In November 2020, I assisted with the digital restoration and organisation of production items uncovered from storage by Flint Dille and scanned by Jim Sorenson before being auctioned. Among them was a copy of Ron Friedman's first script for The Transformers The Movie, outlined in late summer 1984 and completed by February 1985.
By January 2021, I had completed an extensive written outline of this script. Having carefully read through all 210 pages, ensuring no details were missed. Endeavouring to write from the perspective of someone reading this script when it was received in 1985, without reference to elements that came later in the movie's writing and production.
In the interim, Jim Sorenson and Chris McFeely gave a presentation at UK Transformers convention TFNation 2022. Providing a summary of the plot and working with artists to provide fan interpretations of scenes and characters,
Now I have received approval to make my outline public. Without further ado, I present Transformers The Movie as it might have been.
The Transformers: The
First Draft Script
1. Assault on the Steel Mill (pg 1-8)
We open with narration laid over shots of a
squad of generic Decepticons – clad in sleek, black armour – charging toward
the front lines. The Autobots have
fortified an old steel mill complex, located in a mountainous river valley and
are currently under siege.
Down by the river, a special group led by the
Constructicons is sucking up iron ore from the nearby railway, to be melted
into steel and used for the construction of high-tech Assault Towers.
We are introduced to Magnus who is leading the defense,
Tanker, Hot Rod, Arcee and Wheeljack. A barrage of fireballs hurtles toward the
group, prompting Magnus to grab an iron bucket (used for pouring molten steel)
and swing round repeatedly, catching fireballs in the bucket. On the final swing, Magnus hurls the bucket
back at the Decepticon lines. The
fireballs explode amongst them, prompting the lead officer to dive for
cover. Only for a fireball to scorch his
backside and the bucket to land on his head.
Hot Rod cheers on Magnus’ efforts, only for
Tanker to point out the real threat: the previous attack was a diversion while a trio of Decepticons fly a
massive fusion cannon up to high ground and transform into the various
mechanisms to aim it. The cannon is
preparing to tear holes in the front lines, ready for the nearly completed
Assault Towers to smash through.
The Autobots worry as the supply of Rocket Fuel
energy to the troops is dwindling rapidly.
The cannon fires,
generating a black cloud of “Fire Snow”, white hot crystal flakes that melt
through both Autobot defenders and the steel mill itself. Arcee moves amongst them as a ”nurse”,
applying metal bandages. Tanker takes a
hit from the snow and almost loses an arm and some of his shoulder. Hot Rod douses him with liquid helium as Arcee
moves in to patch him up.
Magnus orders the others to provide cover fire,
while he charges across the battlefield towards the cannon. As he comes up the hill, the Decepticons engage him
with small arms. Hot Rod quietly
implores Optimus Prime to hurry….
On The Way (pg 9-15)
We cut to an old-style freight train moving through the
mountains, carrying a supply of rocket fuel, along with Optimus Prime and other
Autobots in vehicle mode (Jazz, Prowl, Ratchet, Bumblebee, Sunstreaker etc) on
flatbed car carriers.
In the locomotive cab, we are introduced to General Blaze (A
gruff “General Patton” type) and a Green Beret Colonel: Rusty Steel (An
“Indiana Jones” type). The train comes
under strafing runs by Decepticon jets.
Blaze orders Rusty to make his way back along the train and coordinate
with Optimus Prime.
Rusty works his way along the side of the moving train
toward the flatbed carriers, coming under fire as he does so. He presses flat against the train as it
enters a long tunnel. Knowing the
attackers will be waiting on the other side, he moves to the space between two
wagons and readies a rocket grenade launcher.
Upon exiting the tunnel, he wings one jet with the grenades and ducks to
avoid the second. Which flies low,
attempting to skim him off the train.
Rusty makes it to the first flatbed and into Prime’s
cab. They begin to confer when Megatron
lands on the track ahead. At Prime’s
order, the Autobots race off their flatbeds and run on the available roads and
paths parallel to the train. The
Seekers, Coneheads and Soundwave form up on Megatron to block the train. The Autobots transform to robot mode (Rusty
leaping from Prime’s cab back to the locomotive) and charge through the
Rusty makes it back to the cab. Blaze, upon seeing Starscream land and tie the
approaching tracks into a knot, hits the brakes. Prime flies alongside the train and tells
them to keep going. He then addresses
the train as “Rails” and orders “Transformation Alpha”. The locomotive’s “eye” (the headlight)
acknowledges. The old-style freight train transforms into a high-tech bullet
train, powered by rocket engines and running on laser cushions instead of
rails. The train speeds ahead and
ploughs through Starscream on its way to the battlefield.
The Siege (pg 15-26)
From the sky, Megatron sees the train approaching the steel
mill and orders the completed Assault Towers forward. The towers have limb-like appendages that
hurl Rocket Bombs and Laser Jets against the Autobot “fort”.
The Autobot position is torn apart and Decepticon ground
troops close in for the kill. Hot Rod
takes on two troopers in hand-to-hand combat.
A third looks to get the drop on him using a Laser Chainsaw. But Tanker trips the trooper, causing him to
fall on his own saw and be cut in half at the waist, the two sections of the
trooper going running off.
The Assault Towers overrun and crush the Autobot
fortifications. Tanker spots the fusion
cannon on the hillside preparing to fire on the approaching train. Meanwhile, Magnus continues to make his way
up the cliffs towards the cannon, coming under heavy fire.
The train arrives at the Steel Mill complex, Rusty leaping
from the cab to the shoulder of a flying Autobot to warn Prime of the cannon
aimed at them. As the Decepticon
artillery crew zeroes in on the train, about to blast more Fire Snow. A smoking and wounded Magnus on the cliffside
below unleashes a torrent of flame from his wrist-mounted flamethrower. Undercutting the cliff and sending both
cannon and crew tumbling down.
Prime orders “Transformation Beta”: the train transforms
again into a giant robotic snake-form.
Using lasers and flamethrowers, it melts one Assault Tower. Then using its “tail” and “coils”, it wraps
around the other towers, crushing them and sending them toppling. Finally, it coils around the remaining
Decepticons troopers and tower ruins.
Fusing them into a molten mass before letting out a burst of
flame-breath in triumph.
An irate Megatron demands Prime show himself and fight. Prime answers the challenge, upon which
Megatron charges and they slam against the still-firing ruin of an Assault
Tower. The assembled Autobots watch and
cheer on Prime. The fight sees the use
of lasers, hand-to-hand combat, a jagged steel spear, a concealed laser knife
from Megatron’s boot and a chunk of concrete.
Finally ending when Prime wins a test of strength and judo tosses
Megatron into steel and concrete rubble.
The jubilant Hot Rod, who had been spectating, sees Megatron
find a discarded blaster in the rubble and quickly hide it behind his
back. Tossing his own blaster aside for
show. The smoking, damaged Megatron
pleads for mercy while Prime cautiously steps forward. As he moves to pull the blaster out, Hot Rod
leaps on him but is quickly overpowered and thrown aside. Megatron fires point blank at Prime,
delivering a mortal wound. With his last
ounce of strength, Prime smashes Megatron’s torso casing open with both fists,
sending wires and circuitry spilling out.
The shocked Autobots and humans move to Prime, Hot Rod
begging him for forgiveness. The
battered Decepticons converge on the dying Megatron, who begs for his essence
to be interred. Starscream coldly
announces they shall take Megatron back to Cybertron and there determine who
shall be the new leader. The Decepticons
transform and take off for space, carrying Megatron with them. Almost immediately, they begin arguing over
who should lead as they travel back to Cybertron.
Ratchet, Wheeljack and Arcee perform field repairs on Prime,
until eventually Ratchet concedes the damage is irreversible. Rusty barks orders. First at Ratchet to evacuate Prime, then at
Wheeljack to start construction on a new battle fleet to pursue the Decepticons. Gears angrily confronts the human for daring
to give orders to Autobots. But Arcee
steps forward, telling Gears to fall in line as Prime valued Rusty’s
counsel. The other Autobots agree and
split off into the two work groups.
Wheeljack is irritated by Arcee joining his group. She reminds him that she is the best metal
worker they have, he responds by dismissively telling her to stay out of the
way before returning to giving orders to the work detail.
Ratchet’s group of Autobots transform and roll out for
Headquarters, using their vehicle modes as a makeshift gurney for Prime. Hot Rod continues to berate himself, but
Tanker tells him to get his head back in the game. The two of them transform and follow behind
For Leadership (pg 26-30)
A distant speck in deep space grows larger and is revealed
to be the Decepticons, continuing to argue more and more over who will be the
leader. Megatron is a limp body in
Starscream’s arms. Feebly protesting
that while he still functions, he rules.
The party comes swooping over Cybertron, down into the
Decepticon Hall Of Heroes. An art-deco
mausoleum, ringed with the bronze statues of past leaders. At the base of each statue lies a ceremonial
urn which contains the essence of each leader, which then flows into the chest
of each statue.
Once they land, Skywarp escalates the argument into a
shoving match, causing Starscream to dump Megatron on the ground. The shoving match turns into an all-out
brawl, while Megatron crawls towards his ceremonial urn, begging his troops to
inter his essence before it escapes into the void. The fight wrecks the Hall and shatters many
of the statues. As Megatron uses his
last ounce of strength to reach his urn.
A fireball from Skywarp - deflected by Starscream - melts the urn. Megatron writhes on the floor as his essence
(a translucent, glasslike image of himself) leaves his body. His corpse then shatters to pieces and the
debris trails after the essence. Which
floats away into deep space, leaving behind the Decepticons, the Hall and
Cybertron. While the brawl continues on.
Return to the Mountain (pg 30-37)
The makeshift Autobot ambulance party arrives at Autobot
Headquarters. At General Blaze’s
command, the mountain rotates to reveal that the Headquarters is now a Medieval-style
fortified city-state. Here, both human
and Autobot soldiers have compounds, train and construct defenses
together. There is an inner ring of
housing units, from which people rush to see the wounded Prime being brought
We meet Springer, an Arnold Schwarzenegger of an Autobot,
who has been training in combat techniques with Mirage and Bluestreak. As the ambulance arrives, Springer jets off
to patrol the perimeter, leaving Bluestreak to alert medical personnel.
The half-cone of the mountain rotates back into
position. The joint Autobot/human
medical team led by Ratchet preps Prime for emergency surgery.
Rusty and Prowl head for Teletraan I to check on possible
Decepticon activity. Along the way, they
are joined by Daniel who clearly idolises Rusty. As they walk, Daniel excitedly repeats the
gossip he had heard about Rusty’s deeds during the battle, before solemnly
asking after Prime, wondering if he could have a chance to say goodbye. Rusty assures him that if he keeps quiet
while they run their security scan, he can make it happen.
