Season 1 Episode 2

More Than Meets the Eye (2)

Aired Weekdays 8:00 PM Sep 18, 1984 on ABC Family
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Episode Summary

Things continue to progress; with the Decepticons on the move, and the Autobots gaining Spike and Sparkplug Witwicky as allies. Still, two humans may not make a difference. The long dormancy has merely delayed Megatron and the Decepticons' ambitions, and they prove increasingly proficient in making up for lost time. Repeated clashes lead to a bigger one in a Decepticon mine and even bigger danger.moreless

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  • Important for character and story development, but not as good as the other two parts.

    Not that this is a bad episode, it certainly features some memorable sequences such as the Prime-Megatron battle on Sherman Dam and some good character development, but it could have been better. The ending was great with the scene where Prime is tumbling down the hill to the horror of his fellow Autobots. I remember that scene more than anything from when I saw it 23 years ago. This episode also slodified the disdain that the Decepticons have for the "Earth germs" and the Autobots commitment to help humanity. I just wish there was more plot here than how many different ways can Megatron plunder Earth's energy resources. Still, this is certainly not a disappointing episode (those come later).moreless
  • The battle continues...

    Optimus saves Spike and his father Sparkplug from the oil rig, and they join in the team of the autobots. The next stop of the Decepticons is an hidroelectric plant, making an erthquake they will produce an huge amount of energon (destroying the plant in the progress), but the Autobots arrives in time, and tcan stop the Decepticon. Later, Megatron try to get energy from a jewel mine. Optimus Prime sends Spike and Bumblebee to put a bomb inside the mine to destroy the Decepticons, Prime sends Roller to check the mine. They trapped the Decepticons but but the blast has damaged Optimus and Roller. This is the first time that Roller appears.moreless
Scatman Crothers

Scatman Crothers


Victor Caroli

Victor Caroli


Dan Gilvezan

Dan Gilvezan

Bumblebee / Hot Spot / Rollbar / Snapdragon / Goldbug

Don Messick

Don Messick

Gears / Ratchet / Scavenger

Ken Sansom

Ken Sansom


Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem

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

Dan Gilvezan

Dan Gilvezan

voice of Power Plant Worker No. 1

Recurring Role

Don Messick

Don Messick

voice of Power Plant Worker No. 2

Recurring Role

John Stephenson

John Stephenson

voice of Power Plant Worker No. 3

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Soundwave shrinks down to the size of a Walkman instead of his usual stereo-size. Sherman Dam has appeared elsewhere in Transformers media, including the Marvel UK comic and the Robots in Disguise cartoon. Peter Cullen's John Wayne-impression for Optimus Prime really shines through in this episode, particularly when he says "Stick it in neutral, Megatron!" Also, though he talks like R2-D2, Optimus' concern for Roller would appear to imply that he is sentient.

    • The cartoon would have its own continuity with regards to certain characters. Rumble and Frenzy are blue and red, respectively, in the cartoon. But in the toy line, Rumble is red and Frenzy is blue.

      This would be one of the many long-standing changes/gaffes/character SNAFUs that required viewing the Transformers cartoon as an independant entity when compared to both the comic book and the toy line.

    • Starscream, for one testing, spent one entire supply of energon cubes which is supposed to be 1/3 of the entire supplies for Decepticon ship.

    • How did Soundwave managed to report to Megatron about energy recources ,if Ravage (who was captured) was collecting the data?

    • When the Autobots arrive at the Crystal mine, there is a back shot of some of the Autobots which BlueStreak is in. When this shot is used again in the scene, Blue Streaks head is suddenly yellow and not grey.

    • Gears turns completely red when he transforms into his truck mode.

    • Sideswipe's head is partly red (a bit like Ironhide's or Hot Rod's) when that part should be black at one point. It can be seen when Wheeljack, Sparkplug and Optimus disscussed the bomb plan.

    • Sideswipe speaks in a different voice when saying 'There he is!' and 'Fire!'

    • When Sideswipe and Sunstreaker assist Trailbreaker, Sideswipe drives up on the left of Trailbreaker and Sunstreaker drives up on the right but during a front shot all three of them, Sideswipe is on the right and Sunstreaker on the left.

    • There appeared to be millions of Reflectors, Skywarps and Thundercrackers when the Decepticons flew to the crystal mine.

    • When the Autobots arrive at the Dam, Prowl's lips are moving when Optimus is speaking.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Megatron: (After breaking through the wall at Sherman Dam Power Plant.) I am Megatron. Leader of the Decepticons. You will do exactly as I say.

    • Spike: (Walking up to Trailbreaker.) Hey. Tell me more about Cybertron.
      Trailbreaker: What would you like to know?
      Spike: For one thing, why do you transform into cars and things?
      Trailbreaker: Simple. Disguise. Besides it sure beats walking
      Spike: Yeah, but how do you do it?

    • Sparkplug: I don't know who you are but you saved our lives.
      Optimus Prime: We're Autobots. We're from Cybertron. A planet far from earth.
      Spike: Another planet. That's awesome.
      Optimus Prime: Those who tried to harm you are called Decepticons. We must stop them before they destroy your world.
      Spike: Can we help?
      Optimus Prime: We are the only ones who can stop the Decepticons.
      Sparkplug: But my son, Spike and I know more about Earth than you do.
      Optimus Prime: Hmm, maybe you can help us!

    • Hound: Easy Spike, you almost flooded your engine.

    • Optimus Prime: You destroy everything you touch, Megatron.
      Megatron: Because everything I touch is food for my hunger; My hunger for power!

    • Megatron: Power flows to the one who knows how. Desire alone is not enough.

  • NOTES (4)