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Five Faces of Darkness: Part 1 

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 »






Episode credited cast:
Carly Witwicky (voice)
Grimlock / Long Haul (voice)
Susan Blu ...
Arcee (voice)
Spike Witwicky (voice)
Victor Caroli ...
Narrator (voice)
Philip L. Clarke ...
Menasor / Quintesson / Judge Deliberata (voice) (as Rege Cordic)
Bud Davis ...
Dirge (voice)
Perceptor (voice)
Ron Gans ...
Drag Strip (voice)
Rodimus Prime / Sweep (voice)
Bumblebee / Outback (voice)
Buster Jones ...
Blaster (voice)


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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15 September 1986 (USA)  »

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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 »


Springer and Arcee clench their eyes shut when their ship is grabbed by the claw. However they shouldn't be able to do this, since their eyes are only glass-covered optics, surrounded by a metal frame. See more »


Wildrider: These guys better have some Energon for us.
Dead End: ...Or what?
Wildrider: Or... I'll think of something.
Cyclonus: Galvatron survives!
[the Decepticons all cheer]
Cyclonus: With sufficient Energon, We can rescue him and the Decepticons will rise again!
[Astrotrain approaches, dropping off four Energon Cubes]
Cyclonus: That's it, Astrotrain! These few steps you did today will power the Decepticon's to conquest of Cybertron and then the Galaxy! Give, my fellow Decepticons! Give till it hurts!
Dead End: If we surrender our Energon, we're doomed.
Breakdown: If we ...
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Edited into Transformers: Five Faces of Darkness (1986) See more »

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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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