"Cyberverse" Episode 4: "Memory Part 2" Cartoon Review
Title: "Memory: Part 2"
Air Date: August 27, 2018 (via Cartoon Network's web site and app)
Official Synopsis: Windlbade and Bumblebee are attacked by Decepticons and she regains his trust.
Windblade cautiously approaches the figure on the Decepticon ship's bridge only to find it is Bumblebee at the controls! Windblade tells Bumblebee to stop fooling around as she works on the ship's central processor. She uses the ship's processor to help establish a stronger and more stable connection. It takes a little convincing, but soon enough Bumblebee connects again, falling unconscious as he does so!
The way this episode opens is funny, but it still brings me back to questioning Bumblebee's behavior. Playing with the controls like a child is odd for a warrior who should know the value of stealth, especially on an enemy ship. Even if his memories are damaged, his cognitive abilities should be intact unless his mind is more damaged than we are led to believe. It is these types of antics that make me eager for him to get more memories restored. Maybe as they come back his behavior will "stabilize".
Bumblebee is now inside his mind, seeing damaged memories all around him. Even better, he can speak (much to his surprise). There, Windblade is a ghost-like figure helping guide him through his memory files. Windblade realizes the files are heavily damaged. Windblade explains that her "Cityspeaker" abilities allow her to connect to his mind through telepathy. Windblade tries to help Bumblebee focus on an undamaged memory. He focuses on the drive from earlier that day before he tried to jump over the cliff.
Bumblebee then tries to focus on the location of The Ark, but nothing comes up. Instead the memory hurts him. He thinks back to any memory of the Autobot ship and we see a flashback to Bumblebee boarding the Ark on Cybertron and saying his goodbyes to Windblade and Perceptor. When Bumblebee snaps out of his memory, he realizes he and Windblade were (and are) friends when suddenly, an alarm wakes them both up!
This scene is the best part of the episode for me and a culmination of all the ones that came before it. Inside his mind we see Bumblebee speak (which is great) and act "normal". His entire persona seems light years more mature and I realized that this is the Bumblebee I want to see more of.
Continuity note: this story has Bumblebee's voice box damaged from the start on Cybertron. So...when did Windblade hear that Ratchet repaired his voice box when he clearly could not speak properly when he said his goodbye? Did they talk after the Ark took off? This seemed like an odd continuity glitch.
With the alarm sounding, Bumblebee races over to the control panel to hear Starscream looking for his Seekers! Bumblebee activates the console and enthusiastically declares himself (and does an air guitar). Starscream recognizes the Autobot's voice (somehow) and the episode ends!
Again, Bumblebee winds up being problematic. One moment he is relatively calm, working with Windblade on his memories. The next he is openly declaring to Starscream to basically come and get him - why?! He and Windblade could barely handle Slipstream and Thundercracker, and now he wants another Decepticon on his tail? I do not understand this at all and hope the next episode explains it somewhat.
Bumblebee is simultaneously the most confounding yet most interesting part of this series. I want to know what happened to his memories and of course where the other Autobots are. At the same time, his antics (which are meant to be funny) wind up grating on me pretty badly. I hope as time goes along they tone it down.
Odd "final note": actors Ryan Andes (Grimlock) and Saskia Marx (Nova Storm) are in the credits but neither character actually appears in the episode. I believe the voice calling Bumblebee to The Ark may be Grimlock, but I cannot remember any scene with a character named Nova Storm in it (and I watched this episode four times before writing this up).