They are confronted by Daniel’s mother - Ellen Prentiss - a
computer scientist who is not happy about her son’s idolisation of Rusty. His sarcastic wit cracks her up, despite her
best efforts to remain formal with the Colonel.
Rusty heads off with Prowl, while Ellen puts her foot down and tells
Daniel to get to his computer class.
Telling him that if he really wants to help Rusty, he’ll study real
hard. Once he runs off, the alert goes out
for all personnel to report to their stations and Ellen moves off.
At sick bay, Ratchet and his team of assistants continue the
operation on Prime. Hot Rod and Tanker
watch through a glass partition. Hot Rod
continues to berate himself for getting Prime hurt, but Tanker encourages
him. Prime shows no life as the
Entity (pg 38-42)
Out in deep space, Megatron’s essence continues to drift,
trailing the broken shards of his body behind it. He swears he would do anything to see himself
and wreak vengeance, when a ghostly voice calls his
name. The voice gets louder and more fearsome. Beckoning to Megatron “come to me!”. A pale, cold ray engulfs the terrified
Megatron, pulling his essence across the endless void. Until it lands on a slab-like mechanical
planet. In a sulfurous, hellish cave
filled with snake-like iron “grass” and steel “tree-trunks”.
The voice welcomes Megatron to the Planet Unicron,
introduces itself as The Entity and makes an offer: Be restored to even greater
strength and power, in return for eternal servitude. Or remain drifting in space, his essence
decomposing into oblivion. After being
threatened into submission, Megatron agrees.
A cold ray and a whirlwind reform the shattered remnants of his
body. Transforming him to Galvatron,
coated in metallic scales and wearing the symbol of his new master.
The Entity commands him to return to Cybertron, convert all
Decepticons to his service and begin the conquest of Earth. Galvatron transforms into a self-propelled
laser cannon and flies off into space.
Death Of Optimus Prime (pg 43-47)
The operation to save Prime continues apace. with the life
signs growing weaker and weaker. The doctors stop to confer, then reach the
grim consensus. Ratchet steps up to
address the gathered onlookers: Prime’s wounds are mortal and he cannot be
saved. Prime uses the last of his
strength to address the assembled crowd.
He tells them not to grieve and that he names Ultra Magnus as his
successor. As Prime is tilted into a
half-sitting position and Magnus takes his hand, the transfer of Prime’s Matrix
begins. The doors to Prime’s chest open,
revealing a pure white light that shines to a similar door chamber on Magnus’
chest. Optimus Prime’s Matrix - a
miniature, glowing energy being that resembles a miniature Prime - floats out
of his chest and into Magnus “heart-chamber”.
With a last plea to “remember me….” Prime falls back, dead.
Amidst the grief and shock, Rusty steps forward and asks Ultra Magnus for orders. Most of the assembled
Autobots and humans are gung-ho to board the battle fleet now under
construction and end the Decepticons.
But Magnus cautions against leaving Earth undefended and orders them to
begin building fortifications. As the
crowd moves out, Daniel finds Rusty and offers to help. As they zoom off on an Autobot that has
transformed into an electric tug, he replies “Okay, but if your mom gets sore,
remember this was all your idea!”
The End Of Cybertron (pg 47-52)
The Hall Of Heroes is ruined as the brawl is still going
on. Most of the statues and urns are
destroyed as Starscream fights with Thundercracker and Dirge. A cold ray of light washes over the
combatants, stopping the fight.
A shadow descends as Galvatron transforms from space cannon
mode and lands, laughing maniacally.
Starscream starts to back away as he recognises that this is
Megatron. Galvaton corrects him and
states that all will serve The Entity.
The cold ray slashes down from space and engulfs Starscream,
changing him into a larger, more powerful, scale-covered form. As Galvatron continues to laugh, the ray
travels over the Hall Of Heroes, transforming the other Decepticons. It then sweeps out over the planet,
converting every Decepticon it reaches, willing or not. Until a massive army from all across
Cybertron marches to form up on Galvatron.
The Entity’s voice roars, commanding them to leave the planet and begin
the invasion of Earth, in order to suck it dry of energy.
As the entire population heads out into space as a massive
armada. Over The Entity’s laughter,
Cybertron collapses, folds, shrinks, shrivels and bends until it is the density
of a dwarf star. It is suddenly sucked
through space and absorbed into the planet Unicron, which grows larger from its
“meal”. A furious Galvatron rages at the
destruction of his home planet, but The Entity rebukes him and reminds him his
place is to serve. Galvatron feigns
obedience, but half to himself and half to Starscream, he mutters about vengeance
On Earth (pg 52-63)
We return to Autobot Headquarters for a montage of metal
shields (with vertical flute “chimneys”) being constructed and positioned
around the mountain complex. With more
being readied for distribution to sites around the globe.
As General Blaze orders Autobot and human strike teams to
assemble for boarding the space cruisers.
Rusty, with Daniel’s help, monitors the distribution of the shields to
the major US cities. Nearby, Ultra
Magnus interfaces with Teletraan I - which is now a mobile unit - and checks in
with Wheeljack who is at the space cruiser construction site, back at the steel
mill. As Wheeljack reports on the
progress of the battle cruisers, a large rocket thruster breaks free from the
crane holding it and starts falling towards him. Arcee catches it and puts it back in
position, while an oblivious Wheeljack complains about Arcee “interfering”,
much to her exasperation.
Ellen begins to good-naturedly bust Rusty’s chops, both for
involving Daniel in war preparations and encouraging him to disobey her. Suddenly, Teletraan I sounds alarms
throughout the complex, reporting to Ultra Magnus of a large unidentified force
approaching from Space Quadrant Zeta: the location of Cybertron. Teletraan informs Magnus that Cybertron no
longer exists, showing an image of nothing but space debris at the
location. Magnus orders all hands to battle
stations as Teletraan attempts to identify the incoming force as similar to
Decepticons but with power enhanced to a level beyond the computer’s ability to
calculate. The armada swoops down to
Earth, heading for the mountain.
Galvatron is shown on the viewscreen, with Magnus believing Megatron has
Galvatron launches the opening salvo at the base. Magnus orders the shields raised, with the
Autobots and humans taking refuge from a relentless barrage of bombs, lasers
and flames. The shields absorb the heat,
cool it and release it via smoke through the chimneys. The Autobots cheer as the shields hold, but a
furious Galvatron calls out to The Entity.
The clouds in the sky above begin to boil and become infused
with a pale green light. They cluster
into a green ball of energy. With a
command from The Entity to “Strike now!”, the energy is released like green
lightning. Surging first through
Galvatron, then the other Decepticons and finally channelled through their
blasts to melt and warp the shields.
Magnus orders the Autobots to scatter as they come under
bombardment. Rusty tells Ellen to take
Daniel and head for the mountain.
Galvatron flies overhead and leads the Decepticons in the same energy
discharge as before to melt the entire mountain.
As Ellen and Daniel realise their intended refuge has been
destroyed, Starscream barely misses them with a strafing run. In response, Rusty grabs a machine-gun style
laser from a ruined vehicle and fires.
Nailing Starscream and sending him careening into other Decepticons.
General Blaze uses Teletraan I to contact Wheeljack at the
steel mill. Wheeljack reports amidst the
carnage, as Decepticons and Insecticons carve up and melt the cruisers. While he is reporting, Bonecrusher charges at
him from behind and is intercepted by Arcee.
She dropkicks, hip-tosses and shoots him, with Wheeljack none the
wiser. “Can’t you see I’m trying to
report?” he shouts with irritation before a stream of fire comes across the
picture, and Teletraan goes to static.
Devastation is everywhere as the sun sets and Magnus orders
a retreat into the hills. We pull back
to a wide shot of the landscape and fade to black on a scene of smoke, shouts,
screams, laser fire and the burning mountainside.
Hiding (pg 63-74)
Night has fallen as sporadic laser fire can be heard. Dead
Transformers litter the landscape and the smoking ruins of the mountain can be
seen in the distance.
On a nearby road in the forest, a Sweep Party composed of
black clad, “Gestapo”-like Decepticons searches the area. Detecting an Autobot presence, the Gestapo
Men fire on a shadowy metal figure in the trees. But it is an already-dead Autobot hulk that
melts and falls to bits. As the group
moves on, Rusty is concealed under heavy foliage nearby. He watches the Sweep Party pass, then heads
back down the hill towards a secluded ravine where the Autobots have set up a
guerilla encampment. Passing many wounded
Autobots being repaired at a field hospital, he joins a briefing already in
progress. Consisting of Ultra Magnus,
General Blaze (who has an arm in a sling), Prowl, Gears, a wounded Brawn and
Ellen taking notes.
Ultra Magnus works a holographic map projection and takes a
report from Rusty, stating that the scrambler network is keeping the Sweep
patrols from finding their position.
Magnus relays that they took a beating from the Decepticons
new power source, which he has traced to an area of deep space in the vicinity
of the Shadow Nebula. He proposes using
the one remaining battle cruiser - saved by Wheeljack and Arcee - to launch a
search and destroy mission that will cut off this new power.
The assembled Autobots ruminate over what the former Megatron
has become, Arcee joins the briefing to inform them that the Decepticons’ new
plan will destroy the Earth within 96 hours.
Wheeljack uploads new data into the holographic map, showing a giant
metal cage being constructed in Earth’s orbit.
Energy waves begin to fill the cage, causing the section of planet
beneath it to start shrinking and collapsing.
A ray of collected energy is being beamed from the apex of the structure
out into deep space, towards Planet Unicron.
Prowl, Rusty and Jazz argue over whether to strike at the
cage or to follow Magnus’ plan. We cut
to the Decepticon Sweep Party in the hills, where the lead Gestapo Man picks up
the scrambler network on his scanner.
The party locks on to the co-ordinates and changes direction.
We cut back as Magnus quells the arguments, stating that
Wheeljack and Arcee will retrofit the remaining cruiser, while Hot Rod and
Tanker will recruit a crew. Wheeljack
tells Arcee “Try to stay out of my way.
We can’t afford any foul ups.” to which an amused Arcee replies “You
won’t even know I’m there.”
Suddenly Teletraan I, battered and mounted on a tank-like
vehicle, sounds an intruder alert. Rusty
and the Autobots move quietly to surround the area that Teletraan is
pinpointing with a beam of light. They
charge on the intruder’s hiding place, only to move back some metal wreckage to
reveal Daniel, who had been eavesdropping.
Ellen barely has time to admonish him before Rusty’s scanning device
picks up the Decepticon Sweep Party headed right for them. Magnus orders the teams to split up and carry
out their assignments, wishing them good luck.
