July 27, 2012

Shadowcon Reviews- Orion Pax, Part 3

Shadowcon Reviews: Transformers Prime season 2, episode 3: “Orion Pax, Part 3”

As we enter our final review for this epic arc, I’d like to point out that I’ve managed to go non-stop for seven weeks with this, and I feel pretty proud of myself. Hey, it may be petty, but I take a victory or two where I can get it! So Arcee and Jack reach Kaon and the Key’s signal raises a buried vault door. I like that the arena floor that the two are standing on is the same as the one seen in the flashback in “One Shall Rise, Part 3”, when Megatron was seen as a gladiator, crippling his opponents on this very arena platform. The raising of Vector Sigma’s vault door attracts the attention of the vermin that hatched at the end of last episode, leading to a vicious battle between Arcee and the now-named Insecticon. I’ll comment more on the Insecticons when I review “Crossfire”, but for now, I will say that Arcee may have finally met her match, as the Insecticon’s fighting is just ruthless.

July 24, 2012

Shadowcon Reviews- Orion Pax, Part 2

Shadowcon Reviews: Transformers Prime season 2, episode 2: “Orion Pax, Part 2”

We start Part 2 off right where we left off. Orion’s pretty confused as to why Starscream called him Optimus Prime, and Starscream quickly backpedals and says that Orion merely reminded him of someone else. I love Starscream’s confused look at Optimus, and how he quickly plants those seeds of doubt in Orion’s mind, of how Megatron may be lying to him, and of how he may not be asking all the right questions.

July 10, 2012

Shadowcon Reviews- Orion Pax, Part 1

Shadowcon Reviews: Transformers Prime season 2, episode 1: “Orion Pax, Part 1”

Transformers Prime was something that I thought would never make it to Transformers television: it had everything that I was looking for in any television show: characters, plot, good acting, good directing, and on top of that, brilliant action and suspense. Season One’s finale was awesome, and left me and several other people with the question of how the writers were going to top it. They already played their trump card with Unicron, and they did it in a somewhat unique way, with mixed to positive results, so what were they going to do with Season Two? Well, Season Two hasn’t finished yet, so I can’t really answer that. But, in my view, Season Two has been going downhill from its start. Now, there have been exceptions. The last four episodes before the summer hiatus (episodes 12-15) built an engaging simultaneous arc with each other that felt like it was leading to something, and by the way episode 15 ended, it looks like it is, but the majority of Season Two hasn’t really had the same punch and shock-and-awe factor that Season One dealt to us, and I think the reason for that is because we were already dealt the Unicron story, and its hard to top that, in any form of Transformers media.

July 2, 2012

Shadowcon Reviews- One Shall Rise, Part 3

Shadowcon Reviews: Transformers Prime season 1, episode 26: “One Shall Rise, Part 3”

And so, here it is, the final episode of Season One, and what a way to end a season, I’ll give it that. This episode picks up right where the last on left off, with Megatron leading Optimus and his Autobots through the core of Earth to Unicron’s Spark chamber. Megatron has another vision of Unicron and his destruction of the Earth, and informs the Autobots of Unicron’s growing strength. Arcee asks how Optimus knows if Megatron is being used by Unicron to lead them into a trap, and Optimus responds as reassuringly as ever:

“We do not.”

Yeah, that question should have been posed back at the base, Arcee, not here in the Earth’s core. Back at base, everyone’s a little on edge after having a death machine in their midst not five minutes ago. Agent Fowler wants to act now, but Ratchet questions his intentions: they already have both Optimus and Megatron trying to stop Unicron from the inside, and apparently the two had worked closely before this as well.