The Transformers: Season 3, Episode 8

Dark Awakening (1 Oct. 1986)
"Transformers" Dark Awakening (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-Y7  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure
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The several Autobots seek shelter to make repairs to their ship and find a Mosolium they built for their causalities. They discover that Optimus Prime is no longer in his tomb, they find ... See full summary »




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Episode credited cast:
Jack Angel ...
Ultra Magnus / Sweep (voice)
Gregg Berger ...
Grimlock (voice)
Susan Blu ...
Arcee (voice)
Spike Witwicky (voice)
Cyclonus (voice)
Optimus Prime (voice)
Bud Davis ...
Dirge (voice)
Perceptor (voice)
Laurie Faso ...
Skydive (voice)
Rodimus Prime / Sweep (voice) (as Dick Gautier)
Ed Gilbert ...
Thrust (voice)
Sweep (voice)
Stan Jones ...
Scourge (voice)
Aron Kincaid ...
Sweep (voice)
Chris Latta ...
Sweep (voice)


The several Autobots seek shelter to make repairs to their ship and find a Mosolium they built for their causalities. They discover that Optimus Prime is no longer in his tomb, they find him alive, trying to build an escape shuttle. Rodimus happily hands the matrix back to Optimus, but their former leader is not himself. Soon they'll discover who brought Optimus back and why. Written by Jesse Sanchez

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Quintesson #1: The entire Autobot fleet moves to attack us.
Quintesson #2: Precisely as we predicted.
Quintesson #3: May I propose an anticipatory snicker of triumph?
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A glimmer of hope at last
25 May 2007 | by (Costa Rica) – See all my reviews

This episode features Optimus Prime first appearance on season 3 since he died in Transformers the movie, making it one of my favorite episodes of season 3(not many i might add)besides that it was informative by taking on right were the movie ended, and unlike other episodes you can see characters from the 3 seasons interacting together. However i have the feeling this episode was a gimmick to try to salvage season 3 due to low ratings.If you notice they portrayed Optimus as sick, disturb,unstable, unreliable, therefore unfit to be the Autobots leader; on the other hand we get to see a very powered Rodimus that is ratified as the new leader by Optimus and receives the matrix, later on Optimus dies again.They also showed fans how the corpses of the fallen Autobots were destroyed in a red sun,eliminating any hope of fans of a comeback(we are reminded of that by Kup by the way).Bottom line, accept season 3 new format. Luckily for fans and viewers, they brought back Optimus definitely on the 2 last episodes of season 3: The Return of Optimus Prime(although this episode was the perfect opportunity for that).

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