Season 2 Episode 8

A Prime Problem

Aired Weekdays 8:00 PM Oct 02, 1985 on ABC Family
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A Prime Problem
There are suddenly two Optimus Primes running around, giving the genuine article and the other Autobots a lot to digest. Figuring out which Optimus is which proves very difficult for the Autobots. One is the original, while the other is merely a Decepticon-created copy. This has all been orchestrated by Megatron, as the bait for a deadly chasm trap. Will the Autobots be able to see through this ruse, and is there anything that Optimus can do to prove his identity?moreless

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  • 2 Primes. So what's the problem? The premise!

    An interesting episode with alot of unique scenes; but the premise was too flawed.

    The real Prime 'Problem' is that Megatron made the Prime clone too easily, and Teletran-1 diagnosed it as being identical to Prime. The magnitude of this accomplishment means Megatron can easily defeat the Autobots on many other occasions by choosing to create another Prime in 50 seconds.

    Hence, I found this premise too tough to swallow.

    Apart from that, this ep was cool and had some very unique moments. It was neat seeing Soundwave's Autoscout tape, even if it was a non-robot drone. Ironhide was impressive by assuming command, and Laserbeak took down Prime and Starscream! :)

    Optimus Clone calling Ironhide "Bumblebee" was a riot! :D

    Megatron's mountain-ship was cool, and Windcharger falling to his (expected) doom was, well, ...unexpected. Good to see he rubber-survived.

    This episode also marked the premiers of season 2 characters Warpath (non-speaking) and Powerglide; even if there was no origin mentioned.

    Megatron's actual plan was clever, as was his performance in voicing Optimus Clone. But the relative ease it took him to make the perfect clone was too much to buy.moreless
  • Optimus Prime vs Optimus Prime

    Wow, that episode impressed me when I was 5, and still doing it. Two Optimus Primes, one true and the other a clone, must face themselves until the Autobots can figure out who´s who. In this episode appears a new character too (only for this episode), Auto-Scout, one of Soundwaves cassettes who dies in a brief of action. Megtron looks very happy being Optimus Prime. Ironhides must ussurp the leader place until the real Prime is identified, so you can see him giving orders to others even saying "-Autobots, transform". Is a dream secuence for me seeing Optimus Prime face a clone of himself.moreless
  • During a routine skurmish between Autobots and their bitter enemies the Decepticons, Optimus Prime is separated from his fellow Autobots, whereupon Megatron takes this opportunity to create a clone of the Autobot leader. He is exact in every way.moreless

    Probably one of the better animated and well-written episodes of series two whereupon the Autobots are not threatened by the Decepticons they are in fact in danger of being destroyed by one of their own: An impostor Optimus Prime. Since he is the only Autobot who can stand up to any Decepticon without being badly defeated this is a major worry.

    With two Optimus Primes claiming to be the correct one, Ironhide proposed a contest to see who is the real Optimus. Transforming tests, shooting tests, as well as a race determined who was the winner. Despite this, no clear winner was found and the Autobots had to fight the Decepticons with two Optimus Primes, only finding out who was the real Prime through the impostor's lack of concern for Spike. It is incredible that the Decepticons were able to convince the Autobots for so long only to fall for such a lame event. A simple memory test would have been enough, or a security code that only the real Prime would know. But hey, it is just a cartoon.

Scatman Crothers

Scatman Crothers


Alan Oppenheimer

Alan Oppenheimer

Beachcomber / Breakdown / Seaspray / Warpath

Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem

Cliff Jumper / Telatran-1 / Bluestreak / Dr. Archeville

Christopher Collins

Christopher Collins

Starscream / Wheeljack / Defensor / Reflector / Sparkplug Witwicky

Corey Burton

Corey Burton

Spike Witwicky, Brawn, Shockwave, Sunstreaker, Wideload

Dan Gilvezan

Dan Gilvezan

Bumblebee / Hot Spot / Rollbar / Snapdragon / Goldbug

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