Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters
I watched every episode of Season 3 of Transformers Prime. In my opinion, it is just as awesome as the first two seasons. I remember saying in my first review of Transformers Prime that the show is dark, complex, action-packed, tragic, hilarious and full of surprises. Season 3 (Beast Hunters) was no exception. I am a little bothered that there is only 13 episodes instead of the usual 26 the first two seasons had. The reason I'm not totally upset with this is because the story managed to focus on the goal the Autobots and Decepticons were focused on, and it kept my attention. I enjoyed it all the way to the end and the final episode left me in tears. (Tears of sadness and joy).
I'm going to start with what happens in the first episode of Beast Hunters. Jasper, Nevada was evacuated because of the Decepticons. Megatron and the Decepticons found the Autobot base and destroyed it with Optimus Prime as the only one left behind. The other Autobots made it out before and were sent to different locations so they wouldn't be found. When the Cons looked around, all they did find was an injured Wheeljack, Airachnid still in stasis and the Forge of Solus Prime. It's funny that they never figured out how the Autobots got it. Thankfully, Dreadwing took that with him to his grave and it's not like the Autobots would ever tell them. Humans got involved in fighting against the Decepticons, similar to the Michael Bay Transformers films. Of course, the human soldiers weren't successful and Megatron tried to convince Agent Fowler he wanted to find a new place to call home after destroying the Autobot base. I knew Megatron was lying when he was talking to him. One of many things I love about him is that he's very manipulative and he sounded so convincing when he talked to Fowler. It turns out he threatened to fire his fusion cannons at a bunch of Metropolises. So the soldiers had to rely on the Optimus and the other Autobots until they were able to make a move.
While the Autobots were separated and tried to rejoin, Shockwave returned and became an official part of the Decepticon crew. Not only did he join up after Knockout and a bunch of Vehicons were found on Cybertron, he became an asset to Megatron. Shockwave personality seems to focus only on logic and figures out what decisions are best for the Decepticon cause. Even when Starscream comes up with excuses to save himself, Shockwave will accept them if it sounds logical. I'm not saying that's a bad thing. It makes him pretty intimidating. In a sense, he was similar to Soundwave. Both of them don't show emotion, and I'm usually scared of people who show little to no emotion. They make some of the deadliest villains on the show. I honestly wished these two worked together for a bit besides Soundwave opening up a ground bridge for Shockwave and see what might happen. I noticed later on that once Shockwave played a larger role in the Decepticon cause, Starscream was ridiculing him and tried to gain Megatron's attention, and likely, his approval too. It's like a little kid trying to get attention from his parent. It was funny as hell but I also felt sorry for Starscream because every decision he made left him in hot water with Megatron. Because Shockwave's personality focused on logic (unless the tone of his voice changed), it was difficult to tell if he was aware of Starscream's jealousy or not. In my opinion, he probably was but didn't care. All he does is follow Megatron's orders.
The main reason Shockwave became an asset to Megatron was because he created the first Predacon, and was planning to make more of them. I saw the trailer where Shockwave introduced it and all I saw was its shadow which left me shocked (in a good way). Once I saw what it looked like, I was blown away. It's appearance and abilities reminded me of a well-designed dragon ready to fight. As the show continued, I got to learn more about it, especially after Starscream kept insulting it. He believed the Predaking was a mindless creature who only knew how to fight but there are signs that he's a smart and he was learning more about himself and his environment, even after he gained a robot mode. In both his robot and beast modes, he didn't take shit from Starscream. In his beast mode, he ignored him and took his anger out on him when Starscream annoyed or insulted him and it was shown in a hilarious way. The Preadking was kinda like a large puppy. He's loyal, intelligent and didn't take crap from anyone who bothered him. Once he gained a Cybertronian mode, Starscream left him alone. I already knew he had a Cybertronian mode before it was shown on TV, but it wasn't the only thing I loved about him. What really blew me away was his voice. His voice actor is Peter Mensah (the Persian messenger from 300). It's intimidating when he's angry and when he first talked to Megatron, there was a sense of politeness towards him. When he found out the Cons were cloning more Predacons, he wanted to lead them against the Autobots. So he wasn't only getting smarter, he became more ambitious. I'll explain more later on.