The humans move through the trees and down a low hill. Rusty picks up Daniel and throws him down the
slope, landing in a dark stream. The
other humans jump into the water and Rusty pulls on a rope at the stream bank
to reveal several rafts. They climb
aboard, though Ellen falls back into the water twice after refusing Rusty’s
help and has to be pulled aboard. They
lie flat on the rafts to avoid being spotted by the searchlights of the Sweep
Party. Rusty hopes that Magnus can give
them the diversion they need to make it out.
The Sweep Party reaches the deserted guerilla camp. The lead Gestapo Man orders the troopers to
scour the area and kill all Autobots.
At Magnus’ signal, Brawn and Huffer carve a tunnel through
the rock of the nearby slope. Allowing
Wheeljack and Arcee to follow before sealing the tunnel shut behind them.
Next, Magnus orders Hot Rod and Tanker to make a break for
it. As they move off, he tells Hound to
give their “friends” something to shoot at.
Hound uses his hologram projector to create an illusion of generic
Autobots directly ahead of the Sweep Party. The Decepticons begin charging and firing,
shouting “Entity!” in a Viking-style warcry.
Magnus orders the remaining group of Autobots to transform
and charge. The group bears down on the
Sweep Party from behind in auto mode.
Just as the holograms dissolve and they realise they’ve been tricked,
Magnus smashes into the lead Gestapo Man and sends him flying.
More Autobots crash into the Sweep Party, hurling them
skywards. Sunstreaker and Sideswipe are
waiting in mid-air with huge metal beams, swinging them like baseball bats and
knocking the Decepticons far away.
As the remaining Gestapo Men mount a counter-attack - the
human raft party passing by unnoticed on the stream below - Magnus orders
Chemico to provide cover for the retreat.
Chemico is a walking laboratory of an Autobot, with clear glass tubes
and interlacing piping in his torso that spews out a smoke screen. Obliterating our view of the Decepticons who
once again charge forward screaming “Entity!”.
We pull back to a wide shot of the ravine filling with smoke which rises
against the night sky. We close in on
the cold moon and slow dissolve to:
Daylight as Hot Rod and Tanker roll across the desert on
their recruitment drive. Hot Rod
complains about the hundreds of miles they’ve travelled to find recruits for a
“suicide mission”. Tanker tells him to
stow it with that “suicide” talk and states that this is the kind of terrain a
wise soldier might go to survive in. At
that moment, explosions and laser fire come from the dunes ahead as Springer
jets over the dunes, being pursued by two Decepticons who transform into jets
and fly after him. Hot Rod dismissively
notes that Springer can’t be much of a fighter if he is on the run from only
two Decepticons. To which Tanker points
to the other eight charging over the dunes, screaming “Entity!”.
Hot Rod wants to charge in and help Springer, but is
mystified as to why Tanker just chuckles and proceeds at a leisurely pace. The answer soon comes as Springer, upon being
cornered in the dead end of a canyon, makes a sarcastic show of asking for
mercy. When Starscream instead orders
him destroyed, Springer literally leaps into action. Using his jumping ability - his “springing” -
to cause the Decepticons’ laser fire and cluster bombs to take each other
out. Eight of them are melted wreckage,
only Starscream and a trooper remain.
Springer quips that maybe they should ask him for mercy. A furious Starscream charges, only to be
grabbed out of mid-air by Springer who also grabs the nameless trooper. He smashes them both together so that their limbs
rend through each other's bodies and leave them in a twisted metal “knot”. A battered third Decepticon rises and
attempts to shoot rockets at Springer, who responds by hurling the metal knot
at his would-be killer, entwining him with it.
Starscream rages impotently as he tries to free himself, while Springer
stomps their discarded weapons.
Hot Rod and Tanker approach the initially hostile Springer,
with Tanker saying they need him for a mission.
When Hot Rod says they need the best warriors they’ve got, Springer says
he knows a few who fit the bill…
Meanwhile, Starscream gets a hand free from the pile to
activate a communicator on one of the other Decepticons’ chest
compartments. He gets through to
Galvatron, who is busy berating the lead Gestapo Man for letting the Autobots
escape back at the guerilla camp.
Starscream reports that the Autobots are recruiting for a mission. Galvatron demands to know what the mission
is, but Starscream complains that he was too busy freeing himself to overhear
that part. Galvatron coldly tells him to
continue freeing himself before cutting off the communication. He vows that he will track down and
incinerate the Autobots. As he and the
Sweep Party take to the air, he shouts to the sky to “augment the energy cage!”. We see more girders and beams being flown up
and assembled to the cage as it continues to drain the Earth of energy,
shrivelling the planet.
We cut to another part of the desert with an oasis and oil
refinery. Our Autobot trio arrives to
see smoke and hear sounds of battle coming from the distant refinery. Springer tells the others that Sky Spy
reported an Autobot outpost that the Decepticons haven’t been able to
overrun. They ready their weapons and
start to move in until a huge, shrieking Insecticon flies overhead. Flames coming from its rocket ports and laser
bursts firing randomly. Hot Rod stands
his ground and opens fire, but Tanker realises the Insecticon has been hit as
it flies straight over them, landing out-of-sight behind a nearby dune and
exploding. As the trio go to make sure
the Insecticon is finished, Tanker remarks that the Decepticons’ new power
source should have made it nearly indestructible. They crest the dune to find the Insecticon: a
smoking, twitching wreck. Springer prods
it and notes that its defense circuitry was cooked and its processing unit
blasted once its armour relaxed.
Hot Rod leans forward to examine the creature’s Entity
insignia when it suddenly jolts to life, grabbing him and shooting flames at
Tanker and Springer. Hot Rod fights to
get out of its grip, getting a huge gash in his side from its lasers. He wrenches on the Insecticon’s midsection -
tearing its body in half - but it still puts up a fight. Springer grabs the creature’s head, crushing
it between his arms and his chest, finally killing it.
Tanker welds and patches up Hot Rod’s wound. Just as he finishes, three healthy
Insecticons come flying in. The three
Autobots transform and roll. But as they
quickly outpace the flying Insecticons, they see a small army of Decepticon
troopers charging at them from the ground.
The Autobots back off and take a side turn to evade the two
groups. A high-speed chase ensues with
bombs and laser fire exchanged, as the three are desperate to reach the
refinery and find cover. Springer
transforms, grabs the other two under his arms and begins springing every which
way. Evading fire and covering more ground
towards the refinery.
Finally reaching the refinery, the trio take cover behind a
building and prepare to make their last stand.
However, the Decepticon troopers don’t want to give them a fighting
chance and form up in a firing squad to melt them down. The trio decide to go out fighting and charge
toward their enemies. The firing squad
lets loose their combined firepower, but before the laser blasts reach the
Autobots, two flame jets meet the barrage head-on and stop the lasers in
mid-air. The flames belong to Grimlock
and Sludge, who hold the laser fire long enough for Swoop to fly through the
ranks of the firing squad, blasting them and knocking them down. The three Autobots join the Dinobots’ fight
and swiftly send the Decepticons running.
They have no time to celebrate as The Entity’s cold ray
comes down from the sky and bathes the Decepticons in its green light. Restoring them and sending them charging back
into the fray.
The Autobots and Dinobots flee further into the refinery,
heading for a passage between two “crackling” vertical towers, the Decepticons
in hot pursuit.
Seated at a monitor station next to one of the towers is
Mentlar. He watches the monitors as
first, the Autobots run between the towers.
Then as the Decepticons close in, Mentlar sends a beam from his alpha
wave-style headband to the tower on the other side. A chicken wire pattern of energy spreads
between the two towers, to create a “finishing line” net. As the Decepticons pass through the net, they
fail to notice the Entity scales and energy field has been scraped off them.
Mentlar orders the Dinobots to attack, who fan out in a
three-pronged formation to blast the Decepticons. Melting most of them down and forcing the
survivors to retreat, their leader entreating The Entity ``Why have you
Hot Rod, Tanker and Springer attempt to recruit the Dinobots
to the mission, but only succeed in confusing them. Which in turn makes Grimlock hostile. Mentlar placates his ego by saying that only
the Dinobots can make their brilliant strategy succeed. “Grimlock like brilliant stragety.”
Mentlar suggests they execute the plan quickly, as his
Immuno Stabilizer Field we saw earlier only strips the Decepticons of their new
powers temporarily and they are already building a resistance to it.
Suddenly, a blurring image moving at super-speed, trailing a
cyclone of dust and wind, rushes into the scene and barrels over Tanker and
Springer. As they take up fighting
positions and try to see through the dust, the images collect themselves into
the vehicle mode of Blurr. Who
transforms and in a Jimmy Stewart-like manner, speaks slowly in counterpoint to
how fast he moves.
With Blurr scouting ahead, the entire group heads out into
the desert, rolling over the horizon as they set out to rejoin Ultra Magnus.
Off For The Shadow Nebula (pg 92-103)
Galvatron leads the Sweep Party through an arctic landscape,
tracing a signal, searching for Autobots.
The signal weakens, so the Sweep Vehicle opens a device on its roof to
absorb more power from The Entity. As
the signal grows stronger, Galvatron reads the monitors and sees a large party
of Autobot survivors. Vowing to crush
all of them, he leads the Sweep party onwards, backed up by a huge strike
Inside a large, fortified ice cavern. With seventy-nine hours remaining before
Earth is destroyed, Ultra Magnus begins the countdown for the launch into
space. He, Springer, Blurr and Mentlar
load up on weapons and board the space cruiser while human and Autobot troopers
move ammunition into place.
Wheeljack is directing robot tugs that are moving the
cruiser into position. As he barks
orders at them, Arcee corrects him, to which he starts to correct himself until
he realises he is listening to her “Do you mind? Do you mind?”
Rusty loads up on weapons from the racks and moves to board
the cruiser. Daniel runs up, wanting to
say goodbye and give Rusty the lucky silver dollar that Daniel’s father gave to
They are interrupted by Grimlock howling, which brings down
a shower of ice crystals. Hot Rod tells
him to pipe down, Grimlock complains about wanting to talk to Mentlar. “Me, Grimlock,want to fight in brilliant
stragety!” Hot Rod placates him and
points out that he - along with Hot Rod and Tanker - will be riding outside
of the cruiser, as there is no way for the Dinobots to fit inside.
