Season 2 Episode 6

Enter the Nightbird

Aired Weekdays 8:00 PM Sep 30, 1985 on ABC Family

Episode Fan Reviews (4)

out of 10
34 votes
  • Ninja Bot

    There really isn't much to say about this episode other than I thought it was fun and it was a cool concept where for once we actually have a female Deceptacon robot. I really liked the design of Nightbird, and even loved the fact more that she was actually kicking butt using martial arts and ninjitsu tricks and tactics on all of the autobots which is why I couldn't help but feel Nightbird stole the show on the episode, hence the title.

    But this episode even though it's fun it has a few problems that hold it back for me. One the ending, it was an openended suggestion that her character was going to come back but didn't, I'll admit I find that an annoying cliche in most shows, if your not going to bring a character back then don't do that kind of suggestion otherwise it's pointless. Either the character dies perminantly or converts to the otherside which is something I felt should of happened.

    The fact that the Nightbird doesn't talk is a problem because it makes her not much of a character but more of a charachure, which is why I don't find her totally memorable. Let alone the fact she doesn't transform into anything.

    Final problem is I can't help but feel this was another lost opportunity for the franshise having not just female deceptacons but also may'be even a line up of ninja and samurai Autobots and Deceptacons. But I guess that might be asking too much so whatever.

    Overall it's a fun episode nothing really more or less.
  • Fun episode about an Earthen robot ninja

    This was a fun episode with some cool moments. Funny to see Ratchet and Wheeljack making jokes about the human robot 'running out of batteries' and stuff, although their cracks were justified.

    It was nice to see some individual features like Bluestreak taking a blast from Megatron to protect Prime, and Bombshell getting a large role among Decepticons. It seems Bombshell's cerebro shell combined with Nightbird's original program almost gave her sentience. But she was caught playing 'Roboto-possum!" yet showed no joy, proving she is not sentient.

    It's nice to see Starscream being the hero again in this episode, by protecting himself and foiling Megatron's plan.
    In fact, his null ray was able to neutralize Nightbird without harming her; a promise which the Autobots were finding difficult to accomplish.

    The ending was typical open ended with her showing signs of anger as she was locked away for good.
  • Earth Robot vs Cibertronian Transgormers

    Nightbird steals the show in this episode and is indeed a pretty cool character. It would’ve been great if they’d made her a returning villain or even a regular member of the Decepticon army, as her attacks were quite flashy and she actually got an origin episode (as opposed to 90% of the cast, which are just cardboard cut-outs). But, like Devcon and other characters who appear later-on, she’s a one-shot. The whole episode is pretty much just one big fight with Nightbird, so there isn’t much story to comment on. But watching Nightbird kick the crap out of various Autobots (she smacks the Hell out of Mirage) is worth the price of admission.
  • The Decepticons steal a experimental female-robot ninja named Nightbird, planning to use her to infiltrate the Ark and give The Autobots the run-around by stealing Teletran 1's computer chip containing information on earth's resources.

    This was quite an enjoyable episode. Nightbird proves more than a match for the Autobots by using a Star Wars-style lightsabre on Optimus Prime and Starscream is on fine weasel-form again upon hearing that Megatron plans to have Nightbird take his place. Bombshell gets a fairly considerable amount of screentime as well when he reprogrammes Nightbird into doing Megatron's bidding. But one question remains, why steal something completely meaningless? Why not have Nightbird sabotage the Ark completely? Anyway, a fairly good episode from season 2. Only Auto Bezerk stands out as a classic in it's own right.
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