Sep. 17, 1984
30 min.
Syndicated TV Network

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Transformers - 03x30 The Return of Optimus Prime (2)

3x30 The Return of Optimus Prime (2)

First Aired: Mar. 03, 1987 on Syndicated

Summary: Optimus Prime is back and leads a team to Charr to retrieve the ship alloy from Galvatron. Galvatron guides them to it's location, but they confront a couple dangers and must fend off infected Transformers. Optimus and SkyLynx are the only ones not infected and barely get away with the…
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Main Characters in this Episode

Guest Stars

Cyclonus voiced by Jack Angel
Galvatron voiced by Frank Welker
Alpha Trion voiced by John Stephenson
Kup voiced by John Stephenson
Blurr voiced by John Moschitta Jr.
Klementia voiced by Aron Kincaid
Dr. Mark Morgan voiced by Aron Kincaid
Sky Lynx voiced by Aron Kincaid

Episode Quotes

Hot Rod: The wisdom of the ages... it's lost.
Optimus Prime: Not lost. We're all a little wiser now.
Hot Rod: But the Matrix is empty.
Optimus Prime: It's up to all of us to fill with the wisdom we accumulate from this day forward. Autobots... transform and roll out!
Autobot Elder: The plague you speak of has visited us once before. A wise man was able to contain the spores, and shoot them into a sun. The only way to fight such madness is with wisdom. Unfortunately, no *one* person now has the wisdom to contain the spores, much less destroy them now that they are spread across the galaxy.
Optimus Prime: Perhaps there does exist a source of wisdom powerful enough to destroy the spores, and save the galaxy. The accumulated wisdom that resides within the Matrix!
Optimus Prime: No more games, Rodimus! Innocent lives are at stake!
Rodimus Prime: No one is innocent!


  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Galvatron states as a fact that Autobots, as a rule, cannot fly. While this rule has become accepted since then, in earlier episodes, Autobots were shown to be capable of flight.
  • Goof (plot holes): If the substance they coat Optimus Prime with is so resistant to external effects as the characters claim, how did they melt it into a liquid in the first place?
  • Goof (continuity error): As the Autobots are discussing all that has happened, Prime turns gray for a moment. By this time, his protective paint has either worn off, or he has been painted over with his true colors.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): When the Autobots all drive off in the last scene, Kup is drawn backwards, making it look like he's driving in reverse.


  • Scatman Crothers' final project before his death on November 22, 1986 at age 76.
  • SPOILER: The song "The Touch" from the animated movie plays when Optimus Prime opens the Matrix
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