A look at the most recent episodes of Transformers Prime.


Taking place at the same time as "Tunnel Vision", Optimus Prime is in Antarctica on the hunt for the second Iacon relic, the Apex Armor, a full-body suit of indestructible armor that expands from a small disc. However, he comes into conflict with both Dreadwing and Starscream during his search, and he is forced to form an uneasy alliance with Dreadwing when Starscream dons the Armor and threatens them both.

Comments:  A fast paced episode involving Optimus Prime, Dreadwing and Starscream. After the events of this episode, it seems like Starscream might just be back in the game once more. Dreadwing's a great character and it's always nice to see him get screen time as well.  A couple of things I noticed though: One,  how does Starscream suddenly know there are three more relics? Nobody told him and he wasn't present for either the Autobots or Decepticons respective briefings. Two, Dreadwing starts out with two drones, has four around Starscream then two are taken out and the other two are never seen again (sloppy scene continuity there).

:  Very good. Prime at its best.


Taking place at the same time as "Tunnel Vision" and "Triangulation", Ratchet reluctantly calls upon Wheeljack for back-up in his mission to retrieve the third Iacon relic, a sonic weapon called the Resonance Blaster. On their way to the location, the two Autobots are attacked by Soundwave, but Wheeljack manages to shoot down and disable Soundwave's surveillance drone Laserbeak, which gives Ratchet an idea. While Wheeljack and Soundwave fight over the Resonance Blaster, Ratchet uploads a virus into Laserbeak that will download the Iacon Database into the Autobot Base's computers without the Decepticons noticing.

Comments: I liked the previous episode a little bit more but getting to see a story that showcases Ratchet and the little seen Wheeljack is always a bonus. I also thoroughly enjoyed this whole time perspective gimmick where all four episodes happen simultaneously. I don't think a TF cartoon has previously employed that technique.

Verdict: Very good.

Taking place at the same time as "Tunnel Vision", "Triangulation" and "Triage", Bulkhead goes to a volcanic island on the Equator to find the fourth and final Iacon relic. But to his horror, he discovers that the relic is a piece of Tox-En, a form of highly toxic Energon that is lethal to Transformers and was once used as a biological weapon during the war. As Bulkhead tries to dispose of the Tox-En by throwing it into a volcano, he is confronted by a group of Insecticons led by the fierce Hardshell.

Comments: The finale of the four part relic search. A Bulkhead solo tale (well, he communicates with Fowler too, but he's mostly on his own).  Basically, we see that Bulkhead is strong and committed to his cause even in the face of overwhelming adversity. He fights hard to protect Miko and the others from a deadly weapon even if it means it may cost him his own life in the process. The ending the episode also ties up any loose ends left over from the story arc and sets up a new direction.

Verdict:  Very good.

(Episodes synopsises courtesy Wikipedia.org)