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[[Image:ArmadaSwoop_titlecard.jpg|thumb|right|350px|Sadly, [[Swoop (G1)|Swoop]] received no royalties for this episode.]]
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{{episodenav|armada|13|prev=Prehistory|next=Overmatch}}
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|English (Dubbed) = Swoop
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|English (Translated) = Sword
'''The Decepticons, intent on completing the Star Saber, invade the Autobot base.'''
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|Japanese (Katakana) = つるぎ
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|Japanese (Romanized) = Tsurugi
==Summary==
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|Opening (Japanese) = [[Transformer - Dream Again]]
[[Image:ArmadaSwoop_Starscreamstockreport.jpg|thumb|left|150px|"It says here the Dow Jones is down by 100 points!"]]
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|Ending (Japanese) = [[Never Ending Road]]
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|Opening (English) = [[The Transformers Theme]]
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|Ending (English) = [[The Transformers Theme]] (instrumental)
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|Season = [[Armada (anime)|Armada]]
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|Episode (season) = 013 ([[Armada (anime)|Armada]])
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|Episode (series) = 013 ([[Unicron Trilogy]])
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|Episode (lifetime) = 385 ([[Transformers]])
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|Japanese = 04. April 2003
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|International = November 29, 2002
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|Previous = [[Prehistory]]
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|Next = [[Overmatch]]
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}}'''Swoop''' is the thirteenth episode of [[Armada (anime)|Armada]]. It first aired in the United States on November 29, 2002 on Cartoon Network.
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==Content==
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===Summary===
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The Decepticons, intent on completing the Star Saber, invade the Autobot base.
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===Plot===
 
Patrolling the skies, Cyclonus searches for the exact position of the [[Autobot]] base, for which the [[Mini-Con]] Sonar was able to determine the general location. Demolishor is surprised that Megatron can understand the Mini-Cons' language. Cylonus finds the base, and Megatron, having gained another advantage, has a hearty laugh.
 
Patrolling the skies, Cyclonus searches for the exact position of the [[Autobot]] base, for which the [[Mini-Con]] Sonar was able to determine the general location. Demolishor is surprised that Megatron can understand the Mini-Cons' language. Cylonus finds the base, and Megatron, having gained another advantage, has a hearty laugh.
 
 
Within the Autobot base, Alexis, Carlos and Rad start to give Billy and Fred the grand tour. But before the two can be shown around, an alarm goes off, and Alexis, Carlos, and Rad rush to the control room, abandoning their friends. Billy has the brilliant idea for himself and Fred to explore. Meanwhile, Optimus notes that a warp gate has opened within the base.
 
Within the Autobot base, Alexis, Carlos and Rad start to give Billy and Fred the grand tour. But before the two can be shown around, an alarm goes off, and Alexis, Carlos, and Rad rush to the control room, abandoning their friends. Billy has the brilliant idea for himself and Fred to explore. Meanwhile, Optimus notes that a warp gate has opened within the base.
 
[[Image:ArmadaSwoop_Shotinthecrotch.jpg|thumb|right|150px|NUTSHOT!]]
 
 
 
Megatron and the [[Decepticon]]s, along with Sonar, arrive in the Autobot base and are soon caught on security cameras. Red Alert activates some defense devices built into the base by Hot Shot. Billy, hopelessly lost as Fred predicted they would be, concedes that his navigational skills have failed him. The Decepticons walk by, not noticing the humans, and come under attack from the defense lasers, unwittingly putting the two humans into danger. Optimus characteristically orders a ceasefire, and Megatron assumes it must be a system malfunction and presses forward.
 
