Summary of Transformers Prime episode #2: "Darkness Rising" Part 2

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Yesterday The Hub sent Seibertron.com advance screening copies of the first two episodes of "Transformers Prime". I will be posting my actual review later tonight or tomorrow. My one line review in the meantime ... "'Transformers Prime' is the darker toned love child of Beast Wars and the live action Transformers films without the cheesy humor." Stay tuned for more! In the meantime, here's our detailed summary of the second episode of Transformers Prime (after the spoiler space below). DO NOT CONTINUE UNLESS YOU WANT TO READ SPOILERS!

Read the summary of Episode #1: "Darkness Rising Part 1" by clicking here.

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"Transformers Prime" - Part 2 of "Darkness Rising" (premiere: Friday, November 26, 4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.) When a weak life signal is received from Cliffjumper (Dwayne Johnson), the Autobots roll out and are met by Megatron who has obtained a mysterious and powerful substance...dark Energon!

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TRANSFORMERS PRIME EPISODE #2 SUMMARY
"DARKNESS RISING" PART 2
Running Time: 22:34 minutes

Episode opens up with a "previously on Transformers Prime" recap of the previous episode.

After the Decepticons retrieved Megatron via the Space Bridge at the end of the previous episode, the Decepticons continue mining for Energon deposits. Starscream informs Megatron about how significant this deposit is and that they have amassed quite a stockpile. Megatron informs Starscream that now that he has returned, he will be issuing the commands. Starscream declares he is Megatron's "humble servant". Megatron tells Starscream that his Decepticon army will come but via a new way of materializing them via the solidified form of the "Blood of Unicron". Starscream refers to Unicron as "the destroyer" and that Unicron's blood is the anti-spark. Megatron refers to it as "Dark Energon" which Starscream says has the power to revive the dead. Megatron states that they only need a cadaver to test it, then asks Starscream if he's willing to make the ultimate sacrifice. Starscream tells Megatron that won't be necessary, then presents the deceased Autobot Cliffjumper as a "welcome home present" to his master. Cliffjumper looks pretty rough.

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Cuts to opening credits.

Meanwhile at the Autobot base, Optimus Prime discusses their situation with the Human companions telling them that it would be best if they stayed under their watch. Ratchet disagrees with the decision to keep them there. A proximity sensor alarm starts beeping alarming the Autobots to the arrival of a human government worker known as Special Agent Fowler, who arrived via helicopter. Fowler is the Autobot's liaison to the outside world who only visits when there are "issues", according to Optimus Prime, and that it would be best if the teens do not meet Fowler at this time.

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Fowler enters the base via an elevator shaft. When he walks into the base, he starts going off on the Autobots regarding the damage caused in the previous episode in the city as well as reports about a motorcycle of unknown make and model and a black and yellow muscle car racing through the city. The human children watch from their hiding spot. Optimus assures the Fowler that the Autobots have the situation under control. Optimus tells Fowler that the Decepticons have not left. Fowler states that it's time to wake up the Pentagon. Optimus assures Fowler that the Autobots are their best defense against the Decepticon force. Optimus tells Fowler that military involvement will only result in catastrophe and that he cannot condone widespread human casualties. Fowler tells Optimus to handle the situation under the radar or that he will, then he leaves.

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Back at the Decepticon mining base, Megatron stabs Cliffjumper's corpse with a shard of the Dark Energon. Cliffjumper's seems to come back to life due to the evil powers of the Dark Energon. However, he begins making hideous creature like noises, screaming as he breaks free from his restraints, eyes and mouth glowing an eerie blue light. Cliffjumper then attacks several Decepticons in a fit of maddening rage. Megatron and Starscream watch as Cliffjumper crushes one of the Drones heads with his bare hands. Cliffjumper turns his attention to another Drone who had just begun firing upon the crazed Autobot. Cliffjumper pounces at the Drone and begins pulverizing him with his bare hands in the shadows. The concerned Starscream asks Megatron if "That's your plan? To bring Autobots back from the dead to attack us?" Megatron states that Cliffjumper is just a mindless beast intent on who's instinct is to destroy anything in its path. The Cliffjumper creature then turns its attention toward Megatron. Megatron, in self defense, slices Cliffjumper in half, cutting through him diagonally with a blade attached to his arm. The top half of Cliffjumper's body slides off as the body tumbles over a cliff. The top half hangs on to the edge of the cliff, continuing to scream at Megatron and reaching to attack. Megatron pushes the creature off the edge of the cliff with the bottom of his foot. The creature flails its arm as it falls below bouncing off the wall until it lands on the ground. Megatron declares to Starscream that this will be the indestructible seed to his army and that they will be the ultimate weapon once he learns to control it.

