Darkness Rising Part 2
Season 1, Episode 2
Darkness rising part 2
Air date November 30th, 2010
Written by Nicole Dubuc
Directed by David Hartman
Main Character(s) Team Prime
Nemesis Crew
Episode Guide
Darkness Rising, Part 1
Darkness Rising, Part 3
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  Darkness Rising, Part 2 is the second episode of the first season of Transformers: Prime, and the second part of the Darkness Rising mini-series.


Megatron returns from a three-year exile with a plan to exploit the life-giving properties of a mysterious substance called Dark Energon. The Autobots discovered its great corruptive power when they attempted to rescue Cliffjumper.


Starscream takes Megatron to an Energon-rich mine, but Megatron is more interested in informing Starscream that he is no longer in command. Starscream then calls to Megatron to show him the army he was supposed to gather during his time in space. Megatron says that his army will come, but he discovered Dark Energon, rumored to have the power to revive the dead. Megatron wants Starscream to be his test subject, but he instead chooses the deceased Cliffjumper which Starscream considered it "a welcome home" present to his master.

At the Autobot Base, Agent Fowler comes to discuss complaints caused by the Autobots and learned that the Decepticons are active again. Fowler wants to use military force, but Optimus insists that they could handle it without any human casualty. Fowler finishes the argument by ordering them to perform under the radar, or he will wake up the Pentagon.

Back at the Energon Deposit, Megatron succesfully revived Cliffjumper into a wild beast. It attacked numerous Vehicons before Megatron sliced him in half, as he knew that the results were promising.

The Autobots discover Cliffjumper's life signal popping back online, and go to investigate via the Ground Bridge. They go to an Energon Mine, where they could tell the Decepticons have been excavating for a while. Optimus, Bumblebee, Arcee, and Bulkhead then fight the Vehicons to discover the location of Cliffjumper.

In the Autobot base, Raf asked why the Autobots use human techonlogy, instead of Cybertronian. Ratchet explains that the base used to be a missile port, but was slighlty modified for the Autobots' needs. As Ratchet was having trouble accessing data on the computers, Raf insisted he could help and fixed the computers, leaving Ratchet in awe.

Starscream informs Megatron that the Autobots are attacking, so Megatron orders The Nemesis to evacuate. When Starscream asked what they should do with the Energon, Megatron tells him to blow up the mine.

During the battle, Arcee finds what appears to be Cliffjumper and goes to meet him. When she arrived, she found half of his body. The half was falling down the ledge after a strat shot hit him. As Arcee was about to grab his hand, he roared at her and he fell to the very bottom of the mine.

Starscream suddenly appeared, and planted a bomb in the mine. The Autobots barely escape with their lives by going through a Ground Bridge.

At the base, Arcee describes to the Autobots that Cliffjumper was mutated, like in Decepticon experiments during from the war. Arcee becomes dizzy, and Ratchet discovers a sliver of Dark Energon on her hand.

Optimus then assigns Arcee, Bulkhead, and Bumblebee to protect Jack, Miko, and Raf, respectively.

On The Nemesis, Megatron injects a crystal of Dark Energon into his spark chamber, causing him extreme pain.

Ratchet cannot quickly discover what the substance on Arcee was and drop fell to the floor. The drop of Dark Energon revived a broken piece of equipment into a spider-like creature.

Cast and CharactersEdit

Actor Character
Peter Cullen Optimus Prime
Frank Welker Megatron
Steve Blum Starscream
Jeffrey Combs Ratchet
Sumalee Montano Arcee
Kevin Michael Richardson Bulkhead
Tania Gunadi Miko Nakadai
Ernie Hudson William Fowler
Josh Keaton Jack Darby
Andy Pessoa Raf Esquivel
Markie Post June Darby
Non-speaking roles


Ratchet: They have no protective shell! If they get under foot, they will go "squish".

- Ratchet on human safety.

Optimus Prime: Maximum overdrive!

- Optimus Prime stating one of his awesome quotes.

Miko: Robots who get dizzy?

Rafael: Robots with emotions.

Jack: Robots who can die.

- Miko, Rafael and Jack about Cybertronians.

Arcee: You can watch cartoons back at base with Bumblebee.

Jack: Cartoons? I'm sixteen.

- Arcee and Jack.


  • William Fowler is credited as "Agent Fowler".
  • This energon mine is in Nebraska. Agent Fowler will point that out in the next episode.


  • Megatron and Starscream act as if they have never seen Dark Energon before, yet in War for Cybertron and Fall of Cybertron (the video games that chronologically come before the series), they were well aware of it, and the games even revolved around the very concept of Dark Energon.
  • The Autobots have no shadows as they walk into the main mine.


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