In the war with the Autobots, the Decepticons change tactics, turning the humans against the Autobots.
Japanese title: "Megatron's Plan to Conquer Earth - Part 1"
The mayor of Central City is officially opening a new Solar Tower when his speech is interrupted by Starscream, Thrust, Dirge and Ramjet. After the Decepticons realize there is no energy in the tower yet, guards come out with tanks and attempt to shoo them away. The tanks are destroyed and the guards escape with their lives, while the mayor calls for the Autobots.
An Autobot attack force, consisting of Prime, Ironhide, Smokescreen, Tracks, Warpath and Bumblebee, arrives at the scene. Everyone transforms to robot mode except Tracks, who transforms to his flight mode and takes off after the coneheads, who are making a quick exit. Tracks uses a radiator-mounted black beam gun to blind Dirge. Ramjet seeks revenge for this and knocks Tracks clean out the air. On the ground, Starscream is being hammered by laser blasts from Ironhide, Smokescreen, Prime and Warpath. Thrust saves him with a missile barrage. Smokescreen retaliates and fires his shoulder-mounted lasers, which damage Thrust's guidance systems. Beaten and battered, the Decepticons retreat.
The Mayor thanks the Autobots and decides to honor them at City Hall. Spike comments that it's about time the Autobots got some recognition for their actions.
In his office, Shawn Berger watches the events and is infuriated, since he wants to be mayor so badly. He sends his guards out, claiming he needs to think. He picks up an odd-looking cassette on his desk, which transforms into Laserbeak. The Decepticon grabs Shawn and flies out of the office and then out of the city, towards a mountain ridge.
There, Megatron, Soundwave and Dirge await Shawn's arrival. Megatron tells Shawn that he can help get the power that he so desperately desires, even two cities if he wants. In return, Shawn must use his wealth, power and influence to help the Decepticons. Megatron tells Berger that, like many others, he's been blinded by Autobot propaganda. He persuades Berger into thinking the Decepticons are good and the Autobots are evil and that all he needs is evidence. Berger agrees to help, and Dirge takes him back to his office. After Berger's departure, Megatron tells Soundwave that Berger "thinks he will be king, but he will be nothing more than a pawn!"
At a deserted oil field, Optimus Prime shows up with a group of Autobots: Wheeljack, Sunstreaker and Ironhide. Berger flies in a news helicopter overhead and records the Autobots stealing energy. Ironhide notices the helicopter and warns Prime, who begins to fire on it. Megatron, Starscream, Thrust, Dirge and Ramjet save Berger and drive off the Autobots. Wheeljack fires as he escapes and knocks off the camera beneath the copter. Dirge finds it and gives it to Megatron, who must return it to Berger, since it "contains valuable evidence."
At Central City's City Hall, the public is gathered and cheering the Autobots, who are rolling parade-style through town. The Autobots all transform and head towards the Hall. Inside, Optimus Prime is joined by Hound, Ironhide, Cliffjumper and Bumblebee. After a brief moment of reading out the wrong speech, the Mayor finally gets it right and proceeds to request the airing of a video of the work the Autobots did at the Solar Plant yesterday. However, Berger has had the tapes switched, and the audience sees the tape the Decepticons made. It shows additional scenes of Prime and Wheeljack turning the coneheads evil with a ray gun and Prime claiming that the Autobots will claim the Earth for their own once fully trusted.
Now hated by the public, the Autobots return to base. After a brief rest period, they end up being arrested by the mayor and Berger's private army. They and the Decepticons are taken to court. During the trial, Spike escapes and sets out to clear the Autobots' names, but Soundwave launches Ravage to slow Spike down. After slamming Ravage in a revolving door, Spike escapes. He later finds the tape room and watches one of the tapes...which reveals that the Autobots at the oil field were Decepticons in disguise. He starts to head back to the trial with the tape, only to find his path blocked by Ravage.
