Dark Awakening

Season 3, Ep 8, Aired 10/1/86
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  • Episode Description
  • Fleeing Galvatron once again, Spike, Daniel and several Autobots need some shelter. A virtual mausoleum awaits and proves to be home to the very much alive Optimus. This is certainly cause for excitement among the Autobots and two humans, even though Rodimus Prime must relinquish command and more before returning to merely being Hot Rod. Unfortunately, the Quintessons are at work here, and they will use Optimus to destroy them all.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • David Mendenhall


  • Susan Blu

    Arcee / Marissa Faireborn

  • Laurie Faso

    Divebomb / Rampage / Skydive

  • John Moschitta Jr.

    Blurr / Punch

  • Antoni Zalewski

  • Fan Reviews (5)
  • The Darkest, If not one of the best

    By captainjjb84, Jun 07, 2013

  • A VERY "Dark" Transformers Ep Indeed

    By DugeButlerJr, Jun 04, 2012

  • It´s a good episode, but I don´t like it.

    By Max-01, May 25, 2007

  • This kinda felt like the last episode....and maybe it should have been.

    By slainmonkey, Jun 01, 2006

  • How to rape a fantastic movie? Just watch this episode.

    By Caedus, Aug 20, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Optimus Prime: Until all are one.

    • Hot Rod: Ha ha. Fooled you! Optimus Prime: Not a game, Rodimus. Matrix... makes me... too... strong!!! Hot Rod: There's a unique complaint!

    • Optimus Prime: If you loose, Autobots, all, destroyed!

    • Optimus Prime: Optimus Prime to Autobot fleet. Return to Cybertron, that is my 'final' command.

    • Rodimus Prime: Optimus? What are your commands, Sir? Optimus Prime: Is it safe? Rodimus Prime: What? The Matrix. Yes, I've been keeping it warm for you. Ultra Magnus: Wait, Optimus is in no condition to assume leadership. Rodimus Prime: Come on Guys, he's just shook up a little. You'd be too if you've been dead for years. Kup: That's the point, Sonny...

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    Notes (6)

    • Optimus Prime is missing his Autobot logo from his left shoulder (19:48).

    • The ship given to Galvatron (and subsequently destroyed) by Unicron in Transformers: The Movie has either been repaired or replaced.

    • Since the Autobots won the Great War, why are their fallen heroes floating around in the middle of space while the Decepticons, who lost, have a crypt right on Cybertron as we find out in the next episode, "Starscream's Ghost".

    • After this re-episode aired (the day before Return of Optimus Prime aired) this was the stated: "But is this really the end of Optimus Prime, find out in tomorrow's exciting episode The Return of Optimus Prime"

    • There were two different verisons of this episode made; One with the current ending where Optimus Prime flying into the sun and dying. And the other version had an alternate ending where Dr. Swafford and Jessica Morgan rescue Prime before his ship explodes which was shown the day before "The Return Of Optimus Prime" aired!

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    Trivia (6)

    • At the end when Ultra Magnus says, "This nova will be his memorial," it is Rodimus Prime's mouth which is moving.

    • Optimus Prime's damage varies greatly from scene-to-scene in this episode.

    • During the battle with the Quintessons, several Aerialbots (or,more likely, Aerialbot lookalikes) are destroyed.

    • Rodimus refers to Optimus as having been dead for years. Since he died in The Movie, which took place in 2005, and this series took place in 2006, Rodimus is really exaggerating the length of time.

    • When the Decepticons are flying towards the mauseleum, there are two of Dirge!

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