|Season 1, Episode 9|
|Air date||March 4th, 2011|
|Written by||Josheph Khur|
|Directed by||Todd Waterman|
|Main Character(s)|| Team Prime |
Deus Ex Machina
The Autobots get an urgent call from Agent Fowler. Fowler plane has been shot down while transporting the hi-tech Dynamic Nuclear Generation System, or as he called it the "Dingus". It is a volatile nuclear device and he needs help in completing his mission. Optimus says that using the GroundBridge to transport it would be too dangerous, so instead they'll have to take it by road. They soon have it loaded into a trailer which Prime starts hauling, with Bulkhead and Bumblebee as an escort. Fowler is disappointed that he doesn't get to drive just as Optimus stops him from taking the wheel, which he told Fowler that he will handle the driving. Ratchet and the kids monitor their journey from base.
On the road, Optimus is irritated by Fowler's enthusiasm with the horn. Unknown to any of them, the convoy is being observed by a helicopter. Fowler and Optimus are discussing whether there was any evil on Earth before the Decepticons came, when they spot the helicopter, which Fowler believes is a Decepticon. Five green sportscars move in on the convoy, but Optimus warns everyone to maintain their cover and stay in vehicle mode. Ratchet's surprised that they're not showing up on his sensors. All is made clear when one of the cars draws level with Optimus's cab, and a masked human aims a gun at Fowler. Optimus orders the other Autobots to use non-lethal force only. Bumblebee knocks one of the cars, flipping it over, but another drives up alongside Optimus. One of the masked goons climbs onto Optimus and starts attempting to sever the trailer. After Prime knocks the car off the mountainside road, Fowler climbs out and grabs the masked goon, but loses him before he can start the interrogation.
The fellow in the helicopter makes contact over the walkie and introduces himself as Silas, part of the MECH organization, and arrogantly states that they intend to steal the Dingus for their own use. One of the cars pulls up behind Optimus and the MECH goons blow the trailer's back door open, only for Arcee to jump out in motorcycle mode and flip their car, causing it to explode. While Optimus warns Fowler not to take Silas lightly, Ratchet informs them they are nearing the rendezvous point.
The Autobots reach the rendezvous point and duck into a rail tunnel alongside a train. Bulkhead seals off the incoming end. A short time later, they and the train emerge from the other end of the tunnel, and Silas continues to follow the Autobots. As luck would have it, the Vehicons take this opportunity to appear and open fire on the convoy. The Autobots avoid getting hit, but Prime's trailer is shaken loose and explodes. The Vehicons transform and move in, forcing Optimus to inform Fowler that they're going to have to break cover to survive. Silas observes the fight and notes that the rumors he's heard of living technology are true. He lets Fowler know that he's aware the Dingus was transferred onto the train while the Autobots were in the tunnel, and the helicopter moves off to intercept the cargo. Unfortunately, while Fowler is giving Optimus the bad news, the Autobot leader takes a tree trunk to the face and falls off a nearby cliff.
The kids have a frantic discussion about a plan B. Miko is in favor of Ratchet GroundBridging the kids onto the train so they can fight the MECH goons. With Raf's help, Jack and Miko are soon on the train. As the MECH helicopter tries to land on top of the train, Raf flips a point switch to make the train go off along another line. In response, the helicopter's pilot hacks Raf's laptop, causing it to short out. On the second try, the helicopter lands atop the carriage the Dingus is in, and the MECH guys start cutting through the carriage roof.
Not far away, the Autobots continue their fight with the Vehicons. Optimus comes around and sees the train in trouble.
Miko and Jack grab weapons, which they wave at the MECH guys when the ceiling's opened. Back in the chopper, Silas spots Optimus running alongside and sounds a retreat. As the helicopter heads away, he fires a missile and takes out the track ahead of the train. Due to Raf's laptop being out of commission, Ratchet no longer has the train's coordinates and can't bridge the kids out. They prepare to jump, but Optimus zooms past them and grabs the front of the train and brings it to a halt in the nick of time. Hovering in the helicopter nearby, Silas promises that next time the playing field will be leveled. Optimus reports back to Ratchet that the kids and the Dingus are safe, but notes that a new player has entered the game...... Decepticons in human skin.
Cast and CharactersEdit
Bulkhead: After a long road trip, feels good to get out of the car, stretch my legs and kick some tailpipe!
- Bulkhead after a car trip.
Ratchet: And what have I been saying all along about Earth technology.
- Ratchet pointing the obvious.
Arcee: Where's Optimus?
Agent Folwer: He had a train to catch!
- Just one of those dramatic action sequences by the one and only Optimus Prime.
Optimus Prime: Intact, Ratchet. Crisis averted. But the world in which we live in is a different one then we previously imagined. One which has spawned it's own Decepticons, in human skin.
- Optimus ending the episode with a negative note on some humans.
- Just before Starscream gives orders to the Vehicons, his left arm slightly passes into his shoulder armor.
- If the "D.N.G.S." is such a dangerous and important military device as the characters claim, then it makes no sense for them to have only a small number of military personnel (one or two) defending it.
- Agent Fowler himself survived the jet crash unscathed, without wearing protective gear or ejecting. The jet itself is also undamaged. Fowler handles the situation as if nothing happened. What's more, even the volatile device he was carrying remained undamaged, though later dialog reveals how fragile it is.
- Optimus Prime stops the speeding train by clinging onto its front, gradually bringing it to a halt. However considering the velocity of the train, and the hardness of Prime's metal hands, the locomotive's front portion should have been crushed during the act. Instead, it looks perfect even after Prime has made it stop.
- When the MECH agent electrocutes the people riding on the train, the vehicle continues moving. The train's safety mechanism should have made it stop to a halt shortly after the engine driver passed out.
- This is the first appearance of MECH and their leader, Silas.
- This is the first episode where Optimus Prime uses his trailer.
- This episode shows that Jack might have feelings for Miko. From the least, it seems to be kinda one-sided. In some scenes, Miko is seen a few times grabbing onto Jack's arm.
- This is the first episode to have Decepticon and human villains.
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