into helping him, but he fails again. Therefore, Optimus uses force to rip the Matrix out of Rodimus. Back at Autobot City, Optimus enters the Matrix to question the elders of the past to try and find out any information on the spores. The ghost of Alpha Trion warns him that if he travels too far to the past, he risks becoming lost within the Matrix itself.

Prime learns that, in a period of pre-Cybertronian history, the Plague has visited the planet before, but was contained and sealed inside the star using sheer wisdom, but no one had the wisdom to destroy the spores. Now that it has spread so much throughout the galaxy, it's doubtful that anyone has the wisdom to contain them again. Optimus then realises that a source of wisdom able to destroy the plague: the accumulated wisdom within the Matrix of Leadership.

The infected Transformers finally break into the base, and corner the Quintesson. As Galvatron prepares to kill the Autobot leader, Prime's chest opens to reveal a glowing Matrix, surprising the Transformers. Asking it to "light our darkest hour", Optimus Prime releases the energy of the Matrix of Leadership, which spreads across the universe and totally eradicates and erases the Plague from all Transformers. (with ‘The Touch’ playing in the background.) The Decepticons, respecting Prime, call for a truce and returns to Chaar. The humans apologize for the trouble they've caused.

It is then that Rodimus (now Hot Rod, without the Matrix within him) notes that the Matrix is now empty, its wisdom lost in order to stop the plague. Optimus, however, disagrees: although the Matrix is indeed empty of wisdom, it is up to them from then on to fill it again with their knowledge and experience. The episode ends with Optimus, once again the Autobot leader, ordering his troops to "Transform and roll out".

Featured Transformers: Sky Lynx, Optimus Prime, Slingshot (flashback), Chase (flashback and present), Ultra Magnus (flashback), Wideload (flashback), Silverbolt (flashback), Wildrider or Breakdown (flashback), Dead End (flashback), Motormaster (flashback), Drag Strip (flashback), Cyclonus (flashback and present), Scourge (flashback and present), Sharkticons (flashback), Kup, Blurr, Goldbug (first appearance), Blaster, Galvatron, Sweeps, Predaking, Rampage, Razorclaw Divebomb, Tantrum, Headstrong, Rodimus Prime/Hot Rod, Searchlight, Freeway, Alpha Trion's Ghost, Ancient Autobot Leaders' Ghosts
Notable Others: Quintesson, Jessica, Gregory, Jessica’s father

NOTES
Optimus Prime says to Galvatron that he knows him "all too well", hinting at Galvatron's past life as Megatron. Also, according to sources, Orion Pax was erroneously slated to appear in this episode as the guy who speaks to Prime from the Matrix instead of Alpha Trion, but the error was spotted. Also, the ‘The Touch’ plays when Optimus opens the Matrix. Either the Matrix has a in-built radio with 'The Touch' in it, or the scene is based on TF: TM Rodimus blasting Unicron to death. The unleashing of the Matrix seems to make Galvatron more sane this episode.

ERRORS
When Kup first transforms, he drives backwards. All throughout the episode, Wheelie (who was actually named by Sky Lynx) is replaced by Blaster, and Steeljaw promptly disappears after their intro. The alloy is heat-resistant to the point of surviving a supernova in the previous episode, yet it now can be melted down. Sky Lynx was touched by Jessica, yet he remains unaffected. When he transforms to get away from the plagued Galvatron, Optimus Prime and his trailer is already coated in the alloy. The glow effect on Rodimus at times is animated so badly that it appears Rodimus is a ghost at one point. As Optimus is explaining that the Matrix must be refilled with the future wisdom, he is colored as if he still has the heat resistant metal on him. Rodimus' chest opens like windows on Prime's chest, although previous episodes had it open vertically. In the same vein, Optimus puts the Matrix into his chest sideways. Alpha Trion is seen in the Matrix, despite him merging with Vector Sigma. Seems like the show creators mixed one plot device with the other, eh?

Review
(Three and a Half out of ten)
Optimus Prime is back, and he gets into character soon enough. The plot is far from perfect, though. Bumblebee is turned into Goldbug for no good reason, plays the ‘little guy in distress’ role and then he gets sidelined. If only he gets to do something more... Galvatron and Sky Lynx are also good value, but that's about it. Optimus Prime simply unleashes the Matrix, which apparently solves all their problems. 'Wisdom can combat all the madness' is rubbish logic. The conclusion is even worse than the rushed ending for the Movie, which is a shame after the decent build-up last issue.

Blackjack
2008-09-21, 11:11 AM
The Burden Hardest to Bear
Airdate: November 19, 1986
Written by Michael Charles Hill
Japanese Title: The Mission Too Heavy

SYNOPSIS
At dawn, the people of Japan are awakening to do their daily tasks: fishing, going to shrines, and sword practice. Then, the Decepticons show up to have lots and lots of fun. Devastator begins harassing a few fishermen, but is chased off and broken into his Constructicon components by Broadside. Astrotrain tries to ram a train head on (he is very, very smart) only to have the Aerialbots drive him away. Bruticus and Defensor slug it out, and Cyclonus and the Sweeps arrive, but the ‘Cons are driven off by the arrival of Rodimus, Kup, and Sky Lynx, saving a sword training dojo from being run down.

However, instead of thanking the Autobots for saving many lives, the government of Japan is very upset, saying that the Autobots frightened people and ruined business. Seriously. When Marissa Faireborn arrives and brings more problems to Rodimus' concern, the Autobot leader loses his patience and drives off. Kup explains that Rodimus is merely strained under the burden of command, his ‘giri’, much like Optimus Prime was in his early days as leader, and Marissa decides to follow him, to let him have someone to talk to.

Meeting up on the highway, however, the two are attacked by Wildrider and Dead End, who knock Marissa into a lake and force Rodimus off a cliff with their reckless driving. When they inspect the unconscious Rodimus, they find the Matrix. Realizing that Galvatron will be really happy, they steal it and return to Chaar.

In his throne room, Galvatron congratulates the two Stunticons and inserts the Matrix into his cannon, but instead of making it even more powerful like he hopes, ghosts of the Ancient Autobots (including Optimus Prime himself) seep out of the barrel and demand that Galvatron return the Matrix.

Galvatron, horrified and clearly spooked, orders Scourge to destroy the Matrix, and he believes it is better that the Matrix be destroyed if the Decepticons can't have it. Scourge, however, outside the base, inserts the Matrix into himself, and becomes more powerful... but at a startling price.

Meanwhile, the Autobot leader wakes up, to learn that he's reverted to Hot Rod. Springer and Ultra Magnus argue that they should go after the Decepticons, but Hot Rod feels that the Matrix isn't worth it, and jets off. On Chaar, a mutated Scourge challenges Galvatron, defeating both him and Cyclonus. Scourge leads the Decepticons in an attack on Earth, with Galvatron and Cyclonus hot in pursuit.

On Earth, Hot Rod, while watching a martial arts class at the dojo he saved, gets some words of wisdom from the sensei there, and realises that he needs to get the Matrix back. He tracks down Scourge, and manages to defeat him in an alley, saving a couple of humans. He reclaims the Matrix and becomes Rodimus Prime once more.

Galvatron and Cyclonus arrive and find a less powerful and frightened Scourge. And they are none too happy with him...

As the Decepticons retreat, Rodimus realises that he must deal with his missing part, his burden, as have those who came before him. Kup reminds him that no matter who carries the Matrix, he will retain that part forever.

Featured Transformers: Devastator, Predaking (see errors) Broadside, Scrapper, Mixmaster, Long Haul, Hook, Bonecrusher, Scavenger, Astrotrain, Silverbolt, Skydive, Slingshot, Air Raid, Fireflight, Bruticus, Defensor, Cyclonus, Scourge, Sweeps, Onslaught, Swindle, Brawl, Blast Off, Vortex, Sky Lynx, Kup, Rodimus Prime/Hot Rod, Springer, Ultra Magnus, Arcee, Dead End, Wildrider, Motormaster, Optimus Prime (ghost), Ancient Autobots (ghost), Alpha Trion (ghost)
Notable others: Marissa Faireborne

NOTES
Wildrider has developed a bad Southern accent. When Galvatron inserts the Matrix into his cannon he says “Now, all shall become one under Galvatron!” The funny thing is he never heard the ‘till all are one’ speech by the dying Prime. Yes, Optimus Prime is among the Ancient Autobots. When Scourge mutates, he somehow cries. I mean, tears and everything... Cyclonus rephrases Megatron's "I still function" line from TFTM. This is the first time in transformer fiction when 'slag' is used as a swear word in transformer fiction. It’s kinda funny hearing the sensei calling Roddy ‘Autoboto-san’.

ERRORS
Predaking (or an orange guy the size of Devastator) is shown for a split-second behind Devastator in the opening scene, then disappears. Remember all those times Rodimus Prime is accidentally drawn as Hot Rod? Now Hot Rod is drawn as Rodimus Prime in some scenes. For some reason Marissa’s EDC (Earth Defense Command) symbol on her shoulder is replaced with ‘AOC’. When Galvy is about to put the Matrix in his cannon, Bruticus and a miscoloured Devastator is the same height with him. Galvatron's throne changes colour and shae between scenes. Optimus Prime's ghost is completely blue at one point. When Hot Rod regains the Matrix he sticks it in his chest without opening the compartment. A little mis-asigned power now: Wildrider uses an ‘oil slick’ to cause Marissa to spin out of control. That’s Breakdown’s trick, seen in “Marsequerade”.

REVIEW
(Eight out of Ten)
A nice spotlight for Rodimus Prime, and to a lesser extent Scourge. The main highlight, is of course the big global Autobot-Decepticon slugfest at the beginning. This episode gives Scourge (who had frankly been sidelined by Galvatron and Cyclonus so far) some semblance of characterization. At the same time it gives Rodimus Prime/Hot Rod some great moments before Optimus returns. Frankly I've preferred Rodimus to Optimus myself, mostly because Rodimus is a jerk and I like jerks. Dealing with pressure is something I could see Rodimus do. The scene with Dead End and Wildrider stealing the Matrix is amazingly hilarious. (At one point I thought Wildrider was about to insert the Matrix into himself!) One of the better offers of Season 3.

Blackjack
2008-09-22, 10:20 AM
Money is Everything
Airdate: 17 November, 1986
Written by: Carla and Gerry Conway
Japanese Title: Black Money

SYNOPSIS
Near the Moon, the trader ship Lazy Sue is under attack by Hun-Grrr, who is decidedly very hungry. The ship's pilot, Dirk Manus, calls for help. The EDC sends Marissa Faireborn, Scattershot and Strafe to help. Unfortunately, the scatterbrained Strafe gets confused and shoots down the Lazy Sue, while Scattershot is grabbed by Hun-Grrr. Faireborn calls Autobot City, and the other three Technobots head out to help their comrades and manage to drive off Hun-Grrr.

Manus takes the opportunity in the chaos to bury something near his ship. He introduces himself, flirting with Faireborn, who is a little flustered. Manus claims that Hun-Grrr may have attacked due to his discovery of a Quintesson base near Saturn. He offers a deal: pay his fee, he gives up the Quints. The Technobots form Computron, who with their combined intellect concludes that they should repair the ship and pay the fee. However, Faireborn decides to keep Manus nearby as she doesn’t trust him. However Manus uses that as an excuse to take Faireborn out dancing. No, really.

Later that night, Manus heads out to what he buried, and contacts his clients—the Quintessons. Apparently, the Quints sent Hun-Grrr to ambush Manus and take the ‘Recreator’ from him, and Manus now demands triple his original payment, or they don't get the Recreator. The Quintessons are concerned about the Technobots, but Manus decides to lead them into an ambush. Unfortunately for Manus, Faireborn overheard everything, and points her blaster at Manus. Manus has a microblaster of his own, which he uses to disarm her, then ties her up.

The next morning, Scattershot, Lightspeed, and Strafe, none the wiser, fly off with Manus, who is calculating his profits. Heading towards Saturn, the Technobots are attacked by Abominus, shooting down the Technobots before going for the Lazy Sue. However, coming over the Quintesson base, Abominus separates into their separate Terrorcon forms. Rippersnapper and Cutthroat are upset by this as the Quintessons installed an automatic timer which forced them to separate. Manus shows the Recreator to the Quints, who decide to test it on Blot. The Recreator dematerializes Blot, and then reforms him. Manus explains that the device also cured Blot of any injuries he may have received. Impressed, the Quints agree to pay Manus. However, Manus places a small device on the Recreator before leaving.

As it turns out, that was a wise move, for the Quintessons gave him ‘mimic dust’ instead of real gold. Manus activates the device he implanted on the Recreator, a micro-nuke, only to discover that the Quintessons themselves have placed a bomb on his ship, which goes off... while the Quintessons flick Manus's mini-bomb away from the Recreator. Manus survives the crash, only to discover that the Technobots did as well, and they're quite angry for a good reason. As they argue, Manus shouts for the Technobots to look behind them. Lightspeed says that old trick won't work—and is the first to be shot by the Sharkticons. The Technobots bring a set of thorny vines down on the Sharkticons, but their escape is cut short when they reach the edge of a cliff.

Fortunately, Nosecone and Afterburner arrive and drive off the Sharkticons. Marrissa's ship arrives, and she jumps out and gave Manus an uppercut to the jaw. Marrissa advocates leaving him to rot, but Manus warns them about the Recreator. The Technobots decide they have no choice but to trust him as their injuries prevent them from forming Computron. After a little trudging through the forest, Marrissa is grabbed by a vine. Manus jumps to her rescue, getting a reward when he steals a kiss—and her weapon. Now with a hostage, Manus forces the Technobots to surrender.

At the Quintesson base, Manus attempts to negotiate his contract with the Quints. Marrissa is horrified when Manus uses the Recreator to vaporize the Technobots. Just as the Terrorcons decide that she'd make a good lunch, Manus reforms the Technobots, the Recreator having healed their injuries. They promptly transform into Computron. As Computron and Abominus duke it out, Manus reveals to Marrissa that he brought the Technobots there so that they could be healed. He just didn't tell them because he wanted their reactions to be real. Computron detects the timer placed on Abominus, and fires a blast, causing Abominus to separate. Now facing a pissed Autobot combiner, the Terrorcons fly off, while the Quintessons retreat.

On Earth, the EDC decides to let Manus leave with the Lazy Sue, without any reward. Marrissa is talking to Manus when Lightspeed arrives, saying that the currency the EDC confiscated has been stolen. As Marrissa assumes it's Manus, he takes another kiss, then takes off. Marrissa, however, says they shouldn't bother pursuing him. On his ship, Manus discovers that the money he stole is mimic dust. But instead of being upset, he merely laughs, impressed that Marrissa outsmarted him.

Featured Transformers: Hun-Grrr, Scattershot, Strafe, Afterburner, Nosecone, Lightspeed, Computron, Abominus, Cutthroat, Sinnertwin, Rippersnapper, Blot
Notable others: Dirk Manus, Marissa Faireborn, Quintessons

NOTES
Scattershot mentions that they're "still new here", referencing their creation in 'Grimlock's New Brain'. Marissa Fairborne states that the Quintessons are hiding out on Titan, Saturn's largest moon (and the second largest moon of any planet in our solar system). One has to wonder what happened to the Titanians seen in one of the earlier episodes. It actually makes sense for the Quints to install a timer on Abominus. This is unrelated, but Marvel’s Transformers Universe series it is stated that Piranacon has the same feature. Blot hates being repaired.

ERRORS
The Terrorcons were last seen under Galvatron's command, yet now they're under Quintesson command. Why does half the Technobot team stay on Earth? It's not like Autobot City is understaffed. Strafe and Scattershot turns into a spaceship, but flies around in robot mode. Are the Quints so stupid that they leave a machine that could heal the Autobots unguarded? When Abominus blasts Lightspeed, his face goes red for a scene. Afterburner switch pallettes with him for a short while afterwards. And the ‘Recreator’—dematerializes enemies before recreating them with no injuries whatsoever. What kind of stupid scientist would make that kind of 'weapon'?

REVIEW
(One and a Half out of Ten)
Lots of pointless dirge that offsets the character development for the Technobot and Terrorcon members. The Quintessons aren't half bad either. However, this is completely ruined by spotlighting Marissa and Dirk. Marissa isn't the best human character out there, but Dirk is far worse by trying (and failing) to act like Han Solo. Their romance is utter crap while all the double-triple-quadruple-crossing and betrayal are all too predictable. A wasted episode.

Blackjack
2008-10-08, 07:26 AM
Sorry... Haven't had time to do these in a while. Anyway, the reviews on top can be uploaded first, while I finish the rest. :D

Going to be written:
-The Face of the Nijika
-Rebirth parts 1,2 & 3

That's all I got, I lost part of the VCD collection. Also, if anyone can provide with characters featured in the Rebirth episodes in rough order it will be appreciated. :)

Blackjack
2008-11-14, 01:03 PM
The Face of the Nijika
Airdate: 20 November, 1986
Written by: Mary Skrenes and Steve Skeates
Japanese Title: Save the Planet of Telephaty

SYNOPSIS
Sky Lynx, carrying Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Blurr, and Perceptor, detects a disturbance nearby and discovers Galvatron bashing on some strange disk in space. They also detect a Quintesson ship heading for that same location. Perceptor theorizes that the Quintessons don't want Galvatron meddling with the disk, so Rodimus decides to meddle with the Decepticons and the Quintessons.

The Quintessons fire at Galvatron and are thankful that the quadrant lock is not damaged. However, the Autobots then arrive. The Quintessons refuse to let the Autobots learn anything about the lock unless they learn from the other side. Opening the lock, the Quintessons drive their ship through, taking Rodimus, Magnus, Blurr, and Perceptor with them. Not wanting the Autobots learn its secret, Galvatron throws Cyclonus at them who is also drawn through the lock, which closes, leaving Galvatron outside. Unfortunately for the Quints, their isolator key has been damaged, and it is the only thing that can open the quadrant lock, thereby locking everyone inside. However, Perceptor has a universal emulator, which could serve as a replacement.

Crashing into the nearby planet Zamojin, Perceptor suffers from transformation paralysis, and is stuck in microscope mode. On the planet, members of a primitive, humanoid civilization see their descent. One declares that the "devils" have returned. However, a blacksmith outside the city sees them and goes to investigate, recovering the solitary microscope-mode Perceptor. Meanwhile, the Autobots are not doing so well after their crash-landing. Rodimus and Magnus hit the trees, which according to them are as hard as rocks, while Blurr hit an actual rock (ouch) and is too injured and cannot walk. Rodimus tells him to lean on fearless leader, while Magnus ponders where Perceptor crashed.

At his hut, the blacksmith removes Perceptor's Autobot insignia, which also contains his universal emulator inside it. Having tracked Perceptor's descent, the Quintessons dispatch a pair of Sharkticons to deal retrieve the scientist. The blacksmith places Perceptor's insignia on the face of a small, female kimono-wearing robot called Nijika. The Sharkticons arrive, but the blacksmith fights them off, damaging their armour with his bare hands. Holy crap. Meanwhile, Perceptor, having taken control of Nijika, asks the blacksmith, named Katsu Don, what is going on. Perceptor was told that the Zamojin were once advanced and that they had developed interstellar travel, protected by the guardian Kodu Ri. Katsu Don's ancestor, Niko Don, built Nijika as an exploration drone, hoping to make contact with other races and planets. However, the Quintessons attacked, damaging Kodu Ri and Nijika, then sealed them with the quadrant lock, which blacked out the stars. The Zamojin were reduced from technologically advanced to almost primitive within a very short amount of time and have been that way ever since. Perceptor concludes that something about the Zamojin terrified the Quintessons so much that they locked them in this part of space, and now he and Katsu Don need to warn the Zamojins that the Quintessons have returned.

