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  • So in the 4 Part "Darkness Rising" the Nemesis was under attack by the autobots. But where was Soundwave the whole time during the attack?
    • Getting a sandwich so when Megatron came back he wouldn't get stepped on for disobeying orders.
    • Apparently Starscream sent him to Texas to commandeer some radio telescopes to replace the equipment Bulkhead damaged.
      • At the end of Episode 4, when Megatron is chewing out Starscream for his errors, you can catch a glimpse of Soundwave standing off to the side when Megatron backhands Starscream across the bridge; which would mean he was aboard at the time. One thing I've noticed is that Soundwave doesn't really fight at all, at least against other Transformers.
        • The point of him not really fighting is Jossed as of episode 26. He curbstomps Airachnid.
        • Well, he can fight amazingly well; presumably, it's just not his thing unless someone's making obvious moves against Megatron.
      • The timing doesn't work, as the satellite was damaged during the attack. The most logical explanation was that he just never encountered them.
  • First episode of the series. When riding with Bumblebee to the Autobot base, why is Raf sitting in the backseat?
  • Jack's mom somehow managed not to notice Arcee before she transformed back into bike mode, despite the fact that she only did so after the car was already pulling into the driveway, and the garage door was already open. How do you miss something like that?
    • Driving while on a Cell Phone?
  • WHY OH WHY, did the Autobots arrive so late to help Cliffjumper? The groundbridge is supposed to make traveling easier right? Why did they arrive so late?
    • They were scattered across time zones, and would have had to regroup before they could go and help him.
    • It had been three years between any Decepticon sightings. None of the Autobots expected to bump into the Nemesis on a simple patrol mission and Cliffjumper dove into the battle without waiting for backup. As such, he got killed while the others were caught with their aftplates down.
  • Why aren't there more Autobots on Earth? And where's the Ark?
    • Dude, all we've got so far is the Five Episode Pilot and new episodes don't start til February. Give it some time to answer the questions.
    • There's no Toyline out yet, so it's better to keep the cast small so they wont be forced to kill anyone off to make room. As for the Ark, they probably don't want anything thinking about Noah's.
      • Honestly, I think the lack of the Autobot Ark is more because this is a reboot of the franchise, and it's not necessary; Animated got by. Besides, given how closely this resembles the movie franchise in some respects, chances are the 'bots in Prime came to Earth the same way.
    • The producers have gone on record as saying that they'll keep the cast size relatively small to keep costs down. 
    • Transformers: War for Cybertron and its sequel are prequels in the Prime universe. If Fall of Cybertron is any indication, we'll find out what happened to the Ark there.
    • There is a good chance the Ark was destroyed or heavily damaged and components were scavaged to make adjustments to the abandoned missile silo, probably to build the ground bridge too.
    • As T.M.I. and Stronger, Faster, indicated, Team Prime can barely scrounge enough Energon for the 5. You think they'd be able to sustain a larger population? They'd need an Energon harvest operation on the same scale as the Decepticons and Team Prime seems largely out of contact with the rest of the Autobot population.
  • What kept Megatron from blasting Optimus in the face when the latter was climbing up on the mountainside, and for that matter, why didn't he help his zombie army by shooting at Ratchet or Prime during the fight? He was literally on higher ground, yet instead of finishing off his enemies when he had a clear shot at them, he simply flew off. Also, a minor question, not related to this, but how did Ratchet scale the cliff so fast with only one arm?
    • Didn't you see their second fight? Megatron reeeeeeeeeeeally likes Optimus this time around. There's not much fun shooting him in the face while he's climbing up a mountain, after all.
      • How about simply stepping on his face, then? Clearly, he had the upper hand, and as revealed by the command he gave his zombies, he really did want to finish him off. Unless he knew that Prime would beat the undead army from the start and watched the fight for simple entertainment, but that would mean he anticipated his legion's weakness. Doesn't seem to make sense. But then, Starscream did say he was not as sane as he used to be.
    • Megatron has quite a sadistic enjoyment in the suffering of his enemies in this series, and recognizes concentrated awesome when he sees it. Optimus fought off the zombie horde and still had strength for more, Megatron wanted to push Optimus even further and see how he deals with his new army.
