"Cyberverse" Episode 3 - "Memory: Part 1" Cartoon Review
Title: "Memory: Part 1"
Air Date: August 27, 2018 (via Cartoon Network's web site and app)
Official Synopsis: Windblade tries to help Bumbleebee but he is wary of this "stranger".
The shockwave sent out by Windblade connecting to Bumblebee's mind travels far off into the distance and hits both Slipstream and Thundercracker. The two Seekers transform and race to the source of the energy pulse!
While she appears briefly in the last episode in vehicle mode, this is the first time we get to see Slipstream in robot mode and talking. Slipstream was first introduced in 2008's "Transformers: Animated" as a clone of Starscream and she has popped up now and then in the Transformers toy line and fiction. I think it is great that she is a main character in this show. Even better, she seems to take the lead instead of Thundercracker, so perhaps she is in command of the Seekers while their "Captain" watches from afar.
Lianne Marie Dobbs is no stranger to voice work, having appeared in Pokémon as Alvin, Moira and various voices. She does a good job making Slipstream sound serious, but not exaggerating the voice to the point where it sounds silly. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Slipstream, especially if she is in charge of the Seekers on the field.
Meanwhile, Windblade and Bumblebee slowly wake up from the energy pulse. Windblade comments that Bumblebee's memories are worse off than she thought. Bumblebee is suspicious now but Windblade does not give up. Bumblebee is still mad, but before the two can resolve their differences, Slipstream and Thundercracker attack! Windblade takes to the air, blasting Thundercracker. Bumblebee tries to take on Thundercracker but he cannot activate his Stinger! Thundercracker takes advantage of this and knocks Bumblebee around. Windblade orders him to fall back to the mine entrance. The two Seeker chase them to the mine entrance where Windblade uses her turbines to slice overhanging rock onto the two Decepticons! The two Autobots quickly transform and race off to search for the Decepticon's ship.
This entire action sequence is a good example of how the show keeps things moving very quickly. I also really appreciate the action moving from the air to the ground, giving us a look at the Transformers using both their forms in combat (well, Bumblebee really just uses it to run away, but still...). I was also glad to see Windblade actually hit Thundercracker. All too often aerial chases in cartoons are just jets blasting away at each other with little to no effect. Showing Thundercracker crashing but still fighting afterward punctuates just how tough the character is.
This is the first scene where actor Ben Bott speaks as Thundercracker and the voice struck me as very different than what I expected. Thanks to G1, I always expect Thundercracker to sound a bit older with a slightly more rumbling voice. Hearing such a "clean", young voice coming out of the Seeker is interesting.
Bumblebee and Windblade arrive at the Decepticon Scout Ship. Windblade wants to take a cautious approach but Bumblebee charges ahead of her. When she gets to the bridge, she opens the door to find someone waiting inside!
This episode moves crazy fast and it definitely brings the energy level up a notch. I also kind of like the way new characters are being worked into the show without tons of fanfare (not that there is much time for it). I enjoyed the energy and pacing of this episode, but I hate to say it, the Bumblebee shtick simply is not working for me and I really hope his regular speech is restored at some point in this show (the sooner, the better).
Continue on to check out my review and gallery of "Memory Part 2"!