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An energon scout team on a frozen mountain is the target of the latest Terrorcon attack.

Japanese title: 新たなサイバトロンシティ (Arata na Saibatoron Shiti, "A New Cybertron City")

Summary

Kicker wanders lost through a snow-blown wasteland, finding an energon beam coming down from the sky, and having no recollection of how he got there. He sees a familiar mountain... then wakes up in his own bed.

He looks up the mountain on his computer, confident that it's an "energon point".

Kicker, Strongarm and Grindor scout the mountain for energon, ahead of a main team including Ironhide, Hot Shot and Demolishor. Ironhide's not happy about the unhelpful Demolishor coming along; Demolishor is still stunned by the possibility of Megatron being alive.

Cyclonus and Tidal Wave arrive at Unicron with more energon, and find Megatron's corpse. Cyclonus beats on him a bit, trying to wake him up. They go question Scorponok about it, only to get sent off by Alpha Q for... you guessed it... more energon.

Rad and Dr. Jones have restored and improved the Grand Force drones, and send them back to Prime on Earth. Prime gets an update on the scout team, and orders the energon point's coordinates relayed to Dr. Jones as soon as they find it. Jetfire voices concern over Demolishor's loyalty, but Prime won't hear it.

Demolishor refuses to help carry supplies, leading to a childish argument between him and Ironhide that nearly comes to blows. Hot Shot stifles it, but Demolishor stomps off in a huff.

Fog and snow cancel the search mission, and soon Kicker is caught in a whiteout and falls into a crevasse. Hot Shot sends Demolishor and Ironhide off together to look for Kicker.

In a daze at the bottom of a ravine, Kicker recalls drifting weightless as a child, aboard a starship as he and his family head home. They make a stop to find energon, and young Kicker feels nervous....

Kicker wakes up and realizes his predicament. Hot Shot makes radio contact with him, and notifies the others.

In Ocean City, Inferno detects an enemy force headed directly for Kicker's position. Cyclonus and Tidal Wave arrive and attack, causing an avalanche that sweeps away Hot Shot. Terrorcons attack Ironhide and Demolishor.

Kicker tries to fly out with Grindor, but the walls are too steep. An avalanche deposits enough snow to get them closer to the top, where Kicker detects the Energon seam, though he still can't reach it.

Hot Shot meets up with Ironhide and Demolishor, who are battling the Terrorcons. Cyclonus arrives; he and Hot Shot spar verbally for Demolishor's loyalty. Cyclonus leaves after seeing Strongarm, assuming that's where the energon will be. Demolishor continues to fight alongside the Autobots.

Strongarm retrieves Kicker and Grindor, and transmits their coordinates to Dr. Jones on Cybertron. Optimus and Inferno arrive and lead the recon team away, as the Terrorcons start digging for energon. Dr. Jones activates "a present", and something huge descends from the sky: Cybertron City! The Terrorcons flee, but many are crushed by the descending city. The city lands and seals the energon point.

Scorponok arrives and leads a new attack, but the city's defenses make mincemeat of his troops. Signal Flare scans Scorponok for "cloning purposes", explaining that he's "planning for the future". Overmatched, Scorponok retreats with no energon.

Demolishor reasons that if Megatron was alive, he'd have been out on the front lines of the battle. Kicker reflects that even now, his dad is still looking after him.

Stats

Original airdate: February 6, 2004 (Japan); February 28, 2004 (North America)

Written by: ???

Featured characters

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Autobots
  • Optimus Prime
  • Hot Shot
  • Strongarm
  • Ironhide
  • Jetfire
Decepticons
  • Demolishor
  • Cyclonus
  • Tidal Wave
  • Scorponok
Humans Others


Regulars
  • Kicker

Guests



Quotes

"Talk to me, your evilness! I'm here for ya! Yoo hoo! Anybody in there?" [beats on Megatron]
"Stop that!"

Cyclonus and Tidal Wave


"Hey, why don't you carry some stuff?"
"No. I'm not some kind of pack animal. That's a job for rookies like you!"

Ironhide and Demolishor start to squabble


"Ironhide, apologize to Demolishor."
"Why should I have to apologize?! He started it!"

Hot Shot and Ironhide


"I sent Strongarm to the ravine to help him get out of there, Arnhide."
"So you know where he is?!"
"Yeah. And it's a real deep one."

Hot Shot and Ironhide are awkward conversationalists


Hot Shot: "Demolishor, you're our friend! You know you can trust us!"
Demolishor: "I'm your friend?"
Cyclonus: "Sheesh, don't be such a sap! He's only saying that!"


"Optimus Prime! Super mode! Powerlinx! Optimus Prime! Super mode!"

Optimus Prime, going to his Super Mode, via Powerlinx.


He can't be alive. Cause if he were, he would have been out on that front line for sure. At least... that's the Megatron I remember.

Demolishor continues to wonder

Notes

Lost in translation

This episode's dub is remarkably faithful to the original, with very little changed or lost.

  • Demolishor insists on looking for Kicker, considering it part of his job as guard.
  • The sensing rod that young Kicker plants in the ground glows red in Superlink. This bit of animation is missing in the dub.
  • The dub adds a soft white border to Kicker's flashback scenes.

Pain Count

Kicker's first dream sequence is nearly a full minute of non-stop "huh" and "uh". Then more during the second dream. Then even more as Kicker wakes up again in the ravine.

  • "Uh?": 10
  • Stock footage: 4
  • We need/want energon: 5
  • We're a team: 2
  • Let's do it: 1

Animation and/or technical glitches

Continuity errors

  • The Terrorcons can suddenly vocalize in this episode. Normally they're restricted to generic bird shrieks and cat growls.

Notes

  • Kicker's eye makes a very loud *whump* noise when he awakes from his first dream (a dub addition.)
  • The writers actually remembered that Grindor is a Transformer!
  • Boy, the stuck-in-a-ravine subplot sure adds a lot to this episode.


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