Megatron and the [[Decepticon]]s, along with Sonar, arrive in the Autobot base and are soon caught on security cameras. Red Alert activates some defense devices built into the base by Hot Shot. Billy, hopelessly lost as Fred predicted they would be, concedes that his navigational skills have failed him. The Decepticons walk by, not noticing the humans, and come under attack from the defense lasers, unwittingly putting the two humans into danger. Optimus characteristically orders a ceasefire, and Megatron assumes it must be a system malfunction and presses forward.
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Red Alert determines that the Decepticons are tracking the [[Mini-Con storage panel]]s that contain the other two [[Star Saber (Armada)|Star Saber]] Mini-Cons, Runway and Jetstorm, and Hot Shot eagerly rushes to confront them. Optimus takes the panels elsewhere, drawing the Decepticons away from the control room. Alexis then uses the room's computer to track Billy and Fred's movements within the base and find out what is happening around them.
[[Image:ArmadaSwoop_Megahorns.jpg|thumb|left|150px|Megatron is ''really'' happy to see Hot Shot!]]
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Hot Shot, on his own, attacks the Decepticons, but Megatron uses his antlers to grab Hot Shot's head, suspend the Autobot in the air, and then toss him aside like trash. The other Autobots arrive, and Smokescreen quickly activates a, well, ''smokescreen'', to allow them to fall back into a separate chamber. By the time the Decepticons blast through the door, they only see Hot Shot drive away.
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The Autobots use the chase to isolate each Decepticon from the rest and take them out to stop the group from reforming:
Red Alert determines that the Decepticons are tracking the [[Mini-Con storage panel]]s containing the other two [[Star Saber (Armada)|Star Saber]] Mini-Cons, and Hot Shot eagerly rushes to confront them. Optimus takes the panels elsewhere, drawing the Decepticons away from the control room. Alexis then uses the room's computer to track Billy and Fred's movements.
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*Demolisher ends up on the receiving end of Smokescreen's versatile hook and gets lassoed before Smokescreen pulls him in for an unknown fate.
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*Red Alert baits Starscream into a hall of mirrors, his reflected taunts leading the seeker into a trap pit. Starscream dodges the closing panels as he attempts to soar out in vehicle mode, even breaking one wing in the process as a price, but alas, the exit closes on him regardless of which ever way it works for him.
Hot Shot, on his own, attacks the Decepticons, but Megatron uses his antlers to grab Hot Shot's head, suspend the Autobot in the air, and then toss him aside. The other Autobots arrive, and Smokescreen activates a screen—of smoke!—to allow them to fall back into a separate chamber. By the time the Decepticons blast through the door, they only see Hot Shot drive away.
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The three friendly human kids find their two jerky peers, and Cyclonus finds all five of them. The Decepticon intends to capture and ransom them for the Mini-Cons, but they use the Autobots' warp gate to send Cyclonus to someplace far away where he can ''chill out'' and ''cool'' his jets...
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Megatron, the only Decepticon left, is double-teamed by Optimus and Hot Shot, but the skirmish leads to Megatron holding his cannon right up to Hot Shot's face, thus the concept of "held at cannonpoint" comes into effect. Sonar awakens his brethren within Hot Shot's hand, and Megatron seizes the Star Saber. But just as he holds his new weapon in the air, Optimus blasts it out of Megatron's hands, directly into Hot Shot's.
[[Image:ArmadaSwoop_Cyclonusteleport.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Out you pixies go, through the door or through the window!]]
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Megatron Powerlinks with Leader-1 and offers Hot Shot one last chance to reconsider his side, which Hot Shot refuses. Now that Hot Shot's mind is made up, Megatron signs and seals his choice personally by opening fire. The torrent of energy blasts blows back Hot Shot, but the coaching of his human friends, and Rad's advice to "Powerlink" with the Star Saber, gives him the inspiration he needs to use it to resist Megatron's gunfire. After Hot Shot gets close enough to slice off one of Megatron's antlers, the Decepticon leader orders an immediate withdrawal.
 
The Autobots use the chase to isolate each member of the Decepticons from the rest. Smokescreen is able to lasso Demolishor. Red Alert baits Starscream into a hall of mirrors, his reflected taunts leading the seeker into a trap pit.
 
 
The three friendly human kids find their two jerky peers, and Cyclonus finds all five of tem. The Decepticon intends to capture and ransom them for the Mini-Cons, but they use the Autobots' warp gate to teleport Cyclonus to someplace far away.
 
