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Mini-Series (5 episodes – first broadcast 2010)
1 Darkness Rising, Part 1
In Jasper, Nevada, three young humans—Jack Darby, Miko Nakadai and Rafael Esquivel—are accidentally caught in the crossfire in a fight between giant, mechanical aliens that transform into ordinary vehicles. The three kids are taken to the base of the Autobots, where the Autobot leader Optimus Prime explains that he and his team are a race of autonomous robotic organisms from the far-off planet Cybertron, and they are fighting over their life-source, Energon, with the Decepticons, with whom they once had a war.
2 Darkness Rising, Part 2
The Decepticon leader Megatron returns from a three-year exile with a plan to exploit the properties of a mysterious substance called “Dark Energon”, which has the ability to turn the bodies of dead Transformers into zombies. The Autobots storm an Energon mine in search of their lost comrade Cliffjumper, only to discover that his dead body has been revived as a ravenous zombie by Dark Energon.
3 Darkness Rising, Part 3
Optimus Prime and Ratchet head out to investigate Megatron’s activities while Arcee and Bumblebee go on patrol, leaving Bulkhead with Jack, Miko and Rafael at the base. Meanwhile, Soundwave kidnaps the Autobot-allied human Agent William Fowler, with Starscream wishing to learn the location of the Autobot base.
4 Darkness Rising, Part 4
Bulkhead, Arcee and Bumblebee sneak on to the Decepticon warship, the Nemesis, to rescue Agent Fowler, while Optimus Prime and Ratchet fight off Megatron and a horde of Dark Energon zombies.
5 Darkness Rising, Part 5
With the Decepticons completing their Space Bridge to Cybertron, Optimus Prime and the Autobots race to stop Megatron from opening the Bridge and bringing forth a vast army of Dark Energon zombies from the Transformers’ dead home planet.
Season One (21 episodes – first broadcast 2011)
6 Masters and Students
Following Megatron’s supposed death, Starscream appoints himself as the new Decepticon leader. However, to his annoyance, he finds that the troops don’t respect him as much as they did Megatron and are weary towards him becoming leader. In order to gain their respect, Starscream awakens Skyquake, a legendary Decepticon warrior who was entombed in stasis on Earth for centuries, and attempts to recruit him into his new army. Meanwhile, Ratchet agrees to help Jack, Miko and Rafael with their school science projects, with explosive results.
While on a scouting mission in the Arctic, Bulkhead and Bumblebee find a crashed space pod buried in the ice. They bring it back to base for examination, and Optimus Prime and Arcee venture out into the Arctic to find clues on the pod’s origin. While they are out, the other Autobots discover that the pod contains a large swarm of Scraplets, a vicious and highly dangerous form of Cybertronian wildlife that eats metal. The Scraplets infest the Autobot base, devouring any metal in sight and damaging the Ground Bridge, leaving Optimus and Arcee stranded in the Arctic.
8 Con Job
The Autobots receive a message from Wheeljack, an old friend of Bulkhead’s from the days of the war, who is visiting Earth while journeying across the galaxy. Upon picking up the message’s signal, Starscream and Soundwave capture Wheeljack before he can meet the Autobots, and they send in Makeshift, a Decepticon spy able to take on any form, disguised as Wheeljack to discover the location of the Autobot base.
Agent Fowler asks for the Autobots’ assistance in transporting a powerful nuclear device to a military base, but since sending such a device through the Ground Bridge could be potentially dangerous, they have to travel by road. Along the way, the Autobots are ambushed by M.E.C.H., a terrorist organization who wish to steal the nuclear device and use it for their own nefarious purposes.
10 Deus Ex Machina
The Autobots discover that an Energon Harvester, an ancient and powerful device from Cybertron’s distant past, is on display in a museum, and they attempt to retrieve it with Jack, Miko and Rafael’s aid before it falls into the wrong hands. Starscream also learns of the Harvester’s whereabouts, and he sends Soundwave, along with new Decepticons Knock Out and Breakdown, to obtain it.
