With their energy reserves dwindling, the Autobots set out to find new reserves in their ship but are followed by the Decepticons who attack inside a meteor shower. They board the Autobot ship, and in the battle which ensues, the ship is damaged and thrown off course to crash land on Earth. Several million years later, an eruption of a volcano causes the computer to reactivate and its repair program kicks in, repairing the closest Transformer to the specifications on Earth vehicles gathered by a probe. That Transformer happens to be Skywarp who moves his fellow cons into the repair beam. They leave the Autobots behind and prepare to raid the world's resources, but Starscream unwittingly causes the Autobots to be reactivated. Some Autobots track down the Decepticons base, but are discovered and barely escape. The 'cons attack an oil rig manned by humans Spike and Sparkplug Witwicky, and when the Autobots arrive, they and the humans are caught up in the destruction of the platform.