Dinobot makes the ultimate sacrifice to save those who are still to come.
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In a wild valley, a group of primitive hominids forage for food. A gargantuan snake attacks two of their number, and the protohumans are helpless to stop it. At the Axalon, a haunted Dinobot meditates on his sword, with the blade held ominously over his chest, appearing to be contemplating suicide. But after a long moment of tension and hesitation, he casts it aside. On the bridge, Rhinox announces that he's been calculating the path of the Transwarp Wave from the Planet Buster's destruction -- it's travelling through time at an accelerated rate, and will reach Cybertron in the "present", thus alerting Cybertron to their location. Optimus fears Megatron has made similar calculations(as does Rattrap), and the group realizes they need to increase their defenses.
Dinobot, still somber, runs into Rattrap, who rips him a new one over his turning the Disk over to Megatron. They proceed to argue as usual, but Dinobot is left to reflect that his actions cannot be undone - but may yet be "mitigated". He arms himself and heads off into the wastes.
Megatron and Rampage are out for a stroll, when Cheetor observes them. They drive him off with some damage, but Cheetor calls in the sighting to Dinobot, who promises to follow up.
At his lair, Tarantulas has captured a tasty antelope for his dinner. But as he creeps up to the struggling beast, Dinobot bursts out of the ground, holding him at gunpoint and demanding to know what information is on the Golden Disk. After releasing his meal, Tarantulas admits he doesn't know -- there are no more copies remaining, and Megatron is keeping the Disk on his person at all times. Dinobot uses Tarantulas as his unwilling ride.
Megatron and Rampage have arrived at a particular mountain near the protohuman valley. Rampage sneers that the Maximals will come from Cybertron and that he anticipates Megatron's imminent demise. Megatron admits that's very likely, unless he changes reality. He pulls out the disk and explains that it contains images recorded in the future, including one of the same mountain. Megatron has Rampage destroy the mountain, and the image on the disk changes to suit the altered reality. Dinobot observes all this with dawning dread: Megatron has the power to change the future.
The Predacon leader intends to change the outcome of the Great War in the Decepticons' favor, by destroying the protohumans and depriving the Autobots of an important ally race. The rest of the Predacons arrive, and begin a full assault on the valley. While Dinobot's back is turned, Tarantulas blasts him; Dinobot reciprocates by squashing him under a rock. Dinobot contacts Optimus, who orders him to maintain position, but Dinobot knows there is no time to wait. He moves in to attack the entire Predacon force single-handed.
Dinobot is able to take out the Predacons, but he loses his weapons in the process, suffers considerable damage, and drains most of his energy supply, rendering his optic lasers unusable. Soon, it's just Megatron and Dinobot, who reveals a human captive. On his last bit of Energon, Dinobot plunges a rock into a stick, creating a makeshift hammer. He knocks the Disk out of Megatron's hand and then destroys it with his optic lasers, expending his last bit of energy. Megatron flees as the Maximals arrive, but it is too late for Dinobot. As he lays dying, Dinobot solidifies his friendship with Rattrap, and asks Optimus to tell the whole truth about him, the good and the bad, and allow him to be judged accordingly. With that, Dinobot's spark leaves his structure, and he dies. The next morning, the Maximals hold a funeral for Dinobot. The fliers soar through the air in a salute, as Rattrap and Rhinox dissolve Dinobot's remains.
At the valley, a curious protohuman finds Dinobot's hammer. It soon figures out how to use it to break coconuts open - and to fend off predators like the giant snake. Dinobot's actions have not only saved the protohumans, but also helped them take a step toward evolving into humanity.
Rhinox: "Remember that transwarp cell explosion?"
[Primal gives him a glaring look]
Rhinox: "Okay, stupid question..."
"Destroy this valley and everything in it! The human race shall never have existed!"
"The question that once haunted my being has been answered. The future is not fixed, and my choices are my own. And yet, how ironic...for I now find that I have no choice at all! I am a warrior...let the battle be joined."
"One lonely turncoat, battling on against impossible odds." (Wiping fake tear) "I'm almost touched.... Fortunately, such moments pass quickly. Quickstrike, scrap him!"
"What's a warrior without weapons, eh?"
"A warrior still!"
"Hmm, my ears are burning! Yesss! Why, Dinobot, what a delightful surprise! Let's see, where are we now? I have the Golden Disk, I have the power to change the future, and the only obstacle in my path to unimaginable glory...is yourself. Exhausted. Damaged beyond recovery. Defeated."
"Not just yet!"
"Ah-ah-ah!" (Megatron reveals a proto-human bound in energon bindings.) "One more step, and it's raining bits of early anthropoid, yesss." (He sees Dinobot hesitate.) "Oh dear, how positively Maximal of you. You were weakened before you started, Dinobot. Weakened by compassion."
Megatron: "Oh-ho-ho-ho, really, Dinobot, a stick—against a Transmetal? I think not."
Computer: "Final Warning: Power failing. Jeopardy extreme. Repeat: Extreme."
Megatron: "Please. Face it, Dinobot. You're old technology. Obsolete. What could you possibly do?"
"Well fought, my friend. You saved the valley. You saved the lives of those who live here...and of those who are still to come."
"Like I said, you're just a blasted, slag-spouting saurian, but...it's nice to know where you stand."
"Upwind of you, for preference, vermin."
"Tell my tale to those who ask. Tell it truly, the ill deeds along with the good, and let me be judged accordingly. The rest...is silence..."
"He lived a warrior...and died a hero. Let his spark join the Matrix, the greatest of Cybertron."
Written by: Ian Weir
Original airdate: March 9, 1998 (Special Cartoon Network Preview); April 25, 1998 (Regular Syndication)
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)