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No. # Episode title Director Writer(s) U.S. Original Airdate Prod. code
1 1 "Darkness Rising, Part 1" David Hartman Duane Capizzi November 29, 2010

November 26, 2010 (preview)

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In Jasper, Nevada, three young humans - Jack Darby, Miko Nakadai and Raf Esquivel - are accidentally caught in the crossfire in a fight between giant, mechanical aliens that transform into ordinary vehicles. The three kids are taken to the base of the Autobots, where the Autobot leader Optimus Prime explains that he and his team are a race of autonomous robotic organisms from the far-off planet Cybertron, and they are fighting over their life-source, Energon, with the Decepticons, with whom they once had a war with.
2 2 "Darkness Rising, Part 2" David Hartman Nicole Dubuc November 30, 2010

November 26, 2010 (preview)

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The Decepticons leader Megatron returns from a three-year exile with a plan to exploit the life-giving properties of a mysterious substance called "Dark Energon", also known as the "Blood of Unicron". The Autobots storm an Energon mine in search of their lost comrade Cliffjumper, only to discover that his dead body has been revived as a ravenous zombie by Dark Energon.
3 3 "Darkness Rising, Part 3" Todd Waterman Marsha Griffin December 1, 2010 103
Optimus Prime and Ratchet head out to investigate Megatron's activities while Arcee and Bumblebee go on patrol, leaving Bulkhead with the three kids. However, complications arise when Soundwave kidnaps the Autobot allied human Agent William Fowler, with Starscream wishing to learn the location of the Autobot base.
4 4 "Darkness Rising, Part 4" Shaunt Nigoghossian Steven Melching December 2, 2010 104
Bulkhead, Arcee and Bumblebee sneak on to the Decepticon's flagship, The Nemesis, to rescue Agent Fowler, while Optimus and Ratchet fight off Megatron and a horde of Dark Energon zombies.
5 5 "Darkness Rising, Part 5" Vinton Heuck Joseph Khur December 3, 2010 105
With the Decepticons completing their Space Bridge to Cybertron, Optimus Prime and the Autobots race to stop Megatron from opening the Bridge and bringing forth a vast army of Dark Energon zombies from the Transformers' dead home planet.

Season 1

No. # Episode title Director Writer(s) U.S. Original Airdate Prod. code
6 1 "Masters and Students" Todd Waterman David Slack February 11, 2011 106
Following Megatron's supposed death at the end of the previous episode, Starscream appoints himself as the new Decepticon leader. However, to his annoyance, he finds that the troops don't respect him as much as they did Megatron and are weary towards him becoming leader. In order to gain their respect, Starscream awakens Skyquake, a legendary Decepticon warrior who was entombed in stasis on Earth for centuries, and attempts to recruit him into his new army. Meanwhile, Ratchet agrees to help Jack, Miko and Rafael with their school science projects, with explosive results.
7 2 "Scrapheap" Shaunt Nigoghossian Marsha Griffin February 18, 2011 107
While on a scouting mission in the Arctic, Bulkhead and Bumblebee find a crashed space pod buried in the ice. They bring it back to base for examination, and Optimus Prime and Arcee venture out into the Arctic to find clues on the pod's origin. While they are out, the other Autobots discover that the pod contains a large swarm of Scraplets, a vicious and highly dangerous form of Cybertronian wildlife that eats metal. The Scraplets infest the Autobot base, devouring any metal in sight and damaging the Ground Bridge, leaving Optimus and Arcee stranded in the Arctic.
8 3 "Con Job" Vinton Heuck Steven Melching February 25, 2011 108
The Autobots receive a message from Wheeljack, an old friend of Bulkhead's from the days of the war, who is visiting Earth while journeying across the galaxy. Upon picking up the message's signal, Starscream and Soundwave capture Wheeljack before he can meet the Autobots, and they send in Makeshift, a Decepticon spy able to take on any form, disguised as Wheeljack to discover the location of the Autobot base.
9 4 "Convoy" Todd Waterman Joseph Kuhr March 4, 2011 109
Agent Fowler asks for the Autobots' assistance in transporting a powerful nuclear device to a military base, but since sending such a device through the Ground Bridge could be potentially dangerous, they have to travel by road. Along the way, the Autobots are ambushed by M.E.C.H., a terrorist organization who wish to steal the nuclear device and use it for their own nefarious purposes.
10 5 "Deus Ex Machina" Shaunt Nigoghossian Nicole Dubuc March 11, 2011 110
The Autobots discover that an Energon Harvester, an ancient and powerful device from Cybertron's distant past, is on display in a museum, and they attempt to retrieve it with Jack, Miko and Rafael's aid before it falls into the wrong hands. However, Starscream also learns of the Harvester's whereabouts, and sends Soundwave, along with new Decepticons Knock Out and Breakdown, to obtain it.
11 6 "Speed Metal" Vinton Heuck Dean Stefan April 9, 2011 111
In an attempt to get even with school bully Vince, as well as impress his crush Sierra, Jack convinces Bumblebee to help him win an illegal street race. However, things go awry when Knock Out gets involved in the action, kidnapping Vince in the belief that he is Bumblebee's human partner.
12 7 "Predatory" Todd Waterman