Back at the trial, after the Judge tells the crowd has reached a verdict after carefully weighing the evidence, Chip tries yell to him to wait and that Spike is bringing more evidence, but he tells back that the "Wheels of Justice" do not stop turning for children, and that he is sorry to say that he and the others of the court's staff have already concluded the trial, then he tells the crowd that the decision of this court is one that the Autobots be found guilty as charged, which made the Autobot soldiers angry and start yelling with disagreement as half of the crowd murmur to each other about the Autobots innocence. The Judge then tells the Autobots that they are sentenced to banishment from Earth forever, and the half of the half of the crowd roars with agreement, which forces Optimus Prime to tell the Judge that he and the other Autobots will respect and comply with the decision of the court. Later that night, the Autobots are taken to a rocket and forced to board it by the Decepticons. They blast off, heading towards Cybertron, propably.
Inside the Autobot base, Megatron and Shawn Berger are at Teletraan I. They reprogram the rocket's guidance systems for a one-way trip into the sun.
Original airdate: October 14, 1985
Production number: 700-34
Written by: Donald F. Glut
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
"SAVE THE HUMANS!"
- —Megatron. No, this isn't miscited.
"You see, you are so brainwashed by it that you don't even suspect that they are evil and we are good. Ah, the power of public relations!"
- —Megatron, possibly the most honest politician in the world.
"Hold the last order, Prime...I wanna throw some...dark on the subject."
- —Tracks throwing some dark on the subject....
"The workers aren't here yet. That gives us plenty of time to drain this oil field dry...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Another raid to blame on the Decepticons...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"
- —Starscream as Optimus Prime with the creepiest laugh ever...(an early Nemesis Prime?)
"Hey, guys, Berger dropped one of his video cameras. Let's make some home movies!"
- —Dirge thinking about a career as a camera man, follow your dreams Dirge!
- —Starscream. No, this hasn't been miscited either.
"I knew the humans would turn on us one day. They're such undependable creatures. Inferior lifeforms."
"I'm not so sure, Sunstreaker. Some of my best friends are humans."
- —Sunstreaker and Bumblebee discuss the worthiness of humans while Spike is right there with Sparkplug and Chip.
"For too long, these robots have wielded too much power on this planet. Now, let us rid ourselves of these meddlesome beasts!"
- —Shawn Berger making an announcement about the Autobots' rampage.
Animation and/or technical glitches
- The wall behind Berger's desk has a window in some shots and not others.
- While flying Berger to Megatron, Laserbeak makes the TIE fighter engine noise from Star Wars. What's more interesting is that Darth Vader's breathing is heard as well.
- If Starscream was wearing the Optimus Prime costume during the oilfield stunt, how was he able to be there in person, fighting the "Autobots"?
- Someone at Toei forgot to animate the Decepticons as they force the Autobots to go into the rocket.
- At the final scene, Megatron used his Fusion cannon to remove some commands on the Autobot's ship's on-board computer. When he encoded the destination for the sun, the command for "Cybertron" was re-encoded.
- Oh, it turns out the Decepticons don't need Soundwave to make energon cubes. The Seekers can do it themselves.
- When released on video in the UK, both parts of this story were edited together as a 45-minute "movie" instead of a two-part episode.
- This is the first time in the series Smokescreen has ever used his shoulder-mounted lasers to fight instead of his exhaust fumes and laser rifle.
- The seeker jets in this episode prefer to use missiles and rockets to fight the Autobots and terrorize the humans with rather than the traditional lasers. They do however use the lasers in robot mode
- In the oil field fight, Starscream is able to use his null-rays from his nose in jet mode, the first time he ever does this. (Of course, the fight was faked, so these null-rays presumably were as well.)
- It's odd how after seeing three small, vague videotapes, the army comes charging at Autobot headquarters, yet no one has ever tried to apprehend the Decepticons.
- Why are the public so quickly swayed by three scenes on a tape after the amount of times the Autobots have saved them in the past year or so?
- What the hell kind of court can just order someone off-planet? Last time we checked, aliens are not covered in a court of law. Isn't there like an appellate court above them or something?
- Apparently the Dinobots, Skyfire, and several others didn't have to board the rocket to leave Earth. Maybe they cut a plea bargin deal with Megatron.
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