Episode written by: Craig Miller and Marv Wolfman
Cybertron thinks The Axalon may have ended up in another timezone
and sends out several temporal probes to find them.
Meanwhile on ancient Earth, Optimus Primal, Rattrap, Dinobot and
Cheetor return to the Axalon. It turns our that Rhinox has picked
up signals from space and he tries to get trough the interference.
Dinobot thinks it might
be a Predacon trick or worse. But Rhinox ignores him and asks Rattrap
to see if he can get a visual. The visual indicates it's a Cybertronian
They all become very excited except Dinobot. Rhinox sends
a signal to it but it doesn't detect them and moves away.
Things look dark for a moment, then Rhinox says they might still
have a chance to contact it before it leaves the system. Probes
home in on the transwarp signatures of missing ships, but their
Transwarp drive has been offline
since the crash. All they have to do is replicate the transwarp
signature and rig up an array. Easier said than done!
Rhinox works on the signature while Optimus, Rattrap, Dinobot and
Cheetor builds a long-range signal array and Tigatron watches their
backs. The nearest clearzone is on Predacon territory, so they take
a risk just being there.
The Tiger detects Waspinator and takes him down, but it turns out
it was just a distraction. Tarantulas is out to test his latest
invention, the Transformation lock-lens, and Tigatron is his first
Optimus over hears missile fire, so the big ape sends Cheetor to
investigate. Dinobot wants to go with him; Optimus says he
must help finish the array.
Dinobot doesn't seem too thrilled about the prospect of going home.
He thinks he'll be treated as a criminal, despite Optimus' assurances
they won't let that happen.
Meanwhile, Tigatron has been hit by the lock lens and captured in
a net by Tarantulas. Cheetor arrives, but is hit by it and netted
Back at the Axalon, Rhinox has succeeded to replicate the signature.
He hurries off to get it to the array in time.
On the site Optimus tries to contact Tigatron and Cheetor but gets
nothing but static in response.
Nearby, Scorpinok monitors what they are doing and sends Terrorsaur
with images to Megatron. When the Predacons watch it, Tarantulas
says it looks like they are building an array. Megatron asks the
felines what it is but they are not very responsive. Tarantulas
detects an unidentified craft and Cheetor unintentionally reveals
it's a probe and the Predacons leave. Tigatron has a plan to break
Optimus, Dinobot and Rattrap has finished the array and all it needs
is the Transwarp signature. Dinobot speculates whether Rhinox will
make it there in time or not. Rattrap thinks he will. Just then
Scorpinok attacks, hitting Dinobot and firing missiles at the array.
Optimus fires interceptors, taking out the rockets. Scorpinok prepares
to shoot Optimus, but Rattrap shoots his claw off and Dinobot knocks
him out with a blast from his eye lasers. But the threat isn't
over. Dinobot thinks the Predacons will be coming in numbers soon.
As on a cue, Terrorsaur arrives and attacks not long after. Only
to retreat rather quickly.
But it turns out to be a diversion. Megatron, Blackarachnia and
Tarantulas arrive and attack, accompanied by Tarantulas' new toy.
Dinobot runs to attack Megatron, but is hit by the lock lens. Blackarachnia
kicks him several times while he's stuck in raptor mode.
Rattrap helps him by shooting her several times until she falls
off the cliff edge. That doesn't stop Rattrap from getting hit by
the lock lens though. Megatron laughs and blast them both.
Tarantulas attacks Optimus, but is blasted away. The Maximal is
hit by the lock lens just then! Megatron fires a few missiles at
the array and Optimus picks up a steel beam and takes a swing at
them. He manages to save the array, but gets caught by a missile
blast for his trouble and downed. Megatron pins him down with a
foot on his back and gloats, tormenting the Maximal.
But someone taps the purple tyrant on the shoulder and it turns
out to be Rhinox. The big green greets Megs by punching his lights
With the Predacon out of the count for the moment, Rhinox checks
on his leader. Optimus tells him he'll be all right but that
there isn't much time before the probe is out of range.
The engineer gets the array online and is just about to enter the
code when the lock lens hits him! He drops the disc. No time is
wasted though, he tells Optimus he must enter the code instead.
Megatron has revived and has other plans though! He blasts the array
to bits, laughing. Optimus and Rhinox are sent flying by the explosion.
Megatron moves in to finish them but just then Tigatron and Cheetor
arrive, destroying the lens. Megatron leaves, but the Predacons
have won the day. The Maximals just got out of it alive thanks to
Notes: It's nice to see an episode where the heroes do not
win the day for a change. There were a few good character moments:
Dinobot's speaking of the fate he thinks awaits him on Cybertron
is one of them. Rattrap and Dinobot's teamwork. Optimus' desperate
attempts to stop the Predacons from destroying the array. Tigatron
and Cheetor's predicament and then charge to the rescue and Rhinox's
concern for friends and mission. Oh, and Rhinox punching Megatron's
lights out was sweet! The Transformation lock-lens thing reminds
me of a similar one from a G1 episode so it's basically 'been there
Reviewed by Pacerpaw
Megs and...what's that behind him?
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