Elsewhere, Rodimus, Magnus, and Blurr are moving on, but Blurr is slowing them down. (No, really.) Blurr insists that they go find Perceptor, who might be able to heal him. The other two left, only for a band of Zamojin warriors to find Blurr. On the Quintesson ship, the Quintessons are debating what to do. One of them will have to go to the surface, but if a single Zamojin damaged two Sharkticons, they are none too miffled of their chances. However, Cyclonus offers them a deal: give him the secrets of the quadrant lock, and he will go with one of them to retrieve Perceptor.

Meanwhile, Rodimus and Magnus are able to detect Perceptor’s body after a skirmish with the locals. However, without the emulator, Perceptor is offline. The duo decide to search the nearby city. In the city, the Zamojin people are preparing to melt Blurr in a sacrificial ceremony, although Blurr is none too worried, instead thinking the hot liquid would heal his leg. Cyclonus shouts out “Burn him”, which incite the Zamojin to lower Blurr into the liquid.

However, the Empress commands them to stop. She reveals Perceptor-Nijika, who tries to explain the situation. Cyclonus grabs Perceptor-Nijika and orders the Quintesson to bring their ship nearby. Katsu Don grabs Cyclonus's legs, but the Quintessons order Perceptor to hand over the emulator, or Katsu Don will die. Perceptor complies.

The other Quintessons shoots Blurr's rope, causing him to fall into the molten liquid...which he describes as a nice soak that is repairing his injuries. Blurr jumps out, with Rodimus and Magnus arriving none too soon. Blurr frees Katsu Don, while Magnus takes on Cyclonus. Rodimus throws Katsu Don out, while Blurr grabs the emulator and Magnus manhandles Cyclonus, who follows after the Quintessons.

The Empress fears what the Quintessons will do, but Perceptor, now in his real body thanks to Blurr, says that the Quintessons are about to give the Zamojin something. The Quintesson ship passes through the quadrant lock...and it fades, revealing the stars. Perceptor had sabotaged the lock, and the Autobots realize the Zamojin's technology is telepathic in nature and powered by starlight. The intelligence of the Zamojin advances rapidly, and they repair Kodu Ri. As Sky Lynx lands, Perceptor asks Katsu Don if he will continue his ancestor's research. Katsu Don vows that Perceptor will meet Nijika again...out among the stars.

Featured Transformers: Sky Lynx, Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Blurr, Perceptor Galvatron, Cyclonus, Sharkticons
Notable others: Quintessons, Katsu Don, the Zamojin

NOTES
This episode is Perceptor’s last appearance in the cartoon. Blurr speaks at normal speed several times in episode, perhaps due to him being damaged Katsu Don is the name of a Japanese delicacy, while Kodu Ri is loosely based on Buddha. Surprisingly the Zamojin is very similar in appearance to ancient Japan. They are also more-or-less the size of Transformers, although this is common in G1. The Nijika is a small kimono-wearing mechanical doll. Perceptor’s personality is contained in his Autobot insignia (of all places). Apparently removing it causes the body to go offline.

ERRORS
The Zamojin hate robots and know what Quintessons look like, but they don’t mind Cyclonus and a Quintesson Judge standing in the middle of the crowd when they’re executing Blurr. So unobservant. So, Perceptor’s Autobot insignia contains an universal emulator and his spark/laser core/personality component? No, seriously? And Perceptor being reduced into a female kimono dancer is… not funny. Not funny at all.

REVIEW
(Half a Cube out of Ten)
Pure crap. Perceptor is reduced into a tiny kimono-wearing dancer robot which is the subject of a samurai warrior’s affection on a planet locked in a pocket dimension. And the episode carries a 'serious' tone. It's painful to look at it. The only good scene is when Cyclonus shouts "Vengeance nooooow!" for Blurr to be dunked into the lava. The rest of it is trash. It's episodes like this that give G1 cartoon a bad name.

Blackjack
2008-11-14, 01:09 PM
Okay, I've been slacking with this. Expect Call of the Primitives in a couple of days, but the Rebirth will have to wait... It's just hard to review it.

Blackjack
2008-11-15, 03:47 AM
[DOUBLE POST]

Blackjack
2008-11-23, 11:54 AM
Getting in the spirit of making new threads for individual reviews...
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Call of the Primitives
Airdate: November 18, 1986
Written By: Donald F Glut
Japanese Title: Primeval Call

SYNOPSIS
Somewhere, an energy creature begins feeding off other forms of energy — slowly, at first. Then his creator gives him an Energon cube. The creature grows and spreads out into the universe. Soon, it attacks Cybertron. The Autobots attack it, but it simply drains their energy from them. The creature's creator is pleased with him, saying he's done better than his predecessor, Unicron.

On the Moon, a large group of Autobots is slugging it out against the Decepticons. However, the Dinobots, Predacons, Terrorcons, Sky Lynx, Trypticon, and the animal-form Mini-Cassettes are all summoned by a mysterious voice. They leave the battle inside Trypticon and Sky Lynx. Beffudled, Galvatron orders a retreat. Suddenly, the energy creature arrives and drains the energy from all the remaining Autobots and Decepticons, as well as the energy in Earth and the Moon.

Most of the departed Transformers are riding Trypticon. Headstrong picks a fight with the Dinobots by insulting Grimlock, and Sludge suggests they stomp him. The Preds stick with their teammate and fight the Dinobots, who tries to ‘cook’ the Predacons, and the Terrorcons decide to fight everyone. At Sky Lynx's suggestion, Trypticon shakes himself and causes his passengers to stop fighting. They arrive on an ancient planet near the centre of the galaxy. After touching down, Sky Lynx assumes command of the group, much to the chagrin of several Decepticons.

Entering a cave, they encounter a strange entity. He explains that he summoned the ‘Primitives’, all animal-based Transformers, to come to fight Tornedron, the energy being who was created by Primacron. The entity, who was once Primacron's assistant, explains how Primacron created Unicron but was nearly destroyed by his creation. After Unicron's defeat, Primacron created Tornedron as a replacement. Primacron's assistant hopes that the Primitives' simple instincts will allow them to defeat Primacon's complex plan.

Suddenly, Tornedron arrives on the planet and drains Trypticon of his energy. Trypticon crashes down onto the ground, and Grimlock is believed destroyed under the big fella. Sky Lynx attacks, only to have his energy drained as well. Slag leads the Dinobots in retreat, while the other Primitives split up. Tornedron separates into four parts to track them down. Changing into a giant tiger-creature, Tornedron easily dispatches the four Mini-Cassettes. Meanwhile, fighting Tornedron in a giant warrior form, Predaking is defeated as well. The Terrorcons try to fight back, but are also drained by Tornedron in the form of a giant serpent. The Dinobots ambush Tornedron, but they too are dispatched. Unknown to all others, however, Grimlock has survived, and he follows them.

At his base, Primacron is having trouble controlling Tornedron. Tornedron declares that he intends to kill Primacron, and that all of Primacron's fail-safes have failed. Grimlock breaks into Primacron's lab to find that Primacron is a tiny little alien monkey thing. Grimlock orders Primacron to reverse his damage, but Primacron declares that he's tried everything and gives up. Grimlock fixes things easily: He throws the reverse switch, which reverses Tornedron's energy polarity, restoring the energy to the drained Transformers and planets, resurrecting everyone. In celebration, Grimlock destroys Primacron's lab, declaring it the smartest thing he's ever done.

Featured Transformers: Sweeps, Headstrong, Tantrum, Galvatron, Cyclonus, Cutthroat, Sinnertwin, Rampage, Razorclaw, Ultra Magnus, Rodimus Prime, Springer, Slag, Snarl, Grimlock, Sludge, Blaster, Blot, Rippersnapper, Hun-Grrr, Divebomb, Scourge, Kup, Windcharger, Jazz, Bumblebee, Wheelie, Slingshot, Blades, Swoop, Abominus, Predaking, Trypticon, Sky Lynx, Soundwave, Ravage, Ratbat, Slugfest, Overkill, Steeljaw, Ramhorn (except Grimlock, all killed by Tornedron and ressurected)
Notable Others: Primacron (first appearance), Tornedron (first appearance, killed), Primacron’s Assistant (first appearance), Unicron (flashback)

NOTES
The art style in this episode is very different from all others in the Generation 1 series, with a more stylized character models and proportions. The character models for this episode are based on the Studio Ox designs rather than the standard animation models used for the other episodes. It is widely believed that this single episode was animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha, though little evidence has been found to confirm this. It's sweet. Primacron’s Assistant would later be retconned as the Oracle in Japan. The animation seems to hint that Primacron's Assistant is/would become the Matrix, or at least part of it, which is just a headache-inducing thing. Apparently Tornedron kills those he touches, turning them gray, so the entire populations of Earth and Cybertron are dead. This episode is the last appearance of the Dinobots, Trypticon, Ravage and Jazz. Bummer. It’s also the first and last appearances for Overkill and Slugfest. Primacron is a monkey-like alien that constructed Unicron, who rebelled against him. If you follow Fun Publiscations' 'Unicron is a dark god in every continuity' theory, presumably Primacron is the one responsible for rebuilding Unicron's asteroid prison into a robot. Or something.

ERRORS
When the Dinobots are being summoned, Sludge is referred to as Sweep. “Grimlock, Slag, Snarl, Sweep, Swoop.” Laserbeak and Buzzsaw is nowhere to be seen. Instead, two new cassette Decepticons make their debut: Slugfest and Overkill... who are then never seen again after being ejected. Windcharger is healthily running around in Cybertron, when he should had been killed in TFTM. Sky Lynx's legs are massive just before Grimlock falls down.

REVIEW
(Eight and a Half out of Ten)
Right, where to begin? This episode has a large cast, absolutely wonderful animation (even though Predaking looks as if he's been hitting steroids at one moment), a rather excellent plot and reestablishes that the Dinobots are crack warriors instead of bumbling idiots. The really big fight between the Autobots and Decepticons at the Moon is simply gorgeously done, as is Tornedron taking down everyone. This episode gives obscure team members a chance to show personality as well, such as Headstrong complaining about authority and Hun-Grrr using one head to eat the ground and the other to spit it out. The attempt at giving Unicron an origin, while a bit far-fetched (munky created him), is a nice way of shoving continuity in place. Sky Lynx is beautifully characterized, so is Grimlock. The lines in this episode are golden as well, and the camaraderie between the Dinobots, Terrorcons and Predacons are just funny. Sky Lynx’s line "Think: what would Sky Lynx do?" is golden. A must-see, even if just to see the wonderful animation.

Denyer
2008-11-23, 09:24 PM
Nah, I'll see to this when it's ready to upload as a block. :)

Blackjack
2008-11-26, 01:31 PM
The Rebirth, Part One
Written by: David Wise
Airdate: November 9, 1987

SYNOPSIS
Things have been quiet for the Autobots in the months since the return of Optimus Prime and the Hate Plague crisis. Goldbug and the Technobots talk about how nice it was to be peaceful. Naturally, the entire Decepticon armada arrives five seconds later. Ultra Magnus walks into a room to find Optimus on his knees, and Optimus reveals that he has been having visions since he opened the Matrix, and it's something very big, and it's starting now.

A large battle ensues. The Technobots and the Throttlebots charge the Decepticons. A battle ensues, where neither side gains the upper hand. Punch sees Wingspan and Pounce enter into Autobot City, and transforms into Counterpunch, he follows to 'check up on their progress', where he sees them steal something. Telling them that his Autobot counterpart is nearby, he transforms to Punch to attack them, but the Clones quickly beat him up and take their prize to Scourge. Galvatron orders a retreat. Optimus, realizing this was a diversion, discovers the empty vault and Punch, and orders everyone to go to Cybertron.

On Cybertron, a group of Autobots watch Blurr racing with Hot Rod, with Daniel riding in Hot Rod. With Daniel’s help, Hot Rod wins the race. Brainstorm claims that this supports his theory that human partners would be able to assist the Autobots in the war with the Decepticons. Hardhead and Cerebros disagree with him. Optimus contacts the Autobots, telling them of the situation. Apparently Galvatron stole the Key to the Plasma Energy Chamber, the forge which was used to create the bodies of the original Autobots. Since the Quintesson rebellion, the key has been in the keeping of the Autobot leaders, tasked with guarding the key with their lives. Galvatron intends to use the Key for world domination. What else? The Decepticons arrive, and chaos ensues. The Aerialbots are quickly taken down by Sixshot.

During the onslaught, Kup and Hot Rod's team see Scourge sneaking towards the Plasma Energy Chamber. Scourge opens the chamber, and is blasted by the energy overload. Spike and Cerebros manages to grab the key. However, the Autobots' ship is hit by a wave of energy from the Plasma Energy Chamber. Their ship is hurled off Cybertron. Cyclonus picks Scourge up, and with a group of Decepticons, head off after the Autobots.

Meanwhile, the Autobot ship crashes on Nebulon. With the engines fried, the Autobots, Spike and Daniel. decide to look for civilization. However, they're captured by a group of rebels that thinks they're machines being controlled by the Hive. Although the Nebulons originally plan to destroy the Autobots, the Decepticons show up. Spike finally convinces the Nebulons to release the Autobots. In the subsequent battle, Daniel is injured by Snapdragon, and Hot Rod, Kup, Blurr, Crosshairs, and Sureshot are taken captive. Some of the Autobots pursue them into the forest, but are quickly driven off by the Hive’s machines.

Returning to the cave, the Nebulons explain that the Hive is a tyrannical group of telekinetics who have used machines to enslave Nebulon. The resistance members know the weak points of the machines, but they just don't have the firepower. Spike thinks that Brainstorm's idea of organic partners just might be the ticket. The Autobots agree to allow the Nebulons to use their heads as suits, except for Cerebros, who ditches the Autobots, tired of fighting. Arcee asks to be Daniel's partner, and Spike agrees. As they remove their heads, Spike declares that they are about to become Headmasters.

Featured Transformers: Strafe, Goldbug, Lightspeed, Scattershot, Ultra Magnus, Optimus Prime, Nosecone, Freeway, Wideload, Searchlight, Chase, Rollbar, Afterburner Apeface (first appearance), Misfire (first appearance), Skullcruncher (first appearance), Hun-Grrr, Weirdwolf (first appearance), Cyclonus, Galvatron, Scourge, Mindwipe (first appearance), Snapdragon (first appearance), Triggerhappy (first appearance), Pounce (first appearance) Wingspan (first appearance), Punch/Counterpunch (first appearance), Rippersnapper, Sinnertwin, Cutthroat, Blot, Blurr, Hot Rod, Arcee, Sureshot (first appearance), Hardhead (first appearance), Chromedome (first appearance), Pointblank (first appearance), Brainstorm (first appearance), Highbrow (first appearance), Cerebros (first appearance), Kup, Crosshairs (first appearance), Hook, Long Haul, Scrapper, Mixmaster, Bonecrusher, Silverbolt, Fireflight, Slingshot, Air Raid, Skydive, Sixshot (first appearance), Slugslinger (first appearance), First Aid, Fastlane (first appearance), Cloudraker (first appearance)
Notable Others: Daniel, Spike, Gort (first appearance), Duros (first appearance), Stylor (first appearance), Acrana (first appearance), Pinpointer (first appearance), Firebolt (first appearance), Recoil (first appearance), Haywire (first appearance), Peacemaker(first appearance), Spoilsport (first appearance), the Hive (first appearance, flashback)

NOTES
This episode takes place several months after The Return of Optimus Prime, Part 2. This would not be the last you'll hear of the Key to Vector Sigma. The key's legend and its ability to transform organics into technomatter would be revisited in Beast Machines. This is the debut of the Autobot and Decepticon Headmasters, Targetmasters, the Nebulons (Nebulans in the comic), Clones as well as Punch/Counterpunch and Sixshot. Honestly, other than Optimus, Ultra Magnus, the Throttlebots, the Constructicons, the Aerialbots, the Technobots, the Terrorcons, every transformer in this episode are new guys. Sixshot in gun mode can be held by Cyclonus. Nebulons are curly-haired, big-nosed green-skinned humanoids. Brainstorm notes that as Headmasters, their personality is stored in their chests instead of their heads.

ERRORS
Goldbug and the Technobots talk about all the loose parts knocked from the Decepticons after Optimus Prime was resurrected. This never happened. Of course, it might have happed between Season 3 and 4… Scattershot claims there’s “a hundred” Decepticons heading towards Autobot City, but the force attacking is about, like, twenty, thirty at most? Also, the City is already smoking before the Deceps attack. Why do the Autobots rush out from their well-defended fortress, instead of transforming it into its battle station mode like in TFTM? What, the transformation cog is gone again? (Did Rodimus actually kill Metroplex in ‘The Return of Optimus Prime’?) Where the hell did Galvatron dig up that many new troops all of a sudden? Chromedome is coloured like a giant Pinpointer when he first speaks to Highbrow. Sinnertwin and Blot are fighting beside a totally-white First Aid at one point. A giant Caliburst is seen when the Decepticons attack. Daniel is practically chewed up by Snapdragon, yet his clothes are in perfect condition. Both Slugslinger and Triggerhappy alternate between Slugslinger's light blue and Triggerhappy's darker hues. Highbrow speaks in Hardhead's voice at one point. Hell, most of the new cast gets miscoloured at some point or other. Why didn't Brainstorm or Highbrow fly over the the Hive machines? They didn't think of using the universal greeting on the Nebulans. That's not counting the Nebulans, who are more or less indistinguishable from each other...

REVIEW
(Seven and a Half out of Ten)
All things considered, it's quite a superb start to season 4. When you need to introduce, like, nearly thirty characters in a single episode, characterization is limited to single-line quips, a la “More than Meets the Eye”, only this is more rushed. The characters introduced are very memorable, though. The ‘superpowers’ of the Transformers take stage once more, with Mindwipe’s hypnotism, Sixshot’s kill all ability, Punch’s alligeance switch, the Clones’ similarity and more. Numerous golden scenes in here (Punch's stupidity comes to mind) Also, the errors are not as numerous as part two and three, and the animation is better than the subsequent episodes. This is a wonderful start to the miniseries, with wonderfully done fight sequences in the Autobot City and Cybertron fights. Highbrow, Hardhead and Cerebros are nicely defined. The set up of being blasted into Nebulos makes more sense than Marvel’s version of ‘I rip my heads off and give it to you as a peace offering’. This version, where the Autobots have no other choice (well, they have a lot, but then this is a cartoon…). The Nebulons are all generic, though. Not bad, but could do better.

Blackjack
2008-11-29, 04:18 AM
The Rebirth, Part 2 7/10
Written By: David Wise
Airdate: 10 November, 1987

SYNOPSIS
On Nebulos, the Autobots' heads are modified, allowing for the Headmaster process. The Nebulans choose their partners, and Daniel is placed inside Arcee. Upon activating, the Autobots decide to make a test run, and they trash the Hive's machines quickly. Satisfied with their abilities, the Autobots and Nebulan rebels decide that it's time to steal back the Key to the Plasma Energy Chamber. Meanwhile, the Hive is watching them, and recognises the rebel Nebulans.

Meanwhile, on Cybertron, the Autobots and the Decepticons are fighting to a standstill. A frustrated Optimus Prime decides that it's time to find some answers, and leaves the battle, with Ultra Magnus following.

Back on Nebulos, Scourge tortures the captive Autobots (Hot Rod, Kup, Blurr, Crosshairs, Pointblank and Sureshot) for information regarding the key. Cyclonus realises that the Autobots they captured didn't have the key. But before they could react, the Autobot Headmasters appear. They quickly overwhelm the Decepticons and free the captives, blowing up the Decepticon shuttle in the process. As the Hive watches this, some of the Hive members believe that the Decepticons should be destroyed as well, but their leader says he has other plans. After capturing the Decepticons and bringing them to the Hive's city, the Hive's leader, Lord Zarak, offers them a deal: submit to the Headmaster process with them or be destroyed. The reluctant Cyclonus and Scourge finally agree to deal, but with one condition: only the animals will undergo the Headmaster process. Apeface tries to object, but Cyclonus shuts him up. The other Decepticons offer their weapons as the Nebulan's exosuits. Zarak agrees, and their upgrade begin.