11 Speed Metal
In an attempt to get even with school bully Vince, as well as impress his crush Sierra, Jack convinces Bumblebee to help him win an illegal street race. However, things go awry when Knock Out gets involved in the action, kidnapping Vince in the belief that he is Bumblebee’s human partner.
Jack accompanies Arcee on a routine scouting mission in a forest, where they discover a crashed space ship in a clearing. They soon discover that the owner of the ship, the deadly and ruthless Decepticon Airachnid, is still prowling the forest in search of a human to hunt, putting Jack in danger.
13 Sick Mind
While exploring the wreckage of a crashed Autobot spaceship in a desert, Optimus Prime becomes infected with Cybonic Plague, a deadly virus that leaves him in a critical condition. Arcee and Bumblebee sneak on to the Nemesis in order to find a cure for the virus. Following Ratchet’s advice, Arcee hooks Bumblebee to Megatron’s machinery and sends him into Megatron’s subconscious, where Megatron’s knowledge of the cure is located. Arcee immediately unplugs Bumblebee from the machinery as soon as the formula is captured.
14 Out of His Head
Megatron’s subconscious is mistakenly downloaded into Bumblebee’s head. Megatron manipulates Bumblebee’s mind in a plan to return to his original body and reclaim Decepticon leadership. Meanwhile, Starscream steals the lens from a powerful space telescope and attempts to use it to melt through Arctic ice to gain access to an underground Energon deposit. Megatron makes swift work of Starscream after learning of his treachery.
Starscream attempts to use a shard of Dark Energon to revive the dead body of Skyquake, but his plan is impeded by the Autobots. The Autobots request a Ground Bridge transport at the same time with Starscream. Hence, the two Ground Bridges appear at once, causing a malfunction that leaves Jack, Miko and Rafael in a parallel dimension, along with the revived but zombified body of Skyquake. Miko is still able to communicate Bulkhead through cell phone texting, and Ratchet is able to bring them back after engineering a Ground Bridge designed to connect the other dimension.
16 Operation: Breakdown
During a fight with Bulkhead in an abandoned town, Breakdown is captured by M.E.C.H., who wish to dismantle him and research his inner workings for a project they refer to as “Project: Chimera”. Optimus Prime and Starscream lead separate rescue missions to save Breakdown.
Airachnid teams up with M.E.C.H. in a plot to kidnap Jack’s mother, June, intending to use her as bait to lure Jack and Arcee to M.E.C.H.’s hideout, so Arcee can be captured and used in M.E.C.H.’s experiments.
18 Metal Attraction
Bulkhead and Arcee, with Miko tagging along, are sent on a reconnaissance mission to investigate a bizarre energy signal. They discover that the signal is coming from a Polarity Gauntlet, a weapon that manipulates magnetic fields, however, they soon come into conflict with Breakdown and Airachnid, who both want the Gauntlet for themselves.
19 Rock Bottom
Bulkhead, Arcee, Jack and Miko investigate an old Decepticon Energon mine that was supposedly stripped clean. Megatron and Starscream arrive shortly after, with Megatron accusing Starscream of hoarding Energon, and revealing that he knows about Starscream’s other treacherous acts. Megatron is about to kill his devious second-in-command when he notices Jack and Arcee, and immediately opens fire on them. This accidentally causes a massive cave-in, leaving everyone trapped inside the mine with no way out.
Megatron sends Starscream and Airachnid to the site of a crashed Decepticon ship to recover The Immobilizer, a powerful weapon with the ability to freeze Transformers in their tracks. But after the Autobots discover Starscream bound up in Airachnid’s web, they are surprised when Starscream states that he wishes to join them…
Miko rushes out onto the battlefield during a fight between the Autobots and the Decepticons, who are fighting over a Data Cylinder, a device containing knowledge of Cybertronian society. As Miko attempts to push the Cylinder into an open Ground Bridge, she accidentally activates it, which downloads all of its information – in this case the formula for a Synthetic Energon – into Bulkhead’s brain. Soon, Bulkhead begins to rhyme off the complicated formula, painting the equation on the walls, and Miko becomes scared when her friend’s personality and memories begin to slip away.