  • While it cements his position as a Badass Normal, Agent Fowler engaging in a furious aerial combat in a military jet without wearing any protective gear, not even a single helmet, just a safety belt, as if he was driving a car, pulled me way further out of the experience than any of Raf's miraculous abilities. ... Unless he received superhuman capabilities through Starscream's Energon torture, and he really doesn't need any protection.
    • Him surviving the jet crash (never mind the jet itself DNGS making it through as well with no damage) seems even more implausible. They could model that rusty old truck, but not some flying suit and a helmet? Or why no eject-seat? What is this secret military plane made out of?
    • This has been adressed in the ninth episode of season 2: Rachet has built a pressure-stabilizer into Fowler's cockpit, presumably, that's not the only modification rachet has made to the plane.
  • Miko's voice. If the actress was going for a Japanese accent, they dropped the ball because she sounds more like a female Tommy Wiseau.
    • She wasn't; according to people who've heard her normal voice in interviews, that's apparently her natural accent. It seems more likely that they were going for a generic "Asian" accent, which she does technically deliver, being Indonesian.
      • Does... does this mean we've finally identified Tommy Wiseau's accent as being Indonesian?
  • How, exactly, was Fowler supposed to be transporting the DNGS on that plane?
    • In the cargo space behind him or in the belly of the plane. It doesn't scale very well, but this is Transformers. Scale matters not.
      • Fighter jets are way bigger than most folks think they are, plus the DNGS itself was only about the size of a large crate; I'm pretty sure it fight quite comfortably in the bomb/missile bay of Fowler's jet.
      • Speaking of which, does Starscream in this series transform into the tiniest fighter jet ever or what?
      • He seems bigger in alt mode than he does in robot mode...but, again, that's Transformers scale for you-- nothing new. 
  • Why did they change Wheeljack so much? Couldn't they just made him the Wrecker's Smart Guy/demolition expert who took a few too many bombs to the face? It would fit with him always talking about his bomb, and how he killed the Con of the week.
    • There's a trope for that. But more seriously, because Ratchet is The Smart Guy, and Wheeljack wouldn't work as well as another Smart Guy.
    • His introductory episode barely had time to show the real him interacting with the main characters, let alone the nuances of his personality. With those constraints they focused on showing him to be a bruiser like Bulkhead. Apparently Word of God states that, among the Wreckers, Wheeljack is a mechanic and there wasn't anything that contradicted or supported it in the episode. If that doesn't come up in any further appearances then it might be an Informed Ability. There might be a niche he can fit into as a mechanic while Ratchet is a scientist, but at this stage of the series he would be a redundant Ratchet and Bulkhead.
    • Knowing the Wreckers, it's entirely believable that their mechanic would have to be a huge badass.
    • In his return episode in Season Two it suggests that Wheeljack has some skills in bomb disposal, also in general he seemed to be a little more intelligent and a little less raw bruiser.


  • How does Raf know what Bumblebee was saying in the pilot movie? It makes no sense.
    • It's probably spoken machine code of some sort, understandable enough that Raf gets it. He shouldn't have been immediately proficient, of course, but it is a cartoon.
      • This is just one of the reasons I made the Raf is Sari 2.0 WMG.
      • In Raf's Notes, he says that even he doesn't know why he understands Bumblebee, I could give a more detailed explanation, but the Hubworld website apparently removed the full version of the explanation, but if you look hard enough on the internet, you can find the notes, didn't exactly justify why they didn't put this in-show. What he said in the notes apparently was along the lines of this:

 "Bumblebee's my buddy. Mostly cuz I'm the only kid who understands him. Not sure why ... he makes perfect sense. He just doesn’t use words."

  • Can Starscream transform his 'fingers' into talons and back? I've watched the ending of Speed Metal a few times and every time I feel that somehow Starscreams hand had changed. The talon suddenly looks a lot sharper and deformed not as round as the other fingers and you can hear some kind of sound like knives clanging against each other
    • Starscream has them in his concept art and in "Sick Mind" as well.
