FIGHT OR FLEE
Written by Tony Cinciripini and Larry Leahy
Production 700-106
Original Air Date: October 15, 1986

C A S T     N A R R A T I O N  &  S Y N O P S I S     T R A N S C R I P T     T R I V I A  &  S T A T I S T I C S

Transcript Status: Dialogue & Cursory Action

ACT   ONE

SCOURGE

Where'd the Autobot go?

CYCLONUS

We've got him now. Follow me.

AIR RAID

Hah-all right! Hee-hah-oowee!

CYCLONUS

Back off, Scourge, we don't have time to play around. He's all mine!

AIR RAID

Your days are numbered now, Decepticons. If only you knew.

SCOURGE

I'm getting bad readings.

It's a trap!

SILVERBOLT

Surrender, Decepticons!

CYCLONUS

I retreat for nobody!

Spend your shots freely, Autobots! You are shooting in vain!

SCOURGE

They've got us! What are we gonna do?

CYCLONUS

Attack!

SCOURGE

I think I'm in bad shape!

CYCLONUS

What do you mean? You think you're damaged?

SCOURGE

The diagnostics don't work!

CYCLONUS spots a vortex in space.

CYCLONUS

We'll take cover in... there.

CYCLONUS and SCOURGE pass through the vortex, getting away from the AERIALBOTS.

CYCLONUS

It appears we are still alive.

SCOURGE

Wh... where are we?

CYCLONUS

I don't know, my tracking system's blown.

Wait! Look!

They see what appears to be the planet of CYBERTRON.

SCOURGE

I don't believe it!

CYCLONUS

It can't be!

CYCLONUS and SCOURGE transform to robot mode and crash on the planet's surface. A group of ROBOTS approach them, mumbling among themselvs.

CYCLONUS

Looks like Cybertron during the fabled Golden Age.

SCOURGE

Well, they're no fable!

CYCLONUS

Erhh, I don't have the strength to fight.

SCOURGE

Are they gonna take us prisoner or blow us away?

SANDSTORM

Welcome to Paradron, friends!

SCOURGE

You don't think this is what happens when you get... deactivated, do you?

CYCLONUS

Who knows, Scourge, who knows...

A little later, one of the ROBOTS attempts to give CYCLONUS some life-refreshing ENERGON.

CYCLONUS

(Gasps) Well... well? Out of my way!

CYCLONUS knocks over the ROBOT and runs to an energon fountain, greedily quenching his thirst.

SANDSTORM

There's plenty of energon, brother. Relax!

CYCLONUS pushes SANDSTORM away.

SCOURGE

What's happening?

CYCLONUS

What? Only Galvatron tells Cyclonus what to do!

SCOURGE

Same goes for me. Nobody tells me what to do but Galvatron.

CYCLONUS

(Pointedly clears his throat)

SCOURGE

And, er, of course, Cyclonus. (Chuckles)

The PARADRONIAN POPULACE mumbles among themselves at the spectacle.

SCOURGE

So, why aren't they trying to blow us away?

CYCLONUS

Perhaps because they aren't armed.

SCOURGE

Have I got the wrong idea, or are these guys a bunch of wimps?

CYCLONUS

Yes, they appear to be wimps.

Decepticon   Decepticon

PARADRONIAN AUTOBOT NO. 1

Hey, you're not supposed to be in here!

SCOURGE

Who says?

SCOURGE kicks him into a view-screen.

PARADRONIAN AUTOBOT NO. 1

Hey! I'm stuck up here!

CYCLONUS

Everybody's gotta be somewhere.

Decepticon   Decepticon

SOUNDWAVE (oddly sounding like SHRAPNEL)

We're picking up an image, Galvatron-Galvatron.

CYCLONUS

[OVER DECEPTICON COMPUTER VIEW-SCREEN: Charr, this is Cyclonus. Come in. Can you read me?]

GALVATRON

Cyclonus! I thought you'd been destroyed!

CYCLONUS

[OVER DECEPTICON COMPUTER VIEW-SCREEN: Not at all. After... demolishing the Aerialbots, we discovered a planet with an unlimited supply of energon.]

GALVATRON

Who rules it?

SCOURGE

[OVER DECEPTICON COMPUTER VIEW-SCREEN: Oh, that's the good part! It's controlled by a bunch of sissy Autobots! Galvatron, this planet has your name written all over it!]

Decepticon   Autobot

SANDSTORM

Citizens of Paradron, I implore you to help me defend our planet from these violent intruders!

PARADRONIAN AUTOBOT NO. 2

I think you're taking this much too seriously!