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Back at the Autobot base, Ratchet curses the "Earth tech" because Cliffjumper's life signal popped back online, said it's not possible for Cliffjumper to come back online; blamed it on problems with the computer system. Optimus Prime, Bulkhead, Bumblebee and Arcee leave via their "Ground Bridge" (a scaled down version of Space Bridge technology, similar to how it worked in "Car Robots" / "Robots in Disguise") which enables the Autobots to travel from their base to anywhere on Earth. Optimus tells Ratchet to prepare the sick bay because they may need it. (This is a great scene with Ratchet's character. He really seems like a cross between his various incarnations - mostly between G1 and Animated. Even his voice is like a happy medium between those respective voices.)

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The Autobots arrive near the location of where Cliffjumper's life signal was detected, at the Energon mine from earlier in this episode. Optimus determines that the Decepticons had been there for a while due to the size of the mine. The Autobots briefly observe the Decepticon Drones mining. Optimus announces "let's find Cliffjumper!" then the Autobots simply march into the middle of the Decepticons mining operation. The Drones take notice and begin firing upon the Autobot intruders. Each Autobot demonstrates their various battle skills as they take down the Decepticon Drones.

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Ratchet and his "human companions" discuss his problems with the Earthen technology they adopted from the mountain base's "previous tenants" -- a former missile silo. Raf resolves some problems that the computer's were having, which Ratchet couldn't believe because it was "complex".

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After the Autobots take out the initial wave of Drones, they are met with another dozen or so Drones who begin to attack them. The Autobots transform to battle the Drones. As the Autobots advance further through the mine, they are attacked again as they approach the bottom of the cliff/mine shaft where Cliffjumper was disposed of by Megatron.

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Aboard the Decepticon ship floating above the mine, Megatron contemplates how to wield the power of the Blood of Unicron. Starscream informs Megatron that "intruders" have entered the mines. Megatron commands Starscream to ready the ship to leave and to "blow the mine".

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Back in the mine, Arcee sees Cliffjumper's body a couple of levels up the mine shaft. The rest of the Autobots give her cover as she attempts to rescue his body. A pool of purple liquid surrounds his upper torso as Arcee approaches. The flooring collapses beneath Cliffjumper's body due to the Drones firing at Arcee. She grabs Cliffjumper's arm as his body falls. As she tries to pull him up, the Cliffjumper creature becomes reanimated, attempting to attack Arcee. The creature screams angrily at her causing her to let go after becoming startled. Cliffjumper's body falls again, then slams into a floor below, bouncing off until it reaches the ground level falling amongst some Energon.

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The Autobots watch their poor comrades body as it falls when they hear Starscream laughing above. The Autobots move from their place of cover to get a better view of Starscream, who drops a bomb into the mine right before transforming to escape the mine in order to join Megatron aboard the Decepticon ship. The bomb lands next to some of the raw Energon. The Autobots transform to vehicle form leaving the body of Cliffjumper behind. The bomb goes off, causing a gigantic explosion due to the Energon. Optimus orders Ratchet to open the Ground Bridge to bring them back to base. The blast from the explosion is catching up to the Autobots as they race away from the explosion's epicenter. The Autobots barely escape back to the base.

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The humans realize that this is a sensitive moment of defeat for the Autobots so they take off to explore. Optimus then asks Arcee what she saw. She says "Not Cliff', at least not anymore. He was mutated, butchered, something like one of the 'Con experiments during the war." She becomes dizzy and falls. The humans are surprised at how "human-like" the Autobots seem. Raf: "Robots who get dizzy?" Miko: "Robots who have emotions?" Jack: "Robots who can die." Ratchet scans Arcee to determine what is wrong with her. He notices a purple liquid on the back of her left hand. Ratchet asked what it was. Arcee responded that she didn't know ... that Cliffjumper was covered in it, leaking it. Ratchet scrapes it off her hand then orders her to take a decontamination bath.

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The humans convince Optimus Prime that they need to go home to their parents who are probably worried about them since they were out past curfew. Optimus hadn't considered their Earth customs. Optimus commands Bulkhead to take Miko home and to maintain surveillance in vehicle form. Bumblebee is to watch over Raf. Arcee is to accompany Jack.

