After watching the entire Transformers Prime series (and Beast Hunters too), we were told that there was a movie going to be released that would end the series. I am one of many people who were excited to see it, especially since the show itself did so well it won several Emmys. Once it was released, I just had to watch the movie all the way through. After seeing it, I loved and enjoyed it as much as I did the TV show. Even though I enjoyed it, I can't help but point out a few things that bothered me. So I'm going to express my opinion about these issues.
So the movie starts out on Cybertron where Optimus Prime is giving a speech to the Autobots. Basically, he's not only honoring the fallen Autobots and Ratchet who stayed behind on Earth, he's honoring Bumblebee who killed Megatron. Personally, I'm still a little confused that he was the one chosen to kill him but it was a good way to introduce his voice. I’m still happy that Will Friedle was chosen to play Bumblebee. Anyways, after Bumblebee is honored, we go back to Earth and see Megatron’s dead body at the bottom of the ocean, only to find out he's not completely dead. Unicron (voiced by John Noble (Denethor from The Lord of the Rings trilogy)) wakes up after Cybertron was restored through the heart of Primus. He redesigns Megatron's body and has him serve him until he destroys Cybertron and rules it himself. Megatron was under the impression that he and Unicron would rule Cybertron but finds out that he would end up becoming Unicron's puppet.
After Bumblebee was honored, Optimus Prime takes Wheeljack with him to find the All-Spark to help bring new life to Cybertron. Ultra Magnus is given the task to help find remaining Decepticons and Bulkhead is ordered to build a landing field to "welcome remaining refugees." Arcee does mention that Shockwave might've found a way to hide his energy signature, which is why the Autobots can't find him. I'm not surprised. Shockwave is capable of doing that. Knockout also mentions that he has many secret labs to hide in. Speaking of which, Knockout is locked up with the remaining Decepticon prisoners. Obviously the Autobots weren't convinced that he was joining them. I thought he said that to save himself. Although Bumblebee mocks him about his finish, Knockout does tell him he has an idea where to look, which helps.
Ultra Magnus takes Smokescreen to help find remaining enemies. They get more than they bargained for when they come across two new Predacons: Skylynx and Darksteel. They fight each other but Ultra Magnus ends up severely injured and Smokescreen ground bridging them out. This is where we also see Ratchet where he's given the task to heal Ultra Magnus until he's recovered. I'm happy the movie didn't cut off Ratchet, especially since he's the one who helped restore Cybertron. Bumblebee takes Smokescreen, Arcee, and Bulkhead to find Predaking and tried to convince him to help them find the other Predacons. Of course, that didn't work because Predaking still holds a grudge against them for destroying the clones in Shockwave's lab on Earth. That didn't stop him from looking for the living Predacons himself. The Autobots decide to go to Darkmount, which helped, thanks to Knockout. In my opinion, the funniest part of the movie was Smokescreen sitting on Megatron's throne and pretending to be an "emperor of destruction." Bulkhead was shocked that Smokescreen was even sitting there. I don't blame him. If I had the chance to do the same thing Smokecreen did, I do it too. Of course, until Megatron (or should I say, Unicron) returned to Darkmount.
When I found out Megatron's design was going to change, I did hear others say it could be their way of bringing back Galvatron from the G1 Transformers movie. I believed that for some time. Although we didn't get Galvatron, in a sense, Megatron was brought back from the dead. I do love Megatron's new design. It's very badass and looks like a combination of him and Unicron. This might have been the writer's; way of sticking to the fact that Unicron is controlling Megatron's body. When I heard Unicron "speak" to the Autobots, it was definitely intimidating, but I was a little confused. Since Unicron's the one in control of Megatron's body, I was expecting to hear his voice too. Instead, he's using Megatron's voice. I kind of expected his and Unicron's voice to be in unison. I've heard it done in previous TV shows and some unison voices did sound creepy. I figured the same thing would be done here but Unicron chooses to use Megatron's choice. Maybe it was his way of showing he has control over Megatron. I'm not too sure.