While the Autobots were struggling to get back together a new Autobot arrives to help them: Ultra Magnus. I did have a feeling that he would be the one to show up, especially after watching Part 2 of the episode, Orion Pax. When Orion was looking up “Optimus Prime,” he came across an image of an Autobot that looked strangely similar to Ultra Magnus. Of course, the Cons used that image so Orion wouldn't figure out his true identity. I don't know if that was the show's way of saying we would see Ultra Magnus but if it was, it was kinda clever. Anyways when I first saw him, I was first impressed with his design. I saw similarities to his G1 and Animated counterparts which is cool. Then I heard his voice and I was surprised that Michael Ironside (from the horror film, Scanners) was chosen as the voice actor. I'm not saying that's a bad thing and I think his voice matches this version of Ultra Magnus. I just didn't expect him to be chosen. I observed his personality and I thought it was a little strange until Arcee described him as “by the book.” As most of the Autobots got back together, I realized his personality reminded me of Sentinel Prime from Transformers Animated. I was annoyed because I hate Sentinel Prime and his inflated ego. Because I'm a fan of the other Ultra Magnus counterparts for some time, I never hated this version of him. Just his personality. Another thing that separates him from Sentinel Prime is not only that I like Ultra Magnus (and that he's an awesome fighter), I also took him seriously. When it comes to Sentinel Prime, every word he said and all of his actions pissed me off, and I always made fun of him. Unlike Sentinel, Ultra Magnus does realize his personality has been a negative influence on everyone around him. With advice from Optimus Prime, (and after the loss of his right hand from the Predaking) he becomes more likeable, especially with Wheeljack, whom he often clashed with for not following his orders. He now sees the Autobots as more than soldiers. I still like him and I enjoy watching him throughout the show.
Now I want to talk about Smokescreen's situation while looking after a badly wounded Optimus Prime. Smokescreen was told to go get the Forge of Solus Prime, which made him believe he could use it to heal Optimus Prime. Instead, Prime wanted him to use the remaining power from the forge to rebuild the Omega Lock, created to help rebuild Cybertron. Even then, it was clear that Optimus still has his selfless personality. He was more concerned about restoring Cybertron than saving his own life. Because Optimus Prime died in the G1 Transformers movie, beginning of Transformers Animated (for like 10 seconds), and in Revenge of the Fallen, I was under the impression he would die in the third season. Then I looked on a website saying when Transformers Prime killed off a character (ex. Breakdown, Cliffjumper, Dreadwing & Skyquake), the character stays dead. I got concerned and I didn't want to see him die again. Another thing that's been on my mind for a while was when Optimus thought Smokescreen would possibly become the next Prime after his death. I didn't see that coming at first because I can't see Smokescreen as a Prime. Then I remembered how Smokescreen grew from a rookie who would get himself in trouble and eager to fight the Decepticons to a strong soldier. I also remember someone telling me he reminded them of Rodimus Prime and could even become his successor. After observing Smokescreen's growth in the second and third season, I would agree but I still thought he wasn't going to become a Prime. As it looks like Optimus Prime has died from his injuries, the Forge activates and Smokescreen was wondering what he should do with the remaining energy left. Not only did Smokescreen use it to bring Optimus back to life, Prime now flies, and becomes a buffer and more badass fighter. Yes, it's been done in previous Transformers series but the way the show introduced Optimus 2.0 here was so impressive (Optimus flying in, the lighting, background music, etc.), my eyes widened and I couldn't help but cheer. Thanks to Prime's return, and the effort of the other Autobots and human soldiers, Darkmount was destroyed, the Predaking was sent to the Arctic and froze (temporarily), and the Decpeticons were forced to retreat.
I want to talk about the opening of Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters. When season 3 was released, the only change to the opening was the words Beast Hunters placed under the title. After Optimus Prime and Bumblebee got a new look, and the Predaking became a significant character, fans (including myself) were wondering if the writers and producers were going to change the opening. Thankfully, the writers did. When the new opening was released, I loved it more than the original one. It has the Predaking, Optimus's and Bumblebee's new look, Shockwave was added, Prime and the Predaking about to hit each other, and it ends with the opening title and the words Beast Hunters below. Other people loved it but I did hear people ask how come Smokescreen, Ultra Magnus and Wheeljack weren't in the opening? I was asking myself that too. The only answer I could think of was that the characters in the opening are the main cast. Wheeljack would go solo until the Jackhammer was destroyed, Smokescreen shows up in the middle of season 2 and Ultra Magnus arrives in season 3. Other than that, I still love the new opening.