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Arcee pulls into Jack's parent's garage. He gets off Arcee, and apologizes for her "loss". Jack's mom arrives home. She explains that she was worried about him and is concerned that she now has to worry about him driving a motorcycle. The scene ends with Jack and his mom going into the house for the night, leaving Arcee in motorcycle form in the garage.

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The next morning, Jack hears Arcee revving up her engine. He complains that it's Saturday and she teases stating that he can watch Saturday morning cartoons back at the base with Arcee. Arcee tells Jack to leave a note for his Mom so she won't worry.

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Back of the Decepticon ship, Starscream tells Megatron that he doesn't need to worry any further Autobot interference with "Optimus gone". Megatron questions what evidence Starscream has to make this claim to which Starscream slyly states that he blew up the mine where the Autobots were. Megatron assures Starscream that Optimus is not so easily defeated and that he a millennia's worth of battles to prove it. Starscream expresses his concern that Megatron should take a break for a while; that too much exposure to the Dark Energon could adversely affect him. Megatron tells Starscream that perhaps he had not permitted himself enough contact with the Dark Energon. Megatron then grabs a few shards of the substance, then thrusts it into his own "spark chamber" while Starscream yells his concern that Megatron shouldn't do it without knowing the consequences. Megatron begins trembling as the powers of the Dark Energon begin coursing through his body.

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The scene transitions from the energy running rampant through the inside of Megatron's body to Ratchet's computer analyzing the same substance. Ratchet states that the base elements of this goo are like nothing he has encountered. He theorizes that it must be extremely concentrated in order for it to have affected Arcee so rapidly. He complains that results are slow coming without the use of proper diagnostic tools, no thanks to Bulkhead. As he pulls out a small tray of the substance, a small amount drips off the tray onto one of his tools laying on the floor. The substance soaks into the device as Ratchet walks over to one of his computers. The device begins to glow and transform ... growing legs and other parts similar to some of the Allspark creatures from the live action films. The episode ends with the small creature charging the camera.

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To be continued ...
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Re: Summary of Transformers Prime episode #2: "Darkness Rising" Part 2 (1150037)
Posted by SlyTF1 on November 23rd, 2010 @ 7:45pm CST
DAYUMN! Can't wait! But Megatron's face looks freking stupid. [spoiler]Blood of Unocron[/spoiler]!!!??? Oh shit, hes back!!! :APPLAUSE:
Re: Summary of Transformers Prime episode #2: "Darkness Rising" Part 2 (1150039)
Posted by Seibertron on November 23rd, 2010 @ 7:50pm CST
SlyTF1 wrote:DAYUMN! Can't wait! But Megatron's face looks freking stupid.


I thought so too until I saw him animated and heard Welker's new Megatron voice. It all works perfectly when you actually watch the episode. Let me know what you think after you watch the episode. I'm curious if seeing the episode gets rid of any concerns like it did with me.
Re: Summary of Transformers Prime episode #2: "Darkness Rising" Part 2 (1150040)
Posted by Ungie on November 23rd, 2010 @ 8:00pm CST
wow. i love it except for OP's face. why such a undetailed mouth? anyway, its great.
Re: Summary of Transformers Prime episode #2: "Darkness Rising" Part 2 (1150041)
Posted by Down_Shift on November 23rd, 2010 @ 8:30pm CST
Boss, this is killing me.

Does Bumblebee talk?
Re: Summary of Transformers Prime episode #2: "Darkness Rising" Part 2 (1150042)
Posted by dragons on November 23rd, 2010 @ 8:36pm CST
im not to crazy about this show moslty by how trasnfromers are desinged to look in the show theer very basic looking aniamtion style feels like im watching an episode of cubix robots for everyone tv series preim looks like someone smahed his face with an iron only way you can tell he has nose is with his faceplate is up & megatron looks worse in the face mixtue of cheator in beast mode with meatl sourning cat like face features that hes showing show looks fan made this with lack detail is showing i ncgi department beastwars had more detail than this if i see it on ill watch it but i may not like it
Re: Summary of Transformers Prime episode #2: "Darkness Rising" Part 2 (1150055)
Posted by vectorA3 on November 23rd, 2010 @ 9:47pm CST
Any chance Hub will put up some of the older episodes for free?? (a la Clone Wars - put em up for a week or 2 max). That'd be nice for those of us who don't have cable.
Re: Summary of Transformers Prime episode #2: "Darkness Rising" Part 2 (1150056)
Posted by It Is Him on November 23rd, 2010 @ 10:01pm CST
In all fairness to people who want to see what happens when the episode airs, can the spoilers be hidden somehow?