Kirk Van Wormer (Co-Director)

Marsha Griffin April 16, 2011 112

Jack accompanies Arcee on a routine scouting mission in a forest, where they discover a crashed space ship in a clearing. They soon discover that the owner of the ship, the deadly and ruthless Decepticon Airachnid, is still prowling the forest in search of a human to hunt, putting Jack in danger. Note: Due to a death in her family, this was the last episode that Susan Blu worked on as voice director. From the next episode onwards, Jamie Simone replaces Blu as voice director.[4]

13 8 "Sick Mind" Shaunt Nigoghossian Steven Melching April 30, 2011 113
While exploring the wreckage of a crashed Autobot space ship in a desert, Optimus Prime is infected with Cybonic Plague, a deadly virus that leaves him in a critical condition and close to death. Arcee and Bumblebee sneak on to the Nemesis in order to find a cure for the virus, but during their search they make a shocking discovery...
14 9 "Out of His Head" Vinton Heuck Nicole Dubuc May 7, 2011 114
Following the events of the previous episode, Megatron's subconscious has mistakenly downloaded into Bumblebee's head. Megatron manipulates Bumblebee's mind in a plan to return to his original body and reclaim Decepticon leadership. Meanwhile, Starscream steals the lens from a powerful space telescope and attempts to use it to melt through Arctic ice to gain access to an underground Energon deposit.
15 10 "Shadowzone" Todd Waterman Marsha Griffin May 14, 2011 115

After successfully returning to full health, Megatron severely beats Starscream for his treachery. Angered by this turn of events, Starscream attempts to use a shard of Dark Energon to revive the dead body of Skyquake. His plan is foiled by the Autobots though, and both they and Starscream request a Ground Bridge at the same time (the Autobots upon discovering that Miko has followed them through onto the battlefield). As a result, two Ground Bridges appear at once, causing a malfunction that leaves Jack, Miko and Rafael in a parallel dimension, along with the revived and zombified body of Skyquake. Note: From this episode onwards, Matthew Margeson joins Brian Tyler in composing the show's musical score.

16 11 "Operation: Breakdown" Shaunt Nigoghossian Steven Melching June 18, 2011 116
During a fight with Bulkhead in an abandoned town, Breakdown is captured by M.E.C.H., who wish to dismantle him and research his inner workings. Optimus Prime and Starscream both lead separate rescue missions to save Breakdown.
17 12 "Crisscross" Vinton Heuck Joseph Kuhr June 25, 2011 117
Airachnid teams up with M.E.C.H. in a plot to kidnap Jack's mother June, intending to use her as bait to lure Jack and Arcee to M.E.C.H.'s hideout, so Arcee can be captured and used in M.E.C.H.'s experiments.
18 13 "Metal Attraction" Todd Waterman Nicole Dubuc July 9, 2011 118
Bulkhead and Arcee, with Miko tagging along, are sent on a reconnaissance mission to investigate a bizarre energy signal. They discover that the signal is coming from a Polarity Gauntlet, a weapon that manipulates magnetic fields, however, they soon come into conflict with Breakdown and Airachnid, who both want the Gauntlet for themselves.
19 14 "Rock Bottom" Shaunt Nigoghossian Tim Jones July 16, 2011 119
Bulkhead, Arcee, Jack and Miko investigate an old Decepticon Energon mine that was supposedly stripped clean. Megatron and Starscream arrive shortly after, with Megatron accusing Starscream of hoarding Energon, and revealing that he knows about Starscream's other treacherous acts. Megatron is about to kill his devious second-in-command when he notices Jack and Arcee, and immediately opens fire on them. This accidentally causes a massive cave-in, leaving everyone trapped inside the mine with no way out.
20 15 "Partners" Vinton Heuck Mike Johnson July 23, 2011 120