PARADRONIAN AUTOBOT NO. 3

Yes, the two strangers just had a little too much energon!

PARADRONIAN AUTOBOT NO. 4

They're just misunderstood!

PARADRONIAN AUTOBOT NO. 5

Besides, citizens, there's enough energon for everyone. Let us not fight!

CYCLONUS

This is too good to be true, Scourge. Set your weapons on stun. I want them all in working condition.

SCOURGE

Uhhh, I thought we were going to have some fun.

SANDSTORM

And I'm telling you they're dangerous!

CYCLONUS

You wouldn't be talking about us, would you?

CYCLONUS and SCOURGE fire on SANDSTORM, rendering him unconscious.

SANDSTORM

Uhhhh!

The PARADRONIANS go into a panic, shouting among themselves.

CYCLONUS

Don't worry. We do not intend to hurt you.

VARIOUS PARADRONIANS

(Shout and scream)

GALVATRON and a force of DECEPTICONS descends upon PARADRON.

CYCLONUS

Hail Galvatron. Kneel to your new leader.

PARADRONIAN AUTOBOT NO. 6

But this is a democracy! I don't have to bow to anyone!

Duuh!

GALVATRON

Before a society can move forward, all must agree on the rules. Now kneel!

PARADRONIAN AUTOBOT NO. 6

What about Sandstorm?

SCOURGE

He is only stunned. As soon as he regains consciousness, we'll talk with him. Help him understand us.

Later, SANDSTORM breaks out of a prison cell he has been kept in. The alarm goes off.

BRAWL

Should I destroy him, or simply immobilize him?

RAZORCLAW

Neither! I wanna tear him apart! (Growls)

BRAWL

I will not be deprived of this fun!

SANDSTORM is driven off a bridge, appearing to fall to his death.

SANDSTORM

Aaaaahhhhh!

BRAWL

Too bad we didn't get to bump 'im around more before we splattered 'im!

END   OF   ACT   ONE

C O M M E R C I A L   B R E A K

ACT   TWO

Close to the bottom, SANDSTORM transforms into HELICOPTER MODE.

BRAWL

Let's go after 'im!

RAZORCLAW

Uhh! Galvatron will make us suffer for this.

Decepticon   Autobot

SANDSTORM reaches a shuttle, with which he plans to escape.

DIVEBOMB

This is Divebomb. I've located the Autobot. Do I have permission to destroy him?

GALVATRON

[OVER DIVEBOMB'S COMMUNICATOR: Permission granted.]

DIVEBOMB

(Laughs) You're history, Autobot!

SANDSTORM

I wonder what that odd sound is.

Come on, down let me down!

Please don't let me down!

All right!

The ship lifts off, enabling SANDSTORM to escape.

DIVEBOMB

Galvatron is not gonna be happy!

SANDSTORM

I sure hope I can find some friends out there.

Autobot   Decepticon

CYCLONUS

Sandstorm has just escaped Paradron's outer atmosphere and he is... headed for the vortex.

GALVATRON

This means our plans are pushed up! Make the slaves work faster!

Decepticon   Autobot

SANDSTORM

Uh! If there's anybody out there, I need help! Fast!

FIREFLIGHT

We have an unidentified spacecraft transmitting a distress signal in sector eight forty-three.

RODIMUS PRIME

Blurr, Springer, rescue him. But be careful. It may be a trap.

Autobot   Autobot

KUP

Er, I can't see it. There is no planet called Paradron. Tell us the truth!

SANDSTORM

I promise you I'm not lying.

ULTRA MAGNUS

I don't know how to tell you this, Kup, but the detector says he's not lying.

RODIMUS PRIME

Let's hear the story from the beginning.

SANDSTORM

Our forefathers fled Cybertron during the fourth Great War.

In order to find a peaceful planet where they would never be found, they went through the vortex. That's why it's not on any of your star charts.

RODIMUS PRIME

Eh, you just got my interest.

BLURR

Why didn't you tell us they were Decepticons? If you had, we would have been interested earlier instead of later, which would have better, because earlier is always better than later!

SANDSTORM

I-is there something wrong with his timing program?

KUP

It's just the way he is.

RODIMUS PRIME

Sandstorm, we'll have a real nice welcoming party for you later. Right now, we've gotta put together a strike force.

BLURR

We've got a big problem! The Decepticons know that Sandstorm escaped, therefore they can hypothesize that we are coming, therefore they can make preparations, so therefore we're gonna be walking into a virtual trap! And where does that get us? Dead, that's where!