The announcement goes out over the loudspeaker to clear the
area for launch. Ellen rushes up to find
Daniel, She pauses to wish “Colonel
Steel” good luck, before thawing a little and calling him “Rusty”
Outside, Galvatron leads the assault as the strike force of
Decepticons blast and melt their way into the ice dome. Autobots and humans fire back, attempting to
protect the cruiser as the Decepticons tear and blast the roof off the ice
dome. Bumblebee flings himself on to a
cluster bomb, which explodes and blasts him out of shot. Magnus sees this and begins activating the
A Decepticon opens fire on the trio of humans, prompting
Rusty to throw Daniel onto the boarding ramp of the cruiser and tell him to get
aboard. Ellen yells at him to stay here,
but when the Decepticon comes around for another pass, Rusty yanks her on to
the ramp “Are you nuts, lady? “Here’s” a
The ramp retracts, the engines flare to life and the
afterburners spew fire which cook Decepticons.
Hot Rod and Tanker mount Swoop and Grimlock like horses, shooting flames
and lasers at jet mode Decepticons from above and humanoids ones below.
Galvatron commands that they must not launch, firing a
barrage that scatters Blaze, Wheeljack and Arcee. Jet-mode Decepticons bombard the cruiser,
screaming “Entity!”. Hot Rod nearly
falls off Grimlock’s back, but is caught by Swoop’s wing as they attempt to
keep up. The cruiser blasts off for full
launch, quickly moving from horizontal to vertical. Hot Rod, Tanker and the Dinobots fly
alongside, with the Decepticons in hot pursuit.
Hot Rod looks back to see Gravedigger (Scrapper) unroll
metal cable from a spool in his side.
The cable is then electrified to form an energy whip. Gravedigger repeatedly whips at the group as
they move further up into the stratosphere.
Magnus inside the cruiser orders “Maximum bursts” in order
for them to break through before their thrusters burn out. The cruiser accelerates to twice its previous
speed, the afterburners frying Decepticons.
Gravedigger’s whips have lassoed Swoop, trying to reel him
and Hot Rod in as he struggles to keep up with Grimlock and Sludge, who are
catching up to the cruiser.
With Tanker telling him to break loose, Hot Rod grabs two
loose ends of the electrical wire and brings them together. Creating a white explosion at his end and
sending an electrical current back along the wires towards Gravedigger. He sees the charge coming down the wire, too
late to avoid it. The charge hits him
and sends him and others cartwheeling in mid-air, crashing into other airborne
Decepticons and creating a “traffic jam”.
Hot Rod and Swoop are able to catch up with the others.
Galvatron is furious and shouts skyward “Stop them!”. We zoom high into the sky to see the energy
cage structure “come alive”. Girders
split to form appendages with laser cannons, and steel plates start closing the
gaps in the cage, blocking the cruiser’s route into space. Magnus is ready to blast through, but Mentlar
suggests that the cage is slow to react to sudden change. Magnus interprets this and grabs the controls
to turn the cruiser into a barrel roll.
The cruiser and the Autobots outside make it through just before the
steel plates clang shut. Galvatron
barely has time to register the cruiser bearing down on him before he is
smashed into his troops and sent plummeting to Earth. The cruiser speeds through an open edge of
the cage structure and out into deep space, Autobot and Dinobots following
We cut to the ruins of the ice dome as Galvatron comes
hurtling down and crashes into the ground. The lead
Gestapo Man salutes him, but Galvatron is not in the mood and starts to insult and
threaten his subordinate. The cold ray
of The Entity comes down and transfixes Galvatron. The voice berates him and orders him to
assemble a force large enough to destroy the Autobot mission. A flat-top “aircraft carrier” style spaceship
descends into view through The Entity’s light.
The voice warns Galvatron not to fail or he will be reduced to
atoms. As the light vanishes, Galvatron
mutters to himself that for destroying Cybertron and now denouncing him in
front of his troops, The Entity shall pay!
He orders the Decepticons to battle and they fly up to the carrier.
Meanwhile, a convoy of vehicle mode Autobots and humans in
snow vehicles speed away from the burning ice dome. Wheeljack and Arcee in the lead. General Blaze, riding in Wheeljack, watches
the vanishing speck of the cruiser. He
tells Wheeljack that Magnus’ team is their last hope and that those left behind
need to stay alive long enough for Magnus to destroy the Decepticons' new
energy source. Wheeljack replies that
that just got a lot more dicey as the shadow of the flat-top carrier looms over
them, before heading off and out into space.
Blaze replies “They’ve got to succeed!
There’s no alternative!!”
Aboard the cruiser, Ellen works with Mentlar to input data
into the ship’s computer, narrowing the search for the new energy source in the
Shadow Nebula. Mentlar plugs into the
ship’s boards to determine their destination.
Ellen smiles at Mentlar’s compliment of her efforts and says there’s no
need to call her “Dr. Prentiss” but Mentlar doesn’t respond, his eyes
blank. Magnus tells her that he has
interfaced with the ship itself and will return to normal once he has plotted a
They are distracted by Daniel, who calls out to his mother
to show off Mentlar’s invention: The Exo-Suit.
A metal-cage frame for humans to manipulate, three sets of them
ready. Daniel shows off by trying
several tricks, but finds himself unsteady on his feet. Rusty gets into his exo-suit and tries to
impress the onlookers by doing a tap dance.
Springer presents Ellen with her suit, explaining that it increases the
wearer’s strength a hundredfold. Blurr
chimes in that it also gives them incredible speed, though it is tricky to
control. Rusty continues to show off by
doing a pirouette, going faster and faster until he starts spinning like a
top. He cries out for help as he spins
around the ship, bouncing off the walls.
Springer and Blurr catch his exo-suit by each metal arm and reverse his
spin to slow him down. Rusty eventually
stopping his spin and collapsing in a heap, feeling sick.
Outside the cruiser, Hot Rod asks Tanker how he’s
feeling. Tanker takes it as a reference
to his age and gets testy. He quickly
apologises, explaining that he is getting the crick in his neck that he always
takes as a sign that Decepticons are near.
Hot Rod looks back with horror to realise Tanker wasn’t wrong, as the
Decepticon flat top carrier is closing in from behind, opening fire on
them. Tanker reports to Magnus as the
cruiser takes hits, Springer and Blurr moving to patch up damage inside. Magnus sees a misshapen cloud-covered
asteroid in the distance and tells Tanker to take his group and split off. The cruiser will attempt to hold off the
carrier and rendezvous with them on the far side of the asteroid.
Tanker’s group veer off, out of the line of Decepticon
fire. On the flight deck of the carrier,
the split is seen by Galvatron and Soundwave on their scanner consoles. Galvatron sees through the plan to misdirect
them and orders surveillance on the Dinobot group. Soundwave ejects Laserbeak to head off to the
asteroid, while Galvatron returns his attention to wiping out the cruiser.
As the cruiser comes under relentless fire, Magnus orders
Rusty to man the aft torpedo tubes.
Rusty grabs Daniel by the hand and brings him along, saying he’ll need a
port gunner. Mentlar is still plugged
into the ship, in a trance, Magnus pleading that they need him. Springer and Blurr open a hatch and fly out
into space, seeing the carrier directly above.
They fly out and up towards the carrier, unleashing cluster bombs and
grenades along the length of the carrier, tearing up the flight deck.
Galvatron orders return fire and Decepticon gun ports open
up. We cut back to the cruiser where
Ellen is desperately trying to disconnect Mentlar from the ship without erasing
his logic program. Mentlar comes out of
his trance, saying he has pinpointed the precise source of the Decepticons’
power supply. Magnus brings him up to
speed on what’s happening and Mentlar deduces that they need a way to evade the
Decepticons. Going into a trance again,
but this time thinking. Ellen hopes he
thinks fast as a missile is headed right for the viewscreen. Magnus takes manual control of a laser and
detonates the missile safely.
Rusty and Daniel are in a two-seat gunners chair “I drive,
you shoot, kid!”. Rusty manoeuvres the
guns in order for Daniel to shoot down the Decepticon jets taking off from the
flight deck and striking the cruiser.
With Galvatron’s assault not letting up, Springer and Blurr
return to the ship, saying they can’t take much more of this. Mentlar says he has a plan involving light,
which leaves Magnus puzzled….
Hot Rod, Tanker and the Dinobots approach the asteroid. It is wracked with storms and lightning that
almost tears the Dinobots in half. They
land to find a place of boiling lakes, unstable land masses causing avalanches,
active volcanoes and scorching winds that buffet the group. The Dinobots want to go back and fight, but
Tanker tells them they’ll be fighting soon enough: “They know we’re here” as he
spots Laserbeak overhead.
As the group opens fire on the bird, Galvatron watches
through a monitor. He orders Soundwave
to mark their position so the main force can deal with them once they’ve
destroyed the cruiser. Galvatron stops
and suddenly shivers. At Soundwave’s
concern, he explains that he feels uneasy, as if Optimus Prime were near, even
though he knows that's impossible. A
bomb hit to the carrier shakes him back to reality and he orders “Annihilate
Back on the cruiser, we briefly linger on a shot of Ultra
Magnus “heart chamber” as Mentlar hands out dark glasses to the crew. He explains that even with the glasses, none
should look when he ignites the Photon Flares that are piled and ready. With the ship almost coming apart under the
assault, Springer and Magnus step through an airlock and load bundles of flares
into the torpedo tubes, which shoot them out into space. Galvatron is on the deck of the carrier and
barely has time to wonder what the flares are before Mentlar pushes the button
to ignite them. A chain reaction of
white light explosions fill the screen.
We see Galvatron’s POV as his sight shakes, blurs and refocuses to
realise the cruiser is gone. He orders
the carrier to head for the asteroid.
Asteroid (pg 118-132)
The cruiser sets down on another part of the asteroid. The Autobots load up on weapons and the
humans get into their exo-suits as they set off to find their comrades. Rusty points out that they must do it quickly
as the Decepticons won’t take long to find them.
Unbeknownst to them, Laserbeak is already in the clouds
above the cruiser, relaying their position to Galvatron. He orders a full-scale assault to “end this
Elsewhere, Hot Rod’s group are scouting the terrain when a
laser blast sends Tanker falling into a crevice. Grimlock is delighted to have a fight,
transforming and flying off. Decepticon
jets come in on bombing and strafing runs.
Once Tanker has climbed out of the crevice, he grabs a passing jet. Sending it spinning into Grimlock’s path, who
swats it and sends a flame blast after it.
Hot Rod checks on Tanker, who tells him to transform and roll out. As the two of them head out on the ground,
Swoop and Sludge follow Grimlocks lead.
Transforming and flying along to provide air cover.
