The Maximals make their last stand against Megatron and his Vehicon army.
- Japanese title: Hope's Period (希望の終止符 Kibō no Shūshifu)
Drones and Generals surround the Big Floating Head. The Generals question whether anyone survived, but Megatron can sense Primal's Spark. His orders are simple: capture the Sparks, destroy the Maximals. Megatron confers with a Diagnostic Drone on the status of his new body.
The Vehicons initiate field repairs on all drones, which buys the Maximals time. Rattrap despairs; they're utterly without power. But Botanica unmelts out of the floor; she's found a power conduit they can tap into. Rattrap is overjoyed to see the power supply. Yeah! Silverbolt notes that they get only one shot; they'll be cut off as soon as the power flow is detected. As the Vehicons move in, the Maximals prepare their final defenses. Blackarachnia and Silverbolt share a quiet moment before the battle begins, as do Rattrap and Botanica.
Primal pays a visit to the Spark chamber, calling upon the Oracle one final time. A Spark-filled vision overtakes him, and the Oracle speaks: "You already have the wisdom, along with the strength of your convictions." And the Sparks speak as one, offering their strength. When he returns to where Cheetor is working, he has a Spark-colored glow about him; the other Maximals receive a similar Spark boost.
The group steps outside, where Optimus gives one final pep talk. A holographic Megatron-head presents itself to them just then, offering to relieve them of their Sparks painlessly. The Maximals are having none of it, so the Vehicons move in.
The Maximals wait a moment, then activate the shield, causing the first wave of drones to crash and explode. When the Generals try their harmonics trick again, they discover that the harmonics are changing randomly. The Vehicons resort to a kamikaze strategy, drones ramming the shield to deplete it. It doesn't take long for the shield to go down, and the battle is joined.
No words, no sounds, just ominous music as the Maximals deploy everything they've got, before falling back to the ship's entry point.
Far below the surface, a group of mole miners suddenly burst into the orchard chamber, and proceeds to destroy it. It doesn't take Botanica long to notice this: she reels in pain. She hauls Nightscream and Rattrap underground to go fight the drones.
Three tank drones, carried in by coptor drones, manage to get through the Maximals; Primal goes after them. Botanica's group finishes a harrowing decent and immediately finds themselves under mole miner attack. They dispose of them, Rattrap commandeering one and using it to total another. Nightscream goes after another mole that's heading for the fossil chamber and destroys it, only to have another pop up in its place. Above, another mole unleashes a napalm-style attack on the orchard, intending to burn the DNA out of existence.
Elsewhere, Megatron's new body is complete...
Primal chases the tank drones through the BFH. He blows up one... and when he rounds a corner to find the others waiting for him, the Sparks within him begin to glow... and surround him... and then vaporize the tanks. The other Maximals find the same happening to them, and drones are vaped left and right, both above and below the surface.
But part of the Oracle is Megatron's, and he cuts the connection. The Maximals' Spark boost is cut short.
Thrust, meanwhile, singles out Silverbolt for attack, prepared to deal with the "traitor". Thrust drops him and blasts a radio tower down on him. Blackarachnia is prepared to take vengeance, till Obsidian drops her from behind.
As Primal finds himself Sparkless and prepares to deal with the tank drones the "old fashioned way", a battle-worn Cheetor confronts all three Generals solo. They fire; when the smoke clears, only a hole in the ground is left. The Generals move in, blasting into the BFH. They enter into darkness within. Suddenly, massive machinery activates, as Cheetor brings the anti-gravity generators on-line. Cheetor rises from the shadows, as a roof hatch opens above the Generals. Thrust has presence of mind to scoot, but Obsidian and Strika are blasted up and away, all the way to orbital space.
Megatron tries out his new body in a shadow-filled, nasty room. He is alive again!
Cheetor confronts Thrust. Thrust pulls out a Spark extractor, and derisively tosses it aside. As they battle, Cheetor gets tossed aside, then grapple-hooked. But as he's dragged along, he grabs Thrust's discarded Spark extractor, and turns it on Thrust. Thrust's body falls and his lights switch out. Victorious, Cheetor looks up and sees a shadow: "Big Bot?" he asks, confused. But it's Megatron, who zaps him.
Optimus soon finds himself confronting the new Megatron, who blasts him with a glowing light from one extended hand. Megatron he steps out of the shadows to stand over his enemy, now wearing the Optimal Optimus body form, with a slightly-altered face. He tells Primal that the day of the Maximals is at an end.
Elsewhere, drones begin hauling out Spark extractors, and de-sparking the various downed Maximals. Megatron tells Optimus that now, it's his turn.
"I'm alive! Aliiive! Mwaaahaaahaa! Yeessss."
- Megatron. Finally.
Writer: Steven Melching
Original Air Date: April 26, 2000 (YTV); November 11, 2000 (FOX)
Major Characters (in order of appearance): Characters
Minor Characters (in order of appearance): Characters
- All three Vehicon generals are eliminated in this episode. Obsidian and Strika are launched into space, while Thrust's Spark is extracted and, based on the next episode, purified of the Thrust reprograming.
- The Maximals undergo a minor upgrade in this episode. Their Sparks become visible while in humanoid mode, and they each has a different colour.
- This also temporarily gives them new abilities, but Megatron cuts these off.
- This is the only episode featuring all of the Vehicon drones in the same setting.
Animation and/or technical glitches
- Megatron's quote "I'm alive! ALIVE!" and the evil laugh is the same as the famous frankenstein quote of "It's alive!, ALIVE!"
- Thrust goes and challenges Cheetor to an honrable fight and Cheetor goes and cheats. Not the first cheater.
- The scar over Megatron's right eye remains, even after transferring his spark to a new body.
- Thrust "dies" in this episode and, though not really killed, Obsidian and Strika are thrown into space.