Back on Cybertron, Optimus and Magnus have reached the chamber of Vector Sigma. Using the Matrix's shell as a replacement for the Key to Vector Sigma, Prime activates the supercomputer to communicate with the spirit of Alpha Trion. Alpha Trion cryptically explains that the Key to the Plasma Energy Chamber is on Nebulos, and that Vector Sigma arranged for Galvatron to learn of it. All of this is being done to bring a second Golden Age, which depends on the merging of a human with an Autobot. Alpha Trion tells Prime to preserve the key at all costs. Prime is confused, but he departs for Nebulos, leaving a very confused Ultra Magnus in command of the Autobots in Cybertron.

On Nebulos, the modifications are complete, and the Hive members bond with the Decepticons, creating the Decepticon Headmasters and Targetmasters. Zarak, however, remains behind, having plans for the Hive's city. Meanwhile, the Autobots return to the rebel base, when Cerebros arrives, badly damaged and mumbling that he found a city before passing out. The Autobots are able to stabilise him, but the Decepticons show up, and subsequently trump the unsuspecting Autobots. Mindwipe takes the Key from Brainstorm. Brainstorm manages to run a scan on Nightstick before the Decepticons retreat.

Sometime later, Optimus Prime lands and is introduced to the Headmasters and the newly-built Targetmasters. With this force, the Autobots prepare to retake the Key. Elsewhere, the Decepticons are getting impatient while they wait for Lord Zarak. Prime leads the Autobots in an attack, in which Arcee and Daniel manage to take the Key and get it to Prime. The Autobots circle Prime and Arcee, vowing to let nothing get through. However, from beneath them, Zarak raises the Hive's city. Suddenly it transforms into a gigantic scorpion... Scorponok!

Characters Featured:
Brainstorm, Arcee, Highbrow, Hardhead, Chromedome, Skydive, Slingshot, Silverbolt, Air Raid, Abominus, Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Punch, Fastlane, Cloudraker, Skullcruncher, Apeface, Snapdragon, Weirdwolf, Mindwipe, Slugslinger, Triggerhappy, Misfire, Scourge, Cyclonus, Sureshot, Crosshairs, Blurr, Hot Rod, Kup, Pointblank, Alpha Trion's Spirit, Cerebros, Scorponok (first appearance)
Notable others: Daniel, Gort, Stylor, Duros, Arcana, Firebolt, Daniel, Lord Zarak, Nightstick (first appearance), Caliburst (first appearance), Spasma (first appearance), Blowpipe (first appearance), Fracas (first appearance), Aimless (first appearance), Monzo (first appearance), Krunk (first appearance), Vorath (first appearance), Grax (first appearance), Recoil, Haywire, Pinpointer, Peacemaker, Spoilsport

ERRORS
So Daniel is in critical condition and the way to heal him is to place him in a suit which allows him to bend his bones unnaturally to form Arcee's head? That's extreme. There are various times where the Nebulan Headmasters and Targetmasters are shown to be the size of the Autobots themselves. Cyclonus and Blurr has Silverbolt-esque lips at several points. Scourge and Kup are seen in their early discarded character models several times. Slugslinger is also coloured as Weirdwolf for a split second. When the Decepticons are abducted by the Hive, one of the machines seen near the conveyor belt has a Decepticon symbol on it, despite the fact that they haven't been allies until, like, a minute later. Monzo's line ("This project is a bad investment!") is probably originally attributed to Grax, the businessman of the bunch. The Hive Targetmasters colour schemes and character models are haphazardly used. Brainstorm's face is coloured completely gray when he tells Mindwipe to hang from a tree. Triggerhappy is among the headless Decepticons which are preparing to become Headmasters. Right after the Decepticons steal the key from the Autobots, Spike claims that the Autobots can't fly, although Brainstorm and Highbrow have airborne alternate modes. For all their appearances (including the comics), Fracas and Nightstick's robot mode character models are reversed from their toys (or vice versa) but their weapon modes are correct. Skullcruncher is miscoloured as Weirdwolf when Skullcruncher combines with Grax. Haywire is drawn as Blurr's regular gun. Sureshot is seen among the Decepticons as they fly off. In the toys, Spasma and Krunk form Apeface and Snapdragon's beast mode heads in addition to their robot mode heads (you could see the ape head on the back of Apeface's robot head) but all throughout the episode, the Horrorcons are able transform into beast modes while the Nebulons are mucking around.

NOTES
This might not be an error, but last episode Gort claims that the "Hive's bodies are withered and useless" due to their dependency on telephaty and technology, yet the two Hive Nebulans shown in the light, Lord Zarak and possibly Krunk or Grax (he was not named) are well-built and muscled. The other Hive Nebulans, before entering their suits, look exactly like the Lithonians. This either means the animators are feeling lazy, or Nebulans evolve into Lithonians when their bodies are 'withered and useless'. The Hive line "Exterminate, Exterminate" is the catch-phrase of the Daleks. Coincidentally, Daleks are alien beings who lived in mechanical bodies to compensate for the severe atrophy of their real bodies, like the Hive members. Nebulans are noticeably smaller than their exosuits. Optimus Prime appears rather... dazed and glum (instead of being TEH HERO from 'Return of Optimus Prime) in this episode. Returning from the dead must make him feel different. The Headmasters and Targetmasters make their proper debut as teams this episode, so does Scorponok. Despite appearing in TFTM, and now upgraded as a Headmaster, poor Arcee never got a toy in G1, although a repaint of Chromedome as Arcee was proposed. This was, of course, ultimately rejected.

REVIEW
Better than part One, what with the fast pacing and wonderful animation (albeit error-laden), Rebirth: Part two is still a decent episode. There are numerous character moments here, and the fighting scene when the Decepticons strike the Autobots are golden. Highbrow is a wonderful snob, and Hardhead is still well-defined. The interaction between the Nebulans and Autobots, as well as the various reactions between the Hive members as they bond with the Decepticon are very hilarious. Aimless, Fracas, Vorath and Caliburst are particularly funny. Kup defending Hot Rod... Scourge's torture session... Misfire calling Aimless a bad shot... Slugslinger and Caliburst... Brainstorm saying that he'll sue the Decepticons... The constant banter between Prime and Magnus... the Horrorcons' stormy partnership with their heads... Mindwipe hypnotizing Vorath... Lord Zarak's agendas... The episode is well-scripted, despite the rushed feel. There are many numerous memorable moments in this episode, which proves Transformer writers do work better under pressure. The Rebirth three-parter is three of the greatest episodes in the cartoon series, and possibly the best (and funniest) storyline involving massive toy introdumps.

Blackjack
2009-02-28, 01:57 AM
Forever is a Long Time Coming
Airdate: 8 October 1986
Written By: Gerry Conway and Carla Conway
Japanese Title: Time Trap

SYNOPSIS
Perceptor, Wreck-Gar, Blurr and Blaster are investigating chronal pulses coming from an asteroid belt, when they are attacked by Sharkticons, which come from a bowl-shaped asteroid, the source of the pulses. The Autobots destroy the Sharkticons. Blaster radios Rodimus to send reinforcements. The Autobots land on the asteroid just in time to see a Quintesson scientist, Inquirata, open a time portal to 11 million years in the past to retrieve a target subject. Meanwhile, the rest of the Autobots enter the portal to escape the Quintesson warships firing on them. The time portal fades out, stranding the Autobots in the past. Stray shots from the Quintesson ship hit the portal before Superion and Rodimus Prime arrives and drives them away. All of a sudden a figure suddenly materializes.

Meanwhile, eleven million years ago, the Autobots there encounter a Dark Guardian, and Rewind realises that they're stranded in the past. They are \rescued by a female transformer, Beta, who tells the others to follow her before the Quintessons send reinforcements. She requests for Blaster and co's help in attacking Hive City. Beta explains that the Autobot insignia is actually the mark of slavery given to them by the Quints, but A3, their current leader of sorts, feels that it must become a symbol of freedom. Beta explains that A3 has a Coda Remote device to freeze the Dark Guardians, allowing the slaves to rise against the Quintessons. Rewind finally realises they are in Cybertron's past, when the Transformers were still slaves for the Quintessons, and the Quintessons' plan is to stop the rebellion in the past. Even without A3, the Autobots and rebels still plan to attack at dawn.

Back in 2006, the time window is creating ripples in the timestream. Rodimus refuses to shut the window down as there are Autobots are stuck in the past. Inquirata fear that if the time window isn't closed within the next hour, the ripples will travel through the universe, wreaking havoc with reality. Even as they speak, some events are happening in the wrong order they're supposed to happen. The Quintessons then begin an assault to destroy the Time Window.

A3 has finally revived in 2006, but refuses to give information to Quintesson slaves like the Autobots. However, before they could speak further, the Quintessons attack. The other Autobots defend the time portal. A3 is blasted away from the asteroid and tumbles through space before being saved by Superion. During the battle, the chronal energies turn A3 into his future self, Alpha Trion (and back again to A3), and causes Superion to be in two places at the same time. The Quintessons, afraid of the chronal energies, retreat. Space and time gets more distorted as the sky literally tears apart. Rodimus orders Pipes to repair the damaged Perceptor so that they can figure out what's going on.

In the past, the rebels, as well as Blaster's group, battle the Dark Guardians. In the present, Inquirata calls the Autobots, imploring them to close the Time Window before space and time cease to exist. In the past, the Autobots and rebels take down lots of Dark Guardians and the raid is apparently successful. Suddenly, a Quintesson judge demands them to surrender, stating that he had been amused enough, and more Dark Guardians surround the rebellion.

In the present, Inquirata convinces Rodimus to close the time window, but A3 volunteers to go through the time portal to retrieve the time-displaced Autobots. A3 lands at the raid when the Quintesson orders the Guardians to attack. A3 removes the golden Autobot symbol on his chest, which is the Coda Remote in disguise, and disables the Dark Guardians. A3 then orders the Autobots to return to the present, thanking them for their help. The Autobots return to 2006 just in time for Rodimus to close the time window.

As the day is saved, the Autobots finally realize that A3 was Alpha Trion, as a constellation forms with his likeness.

Featured Transformers: Perceptor, Wreck-Gar, Blurr, Blaster, Rewing, Sharkticons, Allicons, Ramhorn, Superion, Rodimus Prime, Silverbolt, Air Raid, Slingshot, Skydive, A3/Alpha Trion, Dark Guardians, Beta, Kup, Pipes, Bumblebee, Jazz, Swerve, Springer, Wheelie, Cyclonus (simulation)
Notable Others: Inquirata, Quintessons, Marissa Faireborne

NOTES
Rewind calls Beta by her name although she never mentioned it. Then again, given Rewind’s penchant for having endless amounts of useless trivia… Wreck-Gar quotes TV shows as usual. It's worth noting that Ramhorn actually speaks a lot in this episode, despite being an animal Cassette. This is one of the few episode does not feature the Decepticons. In the script, the Quintesson Scientist is named Inquirata, but was never referred to by name on screen. Alpha Trion becoming a constellation image mirrors that of Optimus Prime in ‘Dark Awakening.’ So the Aerialbots save A3, to whom the Aerialbots would previously (or later, depending on your point of view) bring Orion Pax, causing A3/Alpha Trion to rebuild him into Optimus Prime, who would ask for the Aerialbots to be built. For the Aerialbots to be built, Alpha Trion sacrifices his life for the Aerialbots, who saved his life 11 million years earlier. Or a few years later. Well, give or take.

ERRORS
The Autobots are seen leaving Cybertron twice in a row. Wreck-Gar blocking the Sharkticon laser blast with his shield is shown out of sequence. The Autobots fly towards the time window, but they are never shown flying INTO the window. Perceptor is seen in the place of Superion when the rescue party arrives to rescue Perceptor. As the Autobots come under attack from the Dark Guardian, Rewind points and his mouthplate moves, but he doesn’t say anything. When Blaster ejects Rewind, his tape door opens sideways. During the time-flux thing, Wheelie and Jazz are out of scale. When the Quintessons instructs the Sharkticons to attack the Autobots, the background alternates between deep space and Quintesson ship. Wheelie is glimpsed with Blaster's group, replacing Rewind, when they're sneaking up to the Dark Guardians. The Dark Guardian that got slammed by Ramhorn is tiny, or Ramhorn is huge. When A3 returns to the past, the Autobots are on a completely different setting, and the Dark Guardians are absent. The time anomalies makes my head hurt.

REVIEW
(Six and a Half out of Ten)
A brave stab at time travel and introduction of the Quintesson/Transformer history, but it reeks of War Dawn. The reuse of the Aerialbots in particular seems redundant when there are other Autobots who needed screentime desperately (the Technobots or Throttlebots, for example). The errors in this episode are numerous, and the animation is mediocre at best. This episode does have some good character moments, especially for the Autobot cassettes. Rewind and Ramhorn, to name two of the stars of this episode. Beta is also an interesting character, surprisingly. This is an episode which offers insight to the Quintesson-controlled past, which is nicely done. Not the best episode, but by far not the worst either.

Blackjack
2009-03-16, 01:28 PM
Starscream's Ghost
Airdate: 2 October 1986
Written by: Megeen McLaughlin
Japanese Title: Starscream's Ghost

SYNOPSIS
Exiled from the Decepticons, Octane now makes a living freighting scrap metal from planet Junkion for the Autobots. However, his past catches up to him when Galvatron hires a Skuxxoid to assassinate Octane. Just after he leaves Junk, Octane's ship is blown up by a bomb planted by the bounty hunter. Fortunately Octane is merely blown away from the explosion and is rescued by a passing ship.

Angered by the Skuxxoid's failure, Galvatron dispatches the Combaticons to track and eliminate the exile. Octane takes refuge with the Autobots on Earth and seeks the advice of his fellow triple changer, the Autobot Sandstorm, who doesn't believe him at first. However, they were ambushed by the Combaticons, who gang up on Octane, but leaves Sandstorm alone. Convinced, the duo escape Earth through a shuttle.

The two Triple Changers stop and refuel at an alien space station, and use the time to discuss the situation in a diner. Octane shows off to Sandstorm, doing tricks like juggling energon cubes. The Skuxxoid has managed to track the ex-Decepticon but is foiled in several attempts to kill Octane. Finally, the Skuxxoid tries to tackle Octane from the back. Octane manhandles the alien and demands to know who hired him. When the Skuxxoid says he was hired by Galvatron, Octane, definitely spooked, decided to go deeper into hiding.

He flew to Cybertron but is tailed by Cyclonus, Scourge, and the Sweeps. When the Decepticons found Octane, he hides in what appears to be a sewer pipe, but turns out to be the secret entrance to the Decepticon Crypt. Walking around the Crypt he encounters the ghost of Starscream, who strikes a deal with Octane. They plan to take control of Cyclonus. Successful in possessing the Decepticon Air commander, Starscream then proceeds to "capture" Octane. However, they are pursued by Autobots intent on protecting Octane. Starscream manages to convince Rodimus Prime to let them go, to the confusion of the other Autobots.

When Cyclonus-Starscream brings the Octane back to Chaar, Galvatron was furious that the exile was not destroyed. Cyclonus-Starscream says that Galvatron that the 'traitor' should be interrogated for any information he might know. At a faux display of torture, Cyclonus-Starscream convinces Galvatron that he has forced an Autobot secret out of Octane. The trio travel to a specified location. However, the location is a pre-arranged spot between Starscream and Rodimus Prime, and Galvatron is trapped with many Autobots in an ambush.

The ambush fails, however, and when Galvatron returns and sees Cyclonus-Starscream and Octane discussing his apparent demise. Starscream can't resist gloating, revealing his presence to Galvatron, who immediately blasts a hole into the possessed Cyclonus' torso. Starscream jumps out of Cyclonus the moment before the blast hits.

As Galvatron orders Cyclonus be repaired, Scourge is possessed by Starscream...

Featured Transformers: Junkions, Octane, Galvatron, Sandstorm, Onslaught, Blast Off, Brawl, Scourge, Sweeps, Cyclonus, Starscream's ghost, Kup, Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Silverbolt, Air Raid, Fireflight, Skydive, Slingshot, Perceptor
Notable Others: Skuxxoid Mercenary

NOTES
This episode is supposed to be written for Blitzwing, as a sequel to his fate after deserting the Decepticons in 'Five Faces of Darkness'. This is further proven when TV Magazine in Japan shows that Blitzwing meets Starscream's Ghost. It is also rumoured that Sandstorm's role was originally Springer's. Why did this change? Why, Octane and Sandstorm were the newer toys, of course. The scene where the Combaticons (which only consists of three members this episode for some reason) attack Sandstorm and Octane uses recycled Star Wars laser sounds. This particular one is from the Empire Strikes Back. Starscream's marker in the Crypt only has the lower legs and boots on. Someone had a sick sense of humour. (For those who didn't get it- Starscream was destroyed by Galvatron and the only parts remaining were his legs and crown.) Markers of Megatron and either Skywarp or Thundercracker are also present. Octane reads a mis-quote of Dirge's final dialogue in 'Five Faces of Darkness' behind a particular marker, implying that Dirge is buried there. However, the statue doesn't resemble Dirge at all (plus, Dirge shows up every time anyway). The female robot Octane ogles on his computer has Arcee's character model but with much larger shoulder pads and breasts... It's a little disturbing. Kup oversees Cybertron's security in Shockwave's old tower. On the topic of Starscream's Ghost, this episode marks his ghost's first appearance. He'll reappear in a ghost again in the episode 'Ghost in the Machine', several Japanese fiction and the Beast Wars episode Possession (where he possesses Waspinator). The BW Episode 'Bad Spark' explains that Starscream's Spark is uniquely mutated, rendering it indestructible and able to possess others. The idea of Starscream being a ghost would later be revisited in Energon. Being immortal would be revisited in Animated.

ERRORS
When Galvatron is speaking in the opening sequence of the episode, only his throne is seen, Galvatron himself is missing. While Octane is walking with Sandstorm outside Autobot City, he trips and falls over a rock, but the animation seems to imply that the rock jumps in front of Octane's foot. During the Autobot City scene, the background alternates between Earthen sky and space. The walls of Autobot City are somehow low enough of Sandstorm and Octane to jump over when the Combaticons attack. Oh, and no one in Autobot City noticed a group of Decepticons attacking. Immediately after Sandstorm and Octane jump into Autobot City, the shot cuts into them escaping on a shuttle. Sandstorm's cockpit is apparently big enough for Octane to sit in. The energon on the Space Diner are orange wedges instead of purple cubes. A mutant variety? Um. On Cybertron, the Decepticons' lasers are colored gold/yellow instead of purple. The back of Starscream's legs are miscoloured as he creeps up behind Cyclonus. Silverbolt has four engines when they go after Cyclouns-Starscream's group. Oh, and Kup drives backwards when the Autobots counter attacks to rescue Octane. Galvatron is shown fighting off the large group of Autobots, but next thing we know, he has escaped (albeit barely injured), heading back to Chaar. In several shots in Chaar, Cyclonus/Starscream and Octane mouth each other's dialogues.