 
[[Image:ArmadaSwoop_Megatronlightning.jpg|thumb|left|150px|You gotta eat lightning and crap thunder!]]
 
 
Megatron, the only Decepticon left, is double-teamed by Optimus and Hot Shot, but the skirmish leads to Megatron holding his cannon right up to Hot Shot's face. Sonar awakens his brethren, and Megatron seizes the Star Saber. But just as he holds his new weapon in the air, Optimus blasts it out of Megatron's hands, directly into Hot Shot's.
 
 
[[Image:ArmadaSwoop_MegatronStarSaber.jpg|thumb|right|150px|Light-Bloom is TOTALLY next-gen.]]
 
 
Megatron links with Leader-1 and offers Hot Shot one last chance to reconsider his side, which Hot Shot refuses. Megatron opens fire. The torrent of energy blasts blows back Hot Shot, but the coaching of his human friends gives him the inspiration he needs to use the Star Saber to resist Megatron's gunfire. After Hot Shot gets close enough to slice off one of Megatron's antlers, the Decepticon leader orders an immediate withdrawal.
 
 
 
Optimus lets Hot Shot keep possession of the Star Saber, and the children celebrate this victory. On the moon, Megatron wishes revenge so hard it hurts.
 
Optimus lets Hot Shot keep possession of the Star Saber, and the children celebrate this victory. On the moon, Megatron wishes revenge so hard it hurts.
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==Trivia==
==Stats==
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===In the episode===
'''Original airdate:''' Friday November 29, 2002 (North America)
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===Background===
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===English dub changes===
'''Written by:''' ???
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===Characters===
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(''Numbers indicate order of appearance.)''
===Featured characters===
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{| border="5" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" align="center" style="border:#800000"
(''Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
 
{|border=5 cellpadding=5 cellspacing=5 align=center style="border:#800000"
 
 
! style="background:#FFEEEE" | [[Autobots]]
 
! style="background:#FFEEEE" | [[Autobots]]
 
! style="background:#EEEEFE" | [[Decepticons]]
 
! style="background:#EEEEFE" | [[Decepticons]]
 
! style="background:antiquewhite" | [[Human|Humans]]
 
! style="background:antiquewhite" | [[Human|Humans]]
! style="background:#FFEEB8" | Others
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! style="background:#FFEEB8" | [[Mini-Con]] guests
 
|-
 
|-
 
| style="background:#FFEEEE" valign="top" |
 
| style="background:#FFEEEE" valign="top" |
 
*[[Optimus Prime (Armada)|Optimus Prime]] (12)
 
*[[Optimus Prime (Armada)|Optimus Prime]] (12)
 
*[[Red Alert (Armada)|Red Alert]] (13)
 
*[[Red Alert (Armada)|Red Alert]] (13)
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* [[Hot Shot (Armada)|Hot Shot]] (15)
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* [[Smokescreen (Armada)|Smokescreen]] (16)
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'''[[Mini-Con|Mini-Cons]]'''
 
*[[Sparkplug (Armada)|Sparkplug]] (14)
 
*[[Sparkplug (Armada)|Sparkplug]] (14)
*[[Hot Shot (Armada)|Hot Shot]] (15)
 
*[[Smokescreen (Armada)|Smokescreen]] (16)
 
 
*[[Sureshock]](17)
 
*[[Sureshock]](17)
 
 
| style="background:#EEEEFE" valign="top" |
 
| style="background:#EEEEFE" valign="top" |
 
*[[Megatron (Armada)|Megatron]] (1)
 
*[[Megatron (Armada)|Megatron]] (1)
 
*[[Cyclonus (Armada)|Cyclonus]] (2)
 
*[[Cyclonus (Armada)|Cyclonus]] (2)
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* [[Demolishor (Armada)|Demolishor]](4)
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* [[Starscream (Armada)|Starscream]](5)
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'''[[Mini-Con|Mini-Cons]]'''
 
*[[Blackout (Armada)|Blackout]] (3)
 
*[[Blackout (Armada)|Blackout]] (3)
*[[Demolishor (Armada)|Demolishor]] (4)
 