Unicron does attack the Autobots with impressive skills, including creating a spear from his own energy. The Autobots make it out through retreating and a ground bridge. After Unicron realizes they survived, he decides he needs a greater "instrument of destruction." I better not be the only one who thought of the song, Instruments of Destruction from the G1 Transformers movie. If not, it was played when the Decepticons killed Ratchet, Prowl, Ironhide, and Brawn. The song's by N.R.G. and it's one of my favorite songs from the soundtrack next to Dare to be Stupid, The Touch and Dare. When the Autobots make it back, they try to contact Optimus and Wheeljack to let them know what happened. They did get the message but weren't able to respond back due to part of the ship being damaged from the meteor that hit the ship. If you want to fully understand the fight between Primus and Unicron, watch One Shall Rise Pts. 1-3 from Season 1.
Anyways, the Predaking starts looking for living Predacons but ends up running into Unicron after giving off a signal letting them know he's alive. Like the Autobots, Predaking also thought it was Megatron. I liked it when Megatron lied to Unicron and said he was a loyal servant. It's proof that Megatron can still be cunning and manipulative even when he's not in charge. Of course, that didn't last and Unicron makes Megatron endure pain. Unicron was able to get information from going through Predaking's mind. He decides to go to where there are lots of Predacon remains and uses them to create an undead army to defeat the Autobots. It's also the same spot where Starscream, Shockwave, Darksteel and Skylynx are gathering Predacon bones. When they saw Unicron, Starscream and Shockwave were surprised but became scared when they realize it's Unicron who brought the Predacons back to life. Starscream flew away like the coward he is, Darksteel and Skylynx survived (though they did try to fight back) and Shockwave did try to fight back but it looked like the undead Predacons were killing him. Later on, Darksteel and Skylynx run into Predaking and are ordered to help him stop the undead Predacons. They didn't like being ordered and end up fighting each other with Predaking as their leader. After that fight, we find out Shockwave was unharmed which left me happy but I was confused. Yes, he’s alive and he did advise the Predacons to help defeat Unicron and the undead Predacons but this is the last time we see him. Not to sound insensitive, but I think it would've been better if it were implied that Shockwave was killed. I mean, I love Shockwave, but I was little upset that he was never mentioned again after seeing him unharmed.
The Autobots realize that Unicron was taking his undead army and heading to Cybertron's core (a.k.a. Primus) to destroy it. So they take the warship, attempt to gather the weapons they needed and headed to the core as well. While that was happening, Starscream releases Knockout and the remaining Cons and attempt to take the warship. Starscream mostly wanted it to get away from Unicron. I laughed when I saw Smokescreen trapped in the wall the same way Knockout was when he was taken on the warship in Season 2. Obviously, Knockout got revenge for that, and took the Phase Shifter. Not surprisingly, Starscream's plan didn't work. The remaining drones were killed and Knockout actually stopped Starscream by hitting him with the Immobilizer (and breaking it) and knocking him out. This is the official proof Knockout is "part of the winning team." It's funny that he fell for Bumblebee's lie when he said it wasn't the Immobilizer. Speaking of which, I think he said earlier that the random bone he held was the Immobilizer to Predaking so he wouldn’t attack him. Starscream was locked up and we hear Knockout's reason for turning on him. I'm not giving it away to those who haven't seen the movie, but let's just say his reason is something he would definitely say.
So the fight begins once the warship along with Unicron and his undead army. So far, the Autobots are doing well with destroying some of the undead Predacons. Their odds increased when Predaking, Skylynx and Darksteel joined them but the warship was forced to land after part of it was damaged. As a result, Starscream escaped. I mentioned in my Beast Hunters review that I was bothered by the fact that Smokescreen being a potential Prime was just dropped. I'm happy that he brought it back up. He does realize after the effort Bumblebee put in to help defeat Unicron that he's not going to become a Prime. I am glad that this subject was brought back up, but for some reason it felt like the timing was a little spontaneous. That's the only issue I have with this part of the movie. While Predaking, Skylynx and Darksteel fought the undead Predacons, Optimus and Wheeljack return with the All-Spark. The Autobots (and I) were relieved to see him, including Knockout... Okay, I need to ask, does Knockout have a crush on Optimus Prime? I'm asking because he looked really happy to see him.