REVIEW
(Six and a Half out of Ten)
A nice episode, although the first few minutes are too fast-paced. Even if you hate Starscream, his best episodes are the ones where he is a ghost. While Octane hogs the spotlight (and I really wished that it was Blitzwing instead of Octane), it gives him and Sandstorm some much-needed characterization. It is also worth mentioning that the Autobots seem more 'gray' in this episode than usual. Octane, instead of being welcomed into Autobot ranks with open arms (like the offer given to Blitzwing), is thrown aside scavenging garbage. Roddy Prime also makes a deal with the lesser evil to kill Galvatron, yet another example of Season three's darker writing. Dark, yes. But with very light-hearted humour thrown in. The Sweeps are given sweet dialogue this episode, and the Skuxxoid had some hilarious attempts at killing the duo. Even if you don't like Starscream, the episode is okay. Points, however, must be lost for the unresolved ending about Octane and the fast initial pacing. Anyways, this is one of the better episodes.

Blackjack
2009-04-09, 01:38 AM
Fight or Flee
Airdate: 15 October 1986
Written by: Tony Cinciripini and Larry Leahy
Japanese title: Fight or Death

SYNOPSIS
In space, Cyclonus and Scourge are chasing Air Raid. Following him into an asteroid field, the two Decepticons are ambushed by the other Aerialbots. In the ensuing battle, the Aerialbots form Superion and do a large amount damage to the Decepticons. Cyclonus spots a swirling vortex and decides to hide in it. Once they've passed through, they find a planet that looks similar to Cybertron. They crash-land on the planet.

When they woke up, Cyclonus and Scourge had been nursed to health by the natives. The planet, called Paradron, is inhabited by pacifistic Autobots. A native Autobot named Sandstorm greets the two Decepticons, explaining their pacifistic ways, but Cyclonus and Scourge observe that the planet has a seemingly unlimited supply of energon. Contacting Chaar, they inform Galvatron of the discovery. A suspicious Sandstorm calls a meeting, warning the population that Cyclonus and Scourge are dangerous, but the others ignore his warnings. Soon enough, the Decepticons arrive and declare the planet a part of the Decepticon Empire. Naturally, the Paradrons don't agree with that, one claiming outright that the planet is a democracy. Galvatron kills the rioter.

Taken to a concentration camp of sorts, Sandstorm manages to escape. Decepticons Brawl and Razorclaw follow him and manage to knock him off a bridge, but Sandstorm flies away and manages to lose the two Decepticons. Heading for a long-abandoned spaceship, Sandstorm manages to power it up and take off, narrowly avoiding Divebomb.

Making contact with the Autobots on Cybertron, Sandstorm explains that his ancestors left Cybertron during the fourth great war to escape the violence. The Autobots, knowing that they can't let the Decepticons have Paradron's energon nor allow the Decepticons to enslave Paradron, head for the planet. By now, the Decepticons have dug in and are using the Paradron natives as slave labor. Detecting the Autobot ship, the Decepticons destroy the Autobot shuttle and believe them destroyed. However, it's just a ruse by the Autobots. Ultra Magnus takes a team to secure the energon, while Rodimus Prime takes Springer, Sandstorm, and Sky Lynx to rescue the prisoners.

Breaking through the prison defenses, the Autobots present the Paradrons with weapons, but the Paradrons are reluctant to fight. Sandstorm claims that their ancestors would fight as well. The frank Rodimus gives them a simpler choice: fight or flee. Reluctantly, the Paradrons take up arms.

Unfortunately, the Decepticons' control over the planet is too firm. Unwilling to let them have Paradron, Rodimus orders Ultra Magnus to destroy the energon core, which will destroy the planet. Sandstorm objects at first, but agrees to the plan when he learns that the Paradrons can live on Cybertron. Using escape pods, the Paradrons flee the planet, while Magnus and Sandstorm head for the core. Planting a time bomb, the two Autobots hightail it out of there. Galvatron sneers at their cowardice, then remembers that Magnus is anything but a coward. Realizing that something is wrong, Galvatron orders the Decepticons to abandon the planet.

From space, the Autobots watch the planet explode. Sandstorm remarks that even in death, it's still beautiful. Rodimus says that Cybertron is better anyway.

Featured Transformers: Cyclonus, Scourge, Air Raid, Slingshot, Fireflight, Silverbolt, Skydive, Superion, Sandstorm, Paradron Citizens, Paradron Medics, Bonecrusher, Soundwave, Shrapnel's voice (see errors), Galvatron, Long Haul, Brawl, Razorclaw, Divebomb, Bruticus, Astrotrain, Hook, Blitzwing, Blurr, Rodimus Prime, Springer, Kup, Ultra Magnus, Wheelie, Sky Lynx, Headstrong, Blitzwing (see errors), Swindle, Blast Off, Onslaught, Vortex, Sweeps, Tantrum, Scrapper, Mixmaster

NOTES
(Well, other than characters like Shrapnel, Ironhide and Ratchet seemingly back from the dead...) Blitzwing is seemingly accepted back into the Decepticons since the events of 'Five Faces of Darkness', and was seen among Galvatron's troops. Paradron would appear again in Dreamwave's comics. The Paradron Medics are basically Arcee painted green. Divebomb has camera in his eagle mode forehead, a la Laserbeak.

ERRORS
Although this episode gives Sandstorm's origin, he had appeared in the earlier episode 'Starscream's Ghost'. However, it appear to be a mis-numbering of episodes. When Cyclonus and Scourge contacts Chaar, Soundwave and Bonecrusher could be seen, but the voice is Shrapnel's voice and even has Shrapnel's unique repetition, repetition. It's entirely possible that he's offscreen, but he's supposed to be dead by then. Sandstorm's size is inconsistent throughout the episode. At times, he's huge. Then he's half the size of Ultra Magnus, yet in the next scene he's the same height with him. Superion is drawn in the same size with Cyclonus and Scourge in several shots. In various shots, the Paradron natives change their colour schemes from being all-white into more colourful. As Cyclonus drinks from the Energon fountain, Cyclonus is coloured like Sandstorm, while Sandstorm is block-coloured orange. When Cyclonus notes that the Paradrons are not armed, the Decepticon insignia on his chest is missing. When Scourge and Cyclonus plot, Scourge suddenly becomes shorter than Cyclonus. Bruticus, like Superion, is also shrank down to be slightly taller than Galvatron. Bruticus also talks in full sentences in this episode. When Rodimus says "Fight or flee", the other Paradrons kneel to pick weapons off the floor... which aren't there. Long Haul is coloured blue and orange for one shot. Galvatron's cannon is white in one scene. Brawl could be seen helping Headstrong with a cannon although Bruticus stands nearby. Sandstorm says that Paradrons left Cybertron during the fourth great war, although this war is the Third Great War.

REVIEW
(Eight and a Half out of Ten)
Surprisingly dark, and it benefits from it. Sandstorm, Scourge, Ultra Magnus, Rodimus and Cyclonus are nice spotlights in this episode. It has a more mature and darker mood, with Rodimus' act to sacrifice an entire planet being the highlight of the episode. A rather surprising ending. While some people criticize Rodimus Prime because of this, it makes this episode stand heads and shoulders over other kiddy G1 episodes. Never cared much for Rodimus Prime until this episode. From the ultimatum of 'Fight or Flee', to his blowing up of Paradron, to him rebuking Sandstorm with a deadpan 'Cybertron is nicer'... That is totally unexpected. This gives an all new 'gray' area amongst the Autobots. Ultra Magnus also delivers a particularly cool line ("I've never seen anything this beautiful in the entire galaxy.... All right, give me the bomb"). I could see Rodimus and Magnus doing that, since the planet was empty. The Decepticons were golden as well, and we see a more war-like insight to them. Instead of creating cannons, they're now conquering planets and enslaving citizens. This episode is very mature and dark. Highly recommended.

Blackjack
2009-04-09, 01:41 AM
CHECKLIST: (Note: episodes not shown in any particular order)

-Chaos
-Carnage In C-Minor
-Madman's Paradise
-Suprise Party
-Face of the Nijika
-Call of the Primitives
-Dark Awekening
-The Return of Optimus Prime #1
-The Return of Optimus Prime #2
-Money is Everything
-Webworld
-Grimlock's New Brain
-The Killing Jar
-Nightmare Planet
-The Rebirth Part 1
-The Rebirth Part 2
-The Rebirth Part 3
-Only Human
-the Quintesson Journal
-The Big Broadcast of 2006
-Starscream's Ghost
-Dweller in the Depths
-Forever is a long time coming
-Thief in the night
-Ghost in the machine
-The Ultimate Weapon
-Fight or Flee

Edit: finished!

Blackjack
2009-04-11, 07:40 AM
Nightmare Planet
Airdate: 31 Otober 1986
Written by: Beth Bornstein
Japanese Title: Nightmare Planet

SYNOPSIS
Daniel has been having nightmares of Galvatron. Spike and Carly ask Rodimus Prime to come visit him. Rodimus manages to calm Daniel, but then has to leave. After he falls back asleep, a tentacle reaches out towards Daniel. Soon after, Rodimus, Ultra Magnus, and Springer are driving through some thick fog, when the Predacons attack the Autobots. However, both factions of Transformers are suddenly attacked by halloween monsters, on which their weapons have no effect. The Quintessons are apparently using Daniel's nightmares to create monsters which will destroy the Autobots and Decepticons.

Springer and Razorclaw are captured by a gigantic purple dragon and taken to a castle. While there, they meet a princess chained in a dungeon, whom Springer frees. She tells them of a 'magic lance' which can kill the dragon and claims that her father will give them gold if they free her. Springer agrees to slay the dragon, while Razorclaw just wants the gold. Back at the battle, Rodimus, Magnus, and the remaining Predacons are being threatened by a witch and giant. They manage to trick the witch into turning the giant into a frog, and Rodimus uses a bucket of water, which suddenly appear, to destroy the witch. Before they can recover, though, a giant snake/hydra monster-thing appears from the ground and attacks them. A biplane, piloted by 'Daniel', rescues them. In the real world, the Quintessons realize that Daniel's subconscious mind is assisting the Autobots, so they increase the power to suppress Daniel. At the castle, Springer and Razorclaw scheme to get out of the prison.

Elsewhere, Rodimus, Magnus, and the other Predacons fight more monsters, before find themselves in an abandoned amusement park. Heading into the fun house, Rampage and Tantrum are attacked by mirrors, while Divebomb falls down a large hole. Rodimus and Headstrong are attacked by a giant Galvatron, which is then defeated by a giant Rodimus Prime. Rodimus realizes that they are somehow in Daniel's dream. At the castle, Springer is fighting the dragon, but is pushed back. While initially reluctant to help, Razorclaw realizes that the dragon will come after him next, and he serves as Springer's mount, enabling Springer to stab the dragon, killing it. The castle disappears, and a yellow brick road appears.

Meanwhile, Rodimus is calling out to Daniel. Shocked, the Quintessons set the machine on its highest level, which might kill Daniel. The dream world begins to disintegrate, but the Princess guides them through the storm. Daniel is able to draw the Quintessons in, and the Autobots rescue him. Razorclaw wants to scrap the Autobots, but Headstrong, for some reason, cannot transform, preventing them from becoming Predaking. Razorclaw orders the Predacons to retreat.

Back at home, Daniel wakes up, not remembering what happened, and tells Rodimus that he took control of the dream. Rodimus tells Daniel that he won't have any more nightmares involving Galvatron or snake monsters. Daniel, confused, asks how Rodimus knew about the snakes.

Featured Transformers: Galvatron (dream), Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Springer, Razorclaw, Tantrum, Rampage, Divebomb, Headstrong, Predaking
Notable others: Daniel, Spike, Carly, Quintessons

NOTES
The yellow brick road and the witch being defeated with a bucket of water are both references to The Wizard of Oz. The giant's whole 'fi fie fo fum' routine is based on the evil giant from Jack and the Beanstalk. Apparently, the Witwicky residence has Transformer-sized doors. This does not count as an error since this is set supposedly in the future, and perhaps they've accommodated their residence for their forty-feet tall buddies. Plus, it might just be in Cybertron. Razorclaw appears to find gold valuable. Dream monsters becoming reality would later happen to Skids in the UK comics 'Survivors'. Rodimus Prime apparently spent talking TV with Wreck-Gar.

ERRORS
Okay, where the hell is everybody in this episode is never explained. Was it Earth, Cybertron, Oz, some other planet or just in Daniel's fantasy dreamland? In the beginning, with Witwicky's house and everything, make it seem like it's Earth, unless they've moved to Cybertron, where the other scenes take place (before Daniel's chaotic nightmares warp it). Also, if it's on Cybertron, how can the Predacons and Quintessons operate there, since it's Autobot territory? The zombies and demons are noticeably as big as the Transformers (if not slightly shorter) when they first appear. Several seconds later, one gets big enough to swat Predaking. Razorclaw is drawn as Rodimus Prime when the dragon flies away with him. And the Quintessons' plan with the dream machine is simply daft. Why hook it into Daniel, not one of the Quintessons or Sharkticons, and get them to imagine Unicron or something? Won't that be more effective? Rodimus Prime's optics change from to red several times. At one point, the Quintessons' faces (other than the Death ones) are all gray. Springer says that he's going to have a great escape plan, but it never happens, as the duo faces off the dragon immediately after the scene changes. Razorclaw's mane changes into a more boxy design halfway through the episode. In one shot, a Quintessons' body is missing, leaving a single face floating in the air.

REVIEW
(One out of Ten)
Boo. While the team-up between Razorclaw and Springer are nice to watch, the rest of this episode is jack shit. The Quintessons come out with a weapon that can make imagination into reality, but it fails as a plot device big-time. Again, the Quintessons are relegated into rubbish villains instead of profiteering bastards. That, added with an even-more-than-normal emo Daniel, as well as the sub par animation, doesn't exactly help. The transformers look clunky, and their fight scenes are worse than some Season One episodes, and that's saying something. The monsters are pathetic, too. The princess/dragon sub-plot is even worse than that time when the Autobots go back to the past... it's so wrong on so many levels. This episode is the worst among season three episodes.

Blackjack
2009-04-11, 07:43 AM
The Rebirth, Part 3
Written by: David Wise
Airdate: 11 November 1987

SYNOPSIS
As Scorponok arrives, the Autobots retreat, while Arcee and Daniel are captured. As the Decepticons depart in Scorponok, Optimus Prime orders the Autobots to move out. However, Spike and an injured Cerebros remain behind. On Cybertron, Ultra Magnus and the Autobots are fighting off the Decepticons, but the tide is quickly turned when Scorponok arrives, allowing the Decepticons to win. Scourge and Cyclonus explain what happened on Nebulos, but Galvatron is so disgusted by the -Master process that he nearly blows them all to kingdom come. However, Zarak explains that he has the Key to Plasma Energy Chamber, and has control over Scorponok. Though still disgusted, Galvatron agrees to an uneasy alliance, while ordering a new rocket he installed on Cybertron to be activated. They threaten to torture Daniel, so Arcee gives them the Key.

Heading for Cybertron, Optimus receives a vision from the spirit of Alpha Trion, telling the Autobot leader to preserve the Key to the Plasma Energy Chamber at all costs. As Optimus Prime comes to, Hot Rod and Kup inform Prime that Cybertron has disappeared. Understanding Galvatron's plans, Optimus orders the shuttle to head for Earth.

Cybertron has entered the Sol system, and Galvatron reveals that he intends to activate the Plasma Energy Chamber, and let the energy blow up the Sun, destroying Earth and Cybertron. On Nebulos, Spike and Cerebros locate the Hive's abandoned city, and begin using long-abandoned controls to begin modifying the city.

Landing on Cybertron, the Autobots discover that their comrades have had their power packs removed, and their lives will end if they do not get immediate energon. The Nebulans think that they should just destroy the Key, lest the released energy reach Nebulos. However, Prime remains adamant, explaining that Vector Sigma has a plan. Unwilling to risk Nebulos, the Nebulans simply abandon the Autobots and head to destroy the key, pursued by the weaponless Targetmasters and the Headmasters (who are trapped in vehicle mode). However, they are attacked by the Decepticons, who are preparing to leave.

Just then, Spike and Cerebros arrive in the Hive's converted city, which transforms into Fortress Maximus, with Spike and Cerebros as its Headmasters. Fort Max engages Scorponok, and after a battle, drives the Decepticons into retreat. Spike and the Nebulans try to deactivate the Plasma Energy Chamber, but it's too late as it sent a Plasma Energy tendril into a sun.

Spike and the Nebulans modifies Vector Sigma to absorb the excess solar energy. Vector Sigma absorbs all excess energy and directs it into Cybertron's storage capacitors, resulting in the complete revitalization of Cybertron. As Cerebros comes to, he begs Spike to deactivate him, no longer wishing to endure the Great War. However, Spike tells him that the Golden Age of Cybertron is back. Optimus declares that the Headmasters and Targetmasters are to become the guardians of Nebulos, and to destroy the Hive's machines. When this is done, Cerebros will become the guardian of Nebulos, and the Autobots will live in peace.

However, Scorponok and the Decepticons survived the destruction. As Scorponok flew through space, Galvatron and Zarak bicker.

Featured Transformers: Scorponok, Sureshot, Crosshairs, Optimus Prime, Hardhead, Hot Rod, Kup, Blurr, Pointblank, Chromedome, Brainstorm, Highbrow, Skullcruncher, Mindwipe, Cyclonus, Scourge, Misfire, Slugslinger, Lightspeed, Strafe, Chase (maybe), Freeway, Searchlight, Rippersnapper, Sinnertwin, Blot, Cutthroat, Hun-Grrr, Silverbolt, Blast Off, Galvatron, Swindle, Brawl, Onslaught, Fireflight, Hot Spot, Ultra Magnus, Groove, First Aid, Blades, Streetwise, Triggerhappy, Weirdwolf, Apeface, Snapdragon, Cerebros, Alpha Trion's Ghost, Afterburner, Vortex, Fortress Maximus (first appearance), Bumblebee (error), Goldbug, Fastlane, Cloudraker
Notable others: Daniel, Spike, Nightstick, Fracas, Aimless, Blowpipe, Caliburst, Lord Zarak, Monzo, Pinpointer, Gort, Stylor, Arcana, Duros, Peacemaker, Spoilsport, Firebolt, Haywire, Recoil, Vorath, Grax

NOTES
For some reason, Galvatron orders the Combaticons to contruct the rocket engine although he has the Constructicons to do it for him.First Aid is holding a gun and attacking the Decepticons, although in 'The Ultimate Weapon' he claims that he won't raise a weapon to save his life. Many generic Autobots seem to be killed by Galvatron's troops (well, their piled junk pieces are there...), but it can be assumed that they're revived when the energy revitalized Cybertron. The Plasma Energy Chamber would be revisited later in the Beast Machines series. Despite his usual trigger-happiness, Galvatron does not kill the Nebulans, even after he's obtained the Key, which is a little out of character for him. Then again, Scorponok and everything... The 'goldenification' of Cybertron ends the energy crisis plot that started waaaaaay back from episode one, so there's a conclusion of sorts. The Decepticons still tolerate the Nebulans at the end of the episode, perhaps due to Scorponok being controlled by them. Using Cybertron as a starship is an idea first proposed by Megatron. Cerebros can't see in his alternate mode. This is the final episode of Generation One.

ERRORS
Cybertron is smaller than Earth, when in 'the Ultimate Doom', it is the same size (or larger) than Earth. What I think is Chase is miscoloured as Crosshairs when they attack the Terrorcons. When Optimus Prime sees Alpha Trion holding the key to the plasma energy chamber, the key changes shape. When the Autobot shuttle lands on Cybertron, Earth looms in the background despite Cybertron is smaller in previous shots. Spike is able to construct a city-sized, complex, super-Transformer single-handedly out of an entire city using alien technology in what seems to be mere hours. Scorponok is miscoloured as the purplish-blue Cybertron background at one point. Vortex is misoloured as Blades. Daniel is wearing his exo-suit inside Arcee's head at one scene. Gort and Arcana are drawn as Brainstorm and Highbrow at one point. Bumblebee shows up in the Golden Cybertron, right next to Goldbug. In Nebulos, the Headmaster partners are as tall as Optimus. In the final scene in Scorponok, Lord Zarak is nearly as tall as Galvatron. Everyone gets their colour pallettes switched around one time or another, especially the Nebulans. The Targetmaster partners have similar problems. Shouldn't Cybertron's close proximity to Earth cause the planet to tear Earth apart, as it did in "The Ultimate Doom"? The Sun is somehow still intact despite all the abuse hurled into it (Plasma Energy Chamber, Solar Needle, et cetera).

