Transformers

Season 2 Episode 24

The Core

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Aired Weekdays 8:00 PM Oct 29, 1985 on ABC Family
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A means to forcibly use Devastator for the side of good is found. This proves quite fortuitous, as Megatron and the Decepticons are embarking on a new, dangerous plan. Regardless of the consequences to the planet, they want energy from the Earth's core itself. Worse, they have nearly drilled the whole way there. A showdown is looming underground, but both sides' attempts to use Devastator for their benefit spell disaster for all of them. Can both sides save the day and themselves from Devastator?moreless

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  • The Autobots try and get the Constructicons on their side, while the Decepticons drain energy from the Earth's core - AGAIN!

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    This is Roy Stantz, roving reporter for TV.com, and today, we review the Transformers episode "The Core".



    The Decepticon plot of the week involves the Constructicons drilling into the Earth's core under Megatron's orders. Starscream is worried about how he and the other Decepticons are gonna get off Earth when it dies. Megatron shows him a hidden Space Bridge.



    A small Autobot unit of Jazz, Prowl, Gears, Sunstreaker, and Mirage happen to just be in the neighbourhood, and they battle with the Constructicons. But the combined might of Devastator sends the Autobots running.



    Back at Autobot Headquarters, Wheeljack and Chip Chase unveil their latest invention, the Dominator Disks, which will put the Constructicons under their control.



    That night, the Autobots return to the drilling site and successfully attach the disks onto each of the Constructicons. Starscream wants to stop them, but Megatron isn't worried, because he has already built an over-ride device. When the time is right, the Decepticons will retake control of Devastator when the Autobots' guard is down.



    The Autobots, with help from Devastator, defeat the Decepticons by sealing them inside their drill site cave. The Autobots leave to deal with repairs and the Decepticons continue drilling in secret. After repairs are made, the Autobots return to finish off the Decepticons. Megatron uses his over-ride device but it conflicts with the Dominator Disks and drives Devastator completely berserk. To make matters worse, the drill is nearing the Earth's core and threatens to destroy the entire planet on contact. The Autobots and Decepticons team up, combining the over-ride device with the Dominator Disks to completely neutralize all the effects on the Constructicons and return them to normal.



    Megatron orders Devastator to destroy the drill before it reaches the core. Devastator does so, as Megatron and the other Decepticons flee. Devastator emerges from the drilling tunnel, wondering when Megatron went. The Autobots tell him he fled, but Devastator will not believe it and follows his leader. Chip laments, hoping that Devastator might have stayed with the Autobots, but Optimus Prime tells him that there's always hope.



    The story of the Autobots trying to turn Devastator good again is interesting, but dragged down by a lame "Let's try and drain energy from the Earth's core AGAIN" plot. The Constructicons interacting at the end, with Scavenger basically telling them all he loves them, was a nice bit of characterization. The Constructicons, despite the confusion of their origin, were pretty interesting in that they were shown to be sympathetic towards the Autobots on multiple occasions ("The Master Builders", "The Secret of Omega Supreme"). A shame nothing ever came of that concept. Overall, this episode's greatest detractor is the animation by Akom and an evil scheme recycled from "Fire in the Sky".moreless
Arthur Burghardt

Arthur Burghardt

Devastator

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

Don Messick

Don Messick

Gears / Ratchet / Scavenger

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