After all the Autobots reunite, they realize that the Predaking was created through cloning and figured out Shockwave and the Decepticons were planning to create more Predacon clones. So they figured out if they grab the remaining Predacon bones, it will be unlikely the Cons will create more clones. As the show goes on, we see the fights over the bones. Most of the time, the Decepticons win when it comes to getting what they need to create the Predacon clones. I like how the show explains how they arrived on Earth and why Miko thought the design of the Predaking looked so much like a dragon. Here, it gave its own explanation of why the Predacons looked like mythological creatures.
The first fight has Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and a newly designed Smokescreen against Shockwave and Soundwave. At the end, Shockwave gets what he needs but Megatron didn't want him fighting so Project Predacon would be completed as soon as possible. The next fight has the Wreckers (Bulkhead, Ultra Magnus, Wheeljack and a stowaway Miko) against the Predaking, who clearly didn't freeze to death. I didn't think the show would kill him off that soon. The fight also includes Starscream and two other flyers. I did focus on the tension between Wheeljack and Ultra Magnus. It was a little funny at first but after a while, I was starting to become sick of it. Wheeljack was more concerned about getting the remaining Wreckers back together but judging by how frustrated he was, he never expected to be grouped with Ultra Magnus, whose job back on Cybertron was to keep the Wreckers in line. The Wreckers had to work together to fight the Predaking while Miko was ordered to go back to Ultra Magnus's ship to contact Optimus. While the Wreckers did work together, it didn't last long after Wheeljack's grenade blew up when it was intended for the Predaking to swallow and explode inside him. This was also the beginning of the Predaking's intelligence increasing. I got annoyed when Wheeljack and Ultra Magnus were at each others throats again. I was more interested in Miko's situation. Speaking of which, she tries to get to the ship without being caught but that didn't work. Even though Miko is up against Starscream and the two flyers, she ends up using the Apex Armor to fight them. This is where I officially liked Miko. Instead of being an annoyance, she's proven to be an asset to the Autobots and fights back without breaking a sweat. The other issue I had with this episode was that Starscream kept bringing up the fact that he killed Cliffjumper. Yes, he wants to show that he's intimidating but I wasn't impressed anymore. Miko wasn't impressed either, especially after mentioning she killed Hardshell. I don't find Starscream intimidating at all. I think he's adorable most of the time and I feel sorry for him whenever Megatron, the Predaking, or anyone else gives him a hard time. Anyways, the fight ends with Starscream and the Seekers retreating along with the Predaking taking the bone to Megatron. It also ends with Wheeljack ditching the group, which disappointed me. Yes, I understand he couldn't deal with Ultra Magnus, but I didn't want him to go off on his own again.
I saw the episode, Plus One. Other than looking for more Predacon bones, I feel like this episode was an excuse to create pairings. I'll start with Arcee and Wheeljack. They were only paired up because Arcee was the only one left and Ratchet did mention he didn't want to “step outside his comfort zone.” They end up fighting Vehicons and looked for another Predacon bone which is the only finding I saw without a Decepticon incident. While that's going on, Arcee confronts Wheeljack about why he ran out. He explains his reasons and Arcee tells him not to push Bulkhead away. Other than that discussion (and ignoring Miko's comment about Arcee and Wheeljack hooking up), I do not see these two getting together. I'll admit, I think they look cute together, but I don't see them as a couple. Another pairing seen was Agent Fowler and Jack's mother, June Darby. It was hinted at earlier that Fowler might have a crush on June but this episode made it obvious. Naturally, Jack became concerned. Those two decide to go after a Predacon bone, which was also sought after by Knockout. Of course, everyone knows about the suggested Megatron and Starscream pairing but Knockout seemed to be included. Starscream and Knockout seemed like they were competing for Megatron's approval. It's the oddest “threesome” I've seen...I won't say anymore. Since the satellite on the Nemesis was broken, Knockout was not only unable to contact anyone, he was stuck driving around with the Predacon bone along with June and Fowler stuck in his trunk (no pun intended). What really struck me is that Knockout was able to make a married couple joke after overhearing June and Fowler arguing. That and him finding out how humans reproduce. I'm surprised the writers allowed the word “interfacing” in the show, but at the same time I feel like I shouldn't be because Knockout said it. Even though June and Fowler managed to escape, hide for a bit, hid the bone for a bit, and have Arcee and Wheeljack rescue them, Knockout managed to get away with the bone. The last “pairings” left I saw were the bromance pairings: Bulkhead & Wheeljack along with Jack & Miko, which I enjoy watching. Bulkhead and Wheeljack reconciled their bromance with Jack and Miko watching.
