Transformers: Prime Episode #03 - Darkness Rising Part 3 Review

With the third episode of Transformers: Prime, we get a couple of story elements that really heighten the potential of the show but also a couple of things that drag it down far too much. The combination of the two ends up negating a lot of the good things unfortunately, which is a real shame as the series has some really strong potential to it. At this point of the series, we've had the main human characters introduced, the coming together of a team of sorts with them and the return of Megatron has given us a lot to work with. What takes it to the next level is the inclusion of the Dark Energon and what it can do to change the balance of power. As Megatron says, he feels like he can hear Unicron speaking to him now that he's feeling the Dark Energon inside of him.That Dark Energon is Megatron's main secret weapon at this point, but that secret is exposed pretty early on when one of Ratchet's tools that's been infected goes live and he and Optimus manage to figure out what it is. It's a subplot the rolls forward from here as the two go out into the field, the first time for Ratchet in an age, as Prime has somewhere very specific to go. While it's kind of cagey and may make more sense to more established Transformers fans, talk of wars past and the way that during those dark days Energon was stored across many worlds, which is why Earth became involved at one point. With Megatron having more Dark Energon and needing an out of control army to use, graveyards of the past on the planet may give him what he needs. There's some really fascinating little nuggets in here that makes you want to know more. Read More...


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