Several Autobots and Decepticons find themselves battling over a planet whose civilization completely revolves around music, and whose inhabitants are capable of using sound as a powerful weapon.
Japanese title: "The Challenge to the Planet of Music"
Eurhythma, a planet whose culture is based entirely on music, is threatened by a comet refitted by theDecepticons. The Autobots attempt to stop them from firing the rocket boosters fitted to the comet. Zebop Skandana learns of the comet and joins fellow Eurythmans Allegra and Basso Profundo to use their combined harmonic weapon to destroy it, inadvertently shooting down a number of Autobots and Decepticons in the process. Allegra, after the destruction of the comet and enquiring Basso, who she falls out with, and Zebop to try and stop her from doing so, storms out of the palace and heads "To my retreat!"
After Galvatron and Soundwave collapse a bridge on Ultra Magnus, Blaster and Broadside, burying them with the bridge, Zebop joins a number of other citizens to revive the Autobots. He then leads them to Allegra's retreat, where they find that Galvatron has beaten them there and swayed Allegra to their side. When Soundwave uses Allegra's third of the harmony(Which Soundwave recorded when Allegra agreed to their offer) against them, Zebop comes out of hiding and counters with his own third, which Soundwave then promptly records and merges with Allegra's, creating a harmony that is destructive enough with 2/3s and plunging Zebop and the Autobots down into a chasm. As the Autobots pull themselves up, Galvatron turns on Allegra, preparing her for the same fate, prompting Zebop to run onto the battlefield to save her. While he is successful, he is accidentally crushed by Blaster and Soundwave in the process, but is harmonically revived by a tearful Allegra soon after.
Returning to the capital city, the Autobots discover the fallen forms of Perceptor and the Protectobots, who Zebop, Allegra, and Basso heal. The three returned to Earth with the Autobots, where Galvatron and Soundwave were overwhelming Metroplex with the stolen harmony. The trio of aliens countered it with anti-sound, giving Blaster enough time to "I don't wanna see your face, just the button that says ERASE!" the harmony from Soundwave's tapes (by manually pushing his crotch buttons). With the battle concluded, Zebop returns to his world with the others, vowing to live in harmony.
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
Written by: Buzz Dixon
- --Broadside, right before he sucker punches Galvatron
"So much for that comet".
"And so much for me. I'm leaving!"
"Allegra! Where are you going?"
"TO MY RETREAT!!!"
- -- Basso Profundo and Allegra have a fallout; the latter cannot be convinced by even Zebop Skandana to remain with him or Basso and rethink her decision.
Galvatron: "Soundwave, are you getting this?"
Soundwave: "I am! I AM!"
Galvatron: "Never mind that. Did you get the harmony?"
- -- Soundwave is getting his freak on.
"See what you did!"
"What we did? We took the fall because you had it all!
- -- Basso Profundo and Blaster blame each other.
Blaster: "I don't wanna see your ugly face, just the button that says ERASE!!!" (presses ERASE on Soundwave's crotch)
Soundwave: "MY TAPES!!! YOU'VE ERASED MY TAPES!!!"
- -- Blaster has Soundwave suffer from a case of musical copyright infringement with the destruction of Soundwave's recordings of the harmony.
"From now on, you'll have to learn to live in "harmony"".
- -- Ultra Magnus to the Eurythmians. Hypocritical, as his race has been fighting for the last nine million years.
- Amusingly, Broadside transforms into his aircraft carrier form to smash several of the Decepticons at the beginning of the episode. Makes you wonder if Hasbro was getting really desperate here.
Animation and/or technical glitches
Carnage in C-Minor is infamous among the fandom for the sheer number of animation errors in this episode. Among the more prominent include the following:
- Devastator is the exact same size as Soundwave during the start of the first battle.
- Just as Broadside lands on top of Devastator at the beginning, he is drawn with a Deception logo on him. When he transforms he has an Autobot logo on his chest.
- While the Autobots are shooting at the meteor, they are so badly drawn that they appear to have only one leg, a left arm starting from the elbow and enormous heads...and Superion is tiny.
- When Galvatron spots Broadside pursuing him, he has no visible mouth.
- Blaster, Ultra Magnus and Zebop are shown to hang onto Broadside while he flies around. Sometimes, the shots makes them sometimes tiny or not hanging onto Broadside at all. (Even more odd is why Zebop simply can't sit in his cockpit.)
- Soundwave points out that Zebop is standing in the distance, while Galvatron says that "he probably is with the Autobots". Yet, Ultra Magnus is standing right next to him. Lesson: Ultra Magnus can't take cover and Galvatron's optics are terrible.
- When Blaster is explaining that they use the harmony even for healing, Ultra Magnus is the one mouthing those words.
- When the Protectobots are combined as Defensor, Hotspot (the main body) is fighting alongside his combined self! This could be one of those infamous "decoy" Transformers...but probably not.
- In one scene, a cel-layering error causes Blaster to appear very tiny compared to Soundwave.
- On the music-based world of Eurhythma, Ultra Magnus dispatches Hook and Scrapper—by picking them each up in one hand and bashing them together. Magnus is supposed to be big, but not that big.
- And there are more than meets the eyes. This is what you get when you combine a season's worth of bloopers into 1 episode. Seriously, how much time do you have?
- Notice how the person standing next to Basso Profundo says "What are we going to do about that?" in a normal language instead of the planetary sing-song language.
- Anyone notice that Galvatron overtowers Soundwave?
- In one infamous scene, Brawn came back to life, along with Ironhide, Ratchet and Prowl. And it seems Huffer and Hauler have joined in, as they're helping them shoot at the giant Decepticon rocket engine he'd just helped build!
- To add insult to injury, Devastator is shooting at the Autobots, before the Constructicons form Devastator.
- One scene where Devastator forms he is suddenly composed of seven Constructicons.
- Soundwave travels with Galvatron to find the source of the harmony. However, when the scene returns to the battle outside the city, Soundwave is with the other Decepticons at the same time.
- At the beginning, the Autobots are flying. They haven't done that for about twenty years!
- Blaster and Soundwave last fought each other in the episode Auto-Bop.
- The Eurythman characters' names are all music-related puns.
- Eurythma was possibly named after the popular 80s band The Eurythmics.
- "Carnage in C-Minor" is widely regarded by fans as the worst episode of all Transformers series, but this is seemingly due to the sheer volume of animation errors, and the glaringly obvious nature of many of the individual errors. However, the actual plot is certainly not the weakest to grace the cartoon series, and its "continuity errors" have little to nothing to do with the script itself... certainly not to the level of, say, "B.O.T.".
- That said, there is plenty of inanity to be found in the story too. For instance: Despite the aliens' dialog being in perfectly understandable English (or Galactic Standard or whatever), because they say everything in a sing-song rhythm, apparently Blaster and Soundwave are the only Transformers who can understand them, and the two tape decks spend a large (and annoying) amount of time translating Eurythman to "non-sing-song" for everyone else.
- Apparently, a single blast from Perceptor's lightning cannon can cause Devastator to disassemble. And Grimlock believes that intellectuals are weak.
- Soundwave's exclaimation of "You've erased my tapes!" after Blaster erases the recording he (Soundwave) is playing becomes a lot less funny when you realise that this implies that Blaster erased the Mini-Cassettes as well.
- Other than HotSpot, the other four Protectobots are nowhere to be seen until just one scene where Defensor is present.
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