I want to talk about the next episode, Thirst. In my opinion, it's one of the funniest and one of the scariest episodes, which is not bad. I also thought it was where Knockout and Starscream were at their funniest. It starts off with Starscream complaining to Knockout about how he can't stand Shockwave and the Predaking as much as he did with Airachnid. I heard some people thought this episode felt like filler but I disagree. It answers two questions: What did Knockout do with the last drop of Synthetic Energon Ratchet left behind and what has he been doing with Cylas? Honestly, after the end of The Human Factor, I was under the impression Knockout had killed him and we wouldn't see Cylas anymore. I was also surprised Cylas was still alive before this. Obviously, the show wasn't done with him yet. Anyways, Knockout had been experimenting with Synthetic Energon by injecting Cylas with it and observing how it affects him. (Cylas is still connected to Breakdown's dead body). After seeing the side effects on Ratchet and Cylas, Synthetic Energon seemed like the Cybertronian form of steroids. Starscream decides to have Knockout inject Cylas with Dark Energon to have him under Megatron's control, which I knew was going to end badly. Cylas turns into a zombie with a non-stop craving for energon, and Knockout and Starscream end up running for their lives. Cylas sucked the energon out of a Vehicon like a vampire. Not only does the Vehicon die, but like a zombie (and thanks to the Dark Energon), it comes back from the dead with a non-stop craving for energon. I felt like the show was demonizing Breakdown by turning him into a monster, even after his death. There were so many things that made this episode hilarious: Starscream and Knockout were blaming each other for starting this zombie apocalypse. They pretty much acted like children playing the blame game, and it still occurred when they're confronted by Megatron. In the middle, Knockout and Starscream run into more zombies and decide to hide for a bit. I saw two things. One of them was telling each other their final confessions, which was similar to the episode, Scrapheap. Optimus Prime and Arcee were stuck in the Arctic long enough to think they were going to freeze to death and made their final confessions. I thought that was a little weird because those two scenes were similar. Then the scene becomes very awkward when there was a pause between Knockout and Starscream. I think this scene increased the popularity in the KnockoutXStarscream slash pairing. Once they was confronted by Megatron, Starscream did the ultimate child-like solution which was blaming Knockout for turning Cylas into an ravenous zombie. Knockout's reaction was priceless. It's also funny how Knockout thought information from zombie movies (destroying the head) would help with fighting the zombies. You know, for someone who despises humans, Knockout has learned a lot of information about us. It does seem similar to zombie movies. The biggest difference was that they had to destroy the spark chamber instead of their heads. Once everyone finds out about the apocalypse, Megatron orders his soldiers to kill the remaining zombies while Starscream and Knockout are ordered to kill Cylas himself. Even though the episode ended with the zombies (including Cylas) being killed, the price paid was not only Airachnid being freed, but she takes the entire Insecticon army with her. When she ran into Soundwave, I was wondering what was going to happen. It was no surprise Soundwave would win the fight by sending Airachnid and the Insecticons to a moon next to Cybertron. I can't imagine Soundwave loosing to her. Knockout and Starscream were confronted by Megatron again. It ends with Knockout being told to turn over the Synthetic Energon to Shockwave, which becomes relevant later. As for Starscream, it's implied that Megatron beat him up as punishment. I thought Starscream was going to end up in the hospital bed again. He is seen walking in another cave with Megatron, thinking he was going to be terminated. All Megatron did was roll his eyes and walk away, showing that they were at Shockwave's off-site laboratory. Even though Airachnid killed Cylas, he leaves a cut on her neck showing that she was infected and is last seen eating an Insecticon, which I think is the scariest part of this episode. It wasn't just the act that scared me. It was the lighting, the point of view, and the dark background music that made it even more terrifying. This episode is one of my personal favorites.
