Written by Flint Dille
"However grave the risk, we must form an alliance... with the Decepticons."
The Autobots flee Quintessa just as the planet explodes (see part 2), but their escape ship is destroyed and the Autobots are sent tumbling through space.
Meanwhile, Galvatron's quest to retrieve the remaining Decepticons is distracted when he learns of a space platform, devised by the Autobots and humans, to protect Earth. Amused by the concept, he leads Cyclonus and the Sweeps through a warp gate to Earth's solar system...
Blurr and Wheelie continue their journey to bring the new transforming cog to Autobot City, but are spotted by Galvatron and his minions, who have attacked the nearby Earth Defense Command outpost for "sport." Blurr and Wheelie take cover inside the gas planet Jupiter, but Galvatron destroys their ship. The storms within Jupiter disrupt the Autobots' systems; Galvatron believes they have met their end. In fact, they plummet helplessly and end up on one of Jupiter's moons, Io. While this happens, Autobot City detects the ambush, and Blaster sends Marissa Faireborn (who is stationed on Mars) to rescue the passengers and the cog.
The Quintessons celebrate the Autobots' destruction back on their ship, until they discover that Rodimus Prime and the Matrix, in fact, survived. Their final, regrettable option is to join forces with the Decepticons...
Meanwhile, the Autobots crash--or rather, splash--on Goo, the stickiest planet in the universe. It is covered with a layer of adhesive slime that traps anything and anyone that lands there; it is patrolled by a janitorial machine that sweeps any debris on the planet's surface up into itself. When it approaches the Autobots, Springer believes it will help him get free, and allows himself to be sucked into its bowels. He is instantly dismantled, much to Arcee's horror. Approaching Rodimus next, Rodimus grabs a handful of the goo and lodges it into the machine's ventilation systems. Clogged, the device sinks into the planet. Judge Deliberata is aghast; as he tells Rodimus, "You were never programmed for self-sacrifice!"
The Quintessons arrive on Chaar, bearing a small supply of energon. The Decepticons are at first wary, but their hunger for fuel eventually wins out. As they feast, the Quintessons make their proposal: they will keep the Decepticons in energon, if the Decepticons agree to destroy the Autobots. Only Blitzwing questions the Quintessons' motives and remains behind; the others all board the Quintessons' ship.
Moments later, Galvatron arrives on Chaar, but he and Cyclonus are equally surprised to find the planet deserted. Blitzwing emerges and tells of the strange, but vaguely familiar aliens who commandeered the Decepticon forces. Galvatron immediately orders an attack on the Quintessons to reclaim his troops.
On Goo, the Quintesson-Decepticon forces arrive, attacking the helpless Autobots...
First Appearances: Captain Marissa Faireborn.
This episode explains Galvatron's personality shift to some extent--the plasma bath affected his circuitry. Galvatron's psyche will be examined further in "Webworld."
This episode also introduces the warp gate, an instant means of long-range transportation. It is used again in "The Burden Hardest to Bear."
Blitzwing's memory of the Quintessons would make him at least eleven million years old--assuming he has first-hand knowledge of them, that is.
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