*[[Starscream (Armada)|Starscream]] (5)
 
 
*[[Leader-1 (Armada)|Leader-1]] (20)
 
*[[Leader-1 (Armada)|Leader-1]] (20)
 
 
| style="background:antiquewhite" valign="top" | '''Regulars'''
 
| style="background:antiquewhite" valign="top" | '''Regulars'''
 
*[[Rad White|Rad]] (7)
 
*[[Rad White|Rad]] (7)
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*[[Billy (Armada)|Billy]] (10)
 
*[[Billy (Armada)|Billy]] (10)
 
*[[Fred (Armada)|Fred]] (11)
 
*[[Fred (Armada)|Fred]] (11)
 
 
'''Guests'''
 
'''Guests'''
 
 
 
| style="background:#FFEEB8" valign="top" |
 
| style="background:#FFEEB8" valign="top" |
 
*[[Sonar (Armada)|Sonar]] (6)
 
*[[Sonar (Armada)|Sonar]] (6)
 
*[[Jetstorm (Armada)|Jetstorm]] (18)
 
*[[Jetstorm (Armada)|Jetstorm]] (18)
 
*[[Runway]] (19)
 
*[[Runway]] (19)
 
 
|}
 
|}
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===Quotes===
==Quotes==
 
 
"I'm really not a big fan of surprises, you guys!"
 
"I'm really not a big fan of surprises, you guys!"
 
:—'''Fred'''
 
:—'''Fred'''
 
 
[[Image:ArmadaSwoop_BillyFredLost.jpg|thumb|right|150px|"I have a bad feeling about this..."]]
 
 
 
'''Fred:''' "Where are we, Billy?"<br>
 
'''Fred:''' "Where are we, Billy?"<br>
 
'''Billy:''' "Hey, you got me."<br>
 
'''Billy:''' "Hey, you got me."<br>
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'''Billy:''' "Well, at least things can't get any worse than this, I guess."<br>
 
'''Billy:''' "Well, at least things can't get any worse than this, I guess."<br>
 
:—'''Fred''' proves to be far better at predicting the future than '''Billy''', right before the Decepticons find them.
 
:—'''Fred''' proves to be far better at predicting the future than '''Billy''', right before the Decepticons find them.
 
 
 
"It's...it's...MEGAFROG!"
 
"It's...it's...MEGAFROG!"
 
:—'''Billy''', before running away.
 
:—'''Billy''', before running away.
 
 
 
"Maybe they ran out of ammo."<br>
 
"Maybe they ran out of ammo."<br>
 
"Lasers don't run out of ammo!"
 
"Lasers don't run out of ammo!"
 
:—'''Cyclonus''' and '''Starscream''' trade ideas on why the automatic defenses have stopped shooting.
 
:—'''Cyclonus''' and '''Starscream''' trade ideas on why the automatic defenses have stopped shooting.
 
 
 
'''Hot Shot:''' "Man, that laugh of yours is really annoying. We take trespassing very seriously around here. So I suggest you all better leave, right now."<br>
 
'''Hot Shot:''' "Man, that laugh of yours is really annoying. We take trespassing very seriously around here. So I suggest you all better leave, right now."<br>
 
'''Megatron:''' "Try and make us, if you dare."<br>
 
'''Megatron:''' "Try and make us, if you dare."<br>
 
'''Hot Shot:''' "Hey, it's a tough job, but, uh, somebody's gotta do it."
 
'''Hot Shot:''' "Hey, it's a tough job, but, uh, somebody's gotta do it."
 
:—'''Hot Shot''' fails to intimidate '''Megatron'''.
 
:—'''Hot Shot''' fails to intimidate '''Megatron'''.
 
 
 
"Try and download THIS!"
 
"Try and download THIS!"
:—'''Hot Shot''' risks attacking '''Megatron''' with a bad computer pun.
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:—'''Hot Shot''' risks attacking '''Megatron''' with a bad computer pun as he charges him.
 