Cutting back to Magnus’ group, his scanners indicate Tanker
and the others are on the other side of a volcano-filled ridge. At that moment, he gets a reading and sees
Galvatron’s huge assault force coming straight at them. The Autobots transform and roll, leaving the
humans wondering what to do until Mentlar shouts back to transform their
exo-suits. Concentrating hard, Daniel’s
suit transforms to become more streamlined, with the feet becoming laser jet
roller skates, allowing him to race off after the Autobots. Rusty and Ellen follow suit, rejoining the
Autobot formation as they race towards Galvatron and a line of Decepticons
barring their way. Mentlar suggests a
“high-low” technique to Magnus. He “goes
low” by deploying an earth-chewing device from his front bumper and burrowing
directly under Galvatron. He then
burrows a trench parallel and to the rear of the Decepticon line. Galvatron spares a moment to look back at
what Mentlar is doing, but then looks forward again and orders his troops to
melt down the formation of Autobots and humans headed straight for them. Magnus orders the others to “go high” and
with Springer and Blurr. The trio
transform, extend arms and lock hands to knock the Decepticons backwards and
upside down into the trench.
There is no time to celebrate as more Decepticons pursue the
group and Galvatron climbs out of the trench.
Magnus turns and prepares to make a stand, first ordering Blurr to take
Ellen and Daniel. Then telling Rusty to
find Hot Rod and the others.
All plans on both sides are interrupted by a massive
earthquake that threatens to shake the asteroid apart. Just as soon as it starts, it stops and all
is calm again. Blurr recognises this as
a Galactic Warp Hurricane. Soon the
asteroid is hit with howling winds and slanting rain, sending all combatants
flying. Decepticons are unable to keep
their footing, firing and missing.
Galvatron braces himself against the driving rain and orders that the
Autobots shall not survive this storm.
The Decepticons dogpile on Springer as the lightning flashes. Autobots and humans fight for their lives in
hand-to-hand combat. Magnus attempts to
fight Galvatron, but is no match and hurled to the ground.
Above them, the carrier is being torn apart by screeching
winds, hailstones the size of boulders and lightning strikes as the winds
threaten to bring the entire ship down out of orbit. Soundwave clings to the superstructure as he
orders other Decepticons to stabilise their orbit. But even he is thrown across the deck as the
hull is torn up and the carrier rocks violently.
Below with Hot Rod’s group, they stand back-to-back
defending against the enemy and the elements.
But the wind proves so severe that it knocks the Dinobots over, pinning
Tanker under Sludge. Hot Rod and Swoop
run interference while they try to unpin Tanker.
Nearby, Thundercracker and Hook confer. Hook produces a pack containing Electron
Bombs. Thundercracker notes that they
could tear the asteroid in two, to which Hook replies “Who cares?”. Both laugh, take a supply of the bombs and
advance on the Dinobots. Who regain
their footing in time to lash out at incoming Decepticons, as the storm
Thundercracker and Hook throw their bombs, then dive for
cover. A massive explosion sends Autobots
and Dinobots hurtling off the asteroid and into space. As they become separated, we see their
individual arcs as they fall through space, with a trajectory of a small moon
some distance from the asteroid.
Magnus and Galvatron continue to battle as the storm
worsens. Ellen and Daniel take refuge
behind cover fire provided by Rusty and the other Autobots. Suddenly Dirge makes a grab for Ellen. Daniel’s exo-suit hand grabs Dirge’s arm, who
smirks and tries to twist the human’s exo-suit arm instead. But Daniel concentrates, allowing him to judo
toss Dirge headfirst into the ground.
Galvatron wins the fight and throws Magnus into the other
Autobots. As he leads the Decepticons in
a final, frenzied charge. Explosions are
heard overhead and a massive shadow is cast over everyone: the flat top carrier
is crashing. On the flight deck,
Decepticons are swept over the side by the raging winds. Soundwave gives the order to abandon ship,
the wreckage he was clinging to tearing loose and dumping him over the edge as
he says it.
Galvatron cries “Transform and flee!” but it’s too
late. Massive sections of the carrier
come crashing down, burying him and the other Decepticons. Springer steels himself to catch a piece of
the carrier that is coming down on him, telling the others to stay close. The huge fragment lands and there is
stillness, nothing but the rain can be heard.
Suddenly, the metal of the fragment bulges, cracks and a metal hand
punches through. With a mighty roar,
Springer lifts the fragment off him, holding it up like Atlas. The Autobots and humans are safe, though they
do move quickly from under the metal “umbrella” as Springer can’t hold it much
longer. He flexes and heaves the
fragment away. Galvatron and other
Decepticons who were trying to climb out of the wreckage are crushed again as
the metal hulk lands on them. Magnus
tells his crew to get back to the cruiser and resume their mission. As the cruiser takes off, Ellen asks about
Hot Rod and the others, to which Mentlar says they don’t have enough fuel to
search in this storm. Rusty comforts
Daniel by saying “They would want us to carry on, son.”. Magnus orders maximum thrust and set course
for the Shadow Nebula.
Back on Earth, more of the planet is being shrivelled by the
energy cage. Starscream works an
intercom console on the structure, trying to contact Galvatron. On the asteroid, Galvatron hears the
transmission and wearily pulls himself from the wreckage. He acknowledges the message and checks his
scanner: no Autobot presence, the mission has been a success! Starscream is not pleased that Galvatron
still lives, but says nothing as his leader proclaims that he shall return to
Earth. To take charge of the operation
once again and eradicate the last of the Autobots and the humans, soon he shall
have dominion over all!
Hot Rod falls through space down towards an odd
planetoid. Down through the atmosphere
to a bizarre landscape of towering rock pinnacles. Finally landing in a sea of mercury and
sinking all the way to the bottom, colliding with a high-tech metallic reef. Regaining his bearings, he transforms to a
water-modified vehicle mode and sets out in search of his comrades. As he rounds the corner of the reef, he sees
a robotic squid tearing Tanker to pieces.
Hot Rod fires on the creature, which reacts by unleashing a laser ink
stream to cover its retreat. Hot Rod
pushes through to Tanker’s head and torso.
Tanker just about manages to tell Hot Rod to use his magnetic powers,
pick up his pieces and get him out of there before he rusts. As he complies and engages his power,
magnetic waves pull Tanker’s body parts and stick them to Hot Rod’s torso. While he carries the torso and swims towards
At Planet Unicron (pg. 134-137)
We cut back to the Autobot Cruiser, where the slab planet
Unicron comes into focus on the monitors.
Magnus and his crew marvel at it, but don’t have time to make plans as
the cruiser lurches as if it hit a wall.
Mentlar works the controls and determines that they’ve hit a “plane of
enormous sheet energy”. More than a simple
forcefield, Rusty compares it to being “snagged by some giant brain wave”. The cruiser shakes violently as the crew
activates reverse thrusters, but can’t break free. Suddenly the shaking stops as the cruiser
turns and is violently pulled forward. Mentlar’s
scanner shows that they are being pulled away from the planet, down to a nearby
moon. As the moon draws closer, we see
it has scales similar to those found on The Entity’s servants. Magnus orders Springer to prepare the escape
pod for the humans. Springer struggles
against the G-forces of the hurtling cruiser, but pulls the escape module down
off the rack, telling the humans to get aboard.
Rusty pushes Ellen and Daniel to get in, saying he’ll stay with the
others. Ellen says they’ll stay too,
brushing aside Magnus’ protests by saying if the cruiser can’t withstand this
tractor beam, the module won’t “We’re all in it together!”
The cruiser breaks through the metal crystal
atmosphere..[End of story beat on missing page 137]
Chase (pg 137-141)
[Start of story beat
on missing page 137]
Back on Earth, Wheeljack (with Blaze inside) and Arcee lead
the retreating Autobot convoy and are being chased down a free way by the
Seekers. As Starscream and Skywarp have
zeroed in on Wheeljack, Arcee transforms and jumps up, grabbing onto
Starscream’s tail assembly. Starscream
attempts to climb into the air, but is slowed down. Arcee twirls him over her head and throws him
down to earth. Starscream crashes on top
of a freeway overpass where a group of Decepticons were lined up to block the
Autobots. The overpass collapses,
burying all who stood on it. Wheeljack
and the convoy make rolling jumps over the rubble and continue on. Wheeljack “compliments” Arcee: “Good work, Arcee. It’s about time you pulled your weight!” Arcee transforms and rejoins the convoy,
saying to herself “A lot you know!”
Galvatron arrives to see Starscream pull himself out of the
wreckage and proceeds to insult him for his incompetence. Starscream is all excuses, but Galvatron
won’t hear of it and leads his troops in a fresh charge against the fleeing
Before he can get far, the cold ray descends and freezes him
once again. Galvatron is fuming, but
plays the toady. The Entity’s voice is
furious at him for failing to terminate the Autobot mission. Now they intrude close to his domain. Galvatron is ordered to destroy them
personally. He feigns obedience, but
once the cold ray has vanished, decides that he’ll deal with them at his
convenience. With that, he presses
forward after the Autobots in the distance.
World Of The Savage Sharkticons… (pg 141-148)
On the unknown planetoid, on the shores of the mercury sea,
Hot Rod finishes re-assembly of Tanker.
Who is rather salty as he thinks a piece of himself is missing. But as Hot Rod hangs his head, tells him that
overall he did a good job. Hot Rod again
wallows in self-recrimination, both for Prime and for getting them
stranded. Tanker tells him he has been
brave and determined. As for being
stranded, they’re functional and have another chance. This perks Hot Rod up as they transform and
head out over the red metallic hills, scanning for the Dinobots. As Tanker rolls out he realises there was a
part missing after all, as his treads are missing some teeth. As the two move into the distance, we see
they are being watched by shadowy figures.
Who make clacking, harsh chatter as we dissolve to….
The two Autobots crest a ridge, their scanners picking up
both a Dinobot and other, strange readings.
They transform and start towards a grove of metallic moss trees where
the signal is coming from. Hot Rod is
eager, but Tanker advises caution as there are alien life forms near. He recommends making communication and takes
a small case from his belt, which bleeps and makes strange sounds.
Tanker gives the universal alien language salutation
“Graaaaaaagnah wheep ni ni bong!” and holds out energon sticks. Encouraging Hot Rod to follow his lead, he
walks forward and continues to deliver the salutation. As they move around the vegetation, they see
Sludge in the clearing, frozen in mid-motion.
They get closer to examine him and see that he is in a gravity-defying
suspended animation. A whirring sound
comes from all around, telling them they are not alone. Their attempts to smile turn to shock, as out
come the Sharkticons: robotic scavengers with jaws within jaws, teeth within
teeth, looking like a giant mouth. They
approach Hot Rod and Tanker on rolling, whirring platforms. The two Autobots approach, giving the
salutation and offering the energon sticks.
The lead Sharkticon whirs up, examining the sticks before devouring them
greedily. This causes the others to
close in for a feeding frenzy. Both
Autobots can see where this is going, so Tanker punches several Sharkticons to
allow Hot Rod to escape. The pair don’t
get far before they are cornered and herded into line by cattle prod-like shock
sticks. The lead Sharkticon clacks a
command, to which the others march Hot Rod and Tanker off. Several others stop to lift Sludge and carry
him off to join the procession. Tanker
speaks softly, saying that his alien language translator has told him what they
are, as well as the phrase they keep repeating: “We eat!”
