A look at the most
recent episodes of Transformers Prime.
Orion Pax Pt. 1"
Following the events of
the season 1 finale, Optimus Prime has lost all memory of ever
being a Prime after using the Matrix of Leadership to send
Unicron back into stasis; his memory has
been reset to when he was
still the data clerk Orion Pax. Megatron takes advantage of
this, telling 'Orion' that the Autobots are evil, taking him
onto the Nemesis and setting him to work
on a project deciphering
Autobot encyptions from the Iacon records. Back at base, the
other Autobots are distraught at this turn of events, and upon
discovering that Jack has the Key to
Vector Sigma, they hatch
a plan to get their leader back.
unusual and exciting turn of events. Of course, Optimus
has to return to being himself eventually but seeing him as
essentially a different character and loyal to the Decepticon
cause was an interesting idea for the show. It's also
interesting that Prime trusted Jack to have the key to Vector
Sigma should anything go wrong.
Verdict : Excellent. I can't wait to see what
"Orion Pax Pt. 2"
With the help of
information from Starscream, the Autobots commandeer the
Decepticon's Space Bridge to send Jack and Arcee to the
Transformers' home world of Cybertron, with a plan to use
the information stored in
Vector Sigma to restore Optimus's memories. Meanwhile, after a
run-in with Starscream, whom Megatron claimed was dead, 'Orion'
begins to wonder if Megatron is
telling him the whole
interesting part of the story. To be honest, I don't know if
this storyline really needed to be stretched out over three
episodes (two likely could've done the trick). It was cool to
see Arcee and Jack get sent to Cybertron in the story. Orion Pax
begins to wonder exactly what's going on and whether or not he's
being told the whole truth or not...
"Orion Pax Pt. 3"
On Cybertron, while on
their way to Vector Sigma, Jack and Arcee are attacked by a
savage creature called an Insecticon, as well as a swarm of
Scraplets. On the Nemesis, 'Orion', becoming
ever more curious about
who he really is, begins to rebel against Megatron and uncover
the elaborate lies put in front of him.
Comments: A large part of
the story takes place on Cybertron, which is awesome. We see the
Scraplets again and are introduced to the Insecticons (who will
re-occur several times over the season). Jack gets to save the
day and Orion Pax, after rediscovering his past, stands up
against Megatron. But is he strong enough to take on his former
enemy without the Matrix?
Excellent. A worthwhile
conclusion to the three-parter.
"Operation: Bumblebee Pt. 1"
While investigating an
energy signal that could potentially lead to a relic from the
Vaults of Iacon, Bumblebee is ambushed by M.E.C.H, who knock him
out and steal his T-Cog, the organ
that allows Transformers
to scan vehicle modes and transform. Discovering that he is no
longer able to transform into vehicle mode, Bumblebee has no
choice but to stay at base, which leaves
Meanwhile, as M.E.C.H attempts to use Bumblebee's T-Cog in one
of their own robots, Starscream approaches Silas and suggests an
alliance with M.E.C.H., offering his
knowledge and advice on
Cybertronian technology and how it works.
This is another story that is a bit padded out and could've been
told in one episode really. Regardless, we get a Bumblebee
spotlight story for a change. It's quite the story, involving
elements of what exactly makes a Transformer a Transformer and
if one can survive without their primary ability intact.
"Operation: Bumblebee Pt. 2"
Ratchet, still feeling
guilty about failing to repair Bumblebee's voice box during the
war, volunteers to give Bumblebee his own T-Cog via transplant.
The resulting operation is
when an alarm signals the discovery of another relic from the
Vaults of Iacon, a legendary hammer known as the Forge of Solus
Prime. While Optimus Prime, Bulkhead and
Arcee are out retrieving
the hammer, Agent Fowler calls the base to inform the Autobots
of newly discovered coordinates to a M.E.C.H. hideout. Seeing an
opportunity, Bumblebee storms the
M.E.C.H hideout on his
own to get his T-Cog back.
The conclusion to an excellent character driven episode about
Bumblebee (ironically, one of the more overexposed characters in
the Transformers mythos.
Yet they managed to do a really good job of it here). We
also get a better idea about what MECH is up to in this story
with the TF tech and it foreshadows a future episode very well.
Wheeljack returns to
Earth in pursuit of the Decepticon Dreadwing, who is responsible
for the death of the Autobot Seaspray (who was also a member of
the Wreckers), and asks for Team
Prime's help in
apprehending the Decepticon. While Bulkhead is naturally excited
about seeing his best friend again, Optimus Prime quickly
becomes annoyed with Wheeljack's reckless and
aggressive manner and
disregard for civilians.
The return of Wheeljack adds a new character to the mix (albeit,
the token rebellious archetype but it's still better then
nothing). We are also introduced to Dreadwing--a new Decepticon
who is identical in design to the deceased Skyquake but colored
differently (way to save on the animation budget there. :)
Dreadwing immediately gets our attention--he's an efficient
killer but one with a system of honor (unlike his peers). Both
excellent additions to the cast.
