The sheer number of the Decepticons and their collective firepower seem certain to defeat the Autobots on Goo when Galvatron arrives to take to task his disloyal subordinates, causing a standstill that confuses the Autobots, but also enables them to find cover inside one of the planet's buildings. Discovering that the construction holds no functioning equipment but a few television monitors, Rodimus Prime interacts with one of the electrical devices and establishes a link with Wreck-Gar. Rodimus wastes no time in explaining their situation to the the Junkion leader and asking for much-needed assistance. As this happens, Marissa Faireborn lands on Io to find Blurr attempting to save Wheelie from sinister creatures that have gone from prowling on them to full assault. Marissa, Blurr, and Wheelie fight back, but their small but numerous robotic enemies, known as Lightpoles, destroy Marissa's ship, cutting off their only means of escape. Meanwhile, the hostilities on Goo resume in full force as Wreck-Gar shortly appears with a Junkion ship to help the Autobots break away from the conflict, even reviving Springer in the process. As Galvatron confronts the Quintessons and is talked into forming a partnership with them, Rodimus Prime, hungry for answers, short-circuits himself to re-enter the Matrix. The journey, which shows him the memories of past Autobot leaders, teaches him that the Quintessons created both the Autobots and the Decepticons, using them to perform menial work as well as provide gladiatorial entertainment. Becoming sentient and able to tell right from wrong, the robots eventually ousted their creators and went on to wage war among themselves. Awakened by a frantic Springer, Rodimus orders an immediate return to Cybertron, which is besieged by Decepticons and Quintessons alike as the Constructicons complete work on a devastating new fighting machine on Earth: the colossal Trypticon.