Transformers Armada

Season 1 Episode 8

Palace

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Aired Unknown Oct 18, 2002 on Cartoon Network
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A Tribeswoman legend contains truth about a Mini-Con found in the Sahara desert many years ago, and a race has begun to find it. Cyclonus stands guard in the desert, and accidentally fires on Cyclonus as he comes in to report his lack of success... and when he takes off we find the Autobots in their base leaving from the activation of the Mini-Con alert. After a brief explanation that the 'bots should listen to the children because of their knowledge of desert areas, Demolishor fires on their position. The Autobots and Mini-Cons cant transform to vehicle mode (no traction in the sand), and when Hot Shot gets cocky and stands up to attack the camouflaged Decepticon, he fires, and Prime only manages to save him by a short second delay. The children find Demolishor as they sneak around from the side, but when Demolishor continues to fire, he loosens the sand in his area and the dune begins to sink into the sand. The children begin to fall in too as Demolishor radios the Decepticon moonbase for help. Just before they are swallowed by the pit, Rad dispatches Laserbeak, but even the other Autobots cannot find their position when the pit closes up on them. The children and Mini-Cons wake up in what appears to be an underground structure (the ruins of a palace), something that appears to be a pyramid. Above, Cyclonus attacks the remaining Autobots while Starscream and Megatron arrive on the scene to challenge the group. Below again, the children continue their trek through the ruins, and find the symbol of the Mini-Cons carved into the wall above an archway. Megatron and Prime square off above, while the children seem to have activated a trap in the ruins... as many red eyes begin to glow all around them. The eyes happen to be from many spider-like robots, and just as the children are surrounded by them and think all hope is lost, Demolishor breaks through the wall and stumbles upon the robots. The children escape in the confusion as the battle rages on the sands above. The children manage to find the Mini-Con panel deep within the palace, in a room adorned with statues and the panel itself laying upon a throne. By sheer luck, however, Carlos activates a second trap... and falling rocks nearly kill the children as Demolishor races past them toward the panel. His weight appears to crush the floor below him, and it crumbles leaving him a tough climb toward the panel on the far side of the room. The statues suddenly open fire on him as the children manage to climb to safety... just in time to be nearly crushed by a falling boulder! The Mini-Cons merge into Perceptor and manage to save them... just as Demolishor grabs the Mini-Con panel and uses his vehicle mode's enhanced traction to escape the now reopened pit. He rejoins the Decepticons above, and activates the panel as Hot Shot races forward to stop him. That appears to be an unwise move, however, as Demolishor powerlinks with the new Mini-Con Bonecrusher and the Decepticons teleport back to their base. Hot Shot manages to pull himself free from the sandpit, and rescues the children with him. Back on the moon, Megatron demands that Demolishor hand over the Mini-Con, and they get into an argument over that as the episode comes to a close...moreless

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