Transformers

Season 2 Episode 17

Auto Berserk

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Aired Weekdays 8:00 PM Oct 16, 1985 on ABC Family
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A recently-constructed tank has massive destructive capabilities, especially if the Decepticons get it. The Autobots mean to ensure that the last possibility doesn't happen, but something goes wrong for Red Alert. Damage leaves him acting paranoid about virtually everything. This proves to be very good news for the traitorous Starscream, as he needs help in a scheme to use the tank to get the better of both the Autobots and the Decepticons. On top of that, Red Alert's damage threatens to off-line him for good. Can Inferno save the day?moreless

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  • A rare Autobot-Decepticon team-up! ...again.

    7.0
    Storylogically, this is the 6th S2 episode where Autobots have 'willingly' teamed with Decepticons.

    Sure, in this case it was due to Red Alert's accident causing a glitch in his logic circuits, and heightening his paranoia. But at least that paranoia was always naturally there.



    We feel sympathy for Red Alert, but it didn't capture the same emotion of Grapple's dreams from the previous episode, The Master Builders. Red Alert had genuine cause to feel betrayed by his friend Inferno, and they should have expanded on this aspect.



    Starscream was great how he manipulated Red Alert and possibly formed a true friendship with him; well, as true as can be for Starscream, as it was all based on what he does best: being selfish!

    Nice to see Prime take responsibility for the situation after earlierly dismissing Inferno's fault.



    This is quite a stand alone episode as it has no related consequences on other episodes; but it would have been better appreciated it wasn't storyly right after another enemies=friends episode, and a better 1 too.moreless
  • Yipes! Red Alert has lost his mind!

    8.5
    I first saw this episode on DVD back in late 2003, and I must say that it is a splendid episode to come out of the second season of Transformers. We get to see Starscream do even so much more that just whine and complain about working for Megatron, and we learn about Red Alert's friendship with Inferno, an odd pair if there ever was one. There's Red Alert, who's utterly paranoid about being safe and secure, and then there's Inferno, who wants nothing more in life than to run into burning buildings and kick Decepticon butt, preferably at the same time. Then again, the writers of the episodes seem to like picking two opposite-type Autobot characters, throwing them together into a situation, and seeing what happens, just like with Perceptor and Brawn in "Microbots", or Hound and Cliffjumper in "More Than Meets The Eye, Part One", or Blaster and Cosmos in "Blaster Blues", or Mirage and Cliffjumper in "Traitor", or...Well, you get the idea.



    And then, of course, there's Starscream. We all learn a whole lot more about Starscream by this point in the series, though this is probably the first time that Starscream gets a little more on the vindictive side. Sure, he usually tries to undermine Megatron however he can...but he never comes this close to succeeding prior to this episode, nor do his motives ever seem quite so...personal...at least not until "Starscream's Brigade". His "Megatron will regret abandoning me!" line is telling, especially the tone in which he says it. His tone would seem to indicate that, in this one case, revenge is motivating him more so than plain old power-lust, which is his usual motive. It seems to me that Starscream does everything that he does in this episode--team up with a renegade Autobot and snitch a nifty Wheeljack invention which he obviously planned to used against Megatron--just to get back at Megatron for leaving him behind. It's more than just his normal "make a blind grab for power" tactic. This time, there's petty revenge in the mix, too. It's amazing the lengths that Starscream will go to when he's got a bug up his butt about something. And it's always nice to see more facets of Starscream's twisted little mind.



    Now, the animation is pretty smooth and crisp here! And the Decepticon jets disjointed dialogue after Smokescreen shoots out their electric circuits cracks me up every time!



    So kudos to whoever drew/animated "Auto Berserk"! As I said, everyone yells about how nicely-animated "Call Of The Primitives" is--and it is! But I think "Auto Berserk" is just as nicely done...and even better! The whole episode qualifies as a classic just 'cuz it's so darn pretty! Starscream and Red Alert really steal the show here, followed very closely by Inferno.moreless
Peter Renaday

Peter Renaday

Grapple

Bud Davis

Bud Davis

Dirge / Metroplex / Predaking

Walker Edmiston

Walker Edmiston

Inferno

Ed Gilbert

Ed Gilbert

Blitzwing / Thrust / Superion

Christopher Collins

Christopher Collins

Starscream / Wheeljack / Defensor / Reflector / Sparkplug Witwicky

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Megatron / Galvatron / Soundwave / Wheelie / Rumble / Mirage / Blades / Chromedome / Frenzy / Groove / Mixmaster / Skywarp / Slu

Bud Davis

Bud Davis

voice of Fire Chief

Recurring Role

Walker Edmiston

Walker Edmiston

voice of Military Officer

Recurring Role

Ed Gilbert

Ed Gilbert

voice of NCO

Recurring Role

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