Episode 1 is the first episode of War For Cybertron Trilogy: Chapter 1: Siege. This episode was written by George Krstic.
Megatron urges Optimus Prime to accept a treaty, while Starscream questions Jetfire’s leadership. The Autobots try to recruit Bumblebee to their side.
Bumblebee and Wheeljack shoot a Decepticon Seeker out of the sky. However, before they can recover it, they are forced to take cover upon the arrival of another. Once the coast is clear, Bumblebee and Wheeljack discover a supply of energon along with a Spacebridge. Wheeljack intends to use the bridge to their advantage, however, Bumblebee was solely hired to recover energon and nothing more. Wheeljack tells Bumblebee that at some point, he’ll have to pick a side. Suddenly, they find themselves surrounded by Jetfire, Starscream, Thundercracker, and the Decepticons. Thundercracker scans Bumblebee, but he registers as unknown, while Wheeljack on the otherhand is a known collaborator with Optimus Prime.
Starscream insists that they be killed, pointing a blaster at them. Jetfire cuts off his arm and reminds him that he’s the commander, and he decides how they’re dealt with. Starscream informs his commander that if the Seekers were under his command that Jetfire would be dead. He proceeds to convince the other Decepticons to align with him and turn on Jetfire, allowing Bumblebee and Wheeljack to escape. However, the entrance is blocked by Megatron. Starscream wants to execute every Autobot on sight, but Megatron reminds him the war started as a revolution, not a genocide. He wishes to see an end to the war and asks Bumblebee and Wheeljack to join them. However, Wheeljack refuses. Megatron then looks to Bumblebee, referring to him as a coward afraid to choose a side. Megatron leaves, but not before instructing Jetfire and Starscream to execute them both.
Jetfire, Starscream, Thundercracker, and the Decepticons take aim, but Optimus arrives just in time to save them from execution. Megatron returns and demands that Optimus surrender, but he refuses. Megatron reminds Optimus of the energon mines and gladiatorial pits. And how his brothers and sisters were pre-determined to suffer whilst no one did anything. With Optimus refusing his offer, Megatron attacks. Alpha Trion put them all of the path to freedom, and for that, Megatron has betrayed him. Megatron grows upset and continues his attack on Optimus. As Megatron attempts to kill Prime, Elita One arrives, taking fire at the Decepticons, allowing Optimus, Bumblebee, and Wheeljack to escape. Elita blows up the bridge behind them.
Optimus, Bumblebee, and Wheeljack regroup with Elita, who inquires about the energon and who Bumblebee is. Optimus warns Bumblebee that as far as Megatron is concerned, he’s an autobot now, however, Bumblebee simply wishes to be compensated, though with the Decepticons on their trail, he is forced to stick wiitht them. Before long, they arrive at Autobot command. Elita advises Optimus to get checked out by a medic.
Optimus meets with Ultra Magnus, who tells him that their hit-and-run missions aren’t sustainable. Cybertron is in ruins, and he fears that there might not be more energon. However, Optimus believes that they still have a fighting chance, though Ultra Magnus is mainly focused on survival and tells Optimus to accept the treaty, but Optimus will do no such thing.
Elita takes Bumblebee and Wheeljack to get checked out by Red Alert, who is tending to Sideswipe. While they didn’t recover much, Wheeljack gives Red Alert the Thoraxal Nodes he found. Red Alert checks out Bumblebee and offers to patch him up. He can’t believe that they’re all that’s left of the Autobots. Red Alert was a doctor before the war, but then they gave him a blaster and now he’s a soldier. Chromia adds that they’re all soldiers now. Optimus approaches them and asks Bumblebee to join their ranks, but he’s reluctant. Optimus is persistent, but Bumblebee leaves, even as Elita and Hound block his path.
Megatron rallies the Decepticons against the Autobots. They must answer their aggression with force, claiming that Optimus tried to assassinate him. Megatron realizes now that there can be no treaty with the Autobots, and so, they must be wiped out. Starscream applauds, having gotten his hand reattached. Jetfire asks if he wants to lose it again. Jetfire then goes to Megatron to report that his Seekers are on the hunt, though Starscream argues that he should be commanding the Seekers. Megatron warns him that his ambitions will be his undoing. Megatron then informs his men that the only way to find Prime is to hurt him. They must forge weapons from his weaknesses.
Just outside of the Decepticons' headquarters, a hood figure arrives.
- Bumblebee (Joe Zieja)
- Wheeljack (Bill Rogers)
- Elita One (Linsay Rousseau)
- Optimus Prime (Jake Foushee)
- Ultra Magnus (Edward Bosco)
- Red Alert (Todd Haberkorn)
- Sideswipe (Mark Whitten)
- Chromia (Georgia Reed)
- Hound (Jimmie Stafford)
- Starscream (Frank Todaro)
- Jetfire (Keith Silverstein)
- Thundercracker (Danny Hansen)
- Megatron (Jason Marnocha)
"Your fighting too win, and that’s gonna get you all killed." — Bumblebee
"Optimus at this moment we must focus on surviving as a race, not winning a war." — Ultra Magnus