Season 1 Episode 3

More Than Meets the Eye (3)

Aired Weekdays 8:00 PM Sep 19, 1984 on ABC Family
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More Than Meets the Eye (3)
Following the latest action, both sides are basically back to where they started. The Autobots use Ravage and some holograms in an attempt to lure the Deceptions into a final defeat. Unfortunately, Megatron proves even sneakier, seeing through Optimus' ruse and keeping them distracted from interfering in his own plans. Even worse, the Decepticons are done plundering Earth. With a ship ready and Cybertron in great danger, an all-out battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons looms.moreless

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  • The Autobots must stop the Decepticons from escaping Earth with vast stores on energy at all costs.

    The tension of this trilogy increases dramatically in the final act leading up to a fantastic conclusion. Several plot elements come together in the last few minutes that really show why Transformers is such a great series. Any other program would have a character like Optimus Prime be the hero and take down the Decepticons at the last moment. Instead, he gets blasted out of the sky and we see a moment of hopelessness and anger from Optimus that shows he is no God, but "human' like the rest of us. Starscream's treachery and Mirage's ingenuity save the day for the Autobots, and show the balance of character importance in the series. There are some bad elements to this episode such as the plot to use ravage and Autobots trying to disguise themselves as humans at a rocket base, but the ending more than makes up for that, making this one of the better episodes of the first season.

    As in almost every episode, Soundwave is always the cornerstone of the Decepticons. He designs and flies their space cruiser, produces all of the energon cubes, performs all of the espionage for the Decepticons along with two of his underlings: Laserbeak and Ravage (Reflector does also but he sux), has the coolest voice next to Prime's, isn't a traitorous fool like Starscream, and he's the only other Decepticon that Megatron has any respect for. Sorry...just had to plug Soundwave's coolness real quick.moreless
  • Not bad...

    This epidode isn´t be enough good as it must be. The Decepticons survived he mine explosion and builds a new ship to return to Cibertron. The Autobots makes an illusion of a military base to try to catch the Decepticons, but they discover the plan and avoid the ambush and goes to the real baes. Autobots and Decepticons fights one more time, making a retreat of the Decepticons to their ship. Optimus Prime try to take it down, but the Decepticons shoot him down to earth. Mirage, who was hided in the ship, shoots the ship´s computers, making it fall. Mirage jumps out the ship nefore the crash.moreless
  • It begun spectacularly ,but the end is dissapointing.

    If there is one thing I hate ,it is when you writing a cartoon strictly by comics. More Then Meets The Eye was basic comic story ,written by some guy who didn't give a damn thing about characters or their reputations. The greatest flaw was in difference between comics and cartoon. In comics ,Autobots are just small group ,just bunch of underdogs. But in cartoons ,they are look more like mighty army. Mightier then Desepticons at least ,because there was just 5 or 6 Desepticons in the entire trilogy. The thing that dissapointed me most was that the Autobots haven't been shown very heroicly here. Shore they tried to stop Desepticons ,but they never succeded. Even in final battle ,they failed. And then some stupid guy who wasn't doing a lot ,done something that anybody could do at any time in the episode. That ticks me off a lot. The Autobots are supposed to be shown as heroes who are winning thanks to courage and strengh ,not thanks to some individuals or pure luck. It appears that the Autobots during entire trilogy were surviving by luck and mercy ,I mean if Starscream hadn't shoot that rock in part 1 ,there wouldn't be Autobots. That's preety imberacing for Bots. Overall ,it is OK for a pilot ,but it is preety dissapointing if you are an Autobot fan.moreless
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Scatman Crothers


Corey Burton

Corey Burton

Spike Witwicky, Brawn, Shockwave, Sunstreaker, Wideload

Dan Gilvezan

Dan Gilvezan

Bumblebee / Hot Spot / Rollbar / Snapdragon / Goldbug

Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem

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

Christopher Collins

Christopher Collins

Starscream / Wheeljack / Defensor / Reflector / Sparkplug Witwicky

Don Messick

Don Messick

Gears / Ratchet / Scavenger

Corey Burton

Corey Burton

voice of Captain

Recurring Role

Dan Gilvezan

Dan Gilvezan

voice of Air Traffic Controller No. 1

Recurring Role

Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem

voice of Air Traffic Controller No. 2

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • When the Decepticon rocket takes off, Mirage can be seen on the ground, but moments later, he is shown to have stowed away on board. (Yes, because the one on the ground was a Mirage (Illusion, Hologram, Whatever you want to call it)

    • Megatron learns the location of the real rocket base and Ravage is taken prisoner by the Autobots in "More than Meets the Eye Part II". Ravage talks for the first and only time from within Soundwave's chest in this episode. He talked quite frequently in the Marvel comic and on rare occasions in the Japanese dub. Optimus uses the laser cannon mounted within his trailer for the first time. He rarely ever uses it again for the rest of the series. This episode also marks the last time Spike is shown to keep a journal. A good thing, too, as the whole journal-device reminded me too much of Nickelodeon's Doug.

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

    • While Hound is fighting Rumble there is a strange thing in the air like dust or water wave, maybe because that sequence was supposed to be in the previous episode while Hound was fighting Rumble under water.

    • If Hound and Mirage were in on the plan to let Ravage escape, why should they be confused at Optimus's glad reaction that he did.

    • The gun disappears then appears again on Ironhide's back when Ironhide and Bluestreak are flying towards the Decepticons.

    • Optimus needed to borrow Sideswipe's rocket pack in order to catch up with the Decepticon ship. Didn't the Autobots fly without rocket packs in the first two parts of this trilogy. This could only suggest that even if the Autobots could fly they wouldn't be fast enough to catch up with the Decepticons.

    • Hound says "Ravage, he escaped!" in Mirage's voice.

    • Mirage says "Where?" without moving his lips at one point.

    • When Ravage plays back the recording of Hound and Mirage discussing the false location of the rocket site, shouldn't be as Hound's and Mirage's exact words, it sounds as if Ravage could talk.

    • After the Decepticons blast their way out of the Ruby Crystal mine Soundwave has an Autobot Insignia on his chest.

    • Optimus's faceplate moves when Jazz says 'Autobots transform.'

    • When the Autobots come to a moment of truth, the autobots are seen in line in one order, but during another shot of the autobots in line they are in a different order, plus you can see Jazz in the line when he's standing next to Optimus Prime. This is very hard to spot but you'll eventually see what I mean.

    • When Ironhide steps foward, he has a few black dots on his windshield.

    • When Ironhide says to go after the Decepticons in the previous episode, Optimus clearly states that the Decepticons can fly faster.

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