I would have really liked to read the rest of the news on Seibertron.com without scrolling through descriptions of the new show.
Re: Summary of Transformers Prime episode #2: "Darkness Rising" Part 2 (1150058)
Posted by Seibertron on November 23rd, 2010 @ 10:16pm CST
Down_Shift wrote:Boss, this is killing me.

Does Bumblebee talk?


Nope. Just "beeps" and "boops" ala R2D2.
Re: Summary of Transformers Prime episode #2: "Darkness Rising" Part 2 (1150059)
Posted by Seibertron on November 23rd, 2010 @ 10:21pm CST
It Is Him wrote:In all fairness to people who want to see what happens when the episode airs, can the spoilers be hidden somehow?

I would have really liked to read the rest of the news on Seibertron.com without scrolling through descriptions of the new show.


The major spoilers were hidden. I didn't want to make the entirety of the text "spoiler text". Sorry if it spoiled it for you. Complaints like yours have been said time after time. The news section has always been full of spoilers since day one. It's just the nature of the beast.

Are you accessing the news from http://www.seibertron.com/news or from the homepage? If you view them from the homepage, you can just hold the control button down on your keyboard when you click on the news stories to open them up in a new tab. That would be the way that the site is designed to avoid spoilers in the manner that you are encountering them.
Re: Summary of Transformers Prime episode #2: "Darkness Rising" Part 2 (1150062)
Posted by It Is Him on November 23rd, 2010 @ 10:30pm CST
Seibertron wrote:
It Is Him wrote:In all fairness to people who want to see what happens when the episode airs, can the spoilers be hidden somehow?

I would have really liked to read the rest of the news on Seibertron.com without scrolling through descriptions of the new show.


The major spoilers were hidden. I didn't want to make the entirety of the text "spoiler text". Sorry if it spoiled it for you. Complaints like yours have been said time after time. The news section has always been full of spoilers since day one. It's just the nature of the beast.

Are you accessing the news from http://www.seibertron.com/news or from the homepage? If you view them from the homepage, you can just hold the control button down on your keyboard when you click on the news stories to open them up in a new tab. That would be the way that the site is designed to avoid spoilers in the manner that you are encountering them.


Nothing was really spoiled for me besides seeing Megatron, which really wasn't much of a surprise at all. I read the site from Seibertron.com/news. That's a good tip about reading it from the home page, as I've always view the site using the "/news" view and scroll down.
Re: Summary of Transformers Prime episode #2: "Darkness Rising" Part 2 (1150069)
Posted by Knightwave on November 23rd, 2010 @ 11:00pm CST
Does the show in 16:9 or 4:3? Seems to be in 4:3 by the screenshot.. :-?
Re: Summary of Transformers Prime episode #2: "Darkness Rising" Part 2 (1150077)
Posted by Seibertron on November 23rd, 2010 @ 11:45pm CST
Knightwave wrote:Does the show in 16:9 or 4:3? Seems to be in 4:3 by the screenshot.. :-?


It's 16:9. My screenshots are that way to make it easier for me to crop out the disclaimer text that was on mine about not redistributing the video.
Re: Summary of Transformers Prime episode #2: "Darkness Rising" Part 2 (1150078)
Posted by zenosaurus_x on November 23rd, 2010 @ 11:47pm CST
I think I'm the only one who actually missed the movie insect faces...

Anyhow, the review was cool, I didn't even know you were doing reviews O_o
My only problem is that I'm still stuck on how awesome Animated was, and these new humans seem to be annoying(well, mainly this "Rafael Esquivel" guy, for some reason I just hate him...), oh well, I can only hope for the best.

By the way, when's the series supposed to start again?
Re: Summary of Transformers Prime episode #2: "Darkness Rising" Part 2 (1150080)
Posted by Seibertron on November 23rd, 2010 @ 11:49pm CST
zenosaurus_x wrote:I think I'm the only one who actually missed the movie insect faces...

Anyhow, the review was cool, I didn't even know you were doing reviews O_o
My only problem is that I'm still stuck on how awesome Animated was, and these new humans seem to be annoying(well, mainly this "Rafael Esquivel" guy, for some reason I just hate him...), oh well, I can only hope for the best.

