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Recap: Transformers Prime S 2 E 20 Legacy
Warning, spoilers!

The episode begins innocently enough with Smokescreen racing Bumblebee, saying that he doesn't know what a speed limit is, and that his car's fast potential shouldn't be wasted. Unfortunately, he's been driving on the wrong side of the road, and almost crashes into a civilian. The man stalks toward Smokescreen, who goes robot mode as a joke towards him. Unfortunately, this ends up with him and Bee caught on camera (again).

Team Prime is insulted that Smokescreen would be so blunt in blowing their cover as robots-in-disguise, but Optimus points out that Smoke hasn't had much time to adjust to social conventions on earth. To that end, he assigns Jack as his guide once again in the human world to teach him all about what earth travel should be like. Arcee is uneasy with her partner going off with the rookie of the team, even pointing out that he incident with Damocles has made things more dangerous for the humans. Agent Fowler had to relocate Raf's family for safety concerns. Optimus tells her to not worry. They'll be fine.

And indeed, the two are doing well. Smoke sometimes jokes around with Jack, but he picks up on traffic laws pretty easy. (green means go, yellow slow down, etc.) They even take time to prank Vincent's car after they ran into him during "drivers ed". While Arcee still feels skeptical about the two's escapades, it's obvious the two are having a blast together.

Meanwhile, onboard the nemesis, Megatron decides to try a new tactic with the Autobots. Soundwave has come close to decoding a new Iacon data point, and Megatron in response decides to have Soundwave fly in a different direction with a false relic beacon in order to throw the bots off while they claim their relic. Sure enough, Team Prime gets Soundwave's signal first, and the team (even Bulkhead who seems to have fully recovered from his injuries) heads out on a Snipe Hunt.

Megatron arrives at the real relic site, only to find a sword hilt sticking out. Immediately, he tries to pull it out, and destroy the rocks around it, but to no avail either way. Proclaiming that "such power cannot fall into the hands of Optimus Prime" he immediately has the vehicons and insecticons dig around the sword to take the whole chunk of mountain out from Autobot reach.

Meanwhile, back at base, Jack and Smokescreen return from another day of lessons, only to find that Rachet picked up a second beacon (the real one). Smoke wants to get in there right away, and as the rest of the team is also being jammed by the Cons, Rachet sends Smoke on his way. Unfortunately, still in the mischievous mood, Smokescreen invites Jack along for the ride who surprisingly follows him through.

This turns out to be both a grave mistake and exactly what the Autobots needed. Smokescreen quickly identifies the hilt as The Star Saber: a sword of limitless power, wielded by one of the 13 original Primes. Jack questions why Megatron doesn't just pull it out, but not wanting the Cons to escape with it, Smoke goes in Guns Akimbo trying to reach the sword. But pull as he might, he too was unable to dislodge the sword, and promptly gets shot in the back. This being the first time Megatron's seen Smoke, he tries to interrogate him rather than kill him outright. Having his phone on him, Jack immediately gets in contact with Rachet to explain the situation, but is interrupted..by 3 insecticons that discover his hiding place.

Rachet quickly bridges to the rest of team prime, to explain they have a situation. The team immediately recalls from their Snipe hunt, and moves against Megatron's forces. Bulkhead rescues Smokescreen from Con captivity, while Arcee personally blasts all the insecticons trying to eat jack. Optimus meanwhile makes his way up the nearby cliff, trying to reach the star saber. After a grueling chase, he grabs onto the suspended hilt (the cons were starting to haul the rock up), the sword glows, and slips from the rock.

Landing below, Megatron tries to drop the rock on Optimus, who responds by CHOPPING THE ROCK IN HALF!!!! Megatron is stunned, and the cons retreat, even getting chased off when Optimus launches a Sword Beam that shakes the entire Nemesis easily.

Megatron: We deceptions now face our Darkest Hour.

Returning to base, Smokescreen is of course elated by the awesomeness that Optimus just unleashed, but is quickly brought back to earth by the fact that he brought Jack on a mission. Something Team prime has tried to stay away from doing. Arcee sends Jack home, and proceeds to angrily voice her disapproval of Smoke's actions. Smoke is understandably distressed for breaking the team's trust, and Optimus makes one more warning that future behavior like that would NOT be tolerated. However at that moment, the Star Saber glows, and Optimus says he's receiving a message from Alpha Trion.

Tropes:

  • Genre Savvy: Jack, realizing that if the Star Saber was lodged in the rock despite the presence of the Decepticons, that Megatron likely already tried pulling it out. Smokescreen, however, doesn't listen.
  • Infinity+1 Sword: The Star Saber. It's so powerful that it cuts a mountain in half with one swing and knocks out the engines of the Nemesis with one energy blast. Megatron stops just short of saying it's time to chuck in the towel once Optimus gets his hands on it.
  • Ironic Echo: "Green means go."
  • Oh Scrap: This episode is the first time in Transformers history that we have ever seen Megatron scared shitless. What terrifies him is the sight of Optimus wielding the Star Saber and bisecting a frigging MOUNTAIN with it. The look on his face at 18:57 is priceless.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: The Star Saber can only be wielded by a Prime. And much like Excalibur in the Stone, only a Prime can extract it from the enormous rock in which it's imbedded. In fact, the sword is emitting an energy field around the rock to hold it in place and to keep the rock from being destroyed around the sword itself.
  • Person as Verb: Jack just pulled a Miko.
  • Story Arc: marks the beginning of what will be the concluding story arc of the season (though you might not realize it at first)
  • Sufficiently Advanced Aliens: Stated by Optimus, concerning the Star Saber and the true power that Cybertronians can wield.
    Optimus: We must never lose sight of the fact that upon this Earth, we are titans. And such power must be used wisely.
  • Sword Beam: The Star Saber is capable of a pretty powerful version, as it nearly cripples the Nemesis from a fairly long distance.
  • This Is Gonna Suck:
    Megatron: We Decepticons now face our darkest hour.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Smokescreen gets this from everybody throughout the episode for his fast and loose attitude regarding maintaining cover and endangering humans. Even he admits that he deserved it afterwards.
'The Human Factor"Recap/Transformers Prime'Alpha; Omega"

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