22 Stronger, Faster
Ratchet tests the Synthetic Energon formula obtained by Bulkhead on the Data Cylinder on engines. Feeling the desire to take a more active role in the missions, he injects himself with the formula. At first the results are positive, with the formula greatly increasing Ratchet’s strength, speed and agility. But before long, the formula starts to have negative effects on his personality.
23 One Shall Fall
Optimus Prime recites a passage from the Covenant of Primus, detailing a doomsday prophecy connected to Earth and involving Megatron. After Megatron attacks Rafael and Bumblebee, leaving Rafael unconscious and severely injured, Optimus realizes that he can’t end the Autobot-Decepticon conflict diplomatically, and decides to confront Megatron and destroy him once and for all.
24 One Shall Rise, Part 1
Unicron the Chaos-Bringer, an ancient and malevolent being, awakens from the center of the Earth after millennia of stasis, causing an epidemic of natural disasters across the globe, and sending Dark Energon erupting from volcanoes. Optimus explains the history of Unicron and his battle with Primus, deducing that Unicron is actually the Earth’s core, while Megatron attempts to pledge his allegiance to the Chaos-Bringer.
25 One Shall Rise, Part 2
After assisting the Autobots in a fight against an army of Unicron’s stone avatars, Megatron forms an uneasy alliance with his enemies to defeat Unicron and save the Earth from destruction. The Autobots and Megatron then travel to the Earth’s core, planning to send Unicron back into stasis using the Matrix of Leadership.
26 One Shall Rise, Part 3
While Ratchet tells Jack and the other humans about Optimus Prime’s history on Cybertron, the battle begins at the Earth’s core, with Megatron and the Autobots battling against Unicron’s bat-like anti-bodies to reach the Chaos-Bringer’s spark chamber.
Season 2 (26 episodes – first broadcast 2012)
27 Orion Pax, Part 1
Optimus Prime loses all memory of being a Prime after using the Matrix of Leadership to send Unicron back into stasis. Megatron takes advantage of this and takes “Orion” on to the Nemesis, convincing him the Decepticons are good and the Autobots are evil. Back at base, the other Autobots are distraught at this turn of events, and upon discovering that Jack has the Key to Vector Sigma (an ancient super-computer containing infinite knowledge), they devise a plan to get their leader back.
28 Orion Pax, Part 2
With the help of information from Starscream, the Autobots commandeer the Decepticons’ space bridge to send Jack and Arcee to the Transformers’ home world of Cybertron, with a plan to use the information stored in Vector Sigma to restore Optimus’ memories. Meanwhile, after a run-in with Starscream (whom Megatron claimed was dead), Orion wonders if Megatron is telling him the whole truth.
29 Orion Pax, Part 3
On Cybertron, while searching for Vector Sigma, Jack and Arcee are attacked by an Insecticon and a swarm of Scraplets. On the Nemesis, Orion becomes ever more curious about who he really is, so he begins to rebel against Megatron and uncover the elaborate lies put in front of him.
30 Operation: Bumblebee, Part 1
The hunt begins for ancient Cybertronain relics hidden on Earth. While investigating an energy signature that may lead to a relic, Bumblebee is ambushed by M.E.C.H., who knock him out and steal his T-cog (the device that enables Transformers to scan alternate modes and transform). Left unable to transform into vehicle mode, Bumblebee has no choice but to stay at base. Starscream approaches Silas (the leader of M.E.C.H.) and offers advice and knowledge on Cybertronian anatomy.
31 Operation: Bumblebee, Part 2
Still feeling guilty about failing to repair Bumblebee’s voice box during the war, Ratchet offers to give Bumblebee his own T-cog via transplant. While Optimus, Bulkhead and Arcee are out retrieving another Iacon relic, the Forge of Solus Prime, Agent Fowler calls the base with news about newly discovered coordinates of a M.E.C.H. hideout. Seeing an opportunity, Bumblebee storms the hideout to get his T-cog back.
32 Loose Cannons
Wheeljack returns to Earth in pursuit of the Decepticon Dreadwing, who is responsible for the death of the Wrecker Seaspray, and asks for Team Prime’s help in apprehending him. While Bulkhead is excited about seeing his best friend again, Optimus Prime soon becomes annoyed with Wheeljack’s recklessness, aggression, and disregard for civilians during their search for Dreadwing.
