Speed Metal
Season 1, Episode 11
Beep beeeep
Air date April 9th, 2011
Written by Vinton Heuck
Directed by Dean Stefan
Main Character(s) Team Prime
Knock Out
Episode Guide
Deus Ex Machina
{{{discussion}}} Speed Metal Gallery

  Speed Metal is the eleventh episode of the first season of Transformers Prime. It is the eleventh episode of the series overall.


In an attempt to get even with a school bully Vince, as well as impress his crush Sierra, Jack convinces Bumblebee to help him win an illegal street race.


Cruising along a road at night, Knock Out listens to a news report about illegal street racing. Switching it off, he pulls up alongside three other cars waiting to race. The driver of one vehicle decides to put a long scratch in Knock Out's paintwork, rousing the Decepticon's ire. After the race starts, Knock Out runs the other driver off the mountain road, informing the stunned human, "You scratch my paint, I scratch yours," before racing off.

Outside the high school, Jack encounters school bully Vince, who mocks Arcee's vehicle mode. Jack and Arcee leave, but while stopped at a traffic light, Jack's called out to by Sierra, who's keen on a ride. Before Jack can answer, Vince pulls up and challenges him to a race. Jack's still thinking about it when the light changes and Arcee takes off, reminding Jack of the rules about abusing their power. Vince catches up with them at the next light and insults Arcee's motorcycle mode, goading her to suspend the rules, just this once. The pair let Vince know they're ready for the race, and Sierra and her friend turn out at an old dirt road to spectate. Arcee's driving abilities far outstrip Vince's, and they win easily, but Arcee turns down Jack's suggestion that they should offer Sierra a lift.

On the Nemesis, Breakdown is buffing the comatose Megatron. Starscream wanders in to check on the patient and wonders aloud where Knock Out's got to. The 'Con himself walks in a few moments later, complaining about the scratch some "skinjob" put in his finish. Starscream is most disapproving that Knock Out's been street racing again, though what really annoys him is Knock Out's failure—and glib refusal—to refer to Starscream as "Lord".

Back at base, Arcee reminds Jack not to tell anyone about the race, but it turns out Miko and Raf already know, having heard about it at school. Jack swears them to secrecy.

At school, Sierra tells Jack she was impressed with the outcome of the race, but Vince challenges Jack to race again, this time at the circuit. Jack's compelled to agree, but Arcee flatly refuses to race.

Knock Out is out cruising a road somewhere near Jasper, when a speeding street racer car gets his attention, and he heads toward the town.

Jack asks Raf if he can borrow Bumblebee so he can go street racing. Raf isn't so sure (much to Bumblebee's dismay), but Miko and Jack talk him into it. Jack and Bumblebee haul up at the race track, as does Knock Out. As the race begins and Bumblebee and Vince jostle for lead position, Knock Out recognizes Bumblebee and begins chasing the Autobot while firing. Jack finds he has problems overcoming the communications barrier with 'Bee.

Back at base, Miko and Raf are playing a video game when Arcee asks them if they've seen Jack. They attempt to cover for their friend, but Arcee immediately works out what's up, and a short time later, Bumblebee's distress call comes though. She tells Bulkhead and Bumblebee to keep Jack safe, and adds under her breath that they were to guard him until she got her hands on him.

Bumblebee dumps some oil to slow Knock Out down, then ducks under a bridge. At first, it seems they've lost the Decepticon, but Vince hauls in to confront Jack and demand he finish the race. Jack tries to warn Vince of the danger, but Vince's headlights have attracted Knock Out, who grabs the boy, renders him unconscious, drives off. Knock Out contacts Breakdown to announce he's captured Bumblebee's human "friend". Arcee and Bulkhead join Bumblebee, but before Arcee can start a lecture, Jack tells her about Vince, and they head off to mount a rescue.

Optimus Prime walks into the base and wonders where everyone else is. Raf and Miko give him the least convincing replies ever.

