Transformers Animated

Season 1 Episode 9

Along Came a Spider

Aired Saturday 8:00 AM Feb 16, 2008 on Cartoon Network
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Along Came a Spider
Bumblebee and Bulkhead are having fun celebrating their first-ever Halloween with Sari. That is, until the Decepticon Blackarachnia shows up to ruin their good times.

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  • excellent episode

    Bumblebee and Bulkhead are having fun celebrating their first-ever Halloween with Sari. That is, until the Decepticon Blackarachnia shows up to ruin their good times. Stars on this episode: David Kaye (Optimus Prime), Bumper Robinson (Bumblebee), Bill (Bulkhead), Jeff Bennett (Prowl, Captain Fanzone), Corey Burton (Ratchet), Tara Strong (Sari Sumdac), Tom Kenny (Isaac Sumdac) Recurring Role: Corey Burton (Cyrus "The Colossus" Rhodes), Peter Stormare (Prometheus Black/Meltdown) Notes on this episode: Toonami Jetstream Airdate: March 3rd, 2008 - April 14th, 2008 This is the first time since the Transformers comics of the eighties that the Transformers have had super-powered human opponents.moreless
  • Former Autobot, Blackarachnia arrives to spin her web on the Autobots.

    The episode starts out with Elita-1, Sentinel Prime, and Optimus Prime on a planet that is forbidden to their kind. Sentinel chose to go on an escapade to find Energon cubes and Optimus has no choice but to proceed with him. The trio end up falling into a cave and discover some organic flesh creatures where they learn that their powers are rendered useless. The creatures that resemble Giant, Earth spiders attack and Sentinel tries to hold them off while Elita and Optimus make a hasty retreat. During the escape, Optimus discovers a Decepticon battle cruiser with a generous helping of energon cubes with spider eggs attached. Shortly after, the eggs hatch and Optimus finds himself surrounded by spiders. Elita-1 shows up to rescue Optimus, uses her power to borrow his grappler and escapes up the shaft, however Elita has a power-failure and falls into the pit of spiders with the energon exploding. Optimus performs a scan for Elita and discovers she is offline.

    On Earth, Blackarachnia arrives to abduct Sari for the allspark key while she, Bulkhead and Bumblebee are trick o' treating. Blackarachnia battles Bulkhead and Bumblebee and manages to use her organic, toxic, spider-like power to paralyze them. Optimus shows up and is quickly bested while Blackarachnia takes Sari and escapes. Optimus, fearing for Sari's life manages to catch up and battles Blackarachnia who easily dodges all his assaults. Soon after, she reveals that she is formerly Elita-1 of the Autobots and blames Optimus and the Autobots for leaving her on that organic planet. She tells Optimus that she was infected with organic venom from the spiders and integrated it into her system to become a robot spider. She illustrated that she feels like a freak and will never trust another Autobot and has allied herself with the Decepticons. She attempts to use the allspark key to erase her organic robot form, but all life in the vicinity begins to wither. She tries to dispose of Sari by tossing her from the roof, but Bumblebee and Bulkhead were there for the rescuse. Suddenly, Blackarachnia starts to feel ill but can't remove the allspark key from her system so Optimus is forced to remove it. Prime offered her sanctuary with the Autobots, but she injects him with organic venom and flees.

    Overall, this was a great episode that gave a good backstory on the lives of Sentinel, Optimus and Elita-1 while in the academy. More than anything, this episode showed how much of a power-hungry prick Sentinel Prime is and served at offering some background information on Blackarachnia.moreless
  • BlackArachinia has come to Earth and she's got history with Optimus Prime. In two words, Elita One.

    I was SOOO glad to see Elita One brought back into the fold. She hasn't appeared in any Transformers incarnations released in the US since G1. I always thought she was so important to Optimus' development and motivation. I really like how BlackArachinia's back story in intwined with her. (BlackArachinia was one of my favorite from Beast Wars.) I wondered how they were going to work in her organic mode when we glimpsed her in the opening movie. This is better than I could have imagined. I will freely admit.....I cried with her and for her.

