A PRIME PROBLEM
Written by DICK ROBBINS and BRYCE MALEK
Production # 700-26
Original Air Date: 10.02.1985

Synopsis

Characters

Transcript

Trivia

SYNOPSIS

CHARACTERS

TRANSCRIPT

PARTICULARS

EPISODE OVERVIEW

PRINCIPALS & INCIDENTALS

DIALOGUE & ACTION

FACTS & OBSERVATIONS

TRANSCRIPT STATUS

EPISODE ACT BREAKDOWN

DIALOGUE, CURSORY ACTION

ACT ONE

ACT TWO

ACT THREE

ACT ONE

Megatron, Starscream, and Soundwave stand in a canyon. The ground suddenly trembles and cracks open, forming a crevice with multi-coloured light emanating from it.

SOUNDWAVE

Success, Megatron.

MEGATRON

Yes, Soundwave! That must be the source of the rare energy detected by our Earth scanners.

STARSCREAM

Then let's get to its core and drink its power dry!

MEGATRON

I give the orders here, Starscream! The energy could be dangerously unstable. Soundwave, send an Autoscout into the crevice.

A cassette ejects from Soundwave's chest, transforms into a small exploration vehicle, and enters the crevice.

SOUNDWAVE

Autoscout activated.

MEGATRON

It is programmed to analyze and report.

Well, Soundwave?

SOUNDWAVE

Energy emanates from crystalline structures.

MEGATRON

Describe more fully.

SOUNDWAVE

The crystalline structures are quartz-like and packed with layers of multi-coloured rods.

MEGATRON

Korlonium crystals! The most rare and dangerous form of raw energy in this solar system! Do not permit the Autoscout to make contact -- those crystals are deadly!

The autoscout does, however, sample one of the rods. It immediately explodes.

STARSCREAM

I've never heard of corlonium crystals!

MEGATRON

It's just such ignorance which forever relegates you to the ranks of underlings, Starscream! I warn you. Stay well back! Korlonium crystals destroy electronic circuitry on the slightest contact!

STARSCREAM

Then let's trick Optimus Prime into leading his Autobots into this crevice.

MEGATRON

Optimus Prime would never do anything so foolish. At least not the real Optimus Prime.

STARSCREAM

The real Optimus Prime? What do you mean?

MEGATRON

You shall see. The Autobots will soon detect the crystal energy and come to investigate. And I shall be waiting for them... in my temporary base of operations.

SPIKE WITWICKY

Those weird lights are coming from that crevice, Optimus Prime. It doesn't make any sense!

IRONHIDE

Wow! Those lights are hotter than a cybertronic laserfire!

JAZZ

Man, if I could put on a light show that coo', I'd dazzle multitudes of music lovers!

CLIFFJUMPER

Hot, cool, whatever! While you motorized mumblers talk, I'm gonna check out those lights!

OPTIMUS PRIME

Take some readings first, Cliffjumper. The source of those lights could be dangerous.

STARSCREAM

All the danger you can handle is already here, Flop-timus Prime!

IRONHIDE

Starscream! It's a trap!

STARSCREAM

Brilliant deduction! Decepticons, fire!

SKYWARP, STARSCREAM, AND THUNDERCRACKER

Yaahh!

OPTIMUS PRIME

I'm sorry there are only three of you! Clobbering less than four Decepticons at a--

Cut to monitor in Megatron's base.

OPTIMUS PRIME (CONT.)
(filtered)

--time is boring!

MEGATRON

You won't be bored for long, Optimus Prime. Soundwave, eject Laserbeak. Target: Optimus Prime.

OPTIMUS PRIME

Laserbeak! You tin-foil turkey!

Optimus Prime grunts several times as Laserbeak manages to serve him a number of well-placed laser blasts, making him fall into a ravine.

MEGATRON

Laserbeak, hold your fire! I want holographic views of Optimus Prime from every angle! But do not harm him! (laughs) The Autobots themselves will punish him for us when the time is right! (laughs)

Excellent! The fallen gladiator is very photogenic.

Transmit holograms.

Perfect! Now to begin the cloning process.

SOUNDWAVE

It is Optimus Prime!

MEGATRON

Nonsense! This is a clone of our enemy, a perfect replica down to the last transistor. But there is one important difference. I control this Optimus Prime.

Megatron puts on a helmet, which controls the movement and speech of the clone.

MEGATRON

I am Optimus Prime...

OPTIMUS PRIME CLONE

I am Optimus Prime...

MEGATRON

...leader of the Autobots...

OPTIMUS PRIME CLONE

...leader of the Autobots...

MEGATRON

...and at Megatron's command...

OPTIMUS PRIME CLONE

...and at Megatron's command...

MEGATRON AND OPTIMUS PRIME CLONE
(slightly out of sync)

...I will lead them to their doom!

TRAILBREAKER

Optimus!

JAZZ

You okay?

OPTIMUS PRIME CLONE

I will be.

Cut to monitor in Megatron's base:

OPTIMUS PRIME CLONE (CONT.)

Must have jarred my equilibrium chips in the fall...

MEGATRON AND OPTIMUS PRIME CLONE (CONT.)
(in unison)

...but they'll stabilize. Now...

OPTIMUS PRIME CLONE (CONT.)

...let's finish these Decepticons!

TRAILBREAKER

Hey, perfect timing! The creeps are retreating!

OPTIMUS PRIME CLONE

Autobots, transform!

Return to headquarters!

OPTIMUS PRIME

I must have blacked out.

Where is everybody?

Autobot to Autobot

OPTIMUS PRIME CLONE

Bumblebee, come over here. The computer's not responding to my input.

Bumblebee, I'm speaking to you!

IRONHIDE

You talkin' to me?

OPTIMUS PRIME CLONE

Of course.

IRONHIDE

But, er... I'm not Bumblebee. I'm Ironhide, Prime.

OPTIMUS PRIME CLONE

I meant Ironhide, naturally. Tell me, when was Teletraan 1 checked out? It isn't working properly.

JAZZ

You did that yourself this mornin', Optimus, and you're punching the wrong controls.

SPIKE WITWICKY
(quietly)

Something's very wrong with Optimus Prime.

WINDCHARGER
(quietly)

You're tellin' me.

WINDCHARGER
(in full voice)

Prime, what's wrong with ya? You're acting like you don't know any of us -- like you don't even know your way around.

OPTIMUS PRIME CLONE

What?? It was the fall. I... I told you it rattled my circuitry.

SPIKE WITWICKY

The outer perimeter alarm!

WINDCHARGER

But all Autobots are already inside!

JAZZ

Let's punch up the entrance scanner, so we can se who -- what the? It's Optimus Prime!

OPTIMUS PRIME CLONE

Amazing. He looks exactly like me. Let him in.

SPIKE WITWICKY

But, y--

OPTIMUS PRIME CLONE

He's obviously a Decepticon impostor. As soon as he's within range... shoot him down!

Now, Autobots! Destroy the impostor!

END OF ACT ONE