I now want to mention the Predaking again for the episode, Evolution. I said that he was growing more intelligent from the previous episodes. As the Decepticons realize he was learning more about his identity, the Predaking was also becoming ambitious. I think the Predaking would be independent but loyal to the Decepticon cause, unless convinced otherwise. Anyways, Megatron and the others realize that he could become wise enough to rebel against and destroy them, especially after the clones were completed. So they decide to have them destroyed. The first thing that came to my mind was that the Cons wasted their time, but to be fair, they didn't think the Predaking was going to become more independent. This episode is one of the few times Starscream uses his head. He thought it would be a good idea if they let the Autobots destroy the clones in order to convince to throw the Predaking off. Maybe even have him and Autobots kill each other. The part I feel like I should've seen coming was that he staged the plan early so Shockwave would be caught in the fight. Shockwave did escape and Predaking was informed Project Predacon was about to be destroyed. I wasn't surprised Predaking would be the one to fight the Autobots. The Autobots were lured and gathered the energon left behind and the Predaking was under the impression that the Autobots were responsible for destroying the other Predacons. I want to add on a random note: I thought it was cute when Smokescreen said he wanted to tag along with the Wreckers. I also feel a little weird that the subject of him becoming a potential Prime was mentioned for a bit after Optimus Prime came back. After that, it wasn't mentioned again. While Bulkhead and Smokescreen left the cave with no incident, Wheeljack and Ultra Magnus were left fighting the Predaking. This is the first time I saw Wheeljack and Ultra Magnus put aside their differences and worked together to fight the Predaking, which paid off really well. I got really scared for both Wreckers, especially after Magnus lost his right hand. Thank God Optimus came and saved both of them otherwise I might've been crying. In the end, even though Magnus ends up with a claw as a replacement for his right hand, both Wreckers were okay. The Decepticons confirm that all the clones were killed but find out the Synthetic Energon combined with the explosion from Wheeljack's grenade created metal similar to the ones found on Cybertron. While Starscream was trying to save himself from Shockwave (after finding out Starscream put him in danger), Megatron decides to revive an old plan: rebuild the Omega Lock to restore Cybertron and destroy all life forms on Earth. Now that I think about it, that was one of the goals after the war ends. It was nice of the writers to go back to that goal, since restoring Cybertron was a goal both sides wanted to accomplish. This was the main focus of the Cybertron war. The only problem I had was Megatron's reason for ruling two planets. I was just as curious as Shockwave when he asked about ruling them. Megatron's reason for ruling Cybertron is obvious but his reason for ruling Earth was a bit strange. Other than saying Cybertron and Earth are linked (Primus & Unicron), I'm under the impression Megatron would feel more powerful if he ruled two planets rather than one.
So the Decepticons are ordered to go and steal human technology (as Shockwave suggested), and use it to help restore the Omega Lock, but because the lock itself was damaged severely, they decide to build another lock on the warship itself. The Autobots don't figure out til later why human technology was being stolen. They find out through Ratchet. When they first saw Vehicons stealing them, I just expected another fight that would end with them dead. This fight not only ended with them getting away with the technology, but also Prime was able to stop Soundwave and take him prisoner. I didn't see that coming because I always expect Soundwave to be someone who could pull anything off. The only issue they had to deal with was Laserbeak finding out where their base is located. Other than that, the Autobots decide to interrogate Soundwave into finding out why the Cons were stealing human technology. Not only did Soundwave not crack, he became the ultimate troll of the show. I do not see this as a bad thing at all. It not only makes him hilarious and more popular, it shows that he's not intimidated by the Autobots and can take care of himself. For some reason, I remembered his last fight with Airachnid in Thirst. I remember Airachnid saying she wanted the world to hear Soundwave scream. Though it's clear he's never going to scream, it made me wonder if Soundwave was ever going to talk in the show? After he remixes Prime's voice, shows the best smiley face, and almost damaged everyone's hearing, he erases the data he stored so the Autobots don't get any information about him. This also results in the one thing fans have been waiting for: He finally spoke! He said one of the best lines of this show: “Soundwave superior, Autobots inferior” and just crashes his own drive. The writers took his best line from the G1 movie and made it sound more badass. This makes him one of the best characters on the show (and the whole Transformers franchise). Most of the Autobots (including Ultra Magnus) go to the Arctic to find out the Cons are stealing human technology again. Optimus doesn't join in because he's stuck fighting the Predaking. He was only there because Megatron ordered him to fight Prime but only in beast mode. When Megatron was grilling the Predaking about him, I'm not surprised he would be pissed. What threw me off was the way Megatron was walking towards him. It kinda looked like he almost forgot how to walk when he yelled at him. Megatron's temper was still scary (especially when he's after Starscream), but it doesn't occur as much as it did in the first two seasons. In the end, Laserbeak finds Soundwave and the Autobot base by following Agent Fowler. Soundwave wakes up, easily takes down Fowler, Smokescreen and Bulkhead, and takes Ratchet to the Nemesis.