REVIEW
(Five and a Half out of Ten)
The conclusion of the G1 cartoon is serviceable. It feels rushed and improbable at points (using Alpha Trion's ghost to force plot points to work) and Spike building Fortress Maximus in five minutes are lousy shortcuts, for the most part it is okay. The fight between Scorponok and Fortress Maximus is cleanly done, and I like how Scorponok folds into city mode when he hits the ground. Cerebros is still a bitch, but Galvatron shines in this episode, especially when he doesn't accept the Headmaster/Targetmaster thing. Regardless, it's a decent ending to the Transformers series, and the plot point that ran through all four seasons--the search for energy--is resolved. All in all, G1 had a decent run, even if many episodes are frankly stupid. The Japanese will ignore the Rebirth and create several series of sequels to the original cartoon, each with varying degrees of success. But as far as the rest of the world is concerned, this is the Transformers' final episode in the cartoon until Beast Wars.

Blackjack
2009-04-19, 08:26 AM
The Ultimate Weapon
Airdate: 10 November 1986
Written by: Arthur Byron Cover
Japanese Title: The Ultimate Weapon

SYNOPSIS
In 2006, bands of roving street gangs riot around the Netherlands. Unable to rely on the police, even old ladies wield laser guns to protect themselves. The desperate police turn to the Autobots, who seek to stem the fighting. The Protectobots, after an exchange with Rodimus Prime, roll out to stop the violence. Ultra Magnus tries to calm Rodimus, saying he's just as good a commander as Optimus Prime was. Rodimus still feels that he will never live up to the former Prime's legacy.

Arriving in the city, the Decepticons attack, and Blades is injured. First Aid takes him to Metroplex to get repairs. Galvatron attacks the Autobots, and as they retreat, Galvatron taunts Rodimus with the threat of the Ultimate Weapon. At Metroplex, Swindle breaks in and manages to steal Metroplex's transformation cog. First Aid tries to reason with Swindle, but the Combaticon merely shoots the Autobot medic, then leaves. Meanwile, in the sea, Trypticon rises from the sea and blows up an entire fleet of naval carriers. Galvatron tells Trypticon to destroy Metroplex. Swindle arrives and attempts to haggle for the cog. Galvatron, however, is not in the mood for haggling and offers him a simple deal: Hand over the cog or die.

At Metroplex, First Aid is feeling guilty over his pacifism. While Rodimus says that he would never force First Aid to violate his beliefs, First Aid leaves the Autobots. Meanwhile, the other Autobots learn that Trypticon is coming and roll out. Reaching a nearby city, Trypticon menaces a train, but Defensor (minus the First Aid arm) manages to save it. The Aerialbots move in to attack. Air Raid gets shot down, while Silverbolt flies into Trypticon's stomach through his mouth, firing all the while. Injured by Silverbolt's kamikaze, Trypticon is forced to retreat. However, it's merely delaying the inevitable, as Metroplex is still the only one who can fight Trypticon. Even if they recover the cog, First Aid is the only one who understands Metroplex's systems enough to fix him. Hot Spot decides to track down the medic.

Rodimus and Magnus head for Trypticon's hideout, with Spike and Daniel posing as repairmen. Vortex, while fooled at first, realizes that the cars are Autobots due to the pollution-free fuel that they are using. Daniel is thrown off a cliff, but Magnus saves him. Rodimus and Magnus distract the Decepticons while Spike and Daniel steal Trypticon's cog. Returning to Metroplex, they install Trypticon's cog in Metroplex, while the Decepticons install Metroplex's cog in Trypticon. Convinced that he "can still smash", Trypticon heads for battle. Metroplex transforms from city mode, but both cities suffer from transformation problems.

At a junkyard, First Aid is keeping NUL-A, a junkyard robot, company while fixing abandoned refrigerators in an effort to think about something other than the Autobots. Hot Spot finds him and informs him of Metroplex's problem. First Aid realizes that Metroplex's danger is more important, and rejoins the Autobots. Meanwhile, Trypticon has gained the advantage and thrown Metroplex into a nearby lake. Heading for Metroplex, First Aid manages to get inside and properly align the transformation cog, allowing Metroplex to transform fully. Metroplex throws Trypticon deeper into the lake, and the dinosaur sinks. Galvatron threatens to use the Ultimate Weapon, but Rodimus realizes that the weapon is a bluff. Out of options, Galvatron retreats. First Aid's faith in his work is restored, and Rodimus's confidence is emboldened.

Featured Transformers: Ultra Magnus, Blades, Hot Spot, Rodimus Prime, Groove, First Aid, Streetwise, Galvatron, Cyclonus, Brawl, Predaking, Octane, Vortex, Steeljaw, Ramhorn, Swindle, Scamper, Slammer, Trypricon, Blitzwing, Inferno, Silverbolt, Air Raid, Slingshot, Skydive, Fireflight, Grimlock Defensor, Motormaster, Drag Strip, Dead End, Breakdown, Wildrider, Menasor
Notable others: Spike, Daniel, NUL-A

NOTES
It is unclear what species of robot NUL-A is, as his speech and mannerisms clearly demonstrate him to be sentient rather than some kind of human-built drone. Pipes actually installed Metroplex's transformation cog in "Five Faces of Darkness part 5", and should've been able to substitute for First Aid. Even if Pipes is not available at that time, there is still Perceptor and Swerve... ah well. Vortex is really dumb, isn't he? He finds out about Spike and Daniel's plan from the clean Autobot fumes exhaust, but does not recognize the vehicles as being Rodimus Prime and Ultra Magnus. Also, Daniel shouldn't be old enough to drive. This episode suggest that the Decepticons hire legitimate human workers for repairs, instead of enslaving them or mindwiping them as in the past. How the mighty have fallen. Scamper is the worst security director. Whilst Menasor has been one of the strongest gestalts in the show, he is defeated merely by a few blasts, and the entire team is defeated off-screen by Rodimus and Magnus. In other episodes they are more of a threat than that (Breakdown and Dead End actually taking down Rodimus in one episode). What happened? Rodimus' doubts would resurface in the episode 'the Burden Hardest to Bear'. Swindle is really awesome in this episode, haggling with Gavlatron for the cog.

ERRORS
The guns carried by the rebels disappear when they run up to the windmill and throw their grenades, and reappear as they run away. The laser beam the old woman fires from her pistol is red, but the laser beam that actually hits the car tires is blue. How the heck did an old woman get a shotgun that fires lasers anyway? Galvatron's alternate mode is messed up several times during the first battle. When Ultra Magnus orders Steeljaw and Ramhorn to attack, he wields a completely different gun than the one he normally uses. Cyclonus' mouth is missing at one point. Hot Spot actually has a mouth in several shots, including close-ups and speaking lines. As Silverbolt exits Trypticon's mouth, he's coloured like Air Raid. Daniel is as tall as Spike in this episode. The toolbox that Spike carries disappear and reappears in different shots. Trypticon completely misses Metroplex when they fire on each other, yet Metroplex falls down. When Galvatron declares that while Trypticon may have been defeated he still lives, his laser cannon is enormous. As Rodimus Prime tells Ultra Magnus that he has finally wised-up to Galvatron's bluff, Ultra Magnus' left shoulder overlaps Rodimus' rear wing. Rodimus' mouth disappears in the end of the episode. Galvatron is somehow thinking rationally this episode. Both Octane and Blitzwing, who have been banished from the Decepticons, could be seen in the episode. Whilst it is argueable that Blitzwing had rejoined the Decepticons by this point, Octane still has a price on his head since the events of "Starscream's Ghost".

REVIEW
(Eight out of Ten)
The episode is a First Aid spotlight. Despite the title, the Ultimate Weapon itself is thankfully not that major a plot point. Rather, the focus of the episode is the Metroplex and Trypticon battle, as well as First Aid's leaving the Autobots. The animation as Trypticon arrives to battle Metroplex is gorgeous, and there are many precious scenes throughout the episode, and many season two characters got much-needed characterization. Rodimus telling Galvatron to 'get used to losing', Defensor with one arm, Silverbolt's kamikaze run, Vortex's interrogation scene... however, the best scene must be the First Aid and Swindle interchange, as well as Swindle haggling with Galvatron for the cog. First Aid and Swindle are two of the more interesting transformers, and it's nice to see some characterization placed into them. Trypticon is golden as well, being portrayed as the most serious Decepticon threat ever. (well, until he gets pwned by Metroplex, anyway) I'd rather have this episode without the stupid ultimate weapon, instead focusing on First Aid/Swindle/Rodimus/Trypticon. Unlike the fight in the end of Five Faces of Darkness, the Metroplex-Trypticon fight is very well-done in this episode, although is the only way to defeat a citybot is a dunking in the lake/ocean? M'eh. The Ultimate Weapon is a distraction, and doesn't do much but make Rodimus scared. Still, not actually bad.

beavertonboy
2009-05-30, 04:31 PM
Hey Blackjack,
I'm new to the site, so sorry if this is already addressed. I'm enjoying reading your reviews. I can't find the "Surprise Party" review any where. What am I missing? Thanks!

Blackjack here. Chaos and Dark Awakening done. If you disagree with any of my reviews, or have other stuff to add, speak op. Next up: Surprise Party and Madman's Paradise, coming on a forum next to you!

Blackjack
2009-06-08, 12:25 PM
@ beavertonboy- oops. I could've sworn I uploaded Surprise Party... :sweatdrop: no worries, I'll rectify it tomorrow.
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The Quintesson Journal
Airdate: 11 November 1986
Written By: Richard Mewrin
Japanese Title: The Quintessons, Merchants of Death

SYNOPSIS
The Autobots are hosting a peace conference for two warring planets, Xetaxxis and Lanarq. They will 'wipe each other out within a generation', as explained by an alien moderator. Spike Witwicky asks the leaders of the two ambassador teams to shake hands. They take the opportunity to beat each other up. Rodimus Prime remarks that it's going well so far. Ah, politics...

Elsewhere, Predaking detects a strange signal of Quintesson origin. He contacts Cyclonus, who tells him to rezendevous with him at the coordinates. Meanwhile, Perceptor has also detected the signal, and he sends Sky Lynx, Blaster and Outback, to investigate. The foliage in the planet is too thick for Sky Lynx to land, so Blaster and Outback head out on foot. Blaster ejects Steeljaw and Ramhorn to help in the search. Meanwhile, Predaking suffers the same problem and separates into the Predacons. The Autobots are suddenly attacked by vines, but they manage to free themselves and find a strange golden cylinder, the source of the signal. A stray shot from Outback causes the device to activate. The Autobots learn that the cylinder is a Quintesson Journal, a record of their activities on various planets. The Predacons then arrive and attack. Sky Lynx arrives to rescue the Autobots, so the Predacons combine. The Autobots board Sky Lynx and escape, only meet Cyclonus, Scourge and the Sweeps. All of a sudden an energy field grabs Sky Lynx through an unseen warp gate, which closes.

On the other side of the warp gate, a Quintesson ship captures Sky Lynx, disabling his ability to transform. The Quintessons reclaim the journal and take Outback, Blaster, and the cassettebots prisoner. Outback tricks a Sharkticon into opening the cell, and Blaster thanks the Sharkticon by promptly blasting it. Outback grabs the journal, and the Autobots escape aboard Sky Lynx. However, Galvatron, Cyclonus, the Sweeps, and Predaking have located them. The Decepticons manage to steal the journal and flee.

At the peace conference on Cybertron, the two delegations leave, intending to purchase doomsday weapons from their suppliers...the Quintessons.

On a planet, the Decepticons begin to examine the journal. Upon discovering it is economic in nature, Galvatron is angry—well, angrier than usual. However, the Autobots have tracked the Decepticons down, and they discover that the war between Xettaxis and Lanarq is among the activities archived in the journal. This information could end the war, so the Autobots attempt to steal the journal back, only for the Quintessons to steal it back again. On Cybertron, the delegations begin fighting each other. Rodimus is so frustrated that the Autobot leader fires his weapon and orders the two delegations to sit down. Furious, the Xettaxxin and Lanarqen leaders request the Quintessons to bring their omega bombs. The Quintessons, however, would only deliver both bombs after they have been paid. However, Sky Lynx and co manage to break into their ship and steal back the journal.

Arriving on Cybertron, Blaster and Outback show the recordings to the delegations, who are horrified to discover that their war had been manipulated by the Quintessons. Having been ratted out, the Quintessons contact Cybertron, announcing that they will deliver the omega bombs—right into Xettaxis and Lanarq. Rodimus and Ultra Magnus jump aboard Sky Lynx and follow the Quintessons, which are near Cybertron at that moment, blowing up the ship. On Cybertron, a peace is negotiated between Xettaxis and Lanarq.

Featured Transformers: Blurr, Ultra Magnus, Rodimus Prime, Predaking, Cyclonus, Perceptor, Sky Lynx, Outback, Ramhorn, Steeljaw, Blaster Razorclaw, Divebomb, Headstrong, Rampage, Tantrum, Scourge, Sweeps, Galvatron, Sharkticons, Allicons
Notable Others: Spike Witwicky, Xetaxxin Aliens, Lanarqian Aliens, Quintessons

NOTES
This episode features an intelligent Allicon, who is on the bridge of a Quintesson ship discussing strategy with a five headed Judge Quintesson. Predaking is hungry for revenge against Sky Lynx after his previous defeats in "Five Faces of Darkness, Part 5" and "Chaos". Sky Lynx evidently didn't consider the latter, though, as he specifically refers to only "one thorough drubbing". Rodimus Prime says that the fight between the Xetaxxis and Lanarqs reminds him of pro-wrestling. The Quintessons are depicted as war profiteers, which would be revisited in "the Big Broadcast of 2006". Outback speaks with a slight Australian accent. Makes sense with his name, ey?

ERRORS
The Quintesson capsule falls from space into a planet. By the laws of Physics it should've made a crater. During the ride in Sky Lynx, Blaster is larger than Outback in tape mode, while equally large Steeljaw and Ramhorn rest against him instead of being inside his chest cavity. Predaking's face doesn't have any details before he disassembles. When Divebomb detaches from Predaking's back, Predaking still has his hand (which is supposed to be made up of Divebomb).This is the same when Divebomb latches on to Predaking's head later on. When Predaking battles Sky Lynx, the background alternates between sky and space. The Sharkticon's arm cuts into the prison cell at one scene. Cyclonus' legs disappear halfway when he speaks to Galvatron and Predaking in space. Assuming this is the same journal from "The Big Broadcast of 2006", it's a completely different colour. The Autobots fly in space alongside Sky Lynx (who somehow transforms from lynx directly to shuttle mode) at one point. Now why would the Quintessons let the capsule float just outside the prison cells? Throughout the issue, the Journal's size varies, as does Ramhorn and Steeljaw.

REVIEW
(Six and a Half out of Ten)
A nice little episode that doesn't hurt your eyes, although there are numerous plot loopholes. Are the aliens uncivilized enough to beat each other up in a delegation? How come the journal is placed outside the prison bars? But this shows a profiteering side to the Quintessons, which is good value. Barring rubbish like Nightmare Planet, the Quintessons are developing into a third-party evildoers rather nicely. Being war profiteers is a much better concept than just randomly sentencing people to death. They escalate a war between two planets to make cash. The peace conference scenes, as illogical as it is, is rather funny. Plus, Outback and Blaster are good value in this episode, and the Predaking/Sky Lynx rematch is well written as well. The Predacons are sadly portrayed as village idiots, although the scene where Headstrong and Tantrum carelessly knock down trees is well-animated. Pity that their voices are irritating with unnecessary snorts and whatnots thrown in.

Blackjack
2009-06-09, 12:29 PM
Surprise Party
Airdate: 9 October 1986
Japanese Title: Surprise Party
Written By: Steve Mitchell & Barbara Petty

SYNOPSIS
Spike and the Autobots throw a surprise birthday party for Daniel, but it is interrupted by an attack from the Combaticons. In the battle Ultra Magnus shields Wheelie from the crossfire. After blowing up some stuff, the Combaticons retreat. The attack was a meant by Galvatron to disrupt a peace conference to be hosted on Cybertron the next day.

Meanwhile, as a 'thank-you' gesture, Daniel and Wheelie decide to give Ultra Magnus a surprise party, but no one knows the date of his creation and it isn't recorded in the Hall of Records. An library drone tells them that the information must be stored on the 'lost Autobot storage asteroid.' Daniel and Wheelie steal a garbage ship (seriously) and head out to find the asteroid and the info. Unfortunately, Cyclonus happens to be watching and Galvatron orders the Decepticons to follow.

Flying headlong into an asteroid belt, Daniel and Wheelie crash on the asteroid that so coincidentally happens to be the asteroid they were looking for. While exploring they are attacked by flying metallic snake things, so the duo hide in a cave, which so coincidentally is the entrance to the archives. Inside, after Daniel inadvertedly gives a wrong file name, sentry robots attack them. They run away, smack into the metal snakes who attack Wheelie . Luckily for them, Scourge, Cyclonus and the Sweeps, blow the enemies, take the two hostage and interrogate them.

Cyclonus reprograms the asteroid into a collision course for Cybertron and then sends a message stating that he’s holding Daniel hostage. Ultra Magnus takes Sky Lynx to the asteroid, and the Sweeps attack. Magnus naturally makes short work of them, then runs after Cyclonus.

The two battle each other while Wheelie sneaks past them and presses the ever-present self-destruct button. Cyclonus and Scourge runs off and the Autobots and Daniel escape in Sky Lynx before the asteroid blows up.

Safe on Cybertron, Daniel explains how they got into this mess, looking for Ultra Magnus’ birthday. Spike suggests that they mark that day as Ultra Magnus’ birthday and everyone cheers like idiots.

Featured Transformers: Warpath, First Aid, Rodimus Prime, Wheelie, Groove, Blades, Ultra Magnus, Galvatron, Scourge, Onslaught, Blast Off, Brawl, Swindle, Vortex, Cyclonus, Bruticus (see errors) Perceptor, Blaster, Sky Lynx
Notable Others: Daniel, Spike, random alien delegates, Archive Sentry Drones

NOTES
This is Daniel and Wheelie's first team up. It won't be the last, although no other episodes would focus on them like this. The precious, irreplaceable data in the asteroid is all lost because of Wheelie and Daniel. The space snakes seem to be leech-like, attaching themselves to Wheelie. Autobots have libraries on Cybertron, complete with an irritable librarian droid.

ERRORS
Swindle is mistakenly coloured green in a few shots, giving him a Hound-like appearance. Bruticus replaces Onslaught when the Decepticons retreat. Blaster's face is miscoloured in one scene. During Daniel and Wheelie's conversation with the librarian bot, Wheelie makes their request but it's Daniel's mouth and hands that are moving. Just before Ultra Magnus asks for Sky Lynx's help in finding Daniel, two Rodimuses can be seen. Sky Lynx has a red Decepticon logo during the battle with the alien snakes. The word "welcome" is spelt "wellcome". Wheelie activates the asteroid's "auto destrut sequences". And a whole lot of logic loopholes... How does Daniel breathe in that asteroid? It's so convenient that Cyclonus happens to be watching garbage ships, does it? It's again all too convenient that Wheelie and Daniel land on the correct asteroid, and then runs into the correct cave. Cyclonus actually leaves Daniel and Wheelie in a place where they can crawl out of. Whoever designed the asteroid is a serious idiot. I mean, it's supposed to be a flippin' database, and yet the librarians shoot people for wrong data inputs. And all-too-convenient, there's the self-destruct button.