Hot Rod is ready to run again, but Tanker tells him to stay
put as his sensors have picked up Swoop nearby.
Just as they were expecting a rescue, they find Swoop frozen like Sludge
was, Sharkticons gnawing at his tail and hindquarters. Hot Rod attempts to help him, but is shocked
back into line and forced to keep marching.
Swoop is picked up and carted off like Sludge was. As they continue to be marched forward,
receiving occasional shocks from the Sharkticons, Tanker says they need to
think of a way out “...or we could be dessert at a Dinobot banquet!”
In The Entity’s Domain (pg 148-156)
On the satellite moon of Unicron, Magnus and his crew make
their way out of the airlock. Their
cruiser is damaged, but intact. The area
is covered with crystalline metallic scales.
Magnus deduces this as an offshoot of the planet providing the
Decepticons’ new energy source. Mentlar
heads back into the cruiser to begin a research probe, to see if anything they
can learn about the moon can be useful when they attack the planet. Meanwhile, the others set about repairing the
Rusty offers to show Daniel a trick, seemingly allowing him
to execute some deft manoeuvres and flip Rusty on to his back…..then he
concentrates hard, his exo-suit glows and repels Daniel away. He offers the boy a hand up and explains that
it's all in the mind “Just imagine your suit repelling the other guy’s
Ellen arrives and is aghast that Rusty is trying to take
Daniel along with him on a reconnaissance mission. She absolutely forbids it, over Daniel’s
protests and Rusty relents to her wishes.
Blurr joins them as Mentlar scrapes a single crystalline scale off the
surface of the moon and collects it in a specimen jar. Rusty and the two Autobots transform and move
out on their recon mission. We hold on
the void where Mentlar took the scale from.
A network of electrical webbing snakes out across the landscape,
sparking electrical contact, making a tiny sound that is magnified as it
spreads across the surface. The
electrical webbing rises into space as we cut to Planet Unicron. Where the sound is loud and speeds up to a
fever pitch before dying off. The Entity
has sensed “Intruders!” and is furious.
In Earth’s orbit, the energy cage now covers three-quarters
of the planet, which is shrivelling and shrinking even further. We cut to the California hills, where
Galvatron leads Sweep Units through the smoking ruins of housing areas. Sporadic fire coming from Autobots in
hiding. Galvatron tells the Sweep Units
that they’ve driven the Autobots to ground, now finish them off!. As his troops move out, the cold ray of The
Entity comes down and stops him, leaving him choking and gasping. He tries to play the toady and make
excuses. But it falls on deaf ears as
The Entity thunders at him for lying and allowing the intruders to live. He orders his servant to assemble a suitable
force to wipe out the intruders.
Galvatron, dangling in the beam and being strangled, “understands and
obeys”. Once the beam releases him,
Starscream approaches “More orders, “omnipotent” Galvatron?”. He is shoved aside, Galvatron proclaiming
that the war on Earth is won, once Magnus and his followers are destroyed “we
shall rule all!”. Starscream needles him
that it appears it is not “we” but The Entity that shall rule all, including
the Decepticons. Galvatron gets
nose-to-nose with Starscream, ordering him to stay and finish the draining of
Earth “Neither Autobot nor Entity shall survive my wrath! I promise you!”. With that, he flies off, leading the
Decepticon armada into space.
We cut to a pillbox location nearby with Arcee patching up a
wounded Wheeljack. They watch the
Decepticons go and presume that Magnus is causing enough havoc in space to get
those on Earth a fighting chance.
Wheeljack suggests that it's time to join forces and counterattack, to
which Arcee responds “I love an Autobot with fighting spirit!” and kisses him
on the cheek. He tries to play it off as
inappropriate for comrades-in-arms, but as she smiles and tells him to consider
it a symbol of affection between buddies, moving to an intercom console. He exasperates “Shebots!” but smiles and
feels his cheek.
Arcee’s scrambled transmission goes out across the planet to
all Autobot groups: Join forces and counterattack. After a Decepticon Sweep Party passes by some
rocks and bushes. camouflaged Autobots rise from their concealment. Reacting to the transmission, Jazz exclaims
“Man, those are the words I’ve been waiting to hear! Transform and roll, baby!” as more Autobot units cheer and roll out.
Their Cruel Masters, The Quintessons (pg 156-160)
Back on the unknown planetoid, Hot Rod and Tanker are herded
into a holding pen within the Sharkticons’ walled compound. We catch our first glimpse of the
Quintessons: slender and fragile humanoid creatures with metallic heads bearing
five faces. Metal supports run down to
their fragile shoulders, in order to keep the massive heads upright.
The two Autobots are shoved and locked into the pen. They are approached by another prisoner:
Granix, rector of the Planet Lithone. A
robot made of granite and stone, chipped and cracked in places He tells them to abandon all hope of
surviving. The Sharkticons, he explains,
are a primitive tribe of cannibals, who serve their cruel, intelligent masters,
The Quintessons. As he speaks, we see
Quintessons in guard towers point to him and converse. He continues: they send the Sharkticons out
to find those unlucky enough to land on the moon, and put them on trial for
trespassing. Guilty or innocent, the
verdict is the same - to be eaten!
Suddenly, the lead Quintesson appears at the open door of
the holding pen “That one!”. The
Sharkticons charge forward and seize Granix, ignoring his pleas that he is the
last survivor of his expedition. Hot Rod
and Tanker fight the guards in an attempt to free him, but are forced back by
shock sticks. The Quintesson explains
that as the two of them will be sentenced, they should see the fate that awaits
them. He has the guards herd them out of
the pen to overlook The Arena. Granix is
thrown in, given a long shock stick with an explosive charge. He manages to dodge and kill two of the Sharkticons
before more pounce on him and quickly devour him. Hot Rod says they’d better think of something
fast before their turn in the arena comes.
Back on the moon of Unicron, the cruiser is repaired. Mentlar examines the crystalline scale he
procured under a microscope. He
announces that the scale is “A thinking component of a larger organism, linked
to the slab shaped planet itself”. The
assembled crew realise it is one with the core of the planet, which is
providing the Decepticons with the power that is making them invincible. They resolve to reach the core and destroy
it. But at that moment, Blurr zooms in
to inform them that a massive force of Decepticons will be arriving any moment
now. Magnus steps forward to the cruiser
console to begin preparing….
Having been put back in their holding pen, Tanker paces back
and forth, lecturing Hot Rod who is sitting with his head in his hands. Tanker tells him that he has been courageous,
indomitable, more mature than his years.
“So quit mopin’!” Hot Rod tells
Tanker he isn’t moping, he's thinking and has come up with a plan. He has noticed the Sharkticons movements when
they feed, bumping into each other, that suggest they have primitive contact
sensors. Bumping into each other is the
only way they can recognise each other.
Hot Rod ponders if they could fool those sensors. Tanker catches on and asks how much
lubrication grease he can spare. Hot Rod
makes sure he is not observed, then opens a panel in his armour to reveal a
network of gears and cams “I have more than I’ll ever need...in fact, you might
say I have a lifetime supply!”
For The End (163-167)
Galvatron leads the armada in space, riding a rocket war
sled. Soundwave reports that the cruiser
has been located and survivors verified.
Galvatron watches through his console monitor at an image of the four
Autobots working on the hull of the cruiser. He crows about his impending triumph and
We cut to the cruiser, where the “Autobots” are in fact
two-dimensional robotic doubles. We look
inside the cruiser to see the humans are also doubles, moving in a life-like
The real crew are hiding in ambush up the nearby
mountain. Awaiting the Decepticons who
will have to travel through a narrow mountain-lined pass to reach the
cruiser. Springer, Blurr and Mentlar are
laying explosive charges, intended to collapse both mountains and bury their
enemies. Daniel offers to help, but
Magnus soothes Ellen’s protests and asks to confer with Rusty. As they walk off to the side for a
conversation we can’t hear, Daniel is curious as to what’s wrong. Seeing the situation, Mentlar leads Daniel away
by asking him to help with timing the charges.
We cut back to Rusty’s reaction to what he has just been
told, describing it as “suicide” for those involved. Magnus tells him that the Decepticons’ power
and numbers will turn the battle against them.
When that happens, Rusty is to go with Springer, Ellen and Daniel and
make a run for it. Magnus quells his
further objections by saying he must live to reach the planetary core and
obliterate it. He softens and tells
Rusty that the Autobots have decided this “You will not deny us, will
you?”. Rusty wearily accepts the plan
and the two rejoin the others, crouching at the detonation devices as the enemy
closes in. Daniel is worried, but Rusty
reassures him by flipping the lucky silver dollar. All the same, as he puts it back in his
pocket, he crosses his fingers behind his back….
Hot Rod and Tanker are brought to their sentencing. The lead Quintesson finds them innocent
of trespassing, but guilty of insolence.
Tanker quips “I knew I should have said “Please” and “Thank you”
more.”. The Sharkticons close in around
them, confirming Hot Rod’s theory as they bump into each other, then move
away. On the count of three, the two of
them make a series of moves, shooting streams of axle grease into the
Sharkticons’ sensor lights. The
creatures bump into each other again, but not recognising their own, begin to
devour each other. One attempts to jump
Hot Rod from behind, but Tanker covers it with the grease. Causing it to bump into two other Sharkticons
and eat them.
The two Autobot run to various holding pens and cells,
opening them up and allowing the other prisoners to rise up. They grab discarded shock sticks and charge
the Sharkticons, who back up as more prisoners use the grease technique as
well. Blinding the creatures and causing
them to devour not only their own, but the Quintessons as well.
The lead Quintesson moves over to a pile of scrap metal,
using beams from his eyes to animate the scrap piles into new Sharkticons that
immediately join the fight. “Devour
them, my children!” he giggles.
As the tide turns, Tanker shoots grease at one of the
newly-created Sharkticons, which sends out a ray dissolving it. Just when it looks like the uprising is over
and the prisoners will be slaughtered. A
stream of flame melts some of the Sharkticons.
Grimlock flies over the arena flaming, frying, melting and stomping both
Sharkticon and Quintesson alike. As one
of the Quintessons attempts to animate more scrap piles into Sharkticons, a
metal-bandaged Swoop flies in and cuts him in half vertically, the two body
halves twitching and the head spinning wildly until it explodes. Grimlock and Swoop come at their remaining
enemies from both sides, smashing them into sheet metal and toasting with
flamethrowers. The metal clangs over
into a flat plate showing the faces and bodies of Sharkticons and Quintessons
outlined in it.
