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.
13. Pursuit (pg 103-118)
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!