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Season 1 Episode 9

The Ultimate Doom: Search (2)

Aired Weekdays 8:00 PM Nov 10, 1984 on ABC Family
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The Ultimate Doom: Search (2)
Cybertron's nearby presence has sent Earth and everyone on it into chaos. The Autobots and the Dinobots have their hands full trying to protect innocents and themselves from every possible natural disaster. Undoing what Megatron has done is a major priority, but so is rescuing Sparkplug. He is currently a Decepticon prisoner on Cybertron, and the Decepticons aren't about to hang him out to dry. Spike and an Autobot team are sent out, but Sparkplug is still wearing a hypno-chip, meaning more danger than expected. Meanwhile, the Earth-bound Autobots try to stop Megatron.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Some great moments in this obvious filler episode make it fun and highly entertaining.

    Plenty of ridiculousness in this episode. The fact that Cybertron is peaceful while the Earth is getting torn apart when Earth is way bigger is pretty ludicrous (unless of course Cybertron is so dense that it has significantly more mass than Earth). Then the Dinobots trying to protect the entire coastline of the planet from tsunamis elicited quite a loud laugh from me (their technique was good but there is no way they could have protected even 1% of the world’s coastline at the speed they worked, so hundreds of millions of people would have drowned in the first hour of Cybertron’s arrival). Some of the good moments include Laserbeak kidnapping unsuspecting humans for the Hypno-Chip program. Dr. Arkeville getting double-crossed more and more by Megatron. Optimus “being there” for Spike after he lost his father helped cement his status as a surrogate father figure to many kids. I knew a lot of kids growing up who either had no fathers, or came from homes with domestic problems. After this episode, many wished they could have Prime for a dad, which was actually quite depressing for me even at that age when I had limited understanding. Some of you reading this review may think that statement is crazy, but I assure you that it was true for many children I knew.

    Back to the episode, it was great entertainment but much weaker than the first episode in the trilogy.moreless
  • Even beimg a filler episode, it has very good sequences.

    For me this is the greatest filler episode ever in a series, there isn´t much combats as the regular episode, but have very special scenes. One of the scenes is when the Autobots calls the Dinobots to stop the natural disasters, showing the Dinobots great intelligence cooperating to made a barricade for a tidal wave. Another one is when the volca where is the Ark (Autobots headquarter) erupts, making the Autobot get out of there, but Ironhide enters into the core of the Volcano and smothers the lava pit in a rockslide. The best scene is when Optimus talks like a father with Spike.moreless
Scatman Crothers

Scatman Crothers


Victor Caroli

Victor Caroli


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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: Just before Optimus Prime consoles Spike regarding his father, the Autobot's ark is colored gray instead of yellow.

    • Goof: When Spike directs a blast at Megatron and misses because Sparkplug warned him, some of the rubble looks like it's about to hit Thundercracker, but in the subsequent closeup shot, it's Starscream who's reacting.

    • Goof: When the Autobots are driven away by Soundwave's audio disruptor waves, Wheeljack is seen transforming to vehicle mode, but then is seen with Brawn in robot mode when they notice the humans fleeing as well.

    • Goof: At the beginning of the episode, Spike wasn't wearing his hardhat. But from the point he jumps into the crevice to help Bumbleebee from falling to being kidnapped by Laserbeak, it's suddenly seen on his head.

    • Goof: When Trailbreaker, Wheeljack, Brawn, Bumblebee and Spike boared Skyfire to journey to Cybertron, Ironhide is clearly seen boarding and sitting among them. Once they arrive, he is never seen again until Part 3 when he's back on Earth with the other Autobots.

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