Animated Episode 8: Nanosec - Series

The episode title, Nanosec, really gives away who will be spotlighted for this episode.

Isaac Sumdac has just finished putting a tiny experimental arm on Megatron. The arm quickly malfunctions and Megatron states that primitive Earth technology is not good enough and he needs Destronian technology.

Sumdac says that Destronium technology may be widely used on Cybertron, but is still very rare on Earth. The only Destronium technology on the planet is across town and is still very unstable. By the time it is transported from one side of town to the other, the material will explode.

Meanwhile, Sumdac watches a trial on the Turbo suit that the company is currently developing that allows the wearer to go fast. The suit continues to have some side effects on the wearer.

Nino Sexton is a petty thief who was caught by the Autobots while on one of his stealing runs. He is put in jail, but mysteriously, bail is posted for him. On his way out, a robot comes to him with a box. Inside, is the Turbo suit we just saw being trail-tested.

Milo puts it on and goes to town with it. He goes to every bank and robs everybody. After one of his jobs, he overhears the conversation between a patron and the bank teller. “Where’s my money!?” screams the patron. “It’s gone! In a nanosec!” answers the bank teller.

He takes the name for himself. Nanosec is born.

Nanosec starts tangoing with the Autobots across town and when Nanosec takes off, Bumblebee takes off in pursuit. Approaching the train tracks that a train is about to cross, Bumblebee tries to cross the tracks before the train arrives but is unsuccessful, almost getting him turned into scrap metal. Fortunately, Bulkhead was able to stop the train long enough for Bumblebee to escape.

While Nanosec is running, Megatron comes to him and explains that this strobe message may only be heard through the ultra high frequency that Nanosec achieves through his speeds with the suit.

It is unsurprisingly revealed that Megatron was the one who posted Nanosec’s bail and gave him the suit. Now he wants him to do a job for him.

Nanosec refuses unless he gives him a good price so Megatron gives him the numbers of Sumdac’s personal account as payment and gives Nanosec the job of transferring the Destronium technology.

While running across town to transport the technology, Optimus Prime confronts him and they clash.

Before the Autobots roll out, though, Bumblebee is attempting to speed himself up in order to catch Nanosec the next time they meet. However, Prime tells him to stay behind due to his inability to balance speed and control. Sari says that while he cannot give himself a power boost, she can by using the AllSpark key.

When Optimus calls for backup to deal with Nanosec, Bumblebee races in. When he arrives, Optimus already has the situation under control, but Bumblebee is unable to stop the rocket boost via the AllSpark key and makes the situation worse and allows Nanosec to get away.

After another struggle, the Autobots find out that the longer he uses the Turbo suit, the older it makes him. After a while, Nanosec just naturally runs out of gas and falls flat on his face.

Another problem has come up, though. The Destronium technology has now become unstable, and the Autobots must figure out how to detonate it in a safe place.

Bumblebee has an idea to use his boosters in a good way. Bulkhead launches Prowl and Bumblebee into the sky via his wrecking ball with Prowl using his temporary flight as an additional boost. Bumblebee is successful in reaching high enough altitude to have the technology detonate without harming the world.

At the end, Prowl offers to race Bumblebee back to the base, but Bumblebee decides to walk back with Sari.

This episode focuses mainly on Bumblebee learning how to find a balance between speed and control.

I thought it was pretty cool that Destronian, the name of the Decepticons in the Japanese version of Transformers, is referenced in the name of the technology used.

All–in-all, an entertaining episode, but a definite downgrade from last week’s with Lockdown’s arrival.

DateJanuary 26th 2008  
Score 7 stars (7 out of 10)  
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