The three Autobots track Knock Out to a warehouse area, and Bulkhead and Bumblebee stroll in while Arcee scales a nearby water tower. Bulkhead and Bumblebee are ambushed by Breakdown. Just as Knock Out is wondering where Arcee is, she jumps on top of him. Knock Out decides to bail, but at least has the courtesy to radio Breakdown and let him know. Fortunately, the call distracts Breakdown long enough for Bulkhead to deck him with a street lamp. Knock Out streaks down a road with Arcee in pursuit, but is suddenly sideswiped by Optimus, who knocks him onto the embankment. With the 'Con unable to flee, Optimus rips his door off and retrieves the unconscious Vince. Knock Out is outraged at the damage done to him, but retreats when the rest of the Autobots arrive. Vince finally recovers in Bumblebee on the way back to his car, and Jack spins a story to cover the whole thing.

Starscream is very upset with Knock Out's disobedience. Knock Out assures Starscream that he's learned his lesson and been punished sufficiently, but once again addresses Starscream as 'Commander'. Angered, Starscream informs him that his punishment will be conplete when he says so, and gives him more scratches to his finish.

At school again, Sierra asks Jack for a ride, but he turns her down. Arcee, however, is feeling more accommodating—just this once—and soon Jack and Sierra are zooming through town.







Arcee: Winning isn't enough Jack. You want to make him cry.

- Arcee to Jack about making Vince lose in a race.

Knock Out: No worries, Herr Kommandant.

Starscream: It is 'Lord' to you.

Knock Out: Only if Megatron takes a nosedive.

Starscream: The day our master emerges from stasis, I will graciously relinquish the title. But I believe that outcome is unlikely. Something to do with the quality of medical care around here. So continue buffing. We do want Megatron looking his best for the memorial.

(Starscream leaves the room)

Knock Out: Buff this!

- Knock Out and his impression on Starscream.

Arcee: Have you guys seen Jack?

Miko: ...not since we last saw him.

Arcee: They're racing, aren't they?

Raf: Just this once.

Arcee: Did you know about this?

Bulkhead: No. Maybe. A little.

— Miko is a better liar to Arcee than Bulkhead could be.

Arcee: Bee, do not engage. Your first priority is to keep Jack safe. Until I get my hands on him.

— Arcee is one scary robot guardian.

Raf: We should just tell Optimus the truth.

Miko: Absolutely not! We made a deal. Just act completely normal.

Optimus: Raf, Miko, do either of you know where the others have gone?

Miko: Why, no, sir. We do not know.

Raf: Miko is correct. We do not know.

Miko: Why would we know?

Optimus: Hmm...

- Raf and Miko try their best but Optimus sees their play.

Knock Out: Do you know how hard that is to replace!

- Knock Out to Optimus Prime.

Knock Out: No, not the finish. Anything but the finish! (Starscream begins to scratch Knock Out's paint job offscreen) NNOOOOOOOOO!!!


  • The title of the episode "Speed Metal" is a reference to a heavy metal music sub-genre of the same name. 
  • Miko references the first live action movie where the guy gets the girl and beats the bully.
  • This episode marks Sierra's second appearance.
  • This is the first episode aired on a Saturday.
  • This is one of two times Autobots break the law as Cee and Bee break it to street race.
  • First appearance of Vince.


  • Vince and Arcee made U-turns at an intersection, which is illegal to drive in real life.
  • When Jack and Vince rode the first race, it is evening. In the scenes of the Decepticons, it is nighttime. But when Jack is driving Arcee back to the base, it is daytime.
  • If you see after all the cars leave the start line, behind Sierra there are two cars that are not started yet. However, maybe those cars are not gonna to race neither.
  • In Bumblebee's inside mirror, the reflection of Knock Out doesn't have the left missile launcher in several scenes.
  • After Bumblebee drops oil, he goes straight until the bridge to hide under it. But before Knock Out stopped at the bridge, he goes to the left of a intersection, even though Bumblebee and Knock Out were on the same road.
  • Miko and Raf had heard about Jack's race in school, however school was already over by the time the race took place. Its entirely possible that there was a time difference and they learned that way though.
  • Vince challenges Jack to a race on a dirt road, but the actual race takes place on a normal road.
  • In the close-up of Knock Out's mirror, the light of Vince's car appears to come from nothing.
    • Also, in the same close-up, the bridge is not there.
  • Knock Out should be scratched and/or dented after he bumps Fast Willie's car at the beginning of the episode.


Main Article: Speed Metal Gallery

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