Megatron sends Breakdown, Airachnid and Dreadwing in search of energon in a forest, with Airachnid unaware that Breakdown and Dreadwing have actually been ordered to terminate her for treason. She catches on to the plan and flees, killing Breakdown in the process, and upon encountering a lone Insecticon, she uses her abilities to control it, and challenges Megatron to a fight to the death.
34 Nemesis Prime
M.E.C.H. produces a clone of Optimus Prime (which Miko off-handedly names Nemesis Prime) and sets it loose on a military base, where it wreaks havoc. The United States Military immediately blames the real Optimus for the chaos, and order the Autobots be shot on sight. While Agent Fowler tries to convince his superiors that Optimus did not attack the base, Team Prime tries to track down Nemesis Prime and clear their names.
Agent Fowler is forced to explain recent events to his superior, General Bryce. Threatened with a military tribunal and Team Prime’s termination, Fowler tries to convince Bryce that the Autobots are still on the military’s side, but Bryce believes that Optimus went rogue and has perished, failing to fully understand that Nemesis Prime was not the real Optimus.
Bulkhead accidentally becomes trapped on board the Nemesis while on a scouting mission, and tries to escape without being discovered. Meanwhile, Starscream and Airachnid send their newly-gained armies (Starscream’s being five clones of himself, and Airachnid’s being a hive of Insecticons) to the Nemesis, both intending to kill Megatron.
37 Flying Mind
The Nemesis has crashed on a mountainside and its engines are badly damaged. Megatron attempts to restart the engines with dark energon, which works, but has an unexpected side effect: the ship develops a mind of its own and rebels against its own crew. With the ship flying out of control and both the Autobots and Decepticons frozen in stasis, Jack, Miko, Rafael, and Agent Fowler are left as the only ones who can stop it’s rampage.
38 Tunnel Vision
Having discovered the locations of four Iacon relics hidden across the globe, Team Prime splits up into small groups and head to each location simultaneously to retrieve them. Arcee, Bumblebee, Jack and Miko travel to New York City to find the first relic, a Phase Shifter (a device that enables its user to walk through solid objects), which is buried deep in the city’s underground subway tunnels. During their search, Arcee and Bumblebee are attacked by Knock Out and an Insecticon, while Jack and Miko run into a maintenance worker and try to prevent him seeing the Transformers.
Optimus Prime is in Antarctica on the hunt for the second Iacon relic, the Apex Armor, a full-body suit of indestructible armor that expands from a small disc. However, he comes into conflict with both Dreadwing and Starscream during his search, and he is forced to form an uneasy alliance with Dreadwing when Starscream dons the Armor and threatens them both.
Ratchet reluctantly calls upon Wheeljack for back-up in his mission to retrieve the third Iacon relic, a sonic weapon called the Resonance Blaster. On their way to the location, the two Autobots are attacked by Soundwave, but Wheeljack manages to shoot down and disable Soundwave’s surveillance drone Laserbeak, which gives Ratchet an idea. While Wheeljack and Soundwave fight over the Resonance Blaster, Ratchet uploads a virus into Laserbeak that will download the Iacon Database into the Autobot base’s computers without the Decepticons noticing.
Bulkhead goes to a volcanic island on the Equator to find the fourth and final Iacon relic. But to his horror, he discovers that the relic is a piece of Tox-En, a form of highly toxic Energon that is lethal to Transformers. He tries to dispose of the tox-en by throwing it into a volcano, but it deteriorates his strength, and things are made worse when a group of Insecticons led by Hardshell arrive in search of the relic.
Bulkhead is left in a critical condition and on the verge of death after his fight with the Insecticons and exposure to Tox-En. Distraught about what has happened to their friend, Miko and Wheeljack head out to find Hardshell and get revenge.
43 Out of the Past
Miko becomes frustrated with Bulkhead’s slow recovery and storms out of the base. Finding Miko weeping by herself, Arcee tries to cheer her up by telling the story of how she and her last battle partner Cliffjumper first came to Earth. Starscream had captured Arcee and Cliffjumper and took them to be interrogated by the Decepticon scientist Shockwave, and upon escaping they discover Shockwave’s plan to build a space bridge to Earth.