 
 
'''Billy:''' "Cyclo-butt!"<br>
 
'''Billy:''' "Cyclo-butt!"<br>
 
'''Fred:''' "That's Cyclonapus!"<br>
 
'''Fred:''' "That's Cyclonapus!"<br>
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'''Billy:''' "...Thanks for clearing that up, mister."<br>
 
'''Billy:''' "...Thanks for clearing that up, mister."<br>
 
'''Fred:''' "You have a nice day!"<br>
 
'''Fred:''' "You have a nice day!"<br>
:—'''Billy''', '''Fred''', and '''Cyclonus''' in a rare '''purposeful''' ''Armada'' name mix-up
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:—'''Billy''', '''Fred''', and '''Cyclonus''' are all in a rare '''purposeful''' ''Armada'' name mix-up
 
 
 
"Hurry, everybody, find a place to hide!"<br>
 
"Hurry, everybody, find a place to hide!"<br>
 
"Hahahaha, now it's time to play! Come out, come out, wherever you are! No use hiding from me, children; my sensors can detect the heat from your bodies! Or maybe you want to play hide-and-go-squish?"<br>
 
"Hahahaha, now it's time to play! Come out, come out, wherever you are! No use hiding from me, children; my sensors can detect the heat from your bodies! Or maybe you want to play hide-and-go-squish?"<br>
 
:-- '''Rad''' gets his friends to hide in the warp gate room, and '''Cyclonus''' gets to be mean.
 
:-- '''Rad''' gets his friends to hide in the warp gate room, and '''Cyclonus''' gets to be mean.
 
 
 
"Time for a SYSTEM CRASH!"<br>
 
"Time for a SYSTEM CRASH!"<br>
 
:—Lame computer pun #2 from '''Hot Shot''' as he tackles '''Megatron'''
 
:—Lame computer pun #2 from '''Hot Shot''' as he tackles '''Megatron'''
 
 
 
'''Megatron:''' "Yes, this is more like it, I'm going to pixelate every one of you Autobots."<br>
 
'''Megatron:''' "Yes, this is more like it, I'm going to pixelate every one of you Autobots."<br>
 
'''Optimus:''' "He's out of control."<br>
 
'''Optimus:''' "He's out of control."<br>
'''Megatron:''' "Now you will do as I say, hand over all your Mini-Cons to me, or I'll have no choice but to re-format your friend's memory bank."<br>
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'''Megatron:''' "Now you will do as I say: hand over all your Mini-Cons to me, or I'll have no choice but to reformat your friend's memory bank."<br>
 
'''Hot Shot:''' "You... won't get anything from me!"<br>
 
'''Hot Shot:''' "You... won't get anything from me!"<br>
 
'''Megatron:''' "Then I'll have to execute your program."<br>
 
'''Megatron:''' "Then I'll have to execute your program."<br>
 
:—'''Megatron''' gets computer-pun vengeance on '''Optimus Prime''' and '''Hot Shot'''.
 
:—'''Megatron''' gets computer-pun vengeance on '''Optimus Prime''' and '''Hot Shot'''.
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"For the last time: access denied."
 
"For the last time: Access denied."
 
 
:—'''Hot Shot''' tries something different for rejecting '''Megatron's''' offer of allegiance: a computer pun!
 
