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Megatron activates Unicron's body, which moves to reclaim its head.
- Japanese title: Heroic! Alpha Q's Battle
From his control throne deep within Unicron, Megatron declares: "Next stop Unicron."
Unicron is heading toward Alpha Q; Prime orders the energon grid activated. As the towers on the various planets activate, Megatron simply laughs. Kicker questions Omega Supreme about how he defeated Unicron before, but Omega says he's simply a soldier, here to follow Prime's orders. Kicker finds this less than satisfactory.
The Autobots attack the surface of Unicron. Megatron intends to crash Unicron's body into the energon grid. The 'bots and 'cons fight on his surface.
The humans note that Unicron is trapped inside the energon grid, which could cause the whole planet to explode. The Autobots attempt to retreat; Ironhide finds a way in, but Omega Supreme forces him to retreat.
Megatron commands Unicron to power through the grid. The other Decepticons have their doubts, but in the end, Unicron breaks through and heads toward Alpha-Q's energon orb.
Kicker tries to warn Alpha-Q, who refuses to run -- he's "come to terms with our fate". AQ does lament failing to help all his planets. Prime intends to enter Unicron to go after Megatron, but the heat repels Rodimus and Wing Saber, leaving him on his own. They send Omega in after Prime, who's been brought to a standstill by the sheer heat.
Kicker refuses to give up on Alpha-Q, who finally relents and tells him to head toward a newly formed planet near Ocean Planet. Misha sends the Miranda 2 on its way.
Unicron grasps the energon orb, but Alpha-Q resists. As Unicron is peppered with hellfire and brimstone, Omega locates the damaged Optimus. With Unicron on the verge of exploding, the other Autobots retreat.
Kicker and Misha arrive on the planet and land. Kicker contacts Alpha-Q for the next step, only to receive a romantic reminiscence about the past, as AQ quietly accepts his fate. The energon orb dies out, restored to Unicron's head, which the titan soon restores atop his shoulders. Unicron is whole again!
As the Autobots work to restore Prime, Megatron orders Unicron to go forth and feed. But Unicron simply remains stationary, to Megatron's frustration. Rodimus suspects he's repairing damage, providing them with another chance. Omega reveals that he can link up with Optimus, and so the Autobots prepare to attack.
Aboard the Miranda 2, Kicker refuses to accept that Alpha-Q is dead, and vows to find him.
Original airdate: 10 September 2004 (Japan); 10 November 2004 (North America)
Written by: ???
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
"It's time to rebuild Unicron once and for all!"
- — Megatron
"IT'S ALIVE!! The almighty planet Unicron survived and is still alive!"
- — Megatron
"You've gotta make a run for it! Unicron made it through the energon grid and is heading your way."
"We know... but we will not run."
"We must nurture our planets!"
"You may be their sun, but if Unicron gets you there won't be any planets!"
"Attempting to escape would be futile. We don't stand a chance against Unicron."
"But you gotta try!"
"We haven't given up, Kicker. We've simply accepted our fate."
- — Kicker gets three contradictory statements in a row from Alpha Q
"Alpha Q, he's gone now."
- — Optimus Prime fills us in on events the animation failed to convey
Lost in translation
- Megatron's first line is supposed to be an order to Unicron to start moving. The dub warptifies this into "Next stop Unicron", which makes no sense as Megatron is already aboard Unicron's body. Unicron's head is currently morphed into the Energon Orb, so this makes even less sense if you've missed an episode or three.
- For once, Unicron's growls aren't a dub addition. However, Superlink makes him more like one of the deep-throated, honest-to-god-scary Terror Dogs from Ghostbusters. The dub makes him sound like that cornily-growling gray-painted Scorponok toy from the Micromaster commercials. Rawrrrrrr!
- A background of buildings and spires is missing from the dub animation as Snowcat comes skiing in along Unicron's surface.
- A minor animation change: after Prowl and Hot Shot powerlink, Ironhide is shown getting out of the Terrorcons' way. The dub uses a still frame shot of Hot Shot and some others in the same place.
- Unicron isn't "trapped in the grid", as the dialog indicates; he's about to ram into it. The mistake is a dub artifact.
- The dub has Misha then saying "Look, Kicker! Unicron's passing right through the energon grid!" when he hasn't even reached it yet.
- Kicker's first conversation with Alpha Q (quoted above) makes a bit more sense in the original version. Alpha Q hasn't "accepted his fate"; he's "merely preparing himself". He also doesn't say that "we don't stand a chance against Unicron"; this dub-addition line obscures the fact that he's preparing to make a stand, rather than simultaneously making a stand/preparing to die passively/just giving up.
- The dub is missing a heat-shimmer effect that plays over all the scenes that are set on Unicron's super-heated surface, as Optimus attempts to enter Unicron.
- The dub omits Alpha Q's line explaining that he's releasing all his energon as Unicron grabs the Orb, thus obscuring the entire point of the climactic act of the whole episode.
- The dub omits a line from Omega Supreme explaining that if Prime combines with him, it will "reduce his life". While the exact meaning of this is unclear, it does lend some weight to the proceedings. Without it, the scene just becomes a lot of strange Autobot waffling about "I am prepared to do this!" and "WE MUST SUCCEED!"
- "Uh?": 0, amazingly
- "It's time to": 3
- "We've got a mission": 3
- "Let's do it!": 3
- Stock footage: 4
Animation and/or technical glitches
- With no introductory scenes, it's really not clear at all where the various energon towers are.
- During Scorponok's short battle with Omega Supreme, he's given Megatron's voice.
- "The third planet to the north of Ocean Planet"? Wha?? (note: not a dub error.)
- If the Energon Orb was powerful enough to damage Unicron's chest (as per the animation), it should have destroyed Unicron's hands before it could have been deactivated
- Unicron's growls and grunts are hilariously pathetic, sounding a bit like he's having a difficult bowel movement.