  • So what exactly gave Fowler the idea that it was the Decepticons that were after the DNGS? Did he have any proof beforehand that it wasn't Humans, or did the larger scale of the Autobot/Decepticon conflict blind him to alternate explanations?
    • Fowler is just quick to blame them for his problems, and MECH obviously kept under the radar until now.
    • Fowler did say the DNGS could be used as a sort of dirty-bomb. I'd imagine the Decepticons would prefer to steal somthing like that than go to the trouble of making one themselves, we've seen them do that kind of thing before.
    • Making a bomb is significantly easier than complex electronics. Their ship should have enough firepower to do better than that bomb could. Fowler was just blaming the aliens.
  • In Sick Mind Bumblebee goes into Megatron's mind and talks with him. Unless his "speech impediment" is a programming error shouldn't Bumblebee be using actual words in Megatron's subconscious? If the impediment is a hardware issue like it is in the movies it shouldn't be a problem here. Seems like a missed moment to hear Bumblebee's real voice, instead of needing other characters to translate for him.
    • Bumblebee's vocalizations need to be filtered somehow. If he cannot vocalize in speech, then he must be using a different system to vocalize in that binary beeping. He wouldn't swap back to speech, even in a dream world, because this is how he talks. It's second nature.
    • In Out of His Head, Megatron seemed to be able to speak through Bumblebee fine in the real world. Maybe we'll get some clarification on that in Season 2 when they explain what happened to his vocalizer.
  • In Out of His Head, why is it that Dark Energon made Megatron right as rain, but Cliffjumper Came Back Wrong?
    • Megatron was alive, but injured- his spark was still present, so the reanimated body still had his mind to override the dark energy's control and direct action and thought. Cliffjumper was dead, his spark gone on to the Allspark, so the reanimated body was purely Dark-Energon-directed.
  • Also from Out of His Head, why didn't starscream just hit Optimus with a missile or something instead of wasting time trying to fry him with the telescope? I thought Starscream was suppose to be this more sensible version of the character. Wouldn't he have thought of eliminating Prime the easy way?
    • He had the telescope right there, and seems to have felt its was the best way to deal with Optimus. He was wrong, but even clever characters miscalculate.
    • Do you really think just a missile is going to kill Optimus Prime? The concentrated heat beam that was enough to melt through a permafrost iceberg barely slowed him down. Shooting anything less at him definitely wouldn't have gotten the job done.
  • At the end of Shadowzone, why don't the Autobots take down Starscream? He's weak, outnumbered, can't fly, and literally standing right in front of them. Instead, they allow him to escape via the Ground Bridge that the Decepticons "suddenly" have.
    • He was hiding behind a rock, and even missing an arm he could still shoot back. They were caught off guard by the second bridge. The second time, he probably ran before they could shoot him.
  • Also from Shadowzone How are the kids able to send a text message to Miko's phone? Isn't the base surrounded by a signal dampener? I could have sworn that had been established since the first episode
    • I believe in Convoy they mention a "comlink cell phone patch" or something to that effect. The kid's phones are using the Autobots communication systems, which get through just fine.
  • So at the end of "Metal Attraction," Arcee and Bulkhead have beaten Breakdown and Airachnid, who are both totally at their mercy. I can kinda see Bulkhead not executing Breakdown after what happened in "Operation: Breakdown", but why would Arcee not kill Airachnid?
    • There's no guarantee that either 'con won't just get up and snatch the gauntlet again, so Bulkhead and Arcee decided to just leave while they have it secured. Of course we know that the real reason is so that they don't lose two characters right then and there or have to show the Autobots doling out cold-blooded (though justified) executions on something with a face.
  • How come no one has noticed the insane amount of crashes and explosions in and around Jasper lately? I know that the Transformers are all about stealth, and most of the battles that have taken place near populated areas were at night, but some of the fights have taken place right behind buildings that were clearly in use! Shouldn't someone come out to check things out, or call 9-1-1? Sure, Status Quo Is God and all, but it would make the show more interesting if, like, one day at school the kids found out that there were rumors flying around about the Transformers.