    Loved this episode and I'm really looking forward to seeing more of BlackAranchinia/Elita One and what Optimus is going to do about her.moreless
David Kaye

David Kaye



Townsend Coleman

Townsend Coleman

Sentinel Prime

Recurring Role

Cree Summer

Cree Summer

Blackarachnia (Elita 1)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Optimus Prime: (Sees Blackarachnia's Decepticon insignia) So, you allied yourself with the Decepticons instead.
      Blackarachnia: (Shoots web at Optimus Prime) At least I know where I stand with them.

    • Blackarachnia: (About Sari) Keep away from the girl.
      Bumblebee: That's just what I was gonna say!

    • Optimus Prime: Someone's gotta keep you two walking malfunctions from getting in over your head.
      Sentinel Prime: We never get in over our heads. (All three fall through the ground and land in a cave. Optimus Prime glares at Sentinel Prime) What?

    • Optimus Prime: Sentinel, did you ever stop and consider there's a reason why organic planets are off limits to Autobots?
      Sentinel Prime: (Chuckles) You're not getting cold landing pads, now are ya Optimus, old buddy?

    • Sari: (Sees Blackarachnia using Bumblebee's stingers) Hey! That's Bumblebee's thing!
      Blackarachnia: (Tries to shoot Optimus Prime with stingers) Oh, don't get your pigtails in a bunch, I'm just borrowing it.

    • Blackarachnia: (While using Bulkhead's strength to pin Optimus Prime to a building) And by the way little miss 'State the Obvious,' I borrowed the big guy's strength as well.

    • Bumblebee: (Dressed as Dracu-bot) Welcome, I am Count Dracu-bot, I want to drink your motor oil.

    • Bulkhead: Hey guys, I finally found something big enough for my ghost costume.
      Sari: (Coughs at the smoke coming from the tent) Bulkhead, where did you get that sheet?
      Bulkhead: It was drapped over some house. Weird place for a bedsheet huh?
      Sari: (Groans) Bulkhead, it's not a bedsheet, it's a fumagation tent.

    • Sentinel Prime: I got a good feeling about this. Any cycle now we'll be overflowing with rich, AllSpark infused, Energon-y goodness.
      Elita One: Did you really just say 'Energon-y goodness?'

    • Bumblebee: Besides, I can tell the difference between a fake Halloween decoration and a real giant spider!
      Optimus Prime: (Through the comlink) Wait, say again Bumblebee, what did you see?
      Bumblebee: A giant spider, y'know; eight legs, spins webs, crawls on walls, the whole deal... Hey, were you listening in on our comlinks the whole time?

    • Sari: Maybe I should give the key a rest.
      Bumblebee: (About the flat tires) Hey Sari, can I convince you to use your key one last time?

    • Bulkhead: So who was that bug-bot lady?
      Optimus Prime: Someone I never should have left behind.

    • Blackarachnia: (Transforms to robot mode) You wouldn't harm a helpless female bot, now would you boys?
      Bumblebee: Who are you?
      Bulkhead: What are you?
      Sari: Duh, she's a girl.

    • Sari: Trust me Bumblebee, there are no giant spiders on this planet.
      Bumblebee: Yeah, well maybe they came from some other planet!
      Bulkhead: Huge alien lifeforms, coming to Earth? Ya gotta be kidding! (Laughs then stops) Oh right, us.

    • Sari: What a scaredy bot, you're worse than Optimus.
      Bumblebee: Am not.
      Sari: Boo! (Bumblebee hides behind Bulkhead)

    • Blackarachnia: I know all of your moves Optimus, pure textbook Autobot Academy!
      Optimus Prime: Do I know you?
      Blackarachnia: I know how you easily forget your friends... although you managed to remember Sentinel that day!
      Optimus Prime: Elita One?
      Blackarachnia: It's Blackarachnia now!

    • Elita One: (About the spider web) Isn't it beautiful?
      Optimus Prime: Yeah... what is it?
      Elita One: I have no idea.