RODIMUS PRIME

Don't worry. I've got it handled.

Autobot   Decepticon

GALVATRON

Work, slaves! Hail the Decepticon empire!

What do we have here?

BRUTICUS

I believe it is an Autobot invasion party.

GALVATRON

I know what it is.

BRUTICUS

Didn't you just ask me what we had here?

GALVATRON

It was just a figure of speech. Turn the molecular cannon on them!

BRAWL

Ehh, all right, let's shoot it!

HEADSTRONG

I will not fire until I say we're ready!

BRAWL

When will that be?

HEADSTRONG

Now!

BRAWL

Fire!

END   OF   ACT   TWO

C O M M E R C I A L   B R E A K

ACT   THREE

BRUTICUS

Not a very subtle weapon, is it?

GALVATRON

Somehow, I think subtlety would be lost on the Predacons. Ahh, it is unfortunate that I will not have as much as an Autobot boot as a souvenir.

Decepticon   Autobot

ULTRA MAGNUS

The decoy ship worked perfectly.

RODIMUS PRIME

Let's pat ourselves on the back later. We have a mission to run. Springer, Sandstorm, help me evacuate the Autobots. Ultra Magnus, Blurr, Wheelie, try to gain control of the energon supply through any available means. Any questions? No? Good.

Autobot   Autobot

RODIMUS PRIME

We're almost there.

Move on my signal. Now!

ALARM VOICE

Intruder alert! Intruder alert!

SANDSTORM

It's time we fought for what we believe in! Our freedom, our planet, our lives!

RODIMUS PRIME

We're in a hurry. Give them the weapons.

PARADRONIAN AUTOBOT NO. 6

We don't believe in fighting. You know what the ancients taught us, Sandstorm. Fighting only begets more fighting.

SANDSTORM

The Decepticons are using our energon to destroy! Believe me, our forefathers would take up arms and fight!

RODIMUS PRIME

We don't have time for this! Either fight or flee!

VARIOUS PARADRONIANS

(Mumble among themselves)

The PARADRONIAN AUTOBOTS select their weapons.

Autobot   Decepticon

ULTRA MAGNUS

This is just too easy.

GALVATRON

Charge!!

WHEELIE

Oh boy, oh boy! Us they destroy?

ULTRA MAGNUS

Ultra Magnus to Rodimus Prime! Come in! Come in!

RODIMUS PRIME

Ultra Magnus, were you calling? Go ahead.

ULTRA MAGNUS

[OVER RODIMUS PRIME'S COMMUNICATOR: We're taking heavy fire! Must abort mission!]

RODIMUS PRIME

No, Ultra Magnus. Change mission! Blow this planet's energon core!

SANDSTORM

That'll destroy the entire planet!

RODIMUS PRIME

I know, Sandstorm, but if the Decepticons get this planet, every other planet in the universe is vulnerable.

ULTRA MAGNUS

We're pinned down! Can't move!

WHEELIE

Not no more, door in floor!

ULTRA MAGNUS

Never mind!

Autobot   Autobot

SPRINGER

Come on. Let's get outta here before the Decepticons use us for target practice.

SANDSTORM

But what about us? My robots!

RODIMUS PRIME

We have plenty of room on Cybertron. Sky Lynx, transform and start moving the Autobots.

SANDSTORM

That won't be necessary. We have escape pods to get us off the planet in case of disaster.

Autobot   Autobot

SANDSTORM

Once we get inside, don't speak for the first hundred yards, or the whole structure will collapse on top of us.

ULTRA MAGNUS

Don't move. The missile's trying to sense our presence.

Lie down!

Uhh! Erh! Uhh... erh!

Hurry! We don't have much time!

Autobot   Autobot

ULTRA MAGNUS

Hhh... I've never seen anything this beautiful in the entire galaxy. All right, give me the bomb.

We've got five minutes to get off this planet. Let's go.

GALVATRON

(Laughs)

ULTRA MAGNUS

Come on. We'll get the last laugh.

GALVATRON

Run, you Autobot cowards!

Hhh... perhaps he isn't a coward. Something's wrong here. Decepticons, abandon the planet!

Decepticon   Autobot

Landing safely on a nearby asteroid, the AUTOBOTS prepare for PARADRON's destruction.

RODIMUS PRIME

9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...

The explosion begins.

GALVATRON

Every Decepticon for himself!

The DECEPTICONS flee PARADRON.

SANDSTORM

It's as beautiful in death as it was in life.

RODIMUS PRIME

Well, no need to get all mushy. Cybertron's a better place, anyway. Not so... perfect!

THE END