"Cyberverse" Episode 2 "Fractured: Part 2" Cartoon Review
Title: "Fractured: Part 2"
Air Date: August 27, 2018 (via Cartoon Network's web site and app)
Official Synopsis: Windblade realizes Bumblebee does not remember her and her mission to find the Allspark is critical.
Windblade and Thundercracker face off while Bumblebee looks on. Windblade pulls out her sword but Thundercracker manages to knock it away. The two then get into a fist fight, but Thundercracker manages to gain the upper hand! When Bumblebee tries to stop him, he tosses the Autobot away before picking up Windblade's sword and charging at him!
This scene establishes some interesting design notes. Windblade appears to retract their wings in robot mode. Windblade only deploys her wings when she arms herself, so they are not just vehicle mode parts but also elements of her arsenal. I find this an interesting design choice that actually makes a lot of sense. Often Transformers designs look great, but if you think about the practicality of the designs they do not always measure up. In this case, having the wings "out of the way" makes sense if you are say, trying to get through a narrow doorway.
The fight was also interesting. Instead of blasting at each other from a distance, Thundercracker chooses to engage close up so there are more fisticuffs than we usually see in Transformers combat. I also found this scene interesting because it showed that Thundercracker could toss around two Autobot warriors without much apparent effort. In G1 it was always said that the Decepticons were warriors while the Autobots were more of a group of civilians thrown together to fight. This echoes that classic Transformers trope.
As Thundercracker closes in on Bumblebee, his arm suddenly powers up and transforms into his Stinger weapon! He hits Thundercracker with it, freezing the Decepticon in an energy field. As he walks over to Windblade the effect wears off but Windblade has recovered enough to use her "Cyclone Strike" where the fans on her wings fire a burst of air that sends Thundercracker reeling. She then kicks him off the edge of a cliff and he is down for the count. Windblade and Bumblebee quickly transform and speed off.
I liked the way this battle concluded as it gives Windblade and Bumblebee an opportunity to show off their special attacks. Each character's attack feature is a key component of the "Cyberverse" toy line, so having it featured in a battle scene is cool. I also appreciate the irony of a Decepticon Seeker being knocked off a cliff.
As Windblade and Bumblebee escape, they head to the entrance of an old mine where Windblade feels they will be safest. Bumblebee is drawn to the mine entrance, but Windblade feels their time would be better spent trying to recover his memories. Unfortunately when she tries to connect to his mind something goes wrong and instead both Autobots wind up getting stunned as an energy wave shoots out in all directions! Soon after, Thundercracker and Slipstream are seen racing to the scene!
I will say one thing for the writers, they are squeezing a lot into short scenes. Windblade says "Primus help me." in this scene, acknowledging that this continuity has some version of the Primus/Unicron story. Windblade also mentions she has "done this before", meaning achieving a mental link with another Transformer. This alludes to the character's "Cityspeaker" roots, and implies the existence of either Metroplex, the Titans or both in this universe. Of course, the real surprise is that Bumblebee's memories are not just scrambled, but something seems designed to keep her away from them! Does Megatron's looming image have something to do with this? I really hope so. I think it would be interesting to find that Megatron messed with Bumblebee's memories and that we are seeing elements of a Decepticon plan coming together.
This "episode" is really the second half of the story that started in "Fractured: Part 1" and it feels like it. The action picks up immediately after the last and this is basically an action scene leading to a cliffhanger. It all goes by very fast and keeps you engaged. Bumblebee's behavior is the only thing that keeps pulling me out of the episodes so far. Outside of that, I like the action and the universe building elements being name dropped. I look forward to the next episode.