Opening with an all too short new character smorgasbord, and jumping right into the resolutions season 2’s finale demanded. Then expect an hour of character development and element establishment for the new season with some good battles sprinkled in.
The big questions many had about this premiere were about the new characters. They were all cool, but don’t get too excited their screen time is minimal. Transwarp mostly features the standard TF: Animated cast.
Rodimus, Red Alert, and Hot Shot all appear in the opening battle. Rodimus is by far the coolest of these new additions. His Judd Nelson impression is more Breakfast Club than Chosen One. Hot Shot is wounded in battle and treated by Red Alert, who is then herself injured.
The opening battle Cons fare much better. Oilslick makes a long over due appearance, and not only uses an oil slick, but Cosmic Rusts Rodimus. (Hope Animated Perceptor has some “Chorostop”.) Strika is large and in charge. Spittor… seems like a Mega Man villain who got lost in this scene, though he does some serious dammage. Blackout is HUGE and 10 kinds of awesome, but seems a little slow. The show opens with an attack from the awesome looking but un-talkative Cyclonus. We can only hope to see more of all these characters this season.
Porter C. Powel and Henry Masterson get their walking papers (featuring a great Prime moment) from Sumdac, who is in dutch for most of the episode with Sari due to his failure to mention he found her as a protoform in his lab. We can assume later in the season it will be explained how the Proto-Stork got into Sumdac Tower. Sari’s discontent is a major theme of the episode and leads to her transformation.
We get several more glimpses into Ratchets past including a second encounter with Arcee that leads to his connection with Omega Supreme. It is during these scenes we see Mainframe, who is mostly background color, Wheeljack, tragically the same, Highbrow, who’s name could’ve been Basil Exposition, and Perceptor, who seems to be doing an impression of… Stephen Hawking.
Shockwave manages to keep his secret, seemingly killing aN Autobot to do so, and the Headmaster launches several attacks using Starscream’s body.
Aside from Megatron and Starscream’s head, none of the regular Decepticon cast is featured. Apart from a brief appearance by the clones lost with Blurr in “A Bridge Too Far”.
Over all Transwarp is a good episode, delivers info we’ve been waiting for, is action packed, ups the stakes and develops characters. It’s pretty somber for an Animated episode, Mostly Ratchet and Sari. Ratchet’s post traumatic stress disorder rears it’s ugly (but compelling) processor and Sari’s reboot is actually kind of traumatic to watch it was so emotionally charged. In particular what happens between her and Bumblebee was potent and moving. These characters have come a long way.
Transwarp also features a climax involving a good Prime vs. Megs confrontation, and an image we can’t seem to get enough of, a giant Starscream.
Looks like Season 3 is going to be good!
|Date||March 14th 2009|
|Score||(9 out of 10)|