44 New Recruit
During a fight with the Decepticons, Team Prime is unexpectedly aided by Smokescreen, a young and impulsive Autobot. Despite Arcee and Ratchet’s distrust in the newcomer, Optimus Prime invites Smokescreen to the base for further training. Meanwhile, Starscream discovers that a meteorite of red energon (which grants the consumer enhanced speed) has crashed on Earth, and sets out to claim it for himself.
45 The Human Factor
M.E.C.H. scientists implant the dying Silas into a battle armor and life-support system made from Breakdown’s dead body. Silas kills the scientists and approaches Megatron, asking for a position in the Decepticon ranks and offering to aid their cause with Project: Damocles, a sattellite-based laser weapon system of his own invention.
Optimus Prime gives Jack the task of helping Smokescreen learn about human society and adapt to living on Earth. The Decepticons detect another Iacon relic, the legendary Star Saber, and Megatron sends out a set of decoy coordinates to distract the Autobots, so he can claim the Star Saber for himself.
47 Alpha; Omega
Optimus Prime discovers that the Star Saber is embedded with a message from his former mentor Alpha Trion. In this message, Alpha Trion explains about four Iacon relics called the Omega Keys, which when brought together are able to make Cybertron inhabitable again. Meanwhile, Megatron opens the tomb of a deceased Prime on Cybertron, taking an arm and having it attached to him so he can use the Forge of Solus Prime to build a weapon strong enough to counter the Star Saber.
48 Hard Knocks
Team Prime continue to collect the Omega Keys, but the Decepticons (who are unaware of what the keys can do, but are curious about Team Prime’s determination to have them) out-smart them at every turn. After Smokescreen storms out of the base, blaming himself for the team’s failure to obtain the keys, the decoded coordinates of the final key reveal it is inside Smokescreen’s body. The Autobots head out to find him, but he is captured by Soundwave and Laserbeak.
49 Inside Job
Smokescreen is held captive and interrogated on board the Nemesis, and Knock Out uses the Phase Shifter to remove the fourth Omega Key. Breaking free from his restraints by stealing the Phase Shifter, Smokescreen sets about retrieving all the other Omega Keys on the ship. Starscream uses his red energon to gain hyper-speed and sneak into the Autobot base to find the Omega Keys.
Starscream approaches Megatron with all four Omega Keys, having stole them from the Autobot base, and proposes a truce to rejoin the Decepticons. Megatron suspects that Starscream is up to something, and orders Knock Out to set up a cortical psychic patch so he can determine his true intentions.
Angered by Megatron’s decision to allow Starscream back into the Decepticon ranks, Dreadwing offers the Forge of Solus Prime to the Autobots. As Meagtron’s forces arrive on Cybertron, Optimus Prime uses the Forge to upgrade the ground bridge into a space bridge. Armed with every Iacon relic they have, the Autobots head to Cybertron to find the Omega Lock, the machine needed to restore Cybertron with the Omega Keys.
52 Darkest Hour
Megatron activates the Omega Lock and starts restoring Cybertron, but he then reveals he is also going to use the Lock’s power to turn Earth into a mechanical planet, which would kill all of its inhabitants. Optimus Prime destroys the Lock before it can finish its restoration, saving Earth but dooming Cybertron. The Autobots retreat back to Earth, only to find a gigantic fortress has appeared outside their base, and the Decepticons have finally discovered the base’s location.
Season 3: Beast Hunters (13 episodes – first broadcast 2013)
53 Darkmount, NV
With their base destroyed, the Autobots and their human companions have separated and went into hiding, while the Decepticons settle into their new fortress, Darkmount, and repel a military assault. Smokescreen finds Optimus Prime, still alive but badly damaged and close to death, in the wreckage of the Autobot base.
As the Autobots try to re-group, Shockwave arrives in Darkmount after years of isolation on Cybertron, and is welcomed back into the Decepticon ranks. Wheeljack escapes from Darkmount and sets off to rendezvous with Bulkhead and Miko, unaware that Starscream has planted a tracking device on him.
