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Original Air Date:
9 November 1987 (Season 4, Episode 1)
Some autobots are captured. The remaining Autobots team up with some rebels to free their friends, the rebels know all the weaknesses of their enemies machines. They merge with the Autobots to become Headmasters to free their friends. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Charles Adler ... Silverbolt / Duros / Triggerhappy (voice) (as Charlie Adler)
Jack Angel ... Ultra Magnus / Cyclonus / Arcana (voice)
Jered Barclay ... Cerebros (voice) (as Jared Barclay)

Michael Bell ... Brainstorm / Gort (voice)
Susan Blu ... Arcee / Myra (voice) (as Sue Blu)
Steve Bulen ... Strafe / Sureshot / Searchlight (voice) (as Steve Bulin)

Corey Burton ... Spike / Wideload / Old Nebulan Man (voice)
Victor Caroli ... Narrator (voice)

Peter Cullen ... Wingspan / Slugslinger / Optimus Prime (voice)

Richard Gautier ... Hot Rod / Firebolt / Apeface (voice) (as Dick Gautier)

Dan Gilvezan ... Goldbug / Rollbar / Snapdragon (voice)
Johnny Haymer ... Highbrow / Recoil (voice)
Milton James ... (credit only) (as Milt Jamin)
Stan Jones ... Scourge / Pounce / Weirdwolf (voice)
Chris Latta ... (credit only)
Danny Mann ... Cloudraker / Lightspeed / Freeway (voice)

David Mendenhall ... Daniel (voice)

Rob Paulsen ... Fastlane / Haywire (voice)

Neil Ross ... Crosshairs / Pointblank / Sixshot (voice)
John Stephenson ... Kup (voice)

Frank Welker ... Galvatron / Chromedome / Pinpointer (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephen Keener ... Scattershot / Mindwipe / Hardhead (voice) (uncredited)
John Moschitta Jr. ... Blurr / Punch / Counterpunch (voice) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Jaeho Hong 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Wise  writer

Produced by
Jules Bacal .... executive producer (as Joe Bacal)
Tom Griffin .... executive producer
Michael Charles Hill .... associate producer
Margaret Loesch .... executive producer
Nelson Shin .... producer
Original Music by
Johnny Douglas 
Robert J. Walsh 
Film Editing by
Al Breitenbach 
Production Management
Eric Early .... post-production supervisor
Elise Goyette .... production manager
Jim Graziano .... director of production
Lee Gunther .... executive in charge of production
Gerald Moeller .... production manager
Carole Weitzman .... senior production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kyungmi Kim .... assistant director (as Kyungme Kim)
Mooyoung Song .... assistant director
Sound Department
Scott Brownlee .... voice recording engineer
Ellen Burr .... recording coordinator
Joel Iwataki .... voice recording engineer
Sylvester Rivers .... voice recording engineer
Animation Department
Nam-yeol Baek .... animator (as Namyul Baik)
Sungok Cho .... animator
Byoung Nam Choi .... animator (as Byungnam Choi)
Han-young Jung .... animator (as Hanyong Chung)
Chigeun Kang .... animator
Kyoungkwan Kim .... animator (as Kyungkwan Kim)
Youngduk Kim .... animator
Nosoo Kwak .... animator
Byungchong Oh .... animator
Chiman Park .... animator
Eynam Park .... animator
Myunghi Park .... animator
Youngchan Shin .... animator
Sang Il Sim .... animator (as Sangil Shim)
Baekyup Sung .... animator
Editorial Department
Sarah Swiskow .... telecine supervisor
Dave Weathers .... assistant editor (as David Weathers)
Trent Johnson .... telecine colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Anne Bryant .... composer: main theme (as Bryant)
Johnny Douglas .... conductor
Ford Kinder .... composer: main theme (as Kinder)
Robert J. Walsh .... conductor
Other crew
Jay Bacal .... creative director
Wally Burr .... voice director
Laurie Pessell .... production assistant
Series Cast
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Jason Janson ... Tommy Kennedy

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Directed by
Peter Wallach (live-action sequences)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roger Slifer  live-action sequences

Produced by
Kenichi Morohashi .... producer
Edward Lee Rapp .... producer: live action sequences
Atsushi Shimizu .... producer
Tim Spiedel .... producer (live-action sequences) (as Tim Speidel)
Cinematography by
Michael Sullivan 
Michael J. Sullivan (live action sequences) (as Mike Sullivan)
Production Design by
Floro Dery 
Production Management
Mel Lombardo .... production manager: live-action sequences
Art Department
Michael J. Sullivan .... production designer: live-action sequences
Sound Department
Roy Braverman .... sound effects editor
Peter Reale .... sound re-recording mixer
Animation Department
Joe Landari .... animator: live action sequences
Editorial Department
Lisa Orlando .... supervising editor: live action sequences
Other crew
Kôzô Morishita .... director: Toei Animation
Martin P. Robinson .... head puppeteer: live action sequences (as Marty Robinson)
Cherie Wilkerson .... executive script consultant
DistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Transformers: The Rebirth: Part 1 (#4.1)" - USA (original title)

Did You Know?

Ed Flanders, John Moschitta Jr. and Tony St. James provided the voices of some characters in season 4, but they are not credited.See more »
Highbrow:I suppose it's the only meritorious way out of our meretricious situation.See more »


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Meeting the Robots that become Headmasters and Targetmasters, 5 August 2009
Author: RamRichards

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

The positives: Great action and story. Good for kids and families to watch. Optimus and Galvatron are like the 'with' and 'and' of robots, not taking up too much time for new transformers. Snapdragon is a bada$$ who carries three autobots with it in their first conflict on Nebulon, and tries to eat Arcee and Daniel. Apeface and Mindwipe are the Dr. McCoy and Spock of evil Decepticons. Cyclonus (the targetmasters inventor), Scourge, Brainstorm (co-headmaster founder with Spike), Hardhead, Highbrow, Kup, Blurr, and Hot Rod are well-developed characters. Some heads and guns, Spike, Daniel, Gort, Zarak, Nightstick, and Krunk are given the brunt of conversation and develop their characters through their actions.

The negatives: If Sixshot is supposed to be so strong and tough, why come after he proclaims the Aerialbots are up and down do they continue to fight for the next two episodes. There really wasn't a use for Optimus in this, Magnus could have occupied his role, Springer Magnus's, and Hot Rod as Rodimus.

In the middle: Weirdwolf, Chromedome, Skullcruncher, Misfire, Slugslinger, Sureshot, Crosshairs, Pointblank, and Snapdragon don't say anything or nearly anything. Barely anything is said by a lot of Autobot and Decepticon heads and guns. It's the problem with adding about 50 new characters in one season to sell a toyline. Maybe it should have been the headmasters in 87-88 and the targetmasters in 88-89.

Overall: It feels like such a letdown not to see more episodes following with this miniseries but it is hugely exciting and action-packed without being too dark and violent, lowbrow and cynical like the movie or today's cartoons.

Please email me if you have comments or questions.

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