Darkmount, NV
Season 3, Episode 1
Darkmount, NV screenshot 19
Air date March 22nd, 2013
Written by Marsha Griffin
Directed by Shaunt Nigoghossian
Main Character(s) Team Prime
Episode Guide
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 Darkmount, NV is the first episode of the third season of Transformers: Prime. It is the fifty-third episode overall.


Optimus Prime struggles to survive, while Team Prime are divided from each other.


The Decepticons search through the ruins of Outpost Omega One. Starscream has investigated the wreckage of the Jackhammer, and returns with Wheeljack as a captive. Megatron orders him to be taken back to Darkmount for questioning. While the troops continue to search through the ruins, not far from their location lays the body of Optimus. The Decepticons eventually dig up Airachnid, still trapped in her stasis chamber, and the Forge of Solus Prime but are unable to find any Autobot bodies. This happened because Smokescreen has spirited Optimus away using the phase shifter. The young Autobot shelters his badly-damaged leader in an underground cavern. Meanwhile, as Megatron orders Soundwave to monitor frequencies Earth-wide for Autobot communications, Starscream spots an incoming human military force and offers to dispatch the armada to deal with them. Megatron instead turns Darkmount's fusion cannons on them, devastating the human forces as well as Jasper.

Megatron contacts Agent Fowler, warning him that the Decepticons should not be interfered with, but with the news that Megatron bears the humans no threat and simply wants to settle on Earth in peace. Starscream is impressed with Megatron's talent for deception. Fowler, meanwhile, reports to General Bryce that Jasper's evacuation was completed in time and a cover story in place, but the military wants to nuke the Decepticons. June Darby, working as a medic on the military base, asks if there's been any word from the others, but there's no way to contact anyone without giving away their position.

A patrolling Vehicon scans cars moving along a road, but fails to recognize Bumblebee, who has a new paint job. Bumblebee and Raf stop and discuss how they're going to find the rest of the team, concluding the best bet is to continue heading towards Jasper. In the Rockies, Bulkhead and Miko head towards a Wrecker meeting spot Bulkhead and Wheeljack had decided on.

Back in Darkmount, Starscream's interrogation of Wheeljack is not bearing fruit as Wheeljack doesn't know anything. Megatron orders Knock Out to take a team back to Cybertron to search for Iacon relics at their previous battle site.

Optimus stirs, and Smokescreen relates how he snuck back to the base during the evacuation, and used the phase shifter to get Optimus out. While Smokescreen is keen to go find Ratchet, Optimus stops him.

Jack and Arcee pause in their travels and spot a helicopter. Arcee leaves Jack to go investigate, whereupon Jack decides that sending a text message to his mother might be safe. Unfortunately his message is detected by Soundwave, and the Decepticons swiftly dispatch a force. Jack only has time to put away his phone before a Vehicon starts strafing him. Arcee, who's spotted the helicopter, is revealed to be civilian, sees the explosions and heads back. Jack unsuccessfully shelters under a truck, but Arcee gets back in time to save him. The pair set up a trap at a nearby gas station, destroying it to take out the two Vehicons and Laserbeak, before fleeing.

The search for relics on Cybertron turns up the Apex Armor, and... something else. Back on Earth, Soundwave is examining Laserbeak and failing to retrieve any of the surveillance data when Knock Out's call comes though. Knock Out returns triumphantly through the space bridge with a surprise guest: Shockwave!



  • The worldwide premiere screening of the first three episodes was held at the Globe Theater in Universal Studios Hollywood on March 14 2013.
  • This episode was rebroadcast on April 19 with "Autobits" (popups with trivia or jokes) added in.
  • Why would the Vehicons scan for Autobot vehicle modes, if the Autobots are fully capable of changing their alternate modes? (The real world answer is that they are using the same production models)
  • The photo of Arcee on Jack's phone is from the episode Scrapheap, but in that episode he didn't have his phone out. However, it is possible that Arcee did the same pose for the photo offscreen and we just haven't seen up to now.


  • Smokescreen's story is inconsistent with the previous episode or even his own flashbacks. He is shown leaving base before Ratchet and returning through the same Bridge which he left. He should have returned before Ratchet left, and Optimus and Ratchet should have seen him. (Maybe, he phase shifted through time?


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