The lead Quintesson attempts to run for it, but a repaired
Sludge bars his way and pins him underfoot.
Before he can blast the Quintesson with laser breath, a prisoner runs up
and stops him. Saying that they can use
the Quintesson’s mind scan to probe space and contact their own kind for a
rescue. Hot Rod demands to know if their
friends are still functioning and where they are “do your stuff, Double Dome”. A holographic projection appears above them,
initially unintelligible until Tanker uses his translator program. The holographic swirl moves into his ear,
allowing him to see Magnus and the others in danger on the moon of Unicron.
Hot Rod throws the surviving Quintesson to his former
prisoners “He’s all yours now!” as he, Tanker and the Dinobots jet off into
space at top speed. The prisoners cheer
At the ambush site, the Decepticons come screaming through
the pass towards the cruiser. Magnus and
the others wait for the right moment.
Just as Thundercracker - who is leading the charge - realises they’ve
been tricked, the Autobots hit the detonators.
The underpinnings of both mountains disintegrate, causing a landslide
that buries both the cruiser and Thundercracker’s force. Magnus, Blurr, Springer and Mentlar charge at
the Decepticons who are trying to dig themselves out of the rubble. Engaging them with blasters, bombs, kicks and
blows. Rusty jumps into the fray in his
exo-suit, telling Ellen and Daniel to stay back.
As mother and son huddle against the wall of their hiding
place, Daniel cheers the others on.
Dirge drops down from behind and leaps at them. Ellen kicks him, flips him over and steps on
his neck. As Daniel cheers on his
mother, Rumble leaps on him and pins him down.
He boasts about their strength and twists Daniel’s
head. Forcing him to watch as Dirge
easily moves out from Ellen’s grasp and throws her on her back. Trying to step
on her as she uses the power of her exo-suit, struggling to stay alive.
Daniel turns his head back and concentrates hard. His exo-suit crackles with energy and Rumble
is flung high into the air. He charges
toward Dirge, who is most amused until Daniel delivers a two-handed blow that
dents his torso in, caves in the sides of his chest and hurls him on to
Rumble. Daniel confidently tells his
mother that they stay here until Rusty
comes for them, to which Ellen replies “Yes, Dan. Whatever you say.”
Back at the main battle, Rusty and the Autobots have cleared
the area. But don’t have time to
celebrate as Galvatron is coming in with a larger force he held back for such
a situation. Magnus tells Rusty that it's time to enact
the plan. Rusty salutes him, then
transforms his exo-suit and jets back to Ellen and Daniel. Magnus tells Springer to complete the mission
when the time is right. As all four
Autobots make peace with their fate.
Then transform and charge with a cry of “Autobots Forever!”. The charge smashes and scatters Galvatron’s
force, with Rusty riding over the Decepticon leader and forcing his face into
Magnus tells Rusty and Springer to go, as he, Blurr and
Mentlar lay down a barrage of continuous laser fire and flames. The smoke covering Rusty and Springer’s move
back towards Ellen and Daniel.
As the group moves away from the battle. Mentlar and Blurr roll into the
Decepticons. Blurr’s speed laying down
bombs so fast, there is no defense and Mentlar uses blasts from his headband
and misdirection. Ultra Magnus engages
in hand-to-hand combat with a multitude of enemies.
As more Decepticons swarm into the scene, we cut to Springer
and the humans. Daniel cries that they
can’t just leave them back there. Rusty
grimly sets his jaw and says nothing as they speed away. Ellen tries to comfort her son, but he
doesn’t want to hear it.
We cut to a dark and swirling fog bank that rises like a
wall. Beyond it is a flat land, cracked
and dry like an ancient seabed. From
within the fog, we hear the voice of Daniel asking if the others will be
alright. Rusty replies that he doesn’t
want to think about it. We see the
lights from Springer’s vehicle mode and the humans’ headgear come into view. The party moves out of the fog, Rusty relieved
to see sunlight again. Only they look up
to see the Planet Unicron, burning like the sun. They realise that is where they have to go to
complete the mission. But before they
can answer Springer’s question of how to get there, racing towards them are the
Junkions: a ferocious “Road Warrior”-like tribe of robotic Hells Angels made up
of rusted, sharp metal and reused parts.
Springer and the humans flee, but their pursuers quickly
close the distance. A Tricycle Junkion
riding alongside tries to snag Ellen with a hook-hand. Springer reaches a straight arm through the
spokes of the Junkion’s front wheel.
Causing him to flip forward, smashing into the ground and flying into
Springer tells the humans to transform their exo-suits
again. Showing them by transforming into
a sleeker, streamlined vehicle mode with rocket thrusters and laser jets. Rusty and Ellen concentrate but nothing
happens. Daniel tries and his exo-suit
transforms into a low racing-car style mode.
The adult humans frantically try to imagine as the Junkions close on
them. They transform into similar
vehicle modes and the quartet race off, leaving the Junkions in the dust.
We focus on a motorcycle-sidecar Junkion. This is Wreck-gar, their leader. He bellows for the other Junkions “transform
too!”. They transform into faster, lower
riding, more garishly chromed and battered vehicles. They zoom off after their quarry.
We cut back to the mountain pass, where the sounds of battle
fill the air and torn and broken Decepticons lie in abundance. We see Mentlar’s dead body, crumpled and
smashed. Half his head buried in a pile
of dead Decepticons he had taken with him.
We see a blurring movement as Blurr takes down three Decepticons before
he explodes with them. His fragments
raining down into view. We see
Decepticons moving away from the sound of battle battered, torn apart, blasted
to shreds as the voice of Galvatron orders “Keep at him, you cowards!”
Ultra Magnus fights knee deep in a pile of bodies, one
Decepticon hanging on to his neck, another to his arm. Galvatron stands to the side, waiting to use
his cannon, firing, hitting his own troops as Magnus throws them at him. Magnus is wounded and weakening, his armour
torn open, half a leg gone, a hand missing.
Finally, a group of Decepticons let loose a barrage of grenades, blowing
him out of the pile. Galvatron finishes
him off with the cannon as he lies helpless.
Ultra Magnus is dead. Galvatron
strides over to his body, amidst the broken remnants of his army. He uses a razor saw extension from his hand
to cut open Magnus’ heart chamber and extracts the glowing Matrix of Optimus
Prime, placing it in a bottle that he wears like a pendant around his
neck. Laughing triumphantly, he states
that “It is time for me to “renegotiate” my contract with The Entity and assume
my rightful place as Autocrat of the Cosmos!”.
With a cry of “All hail Galvatron!”, he jets off toward Planet
Unicron. The few surviving Decepticons
weakly salute him, as we hold on the dead body of Ultra Magnus.
With The Junkions (pg 191-194)
We cut back to the “flats” where the Junkions have caught up
to Springer and the humans. Rusty and
Springer fire blasts and smash their pursuers.
But when Rusty’s blast hits one of the Junkions and tears it apart. The pieces keep moving and reassemble into
another fast-moving vehicle. Springer
grabs two of them and smashes them together, leaving them by the roadside. The pieces of the mashed twosome separate
into three more Junkions and rejoin the chase.
Ellen and Daniel, having grabbed a broken piston from the road, slide it
through the wheels of several Junkions riding in parallel. They go flying and falling to pieces, but
again, reassemble and the chase continues.
They add laser blasts forcing the quartet to dodge and weave.
Finally, Springer and the humans see a mob of new Junkions
blocking the road ahead. Skidding to a
stop, they are surrounded as Wreck-gar leads the tribe in a “clank-rock-style
glee club” song. The four are chained to
a flatbed Junkion “jail truck” and taken away.
Rusty comments “I heard of going from the frying pan into the fire, but
I think we just went from the fire into the toilet!”
Out in deep space, Tanker’s scanner tells him that Ultra
Magnus, Blurr and Mentlar are dead. Hot
Rod hopes that Springer and the humans are still alive. Though their signals are weak, Tanker
pinpoints them to the moon ahead. Hot
Rod can’t see it until Tanker reminds him to use his Optic Transducers. he sees the moon….and the remnants of
Galvatron’s strike force headed toward them.
Tanker tells Hot Rod and the Dinobots to take cover in the nearby
asteroid belt. As they watch the scarred
and torn up armada fly by, the Dinobots are happy that Magnus destroyed so many
Decepticons. Hot Rod notes they’re
heading back to Earth, or what’s left of it.
He tells Tanker they need to complete the mission, so beam them down to
Rusty’s last coordinates. Tanker sends
out the beam, but as they descend to the moon, he warns that he has lost them
in a Veil of Fog. If they’re still
alive, they will be tough to track down.
The Contract (pg. 195-197)
Galvatron approaches the slab planet of Unicron, begging for
an audience with his master. The Entity
wearily indulges him “Attend me”. As he
descends towards the same “grass” and “tree-trunk” area from when he first
arrived at the planet, Galvatron activates a device on his belt, muttering to
himself “I’ll “attend” you, all right….I’ll attend to you well!”
Feigning obedience, Galvatron secretly sets the device down
on the ground. He calls out to The
Entity that the Earth is almost drained, as he shows a holographic projection
of the planet caged and drained, shrivelled and sunken. Their enemies on the moon are exterminated:
Galvatron’s service is complete! No
longer toadying and now threatening, Galvatron demands an end to the agreement
and to pursue his own freedom. The
Entity lets out an ominous chuckle that shakes the area. Progressing to uproarious laughter, amused
that “the molecule” would dare to make demands.
Galvatron roars that the device he set down on the planet’s surface is a
“specially enhanced Thermo Charge” that will burrow down to the core and melt
through the other side. If The Entity
does not sever the contract, he will detonate it. Upon receiving more mocking laughter, he
triggers the device. Which detonates,
dropping through the molten surface of the planet and triggering a series of
cascade explosions inside the planet. As
the “grass” withers and the “tree trunks” shatter, Galvatron laughs manically
“A “Molecule” am I!”
Alliances (pg. 197-204)
At the Junkion village, Springer and the humans are tied to
metal stakes, surrounded by gibbering and chattering Junkions as Wreck-gar
steps up to call for silence. Rusty
tells Daniel that when Springer goes for the leader, he’ll untie him and his
mother. Ellen whispers that they can’t
escape, but Rusty points out the solution as several Junkions with cutting and
burning tools attached to their arms begin advancing. Springer will make his move when they are
distracted by working on him. As
Wreck-gar and the others close in on Springer, Daniel steels himself. Suddenly, the Junkions yell and shout as Hot
Rod, Tanker and the Dinobots appear in the sky above, landing in the middle of
As the new arrivals take stock of their surroundings, more
Junkions ride down from the hills and out of ground burrows. Hot Rod wonders who is rescuing who? Rusty and Daniel call out to leave them and
complete the mission. As both sides are
ready for a fight, Tanker steps forward and….