Megatron sends Starscream and Airachnid to the site of a crashed Decepticon ship in order to recover The Immobilizer, a powerful weapon with the ability to freeze Cybertronians in their tracks. But after the Autobots discover Starscream bound up in Airachnid's web, they are surprised when Starscream states that he wishes to join them. Note: This episode is dedicated to the memory of Captain H.L. Larry Cullen (Peter Cullen's older brother who helped inspire Optimus Prime's voice), who died in March 2011.

21 16 "T.M.I." Todd Waterman Joseph Kuhr September 10, 2011 121
Miko rushes out onto the battlefield during a fight between the Autobots and the Decepticons, who are fighting over a Data Cylinder, a device containing knowledge of Cybertronian society. As Miko attempts to push the Cylinder into an open Ground Bridge, she accidentally activates it, which downloads all of its information - in this case the formula for a Synthetic Energon - into Bulkhead's brain. Soon, Bulkhead begins to rhyme off the complicated formula, painting the equation on the walls, and Miko becomes scared when her friend's personality and memories begin to slip away.
22 17 "Stronger, Faster" Shaunt Nigoghossian Mairghread Scott September 17, 2011 122
Following the events of the previous episode, Ratchet tests the Synthetic Energon formula from the Data Cylinder on engines. Feeling confident, he injects himself with the formula. At first the results are positive, with the formula greatly increasing Ratchet's strength, speed and agility. But before long, the formula starts to have negative effects on his personality.
23 18 "One Shall Fall" Vinton Heuck Duane Capizzi

Joseph Kuhr

September 24, 2011 123
Optimus Prime recites a passage from the Covenant of Primus, detailing a doomsday prophecy connected to Earth and involving Megatron. After Megatron attacks Rafael and Bumblebee, leaving Rafael unconscious and severely injured, Optimus realizes that he can't end the Autobot-Decepticon conflict diplomatically, and decides to confront Megatron and destroy him once and for all.
24 19 "One Shall Rise, Part 1" Todd Waterman Nicole Dubuc

Duane Capizzi

October 1, 2011 124
Unicron the Chaos-Bringer, an ancient and malevolent being, awakens from the center of the Earth after millennia of stasis, causing an epidemic of natural disasters across the globe, and sending Dark Energon erupting from volcanoes. Optimus explains the history of Unicron and his battle with Primus, deducing that Unicron is actually the Earth's core, while Megatron attempts to pledge his allegiance to the Chaos-Bringer.
25 20 "One Shall Rise, Part 2" Shaunt Nigoghossian Marsha Griffin October 8, 2011 125
After assisting the Autobots in a fight against an army of Unicron's stone avatars, Megatron forms an uneasy alliance with his enemies to defeat Unicron and save the Earth from destruction. The Autobots and Megatron then travel to the Earth's core, planning to send Unicron back into stasis using the Matrix of Leadership.
26 21 "One Shall Rise, Part 3" Vinton Heuck Steven Melching October 15, 2011 126
While Ratchet tells Jack and the other humans about Optimus Prime's history on Cybertron, the battle begins at the Earth's core, with Megatron and the Autobots battling against Unicron's bat-like anti-bodies to reach the Chaos-Bringer's spark chamber.