REVIEW
(Two out of Ten)
A pathetic 'filler' episode to spotlight Wheelie and Daniel. Previous spotlights like 'Chaos', 'Webworld' and 'the Killing Jar', while not perfect, are vastly superior to this episode. While I normally don't mind Wheelie (he's silly, but his being the worst transformer evar shtick has always been overrated) in this episode he's really driving me bollocks. All the logic loopholes and convenient MacGuffin, a.k.a. self-destruct button, are cheap shortcuts. Furthermore, the episode's plot is pathetic and way too childish, even in G1 standards. I mean, chasing birthdays? Come on! And the ending is lame.

Blackjack
2009-06-10, 11:30 AM
Only Human
Airdate: 13 November 1986
Written By: Susan K. Williams
Japanese Title: Human Transformers

SYNOPSIS
Somewhere on Earth, Springer saves people from an explosion. Meanwhile, the underlings of crime lord Victor Drath, led by Dutch, attempt to steal a canister of neutronium. Rodimus Prime and Ultra Magnus attempt to stop them. Dutch shoots the canister which explodes, allowing the criminals to escape in their flying car.

A furious Victor Drath contacts the mysterious 'Old Snake' who used to run some kind of terrorist organization in the past. Drath buys Old Snake's assistance and technology, setting up a laboratory at his base. Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Arcee and Springer investigate but are trapped and their minds transferred into newly created synthoid human bodies. While the human Autobots are taken away and disposed at a junkyard, Snake suggests that Drath can make use of the Autobots' former robot bodies.

The four Autobots manage to escape from the crusher, and they find clothing in a nearby building and swiftly realise what has happened. Magnus and Arcee decide to attempt to contact Autobot City while Rodimus and Springer go after Drath. Once the pair reaches Drath's house, Rodimus attempts to draw the guards away, but is badly wounded. For some reason, Drath's girlfriend Michelle helps him hide. Springer spots Drath's men taking the Autobots' robot bodies for a test drive to rob a jewellery store. He is offered to help operate his old body, claiming that he has experience with heavy machinery, and gains the thugs' confidence.

Meanwhile, Arcee and Ultra Magnus are having no luck contacting the police chief or Autobot City. They notice a nearby warehouse that is owned by Drath and break in, and find out that it's full of weapons. Arcee trips a silent alarm, and they're interrupted by thugs driving their robot bodies. Magnus threatens them with a grenade, giving Arcee time to escape on a stolen motorcycle, but Magnus is captured by Dutch.

Rodimus shares breakfast with Michelle, who tells Rodimus that she knows who he is, but will help him get into Drath's house. Arcee makes it to Autobot City, but the human security guards don't believe her and instead place her in detention. Jerks. Rodimus and Michelle enter Drath's home, but it turns out that Michelle had trapped Rodimus. Drath tells Rodimus that Snake has come up with a new plan — load the Autobots' robot bodies with explosives and use them to blow up Autobot City. Springer discovers the plan as well, when he drives his robot body to pick up the explosives. He and Ultra Magnus steal back Springer's robot body, though it is damaged. The bodies of Rodimus, Magnus and Arcee move towards Autobot City.

Rodimus manages to get free of the goons and take down Drath. Drath tells him that Autobot City is still doomed. Meanwhile, Springer and Ultra Magnus fly in Springer's robot form to catch up with the disguised criminals en route to Autobot City. Ultra Magnus tells Springer to attack the city himself, as that's the only way to alert the Autobots. They fire on Metroplex, giving Blaster the iniative to activate the city’s defenses and blow up the Autobot bodies.

Later, after the Autobots have assembled the pieces, Perceptor uses the equipment at Drath's former base and transfers the quartet's minds back to their rightful places. Rodimus gives extra consideration to Michelle as she's led away along with Drath's other men. Meanwhile, safely away, Old Snake muses to himself how they just don't make terrorists like they used to. He yells out 'COBRAAAAAAAAAAAAA' before having a coughing fit.

Featured Transformers Springer, Arcee, Ultra Magnus, Rodimus Prime, Kup, Blaster, Perceptor, Grimlock
Notable Others Dutch the Thug, Victor Drath, Michelle, Old Snake/Cobra Commander

NOTES
Old Snake is very clearly Cobra Commander from the GI Joe franchise, if the voice and scaly skin doesn't give you away. Cobra seems to have disbanded by this time. Lots of hovercars could be seen on 2005-era Earth. This episode was originally meant to be a two-parter, which probably would account for the unusually fast pace. It is very convenient that the new synthoid bodies to form complete with shirts and pants. (This is a children’s show, remember.) The human-Autobots adapt very quickly into humanhood, as they didn't have any problem with walking, eating, going to the toilet or breathing. This episode does not feature any Decepticons, or Quintessons. The "NYPD" markings on the police car suggest that the neutronium theft takes place in New York. Springer shoves aside someone who tries to sell him 'the way to true humanity'. Later the idea of Autobots being human would be revisited (sort of) by the Transformers Animated episode 'Human Error'.

ERRORS
Springer somehow catches a human on his helicopter nose. The rotors should've cut the humans into beef bologna. Despite being turned into humans, at times the Autobots' voice are still synthesized. Early animation models end up being used irregularly in this episode; most notable is Arcee's. In one scene, when Magnus' voice is talking, Rodimus' mouth is the one being animated. The background is inconsistent, switching around from day to night. Springer's body transforms from car to 'copter without any animation. When the first three Autobots approaching Autobot City, Springer is shown instead of Arcee. As Blaster watches Springer opening fire on Autobot City in the monitor, the laser beams are drawn as if they are coming right out of the screen. As the city transforms, the sky randomly switches from day to night and back. Rodimus' body changes into Hot Rod and back into Rodimus. This is particularly noticeable because he is in his alternate mode when this happens. It is a convenient coincidence that once human, the Autobots find clothes to wear that perfectly match their robot bodies' color schemes. The big one: Why the hell did Victor and Snake go all the trouble of creating synthoid bodies if they wanted to kill the Autobots all along?

REVIEW
(Six and a Half out of Ten)
The concept was okay. A crossover with GI Joe's Cobra Commander, and changing Transformers into humans. However, the idea was badly executed. The pacing of the story was too fast and there are many logic loopholes (the main one being why Drath didn't kill the Autobots outright). It's a little disappointing to see such a concept wasted when it had so much potential. I mean, other than Springer saying he needs a shave, the Autobots just act as they are before. The animation is average; not good but not particularly bad. Still, this is a unique episode, and quite fun to watch.

Blackjack
2009-06-11, 02:53 PM
Thief in the Night
Airdate: 6 October 1986
Written By: Paul Davids
Japanese Title: Metroflex versus Dinosaurer

SYNOPSIS
Rodimus Prime and several other Autobots are watching the video of Metroplex's previous battle with Trypticon. When asked, Teletraan II claims that Trypticon survived the encounter. Broadside and Seaspray are dispatched to the site where Trypticon was apparently destroyed to investigate, and find out that the Decepticon had indeed survived, and had traveled underwater.

Meanwhile, the Decepticon Octane is nursing Trypticon back to health, using Energon made from the oil from the nation of Carbombya, where the two work as overzealous coastal guards. Octane is planning to overthrow Galvatron with the help of Trypticon. Meanwhile, Abdul Fakkadi is furious with Trypticon's over-consumption of oil. Fakkadi demands the Decepticons to leave, threatening to call the Autobots. Octane offers to bring Fakkadi gold in exchange for their stay, but Fakkadi states that it would take all the gold of the United States to allow them to stay. Octane, being literal, gets Trypticon to steal Fort Knox.

Fakkadi agrees to allow the Decepticons to remain in Carbombya 'until the next crescent moon', and Trypticon is put under strict watch of one thousand barrels a day. Octane declares that Trypticon will starve. Meanwhile, the Autobots investigate the disappearance of Fort Knox. Perceptor and Grimlock find energon cubes which have 'Dinosaur Transform Static' in it. Grimlock suspects that one of his Dinobots might be involved, and Metroplex decides to round them up. Meanwhile, Trypticon steals the Taj Mahal for Fakkadi, who is pleased to have monuments for the tourist attraction.

However, Galvatron and his troops arrives to track down Trypticon and to punish the traitor Octane. Octane claims that he brought Trypticon to Carbombya to help him get better with better energon made from Camborbyan oil, and gives Galvatron a sample. The Decepticon leader finds that it actually is better than normal energon. Meanwhile, Slammer, Six-Gun and Scamper are interrogating the Dinobots and a nonplussed Sky Lynx. Perceptor runs in saying that the Energon Grimlock found was made with Carbombyan oil, and he concludes that Trypticon is responsible for the thefts.

Broadside takes the Aerialbots to investigate, and sees Trypticon rising from the sea with the Eiffel Tower. Galvatron and Octane are explaining to a reluctant Fakkadi that the Decepticons will supply Carbombya with more buildings in exchange for the oil fields. Trypticon and the Decepticons drive away the Aerialbots relatively easily. However, they managed to learn that Trypticon is intending to take the Kremlin in Moscow. The Autobots lie in wait for Trypticon in Moscow, who arrives and steals the Kremlin. Metroplex, delayed by some weather in Siberia, arrives late, but is able scare Trypticon off. Trypticon beats a hasty retreat, throwing the Kremlin into Metroplex's hands. The Soviet and India governments blame Metroplex for the thefts instead of Trypticon.

At Carbombya, Fakkadi is recording a message to send to the Autobots, authorizing them to invade Carbombya and attack the Decepticons. Galvatron discovers the plan and locks up the dictator. However, as the Decepticons prepare to produce more 'Super Energon', as they call it, an army of Autobots arrive to fight off the Decepticons. A battle ensues, ending with Metroplex throwing Trypticon into the ocean. Again. Without Trypticon, Galvatron orders the Decepticons to retreat. Metroplex returns the monuments, clearing the Autobots' name. Fakkadi swears over the camels of his mother that he will never ally with the Decepticons again.

Featured Transformers: Trypticon, Metroplex, Rodimus Prime, Fireflight, Skydive, Air Raid, Rodimus Prime, Perceptor, Slingshot, Grimlock, Silverbolt, Broadside, Seaspray, Octane, Sandstorm, Galvatron, Cyclonus, Blast Off, Ramjet, Dirge, Thrust, Slammer, Six-Gun, Scamper, Slag, Sludge, Snarl, Swoop, Sky Lynx, Springer (maybe), Scourge, Wheelie, Blurr, Ultra Magnus, the Sweeps
Notable Others: Abdul Fakkadi, Teletraan II

NOTES
This episode, due to the stereotypical portrayal of Abdul Fakkadi as an Arab villain, leads to voice actor Casey Kasem (voice of Teletraan I, Dr Archeville, Cliffjumper and Bluestreak), who is of Lebanese birth, to leave cast the Transformers. Meanwhile, the voice actor-less Teletraan I appears to have been destroyed in Five Faces of Darkness, and is replaced by Teletraan II. Trypticon had been taken to Dinobot Island in an attempt to help him recover before Octane takes him to Carmborbya. Trypticon is the source of all the world energy crisis. I mean, look at the amount of oil he drinks! (Fifty energon cubes per hour, with a hundred barrels per cube, according to Fakkadi.) We last see Abdul Fakkadi in 'Five Faces of Darkness', where Blaster and Outback were looking for Decepticons. This episode marks the only appearance of Six-Gun in the cartoon. The population of Carmbobya is 2000 humans and 10000 camels according to a signpost.

ERRORS
Nobody (other than the people immediately in the vicinity of the building) notices a giant big lummox of a Decepticon coming and stealing entire buildings? And the captain of the ships never reported being shelled by Camborbyan troops? And the Autobots are all idiots. And come on, taken by a dim-witted Decepticon halfway round the world, and none of the buildings are damaged? Ripping a building out like that should have ripped the support beams and whatnot apart. They discover the dinosaur transform plot device, and instead of blaming Trypticon, who they established to have been alive moments ago, they blame some of their best warriors. Sky Lynx's lower part is miscoloured almost for the entire episode. When the Autobots are shown firing after Trypticon is hurled into the ocean, there are two Rodimuses, two Perceptors, and two Blurrs. Despite the dialogue, the building Trypticon attempts to steal from Moscow is not the Kremlin but resembles the Saint Basil's Cathedral. It's pretty unbelievable, with so many witnesses in Moscow, that the people mistook Trypticon for Metroplex. This episode is actually set before "Starscream's Ghost", but aired later. Also, isn't Ramjet and Dirge are supposed to be dead? Twice? Not to mention Dirge's miscoloured as a wingless Beachcomber in the intro shot.

REVIEW
(Three and a Half out of Ten)
There are some precious scenes in this episode. Octane's bargaining posture; Sky Lynx being interrogated; the utter daftness of Trypticon stealing world landmarks... Even the battle between Metroplex and Trypticon is still watchable without your eyes going sore. The animation is okay as well, although Trypticon standing upright with disproportionate legs look stupid. The story, however, is just plain dumb. I mean, stealing monuments? In the middle of the night? Without noise? That's a bit far fetched, even in G1 cartoon standards. Still, there are moments for Octane and Trypticon here, as well as some memorable lines. Not the best that season three has to offer, but by far not the worst.

Blackjack
2009-06-11, 04:25 PM
The Dweller in the Depths
Airdate: 30 October 1986
Written by: Paul Dini
Japanese title: The Vampires of Planet Seibertron

SYNOPSIS
On Cybertron, the Autobots have activated a new power core. Nearby in space, the Quintessons watch from their spaceship, angered by the success and progress of their creations. A Quintesson suggest a plan to release the Dweller. The Dweller is one of the early biomechanical creatures called 'Transorganics'. These Transorganics were developed by the Quintessons before the creation of the Transformers, but due to the Transorganics' instability and incompetence, the Quintessons sealed those monsters in a hibernation chamber within Cybertron.

The Quintessons arrive on Charr and inform Galvatron about the Autobots' new power core, but give him the wrong location. Galvatron, Cyclonus and the Sweeps arrive on Cybertron, and break into the tunnel. They are soon pursued by Ultra Magnus, Arcee, Kup, Springer, and Wreck-Gar. The Decepticons arrive in the stasis pods that contain the Transorganics and accidentally release them from their slumber. The creatures soon attack both Decepticon and Autobot. The Decepticons open another chamber and accidentally release the most powerful of the Transorganics: the Dweller, a giant energy leech that drains their energy and turns the transformers into energy vampires. As they fight throughout the mazes deep within Cybertron, the Dweller quickly defeats most of the transformers, and only Galvatron, Ultra Magnus, and Arcee manage to escape.

The two Autobots make it back to headquarters where they update Rodimus Prime and Perceptor on the situation before the energy vampires burst in right behind them. Perceptor determines that the vampire-ized transformers are suffering from a unique form of energy depletion and that a power surge should be able to stabilize their levels. The Autobots form a chain and they inject the crowd of vampire transformers with an energon surge. The surge returns the Autobots and Decepticons to normal. Cyclonus, Scourge, and the remaining Sweeps quickly regroup with Galvatron.

Meanwhile, the Dweller moves nearer to the surface, getting larger and heading towards Perceptor's generator. Perceptor uses the emergency eject switch to launch both the generator and the Dweller (who, by that time, had latched onto the generator) into space. By a sick twist of fate the Dweller attaches itself onto the Quintesson ship.

Featured Transformers: Springer (killed and revived), Perceptor, Ultra Magnus, Arcee, Galvatron, the Sweeps (killed and revived), Scourge (killed and revived), Cyclonus (killed and revived), Wreck-Gar (killed and revived), Kup (killed and revived), Rodimus Prime, Streetwise, Hot Spot, Groove
Notable others: Quintessons, the Dweller (first appearance), Transorganics (first appearance)

NOTES
The Quintessons create the Transorganics before creating the Transformers. Simon Furman used an oddly similar storyline in the Marvel comics, in the energy-draining demons sealed deep within Cybertron. The idea of bio-mechanical creatures on Cybertron would be revisited in Beast Machines. The Dweller would reappear in the 3H exclusive 'Wreckers' story. Wreck-Gar quotes the catchphrases of G.I. Joe and Mighty Mouse. Galvatron actually hesitates when the Dweller attacked Cyclonus before moving on. The Dweller would make a reappearance in the 3H Wreckers comics.

ERRORS
When the Dweller reaches Cybertron's surface, Hot Spot and Groove are seen shooting at it, but Hot Spot is miscoloured like Optimus Prime and Groove is miscoloured like Wheelie. Galvatron is willing to blow up his own men, but doesn't blow up the Quintessons that had tried to kill him before, but he instead negotiates with them. One would think that being drained of energy would kill the transformer (as seen in 'Call of the Primitives'), not turn them into energy vampires.

REVIEW
(Seven out of Ten)
An okay episode, with another unique plot. The transorganic monsters are rather nicely animated, and the Quintesson backstory is well-developed. We get more insight to Cybertron's past. But the way that the Autobots got rid of the Dweller is rather anti-climatic, namely by throwing it into space. Still, this is another nice Quintesson episode, again portraying them as serious villains. Unlike horrendous episodes like 'Face of the Nijika' or 'Nightmare Planet', this one is particularly funny and doesn't give you a migraine.

Blackjack
2009-06-14, 03:46 PM
The Big Broadcast of 2006
Airdate: 12 November 1986
Written By: Michael Reaves
Japanese Title: The Big Broadcast of 2006

SYNOPSIS
The Quintessons discover that one of their missing journals had landed in the planet of Junk. A Sharkticon retrieval team is quickly repelled by the Junkions. The Quintessons hack the television signals the Junkions watch, planting sublimal messages telling the Junkions that the other races are their enemies.

Some time later, Sky Lynx and Astrotrain are battling near Junk. The brainwashed Junkions fire on both Transformers, forcing both to retreat. Sky Lynx reports to Rodimus Prime and Ultra Magnus. The Aerialbots are dispatched to investigate. Astrotrain returns to Chaar, but Galvatron doesn't give a damn about Junk. However, Cyclonus is interested, and takes Scourge and the Sweeps to investigate. The Aerialbots arrive, but the Junkions are battling against the Quintessons. The Aerialbots combine into Superion and attack the Quintessons. The Quintesson ship damages Superion, but the gestalt is then rescued by Sky Lynx. The Decepticons arrive to investigate, but are driven off by the crossfire.

During the battle, the transmitter sending the mind-control messages to the Junkions was damaged, somehow causing the Junkions to believe that they should transmit their broadcasts to other races. The affected races soon begin lashing out at their neighbours, causing what become an interstellar war. The Quintessons see a good opportunity here, as they could sell weapons to the warring races, but decide that the recovery of the journal is the higher priority. Back on Chaar, Cyclonus tells an angry Galvatron that turning the Junkions against the Autobots is a good plan.

Meanwhile, Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Kup, and Blaster head to Junk in Omega Supreme, but Cyclonus, Scourge and the Decepticons attack them. Omega is damaged, and the Autobots distract the Decepticons long enough for Omega to recover and beat the Decepticons up. Meanwhile, the affected races have converged on Junkion, and are having a free-for-all war. Chaar has also been targeted, and a very angry Galvatron arrives on the party. The Quintessons, meanwhile, try to make a move for the journal. Galvatron blasts the Quintessons and sends the journal flying into deep space. When Rodimus' group arrives, Blaster determines that the Quints' transmissions are the cause of the mayhem, and sends out his own transmissions to counter them. Junkion and Autobot attack the Decepticons, who retreat. Wreck-Gar claims he don't know what happened.

Meanwhile, the Quintessons make plans to find their journal before others do...

