Optimus Prime, Lugnut
Prowl, Ultra Magnus
In the video Optimus Prime was watching, Bumblebee from the original Transformers series is shown.
While every Optimus Prime in the Transformers series (Excluding Beast Wars) had Prime as the bot in charge of Cybertron, in this series, he is a commander of a small group of repair bots even after being taught at the Autobot Academy.
Transformers Animated is the first series to feature an Autobot named Prowl that is not a car, but a motorcycle. Keeping with the classic theme of previous Prowls, he is still a police vehicle.
Bumblebee: We're all gonna die, aren't we?
Starscream: Megatron is a fool whose been chasing a ghost for centuries! I seriously doubt we'll find this "AllSpark" aboard such an insignificant vessel.
Lugnut: Traitor! Megatron is wise! Megatron is bold! Megatron will return the Decepticons to Cybertron and...
Blackarachnia: And wipe our homeland clean of the stench of "Autobot tyranny," bladdy blah blah blah! Did you memorize that speech, Lugnut, or is it just hard wired into that thick one-track processor of yours!?
Bumblebee: Cool your circuits, Bulkhead. I'm working as fast as I can, and you know there's no bot faster!
Megatron: Starscream, report.
Starscream: Energy readings off the scale, my liege. Shall I fire upon the Autobots?
Megatron: Cripple their ship, but do not destroy it... yet.
Starscream: Yes, yes, brillant strategy, oh wise and great leader.
Bumblebee: But, we're Repair bots. We're not programmed for this kind of action!
Optimus Prime: Then consider this an upgrade.
Optimus Prime: Set a course for the nearest space bridge.
Bulkhead: But Ultra Magnus said to stay put.
Optimus Prime: With all do respect, Bulkhead, Ultra Magnus isn't carrying the AllSpark.
Ultra Magnus: Oh and Prime, don't try to be a hero.
(talking to Blackarachnia)
Blitzwing: (second face) The name is Blitzwing, insect! Remember it cause it's the last thing you're gonna hear before I... (third face) express my feelings in song! (singing) The itzy bitzy spider...
(After Optimus Prime cuts off the gravity)
Ratchet: Good thinking Prime. Putting us on equal footing... so to speak.
Optimus Prime: Would it kill you bots to say something like 'heads up' or 'look out' or...
Starscream: (sees Autobot ship explode from detonator) Yes! (turns around and clears throat) Solemn face; Solemn face...
Ratchet: Young-bots: can't live with 'em, can't melt 'em for spare parts.
Bulkhead: (To Bumblebee) Why is he always so grumpy?
Bumblebee: You'd be grumpy too if you lost a servo to the scrapheap! (Ratchet slaps Bumblebee in the back of the head)
Ratchet: I may have lost a few servos to the scrapheap... but I can still hear!
Optimus Prime: Sometimes I feel like I'm destined for more then just fixing Space Bridges.
Ratchet: I've got a diagnostic program that'll get rid of those thoughts like a bad line code.
After Optimus Prime cuts off the gravity
Bumblebee: Hey who turned off the (Bulkhead slams into Bumblebee) Whaaaaaaaaa!!!
Bulkhead: Sorry! My bad!
Bumblebee flips out of control, until he hits Megatron's foot
Bumblebee: You know what? You're even uglier from this angle!
(The Detonator Starscream planted on Megatron's back goes off, seemingly killing both the Autobots and Megatron)
Starscream: This is a dark day in Decepticon history. May the legacy of our fallen leader, Megatron, live in our memory cores, for all eternity. As I appoint myself new leader, I solemly pledge to... (Turns around, realizes that the other Decepticons have already abandoned ship) Where's everybody gone?!
Megatron: What do you want now, Starscream?
(Starscream places a detonator on Megatron's back, seemingly patting his leader)
Starscream: Only to wish you luck, my liege.
Megatron: I do not believe in "luck". (Transforms and leaves)
Starscream: Neither do I...
Starscream: I volunteer to deploy and breach the Autobot ship.
Megatron: I didn't spend the last 4 million solar cycles just so you could get your greasy wings on the AllSpark! (Grabs Starscream's wing and pulls him in)
Starscream: Ow! Ow!
Megatron: I will harness its energy into the ultimate weapon... and crush the Autobots for good! (Lets go of Starscream and leaves)
Starscream: (About his damaged wing) Well I'll just... get this fixed then...
