Megatron creates an Optimus Prime clone to lure the Autobots into a crevasse of Korlonium Crystals set to explode on contact.


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Episode credited cast:
Prowl / Sideswipe (voice)
Michael Chain ...
Powerglide (voice)
Christopher Collins ...
Wheeljack / Starscream / Reflector / Sparkplug Witwicky (voice) (as Chris Latta)
Jazz (voice)
Bumblebee (voice)
Don Messick ...
Ratchet / Gears (voice)
John Stephenson ...


Megatron, Starscream, and Soundwave discover a crevice full of korlonium crystals, a powerful energy source that destroys electronic circuitry (read: Transformers) on contact. Megatron hatches a plan; use data captured by Laserbeak to create an exact replica of Autobot leader Optimus Prime (controlled remotely by Megatron himself) that will trick the Autobots into entering the crevice. It works better since Optimus Prime himself is incapacitated by the time the clone enters. At the Ark, Spike and the other Autobots notice that Optimus Prime is acting strange. For one, he doesn't remember that he just gave Teletraan I a checkup that morning, and calls Ironhide "Bumblebee". Then the real Prime shows up. (Hilarity ensues.) The Autobots try a number of methods to figure out which one is real, such as a race or target practice, but they are both successful. Teletraan I reports trouble near the crevice, and Ironhide takes command until they find out which Prime is real. The Autobots fight ... Written by NinjaCoachZ

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2 October 1985 (USA)  »

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Featuring the first appearances of Powerglide and Warpath. However, no explanation of their origins is made. See more »


Right after the fake Optimus Prime destroys the fake Starscream, another Starscream can be seen among the Decepticons. This can't be the original Starscream, as he was on their base at this point. See more »


Megatron: You won't be able to catch me, Prime, but here's something to catch if you can!
[Megatron throws Spike overboard]
Optimus Prime: He... he's dropped Splick!
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Hilarious... for all the wrong reasons!
29 May 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This is easily one of the show's best. Not because the animation is particularly excellent, or that the script is deep, but because it's so cheesy it's hilarious. The plot revolves around Megatron creating a clone of Optimus Prime to trick the Autobots into killing themselves. Seriously. It's as though everyone's a bit crazy (even Optimus) since nobody notices that something's wrong despite how obvious it is. ("Bumblebee, I'm speaking to you!" "But Ah'm not Bumblebee, Prime, Ah'm Ironhide!" "I meant 'Ironhide'.") Then, at the end, everybody suddenly believes that the fake is real! There's a subplot involving Megatron attempting to help his cause by having "Starscream" (also a clone) be "killed", and the Autobots immediately ignore the previous strangeness and think that the fake Prime is real. Also, watch for hilarious flubs such as the real Prime saying "Ironhide! Jazz! Trailblazer! I'm the real Optimus Prime!" and "He's dropped Splick!", Soundwave stating the obvious, and Powerglide totally appearing out of nowhere to save Splick (er, Spike). Deus ex machina! Throughout the entire thing, only Thundercracker seems to have gone through sane. All in all, a fun episode you're bound to get a few laughs at.

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