Earlier this month, at the UK convention TFNation 2019, Marty Isenberg’s original outline for what could’ve been the three-part opener to the fourth season of Transformers Animated was revealed to the world for the first time. Although no recording was allowed at the event, Allspark members Callum Tozer and wadapan managed to take extensive notes, from which they’ve compiled a comprehensive summary of the story that never was! Read on to find out what might have happened…
The story treatments were presented as part of TFNation’s “Club Con” Saturday night event, and fans were taken by surprise when it was revealed that the episode outlines would not be read live, but had instead been pre-recorded by almost the entire original voice cast of Transformers Animated! In addition, TFNation had assembled a team of fan artists (veterans of the convention’s unofficial 2017 Animated graphic novel “Trial and Error”) to create illustrations for the story, with several new character designs being provided by Eric Siebenaler, one of the Hasbro designers who was closely involved in the cartoon’s development. A number of these illustrations are presented as part of the synopsis below, alongside concept artwork originally published in IDW Publishing’s “AllSpark Almanac” guidebook.
“Trial of Megatron, Part 1”
On a newsreel, Optimus Prime leads Megatron, Shockwave, and Lugnut through the streets. The newsbot Uplink presents several soundbite interviews with Optimus Prime and his Autobots. Optimus has the Magnus Hammer but plans to return it to Ultra Magnus as soon as he gets the chance. Bumblebee is characteristically excited, Ratchet is characteristically cranky. Jazz plays it cool as always. Arcee, while glad to be back, is disoriented by everything that’s happened in all the stellar cycles she’s missed. Bulkhead, meanwhile, is overwhelmed by all the attention – they’re celebrities, just like they were upon their arrival on Earth.
The protoforms which were stolen by the Decepticons have all been recovered, along with the AllSpark, and entrusted to the Cyber-Ninja Corps led by Dai Atlas.
Not all of the Autobots are so warmly welcomed. Omega Supreme- a living reminder of the Great War – is shunned by Cybertron’s populace. Many of them are terrified outright by Sari Sumdac, having never seen an organic being before.
Optimus is hailed as being responsible for the victory, and the public wants him to be the next Magnus. When Uplink points this out, Sentinel Prime is quick to downplay his rival’s achievements.
The feed cuts to Blitzwing, Sunstorm and Ramjet, being held in the new Trypticon Prison in Kaon. Their mouths are clamped shut and they wear stasis cuffs. Mini-Cons attend to them. Uplink asks why the Decepticons are being held in their own ex-capital-city. Sentinel states that it breaks their spirits. When Uplink suggests that the starving Decepticons have nothing to lose, all he has to say is “bring it on”.