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Rusty asks why the Junkions don’t like The Entity. Wreck-gar explains that his people have
always fought it, none of them wanting to be absorbed by it. When their ancestors fought it, they had to
live behind the Veil of Fog to be free.
Rusty, Hot Rod and Tanker confer.
Realising what The Entity is, they ask Wreck-gar how they can defeat
it. “Want defeat, then no talk,
show!”. He leads them to a primitive
equivalent of Teletraan I, which carries the secrets of the Junkion ancestors
and prints out a sheet of data. Only
Ellen is able to interpret: It contains the history of the Junkions and a
diagram of The Entity. “Junkion
scientists devised a supreme Protector to maintain a loving watch over all but
something went wrong and jealousy and hunger for power became lodged in the
Protector’s core…” Hot Rod realises the
Protector is The Entity. Ellen continues
“...it remained in its own orbit for generations but the Decepticons have now
given it enough energy to break free!”.
Wreck-gar points to the diagram of the planet Unicron, stating there is
only one weakness…
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Grimlock is waiting for Scrapo, a giant Junkion who had been
feeding him metal in the background earlier.
Grimlock promises to tell Scrapo all about “she bots” and promises
“Grimlock get Wheeljack to make Dino Girl.
Shebot for Scrapo…”. The three
humans stifle laughter as they move out.
Enemy Revealed (pg 205-212)
Back on planet Unicron, the last blasts from the bomb
shudder and die down. Galvatron regains
his bearings, only to lose them again as The Entity roars that he shall pay for
breaking the agreement.
A “jungle” of huge metal cylinders rises up from “crater”
patterns in the planet’s surface (The Entity’s “pores”). As the cylinders surround Galvatron,
razor-like blades open up from them and whirr.
Closing in on Galvatron and slicing the air in front of his face…
The combined Autobot and Junkion forces land on the surface
of the planet, Scrapo ominously telling them “Not planet”. As Daniel lands, his feet dislodge a
crystalline scale on the surface. The
same electrical effect that happened on the moon now plays out again across the
surface of Unicron.
The whirling blades around Galvatron stop. The Entity bellows with fury at the
“intruders” that they are no match for him.
The Entity is one with the universe, one with this very planet!
From Galvatron’s POV, the mountains on the horizon rise and
shift as the surface of the planet rolls and ripples.
The Autobots and their allies hang on for dear life to the
changing world around them as metal “tree trunks” rise from the landscape,
which distorts as if it were a muscle flexing.
Galvatron sees the horizon rise, swell and distort as if it
were a vast moon rising. Only it is the
head of a colossal robot. As The Entity
laughs, we see other portions of the “planet” open out and unfold to become the
limbs of this galaxy-sized robot.
Galvatron loses his footing as the ground beneath him shifts
and he is hurled into one of the metal “tree trunks”. We pull back a vast distance to see that
Galvatron is the size of a flea, holding on to what we realise are the “hairs”
on the back of The Entity’s hand.
The Entity tries to shake Galvatron off his hand, but he
burrows into the joint gap between the hand and the wrist. The Entity laughs in triumph, proclaiming he
is free to devour and absorb the universe.
Cutting back to the Autobots and humans as Springer clings
on to the “collar” around The Entity’s throat.
Holding on to Rusty’s exo-suit, who is in turn keeping Ellen, then
Daniel from falling. Ellen points out
the channel to the core shown on her blueprints, which is visible at the collar
joint. Rusty orders Grimlock to make it
look the other way. The Dinobots and
Scrapo fly around to the other side of the head and blast into its ear. The Entity reacts, attempting to swat the
Dinobots away. The Autobots and humans
race and jump into the channel, The Entity’s movements having opened it wider.
They are now in the “bloodstream” of The Entity. The hole behind them closes and the Autobots
use searchlights to find their way forward.
They look around at the “plumbing” and skeletal structure of The Entity:
acid waterfalls, snap valves of “mineral blood” and robotized “white blood
cells”. The group realise they are in
the circulation system and speculate they won’t be welcome. Sure enough, the robot white cells - vacuum
faced leeches of metal with tiny, ringed fangs - begin to attack. Springer and Tanker hold them off with laser
blasts, telling Hot Rod and the humans they will have to press on. They head down a flashing passageway leading
to the core.
Meanwhile, The Entity grows body armour, a helmet and
weaponry as he moves through space.
Reaching a small planet and immediately gobbling it up, laughing and
belching. A passing meteorite shower is
scooped up and slung into his mouth like peanuts.
Galvatron emerges from his hiding place and opens fire “Die,
monster...die!”. The shot blows The
Entity’s finger off, which goes hurtling through space like a flying
mountain. Galvatron watches in horror as
the stump regrows into a new finger as The Entity once again attempts to shake
him off the hand. With a mighty effort,
Galvatron leaps into the crack at The Entity’s elbow.
Inside the brain access channel, huge valve doors close to
the front and rear of Hot Rod and the humans.
As the walls of this “artery” close in.
“He knows we’re here!”. Hot Rod
blasts through the valve door and the group rush through as a series of
sharp-edged doors drop after them.
They find themselves in the atrium chamber that leads to the
core. The only way through is a
“porthole” aperture, ringed by a rhythmically opening and closing razor-edge
Rusty states that it's too small to get through. Daniel says he can fit through as he sheds
his exo-suit. Ellen asks what a boy
could do inside a living planet. Hot Rod
gains an aura around him and his heart chamber, saying there is a weapon with
the power to undo The Entity forever “...and my sensors tell me it is near!”
Hope Is Lost (pg 212-213)
We close in tight on Optimus Prime’s matrix, glowing and
pulsing as it remains in the jar around Galvatron’s neck. Who is now firing blasts into The Entity’s
ear as he tries to swat Galvatron like a gnat.
He gobbles up more asteroids as Galvatron lands on his collar bone. At last, The Entity has reached his
destination: the caged and shrivelled Earth.
We zoom to the surface where Wheeljack and Arcee have the
high ground in a shooting exchange with the Decepticons. The battle stops as all look up to see the
shadow of The Entity blotting out the sun.
Arcee believes their friends have failed. As Blaze, Prowl and the other Autobots react,
Jazz rises “The end is coming at us. And
if it comes, I want to go out like I came in - free!”. He launches a roaring charge at the
Decepticons, Autobots and humans falling in behind him and driving the enemy
All Are One (pg 213-219)
Galvatron is on The Entity’s shoulder, trying to carve into
it with a laser knife, when Hot Rod’s voice calls out for “Megatron”. He tries to reach out, saying that they need
Optimus Prime’s Matrix to destroy The Entity.
Galvatron turns on them with the laser knife, ranting that he is
“Galvatron, Imperator of the Universe!” and will surrender nothing. He throws the knife at Rusty, who barely
ducks. A chase ensues across The Entity’s chest, with Galvatron heading for the
Human citizens on Earth who are not in battle react to The
Entity as it gobbles up nearby asteroids.
As Rusty and Hot Rod attempt to box him in, Galvatron flies
to the back of The Entity’s neck, hanging on its metal hairs. The Dinobots and Scrapo come at him. He tries to flee again, but Rusty and Hot Rod
come from the other side and corner him against The Entity’s collar. Galvatron shouts to stay back or he will
destroy himself and the Matrix. Rusty
points out that both he and the entire universe will be terminated. Galvatron, clearly driven mad, rants that if
he cannot rule, that is what he wants…”Nothingness!”. He laughs and ignites a flare that he is
about to touch to his belt. Before he
can, Ellen floors him in her exo-suit “I knew I’d get it right one of these
times!”. Hot Rod snatches the pendant
from Galvatron’s neck and flies off.
As the surface of Earth shrinks and shrivels under the feet
of the fighting Autobots. Arcee and
Wheeljack look up at the shadow above them.
Wheeljack silently puts an arm around her waist “I didn’t mean half the
things I said”. With a fond glance,
Arcee replies “I know”.
At the aperture to the core, Hot Rod hands Daniel the
Matrix. While Rusty and Scrapo tow in a
disgruntled Galvatron. With a cry of
“Until all matrices are one!” Daniel times himself, then leaps through the
iris. He lands in a narrow passageway of
tubes, wires, cables and flowing crystal tubes.
Merging into one small knot of tubing and wiring. Daniel kneels and opens the pendant, urging
“Come on Prime..do your stuff…”
Nothing comes out at first, so he shakes the bottle and the
glowing images of Optimus Prime appears and suddenly dissipates to
nothing. Daniel is dejected, then a
sighing sound and rush of wind rises through the interior. A hurricane of light floods the core, seeping
out through the aperture where Hot Rod and the others are waiting. “He’s done it! It’s beginning!”. The hurricane of light sweeps over them and
blasts out, sending Daniel flying into his mother’s arms. We see The Entity out in space as a glowing
area of heat forms on its chest. Pulsing
and throbbing like a festering wound.
Galvatron is swept away by the hurricane of light and out into space on
the electrically charged winds.
The Entity approaches Earth.
Salivating, licking his lips, sucking energy on to his tongue like a
feeding chameleon. He laughs, but then
feels the throbbing hot spot which is increasing. He rubs the area then tries to resume its
meal before convulsing. A glowing halo
of Matrix light hums and crackles around his body. The voice of Optimus Prime speaks:
“Your evil shall be eradicated...The goodness of the
universe must survive all such as you..”
The Entity reacts, face contorting wildly and tries to tear
out the source of the glowing heat.
Continuing to rip away until he tears himself to pieces. The sky fills with pieces of his body, which
dissolve in energy bursts like shooting stars over the Earth. Dissolving the energy cage and releasing the
energy flow back into the planet. The
shrunken Earth swells, refills and regains its colour and atmosphere.
Down on the surface, Wheeljack and Arcee cheer, embrace,
then roll after the leaderless Decepticons.
Who attempt to flee until they are stomped into the dust by the arriving
Dinobots. Hot Rod takes charge
“Autobots, transform and roll...the day is ours!”
As he leads them to run down and over the fleeing
Decepticons, we cut to the three humans.
Rusty wishes they could have brought “Megatron” to justice. Daniel, watching through Sky Scope binoculars
says “Maybe he has already!”
All three look and we follow their POV to see Galvatron
clinging to a portion of The Entity’s hand,
flying through space in terror “Help meeeeeeeee! Help me..” as he vanishes into the vastness
We cut to the new Autobot Headquarters. Autobots and human troops led by General
Blaze form parallel parade viewing ranks.
Cheering as Hot Rod, Tanker, Rusty, Ellen and Daniel lead the victory
parade. Rusty hoists Daniel on to his
shoulder as we…