Transformers Animated

Season 1 Episode 3

Transform and Roll Out, Part III

Aired Saturday 8:00 AM Dec 26, 2007 on Cartoon Network
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Transform and Roll Out, Part III
The Autobots must save Detroit from Starscream, when he kidnaps Bumblebee, Fanzone and Isaac Sumdac for ransom to get the AllSpark.

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  • cool episode

    The Autobots musy save Detroit from Starscream, when he kidnaps Bumblebee, Fanzone and Isaac Sumdac for ransom to get the AllSpark. On the Decepticon ship, Starscream is ready to declare himself leader but realizes the other Decepticons have already escaped. The Autobot ship winds up going through a Space Bridge, which the Allspark destroys after they enter. The resulting explosion tears a gigantic hole into the Decepticon ship, stopping it from pursuing the Autobots. Having wound up in orbit of Earth, the ship begins to enter the atmosphere out of control once again. Optimus manages to throw Megatron out an airlock and then focuses on getting the ship back under control. He orders the others to the Stasis Pods and makes sure the ship does not crash in a populated area. As the ship lands in Lake Erie, he manages to get into a Pod himself. Meanwhile, a young Sumdac finds a gigantic robot crashed in a field near his house - it is Megatron unconscious! Fifty years later, the city of Detroit has become a booming industrial center that produces robots. The brilliant Professor Sumdac gives a tour of his manufacturing facility. During this tour we meet his daughter Sari who winds up chasing her robot dog, Sparkplug around. We also see her security key, which she wears around her neck. He shows a lab where work is being conducted on nanobots for medical purposes. However, the experiment quickly goes out of control and an insect that was being experimented on begins to grow out of control, merging with everything around it including filing cabinets! Everyone is forced to evacuate the facility and the police and emergency crews quickly head to the factory including Captain Fanzone who commands these units. The rescue workers evaculate the building while the police fight it. However Sari is still inside looking for Sparkplug. When the police blow up the bug, a piece of it falls into the lake and enters the Autobot ship, awakening its security measures - forcing the Autobots out of stasis. The police victory is short lived however as the pieces of the creature start to reform into the giantic insect once again! Inside the ship, Ratchet manages to capture the small piece of the insect. Using Teletran-1's satellite, the Autobots see the creature attacking the police and decide to assist them. Fearing the Decepticons might be watching, Optimus decides the Autobots need to take on local life form disguises, which the Autobots interpret as the police vehicles. One by one the Autobots each take a vehicle form. Ratchet stays behind to figure out what the strange intruder is while the others head out to fight it. Captain Fanzone orders his people to clear away from the scene, deciding to only use armed robots to fight the insect. The small helicopter like drones attempt to destroy the insect but to no avail. When he sees the Autobots in disguise near the creature, he thinks it's his men until he sees "his car" and the other vehicles without drivers! Before the Autobots can do anything else, Sari comes running out of the building with Sparkplug. The Autobots mistake her for a pet and Sparkplug as the owner. The Autobots try to introduce themselves but scare Sari right into the arms of the insect. They quickly transform and rescue her, with Bumblebee catching her and taking her to safety while the others battle the insect. The police witness the Autobots transforming and are awestruck. They try to battle the creature but Prowl is quickly sucked into the insect's body.moreless
  • Starscream Returns!

    After saving some citizens of Detroit from a burning building, the Autobots are again praised as heroes for what they think falls into their original job as a repair crew, but they are once again called to save the city when Starscream, disguised as a jet (yet again), launches an attack on them. The Autobots quickly try to take him down, but Starscream aims a blast at Sari which Bumblebee takes, and is knocked unconscious (if you can do that to a robot), which Starscream throws onboard a train car, along with Sari's father, and Police Chief Farzone, and takes them to the tallest tower around demanding the Allspark for their lives.

    Sari comes up with a plan, but Optimus doesn't want to hear it, so she starts crying to get him to listen to it, which they put into action: While Ratchet and Bulkhead display the Allspark, Prowl begins rescueing the hostages, managing to get Chief Farzone, and Isaac off the rail car while Sari revives Bumblebee with her Allspark key, but Starscream notices this and blasts the car off the tower. After Ratchet and Bulkhead are successful in saving Sari and Bumblebee, Optimus has to prevent Starscream from grabbing the Allspark, which leads into a game of keep away but Starscream manages to get it anyway, but has to struggle against Optimus to fully have it, leading to a bright glow from the Allspark which sends Starscream off, and also seemingly kills Optimus, who is revived by Sari's key and the Allspark itself.

