Puppet is the fourty-third episode of Armada. It first aired in the United States on September 19, 2003 on Cartoon Network.
Autobots and Decepticons land on a mysterious planet where there's an evil version of Optimus.
On the bridge of his ship, Megatron blogs to himself about how happy he is that Optimus is alive again, which confuses his minions. On top of the hull of the Axalon, Optimus gets reintroduced to his crew, and the Mini-Cons escorting the ship. But the welcoming party is cut short by an electrical space anomaly that suddenly appeared in the ship's path. Hot Shot and Red Alert are pulled into the hole, which fades away. On a strange alien landscape, Hot Shot and Red Alert reawaken. Red Alert quickly acts responsibly and sends a beacon to the Autobot ship. Next, the two survey the irregular terrain they arrived in. A dark copy of Optimus Prime assaults and chases the two. Elsewhere, the Decepticons begin their hunt on the planet for their enemies. Their attention is brought to the noise of the Autobot's fight. The three Decepticons transform to assist the black scourge who introduces himself as Nemesis Prime. Using an amazing ability to alter his own shape, Nemesis Prime turns on Megatron, holding the Decepticon leader in the air. The Decepticons and Autobots both fight against Nemesis Prime, but the battle quickly comes down to Megatron resorting to the use of the Requiem Blaster. The resulting explosion destroys the Prime-doppleganger and damages the Autobots. In space, the Mini-Cons guide the Autobot ship to the planet with their two missing friends. Megatron prepares to finish off both Autobots. Starscream interjects, suggesting using the Autobots as captives. Megatron buys Starscream's disguised compassion. Nemesis Prime re-forms from fragments on the ground and battles the Decepticons again, this time with a sword, but the arrival of Mini-Cons takes the menace down. Before they leave again, the Mini-Cons bathe the gathered bulks in energy, repairing them and giving the large transformers as well as themselves new colors and a boost in power. The Axalon arrives over the planet, dropping Optimus and Overload onto the surface. A giant Nemesis Prime emerges from the ground for a third attempt at destroying the Transformers. When Optimus and Megatron combine their ordnance, the creature finally dies, revealing a brief transparent image of Sideways before vanishing. With Nemesis Prime destroyed, the planet begins to disintegrate, and so the Autobots and Decepticons return to their ships and continue on their voyage to Cybertron
In the episode
English dub changes
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
"Nemesis Prime will... destroy!"
- —Nemesis Prime
"This fighting must end."
"I look like.... Thundercracker."
"As Galvatron, I have even more power!"
- —Meg-err, Galvatron tells kids that the new toy has even more power.
Animation and/or technical glitches
- None known.
- Optimus doesn't wish to use the Space Team Mini-Cons as weapons but has no problem suggesting Megatron use them?
- None known.
- Starscream comments that his new colors make him look like Thundercracker. A Unicron Trilogy Thundercracker would eventually prove to exist, but as of this episode, 'Cracker hadn't been seen on television since The Transformers: The Movie. Starscream's Powerlinx colors themselves are also most likely a homage to him.
- Hot Shot's new colors resembles the color scheme of Hot Rod's classic G1 colors and Side Burn's super mode colors from Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2001 cartoon).
- Demolishor's new colors resembles the colors of Ironhide's classic G1 colors.
- The intro to the episode has a unique narration that mentions the kids, which flows into a recap of the last episode.
- Nemesis Prime has a trailer in the animation, the toy does not.
- Why couldn't Prime have arrived on the planet seconds before the Mini-Con and received his Powerlinx colors like the rest of the Transformers with Powerlinx colors? Only Stephen Colbert knows, and he's not telling. Prime would eventually receive his Powerlinx colors in "Origin".
- Thrust and Cyclonus also had Powerlinx colorations that were never used in the series.
- Overload's sudden appearance was on the "to-do" list of things to be explained in the Linkage series, but there was never time for it. So all we can infer is that it's a big weapon set that for whatever reason Prime was unable to bring to battle before.