Crisis in Jungle City is the twelfth episode of Energon. It first aired in the United States on June 18, 2004 on Cartoon Network.
A massive attack on Jungle City drives the Autobots to carry out a desperate last-ditch plan.
Kicker and Misha stand at the foot of some ancient jungle pyramids, reminiscing about coming there years before together. Suddenly three military helicopters fly past, bearing crates. Kicker has a premonition that something big is about to happen. The choppers arrive at an energon tower construction site, where the Autobots are settling in. Alpha Q is delighted that Starscream's memory has been erased, though it does make him completely useless. Now Alpha Q will need more energon to get rid of Megatron. He observes as his Terrorcons on Earth approach a station. Megatron questions Starscream. Screamer has no memories, and is under Megatron's direct command. Tidal Wave reports on the Earthen Terrorcons... which is just what Alpha Q wants. Misha relates the history of the 13th century Mayan pyramids, and their subsequently vanished civilization. Kicker wonders if Megatron did it -- after all, he's old. Misha... hadn't thought of that before. Suddenly a phalanx of Terrorcons arrives; Kicker and Misha report it in to Optimus. The Autobots also detect a warp gate opening near Jungle City; Prime has the Omnicons secure the mine. Jetfire scouts and confirms Kicker's report. As the Bots prepare to deploy, Misha begs for the ancient pyramids to be protected. Prime promises that they will be. Helicopters ferry Misha, Alexis and others away. Megatron's fortress-ship emerges from a warp gate; Megatron observes that Alpha Q hasn't yet sent in his heavy artillery. He reasons that the Terrorcons will keep the Autobots busy while his troops grab the energon and destroy Jungle City. The Autobots power up. The Terrorcon drones reach the energon and start devouring it. Ironhide completes the mine evacuation, but when Inferno worries that everyone didn't get out, Kicker impulsively races back in to check it out. On the surface, the battle is joined, as Autobots and automated defenses blast the Terrorcons out of the sky. The Decepticons arrive and head for the battle. Kicker and Ironhide find a Skyblast and Strongarm who are stubbornly refusing to abandon their energon; despite prodding, a pair of Strongarms are caught when the Terrorcons break through. Ironhide, Inferno and Kicker stage an ambush for the Terrorcons in the mine, though Ironhide seems to be missing a lot. Inferno gives him a short lesson in anticipating his foes' moves. Despite their efforts, the Terrorcons' sheer numbers are letting them continue to take the energon. On the surface, Megatron engages Prime and sends Tidal Wave to destroy the tower. The Omnicons report as various sections of the mine are captured. The Autobots are being overwhelmed as more Terrorcons arrive; the drones blast the tower, whose top explodes. Strongarm reports that only the mobile ground section remains. Prime inquires if the tower fueling system still works. The Decepticons arrive at the pyramids, searching for Prime. In the city, Optimus has reached a shocking decision. Via video link, Misha tells him that she understands, and only demands that they all return safely. Alexis says that humanity has survived the fall of civilizations before, and she's behind the plan. The stump of the tower fills with energon, attracting Terrorcons. Megatron bursts into the city, still on the hunt. The dejected Autobots withdraw into the jungle. Inferno says that Ironhide can do the deed, but Prime steps up to do it instead. Ironhide insists, though, and takes careful aim. Megatron wonders where the Autobots could be; he's disappointed. Scorponok points out that it may be a trap, and an instant later, he's proven right as a shot from out of the blue destroys a Terrorcon and sends its husk crashing explosively into the tower's remains. The energon erupts, obliterating the Terrorcons and sending the irate Decepticons into retreat. Explosions obliterate the entire area, forests, bluffs, city, pyramids and all. Ironhide is flabbergasted. Kicker is regretful. Back at Ocean City, Kicker stares out at the sea, when Misha finds him. Ironhide supports Prime in his decision, and Prime says that regardless of how they feel, it's the past now. Misha wonders if the Autobots will build a new tower. Suddenly, as they stare out at the moon, Kicker's hair does its finding-energon-flashy thing. It's Lunar City, Kicker says; he's certain it has survived, and that's where the next energon tower will be built.
In the episode
English dub changes
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
"But they've got us completely pinned down, sir! If we stay put we're sitting ducks."
"Our mission is to keep Megatron from taking our energon."
- — Hot Shot is reminded by Optimus Prime that there's no difficulty that can't be overcome by re-stating the incredibly obvious!
Lost in translation
- The dub makes it seem like Kicker and Misha have no idea where the helicopters are going, when it's to the construction project that they're both involved with. Superlink merely features a comment from Misha that the choppers must have frightened the birds.
- Superlink Alpha Q doesn't express delight over Starscream's memory wipe.
- The dub totally omits Alpha Q's explanation that the Earth Terrorcons are a special stealth breed, made to elude enemy sensors.
- Kicker merely wonders if Megatron might attack soon, rather than randomly blaming him for wiping out the Mayans.
- The dub omits Inferno telling Ironhide that the past is what the future is born from, as well as Kicker's offhanded comment that Ironhide wouldn't understand anything that complicated. Instead, Hot Shot and Inferno just make generic remarks about preparing for battle. Kicker gets a similarly empty line, which clearly clashes with his sarcastic pose.
- In Superlink, the Omnicons more overtly disobey Prime's orders to evacuate the mine.
- Alexis's speech to Prime is shorter, simply saying that she leaves the matter to his judgment.
- The dub omits the fact that Jungle City is where Kicker and Misha first met.
- "Uh?": 8
- Stock footage: 2
- We need/they want energon: 3
- Our mission is to: 1
- We've gotta: 1
Animation and/or technical glitches
- Sooooo... what became of Scorponok and the Terrorcons on Mars? Rodimus started attacking them at the end of last episode, but now Scorponok's back with Megatron like nothing happened.
- Alpha Q's Battle Ravage drones sport a different color scheme than the standard black, white and purple. Their colors are based on Takara's "Command Jaguar Desert-Type" toy, which was in turn the basis for Hasbro's Command Ravage figure.
- Ironhide's "huh?" after Inferno's training bit really makes him sound dull.
- Likewise for Prime's "Hehh?" response to Jetfire.