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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 3

    The Rebirth (3)

    Aired 11/11/87

  • S 4 : Ep 2

    The Rebirth (2)

    Aired 11/10/87

  • S 4 : Ep 1

    The Rebirth (1)

    Aired 11/9/87

  • S 3 : Ep 30

    The Return of Optimus Prime (2)

    Aired 3/3/87

  • S 3 : Ep 29

    The Return of Optimus Prime (1)

    Aired 2/24/87

  • Cast & Crew
  • Frank Welker

    Megatron / Galvatron / Soundwave / Wheelie / Rumble / Mirage / Blades / Chromedome / Frenzy / Groove / Mixmaster / Skywarp / Slu

  • Rob Paulsen

    Air Raid / Chase / Fastlane / Slingshot

  • Jim Cummings

    Afterburner, Rippersnapper (uncredited)

  • Alan Oppenheimer

    Beachcomber / Breakdown / Seaspray / Warpath

  • Michael Bell

    Bombshell / Brainstorm / First Aid / Prowl / Sideswipe / Scrapper / Swoop

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  • show Description
  • "Many millions of years ago, on the planet Cybertron, life existed, but not life as we know it today. Intelligent robots that could think and feel inhabited the cities. They were called Autobots and Decepticons. But the brutal Decepticons were driven by a single goal: Total Domination. They set out to destroy the peace loving Autobots and the war between the forces of good and evil raged across Cybertron, devastating all in its path and draining the planet's once rich resources of energy. The Autobots, on the verge of extinction, battled valiantly to survive..."moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (349)

    • Skywarp: Megatron, my leader! We are alive, again.

    • Narrator: Many millions of years ago on the planet Cybertron life existed but not life as we know it today. Intelligent robots that could think and feel inhabited the city's. They were called Autobots and Decepticons. But the brutal Decepticons were driven by a single goal: total domination. They set out to destroy the peace loving Autobots and a war between the forces of good and evil raged across Cybertron. Devastating all in its path draining the planets once rich sources of energy. The Autobots on the verge of extinction battled valiantly to survive.

    • Cliffjumper: I'm sorry, Hound. It's my fault. I shouldn't have fired on Megatron. Hound: (laughing in pain) You shouldn't have missed you mean.

    • (Under Decepticon fire) Bumblebee: Prime told me there'd be days like this. Wheeljack: And you didn't believe him?

    • Megatron: (After breaking through the wall at Sherman Dam Power Plant.) I am Megatron. Leader of the Decepticons. You will do exactly as I say.

    • Spike: (Walking up to Trailbreaker.) Hey. Tell me more about Cybertron. Trailbreaker: What would you like to know? Spike: For one thing, why do you transform into cars and things? Trailbreaker: Simple. Disguise. Besides it sure beats walking Spike: Yeah, but how do you do it?

    • Sparkplug: I don't know who you are but you saved our lives. Optimus Prime: We're Autobots. We're from Cybertron. A planet far from earth. Spike: Another planet. That's awesome. Optimus Prime: Those who tried to harm you are called Decepticons. We must stop them before they destroy your world. Spike: Can we help? Optimus Prime: We are the only ones who can stop the Decepticons. Sparkplug: But my son, Spike and I know more about Earth than you do. Optimus Prime: Hmm, maybe you can help us!

    • Hound: Easy Spike, you almost flooded your engine.

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    Notes (448)

    • The name of Ravage is changed in the sud-American audio by "Destructor".

    • In their vehicle mode, in Cybertron, the Transformers are futuristic vehicles and in the Earth are normal vehicles, but they have always the same body in robot mode. This is probably that Telatraan-1 use it to find the better vehicles in their vehicle mode without changing the constitution of their robot mode ( in example: Optimus Prime in an 18 wheeler, Starscream in an F-15, Ironhide in a van,etc).

    • Japanese Title: The Road to Earth

    • Shockwave is one of the most underutilized Decepticons in the entire series. In the comics (and the toy line), Shockwave is a cold, calculating war machine, who's destructive capability is limited only by his logical, emotionless thinking. His ambition is to be the Decepticon leader, only because logic dictates that his dispassionate, logical approach would be better suited to lead the Decepticons than Megatron. With Transformers only being a half hour show (and it was mostly to show the toys' transforming capabilities), there wasn't much room for character development, and one would think that the level of in-rank treachery had been filled already by Starscream, leaving Shockwave as nothing more than a minor character than a destructive equal of Megatron.

    • Also the first appearance of Spike Witwicky and his father Sparkplug.

    • In the scene where the Autobots arrive to recover Hound, an Autobot similar to Grapple makes his only appearance in the first season. He never speaks and stays in vehicle mode. His vehicular mode is slightly different to Grapple's and Cliffjumper refers to him as "Hauler". Since "Hauler" doesn't speak, transform, nor does he have an Autobot symbol anywhere visible, it's entirely possible that "Hauler" may be just a non-sentient, maintenance drone or tool, just like Soundwave's Autoscout cassette (which is a non-sentient drone for dangerous jobs) which was used in the episode A Prime Problem. This is probably why we never see Hauler again, especially during the big battle in part 3 where all the Autobots are attacking the Decepticon launch site.