:—'''Hot Shot''' tries something different for rejecting '''Megatron's''' offer of allegiance: a computer pun!
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===Notes===
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====Animation and/or technical glitches====
==Other Notes==
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*During the close up of Sonar sitting upon Megatron's arm, Megatron's entire arm is miscolored red.
===Animation and/or technical glitches===
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*When Runway and Jetstorm react to Sonar's proximity by projecting an image of the Star Saber, Carlos reacts to it by saying "Hey! The Autobots shut off the force field! Follow me, you guys!" This is presumably an error, as there was no force field present.
* During the close up of Sonar sitting upon Megatron's arm, Megatron's entire arm is miscolored red.
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*After Megatron warps into the Autobot base and instructs Sonar to find his partners, one of Sonar's chest panels is miscolored yellow.
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*After failing to transform in the corridor, Cyclonus is colored like Demolishor.
* When Runway and Jetstorm react to Sonar's proximity by projecting an image of the Star Saber, Carlos reacts to it by saying "Hey! The Autobots shut off the force field! Follow me, you guys!" This is presumably an error, as there was no force field present.
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*After being blasted by Megatron and Leader-1, Hot Shot's visor is briefly miscolored yellow instead of black.
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*After Hot Shot is told to "concentrate on the Minicons", Leader-1 is miscolored purple.
* After Megatron warps into the Autobot base and instructs Sonar to find his partners, one of Sonar's chest panels is miscolored yellow.
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*In the beginning of the episode, Cyclonus has Blackout connected to him. He may just be borrowing him for his sensory abilities, but considering how often Cyclonus's Mini-Cons are mixed up it may be an error.
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*After the Star Saber combines, Optimus shoots it out of Megatron's hand, making it fly behind him and into Hot Shot's hands. Wasn't Hot Shot just in front of Megatron a moment ago though?
* After failing to transform in the corridor, Cyclonus is colored like Demolishor.
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====Miscellaneous trivia====
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*The establishing shot of the Autobot base is the same establishing shot seen in episode 5, "[[Soldier]]".
* After being blasted by Megatron and Leader-1, Hot Shot's visor is briefly miscolored yellow instead of black.
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*It is revealed Hot Shot is responsible for the internal defense systems of the Autobot base, which explains a ''lot''.
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*Smokescreen activates...a SMOKESCREEN! As his Japanese name is "Grap", this probably wasn't an intentional bit.
* After Hot Shot is told to "concentrate on the Minicons", Leader-1 is miscolored purple.
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*Cyclonus is ''really stupid'' in thinking he can capture the kids and trade them for the Mini-Cons, after all, [[ Confrontation (Armada episode)|he just did it]]!
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==Gallery==
* In the beginning of the episode, Cyclonus has Blackout connected to him. He may just be borrowing him for his sensory abilities, but considering how often Cyclonus's Mini-Cons are mixed up it may be an error.
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===Episode===
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<gallery>
* After the Star Saber combines, Optimus shoots it out of Megatron's hand, making it fly behind him and into Hot Shot's hands. Wasn't Hot Shot just in front of Megatron a moment ago though?
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ArmadaSwoop_Starscreamstockreport.jpg|"It says here the Dow Jones is down by 100 points!"
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ArmadaSwoop_Shotinthecrotch.jpg|Megatron: 50 pts<br>Megatron: 100 pts if you get a crotch shot<br>NUTSHOT!
===Miscellaneous trivia===
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ArmadaSwoop_Megahorns.jpg|Megatron is ''really'' happy to see Hot Shot!
* The establishing shot of the Autobot base is the same establishing shot seen in episode 5, "[[Soldier]]".
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ArmadaSwoop_Cyclonusteleport.jpg|Out you pixies go, through the door or through the window! It's the freezing cold out there you go!
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ArmadaSwoop_Megatronlightning.jpg|You gotta eat lightning and crap thunder!
* It is revealed Hot Shot is responsible for the internal defense systems of the Autobot base, which explains a ''lot''.
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ArmadaSwoop_MegatronStarSaber.jpg|Light-Bloom is TOTALLY next-gen.
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ArmadaSwoop_BillyFredLost.jpg|"I have a bad feeling about this..."
* Smokescreen activates...a SMOKESCREEN! As his Japanese name is "Grap", this probably wasn't an intentional bit.
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</gallery>
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===Preview===
* Cyclonus is ''really stupid'' in thinking he can capture the kids and trade them for the Mini-Cons, after all, [[ Confrontation (Armada episode)|he just did it]]!
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==Videos==
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===Episode===
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Swoop is the thirteenth episode of Armada. It first aired in the United States on November 29, 2002 on Cartoon Network.

ContentEdit

SummaryEdit

The Decepticons, intent on completing the Star Saber, invade the Autobot base.

