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"Darkness Rising, Part 5" on YouTube - TF: Prime Mini-Series Concluded

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Sabrblade at 2010-12-03 9:08 pm
The fifth episode and final part of the Transformers: Prime five-part mini-series event -- "Darkness Rising, Part 5" -- has finally concluded, as it has aired earlier today on the Hub, and has finally reached YouTube.

The first half can be watched here, and the second half here.

With this episode, the Transformers: Prime animated series will be taking a break. It will continue to air its remaining 21 first season episodes starting in February 2011, according to this YouTube trailer.

Until that day comes, let us commence in discussing this final battle that has been laid upon us for our viewing pleasure.

Agent X said,  - 2010-12-03 21:42:25
good ending to the introdution
Sabrblade said,  - 2010-12-03 22:25:28
Well, wasn't that just convenient for the Autobots to warp so close to the Space Bridge, considering how dangerous they made such a feat out to be.

I thought the kids were gonna be warped *inside* the building, not outside.

I'm dubbing those aerial Eradicons as the "Seeker" variant, as the game and book pretty much referred to any flying, jet-like Decepticon as a Seeker.

Think that fallen human in the same room as Soundwave is dead, or not (cuz, ya know, "kids show")?

boy, Megatron's method of launching the Dark Energon into the Space Bridge seems really... old-fashioned. :P

Ratchet: "Then by all means, let us light our darkest hour!" -- Oh, SNAP!!! Clever! :D

Optimus: "One shall stand, one shall fall." - Sadly, can't say the same about that overused line, though.

With the army of the undead having come so close to the Space Bridge before it detonated, what's to become of them, since they were apparently off of the Cybertron when that happened?

Starscream's eulogy over Megs' "death" hearkens back to a similar seen in Animated.

Ratchet: "And Megatron?"
Optimus: "Not even HE could have survived Ground Zero." - I beg to differ. This wouldn't be the first time a Megatron/Galvatron has survived such an explosion. G1 Galvatron survived Cybertron's destruction at Ground Zero too. And that was an even BIGGER explosion.

Why must Optimus deliver a speech at the end that pretty much rips off the movie speeches? Couldn't this Prime avoid that cliche?
Sabrblade said,  - 2010-12-03 22:25:35
But overall, this was a very cool episode and mini-series as a whole. Of all the humans, Raf was the most useful, Miko was the most enthusiastic, and Jack was... just... kinda there. Don't get me wrong, he was good, just not that special. I liked that Soundwave got more involved in this episode, but I wish he had done more before now. It was ironic that Bumblebee got almost no time in the spotlight, when he's technically the kid-appeal character. Starscream is sinister, but Megatron seemed... typical. Like Jack, he didn't seem all that special, as he was pretty much the one-dimensional evil villain that his G1 self was. Same goes for Optimus. Optimus was his Movie self's twin brother, without anything special about him to make him stand out from the other Optimuses of the past. I did like how Arcee and Bulkhead got a good amount of screen time, as it's these kinds of characters who usually get overshadowed by the more popular bots. Sadly, Cliffjumper did not follow in suit. He was killed off too early, but at least we got to know about him more in the graphic novel. And the Eradicons are pretty much beautiful Stormtroopers. The look cool and powerful, but they need to take a step up from the Principle of Evil Marksmanship. Still, this was a very good and enjoyable event. Do I think it was as good as or better than Animated's three-part opener? Not exactly, but it definitely has potential. Is it as good as or better than the live action movies? In a word, yes. Two episodes in and it practically killed ROTF. Could it be the next Beast Wars? Maybe, it's not there yet and has a long way to go to get there. Does it hold up well with the Exodus novel and the War for Cybertron games? Difficult to say, as its connection with them is sketchy at best. Final verdict, I give this mini-series a solid 8/10. it ain't perfect, but it's pretty darn good.
Masterforce said,  - 2010-12-03 23:35:06
Right on, Sabrblade! Epic nerd rant!!!
lioconvoy said,  - 2010-12-04 02:58:35
amazing end. its not perfect but good enough. i would say its a second or third to beast wars

soundwave did mor wich is good to see.

jack returned didnt see that *sarchasm*

the dialogue in this ep was verry cleshayed
Hot prime said,  - 2010-12-04 07:34:30
I have to say that the animation was very cool. I really, really hate the faces. The story was extremely weak. Why do they have such a watered down cast? It is basically the same cast from animated. I was really disappointed to see so few decepticons in the cast. The humans sucked. Everyone of them. Why not go back to Spike and Sparkplug if you want humans? I have to say that it's not bad enough those hacks made two crappy movies and have infected the comics, now they are ruining the TV show. Those guys need to stick to startrek and leave TF alone.
Hot prime said,  - 2010-12-04 07:36:34
Simon Furman if you can hear us.... please light our darkest hour with a good story!!!!!
Sabrblade said,  - 2010-12-04 09:23:37
Okay, I'm getting really tired of all this "Spike and Sparkplug were so great! Every other human sucks!" Geewhiner blah that I'm seeing all over the Internet every time a new human is introduced. Those two were so bland! Yes, they came first and established the human sidekick role, but "first" does not always equal "best". Spike's motivational speeches were always so cheesy, and Sparkplug was... just there.

Besides, it's obvious that the best humans were those in Masterforce. They were the most competent, capable, and useful of all the TF humans. Not to mention the most powerful as well. They were practically gods among men, so to speak. ;) J/K

But seriously, at least these kids aren't as bad as Kicker, Alexis, Bud, and Japanese Headmasters version of Daniel. *shudders*
Perceptor said,  - 2010-12-04 09:50:42
Spike and Sparkplug were no better and no worse than these 3 kids. I understand the need for providing the "human perspective" but the whole "fighting to bring Jack back to Autobot base" was way over-done. If a giant point of TFP stories is going to be debate about whether the Autobots bring along their human side-kicks on their missions (ala TF:Armada, Energon) I'm already bored w/ it.