After Starscream’s armada fails to apprehend Wheeljack, Shockwave introduces Predaking, an enormous reptilian creature created in Shockwave’s laboratory and specially bred to hunt down Autobots. Meanwhile, high-ranking Autobot general Ultra Magnus arrives on Earth and sets about reuniting the scattered members of Team Prime.
The Autobots attack Darkmount in an attempt to disable its firepower to allow human military to destroy it. As Optimus prepares to join with the Allspark, Smokescreen uses the Forge to repair him, and makes him a new, more powerful body. Optimus joins the Autobots at Darkmount and, with human support, destroys Darkmount.
57 Project Predacon
The Autobots adjust to new group dynamics within their expanded team and Optimus Prime scans a new vehicle form, but Smokescreen privately starts to regret not becoming a Prime. The Decepticons, having found fossilized Predacon bones on Earth, launch a scheme to clone an army of Predacons through the same method that created Predaking.
58 Chain of Command
Ultra Magnus, Wheeljack, Bulkhead and Miko are in the wilderness of Scotland investigating a Decepticon excavation site for Predacon fossils, but tension builds between the group as Wheeljack acts recklessly and ignores Magnus’s commands. On the Nemesis, Starscream is given the task of training Predaking, but he struggles to get the uncooperative beast to follow orders.
59 Plus One
While Arcee and Wheeljack are on a mission to gather a Predacon bone, Agent Fowler and June collect another bone in storage at a museum. As they leave, however, Knock Out captures them and holds them hostage in the trunk of his vehicle mode, but soon finds that he is unable to call for a Ground Bridge because the communications systems on the Nemesis are damaged.
Knock Out is researching Ratchet’s synthetic Energon formula, and is using Silas (who is still implanted within Breakdown’s corpse) as a test subject. The formula makes Silas extremely aggressive, so Starscream suggests injecting him with Dark Energon to make him easier to control. However, the mixture of the two Energons turns Silas into a mindless zombie craving fresh Energon, and he wanders the ship infecting any crew member he encounters by draining their Energon.
The Predacon army is almost fully grown and ready for deployment, but Predaking suddenly surprises everyone by revealing he is able to transform and is more intelligent than first thought. Despite Predaking pledging his loyalty, Megatron still worries that he will eventually lead the Predacons to rebel against the Decepticons, so he plans to terminate Project: Predacon by leading the Autobots to the laboratory and having them unwittingly destroy the clones for them.
62 Minus One
Having discovered that the combination of Predacon CNA and synthetic energon creates raw cyber-matter (the substance Cybertron is made of), the Decepticons plan to repair the Omega Lock, restore Cybertron and cyberform Earth through this process. While gathering equipment for the project, Soundwave is captured by the Autobots, who take him to their base and try to interrogate him about Megatron’s plans, but he deletes all of his information and shuts himself down. Laserbeak eventually finds the base and re-activates Soundwave, who proceeds to capture Ratchet.
The Decepticons hold Ratchet captive, and Megatron attempts to persuade him to help complete the synthetic energon formula and restore Cybertron. Rafael and Wheeljack build a flying drone and attach Laserbeak’s transponder (which Smokescreen shot off) to it, in the hope that Laserbeak’s navigation systems will lead the Autobots to Ratchet so they can rescue him.
Ratchet reluctantly agrees to help the Decepticons perfect the synthetic energon formula. But once it is completed, he decides he can’t allow the Decepticons to have it or finish building their new Omega Lock, so he sabotages the project and tries to escape from the ship. The Autobots launch their drone and Optimus Prime follows it, but along the way he is confronted by Starscream and his armada.
The Autobots storm the Nemesis and try to reach the Omega Lock before the Decepticons can activate it and cyberform Earth. Optimus Prime and Megatron face off in a final showdown, while the other Autobots fight off the Decepticon army and race to secure the lock.
Feature Length Movie
66 Predacons Rising
Unicron has taken over Megatron’s body to get revenge on the Autobots and destroy Cybertron, and it’s up to the Autobots, the Decepticons and the Predacons to form an alliance to stop him.