Verdict: Excellent. Another well
Megatron sends Airachnid,
Breakdown and Dreadwing on the trail of a potential Energon
source, but what Airachnid doesn't know is that Dreadwing and
Breakdown have actually been ordered to
kill her for potential
treachery. She soon catches wind of this though, killing
Breakdown and running off into the woods. Upon arriving at an
abandoned Energon mine, Airachnid finds
Starscream cowering from
a large Insecticon. She uses her abilities to control the
creature and calls Megatron to challenge him to a fight to the
death, planning to use the Insecticon to
kill Megatron so she can
claim Decepticon leadership...
Treachery at its best! Having gained a competent loyal warrior
in Dreadwing, Megatron decides he no longer has any use for the
unstable Airachnid. He arranges for her to have an "accident"
away from the ship--but she's too smart to fall for that and
Breakdown is apparently killed in the scuffle. We also discover
Insecticons on Earth and see what kind of punishment Megatron
can really take.
Verdict: Excellent. A busy and
entertaining episode of the series. It seems like it just keeps
getting better and better as it goes.
M.E.C.H produces a clone
of Optimus Prime, named Nemesis Prime, and sets it loose on a
military base, where it proceeds to wreak havoc. The United
States Military immediately blames the
real Optimus for the
chaos, and they order the Autobots be shot on sight. While Agent
Fowler tries to convince his superiors that Optimus did not
attack the base, the Autobots try to track
down Nemesis Prime and
clear their names.
A good episode in general although one wonders how M.E.C.H is
able to seemingly accurately reproduce Optimus Prime's strength
and weapons so well with no explanation. We also learn a little
bit more about their organization--are they really terrorists or
some kind of Black Ops group? And what will become of Silas
after this episode's resolution?
Verdict: Excellent. I await
M.E.C.H's next move in the show.
Following from the events
of the previous episode, Agent Fowler is sat down to explain
recent events to his superior, the cynical and disbelieving
General Bryce. Threatened with a military
tribunal and Team Prime's
termination, Fowler tries to convince the General that the
Autobots are still on the military's side, but the General
believes that Optimus Prime went rogue and
has perished, failing to
fully understand that Nemesis Prime was not the real Optimus.
finally did it. Those maniacs! They did a clips show! There's a
sure way to annoy viewers and kill interest...oh well. I guess
maybe the show's budget demanded such a compromise this
Average. Nothing new to
see here. Move along...
becomes trapped on board the Decepticon warship, the Nemesis, while on a
scouting mission, and tries to escape without being discovered.
Meanwhile, Starscream and
Airachnid both send their
newly gained armies (Starscream's being five clones of himself,
and Airachnid's being an enormous swarm of Insecticons) to the Nemesis, both with the
order to kill
This was a weird episode but a good one. Starscream clones
himself from some blank Protoforms, all of whom strike out to
the Nemesis to take on
Megatron. Meanwhile, Airachnid launches her new army of
Insecticons against Megatron as well. A busy but entertaining
episode and a good return to form.
Very good. I do hope
Starscream took that spare T-Cog out of that clone for
Following the events of
the previous episode, The
Nemesis has crashed on a mountainside and its engines
are badly damaged (thanks to Bulkhead). Megatron attempts to
restart the engines with
Dark Energon, which
works, but has an unexpected side effect: the ship develops a
mind of its own and starts to rebel against its own crew. With
the ship flying out of control and both the
Autobots and Decepticons
frozen in stasis, Jack, Miko, Rafael and Agent Fowler are left
as the only ones who can stop the ship's rampage.
Another episode that was a bit out in left field, but pretty
good overall. Once again, we learn Dark Energon is not something
to be trifled with lightly. We also see the advancement of
the Artifacts story arc, which was first begun in the Orion Pax
good. Not quite
perfect but still pretty good for what it was.
Having discovered the
locations of four relics from the Vaults of Iacon hidden across
the globe after the Nemesis
had successfully decoded it, the Autobots split up into small
head to each location
simultaneously to retrieve them. Arcee, Bumblebee, Jack and Miko
travel to New York City to find the first relic
which is buried deep in
the city's underground subway tunnels. During their search
though, Arcee and Bumblebee are attacked by Knock Out and an
Insecticon who are also searching for it. Jack and Miko have an
encounter with a burly subway worker named Vogel who believes
that aliens are hiding out in the subways.
And so the treasure hunt begins. A pretty good first part...I
get the feeling from Fowler's comments at the end that maybe
he's observing another mission going on simultaneously that
we'll see next... As always, an entertaining episode. I also
loved that Miko was jealous of Jack--an actual hint of
characterization from a character who's usually one-note (that
note being, "let's charge in without thinking").
Looking forward to seeing how this all plays out.
(Episodes synopsises courtesy