The Transformers: Season 3, Episode 1

The Five Faces of Darkness: Part 1 (15 Sep. 1986)
"Transformers" The Five Faces of Darkness: Part 1 (original title)

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A year after assuming leadership of the Autobots, Rodimus Prime hosts an intergalactic sporting event, which falls victim to an attack, resulting in the abduction of Spike Witwicky, Kup, ... See full summary »

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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Jack Angel ...
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Carly Witwicky (voice)
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Grimlock / Long Haul (voice)
Susan Blu ...
Arcee (voice)
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Spike Witwicky (voice)
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Victor Caroli ...
Narrator (voice)
Regis Cordic ...
Menasor / Quintesson / Judge Deliberata (voice) (as Rege Cordic)
Bud Davis ...
Dirge (voice)
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Perceptor (voice)
Ron Gans ...
Drag Strip (voice)
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Rodimus Prime / Sweep (voice) (as Dick Gautier)
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Bumblebee / Outback (voice)
Buster Jones ...
Blaster (voice)
Stan Jones ...
Scourge (voice)
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A year after assuming leadership of the Autobots, Rodimus Prime hosts an intergalactic sporting event, which falls victim to an attack, resulting in the abduction of Spike Witwicky, Kup, and Ultra Magnus. Rodimus is quick to blame the Decepticons, who are divided and weakened by the loss of their leader, Galvatron. But Galvatron's fellow reformatted Decepticons, Scourge and Cyclonus, may have found a way to restore their leader to power. The real culprit may be a new face, but one with a link to the histories of both Autobot and Decepticon, manipulating both sides to take their own revenge. Written by Anonymous

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The character model of Autobot Jazz makes an appearance, however he is identified as "Munka Spanka". His original voice actor Scatman Crothers had passed away not long before the episode was finished, and they probably didn't want to make the character he played appear. His appearance wasn't altered, and this led to a lot of confusion for the viewers. It is, however, more likely that either Jazz or the name "Munka Spanka" are errors, given the sub-par production quality of the mini-series. See more »

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Compared to Unicron's head, Cyclonus is drawn immensely big. He is barely bigger than Unicron's eye hole, but formerly, that eye was so huge that an entire spaceship could fly through it. Cyclonus should be a tiny spot in this scene at best. See more »

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Ultra Magnus: Fellow Olympians, may today's games usher in a new age of peace and cooperation in the galaxy! And in the spirit of the games, let me introduce the hero of the Cybertronian Wars, the leader of the Autobots, the bearer of the Matrix... and now to officially open these first Galatic Olympics, Rodimus Prime!
Rodimus Prime: Let's do it!
Ultra Magnus: Didn't you want to say something about concord and tranquility in the galaxy?
Rodimus Prime: Aww, give me a break. Start the games!
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Torn between story and animation
4 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

I like the storyline in Five Faces of Darkness a lot. It is a dark and fairly interesting insight into the cartoon transformers' origins. The Quintessons emerge as a truly original and intellectual threat, and the Decepticons' plight at the beginning of the story is quite shocking.

One is rarely moved by the bad guys, much less in a children's cartoon, but here, we see them utterly defeated, demoralized and starving. To my taste, that's a brilliant and fresh approach to the otherwise repetitive conflict that we had seen in the previous seasons.

Here we also see a bold, young and daring depiction of Rodimus Prime that will rarely appear again save for some exceptions during the third season, where he normally appears as a boring, depressive and insecure leader.

Galvatron also seems to have more layers to his personality in this five parter than in the following episodes, with the notable exception of the fantastic 'Webworld'.

The only downside to this 5 part saga is the ugly, cheap animation by AKOM. ranging from pedestrian (but tolerable)to 'carnage in c minor' dreadful. It's too bad that they got to produce half the season's episodes, ruining many an interesting story with lazy, rushed, incompetent jobs.


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