By the way, when's the series supposed to start again?


The two episodes that I have summarized will air on Friday afternoon.

The humans aren't really that annoying at all. I'd put them in the same class as Sari, way above the Unicron Trilogy and RID kids.
Re: Summary of Transformers Prime episode #2: "Darkness Rising" Part 2 (1150085)
Posted by zenosaurus_x on November 24th, 2010 @ 12:00am CST
Ah ok, anything above the Unicron Trilogy is enough to survive, and as much as I irrationally hate(for now) Rafael, there's no way he can be worse than Kicker...

Had no idea it was starting so soon, can't wait to see it.
Re: Summary of Transformers Prime episode #2: "Darkness Rising" Part 2 (1150096)
Posted by Seibertron on November 24th, 2010 @ 12:46am CST
zenosaurus_x wrote:Ah ok, anything above the Unicron Trilogy is enough to survive, and as much as I irrationally hate(for now) Rafael, there's no way he can be worse than Kicker...

Had no idea it was starting so soon, can't wait to see it.


Minimally annoying ... maybe on par with G1 Spike Witwicky, but a little more so.

Don't worry ... the show's dark enough that the light heartedness of the kids is kind of welcomed for once to offset some of the more serious elements of these episodes.
Re: Summary of Transformers Prime episode #2: "Darkness Rising" Part 2 (1150116)
Posted by Didicos on November 24th, 2010 @ 2:12am CST
[spoiler]How could the Autobots do not recognize Dark Energon?During the events of Exodus/WfC they had faced various Darkened 'Cons and Cybertron's core being infected by Dark Energon was the main reason they left their planet...[/spoiler]

I used the "spoiler cover" just in case...
Re: Summary of Transformers Prime episode #2: "Darkness Rising" Part 2 (1150122)
Posted by Seibertron on November 24th, 2010 @ 2:38am CST
Didicos wrote:[spoiler]How could the Autobots do not recognize Dark Energon?During the events of Exodus/WfC they had faced various Darkened 'Cons and Cybertron's core being infected by Dark Energon was the main reason they left their planet...[/spoiler]

I used the "spoiler cover" just in case...


I'm assuming because War For Cybertron and Transformers Prime are a "forced" continuity just like Cybertron was forced as a 3rd series in the Unicron Trilogy. I don't believe for a moment that they were originally supposed to be the same continuity.
Re: Summary of Transformers Prime episode #2: "Darkness Rising" Part 2 (1150172)
Posted by Fit For Natalie on November 24th, 2010 @ 6:35am CST
Seibertron wrote:
Didicos wrote:[spoiler]How could the Autobots do not recognize Dark Energon?During the events of Exodus/WfC they had faced various Darkened 'Cons and Cybertron's core being infected by Dark Energon was the main reason they left their planet...[/spoiler]

I used the "spoiler cover" just in case...


I'm assuming because War For Cybertron and Transformers Prime are a "forced" continuity just like Cybertron was forced as a 3rd series in the Unicron Trilogy. I don't believe for a moment that they were originally supposed to be the same continuity.
I think evidence has shown that Cybertron was always meant to be (and was developed as) the third series of the UT, until Takara decided to make it a separate series. But even so, Alexis (in her Energon digs) makes a cameo in the final episode of both Cybertron and Galaxy Force, and then TakaraTomy later decided to follow Hasbro's lead and incorporated GF back in the "Micron Trilogy" anyway.

While there hasn't been much similar evidence yet to back up Hasbro's statement that WFC and Prime are in the same continuity, one shouldn't discount Hasbro based upon what High Moon studios has said, because they've also said this game is a prequel to the G1 cartoon, which is, of course, totally wrong.
Re: Summary of Transformers Prime episode #2: "Darkness Rising" Part 2 (1150175)
Posted by SlyTF1 on November 24th, 2010 @ 6:46am CST
Seibertron wrote:
zenosaurus_x wrote:Ah ok, anything above the Unicron Trilogy is enough to survive, and as much as I irrationally hate(for now) Rafael, there's no way he can be worse than Kicker...

Had no idea it was starting so soon, can't wait to see it.


Minimally annoying ... maybe on par with G1 Spike Witwicky, but a little more so.


NO!!! Why!? WHy!? Why!? Why must there always be an annoying kid in EVERY TF show? Even in Animated, that Profeser Princess kid was annoying (even though she was only in 2 episodes.) Are the others any worse?

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