    • First appearance of Bluestreak, Brawn, Bumblebee, Cliffjumper, Gears, Hound, Huffer, Ironhide, Jazz, Laserbeak, Megatron, Mirage, Optimus Prime, Prowl, Ratchet, Ravage, Reflector, Rumble, Shockwave, Sideswipe, Skywarp, Soundwave, Starscream, Sunstreaker, Thundercracker, Trailbreaker, Wheeljack and Windcharger.

    • In this episode, Optimus Prime uses the famous Energon Axe against Megatron at the falls. The axe appears when Optimus Prime retracts his right hand.

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    Trivia (895)

    • The Transformers pilot is the only time when Autobots can all be seen to be flying as could the Decepticons. In Return of Optimus Prime, Part 2" Galvatron stated that Autobots could not fly. Edit: There was an episode where the Dinobots fly to Dinobot Island.

    • If Shockwave, various other Decepticons (including - Three unnamed seekers, one later named Sunstorm, the other two unknown - Ep: Divide and Conquer) and the Autobots (Female Autobots: Chromia, Firestar, Moonracer, Elita-One. Male Autobots: Alpha Trion) were all on Cybertron four Million years after attempts were made to obtain a fresh supply of Energon - Otherwise "no-one is going to win this war" - Optimus Prime, then how did the Autobots and Decepticons On Cybertron still function for so long without a power source? If they had enough Energon to keep going long enough to establish contact on Earth then what was the point in the desperate mission to find fuel if they had four million years to find other options? Personally, I prefer the comic book explanation where a meteor storm threatened Cybertron, forcing the Ark to be launched. It certainly seems more plausable in retrospect.

    • How come none of the Autobots on Cybertron have noticed that lamp post (Soundwave) is one moment there and one moment is missing?

    • When the Decepticons board the Autobot ship And Optimus said "Autobots, prepare for battle!" The same scene happens but you hear Megatron's voice saying "Attack, Attack!"

    • Bumblebee is standing next to Hound when Optimus discusses the situation. When Hound says, "Just, turn me loose Prime, I'll sniff em out!" Cliffjumper is standing next to Hound.

    • When Bumblebee gets out of Wheeljack, he shoots to the right. Why is he shooting that way? The Decepticons are in front of him.

    • Starscream says, "Autobots! Stop them!" in a different voice.

    • Before, Skywarp shoots some kind of flame ring at Bumblebee and Wheeljack, Starscream (standing behind Skywarp and Thundercracker) is yellow.

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    Allusions (20)

    • When Cliffjumper says "Just your friendly neighbourhood decepticon wreckers", this is possibly an allusion to Spiderman, who commonly referes to himself as "Your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman".

    • There is a continuity error between the series and the comic book on how the Dinobots were created. In the comics, they were created on Earth around the time the original Autobots and Decepticons crash-landed on Earth. Shockwave left to investigate, and from there he battled the Dinobots (all 5 were present as opposed to the trio of Grimlock, Slag, and Sludge shown in this episode). Both sides defeated the other, as Shockwave was buried under tons of rubble, and the Dinobots sank in a tar pit, only to be rescued millions of years later when Ratchet needed allies to defeat Megatron.

    • The entire shrunken journey through Megatron can be seen as a nod to the classic movie Fantastic voyage, and perhaps even the "Trip through the robot" episode of Lost in space, both of which had a similar journey.

    • The Empire State Building is the same building appeared in King Kong in the last scene when Kong is climbing it in the film, a similar scene with Devastator on this episode.

    • The episode title is a pun of the Mark Twain novel, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

    • Astoria makes the coment "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to." This is a reference to the Lesley Gore hit "It's My Party"

    • When the director decided to change the movie to a science fiction movie from an action film, the main character became "Dash Jordan". This seems to be a referrence to Flash Gordan, a space age hero who appeared in movies of his own and even his own animated series.

    • When Optimus Prime and Motormaster go one againts the other in their vehicule mode, it´s called play "chicken", an old trick where who gets out of the oponent way is the chicken (used too in Mad Max). The consequences of this stile of game when nobody gets out the way is a very bad crash.

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  • Fan Reviews (74)
  • my love for transformers <3

    By emilythestran, Feb 06, 2013

  • A classic dose of nostalgia.

    By SourOrangeTree, Dec 21, 2010

  • The Original Transformers Show, A very good show, but way overrated.

    By Bigberry69, Jul 11, 2008

  • Transformers is a classic that was ahead of it time.

    By InvaderNaruto, Dec 13, 2008

  • An advanced civilization of shape-shifting robots land on Earth.

    By paul_panhook, Oct 07, 2009

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