PlotEdit

Patrolling the skies, Cyclonus searches for the exact position of the Autobot base, for which the Mini-Con Sonar was able to determine the general location. Demolishor is surprised that Megatron can understand the Mini-Cons' language. Cylonus finds the base, and Megatron, having gained another advantage, has a hearty laugh. Within the Autobot base, Alexis, Carlos and Rad start to give Billy and Fred the grand tour. But before the two can be shown around, an alarm goes off, and Alexis, Carlos, and Rad rush to the control room, abandoning their friends. Billy has the brilliant idea for himself and Fred to explore. Meanwhile, Optimus notes that a warp gate has opened within the base. Megatron and the Decepticons, along with Sonar, arrive in the Autobot base and are soon caught on security cameras. Red Alert activates some defense devices built into the base by Hot Shot. Billy, hopelessly lost as Fred predicted they would be, concedes that his navigational skills have failed him. The Decepticons walk by, not noticing the humans, and come under attack from the defense lasers, unwittingly putting the two humans into danger. Optimus characteristically orders a ceasefire, and Megatron assumes it must be a system malfunction and presses forward. Red Alert determines that the Decepticons are tracking the Mini-Con storage panels that contain the other two Star Saber Mini-Cons, Runway and Jetstorm, and Hot Shot eagerly rushes to confront them. Optimus takes the panels elsewhere, drawing the Decepticons away from the control room. Alexis then uses the room's computer to track Billy and Fred's movements within the base and find out what is happening around them. Hot Shot, on his own, attacks the Decepticons, but Megatron uses his antlers to grab Hot Shot's head, suspend the Autobot in the air, and then toss him aside like trash. The other Autobots arrive, and Smokescreen quickly activates a, well, smokescreen, to allow them to fall back into a separate chamber. By the time the Decepticons blast through the door, they only see Hot Shot drive away. The Autobots use the chase to isolate each Decepticon from the rest and take them out to stop the group from reforming:

  • Demolisher ends up on the receiving end of Smokescreen's versatile hook and gets lassoed before Smokescreen pulls him in for an unknown fate.
  • Red Alert baits Starscream into a hall of mirrors, his reflected taunts leading the seeker into a trap pit. Starscream dodges the closing panels as he attempts to soar out in vehicle mode, even breaking one wing in the process as a price, but alas, the exit closes on him regardless of which ever way it works for him.

The three friendly human kids find their two jerky peers, and Cyclonus finds all five of them. The Decepticon intends to capture and ransom them for the Mini-Cons, but they use the Autobots' warp gate to send Cyclonus to someplace far away where he can chill out and cool his jets... Megatron, the only Decepticon left, is double-teamed by Optimus and Hot Shot, but the skirmish leads to Megatron holding his cannon right up to Hot Shot's face, thus the concept of "held at cannonpoint" comes into effect. Sonar awakens his brethren within Hot Shot's hand, and Megatron seizes the Star Saber. But just as he holds his new weapon in the air, Optimus blasts it out of Megatron's hands, directly into Hot Shot's. Megatron Powerlinks with Leader-1 and offers Hot Shot one last chance to reconsider his side, which Hot Shot refuses. Now that Hot Shot's mind is made up, Megatron signs and seals his choice personally by opening fire. The torrent of energy blasts blows back Hot Shot, but the coaching of his human friends, and Rad's advice to "Powerlink" with the Star Saber, gives him the inspiration he needs to use it to resist Megatron's gunfire. After Hot Shot gets close enough to slice off one of Megatron's antlers, the Decepticon leader orders an immediate withdrawal. Optimus lets Hot Shot keep possession of the Star Saber, and the children celebrate this victory. On the moon, Megatron wishes revenge so hard it hurts.

TriviaEdit

In the episodeEdit

BackgroundEdit

English dub changesEdit

CharactersEdit

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Autobots Decepticons Humans Mini-Con guests

Mini-Cons

Mini-Cons

Regulars

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"I'm really not a big fan of surprises, you guys!"

