Recap / Transformers Prime S 2 E 26 Darkest Hour
"I... never imagined it would end like this."
At the Omega Lock, everyone is locked in a stand-off. The Decepticons have Jack, Miko and Raf captured and are ready to expose them to Cybertron’s toxic atmosphere, lest the Autobots hand over the Omega Keys. Though the kids are ready to sacrifice their lives just like the Autobots always have been, Optimus declares they will never forsake their human allies, lays down the Star Saber, and the Autobots likewise stand down. Megatron decrees a one-at-a-time exchange. Knock Out delivers Miko to Bulkhead, and Soundwave delivers Raf to Bumblebee. As Jack was deemed worthy of the Matrix of Leadership, Megatron decides he’s worth two Omega Keys. The exchange complete, Megatron has Team Prime surrounded by Vehicons. On Earth, Ratchet quickly hangs up on June Darby, both unaware the kids are on Cybertron.
The Decepticons insert their Omega Keys into the Omega Lock, heralding the dawn of the “Age of the Decepticons”, according to Megatron. The power of the Omega Lock restores a destroyed building to a pristine state, as a test run. Optimus requests to take the kids home, but Megatron gleefully warns him that they’ll be safer on Cybertron. Starscream opens a space bridge over the Omega Lock, and the resulting beam fires through it, hitting Earth outside Jasper, to June’s shock. The Autobot base’s systems also go haywire from all the energy, making a communications blackout. A shaken Optimus reveals that the Omega Beam will not restore Earth, but cyberform it into a metallic world fit for Cybertronians, destroying all
As the kids scream for their home, and as the Decepticons (even SOUNDWAVE
) share a laugh, Optimus finally makes a decision. He bursts through the Vehicons surrounding him, grabs the Star Saber and runs for the Omega Lock. The Decepticon leader tries to retaliate with the Dark Star Saber, but quickly loses the fight and has his Prime arm chopped off by Optimus. The remaining Decepticons put up a desperate defense of the Omega Lock, but Knock Out, Starscream and Soundwave stand no chance against the enraged Prime. To everyone’s shock, Optimus destroys the Omega Lock with the Star Saber. The Omega Beam on Earth dissipates, and Optimus is able to finally call Ratchet for a space bridge. The shocked team retreats, and the Decepticons pull themselves together to find the Omega Lock a burning ruin. Knock Out’s quip is stopped by an enraged, and hurt Starscream, who sends him to look after the wounded Megatron. Starscream rages over the loss of Cybertron, clearly emotionally distressed, but stops when he hears his master cackling maniacally. As the audience no doubts dirties their pants, Megatron only smiles evilly… “They can run, but they can never again run home
Ratchet is shocked to see the shaken Autobots returning to base with the kids, and even more so when they report that Optimus destroyed the Omega Lock. Losing his composure, Ratchet condemns Optimus for destroying the only chance they had of restoring their home. Any attempt to calm him down only hurt him even more as he laments the sheer loss they've taken.
Arcee points out the very, very unfortunate fact that the Decepticons have hit on the idea of using the kids in the war. Fowler then calls the base, positively livid and demanding to know what they’re dealing with. When Optimus asks what he’s talking about, Fowler tells him to step outside and look. The Autobots ascend to the mountain-top, and to their surprise find a massive, 5.5 mile-high Decepticon fortress now stands on their doorstep. Fowler arrives in his helicopter as Optimus observes that Megatron was able to establish a new fortress on Earth, even if he didn’t succeed in Cyberforming Earth. Fowler asks why he’d have it in the evacuated Jasper, but as Bumblebee points out the approaching Nemesis
, the answer becomes horribly clear: the Decepticons have finally found the Autobot base.
Missing his right arm, Megatron rallies his troops, damning Optimus for destroying their chance to revive Cybertron, and launches the invasion by ordering his Decepticons to transform and rise up. Starscream gleefully leads his new Seeker armada and the Insecticon hordes in the assault. The Autobots put up a desperate defense of their home, but Optimus orders a retreat into the base. Undeterred, Fowler proves his loyalty to his team
and flies his helicopter straight into battle against the Decepticons. As the base is shaken by the attacking armies, Optimus announces to Ratchet and the kids that the Decepticons have found them. Outside, Fowler is quickly outgunned and cornered, but suddenly the Jackhammer
streaks in to save his hide: Wheeljack arrives and joins the battle, declaring himself to always be on the same team as his surprised comrades.
Realizing Fowler and Wheeljack can only buy them so much time, Optimus declares that Omega-1 is lost. He orders the team split up and Groundbridged across the country to evade capture - survival is their only priority now. This decision is just in time, as in the midst of battle, Fowler watches as the Nemesis
moves over the Autobot base, with a silent Megatron observing from the ship’s nose. Bumblebee and Raf are first to bridge out, and Jack and Miko just barely are able to exchange a silent farewell as they evacuate the rumbling base. Outside, June is arriving at the site of the raging aerial battle over Jasper, and is quickly cornered by a Vehicon. Fowler tears away from the battle and saves her, spiriting her away in his helicopter. Overhead, Wheeljack is outnumbered and being chased by Starscream and his armada. Though he’s put up a good fight, Wheeljack is sent crashing to the ground by the Air Commander. Team Prime has lost the aerial battle over the base.
Smokescreen departs on his own, and Ratchet is next to evacuate. When he asks what Optimus will do, his leader says he will stay behind to ensure Megatron won’t follow. Realizing the implications, and still hurt from the loss of Cybertron, Ratchet sadly says he never imagined it would end like this, leaving a clearly scared Optimus alone in the doomed base. The Nemesis
begins deploying and prepping a colossal cannon to fire. As Optimus readies the Star Saber, the cannon reaches full strength, and June and Fowler watch from the latter’s helicopter, Megatron looks on in apathy. Just as the Groundbridge is destroyed, the Nemesis
fires on the base, completely destroying the mountain and the base inside. As the base erupts into flames, and everything changes, June looks on in horror, unaware of her son’s fate, and a devastated Fowler pulls away from the scene.
Megatron and Starscream fly down into the flaming ruins, landing on the Autobot sigil. The two gloat at their victory, and not far away, Optimus’ battered arm can be seen sticking out of a pile of rubble.
"Neither did I, old friend."
— Optimus Prime