WOW. That was easily one of the most purely enjoyable Prime
eps yet. Despite being plot-wise nothing but a bridge, I'd put it right up with "Rock Bottom" just for excellence in execution. The animation, direction, dialogue, expressions, music, even the foley were top-notch. And, most importantly, they're finally starting to jell in a way that makes me feel
it. I laughed, I was amazed. Good stuff.
I especially loved his escape from the Nemesis. *THAT* was pure awesome! Like when he transformed mid-flight and jumped on the back of a flying Eradicon- just as crazy good as any action bit from the movies!!
YES. I'm a sucker for a good tracking shot, and that one was really nice.
And I liked seeing how stern and hard-nosed Bulk and Ratchet were being with him when they were bartering information.
Yeah, they were damn cold. No "Autobot code" dilemmas. I loved watching Screamer realize his metaphorical footing was dropping out from under him.
(blatant Star Wars reference, but I loved Fowler's reaction shot right after he said it- like, "OMG did I really just say that?!)
That was the point where I literally LOLed. A lot
of stuff got conveyed through facial expressions in this episode. I'm glad that TF CGI animation is finally returning to - and surpassing - what we got last century.
"I know it's thankless down there. Keep up the good work."
Aww! Breakdown's got a soft spot!
Yeah, that was nice to see too. Not every awesome thing has to be an act of badassery.
Seeing Cybertron for an extended period of time is great. I wonder how much is CGI and how much is painted background. Either way, it looks spectacular.
Absolutely agreed. I haven't seen such a gorgeous Cybertron in a cartoon since... man, I don't even know. The BM finale?
And I love that Jack's just excited to be on another planet, but Arcee's ashamed to show him her home looking a mess. Very believable reactions from both of them.
Yeah. And her delivery was perfect, too - I felt for her.
Speaking of Arcee, I was a little concerned there would be pointless drama when Ratchet kept his "reliable source"'s identity secret, but her nonchalantly accurate assumption a few minutes later was great. I'm happy to see the Starscream/Megatron dynamic move beyond the G1 status quo but still be interesting in its own right.
Man, I love this Starscream, and I love that Megatron has had absolutely enough of him.
Me too. He's great as a loose cannon, and his voice-acting is better than ever. I loved
his scene with Orion - something about his laugh and the way he delivered the last line before the cut was fantastic.
Just be glad that this Optimus is boring on purpose, unlike Unicron Trilogy, who was boring because he was bad.
The issue is in conveying
the former. We know in retrospect that the woodenness was intentional, but at the time it was too hard to tell. Even when the dialogue started to address it, it was still difficult to buy it on a gut level. The "see something funny" line went a long
way towards establishing the concept convincingly - a few more of those earlier on would've done wonders. Not that it really matters anymore; I don't think Optimus is going to be the same even after his memories are restored.
Other thoughts... I'm really happy Miko stayed put, at least for this episode. Could she be genuinely, if begrudgingly, maturing? The Insecticon's movements were awesomely creepy. Can't wait to see more of that. I know the humans are paired up with specific Autobots, but it seemed like Bulkhead would've been a much better choice to send to Cybertron. Jack just looks so terribly vulnerable
riding Arcee. Have we heard of "Project Iacon" before?
Anyway. Fantastic ep. I hope they keep the bar raised.