- Motto: "FOR THE EARTH!!!"
- Weapon: Saber Blade
Episode 63 -
Wow, Optimus is already down and beaten. And Predaking comes in to transform before him.
Holy--! Predaking has an "Arms Up!"-style arm cannon! Too bad the toys can't do that, though.
I don't know if it's just this video or not, but there's no theme song here. Just a series logo title card and credits a la the "Darkness Rising" pilot episodes.
Why did Magnus feel the need to enter the room in truck mode only to transform back to robot mode? Was he simply too big to fit through the door while the others weren't? If so, I guess that is a nice touch.
Magnus vs. Shockwave! Sa-weet!
Shockwave: "This is no place for a one-handed Autobot." - You're one to talk, Cannon-Hand.
Ultra Magnus: "I'll take one bum hand over one good eye, any day." - Oh, snap!
I knew that promo video from before took place within this episode's first act.
Is Wheeljack actually working on the Synth En formula in Ratchet's absence? Though, he does refer to it as "techno-babble", and he's clearly no scientist like his G1 self. But, as far as his skills as a mechanic, maybe he might be the one best to tackle the formula in Doc Bot's absence (even if he'd likely fair no better at it than Ratchet, no doubt finding it a whole lot more difficult than Ratchet did).
Jackie points out that maybe it's the "techno-babble" that the Cons want from Ratchet. Smoke wonders why, since the Cons already monopolize most of Earth's energon deposits, to which Bulkhead suggests mere greed. Optimus, however, surmises that it may be related to the plan to restore the Omega Lock.
Fowler points out that the Cons are now aware of the location of the Autobots' new base.
Since Ratchet hasn't completed the formula, the Cortical Psychic Patch yield no helpful info beyond that knowledge. Thus Megatron wants him to finish his work on it. He first tempts Ratchet with the prospect that doing will help restore the planet to life, but Ratchet refuses, knowing better than to trust, much less collaborate, with the barbarian who laid waste to the planet in the first place, and who sadistically crush Bumblebee's voicebox while looking him in the eye. Thus, Megatron turns to blackmail, threatening to harm Jack/Miko/Raf and destroy the Autobot base if Ratchet doesn't comply, since Soundwave knows the locations of each.
Naturally, regardless of what he just told Ratchet, Megatron orders Starscream to take his armada to go decimate the Bots' base "once again". Also, wrong use of the word "decimate", Megatron.
Oooh, this time the Air Force is going on the defense against the Jet Vehicon Generals. And all of their jets are the same VTOL models as Fowler's (and Skyquake and Dreadwing).
Starscream calls out "Hangar E" by name.
BOOM! Bye bye, Hangar E. But... the Autobots and Fowler weren't there.
Oh, that wasn't Hangar E. That was the Mess Hall--Hangar F--repainted with an E marking, while the real Hanger E got its "E" painted over to resemble an "F". Simple, but effective.
Also, that shot of the Autobots standing before the flames as Smokescreen says "Mess Hall sure is a mess," looks awesome! But, where's Bumblebee?
Megs shows off to Ratchet the Cons' Molecular Masking Field (the warship's cloaking device) and Energon Transfusion Capacitor (which makes their energon consumption more efficient).
Megatron tries tempting Ratchet once more, but this time fight's Ratchet's rebuttals with logic.
Raf's being used in a useful manner, since he's learned under Ratchet of how to read Cybertronian code.
Now Ratchet's tempted by a Quantum Cryo-Inducer. Only three were ever made.
Hey, Wheeljack's doing more mechanical stuff by helping Raf out.
Raf: *stutters like Ratchet and then says* "Miko, I needed that!"
Miko: "I was just trying to tighten up that thingamajig."
Raf: "Pfft! Puh-leaze!" - further proof that Raf should have become Ratchet's partner.
Fowler and Jack have a pretty good discussion about the close calls the humans have had with the Cons previously, how Cybertech like the Apex Armor could be very useful to the Armed Forces, and how Jack might be a good candidate for an agent on the front line with the rest of them. It's just an overall really good talk.
Fowler: "Custer's mustache!" - Yay! A new Fowlerism!
Raf called their new flying drone "Chip" (or maybe "CHIP").
Ratchet refers to the Omega Lock as a "mystic force". Probably safe to say that any Power Rangers references were unintentional.
Whoa. The Cons have the whole Omega Lock ring attached to the underside of their ship.
Despite his entire episode-long refusal to complete the formula, Ratchet has finally caved in... but notes that he knew Megatron already knew that Ratchet would eventually give in to his demands.
Wow. A VERY good episode. And one that was pretty mellow for the most part, even. This episode was calm, mostly a breather from the usually action pace. Things got discussed and fleshed out, characters and plot threads were explored, and it all just felt so meaningful. I am looking forward to seeing how the final two episodes play out.
Next week, Ratchet attempts an escape, and the Autobots roll to the rescue.
If you've read Exodus, wanna read the War For Cybertron comic? PM me.
Shadowman wrote:This is Sabrblade we're talking about. His ability to store trivial information about TV shows is downright superhuman.
Caelus wrote:My wife pointed out something interesting about the prehistoric Predacons. I said that everyone was complaining because transforming for them mostly consisted of them just standing up-right. She essentially said, 'So? That's what our ancestors did.'