    • Fowler and his men prove that the US government is fully aware of the Transformers and allied with the Autobots. It's not too big of a stretch to assume that they can pull a bit of a cover-up of some battles. Especially those that involve MECH. Since most of the biggest collateral damage happens in fairly remote areas, it's more believable than the movies' absolutely idiotic excuse of cover-ups after an entire city is destroyed.
      • "The explosions outside of town this afternoon were the result of an army training accident involving live ordnance. There were no casualties, but citizens are advised to avoid the area for the time being ... "
    • There has only been a handful of episodes actually set IN Jasper where a fight breaks out (Darkness Rising Part 1, Speed Metal, Crisscross) and even then the only thing in Crisscross that would really attract attention was Fowler and the military helicopters. Speed Metal was mostly in the outskirts with a short fight in a storage yard and Darkness Rising was a car chase that later ended in a drainage ditch.
  • Why did Megatron bother to save Starscream at the end of "Rock Bottom"? He had been planning on slagging him earlier and 'screamer hadn't really endeared himself during the episode. Why not just leave him to his fate?
    • Megs did say he always found something about Starscream's floundering attempts amusing. And it's pretty much normal for every Megatron to have moments of poor judgement. Whether it be G1's arrogance, or Beast Wars' habit of getting ahead of himself due to self indulgence.
    • Jack showed Megatron mercy. Maybe he felt charitable after that.
    • Starscream's still got his uses, and Megatron's pretty confident that he can take whatever 'Scream tosses at him. He probably doesn't consider Starscream a serious threat to him, at least not enough of one to get rid of him completely. He figures it's better to have a clever, competent warrior at least sometimes pointed at the Autobots rather than gone completely, even if he has to watch his back.
    • Vamping off Jack's act of mercy to Megatron: If Megatron saved Starscream instead of leaving him to die, after almost executing him, that would just emphasize how deeply in Megatron's debt Starscream is. Basically, he owns his ass. Viewed through that lens, Starscream's subsequent desertion just underscores his complete lack of redeeming qualities. (Megs at least has self-confidence and and drive going for him.)
    • If you watch "Partners", you get an idea of why Megs chose to let Starscream back in. In a way it's a combination of both putting him in debt, and his importance as a decepticon. If you notice Starscream's attitude when he returns, he's clearly humbled by Megatron's show of mercy, and would have continued to stay a loyal subject had not Aracnid started to backstab and give the impression that she was now megatron's favorite. as for his importance, when Starscream goes missing at the end of that episode, Megatron's more outraged at, "the loss of my second in command" than the loss of a weapon, indicating that no matter what he might do, Starscream is still important in keeping the army in toe.
    • "Loss of my second-in-command" was mostly an issue because she left Starscream in the hands of the Autobots, who could get valuable information from him. Rightfully so, as he did just that. Had she slagged him, it wouldn't have been an issue. My guess is that he was surprised that Starscream had come back. He had said the breaking point for him was that Screamer had become boring, predictable. He was actually surprised again.
    • Because Megatron is a horrible leader with bad judgement of character. If Starscream was leader of the Decepticons, he would get rid of treacherous units in a second.
      • I dunno if that's an accurate statement, at least for the series so far. If Starscream as we've seen him was leader of the Decepticons, any suspicion of treason would send him into an Azula-worthy paranoid tailspin. Watch him carefully: He's only confident when he thinks the other party is absolutely no threat to him, or when he thinks he can out-maneuver the threat they pose (his interaction with Arcee in "Partners" is a great example). OTOH, his decision to fly off on his own could signal some massive development in that area.
      • There's also the problem of "loyal" and "Decepticon" in the same sentence. Megatron has one loyal officer in his army: Soundwave. He KNOWS that's the only loyal officer he's got. Megatron's callous disregard for Breakdown and the company Breakdown keeps isn't exactly the makings of Undying Loyalty towards Megs, only an idiot would trust Airachnid, and Knockout would turn on Megatron in a second if he thought the balance of power had shifted. Since Soundwave isn't suited to be a commander, Megatron sets him to doing important jobs (including watching everyone) and gave the position beneath him to the most COMPETENT of the scheming, opportunistic backstabbers around; Starscream might be transparent in his ambitions, but Megatron knows the rest of them aren't any more loyal and none of them get better results.