It's like I said in my earlier rant, I enjoy the fact that Welker is voicing Megatron. But I don't want him to act like G1 Megatron --always lose to Optimus, be condescending to his fellow Decepticons... etc. Screaming and yelling, no substance behind his evil cackle... No intelligence behind his plans...

Bring back Marty Isenberg, Bob Forward and Larry DiTillio! These guys know how to make the bad guys seem BAD. The philosophy for TF:Prime appears to be to just to make the lights very low, play threatening music and have Welker yell at the top of his voice. sigh...

How does this series intro compare to the series intro for Animated? I thought Animated was better. The visual effects in Prime are amazing, music is very good too. The first 2 episodes were brilliant, episodes 3-5, yikes. Very worrisome about what's to come...
lioconvoy said,  - 2010-12-04 11:28:01
megatron is sinister and dark his plans were simply to fear monger not simply scream

the humans arn't that bad but i don't like raf or miko that much
jack is how people would act and the jack leaving thing wasn't overdone.
from a theatrical stand point it was to allow arcee some carictor developement.
she is the one that succeeds in making him return cos she is the one most effected by cliffjumpers death.

this show started out good and continued to interest me
dark energon robonecromancer megatron is a fantastic epic twist aslong as it isn't overdone too often.

the iradicons need to spend mor time at the target range but apart from that good enough.

foulers crazyness sucked to be honest and i liked to hate him whilst he was being torchered.
GALVATRON X said,  - 2010-12-04 12:26:24
I agree w/ Prime the replacement of the motorcyle Prowl with another Arcee and roughly u still have same cast as animated.Soundwave put in some work this time that's what's up. As 4 that ending sequences i dug, but the concluding movie lines was a-ight but redundant,I fraggin' loathe those Movies,Now tell me do you think that battle on the space bridge between Prime and Megs was worth waiting 4? 2 me no,where's the drag out brawl of the golden age of TF, fragg the sword play all the the. Michael Bay and his croonies ruined the continuity of Tf with their stories and now it's leaked on into the tv shows, i'll jus' keep watchin' G1 4 now and hope 4 the best in Feb.!
Masterforce said,  - 2010-12-04 17:19:38
I, in fact, was very dissapointed by this series. With this great animation, we could've gotten so much more. But no, they had to replace Ironhide with Bulkhead and leave Jazz out. Megatron and Starscream made me smile, but Soundwave was a dissapointment. His 80s voice was one of the best parts of the cartoon (As a kid I always tried to mimic it.) And besides, isn't Arcee supposed to be pink?!
Perceptor said,  - 2010-12-04 18:17:50
I totally agree. It was Soundwave's voice that made him so great in G1. Why can't they return to that???? ROTF he sounded like Dr. Claw from Inspector Gadget! YUCK! Is it really that hard to duplicate? The've got Frank Welker! (Who played the role in G1) Wish they could find the right equipment and get'r done!
Sabrblade said,  - 2010-12-04 23:03:25
@Masterforce: It's not done yet .The series isn't over, just the first five episode mini-series. Episodes 6-26 will proceed to air in February.

@Perceptor: Yes, I too was a bit sad that Soundwave didn't speak. But, there are two things in what you just said that caught my attention. One is that G1 Soundwave had the Dr. Claw voice too. It was just put through a vocoder. But there were some episodes of G1 where they forgot to do this and so G1 Soundwave would sound just like ROTF Soundwave.

Two is that your line of, "It was Soundwave's voice that made him so great in G1," is a very shallow (but true) judgement on the character of G1 Soundwave. It's true that his voice is what made him who he was, but that's actually a sad truth. As I have stated back during the Hall of Fame event, a character should be defined by who they are, not by what they sound like. Personality over gimmicks. In this case, it's not that G1 Soundwave himself was cool, just that his voice was. If any other character had had that voice instead of him, chances are everyone would be saying that that other guy would be the cool voiced-guy instead of Soundwave.
Nakobass said,  - 2010-12-05 09:26:06
I give all 5 episode a C+, animation could use some improvements. Anybody else thought the way Bulkhead ran looked weird? Between season 1 and 3 of Beast Wars, not to mention Beast Machines the cgi went from OK to Awesome, I hope Prime can do the same. Kids still annoying the hell out of me. I just hope they at least cut down their screen time. Humans should always be in a support role to the Transformers. Unless they have the means to fight the Decepticons. Spike and Sparkplug actually were very useful to the Autobots. Spike creating the Headmasters, Targetmasters, Fortress Maximum, and Sparkplug helping Ratchet to repair the Autobots. Sari was useful in the same role. That's why I like them. Humans that can just get in the way all the time are just annoying.

I really hope a lot more Transformers arrive in the future. I also hope that my theory the Autobots are using the old M.A.S.K base is true and come up in the future episodes.
Lord Megatron said,  - 2010-12-07 18:51:09
I have to say that I honestly really dig the new series, despite some of the gripes that I have with it. I think that my only REAL problems with it is that Miko is so unrelentingly annoying and that they need to brush up with the movements of the CGI models(I mean seriously, did you see the way that Bulkhead ran?). I also cringed when I heard Raf(Raph?) state that he had a jump-drive in his pocket, making it seem as though he was going to use it to download alien schematics. I sighed a breath of relief when the writer's did a good job covering that up. Complaints aside, I really am looking forward to what this new series will bring our way. I mean the animation looks great and very polished and the action scenes are done very well. The fight between Megatron and Prime in part 5 was, while short, probably one of the coolest fight scenes that have been brought to the table in quite some time.
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