Darkness Rising Part 4
Season 1, Episode 4
Optimus Prime Ratchet Zombies Darkness Rising 4
Air date December 2, 2010
Written by Steven Melching
Directed by Shaunt Nigoghossian
Main Character(s) Team Prime
Episode Guide
Darkness Rising, Part 3
Darkness Rising, Part 5
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 Darkness Rising, Part 4 is the fourth episode of the first season of Transformers: Prime and of the fourth part of Darkness Rising mini-series.


Jack, Miko, Raf, Bulkhead, Arcee and Bumblebee sneak onboard the Nemesis to rescue Agent Fowler while Optimus and Ratchet fight off Megatron's Terrorcon army.


As Megatron's army of Dark Energon-powered Terrorcons march, Optimus Prime and Ratchet are horrified at the desecration. The Dark Energon flowing through Megatron gives him control over this new army, and he directs them to destroy the two Autobots. When the Terrorcons keep getting up as fast as Optimus can blast them down, Ratchet discovers that dismemberment is a more effective way of fighting them.

At the Decepticon ship, Bulkhead rescues Jack and Raf, who are under fire from the Decepticon sentries. They explain they were worried about Miko, who pops up from Bulkhead's back seat. Bulkhead drops everyone off behind some cover before driving under the Decepticon ship, scaling a nearby cliff, and jumping on board. After dealing with a bunch of Decepticons, Bulkhead realizes that Miko's not with the other kids, and she pops out of his chest, having stowed away. Miko finds herself in the middle of the fight between Bulkhead and the cons, which the Autobot swiftly terminates with the help of a piece of deck plating. While the pair move into the ship, problems are occurring outside; Jack and Raf are captured by the Decepticons and taken on board the ship, where Bumblebee and Arcee abruptly appear and rescue them. The two parties run into each other in a corridor, and Jack and Raf let Arcee know where Fowler is, having heard their guard talking.

Starscream's interrogation of Fowler is finally beginning to bear fruit, when the distant sound of gunfire can be heard, and Fowler stops being helpful. Starscream gives him a jolt with the Energon prod, stunning him into unconsciousness, and sends the two guards to find out what's going on.

Back at the Terrorcon battle, Ratchet notes that exposure to the Dark Energon is sapping their strength. They fight on, but first Optimus, then Ratchet disappear under piles of Terrorcons. Megatron laughs...but with a cry, Optimus breaks free and helps Ratchet up.

The Autobots clear out the Nemesis bridge of Vehicons and instruct the kids to hide there. Miko and Jack immediately begin arguing over their situation, which upsets Raf. Jack and Miko try to reassure him, before Jack notices a huge computer display. Raf thinks it has important information on it.

Fowler's interrogation is complicated by the man's now-dazed state. It's further complicated when Bulkhead and Bumblebee appear in the doorway. They aim their guns at Starscream, who aims his at Fowler, only to feel a tap on the head. He looks up to find Arcee is balanced in a shaft right above him, aiming her gun downwards.

The kids know they've found important information, but are at a loss as to how to get it back to Optimus. As Raf's contemplating using a flash drive, a Decepticon walks in. The kids dive for cover, but Raf goes back for his backpack and is spotted by the Decepticon.

The Mexican standoff in the brig is broken when Fowler distracts Starscream, and the Autobots start firing. Starscream decides discretion is called for, and he flies off down the nearest corridor.

The Decepticon starts firing on Raf. Jack heroically runs out and tackles Raf behind one of the Decepticon corpses, before instructing Miko to take a picture. She snaps a picture of the Decepticon, before Jack redirects her at the computer screen. The kids leg it from the room, followed by the Decepticon, who is promptly taken out by Bulkhead. Reunited, the kids and Autobots make their escape.

Optimus and Ratchet finish off the Terrorcon horde, and Optimus starts climbing up to Megatron. Megatron compliments Optimus on his performance, but boasts that the battle was simply a prelude to the main event and flies off. Ratchet wonders ominously what Megatron has in store for them.

Back at base, Ratchet's damaged arm is tended to, and Optimus tells off Bulkhead for letting the kids accompany him into battle. Miko defends Bulkhead and tries to claim they were doing "recon" by showing the snapped schematics, but Jack's upset about the fact they were all almost killed and decides he wants out of the whole affair. After some sad farewells (except from Ratchet), they send him home by GroundBridge.

Back on the Decepticon ship in orbit, Megatron abuses Starscream for disobeying his orders, which has resulted in damage to the ship, which threatens to delay Megatron's plans. Starscream manages to quell his master's anger by announcing he has a way to get their plans back on course. Miko pays Jack a visit and tries to talk him into returning to the Autobots, but he's content to go back to his normal life.

Ratchet, meanwhile, is checking out the data Miko photographed, and he realizes that it's the specs for a space bridge part. Bulkhead thinks it's great that Megatron's thinking of leaving, but Optimus points out that he's probably intending to bring an army to Earth with it, and there's only one place he can find enough Transformer corpses to build a new army: Cybertron.

Cast and CharactersEdit

Actor Character
Peter Cullen Optimus Prime
Frank Welker Megatron
Steve Blum Starscream
Trooper Sentry
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
Non-speaking roles


Ratchet: Megatron has desecrated the resting place of our fallen ancestors... and his own!

Optimus Prime: Not even the dead are free from his war-mongering.

- Ratchet states the obvious in a slightly novel way while Optimus rues the depth of Megatron's evil.

Miko: I heaved on your floor mats. Sorry!

- Miko

Starscream: Wake up, you pathetic lump of flesh!

Agent Fowler: Grandma? Is it cookie time?

- Starscream and Agent Fowler.

Arcee: I wouldn't.

Starscream: Oh but I might...

- Arcee and Starscream in a standoff.

Agent Fowler: I like pie. Can we stop for pie?

Miko: You found Fowler! ROCK ON!"

- Fowler and Miko.

Ratchet: No point in long good-byes. Here's the door.

- Ratchet


- Megatron to Starscream.

Jack: I've been raised to be responsible. To my schoolwork, to my mom, my job.

- Jack


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Notes Edit

Transformers references Edit

  • As in part 1, Cybertron appears with the same model as that used in War for Cybertron.
  • Optimus's response to Jack wanting to leave is very similar to the response Optimus Prime gave to Theodore Galloway in Revenge of the Fallen.
  • This episode shows one of the few times a Transformer has switched to robot mode while carrying a human passenger. This has happened previously in "The Human Element" and "The Secret of the Ruins," even in Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of The Moon films, but in all those cases the passenger was ejected during transformation. It will also happen later in "Convoy", in which Agent Fowler somehow ends up in Prime's hand. In Rescue Bots, it happens on a regular basis, though the Rescue Bots have cockpits so the passengers remain inside them.


  • Megatron seems determined to make zombies as his new army.
  • The zombies that Optimus and Ratchet destroyed were weak. When Cliffjumper was turned into a zombie, he was strong enough to be 2 vehicons with heavy damage.
  • It would seem that Optimus puts Arcee in charge but he tells Bulkhead off for almost getting the humans killed. Optimus seemed to be worried about the children being in harm's way and Bulkhead apologized to Optimus about the situation.
  • Adaptations of this episode include a prose version in Megatron Returns and a screen-capture-style comic version in Darkness Falls. The Terrorcon battle sequences were adapted into the storybook Autobots versus Zombies.


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