  • He keeps Starscream around to keep him on edge.
  • Why does the show keep going on Hiatus? Are there some issues going on in production? And before when there was an extended wait for an episode, if you went onto the transformers wiki, the date of the next episode would be there. There are another six episodes left in season one. I cam understand that they're having trouble, but I'd like to know why. 
    • Animation Lead Time. The show is being aired while its being produced, and it takes quite a bit of time to make a show of this quality. The hiatus's are when the airing schedule catches up with production. At least, that's one possible explanation.
      • If that's the case, why is Canada now showing the remaining six episodes, when the Hub was prepared to wait until September 10th just to show the first of them? They can't possibly still be working on the rest of Season 1; some other motive is at work here.
      • Hasbro seems to have stopped Canada from airing anymore new episodes before the Hub. The toys are due for release in December, so maybe Hasbro wants the new episodes to air closer to the toyline?
      • Season two is scheduled to start on Nov. 28. My guess is they're trying to minimize the gap between the S1 finale and the S2 premiere.
  • Soundwave had at least TWO chances to get rid of the kids. But he never did. I don't hate them, I like little pests but... Why?
    • Maybe he's not a sadist, or doesn't see humans as worth the trouble.
    • There's a theory in WMG that Soundwave's been keeping the kids alive in the hopes that they eventually lead him and the decepticons to the autobot base. Since soundwave can only properly monitor, well, sound, he might have let them go as he thought they might have another use later.
    • However, from observing soundwave and his actions, I notice that he very rarely does much except his job and serve megatron's interests. Soundwave therefore could be characterized as having a very one tract mind. He's given a goal and he fulfills it and it alone. (him spying on Starscream excluded, but again, that's his service to megatron) The 2 times he sees the kids he's got a different job than killing them. The first time he already got the space bridge locked on, so he just makes a visual reminder and flies off. The second time his orders are to retrieve the harvester, and since Jack and Raf were in no position to resist him, he probably just took it and flew off as ordered. Either way, Soundwave's single minded devotion to one task led him to let our humans go. (Of course, the real reason is that so early in the series, killing off a human character in a place where according to Word of God death is not cheap would cut off any chance at further development of their many different characters.
      • Watch what happens the first time they encounter each other. Right before he flies off, Miko takes a picture of him. He responds by taking a picture of them, with a slight nod. To this troper, it looked like a gesture of mutual respect, like when the bad guy tips his hat to the hero before jumping off the train and making his getaway. He was acknowledging their badassitude in taking him on.
      • Badassitude? Really? I always figured that headdrop was just apart of Soundwave's snap-shot camera-function or something like that. Though I guess you could be right, he does seem to really go out of his way not to harm them to badly when they meet. Which is really weird for just about any Soundwave.
    • Soundwave seems to have no ambitions for himself, no motivations beyond loyalty to Megatron and the Decepticons in general. If he wasn't ordered to kill defenseless humans he doesn't see a need to.
    • Perhaps it's pragmaticism combined with a general lack of sadism inherent to most of the other Decepticons. Given his duties, he's calm, rational, and serious and doesn't see any point in evil for evil's intent. If he can do his job while minimizing collateral damage, perhaps he sees that as a job well done. Given his alt mode (a UAV spy drone), it may also be that he's had the most contact with humans and so has some sort of appreciation of them.
  • Where did all those energon come from. How is it they are found on Earth like tiberium, and how did they get there in the first place?
    • Optimus mentions in the first episodes that the Great War spread across the galaxy, using many different planets as battlefields. Earth happened to be the site of an unusually large campaign, which explains why so many Cybertronian artifacts and energon deposits were left behind.
    • Basically, Earth is a forgotten ammo depot from the Great War.
  • At the end of Rock Bottom, how did Starscream and Megatron get out of the cave? If Starscream left
  • How come humanity never discovered energon? It’s been on Earth since before civilization began and various mines depicted were certainly close enough to the surface to reach via basic mining techniques. Surely mankind would’ve found it and realized its potential as an energy source long ago.
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