More Than Meets the Eye (1)

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/17/84
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  • Episode Description
  • Constant war between the Autobots and the Decepticons on Cybertron has caused great hardship. Both need supplies, and select numbers from each side and intend to get them. The Autobots weren't looking for a fight with the Decepticons, but they get one out in space anyway. When the Decepitcons board the Autobots' ship it takes a beating and crashes onto Primitive Earth and knocks everyone unconscious. Millions of years later, in 1984 a volcano eruption causes a probe to give them all new forms which come from vehicles in the surrounding area. They all get awoken- leading to a renewed conflict and the inclusion of humans.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Scatman Crothers


  • George Arthur Bloom

  • Peter Cullen

    voice of Joe

  • Corey Burton

    voice of Joe's Passenger

  • Frank Welker

    voice of Oil Rig Worker

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Nostalgic.

    By lytnngseed, Jul 13, 2007

  • The energy-starved Transformers travel from Cybertron to Earth and bring the war between the Autobots and Decepticons with them.

    By SoundwaveRox, Jun 30, 2007

  • The start of the Transformers war in the Earth.

    By Max-01, May 22, 2007

  • We are introduced to the Transformers and learn of their beginnings on Earth.

    By Nott-Hopkins, Apr 23, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • 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?

    Notes (7)

    • 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.

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    Trivia (12)

    • 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.

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