Ignore my stupid question. Optimus fights Unicron while trying to get Megatron to regain control of his body. That's difficult for him because Unicron's making him endure pain again. While that's happening, Bulkhead and Arcee rescue Wheeljack after Unicron made the ship crash. Bumblebee and Smokescreen distract Unicron while Optimus gets the All-Spark. I only mentioned those two because Knockout chickened out. Come to think of it, he spent the majority of the fight ducking and probably pissing himself. While I should've seen that coming, I was kind of disappointed in Knockout again for not joining the fight. Anyways, it looks like Unicron was about to win after he shot Optimus and took the All-Spark container. That is, until we see that the container's empty. Due to Unicron being made of pure energy, he ends up being trapped in the All-Spark container and the undead Predacons turned into ashes. Megatron is not only alive again, but regains control of his newly designed body as well. It's noticed after Starscream flies in and he assumes Megatron will attempt to continue as the Decepticon leader again. That does not happen. Megatron decides after enduring what Unicron put him through, he no longer has the desire to take over Cybertron and ends the Autobot & Decepticon war. While I am relieved the war is over and that Megatron's alive again, I'm bothered that he just leaves, never to be heard from again. It's like with Shockwave earlier. I don't mean to sound insensitive again, and not to piss off Megatron fans, but I think it would've been better if Megatron had died again when Unicron was sucked into the All-Spark container. I'd feel a little uncomfortable if a former warlord was still flying around in space, even if he has changed. As for Starscream, he flies to Darkmount and assumes he's going to take over until Predaking, Skylynx and Darksteel show up. Out of fear, he offers the throne to Predaking. Instead of taking the throne, the remaining Predacons decide to get revenge on Starscream for bullying and degrading them. That had me laughing (because Starscream deserves it) but I felt so bad for him. Whatever the Predacons are doing to him, it's one thing I'm happy the writers left unanswered.
So the final scene of the movie has Optimus giving a speech to all the Autobots, including Ratchet and a fully recovered Ultra Magnus. He tells everyone that he took the All-Spark and has joined it with the Matrix inside his chest. As a result, he has to sacrifice his own life in order to let "new generations of life" exist on Cybertron. After all this, he still maintains his selfless personality....but I don't want him to die again!! None of the other Autobots wanted that to happen either. When I heard Ratchet's line, it sounded similar to the line his Animated counterpart said when Omega Supreme said he was going to sacrifice himself in part 2 of A Bridge Too Close. It could be a way for the movie to stick a moment from Transformers Animated into it but I'm not sure. Optimus also brings up that leadership can be earned without the Matrix and everyone has proven that they could be potential Primes, though Knockout's reaction to that was really cute. Optimus tells everyone to keep continuing fighting to keep the peace and his sacrifice was shown so beautifully, thus concluding the movie and the series.
After seeing the whole movie, I was blown away. Even though it has flaws and plot-holes, it's still an amazing and epic conclusion to this series. The fights were incredible, the animation and special effects of this movie and series is outstanding, and it's definitely a show I'm going to miss. It's not an Oscar winner but it's way better than Michael Bay's version of the Transformers movies (with the exception of the 1st one). As much as I love all the characters, the ones that stood out to me the most are Bumblebee and Knockout, mostly because they showed so much growth. This movie knew what to give to the Transformers fans, it's action-packed, hilarious and enjoyable it all the way to the end.
Thank you, Transformers Prime for such an epic adventure! You will be missed!
My Top 10 Favorite Episodes.
2. "Stronger, Faster."
3. "The Human Factor."
4. "Chain of Command."
5. "Orion Pax Pts. 1-3."
6. "Loose Cannons."
7. "Operation: Breakdown."
10. "Rock Bottom."