In Persuasion, Ratchet is on the Nemesis. I will assume Soundwave knew about the Cons plan to kidnap Ratchet through Laserbeak. The Decepticons figured out he was the one trying to complete the formula for the Synthetic Energon after Knockout informed them he got it from Ratchet. This was the result from the episode, Stronger, Faster. I didn't think Ratchet's episode with that stuff would backfire on him this much. I was wrong. I heard people were asking if the show was ever going to mention the Synthetic Energon again and to be honest, I was thinking the same thing. I'm glad the show brought it back here otherwise we would still be asking. Anyways, they tried to get information through the Cortical Psychic Patch, but got nothing except that the formula was incomplete. So Megatron spends the rest of the episode convincing Ratchet to help them complete the formula. It takes a while because Ratchet knew he and Megatron wanted Cybertron restored but was persuaded after seeing the Cons had already built the Omega Lock. After the Autobots knew where Ratchet was, their main concern was finding him. That would be difficult because the warship is shielded and couldn't find him right away. On the other hand, the Decepticons knew where they were hiding...or so they thought. Starscream was dumb enough to fall for a paint-job, meaning he destroyed the wrong base. A flying device Raf named Chip was built to find Ratchet. When he named it Chip, the first thing I remembered was the character, Chip, from G1 Transformers. If anyone doesn't know who he is, Chip's the kid on the wheelchair. I also think some of Raf's character design looked similar to Chip. Maybe that's how the artists came up with Raf's appearance. What stuck out to me was when Raf started acting like Ratchet for a bit. It was so cute and it was clear that he missed him. When I saw Wheeljack help Raf build Chip, I noticed this was the first similarity to his G1 counterpart (besides his appearance). His G1 counterpart did fight but he was more into science than fighting. This shows Wheeljack didn't only rely on fighting as a Wrecker and, in a sense, he was in character.
In Synthesis, “Chip” was sent flying with Optimus Prime following it, hoping he would find Ratchet. It didn't last because the Cons found out it could be a trap and saw Laserbeak on their radar when he was still attached to Soundwave. Smokescreen blew off a part of Laserbeak's body and connected it to Chip. Meanwhile, Ratchet was continuing to complete the formula while Shockwave was helping him out. I was geeking out when they were both talking about science. I almost lost track of what they were saying. Ratchet was cooperating until he tried to destroy a machine after realizing the formula was almost complete and tried to escape. That didn't work for him. Not only was the formula completed, he was caught and left at the mercy of the Predaking. I've said this before but the whole time Ratchet was on the warship, I feared for his life. I admit I felt sorry for Knockout in this episode. He was everyone's errand boy. It was thanks to his big mouth that Ratchet found out Megatron wanted the other Predaking clones destroyed. He told the Predaking the truth about his Predacon comrades. Predaking wasn't convinced right away until Ratchet told him to rely on his mind instead of his pride and his fists. While Ratchet takes down the warship's shield and informs the Autobots where he is, the Predaking kills some Vehicons and attempts to kill Megatron after he confirmed he ordered the Predacon's termination. This is one of my favorite fights on the show, especially after Starscream got involved. It ends with Megatron firing one shot at Predaking sending him flying out the warship. I don't think anyone believed that one shot killed him. It would take more than that to kill Predaking. This episode ends with Megatron holding the Dark Saber and says this will be the last fight. After that, I spent the next week nervous and excited to see the final episode.