    • Sentinel Prime: (About the planet) Give me one reason why we shouldn't continue. (Three giant spiders appear)
      Optimus Prime: How about I give you three?

    • Optimus Prime: Sari, I think when the AllSpark powered your key, it had something in mind other than Halloween fun. You should only use it when it is necessary.
      Sari: Hello? How necessary was it to use your ax on a fake spider?

    • Sari: (Acting like Optimus Prime) Autobots, transform and roll out.

    • Blackarachnia: It'll take a long time for me to trust another Autobot... especially you Optimus.

    • Optimus Prime: So humans disguise themselves to scare strangers and extort sugary nuggets?
      Sari: You make it sound bad.

    • Optimus Prime: (After hearing Blackarachnia's story) That's why I wasn't able to locate your signature. If I had...
      Blackarachnia: What, you would've taken me back to Cybertron to have me taken apart like some lab experiment?

    • Optimus Prime: (Handing Sari her key) I believe the phrase is 'trick or treat?'
      Sari: Yeah, but I'm supposed to say that. You just say 'Happy Halloween' and fork over the goods.

    • Sari: (Pretending to be Optimus Prime) Look at me! I'm Optimus Prime, and I'm afraid of little spiders. (Bumblebee and Bulkhead laugh)
      Optimus Prime: I do not sound like that... do I?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Toonami Jetstream Airdate: March 31st, 2008 - May 12th, 2008

    • Blackarachnia first appeared in Transformer mythology in the 1996 Beast Wars toy-line and subsequent CGI Animated Series. Originally a repainted figure of Tarantulas, the femme fatale/ bad girl personality proved very popular. This lead to an all original toy mold in the Transmetal II sub-line and one of the few returning characters for the sequel series Beast Machines.
      Her story in that series is that she was a Maximal protoform that was reprogrammed with Predacon allegiances. During the course of the series she returned to the Maximals side because she distrusted Megatron.

  • ALLUSIONS (12)

    • Strawberry Shortcake

      One of the trick-or-treating kids is wearing a costume that resembles the cartoon character Strawberry Shortcake.

    • Transformers Armada: Blackarachnia's origin (defecting to the Decepticon side after being seemingly abandoned by her comrades on the battlefield) is reminiescent of the origin of the character Wheeljack on Transformers Armada.

    • Beast Wars
      Blackarachnia's robot and beast alternate mode resemble the modes of Blackarachnia's Transmetal 2 form in Beast Wars.

    • The cloud of pesticide perpetually at the bottom of Bulkhead's ghost costume makes it resemble Pig-Pen's costume from It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

    • The general appearance of Sentinel Prime is similar to the look of The Tick, a popular superhero character that parodied other superheroes. Townsend Coleman also voiced the Tick in the animated series. Sentinels line of 'Energon-ey goodness' also mimics the Ticks word choices.

    • Blackarachnia's quest to purge her organic matter is similar to the season one goal of Megatron (From "Beast Machines") who tried to berid himself of his dragon mode to become a pure machine.

    • Tron:
      Sentinel Prime's disc weapon resembles the discs featured in the Disney film Tron. In the movie they were the primary projectile weapon used by computer programs to defend against hostile programs.

    • Blackarachnia showed that she can shoot a web line from her hand and swing on it. This is an obvious reference to Spider-Man.

    • Megaman

      Elita-1/Blackarachnia's ability to copy another bot's weapon is similar to the ability used by Nintendo videgame icon MegaMan.

    • Classic Optimus Prime

      The costume that Sari wore for Halloween is similar to the body of the classic G1 Transformers series, while still using elements of the Animated incarnation, such as the stylized windows.

    • The Alien Spiders
      The clicking noise that the giant organic spiders make is a reference to the clicking noises of the Predator aliens from the Predator movies. The Predator movies were created by Peter Cullen, who voiced Optimus Prime in the original Transformers series.

      Note: Peter Cullen didn't create the movie, he worked on the music: special vocalization.

    • Along Came a Spider:
      A reference to the novel "Along Came A Spider" written by James Patterson. The novel was adapted to a movie starring Morgan Freeman.

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