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TV Review: Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters – “Rebellion”

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by Erin Hatch, Editor-At-Large

Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters continues with “Rebellion” an action packed installment that continues the momentum of the first three episodes and brings the third season’s first story arch to an exciting climax.

SPOILER ALERT!

Humanity is tired of having their capital cities held hostage by the fusion cannons on Megatron’s citadel, Darkmount, but they can’t do anything about it without risking the lives of millions of people. Cue Ultra Magnus and the Autobots, who must infiltrate the citadel and disable the cannons’ power source so that the US military can come in and take down the building for good. Meanwhile, Smokescreen is left with a dire choice: allow Optimus Prime to die, or risk exhausting the power of the Forge of Solus Prime and lose the chance to ever revive Cybertron.

The battle to take down Darkmount is the central focus of this episode, and it gives almost everybody a chance to shine: Wheeljack and Bulkhead get another chance to show just how tough they are as they take on an entire squadron of Decepticon jets, and Ultra Magnus has his moment of awesomeness as he single handedly tries to infiltrate the facility using his space ship and ends up in a hand to hand fight with Megatron. The Decepticons’ best combatant is Shockwave, who goes berserk after his Predacon is taken out of the battle and decides to deal with the Autobots themselves. In comparison, the battle is kind of weak for Bumblebee and Arcee, who get a few scenes but mostly play out their parts offscreen.

The star of the episode, however, is Optimus Prime, who returns in a flashy new form to light the Autobots’ darkest hour. Plus, he has a jetpack. A jetpack! How awesome is that? (Spoiler: It is really awesome.) The coolest move of the episode has to go to Shockwave, as he calmly requests a ground bridge from Soundwave and strolls into the portal moments before his location is crushed by the collapsing Darkmount. So cool.

“Rebellion” is a lot of fun and an exciting way to wrap up the plot threads left hanging by the cliffhanger ending of season two, but it leaves a lot of questions as to where the series will go next. We’ve kind of returned to the status quo: Team Prime is reunited, the Decepticons have returned to roaming around in their starship, and the Predacon is (temporarily?) out of commission. Where can the series go now? Find out by staying tuned to Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters, airing Fridays at 7:30 pm ET on the Hub.

ComicsOnline gives Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters “Rebellion” five out of five awesome new Jetpack forms.

(Side Note: Can the next Transformers series be Transformers: Jetpack Masters? Or just Transformers: Jetpacks. PLEASE. Do it for the Jetpacks!)

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Transformers: Prime - Season One (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)

Director: David Hartman
Starring: Peter Cullen, Frank Welker
Rating: NR (Not Rated)

For centuries across the universe, Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen) and the Autobots have battled their greatest foes, Megatron (Frank Welker) and his army of Decepticons. But on Earth they face a new threat: discovery by the human race. By using their unique ability to disguise themselves as common Earth vehicles, the Autobots have managed to avoid detection and the risk of escalating their war to disastrous proportions. But now they require the assistance of three young human allies (Jack, Miko and Raf ) along with Special Agent Bill Fowler (Ernie Hudson, Ghostbusters) not only to help keep their secret but also to defeat the sinister Decepticons once and for all!

From Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the writing team behind the megablockbuster Transformers feature films, and executive producer Jeff Kline comes an all-new series of sophisticated adventures for the Autobots, Decepticons and their human allies that boasts stellar computer animation and an impressive voice cast including Adam Baldwin (Chuck), Clancy Brown (Lost), Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), Dwayne The Rock Johnson (G.I. JOE: Retaliation), John Noble (Fringe), Tony Todd (Final Destination) and Gina Torres (Firefly).

Also included in this limited-edition set: the 96-page Transformers: Prime prequel graphic novel by IDW Publishing!
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