I loved the final episode, Deadlock. I loved it but it also left me in tears. It starts off with the Autobots on the ship fighting the remaining Decepticons. Megatron fights with Optimus Prime, Ratchet fights Shockwave, the Wreckers were stuck fighting Vehicons after Soundwave pulled another ground bridge trick, and Smokescreen gets the Star Saber while Arcee and Bumblebee fight Starscream and and a group of flyers. I was kinda disappointed when Knockout decided to bail instead of joining the fight. I feel like I shouldn't be surprised though. Even the kids get involved when they go up against Soundwave. Miko uses the Apex Armor to beat up Vehicons and was up against Soundwave's ground bridge trick. In a sense, Jack and Raf used his own trick against him. Another bridge was opened up with Soundwave in between and the pressure was too intense for him. This ends up with Soundwave stuck in the shadowzone. Although I felt bad for him, I think that's better for Soundwave rather than being killed. After Smokescreen grabs the Star Saber, everyone fights over it until Bumblebee grabs it. I was about to cry when Megatron shoots Bumblebee and it looks like he was killed before falling through the Omega Lock. All the Autobots who witnessed were shocked and Optimus looked like he was taking all his rage out on Megatron until he was knocked off and hanging on the ship. Megatron grabs his Dark Star Saber and it looks like he's about to strike Optimus but he's the one who ends up being killed. Because he's the main bad guy of the show, I had seen it coming but Megatron is one of my favorite characters and his death almost made me cry. I didn't expect his killer to be Bumblebee. I was kinda expecting Optimus Prime to stop Megatron but not like the way he did in Dark of the Moon or the way he killed the Fallen in Revenge of the Fallen. Not only did Bumblebee survive and his injuries were healed, but he was finally talking. The show couldn't have picked a better voice actor for him than Will Friedle (Ron Stoppable from Kim Possible and Terry (Batman) from Batman Beyond). I'll admit I started crying after Bumblebee realized he has his own voice again and hugs Ratchet. I also didn't expect Starscream to say he wanted to avenge Megatron's death. After all this time he said he wanted to take his place, that was a reaction I didn't expect. It's a good thing Shockwave stopped him and left. The last time we see Starscream and Shockwave is when they both escaped in a space pod arguing. It's likely the remaining Decepticons went rogue. The Autobots and the kids take control of the Nemesis and travel to Cybertron. They also used the Omega Lock to restore Cybertron. This is a better for Cybertron rather than destroying the planet like Michael Bay did in Dark of the Moon. Knockout comes out of nowhere saying he's joining the Autobots, then Miko clobbers him, which was just too damn funny. I don't know if Knockout meant what he said or he's saying that to save himself, or both. The final part ends with the kids as consultants. Ratchet also decides to stay on Earth, which surprised me. After all that talk about him wanting to return home, he chooses to stay on Earth. But he said he knows where he's needed and it was his decision. Bumblebee's, Bulkhead's and Arcee's goodbye to Raf, Miko and Jack was sad because I was so used to their bonds. The Autobots say goodbye to the humans and leave for Cybertron. I'm happy that the Autobots won and can go home, but I cried when the show was over.
The Predaking is last seen flying away, proving he survived. This does not end in a cliffhanger. There is a movie coming out called Predacons Rising. All I know about it is there's going to be more Predacons and Unicron is going to come back and take over Megatron's body. I wonder if Airachnid and the Insecticon army is going to be in the movie? They were left on a moon next to Cybertron. Other than that, I can't wait to see the movie and I will review it. For everyone who isn't aware yet, there is a new Transformers series coming out next year. If I do like it, I will review it.
After three years, Transformers Prime did an amazing job as a TV show. Out of all the Transformers remakes, this is the best one I've seen. It's not only just as good as G1, but maybe even better. It managed to retell the plot to the original, but it has its own style that that was not only something kids would love, but even for the adults who remain fans of Transformers. If you ask me, this version saved the whole franchise after Michael Bay destroyed it with the live-action sequels. Even though this series is over, I will continue to watch it because I love and enjoy it.