In the first few minutes of More Than Meets The Eye, the Ark crashes on Earth and there is no activity for four million years. The occupants are at this point: a) Dead. Dead-dead. Go directly to dead, do not pass Go, do not collect $200. They even had bits off them that needed to be put back on. b) Offline, but not dead. Post-Beast Wars, it's regarded as "stasis lock", but it's the approximate equivalent of a coma, as if some kind of circuit-breaker had been tripped.