“Was it something we said?”
A plague of Insecticons opens this episode, sending a community of farmers scattering and running for safety. As the Insecticons feast and cause carnage, a team of Autobots arrive to try to stop them.
Outnumbered, the Autobots quickly realise this is a battle they can’t win, and head home to avoid casualties of their own. They’re greeted by the news that Bumblebee, Spike, and Cosmos have retrieved some robotic insecticide from the planet Fluron 3.
“Fire the emergency Jet”
Just as Cosmos is about to blast home from Fluron 3, he’s grabbed by a robotic plant, and just barely escapes, although seemingly contaminated by the plant.
Back at Decepticon base, Megatron harvests the energy that has been captured by the Insecticons’ raid on the farm. He reward the Insecticons with a meagre supply of energon, but in true Megatron style, he’s hiding a much bigger bounty from them.
Meanwhile, Cosmos crash lands on Earth, weighed down by the rapidly growing robot plant that has contaminated him. Bumblebee and Spike head to the Ark to get help for the smothered Cosmos. The plants continue to spread beyond their grip of Cosmos, so Prime leads the Autobots to see what they can do to help, while preceptor analyses a scrap of the robot plant that had attached itself to Bumblebee. Adding to the Autobots’ woes, Laserbeak has spied on them and reported news of the robotic insecticide to Megatron, who deems that this might be useful for him!
“Morphobots, I thought they were extinct”
Perceptors’ analysis has discovered that the robotic plants are morphobots, which are in a desperate search for food and capable of devouring any robotic form. Wile the Autobots continue their plan to investigate, the Insecticons suspect a rouse when they are informed about the Robotic Insecticide and Megatron’s orders to stay away from it, so they decide to pay him a visit.
The Autobots arrive at the valley containing the Robotic plants, not knowing the Megatron and the Decepticons are already there, concealing themselves. After a couple of failed attempts to clear the plants to get through the plants to Cosmos, Blaster’s tunes are the only tool effective in releasing the grip of the plants, which enables Hoist to retrieve him. Just as Cosmos passes the Insecticide to Prime, Megatron orders his troops to attack.
As the battle breaks out, Megatron blasts the insecticide. Just as he boasts of his prowess he’s humbled by the robotic plants, who deem him a suitable snack! As the battle seems to be turning, the Insecticon plague arrives. Seeing the robotic plant life, the Insecticons think they’ve stumbled upon a buffet, but they soon learn that they are the main course, as all but Shrapnel, Kickback, and Bombshell are consumed by the Morphobots. Intimidated by the Morphobots’ ability to consume metal, the Decepticons scram for home!
“Yes, they saved the world from the Insecticons, but soon they’d be wanting the world itself”
The episode concludes with the Autobots sending the Morphobots to a planet rich in robotic insects, where they can thrive.
Key Scenes, Plot Points and Characters:
There’s a very well animated scene in this episode where thrust delivers instructions from Megatron to the Insecticons. A very cleaver bit of animation shows his shadow racing across the land as he flies overhead, casting a perfect silhouette of his unforgettable form. The Insecticons feature heavily in this episode, but a wide array of Autobots and Decepticons appear throughout the episode too. While no particular bot gets huge screen time, lots of bots are seen, especially in the battle scenes.
An entertaining and interesting episode. I love the concept of robotic carnivourous plants that feast on robot insects, and the concept of robotic insecticide! The trip the space adds a sci-fi element and it’s great that so many characters get screen time in this episode. I score this episode 9 energon cubes out of 10.
I’ve watched this episode a few times, and while there are no particular stand out moments or themes or epic contributions to the overall transformers story, it’s a well written and a well paced episode that’s always enjoyable to watch.