Featured Transformers: Wreck-Gar, Nancy, Sharkticons, Junkions, Sky Lynx, Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Astrotrain, Cyclonus, Galvatron, Silverbolt, Air Raid, Fireflight, Slingshot, Skydive, Superion, Junkyard, Scourge, the Sweeps, First Aid, Omega Supreme, Blaster, Kup, Blast Off, Soundwave
Notable others: Quintessons, Marissa Faireborn

NOTES
This episode's events spill into 'The Quintesson Journal'. An early script of this episode is also adapted by Marvel comics to fill in a gap. UK Comics made the story a make-up one by a captured Wreck-Gar, which leads into the Space Pirates arc. For more information, see Cliffjumper's review on both Marvel comics. The title is a reference to 1930's 'Big Broadcast' series. This is Omega Supreme's final appearance in the US cartoon. (And his only appearance in Season three.) Wreck-Gar apparently has a ruling queen of sorts, Nancy, who seems to be based off a Lithonian character model. The two refer to each other like a married couple. This is... weird. Owing to the fact that this episode has a major Junkion presence, dialogues reference many shows. For a complete list, go check out TFWiki.

ERRORS
Galvatron noticeably mis-pronounces scrapyard as 'scrapeyard'. Must've been an error in scripting. A computer light effect cuts through the Quintesson in front of it. At one point when Ultra Magnus is trying to repair Omega Supreme, Omega himself is missing. The Aerialbots are miscoloured as each other in one scene. Omega transforms from space shuttle immediately into robot mode without combining with his base/tank parts.

REVIEW
(Four out of Ten)
Not bad for a G1 cartoon episode, although why the Quintessons ordered the Junkions to hate everybody, instead of simply handing the journal over to them is a bit beyond me. And if the Quints can broadcast stuff like that, how come they didn't take over Cybertron again? Still, the Junkions' hilarious lines and references are worth watching, but overall another throwaway episode.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Finally, this one's done. Only 'Ghost in the Machine' left now. For those with sharp eyes and who monitors changes in posts, I've edited earlier reviews, giving them 'airdates, japanese titles and writers. Also removed the quotes section to better fit with the site's format. Cheers!

Blackjack
2009-06-16, 01:52 PM
Ghost in the Machine
Airdate: 21 October 1986
Written by: Joey Kurihara Piedra & Michael Charles Hill
Japanese Title: Starscream's Revival

SYNOPSIS
On Chaar, Starscream's ghost appears and possesses Scourge. After attacking Galvatron and damaging him severely, Starscream-Scourge escapes, and Galvatron orders Cyclonus and the Sweeps to pursue. When Cyclonus sees that Scourge is going towards Cybertron, he returns to Chaar to report to Galvatron, assuming that Scourge had defected to the Autobots. Unseen by Cyclonus, Starscream instead flies to the severed head of Unicron. After reactivating Unicron, Starscream offers his services in exchange for a new body. Unicron agrees to restore him in exchange for three labours. The first task is to bring Metroplex's eyes to Unicron.

On Earth, Kup is inspecting Autobot City when Scourge-Starscream arrive, at it goes smoothly, until Starscream's ghost appears and blows up Metroplex's security systems. Scourge and Starscream then head off to steal Metroplex's eyes. Spike and Bumblebee arrive to try and stop them, but they fail to stop Scourge and Starscream. They did cause the Decepticon to break one of Metroplex's eyes. When Spike inadvertently brings Metroplex into consciousness, Metroplex transforms in panic when he realizes that his eyes are missing, and opens fire randomly, knocking out the Aerialbots trying to pursue Scourge. Scourge planted a photon bomb inside Metroplex, causing him to crash back onto the ground. Scourge and Starscream head towards Trypticon to get a replacement for the eye they broke. Starscream and Scourge take out Runabout and Runamuck, and steal one of Trypticon's eyes, before eluding the Coneheads. Starscream possesses Astrotrain to serve as their ride to Cybertron, leaving Astrotrain to the mercy of the Autobots. Pleased with his new eyes, Unicron informs Starscream and Scourge of their next task: bring Trypticon to Unicron. Scourge complaints that they just came from Trypsy. Starscream heads off to complete the task.

Rodimus Prime interrogates Astrotrain, but he does not remember what happened. Blurr reveals to everyone that Unicron has his eyes back. Ultra Magnus takes Sky Lynx, Hot Spot, Groove and Springer to investigate, but Unicron drives the Autobots off as soon as they enter his head. Scourge is terrified of Autobot reinforcements, but Unicron is not too worried. On Chaar, Galvatron is about to execute (or punish) orders the quartet which failed previously (Runabout, Runamuck, Thrust and Dirge). However, it's too late, as Starscream has possessed Trypticon and departs, with the angry Decepticons chasing him.

Unicron commands Starscream to remove Trypticon's transformation cog and place it in Unicron. The Decepticons attack, but Starscream uses Trypticon to drive them off and apparently disable their weapons. As the Decepticons retreat, Unicron commands his minions to complete the third labor, which is connecting Unicron's head to Cybertron, thus making the planet his new body. A terrified Scourge runs away and warns Galvatron. Predictably, Galvatron didn't care much. Scourge, therefore, warns the Autobots, who get ready to set a trap. Within Trypticon, the Battlechargers and the Coneheads, who were inside Trypticon when he takes off, disable Starscream's control over Trypticon by blowing a panel off. Knowing this, Starscream demands that Unicron revive his body to complete the labors. Unicron restores his body, but Starscream characteristically betrays Unicron, telling the demigod that he won't help him.

Meanwhile the Autobots detonate some energon cubes on Unicron's head, causing Unicron's head to return to Cybertron's orbit and Starscream to be thrown into space. Thrown past the Decepticons, Galvatron orders them to fire on Starscream. Starscream tumbles into space, while Cyclonus is confused that a ghost could do so. Back on Cybertron, Rodimus agrees to allow Scourge and Astrotrain to leave because of their help, and congratulates his warriors, before joking around and asking them to go to Unicron's head to salvage Metroplex's eyes. After Magnus and the others backs away, Rodimus laughs and tells them that they'll construct new ones. As everybody laughs like idiots, Unicron's eye twinkles in the night...

Featured Transformers: Galvatron, the Sweeps, Cyclonus , Headstrong, Razorclaw, Scourge, Starscream (blasted into space), Unicron, Metroplex, Scamper, Sky Lynx, Kup, Blaster, Warpath, Bumblebee, Powerglide, Silverbolt, Skydive, Slingshot, Trypticon, Runabout, Runamuck, Thrust, Dirge, Astrotrain, Hot Spot, Groove, Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Wheelie, Blurr, Springer, Divebomb, Arcee
Notable others: Spike Witwicky

NOTE
This episode follows after the events of the episode 'Starscream's Ghost'. This is Runabout's first appearance. 'Ghost in the Machine' is the name of a book and a rock album. Unicron can electrocute the Autobots inside his head. Starscream is last seen tumbling into space in this episode, damaged but still alive and still has his body. The next time we'll see his ghost/spark is in the Beast Wars episode 'Possession'. However, how Starscream's spark managed to get torn off his body and travel a few million years back in time has never been explained. (This does not count as an error because BW never explicitly stated that it follows the cartoon continuity.) It's worth noting that Scourge is able to fight against Starscream's possession throughout the episode (he was at least still conscious, and can still talk) while the others: Runabout, Astrotrain and Trypticon, are all unable to do so.

ERRORS
Razorclaw is coloured... different (Divebomb's colourscheme?) for a split second early in the episode. The reason I noticed this is because my computer was playing it very slowly in the beginning. Scamper is gigantic compared to Sky Lynx when he first lands. When he drives towards Metro's brain, Bumblebee has large wheels. Warpath enlarges suddenly when he drives up towards the screen. This might've been intended to be a zoom-in, but the background doesn't change. Hot Spot has a mouth on his faceplate numerous times. Sky Lynx had a red Decepticon symbol in one shot. The size of Metroplex's and Trypticon's eyeballs differs through the episode. Metroplex and Trypticon's eyeballs should be way too small for Unicron. Sky Lynx is larger than Unicron's head in one scene. Divebomb is clearly shown being blown apart into bits along with a Sweep when fighting Trypticon, but he's fine in the next scene. Hot Spot's blue is miscoloured white several times. Unicron's horns and face differ in detail and size during the second half of the episode. Galvatron claims that he is unable to shoot Scourge because Trypticon disabled his weaponry, but when Starscream's flies past him, his cannon works fine. Rodimus doesn't congratulate Groove. Or Sky Lynx.

REVIEW
(Seven and a Half out of Ten)
A nice sequel to 'Starscream's Ghost', and Unicron's return is handled... well, rather adequately. No handy MacGuffin that blows him up, certainly. The eyeball plot is a bit morbid, though. There are several interesting questions (like why Trypticon doesn't even act when Scourge steals his eye, and why Metroplex needs Spike to press a console to panic). If you like Starscream, this episode is a must see. If not... well, I'd recommend this episode anyway. It's got a few memorable moments in it, like Galvatron giving a calm, collected monologue before opening fire on the Decepticons who failed to catch Starscream/Scourge. Scourge and Starscream are both handled nicely, and the Battlechargers' comedy act is cute. Starscream's possessing powers is played nicely as well, jumping from one transformer to another in quick succession. The pacing's a little fast, though, but that's because a lot happens in this episode. Shame that we don't get to know what happened to Starscream after Galvatron shoots him... well, until Beast Wars, that is. One of the better episodes in Season three.

Blackjack
2009-06-16, 02:19 PM
it is complete at last! Finally!

Blackjack
2011-05-15, 02:21 AM
Review:
So, the 1986 Movie. As you may or may not know, I was introduced to the Transformers fiction via the 2007 live-action movie. A quick look through the ever-reliable Wikipedia revealed that, shock, there was a cartoon movie released nearly two decades ago! That's, like, old! Initially I wasn't convinced at watching it via YouTube, since it's quite a long movie. But by one way or another I was curious. Perhaps there was a way to see what the plot was without needing the hassle of stumbled upon a faithful transcript on some obscure fansite. It piqued my interest, so I broke down and hunted down a DVD of the movie. It took me nearly a year before I could locate one.

Was it worth the trouble? Well, the Movie was hardly that good. Yes, the animation and voice acting is a step-up from the cartoon series, but that's a given. While it is cool to hear Devastator speaking like he has six voices, and to see Starscream do that barrel-spinning thing, consider it as a mainstream movie at a moment. Instead of 'the movie' of an animated series centering on Optimus Prime and company, nearly all of the main Autobot cast of the cartoon series that the kids knew and love were either killed or otherwise forgotten within the first few scenes. The Decepticons followed suit, with those that survived the ax being relegated to cannon fodder and background characters. All in favour for a new cast. The plot is frayed, with parts of it being obvious padding—why do we need the Quintesson and Junkion scenes again? Compared to cartoons released by Disney around that time, like, say, the Great Mouse Detective (1986) or the Little Mermaid (1989), Transformers really lacked a proper plot to steal the audiences' heart, nor was it funny or quirky enough. Rather, it sits between the campy feel of the first two cartoon seasons and a darker tone, yet not willing to go all the way. Compared to its contemporaries, TFTM was not a good movie. I'll say that with a straight face. If it didn't have the Transformers brand or the crazy-awesome voice actors that they pulled into this (Judd Nelson? Robert Stack? Leonard Nimoy? Orson Welles!) the plot and animation would wash up as one of those random kiddie movies you can buy for 10 cents at a flea market.

Some people may justify the pretty poor plot quality by saying 'it's twenty years ago'! So were the Disney movies. It's not an excuse. Also, let's not forget to mention that the PG rating (because someone thought having Spike saying 'oh shit!' would be a good parental bonus) would deter more parents from bringing their kids to watch the movie, thus reducing the audience even more. No wonder it was a box office failure.

Harsh? Maybe. It's a good thing, then, that Transformers have a loyal and rabid (if ever-complaining) fanbase, and they lap up this chunk of nostalgia more than anything else.

Of course, from the viewpoint of a Transformers fan, I see a different story. Like when watching Revenge of the Fallen—which cannot be mistaken as a good movie itself, although the pretty visual effects and superior acting do distract from the fact that the plot is haywire—you can't help but be charmed at how fun the characters are on screen. Although there's no excuse for basically ignoring wherever the not-main characters disappear off to during the epic Unicron battle.

The many deaths... Ironhide gets the coolest death, and that's not even a heroic sacrifice. While people like Ratchet and the Insecticons are shot down and dumped away. It's a more mature, if callous, outlook. This is war, after all. Yes, it's bad marketing strategy but from the point of telling a story, some characters' deaths are meaningful. Of course seeing Wheeljack die offscreen and having Daniel get loads of screentime is pretty criminal...

Once you get past the fact that the old cast is there just to die, you can sit back and enjoy the movie. The animation is a pretty clean break from the original cartoon. And even stuff like Robots in Disguise and Armada are put to shame by the animation here. Backgrounds are always stunning, most notably the crash on Junk, the space battle, and anything involving Unicron. More characters can be afforded to occupy the same screen, with more complex animations. Just look at the Decepticons pouring out of their ship in the Autobot City battle, compare it with any scene of the Decepticons flying in the cartoon. Everybody flies in a certain direction, transforming at different times... and Unicron destroying Lithone is a gorgeous, gorgeous scene.

There are still animation errors, of course, but then it wouldn't be G1 without animation errors.

What about the story, then? Or the dialogue? Well, the dialogue has been pretty much quoted to death by the fanbase, but there's a sense of novelty when you hear Megatron say 'I still function...' for the first time. There are, of course, great action scenes, as well as classic, iconic scenes like seeing Optimus Prime die for the first time. You just can't help but feel nostalgic as you see your favourite characters duke it out, and for the new batch to appear. And the plot device, the Matrix of Leadership? It isn't so bad when you wrap your head around it. Story itself, it is pretty tame as far as Transformers stories go, and pretty fun as well. To a fan, this is a novelty and an enjoying experience, despite my earlier rant.

So what do I hate? Well, the random usage of rock music during scenes. It is bloody irritating. I mean, once or twice I can get — when 'the Touch' and 'Instruments of Destruction' were used, they were appropriate and added somewhat to the feel of the scenes, but the rest? Do we need a song for whirling around a Sharkticon pool? Still, the background score is pretty well done. Nowhere near the quality of movies nowadays, of course, but it fits the retro-techno tone of the movie.

What is irredeemable about the story is the conclusion. Hot Rod reaches the Matrix, turns into Rodimus Prime, and blows away Galvatron and Unicron within seconds. There's no sense of conclusion, no spectacular climax, and it pretty much falls flat, especially the scene where Unicron blows up. There's also no closure, only Rodimus saying 'til all are one!' What happened to the Decepticons, to Shockwave and Cyclonus and all the rest? How did they retake Cybertron? Things like that. And Galvatron tumbling into space? It's stupid. Homage, yes, but what about the whole 'reluctant slave' bit? What about Cyclonus and Scourge and the other Decepticons?

We also jump around quite fast, in order to introduce as many toys as possible. What use is introducing Wheelie, for example? Not that I'm a Wheelie hater, but he's of no importance to the movie's plot.

Also, Daniel Witwicky is annoying, irritating and pretty ugly. His whiny voice doesn't help matters any bit.

Other than those three factors, though, the movie is very enjoyable. Hot Rod is your classic bland, brash, young Luke Skywalker hero. Kup is the mentor, Ultra Magnus is the uptight superior, Arcee is the girl, Perceptor is the phletobium-speaking scientist, Blurr and the Dinobots are the quirky ones there for the laugh... Wheelie and Wreck-Gar, they co-star. Don't really make an impact to me. As for the bad guys, well, Galvatron is pretty entertaining, but Cyclonus and Scourge don't get any characterisation other than being Galvatron's new henchmen. Orson Welles' nonchalant performance as Unicron is commendable, as this distant being seemingly bored at the universe before him, like some eldritch, disinterested god. And that is with Welles hating the role... The old guard, Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream and all that, all shine. Arguably 'wanna bet' is cooler than everything Starscream's ever done in the cartoon. It's filled with these kinds of classic scenes from the days when Transformers was a silly kids franchise. Now it's a big, silly kids franchise with a massive network of fanboys and buttloads of fiction. And this movie, hate it or love it, played a big role in moving Transformers into the franchise it is now. Till all are one, indeed.

So as long as you know what to expect, you won't be terribly disappointed. It's like a new reboot in preparation for a new series. It's not an adaptation starring Optimus, Megatron, Starscream and Bumblebee. But rather it gives way to a new set of characters. Do I like it? Yes, I do. Arguably not a good move, but once you settle yourself in and watch it, you'll find yourself enjoyed if you're a Transformers fan.

If not? Well, what are you doing in a Transformers site?

(Seven out of Ten)

Notes
The first appearances of Hot Rod, Rodimus Prime, Unicron, Galvatron, Cyclonus, Scourge, Kup, Blurr, Ultra Magnus, Springer, Arcee, Wheelie, Wreck-Gar, Daniel Witwicky, Ratbat, Steeljaw, Eject, Rewind and Ramhorn. As well as the Quintessons, Sharkticons, Allicons and Junkions. Autobot City would later be revealed to be Metroplex, and Slammer cameos during the transformation scene.

TFTM introduces many concepts that would be repeated numerous times over the many series. Even without quoting TFTM, here are concepts introduced:
-Optimus Prime dying in a heroic sacrifice.
-Megatron being upgraded into Galvatron.
-Unicron as the big bad.
-The Matrix as a mystical physical object in contrast of the program that the Marvel comics originally introduced it as.
-Cybertron has two moons.
-Characters dying and staying dead. And turning gray when they die.
-"One shall stand, one shall fall."
-"I still function!"
-"Till all are one!"

Some objects introduced in the Movie won't be named until much, much later. The Decepticon ship that Galvatron uses would later be named 'Revenge' by IDW. The Junkion ship is named 'Minnow II'.

IDW would also christen Wreck-Gar's right-hand Junkion (the one with viking horns beside his head, UK Marvel comic readers will recognise him as the Junkion that talks to Death's Head) as Junkyard. Hasbro would christen the other 'main generic' Junkion with a goggle-eyes 'Scrapheap'. All the other Junkions, whose models are mish-mashes of Wreck-Gar, Scrapheap and Junkyard's models are all given names by IDW.

When Sludge gets haymakered by Devastator, his eyes pop out, Looney Tunes style.

The way Kup does his storytelling sequence seems to be inspired by the novel Of Mice and Men.

There are some things that are only seen here. The transforming exo-suits never show up in the cartoon. Cyclonus never transforms into Galvatron's personal gunship in the cartoon as well. Scourge never lifts up his head to talk in alternate mode (look at 'you want me to gut Ultra Magnus...' if you don't know what I mean).

Cybertron seems to have more than two moons, after Unicron chows on the two Moon Bases, tiny objects similar to them could be seen for an instant.

Gundam enthusiasts will be able to note that the robot debris inside the Quintesson jail are those of the mobile suits RX-178 Mk II Gundam and the MSZ-006 Zeta Gundam.

As with the cartoon, some Star Wars effects are used. Every single time a Decepticon jet needs an engine sound effect, a variation of the Millennium Falcon engine burst noise is used. The sound of a deactivating lightsaber is used for the Quintesson ship's ramp extending and clashing lightsabers as Unicron fires eye-blasts.

Not to mention that Megatron wields a lightsaber during his battle against Prime. Admittedly to avoid legal problems the blade never comes out a straight line, but still it's obvious!

Speaking of Star Wars, there are many parallels you can draw. Arcee's helmet is a shout-out to Princess Leia's cinnamon bun hairdo. The way Optimus' disembodied voice speaks to Rodimus is like Obi-Wan Kenobi's voice speaking to Luke Skywalker. Unicron is the Death Star that transforms. Galvatron tumbling into space is similar to Darth Vader at the end of the original movie. Springer is pretty much Han Solo.

