Transformers

Season 3 Episode 29

The Return of Optimus Prime (1)

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Aired Weekdays 8:00 PM Feb 24, 1987 on ABC Family
9.1
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The Return of Optimus Prime (1)
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Ship alloy testing leads Jessica Morgan and the Transformers hating Gregory Swafford to inadvertently stumble upon two things – the ship Optimus was last seen on and the Hate Spores. The former Autobot leader's body is still intact, and while this is knowledge worth sharing with the team, Gregory has other ideas. When a later battle involving Protectobots, Technobots and Terrorcons injures Jessica, her father comes around to the same thinking. Thus, they lure the Autobot team to Optimus' body and release the Hate Spores. This works too well, however, as the infection rate grows exponentially. Among the few uninfected is Sky Lynx, who works to revive the only one that can end the Hate Plague – Optimus himself.moreless

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  • He come back!

    9.7
    When I saw this episode on my my childhood, I wasn´t believe it! Optimus Prime returned from the death and nothing in the universe can´t stop him! He was finded in the flag ship of the autobots by Jessica nad Gregory during an experiment with a metal that resist radiation and hig temperatures. Gregory hates all the Transformers, specially Optimus Prime, because in a fight against Megatron, they hurt accidentally Gregory. Gregory planned to use the death body of Optimus Prime to infect the Transformers with spores that makes crazy any form of life, robotic or not. Rodimus saves the body of Optimus and send Skylinx to find a Quintesson (they resurrect Optimus in on ocassion in an attempt todestroy the Autobots, but Optimus recovered his personality in the last moment and saves them all). The Quintesson resurrects Optimus Prime who is now ready for the battle against the spores and the Decepticons!moreless
  • This episode, along with the next three were very painful to watch.

    5.0
    Even though it was a cool idea to bring Optimus back it almost makes me angry that they did, it ruined the entire end of the movie, it ended on a sad note. Optimus was dead because he sacrificed himself to kill Megatron and to save everyone, it was one of the most noble things I have ever seen in a cartoon. This just ruined the entire idea of that and took away from his cinematic death. Optimus is dead to me and he will remain that way to me. No half-baked fanboy episode is gonna change that, the only reason for this is that everyone was too whiney to accept him being dead.moreless
Jeff MacKay

Jeff MacKay

Fireflight

Jim Cummings

Jim Cummings

Afterburner, Rippersnapper (uncredited)

Johnny Haymer

Johnny Haymer

Highbrow / Swindle / Caliburst

Danny Mann

Danny Mann

Lightspeed / Freeway / Cloudraker

Laurie Faso

Laurie Faso

Divebomb / Rampage / Skydive

John Moschitta Jr.

John Moschitta Jr.

Blurr / Punch

Johnny Haymer

Johnny Haymer

Vortex

Guest Star

Jered Barclay

Jered Barclay

voice of Dr. Gregory Swafford/voice of Wrist Timer

Guest Star

Joy Grdnic

Joy Grdnic

voice of Jessica Morgan

Guest Star

Jack Angel

Jack Angel

voice of Cyclonus

Recurring Role

Tony Pope

Tony Pope

voice of Mark Morgan / Quintesson

Recurring Role

Frank Welker

Frank Welker

voice of Sharkticon

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (35)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Abominus: (Only line) Computron think too much!

    • Sharkticons: Infect them all!
      Sky Lynx: Need a lift, Quintesson?
      Quintesson: Let me in.
      Sky Lynx: Not so fast. I'll only let you aboard if you agree to bring Optimus Prime back to life.
      Quintesson: I'll do it!
      Sky Lynx: Wise choice.

    • Quintesson: I did it! Optimus Prime lives!
      Sky Lynx: It's true. Our leader is back.
      Optimus Prime: Yes, Sky Lynx, and this time no force in the universe is going to stop me.

    • Sky Lynx: A Quintesson? But they're in hiding on the far edges of the galaxy.
      Rodimus: What's a' matter? Don't you think you can do it?
      Sky Lynx: Of course I can do it! But what on Cybertron do you want with a Quintesson?
      Rodimus: I need a Quintesson to help revive Optimus Prime!
      Sky Lynx: Optimus Prime! Then I shall not rest unitl I find you a Quintesson!

    • Wreck-Gar: Ayayayayay! Lucy, Lucy, what have you done now?
      Rodimus Prime: Wreck-Gar! Help me see if there's anything that can be done with Optimus!
      Wreck-Gar: I'm a doctor, not a forklift! His engines, they cannot take the strain!
      Rodimus Prime: Wreck-Gar! Any hope the Junkions can repair him?
      Wreck-Gar: He's dead, Jim.

  • NOTES (11)

    • This is the first and only episode where all five individual Stunticons appear but don't combine to Menasor.

    • When Optimus Prime was rescued by Jessica and Gregory, he shows his left arm intact and in the episode 73, Dark dawn, he lost that arm in the fight with Rodimus Prime. This is probably because the transformers have some kind of program for repair a limited amount of damage, and before his death, Optimus may took his arm and reassemble it to his body in a possible necessity to take his ship under control.

    • This is the first of five episodes that Jack Angel provided the voice of Cyclonus. Roger C. Carmel who provided his voice throughout the series was too ill to complete the series and died soon afterwords.

    • The hate plague is spread by contact. Yet, when Ultra Magnus invades Metroplex, Metroplex is not affected, even though Magnus is always in contact with him. One could argue the reason being that the plague needs to infect Metroplex's brain, which would explain why Rodimus Prime deactivated him. Still, it leaves one to wonder, especially if it was possible that Trypticon, the Decepticon City, could've been affected as well.

    • Last appearances of Computron, Defensor, Ratbat, Soundwave, Superion, Wheelie, and Wreck-Gar.

    • A "milder" version of the hate plague would be featured in the Beast Machines episode "Wolf in the Fold".

    • After the movie, Optimus Prime wasn't supposed to come back. However, a public outcry prompted this two-part episode to resurrect Optimus Prime.

    • Groove and Streetwise aren't referred to by name until this episode.

    • First appearance of Searchlight, Freeway, Wide Load, and Chase.

    • This is the first episode where Abominus actually speaks.

    • Last appearance of the Combaticons in Bruticus form.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

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