Shadowcon Reviews: Transformers Prime season 1, episode 16: “Crisscross”
Okay, so while I said that my next Prime review would be “Operation Breakdown”, I decided that that episode is less prominent than this one. This episode, “Crisscross”, combines both villains introduced in my last two reviews, and while “Operation Breakdown” is technically part of the MECH storyline, it doesn’t directly impede the overall arc of the MECH/Arcee story. This episode is also the strongest for MECH out of their three central titles, and is a pretty good Jack/Arcee story as well. Airachnid makes her return and is far more villainous than in “Predatory”. The main draw of this episode, however, is the fact that Jack’s mom finds out about the Autobots. Jack is back to his common-sense self, and bringing his mom into the inner circle was a logical move from a story point of view: she was going to find out about the Transformers sooner or later, and I think that they introduced this element at the perfect time in the season. This brought about a huge change, and elevated the elements of this episode, making it stand above its immediate neighboring ones. Episodes 12 through 16 made the bulk of the low point for the first season, and from here on out, the episodes and plots and characters continue to thicken and get better. I’m impressed that the writers were able to pull themselves out of the mud this quickly, too, considering that after this, they only had so much to do before the huge awesome ending.