Season 1 Episode 12

Countdown to Extinction

Aired Weekdays 8:00 PM Dec 01, 1984 on ABC Family
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Episode Summary

It seems like things are back to normal, but Starscream is about to shake everything up. Dangerous equipment from Dr. Arkeville's laboratory is capable of granting him more power than even he can imagine. Problem is, if Starscream isn't stopped, everyone on Earth will die in the process and Cybertron will be his. Shockwave learns what is going on and reports on it. True salvation for both planets rests on the most unlikely alliance of all; Optimus and Megatron.moreless

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  • The clock is ticking and Earth only has hours to live. Prime and Megatron will have to put aside their differences to save the Earth and themselves.

    First off, this episode features my favorite line in the entire first season, beautifully delivered by Skywarp:

    Rumble: "Megatron, it's -- it's the Autobots!"

    Megatron: "Impossible! They were doomed!"

    Skywarp: "Don't worry. We'll make them regret undooming themselves!"

    If you watched the entire series up to that point and did not laugh at that line, please seek medical attention. It was nice watching the Autobots repair highways and buildings after the planet was left in ruins; continuity from previous episodes, when they decided to have that, was always a great aspect of the series. This was Starscream’s most devious and well-thought-out plot to date to double-cross Megatron. I thoroughly enjoyed Shockwave’s distrust of Stascream and how he saved the day at the end by warning Megatron. It was also nice seeing Megatron initiate the quick alliance with Optimus, showing what an intelligent leader he was. If Megatron had one other worthwhile Decepticon besides Soundwave, they would have wiped out the Autobots in the first trilogy under his leadership (wow, I really sound like a fanboy).

    “You’ve turned me into a mechanical FREAK!!!” – Dr. Arkevillemoreless
  • Optimus uses Megatron!

    This one is a very interesting episode, showing Starscream climing agin that he will the king of the universe, battles betwen Autobots and Decepticons, Optimus Prime defeating Megatron, Optimus teaming up wiht Megatorn... Teaming up with Megatron? Yeah, Optimus Prim must team up with Megatron in order to save the Earth one more time. Starscream´s intention is destroy the Earth with a new generator, and later with the energy from the explosion, become the king of the Universe. Near the end, Megatron transform in his weapon mode to be used by Optimus Prime, in order to take the generator out of the Earth.moreless
  • Optimus Prime and Megatron working together? Woah!

    If for no other good reason ,I like this episode because it's funny. There are lot of unusual things in it which I found funny or amusing. Like one of Starscream's independent plans for destroying Earth ,or the fact that Optimus Prime laughed ,or as I said ,the fact that Prime and Megatron are working together for some common objective. Entire episode is great beacuse it's unusual. I also liked the end when Starscream went back on Earth where he was waited by Megatron ,and when the Autobots went home laughing about what will Megs do to Screamer... all in all ,very funny and very merry episode.moreless
Scatman Crothers

Scatman Crothers


Victor Caroli

Victor Caroli


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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goofs: First, when the Autobots are repairing the bridge early in the episode, two Brawns are seen, but the next shot shows one of them as Gears. Then when the Decepticons are repairing their base, just before Laserbeak returns, Skywarp is speaking to Megatron with Thundercracker's voice.

    • Decepticons and Autobots heard on Laserbeak's playback only that Starscream and Dr.Arkeville are going to his secret lab. It's precise location was never mentioned. But both fractions as soon as they heard playback knew where to go.

    • When Prime and Megatron shoot the ball of energy into space prior to its explosion, it marked the first time Prime and Megatron joined forces for a common goal. They would set aside their differences (if only temporarily) again in later episodes "The Insecticon Syndrome", "Revenge of Bruticus", and "The Core". It's also interesting to note that Megatron was the one who took immediate action. Usually, it's the good guys who take the lead when it comes to team-ups, though Prime had been telling him to get rid of it before it exploded.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Dr. Archeville: (Opening the door of his secret lab) I ,Dr.Archeville ,genius of science ,say: Open ,Sesame!
      Starscream: How original!

  • NOTES (4)


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