    The last scenes show the Autobots doing what they do best: Repairing. In this case, a pretty trashed Detroit.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Starscream's alternate mode resembles the vehicle form for the YF-19 from Macross.

    • At the beginning of the park scene, before Optimus learns where babies come from, a kid is wearing clothing similar to that of Red Star from the Teen Titans animated series.

    • Goof: Optimus Prime says that none of them can fly, but when Prowl and Bumblebee landed on the ground, Prowl can clearly be seen using a small jet pack to hover.

    • At the end of this episode, we learn where Sumdac got the inspiration for his robots, from studying Megatron. In fact, he currently holds Megatron's dissembodied head in his lab.

    • Goof: During the fight, Optimus throws his ax at Starscream and it gets stuck in his wing. However, when Starscream charges at Optimus, the ax is gone. Later, when Optimus is holding on to Starscream, he pulls the ax out of Starscream's wing.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Starscream: I have had enough of toying with you Autobots!

    • Bulkhead: (about the AllSpark) I got it! I got it! I...
      Starscream: (Grabs the AllSpark) Fool! Did you really think you could keep the AllSpark out of the hands of... (Bulkhead hits Starscream and catches the AllSpark)
      Bulkhead: I said 'I got it.'

    • Ratchet: Guess there's still some spark left in the old bot afterall.
      Optimus Prime: (From a distance) Ratchet, think fast!
      Ratchet: Oh crud.

    • Optimus Prime: Maybe Ultra Magnus is right. Maybe I'm not programmed to be a hero.
      Prowl: You're not alone. A wise bot once told me that a machine is stronger than it's component parts. Only I had to learn that the hard way.

    • Bumblebee: Repairing bridges. Isn't this how we started out?

    • Ratchet: It's our worst fear come to life: The Allspark in Decepticon hands!
      Optimus Prime: Not without a fight...

    • Starscream: (about the AllSpark) It's more powerful than I could've ever imagined!

    • Starscream: You call yourselves heroes? You think you defeated the great Megatron? You did no such thing... I defeated Megatron! I planted the device that overloaded his cercuitry. His fate was sealed before he even reached your ship.

    • Optimus Prime: They keep calling us heroes but I don't feel any more like a hero than I did repairing space bridges on Cybertron.
      Ratchet: In my experience, heroes usually end up on the repair table or the scrap heap. And I'm not ready to join the well of AllSparks just yet.

    • (a police officer puts another ticket on Ratchet's windsheild. Ratchet transforms)
      Ratchet: Hey! Can't a bot take a stasis nap around here?

    • Optimus Prime: Is this the well of the AllSpark?
      Sari: (teary eyed) No, this is Detroit.
      Bulkhead: Why are you crying if you're not upset?
      Sari: You have so much to learn about humans.

    • (Sari tears up)
      Bulkhead: She sprung a leak.
      Sari: It's called crying. It's something we humans do when we feel sad, or scared... or totally helpless to save the people we care about most.
      (Sari starts bawling)
      Optimus Prime: Alright, (Sari immediately stops) I'll consider your plan.
      Sari: It's also a really useful way to get what we want.
      Optimus Prime: I said I would consider your plan.

    • Optimus Prime: A Decepticon? Here?
      Starscream: The name is Starscream. Exalted leader of the Decepticons!
      Bulkhead: I thought that was Megatron...
      Starscream: Silence Autobot filth!

    • Starscream: Let go, Autobot!
      Optimus Prime: Never! The AllSpark is life!
      Starscream: Then let it end yours!

    • Pilot: Unidentified aircraft entering US airspace over Michigan. Identify yourself, or you will be considered as a hostile.
      Starscream: You haven't seen hostile yet!

    • Optimus Prime: (pointing at plummeting train car) Bulkhead, Ratchet, help the others!
      Bulkhead: What are we supposed to do? Catch it on the first bounce?!?

  • NOTES (1)


    • Optimus Prime: Is this the Well of AllSparks?
      Sari Sumdac: No, it's Detroit.
      This is a reference to a scene in the film Field of Dreams, where Ray Liotta asks Kevin Costner "Is this Heaven?" and Costner replies "No, it's Iowa."

    • The Crimson Angels
      A reference to the Blue Angels which is the U.S. Navy's flying aerobatics team and the Red Arrows, the RAF's aerobatics team.