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Transwarp Season 3 Premier - Transformers: Animated - Cartoon

Transformers:Animated - Transwarp, Delivers.

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!

DateMarch 14th 2009  
Score 9 stars (9 out of 10)  

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7:30 am

1) Witwicky baby (S2) 2)Blitzwings helmet (S3 "5 servos of DOOM!") 3)RedAlerts "hard-Light-scalpel" (Transwarp!) 4)Soundwaves Guitar (Unseen) 5)Mail-Box-Bot (Transwarp!) *Sari blow's it up! 6)Some kid (Unseen) 7)Waspinators "skull" (S3 after s... read more 
4:22 am

Makes it even worse knowing that it end after this season... 
3:10 am

Truer words have never been spoken. 
Autobot Grimlock
2:47 am

I saw it and it was good. 
2:30 am

I think he we Highbrow, wasn't he? Also, I think I saw a Gears analog at Omega's feet when they first pulled into the room where he was being built. 
1:50 am

I was wondering that myself  
1:11 am

"thepiratebay" and other torrent sites also have this. Nice to watch, but Id love simeone to list all the cameos or "non main cast" bots that appeared. From my memory: - Beast Wars Spittor - Beast Machines Strika - "Movie" Blackout (looked similar to Strika's p... read more 
7:36 pm

strika's team is awesome and rodimus and his team are slagged cold slagged especially hotshot considering his leg red-alert after she was shot out of spittors mouth at a great speed and was burned to slag and rodimus himself at oilslick's cosmic rust 
2:26 pm

This was sooo awesome. A lot of questions were answered, the show got a lot darker/more serious and the humor was cut down a few notches. And a pretty cool Sari upgrade. Maybe now she'll have that Rocket pack we once saw in the very first teaser trailer. This is nothing, but I thought it was fu... read more 
9:34 am

No worries. Yeah, that was a brilliant bit  
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