Sentinel Prime's appearance in this episode is noticeably different from that of his later appearances. Derrick J. Wyatt revealed that, at the time this episode went into production, the only part of Sentinel that had been designed was his head. This non-final design was later replaced with his normal design.
Marty Isenberg wanted to use a Transformer who could "transform into anything." When that proved unworkable for toy reasons, the triple changer named Blitzwing was used. Eric Siebenaler, Hasbro's lead designer on Transformers, gave the idea of Blitzwing's face swapping.
During preproduction, Rodimus Prime, Optimus Prime's sucessor from the original animated series, was going to be his rival. When the idea of Rodimus Prime being "a jerk" didn't go, the character was dropped in favor Sentinel Prime, making it the first time the name is used in an animated series.
During the show's preproduction, the character Red Alert was suggested as one of the five Autobots. Unlike previous incarnations, the character would have been a female. Apparently, because of the live-action movie and to attract older fans, the character was dropped in favor of Ratchet.
The character Hot Shot, an Autobot rookie from the past three Transformers series (also known as The Unicron Trilogy), was suggested for a character during the show's preproduction. Because of the live-action movie and to help new fans understand the series better, the character was dropped in favor of Bumblebee.
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Tom Kenny, who voices Starscream in the series, also does the voice of the title character from Nickelodeon's 'Spongebob Squarepants.' Bill Fagerbakke (Bulkhead) also voices a Spongebob character, the dim-witted Patrick Star.
This is the first animated Transformers series since the original G1 cartoon to be produced by an American company.
Two of the voice actors in this series have portrayed characters in previous Transfomers shows. Corey Burton (Megatron and Ratchet) voiced Sunstreaker, Brawn, Spike Witwicky and Shockwave in the Generation One cartoon. David Kaye (Optimus Prime) is perhaps better known as the voice behind Megatron in Beast Wars/Machines and Megatron/Galvatron in the Unicron Trilogy
Out of the 5 Autobots, Bulkhead is the only one who doesn't reuse a name that originated from a Generation One Autobot. His name comes from the Energon Series of Autobots. In Energon, Bulkhead was a helicopter.
Megatron's head resembles the design used for the 2007 movie character and carries the arm cannon of the original 1984 G1 Megatron.
Sentinel Prime: Appearance
Sentinel Prime's rather large chin and blue coloring makes him a physical parody of the animated Superhero, The Tick. Townsend Coleman, who voices Sentinel, was coincidentally the voice of The Tick in the cartoon series of the same name.
The footage of the Great War Optimus Prime was watching at the beginning come from the epsiodes "More than Meets the Eye, Part 1" and "War Dawn" from the 1984 Transformers series. If you watch closely, you can see several G1 characters in the clips, including G1 Megatron, Skywarp, Thundercracker, G1 Bumblebee, Wheeljack, and the one shot character Dion.
Blitzwing having three revolving faces could be a reference to Man-E-Faces from "Masters of the Universe." This would make sense, since Mattel and Hasbro are competitors and filmation has a few badguys in "She-Ra, Princess of Power" who are based on the Transformers.
Although this is the character's first appearance in a animated series, Sentinel Prime has appeared in nearly every comic book incarnation of the Transformers franchise. In all his appearances, Sentinel is shown as the Prime who preceded Optimus, the former's death (at the hands of Megatron in the Dreamwave and recent IDW stories) often the catalyst for latter taking the mantle of Prime.
Bumblebee: We're all gonna die, aren't we?
This is a possible homage to Rattrap and his constant line "We're all gonna die" from Beast Wars.
Bumblebee: Bad choice of words, Big-Bot.
Bumblebee's nickname for Optimus is the one that the Maximal Cheetor used in Beast Wars for Optimus Primal. The order of the Autobots in this series share similarities to the 5 Maximals in the beginning of Beast Wars: Optimus Prime/Optimus Primal (Leader), Bumblebee/Cheetor (Youngest), Prowl/Dinobot (Loner warrior), Ratchet/Rhinox (Doctor), Bulkhead/Rattrap (Attitude).
The AllSpark seems to be similar to the object of the same name from the live-action Transformers film. It is an object of great power that can turn machines into Transformers. One major difference is that the movie version is shaped like a cube, while the Animated version is shaped like a Hexagon.
Transform and Roll Out!
This episode gets its name from the classic Transformers line "Autobots, Transform and Rollout!" This line is always stated by Optimus Prime.
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