Fred

Fred: "Where are we, Billy?"
Billy: "Hey, you got me."
Fred: "You see? It's happening again. We're lost. I'm hungry. And I want to go home. Why does this always happen to us?"
Billy: "Ugh."
Fred: "Go on. Say it."
Billy: "Uhh...OKAY! I don't have any idea where we are!"
Fred: "I knew you'd say that."
Billy: "Well, at least things can't get any worse than this, I guess."

Fred proves to be far better at predicting the future than Billy, right before the Decepticons find them.

"It's...it's...MEGAFROG!"

Billy, before running away.

"Maybe they ran out of ammo."
"Lasers don't run out of ammo!"

Cyclonus and Starscream trade ideas on why the automatic defenses have stopped shooting.

Hot Shot: "Man, that laugh of yours is really annoying. We take trespassing very seriously around here. So I suggest you all better leave, right now."
Megatron: "Try and make us, if you dare."
Hot Shot: "Hey, it's a tough job, but, uh, somebody's gotta do it."

Hot Shot fails to intimidate Megatron.

"Try and download THIS!"

Hot Shot risks attacking Megatron with a bad computer pun as he charges him.

Billy: "Cyclo-butt!"
Fred: "That's Cyclonapus!"
Cyclonus: "It's Cyclonus!"
Billy: "...Thanks for clearing that up, mister."
Fred: "You have a nice day!"

Billy, Fred, and Cyclonus are all in a rare purposeful Armada name mix-up

"Hurry, everybody, find a place to hide!"
"Hahahaha, now it's time to play! Come out, come out, wherever you are! No use hiding from me, children; my sensors can detect the heat from your bodies! Or maybe you want to play hide-and-go-squish?"

-- Rad gets his friends to hide in the warp gate room, and Cyclonus gets to be mean.

"Time for a SYSTEM CRASH!"

—Lame computer pun #2 from Hot Shot as he tackles Megatron

Megatron: "Yes, this is more like it, I'm going to pixelate every one of you Autobots."
Optimus: "He's out of control."
Megatron: "Now you will do as I say: hand over all your Mini-Cons to me, or I'll have no choice but to reformat your friend's memory bank."
Hot Shot: "You... won't get anything from me!"
Megatron: "Then I'll have to execute your program."

Megatron gets computer-pun vengeance on Optimus Prime and Hot Shot.

"For the last time: access denied."

Hot Shot tries something different for rejecting Megatron's offer of allegiance: a computer pun!

NotesEdit

Animation and/or technical glitchesEdit

  • During the close up of Sonar sitting upon Megatron's arm, Megatron's entire arm is miscolored red.
  • When Runway and Jetstorm react to Sonar's proximity by projecting an image of the Star Saber, Carlos reacts to it by saying "Hey! The Autobots shut off the force field! Follow me, you guys!" This is presumably an error, as there was no force field present.
  • After Megatron warps into the Autobot base and instructs Sonar to find his partners, one of Sonar's chest panels is miscolored yellow.
  • After failing to transform in the corridor, Cyclonus is colored like Demolishor.
  • After being blasted by Megatron and Leader-1, Hot Shot's visor is briefly miscolored yellow instead of black.
  • After Hot Shot is told to "concentrate on the Minicons", Leader-1 is miscolored purple.
  • In the beginning of the episode, Cyclonus has Blackout connected to him. He may just be borrowing him for his sensory abilities, but considering how often Cyclonus's Mini-Cons are mixed up it may be an error.
  • After the Star Saber combines, Optimus shoots it out of Megatron's hand, making it fly behind him and into Hot Shot's hands. Wasn't Hot Shot just in front of Megatron a moment ago though?

Miscellaneous triviaEdit

  • The establishing shot of the Autobot base is the same establishing shot seen in episode 5, "Soldier".
  • It is revealed Hot Shot is responsible for the internal defense systems of the Autobot base, which explains a lot.
  • Smokescreen activates...a SMOKESCREEN! As his Japanese name is "Grap", this probably wasn't an intentional bit.
  • Cyclonus is really stupid in thinking he can capture the kids and trade them for the Mini-Cons, after all, he just did it!

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