Star Trek voice effects are used as well. The sliding door sound effect is used when Wreck-Gar pulls out his mini-TV. Daniel's exo-suit also uses Trek sound. effects.

The Junkions speak in pop culture quotes. Alongside generic phrases like 'operators standing by' and stuff, we have a bunch of references:
-'You check in but you don't check out' is a parody of the tagline for Roach Motel insect traps.
-'Don't look behind door number two, Monty!' is a reference to Monty Hall's game show Let's Make a Deal.
-'Ger-der-ronny-ron-ron-ronny-mo!' is a homage to the 'geronimo' cry.
-'Happy motoring' is the slogan of gas company Esso.

In some versions of TFTM, Spike's 'oh shit' and Ultra Magnus' 'damn it, open!' lines are edited out. Also, in some edits the opening credits is replaced with a Star Wars-style rolling credits to provide background information

The proof that I'm obsessed with these sort of things: go to the scene where Rodimus Prime opens the Matrix, slow it down. It's hard to see because of the disco ball effect, but the Matrix shell halves and the glowing interior are held together by a thin string. So it doesn't get lost, I suppose.

Finding the Cameos
Gears? Gears was in the movie? Where was he? Well, never fear! This section deals with those pesky split-second cameos of characters without lines. Gears, for one, appear very early in the movie, when Optimus Prime says 'ready the shuttle for launch!' Gears is sitting beside Ironhide. Since he's in Moon Base One, if he didn't go with Optimus and the Dinobots to Earth he's Unicron chow. Despite having all of three seconds of appearance, Don Messick is credited with voicing Gears.

At a casual watch, Reflector seems missing from the Decepticon ranks, but he actually appears for several blink-or-you'll-miss-it scenes. After the Insecticon scene, a Reflector flies towards the top right screen, although he's miscoloured as Ironhide. A correctly-coloured Reflector is seen afterwards briefly when the Decepticons run in and assemble after Blurr says his line. He's running beside Dirge, blink and Dirge will cover him from your sight! Flec is seen once or twice watching Devastator along with the others. During the coronation scene, Reflector can be seen during the panning shot beside the not-dead Skywarp and Shrapnel. And then again when Cyclonus flies in.

Grapple can be seen in the background when Perceptor fires at the Decepticons.

One of those generic purple Seekers from the first season actually make an appearance in Ironhide's screen at the beginning of the movie, right before Starscream flies past.

Snarl is without a doubt the most notorious disappearance, since the other four Dinobots appear. He does get a few scenes in, however, standing in beast mode and replacing Swoop from the Dinobots when the Autobots on Earth receive the SOS from Jazz and company. He later runs away from Cyclonus' fire. Snarl is very briefly seen in robot mode in a split-second view of the interior of the Quintesson ship as it lands in Junk.

Beachcomber, or at least a robot coloured like him, is seen in the smelting pool scene, in front of Spike and Bumblebee. Look at when Daniel shouts 'how?' Since he doesn't escape... Add Beach to the death tally.

A yellow Autobot of similar build to Bumblebee and Cliffjumper but is neither of them shows up in the smelting pool scene as well, behind Cliffjumper when they fall down. Some fans have dubbed this Hubcap or Bumper (Bumblejumper) but it is neither, since none of them had any official character models.

Animation Goofs
It's G1. A one-and-a-half hour of animation in G1. Of course it is chock full of animation errors. -deep breath- Let's do this thing.

When the Lithonians go 'look, it's Unicron!', Unicron's ring is placed in front of a building, making him look like part of the foreground and thus tiny. Next scene, Unicron dwarfs the entire planet.

The Lithonian inside the ship that Unicron eats is supposed to be Arblus, but uses Kranix's model.

When Jazz reports his security status, Cliffjumper is twiddling knobs that aren't present.

When Cliffjumper does the countdown the area around his head is coloured blue like windows instead of red.

When the Decepticons blow a hole in the Autobot shuttle it's a clean, empty hole. The next scene had Megatron tearing wires apart so he could get in.

Scavenger's head is entirely gray when he ducks from Prowl's shot.

Starscream is always holding Megatron during the battle against Ironhide and company, but at one point Starscream is seen firing his shoulder cannons alongside the Constructicons. Presumably this is supposed to be Skywarp or Thundercracker, miscoloured as usual.

The miscoloured-as-Starscream's wings are red as well when he fires at the Autobots.

When the Decepticons assume command of the Autobot ship, the Autobot corpses have all moved positions. Brawn is on his back instead of on his chest, Prowl is face-down instead of face-up, and the holes in Ironhide and Ratchet's chest disappear.

When Shrapnel is eating the door, his left horn is not drawn to simulate it being on the other side. But when Shrapnel chews his way through, revealing the other side, his antenna is still missing.

As mentioned above during the panning shot of Decepticons flying in and out Reflector is miscoloured as Ironhide.

When Blaster does his 'zap, ow!' line, a first-season Seeker flies past his window that is coloured like blue with yellow wings like Dirge.

After Blaster says 'look out and shout!' his forehead is red instead of white. After he transforms it's like that again.

Again for Blaster, when he says 'cover your receptors' a laser blast in the background zips in front of him.

When the four Cassettes transform after being ejected, both Rumble and Frenzy are coloured like Frenzy.

It's nothing compared to Eject and Rewind, though. Look this: Blaster ejects a blue cassette, who transforms. Halfway through he turns black. The second cassette is also blue, but turns black almost immediately after leaving Blaster's chest, then for a split second turns blue before returning to black. And when the two attack the Decepticons? Both are coloured as Eject as they run across the screen.

When Perceptor punches Frenzy he flies and disappears into an indecipherable dot.

Wheeljack's body is miscoloured red and black, somewhat like Sideswipe, when Springer first enters the room.

At one point during that scene Springer's face is green.

When Devastator merges the winged chest-piece is green instead of purple.

When Devastator hammers the walls, Shrapnel is gray where he should be black.

'Let the slaughter begin!' Megatron's hips are gray instead of black.

When kicking Grimlock, Devastator's Mixmaster leg is suspiciously thin.

When Optimus Prime transforms into vehicle mode his Autobot insignia is missing from his trailer as we pan across him.

When Optimus enters the battle, Blitzwing's helmet can't decide whether it wants to be the correct shade of tan or to be purple.

Several times during the OP/Meg fight scene Megatron's back cannon is coloured black instead of gray. There's a fair bit of background and dust effect clipping into each other as well.

The gun Megatron uses to kill Optimus is purple and white, but when he says 'fall! Faaall!' it is black.

Megatron's gun effects alternate between purple and orange.

After Megatron hits the ground, Hook runs in of nowhere. Literally. While the others run in from offscreen, Hook just pops up.

Optimus' antenna are gray after knocking Megatron down.

'How do you feel, mighty Megatron?' Starscream's entire nosecone is orange instead of just the cockpit.

Immediately after Optimus removes the Matrix, there is a second, empty Matrix shell underneath it. In the next shots it is gone.

'The ayes have it!' Bombshell's chest is a blob of gray mess.

Astrotrain's door area is yellow as Starscream pushes Megatron out, and the correct gray shade immediately afterwards.

The extent of damage on Megatron's chest changes between frames during the bargain scene.

Coronation trumpet scene: Starscream and Hook has both sprouted Silverbolt lips, and Hook has two eyes instead of a visor.

Also, while it looks cool, stop and consider how massive the shoulder thingies are on Starscream on his coronation character model. Compare it with Ramjet next to him.

When Cyclonus fights the Autobot shuttle, at one point he flies offscreen and his laser blasts come from

When Magnus asks Perceptor to find a place for them to land the yellow bits on his helmet is black.

When he whistles Daniel's lips don't move.

During our first view of Wreck-Gar, notably the close-up ('offer expires while you wait, operators standing by') he only sneers and his mouth doesn't move.

'Spare me this mockery of justice!' Kranix's gray forehead suddenly become a bit long as he covers his face.

When he lands on Junk, Shrapnel's lower legs are white instead of black. That, alongside the whole 'dead' thing.

As Cyclonus and Galvatron land on Junk the debris that splatter away are highly detailed in contrast to the dull background feel of the ground.

The Sharkticon that Hot Rod punches until his teeth fall out has his left eye cracked. When we pan away and back, the Sharkticon's broken eye is whole. Teeth are still missing, though.

The generic block-headed Junkion that Arcee throws off his bike turns into the Junkyard model as he falls down and transforms into vehicle mode.

Sludge and Blurr are missing during the 'Dare to be Stupid' scene.

During his transformation, Unicron uses his early model with an orange mohawk and a beardless chin, as well as completely white hands. All other scenes have him with a completely golden helmet, a goatee and golden knuckles on his hands.

Dirge is eaten by Unicron twice.

As Hot Rod falls off the spike in Unicron, his lower body's layering is messed up.

As Hot Rod gets up after falling from said spike, his insignia is missing.

Directly after Galvatron recovers from 'of course, my master' the Matrix's glow effect is on his face instead of his chest.

At one point Unicron shoots purple optic beams instead of green. Right before the Dinobot scene.

As the Dinobots fly around Unicron, his left eye is intact.

Rodimus Prime opens the Matrix several times.

The green glow is immediately behind Rodimus during the close-up as the Autobots spot him, but it's at the end of the hallway in the next shot.

The hole in Unicron's left eye disappear as we pan away during his death scene.

The level of detail, particularly on Unicron and on Junk, disappear and reappear as we pan in and out. Particularly jarring on Unicron.

Technical Goofs
While in real life there's the excuse that the Movie was developed before the characters were released, there is technically no excuse fiction-wise for the absence of the other combiner teams. Menasor, Bruticus, Superion and Defensor all show up after the Movie, so it can't be because they went to whatever limbo Trailbreaker and Skyfire and the other Autobots went. Omega Supreme is absent as well deespite his 'last line of defense' shtick. The IDW adaptation twenty years later adds a scene where Omega, Superion and Defensor defends the Ark from Menasor and Bruticus, somewhat justifying their absence.

Stunticons, Combaticons and Buzzsaw aside, the Decepticons are more or less complete. However, many, many Autobots are missing in action without any explanation.

Also, Snarl is absent with no rhyme or reason from the Dinobots.

Many Autobots also pop up without explanation. While people like Hot Rod, Springer and Blurr could easily be believed to be soldiers fighting in other planets who we never see until now, it's hard to believe nobody ever mentioned Ultra Magnus, a high ranking officer with the potential to become the leader.

More inexcusable is where the moons came from. In all shots of Cybertron in the cartoon, even when Cybertron is teleported to Earth, there were never moons.

In previous episodes Brawn can shrug off Megatron's fusion blast with no problem, even taking a shot to the face in an early G1 episode. Here a shot to the shoulder kills him. Yes, it tears all the way through him, but still...

Another power inconsistency is Scavenger. In the first scenes, one shot from Scavenger's gun tears Prowl's chest so badly he coughs out orange smoke as he dies. He never displays this strength any more, even later in the movie.

Swoop runs across the scene (well, his lower body) about a minute or two before the Dinobots arrive.

Despite Sunstreaker being with Kup's roadblock group, he is later shown piloting the shuttle with Optimus Prime and the Dinobots.

Astrotrain's line 'jettison some weight' technically makes no sense, since there is no weight in space... but 'jettison some mass' doesn't have the same ring to it.

Unicron creates an 'Armada' for Cyclonus out of either Skywarp or Bombshell (most clues point to Skywarp being the Armada). While the showmakers intended Cyclonus to have lots of clones like Scourge's Sweeps, this was not to be, and the Armada disappears after a couple of shots, being replaced by a fourth Sweep. The IDW adaptation years later had the Armada perish in the subsequent battle in Autobot City.

Skywarp, Thundercracker, Shrapnel and Kickback all show up in the coronation scenes even though they should've been reformatted by then. Shrapnel even gets a whole scene with Scavenger in Junk tormenting Daniel. While the Insecticons could be excused because of their cloning powers — either the ones turned into Sweeps and Cyclonus are clones, or the ones running around afterwards are clones — it does not excuse the Seekers.

If you slow it down you'll see that Starscream, Skywarp and Thundercracker all join the Coneheads in the bomb-run of Unicron's head when they should be dead.

Galvatron is shown here to be able to kill Starscream with a single shot. He never displays this kind of power again, although this may be because he's still serving Unicron at that time and draws power from him.

Where all the extra Sweeps came from is never explained; only five minions are shown being created.

Cyclonus' Armada disappears after the reformatting scene.

Why didn't anybody notice Unicron coming until he's close enough to bite onto Moon Base One? Decepticons and Autobots alike?

Blaster exits stage left after the Decepticons arrive on Autobot City.

Kup has bubbles coming out of his mouth for no good reason.

At Quintessa Hot Rod and Kup run out of Energon goodies, yet Hot Rod has one to give Wreck-Gar when they get to junk.

Ultra Magnus clearly blows apart, but the Junkions recover solid pieces easily reassembled.

In the smelting pool, the Autobot behind Cliffjumper ('Bumper'/Hubcap) disappears with no reason. We're assuming Beachcomber, by virtue of being in front of Bumblebee, is melted down.

Springer shouldn't be able to spin his rotors when they fly out of Unicron's eye. It's space, remember?

Even assuming that they didn't get killed by the blast, how did Rodimus and the other car Autobots survive the plummet to Cybertron? Lest we forget, Unicron is as tall as a planet.

Apparently the chief reason Rodimus Prime was able to open the Matrix is because he inserted his fingers into the finger-holes.

As usual, there are scale issues. Three of the most jarring: Astrotrain's shuttle mode alternates between being just about the right size for the Decepticons to cram into and being spacious enough for Devastator to form. Sludge's leg is unnaturally large as he stomps on the Sharkticons. Unicron, being a planet, means scale takes a vacation. By logic, if Unicron is the size of Earth (since Cybertron is about Earth's size) then when the Dinobots or Galvatron fly around him, they are the size of continents.

Deleted Scenes
There are a lot, but here are the ones that very nearly made it into the final script, and could be seen on other material such as the Marvel adaptation:

-To destroy Lithone, Unicron would've used a red mist to destroy and liquify the planet. This red mist would later be used to threaten Megatron with death. The former was eschewed into Unicron simply chowing down, while the latter was changed into vague red streaky lines.

-The Lithonians, Kranix especially, would've transformed into spaceships and it was ready in their character models. Probably because we already have many other transforming alien robots (in addition to the Transformers, we have Unicron, the Junkions, the Sharkticons...) this was dropped.

-Arblus would have dialogue, telling Kranix to run before the mist dissolves him.

-Ironhide would be the one to suggest the Autobot City mission, not Optimus.

-Instead of perching outside the base, Laserbeak would've hidden in tape mode unseen before flying away.

-Prowl, Ironhide and company would've ran into some asteroid problem, where Ironhide would be absorbed with navigating the ship, and boasting about it until something slams onto it. Prowl mocks Ironhide, who remarks it isn't an asteroid... cue Megatron. This explains how the Decepticons got the jump on them.

-Brawn would've been blasted into half. Ironhide and Ratchet would've been fused together by the Decepticon firepower before being torn apart.

-Autobot City was supposed to be made clear that it's a massive energy-gathering city with solar panels, wind turbines and stuff. In the final product it's just a big metallic city.

-Daniel to tell Hot Rod they weren't supposed to go to Lookout Mountain, and Hot Rod would've called him 'chromochicken'.

-Some scenes with a more stylised version of Autobot City were actually animated for the promo, with an additional shot of Blitzwing divebombing Arcee and Springer that didn't make it into the final cut.

-The Japanese trailer adds even more unused scenes, one with a larger Decepticon armada, Skywarp being shot down, and footage of Bluestreak and Mirage.

-After Hot Rod shoots Starscream there was supposed to be a reaction scene with Starscream and Megatron arguing about their cover being blown.

-Starscream would've pulled his feet out with a shoehorn from his wrist.

-Magnus was supposed to reprimand Hot Rod after they enter the city.

-Blaster would've manned a turret and blasted the Insecticons.

-Blaster's cassettes were originally Bolts the robot, Stinger the scorpion, Cubbie the lion and Stripes the tiger.

-The Decepticon troops would've dogpiled Optimus before he got to Megatron, which explains why Optimus looks like he's just standing up when the two face each other.

-'I'll rip out your optics' was supposed to have Megatron extend claws from his fingers.

-During the bout for leadership Blitzwing would've challenged the others using his triple changing abilities as candidate. Dirge would've said his signature 'death comes to anyone who crosses me' line afterwards.

-Starscream would've hidden in a corner until the others are exhausted before taking out the survivors. In another draft he would've joined the battle with the Coneheads at his side.

-Ultra Magnus would've asked Perceptor if their shuttle can take off, upon which Perceptor delivers his usual long winded answer and Springer goes 'go for it!'

-Astrotrain would've fired on the Autobot shuttles as they tried to escape. The Autobot shuttles would've then slowed the Decepticons down by blasting asteroids to block their path after a trick on Beta Four that Kup (and later Galvatron) remembers.

-Kup telling a story had a different dialogue in the promo trailer as well.

-Kup and Hot Rod's shuttle would've crashed because some lobster claw from Quintessa's ring slammed onto their ship's cockpit.

-The piece that Hot Rod left up while repairing Kup? That was supposed to cause Kup to become double jointed, allowing him to escape his bonds while falling to the Sharkticons. Instead of the bond randomly disappearing.

-The Quintessons' original motivation was to punish all those who escaped Unicron's wrath. This was unfeasible, obviously, and was dropped.

-A Quintesson would've fooled the Dinobots into walking to a trap-filled road, explaining why there are spikes in a random hole that Slag almost falls into. Also explains Wheelie's 'look behind' line.

-In a backstory only present in the character bio, Wheelie was a survivalist whose parents were killed in the crash. He had a necklace of Sharkticon teeth.

-The most famous one was that Ultra Magnus was supposed to die with the Sweeps quartering him, i.e. Using energy beams to rope his limbs until he blows apart. Evidently the scene was animated with quartering in mind, see Magnus struggle against imaginary bonds? Must've been cut for the rating.

-the Junk planet itself was supposed to be a large spaceship. When Unicron blew it apart, the Junkions' speedy repairs would've made tiny ships out of the halves.

-Unicron would've killed Shockwave by crushing the tower he was in. The IDW adaptation has Shockwave's death by eye blasts instead.

And here are the ones that exist only on storyboards and very early draft scripts:
-Devastator was initially going to be brought down by Ultra Magnus, Red Alert, Sideswipe and Tracks. Red Alert would've died in the process.
-Trailbreaker's dead body would've been shown as we pan over the battlefield.
-Mirage would try to sneak up behind Bombshell, but shot down by Megatron.
-Bluestreak would've sliced Thundercracker into two.
-A group of Anibots would be unleashed upon the Constructicons during the Autobot City battle, with alternate modes identical to what will be the Predacons.
-In a particularly early script, Wheeljack and Sunstreaker would have a sub-plot which involved them facing off against Scourge and Cyclonus on Earth over its resources.
-Blurr and Daniel would've speedily repaired parts of the shuttle on Junk with salvaged parts.
-Gears would've died on-screen during the 'to the shuttles' scene, so would've Windcharger.
-Unicron's robot mode was originally named Ingestor. He was also originally supposed to be much, much bigger. One of the tiny globes on Unicron's ring was supposed to be the size of Earth!
-One of the first pitches was to have the Transformers discover that Cybertron was actually a real gigantic Transformer.

One of the final draft scripts could be seen here: http://www.tfarchive.com/cartoons/info/movie/draft.php
Some deleted storyboards could be seen here: http://www.tfarchive.com/cartoons/info/movie/storyboards/