Season 2

No. # Episode title Director Writer(s) U.S. Original Airdate Prod. code
27 1 "Orion Pax, Part 1" Vinton Heuck Nicole Dubuc February 18, 2012 201
Following the events of the season 1 finale, Optimus Prime has lost all memory of ever being a Prime after using the Matrix of Leadership to send Unicron back into stasis; his memory has been reset to when he was still the data clerk Orion Pax. Megatron takes advantage of this, telling "Orion" that the Autobots are evil, taking him onto the Nemesis and setting him to work on a project deciphering Autobot enscriptions from the Iacon records. Back at base, the other Autobots are distraught at this turn of events, and upon discovering that Jack has the Key to Vector Sigma, they hatch a plan to get their leader back.
28 2 "Orion Pax, Part 2" Scooter Tidwell Mairghread Scott February 25, 2012 202
With the help of information from Starscream, the Autobots commandeer the Decepticon's Space Bridge to send Jack and Arcee to the Transformers' home world of Cybertron, with a plan to use the information stored in Vector Sigma to restore Optimus's memories. Meanwhile, after a run-in with Starscream, whom Megatron claimed was dead, "Orion" begins to wonder if Megatron is telling him the whole truth...
29 3 "Orion Pax, Part 3" Shaunt Nigoghossian Joseph Kuhr March 3, 2012 203
On Cybertron, while on their way to Vector Sigma, Jack and Arcee are attacked by a savage creature called an Insecticon, as well as a swarm of Scraplets. On the Nemesis, "Orion", becoming ever more curious about who he really is, begins to rebel against Megatron and uncover the elaborate lies put in front of him.
30 4 "Operation: Bumblebee, Part 1" Todd Waterman Marty Isenberg March 10, 2012 204
While investigating an energy signal that could potentially lead to a relic from the Vaults of Iacon, Bumblebee is ambushed by M.E.C.H, who knock him out and steal his T-Cog, the device that allows Transformers to scan vehicle modes and transform. Discovering that he is no longer able to transform into vehicle mode, Bumblebee has no choice but to stay at base, which leaves him frustrated. Meanwhile, as M.E.C.H. attempts to use Bumblebee's T-Cog in one of their own robots, Starscream approaches Silas and suggests an alliance with M.E.C.H., offering his knowledge and advice on Cybertronian technology and how it works.
31 5 "Operation: Bumblebee, Part 2" Vinton Heuck Nicole Dubuc March 17, 2012 205
Ratchet, still feeling guilty about failing to repair Bumblebee's voice box during the war, volunteers to give Bumblebee his own T-Cog via transplant. The resulting operation is interrupted, however, when an alarm signals the discovery of another relic from the Vaults of Iacon, a legendary hammer known as the Forge of Solus Prime. While Optimus Prime, Bulkhead and Arcee are out retrieving the hammer, Agent Fowler calls the base to inform the Autobots of newly discovered coordinates to a M.E.C.H. hideout. Seeing an opportunity, Bumblebee storms the M.E.C.H. hideout on his own to get his T-Cog back.
32 6 "Loose Cannons" Scooter Tidwell David McDermott March 24, 2012 206
Wheeljack returns to Earth in pursuit of the Decepticon Dreadwing, who is responsible for the death of the Autobot Seaspray (who was also a member of the Wreckers), and asks for Team Prime's help in apprehending the Decepticon. While Bulkhead is naturally excited about seeing his best friend again, Optimus Prime quickly becomes annoyed with Wheeljack's reckless and aggressive manner and disregard for civilians.
33 7 "Crossfire" Shaunt Nigoghossian Marty Isenberg March 31, 2012 207
Megatron sends Airachnid, Breakdown and Dreadwing on the trail of a potential Energon source, but what Airachnid doesn't know is that Dreadwing and Breakdown have actually been ordered to kill her for potential treachery. She soon catches wind of this though, killing Breakdown and running off into the woods. Upon arriving at an abandoned Energon mine, Airachnid finds Starscream cowering from a large Insecticon. She uses her abilities to control the creature and calls Megatron to challenge him to a fight to the death, planning to use the Insecticon to kill Megatron so she can claim Decepticon leadership.
34 8 "Nemesis Prime" Todd Waterman David McDermott April 7, 2012 208
