"Power of the Primes" Episode 3 "Without Warning"
Title: Without Warning
Air Date: May 15, 2018
Summary (from Go90):
Still without Megatron, the team must now fend off both Volcanicus and Predaking. Meanwhile, Megatronus arrives at the Well of Sparks to forge a new device that will help him accomplish his nefarious plan.
Review (SPOILERS AHEAD):
After two episodes of pretty good set up, this one was a let down. Why? Because almost nothing happens in this episode. The whole thing feels like filler. Sure we get some action, which is great, but realistically Predaking should have torn through Victorion and Windblade like tissue paper. He is one of the most lethal Decepticons out there and one of the best combinations of individual Decepticons into a Combiner, yet here his strength level seems to fluctuate as the plot needs it to. I never felt any sense of stakes since Predaking seemed to basically be going easy on the Autobots (and Volcanicus did not seem to be interested in fighting him). Eventually the group that was battling sees the Well of Sparks and...just stops? Why? Were they so entranced by this ancient site that it calmed everyone down? It was a very odd way to end the episode.
The most interesting part of the episode for me was the flashback where we see Solus Prime's death at the hands of Megatronus. It was interesting to see how the death was not entirely intentional, but rather it seemed like a "heat of the moment" accident. I would have liked to see the other Primes react to this but they might be saving that for future episodes.
- Three episodes in and we still have not seen any indication that the "Prime Armor"/Pretender gimmick will play any role in this series. This is a missed opportunity, just as it was a missed opportunity for "Titans Return" to not have Headmasters running around. It is unfortunate this show is repeating the error of not featuring an element of the toy line in the series (outside of Combiners).
- It is kind of fun to see how much larger Predaking is than Victorion. This is roughly how large we can expect the toys to be when standing next to each other.
This episode was just filler. It literally feels like the second act of a three act episode. Given the short amount of time each episode runs and the relatively small number of episodes, I really think the writers need to make sure each episode packs the maximum amount of punch story-wise and this one just doesn't do it.