Transformers Animated

Season 3 Episode 6

Five Servos of Doom

Aired Saturday 8:00 AM Apr 04, 2009 on Cartoon Network
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Five Servos of Doom
When Sentinel Prime successfully captures fugitive Decepticons, Prowl becomes suspicious.

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  • Sentinel Prime mysteriously captures the most powerful Decepticons while the Autobots are wary of his methods and wonder if he's had assistance.

    Great episode! It featured tidbits of Prowl's past, his connection with Lockdown and origins and how he aspired to become a Ninja bot. The only thing missing was showing how Lockdown got the drop on Yoketron, their former sensai and his escape with the guarded Protoforms. In the episode, Prowl finally learned the "Processor over Matter" technique thanks to being captured by Lockdown's chicanery. Lockdown sabotaged the helmet he stole from Yoketron to capture Prowl, the Decepticons and to steal their modifications. It was interesting to see how Prowl and Lockdown's paths were connected to the past as former Yoketron students. It was even more interesting to see that Prowl was somewhat of a misfit in his younger stellar cycles.

    Sentinel Prime is bot that you love to hate with his holier-than-thou attitude. He may ultimately betray the Autobots at some point because he seems to be headed down the path of greed and avarice. He's beyond selfish and thrives to take all the glory for himself. It was good to see Optimus put him in his place after learning he hired Lockdown to capture a majority of the Decepticons. The Autobots, Prowl in particular were hot on Sentinel Prime's trail and soon learned that he enlisted Lockdown to help capture the Decepticons. As Sentinel tried to explain the error of coming to Lockdown for an aid, he was betrayed as the latest apparent Starscream clone offered more in energon and weaponry. Ultimately, Prowl saved the day by escaping and besting Lockdown by utilizing Processor over Matter.

    It was nice to see a cameo appearance from Cliffjumper and appearances with Jazz and the Autobot twins, Jetstorm and Jetfire. Hopefully, we'll see what happens with the Autobot traitor Longarm Prime/Shockwave and the stolen Magnus Hammer in the next installment.moreless
  • One certain bounty hunter is back, you know it's gonna be an awesome episode. And we get to see some of Prowl's past.

    Last week I said that "Where is Thy Sting?" may be my favorite episode. I wasn't completely 100% sure of it. But now I am. THIS is my favoite episode, for a number of reasons. Prowl is my favorite Autobot, and we finally get to see some of his past. And it's very cool, we see him train to become a Cyber Ninja. His teacher is a bot called Yoketron, I think that's how it's spelled, I may be wrong though. He's voiced by George Takei, who does a great job BTW. This plot of course ties nicely in with the rest of the episode set in the present. We get to know of a "bad cyber ninja student" that left long ago. Hmmm, I wonder who that could be? No, really, I had no idea it would be...more on that later.

    In the episode, Sentinel, of all bots, has seemingly managed to capture Blitzwing, Sunstorm, Swindle and Lugnut. Yeah, right off the bat, you know something's fishy. And what do you know? Lockdown is actually the one capturing these Decepticons. Of course he turns on Sentinel as soon as Ramjet offers a better deal. We also learn that Lockdown is the bad student. And that he killed Yoketron. This just proves furthermore that Lockdown is absolutely brutal and ruthless. He's such a great villain, Lance Henriksen returns, giving an amazing performance as usual. The episode ends with Prowl learning "Processor over Matter" and keeping the Samurai armour we saw in "A Fistful of Energon".

    There's one thing in the episode I found interesting. Lockdown raids Yoketron's place, and I think he stole some protoforms. Here's a crazy theory, maybe Sumdac is lying again, maybe HE paid Lockdown to bring him some protoforms. And that's how Sari came to earth? Again, this is a crazy theory and a very crazy one at that.

    Best episode yet, I may change my mind next week. though Oh yes, it's the one I've been waiting for, "Predacons Rising". Man, I love this show.moreless
David Kaye

David Kaye


Guest Star

George Takei

George Takei


Guest Star

Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr


Recurring Role

Lance Henriksen

Lance Henriksen


Recurring Role

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Starscream Clones, Jetfire

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Yoketron: (To Prowl) You must never sacrifice a part of the future to bring back a part of the past. When the time comes, you will understand.

    • Warpath: (Dragging Prowl into Yoketron's dojo) Ask me, he should rust in the stockade. Any Autobot who won't fight the Decepticons is no better than the Cons himself! We're at war!
      Prowl: It's not my war!
      Warpath: Then maybe I should take you out back and make it your war!

    • Lockdown: Couldn't resist that old armor though, could ya? What makes you think you can handle it this time?
      Prowl: I've learned something since then; It's the ninja bot, not the weapon.

    • Optimus Prime: Step away from the Autobot!
      Liar Starscream: What? This isn't my Autobot, I'm just holding it for a friend!

    • Prowl: You led the attack on the fortress. You took the protoforms!
      Lockdown: If my first act as a bounty hunter was betraying my sacred sensei, everything since has been easy.

    • Prowl: It's a signal beacon. We've been duped.
      Jazz: Deceived by a Decepticon. Who'd've thought?

  • NOTES (3)

    • Yoketron is named for the lead designer of TakaraTomy, Hideaki Yoke. TakaraTomy, originally called Takara, was the company that produced the Microman and Diaclone toylines, which would later be adapted into the first Transformers toys. They would later cancel Microman and Diaclone, exclusively producing Transformers ever since.

    • George Takei, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek, becomes the second Star Trek actor, after Leonard Nimoy, to lend his voice to a Transformers character. Takei is the first, however, to so in Transformers TV series: Nimoy's role as Galvatron in the original 1986 movie was taken over by Frank Welker in the TV series that followed.

    • This episode was leaked on YouTube on 03/27/09.


    • Five Servos of Doom:
      The episode's title is a play on the 1972 martial arts film Five Fingers of Death.

    • Beast Wars Neo:
      Yoketron's AllSpark container is similar in design to the Matrix of the Maximal Big Convoy, from the japanese series Beast Wars Neo.

    • Beast Wars:
      Prowl finds Sentinel Prime, Lockdown and the Liar Starscream at the "Tigatron Stadium." The stadium's name is a reference to the Maximal character Tigatron, from the Beast Wars series.