M.E.C.H. produces a clone of Optimus Prime, which Miko off-handedly names Nemesis Prime, and sets it loose on a military base, where it proceeds to wreak havoc. The United States Military immediately blames the real Optimus for the chaos, and they order the Autobots be shot on sight. While Agent Fowler tries to convince his superiors that Optimus did not attack the base, the Autobots try to track down Nemesis Prime and clear their names.
35 9 "Grill" Kevin Altieri Duane Capizzi April 14, 2012 209
Following from the events of the previous episode, Agent Fowler is sat down to explain recent events to his superior, the cynical and disbelieving General Bryce. Threatened with a military tribunal and Team Prime's termination, Fowler tries to convince the General that the Autobots are still on the military's side, but the General believes that Optimus Prime went rogue and has perished, failing to fully understand that Nemesis Prime was not the real Optimus.
36 10 "Armada" Vinton Heuck Matt Wayne April 21, 2012 210
Bulkhead accidentally becomes trapped on board the Decepticon warship, the Nemesis, while on a scouting mission, and tries to escape without being discovered. Meanwhile, Starscream and Airachnid both send their newly gained armies (Starscream's being five clones of himself, and Airachnid's being an enormous swarm of Insecticons) to the Nemesis, both with the order to kill Megatron.
37 11 "Flying Mind" Scooter Tidwell Robert N. Skir April 28, 2012 211
Following the events of the previous episode, the Nemesis has crashed on a mountainside and its engines are badly damaged. Megatron attempts to restart the engines with Dark Energon, which works, but has an unexpected side effect: the ship develops a mind of its own and starts to rebel against its own crew. With the ship flying out of control and both the Autobots and Decepticons frozen in stasis, Jack, Miko, Rafael and Agent Fowler are left as the only ones who can stop the ship's rampage.
38 12 "Tunnel Vision" Shaunt Nigoghossian Andrew R. Robinson May 5, 2012 212
Having discovered the locations of four relics from the Vaults of Iacon hidden across the globe, the Autobots split up into small groups and head to each location simultaneously to retrieve them. Arcee, Bumblebee, Jack and Miko travel to New York City to find the first relic, a Phase Shifter, a device that enables its user to walk through solid objects, which is buried deep in the city's underground subway tunnels. During their search however, Arcee and Bumblebee are attacked by Knock Out and an Insecticon.
39 13 "Triangulation" Todd Waterman David McDermott May 12, 2012 213
Taking place at the same time as "Tunnel Vision", Optimus Prime is in Antarctica on the hunt for the second Iacon relic, the Apex Armor, a full-body suit of indestructible armor that expands from a small disc. However, he comes into conflict with both Dreadwing and Starscream during his search, and he is forced to form an uneasy alliance with Dreadwing when Starscream dons the Armor and threatens them both.
40 14 "Triage" Vinton Heuck Marty Isenberg May 19, 2012 214
Taking place at the same time as "Tunnel Vision" and "Triangulation", Ratchet reluctantly calls upon Wheeljack for back-up in his mission to retrieve the third Iacon relic, a sonic weapon called the Resonance Blaster. On their way to the location, the two Autobots are attacked by Soundwave, but Wheeljack manages to shoot down and disable Soundwave's surveillance drone Laserbeak, which gives Ratchet an idea. While Wheeljack and Soundwave fight over the Resonance Blaster, Ratchet uploads a virus into Laserbeak that will download the Iacon Database into the Autobot Base's computers without the Decepticons noticing.
41 15 "Toxicity" Scooter Tidwell Steven Melching May 26, 2012 215
Taking place at the same time as "Tunnel Vision", "Triangulation" and "Triage", Bulkhead goes to a volcanic island on the Equator to find the fourth and final Iacon relic, only to discover that it is a piece of Tox-En, a form of highly toxic Energon. As he tries to dispose of the Tox-En by throwing it into a volcano, he is confronted by a group of Insecticons led by the fierce Hardshell.
42 16 "Hurt"[5] TBA TBA August 24, 2012[6] 216
Wheeljack and Miko embark on a quest to avenge Bulkhead.
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