People presume he wasn't, I think, because of the lack of him being on the ship in Transform and Roll Out! But we've seen his toy! I don't think he's a one shot character. As it is, the Decepticons only have Blitzwing, Blackarachnia, Lugnut left over from the ship. Starscream is missing. Megatron is down. Lockdown... isn't really a Decepticon. It think the episode "Sound and Fury" must be Soundwave. I think Soundwave came to earth before *anyone*, just on some routine exploration. He'll be some kind of tape player or CD player or MP3 player type device at first, as the episode name suggests. But the episode description says he can also "Take control" of other objects - so I'm guessing he takes control of a van to make his "Larger body". Animated's version of Mass Shifting(though we already had the worst mass shifting ever in Meltdown, urgh.). Soundwave will then join up with the Deceps and become defacto leader until Megatron has arrived or Starscream returns. How on earth is Starscream ever going to reconcile with Megatron? I hope he becomes an anti-hero or something, on neither side, kind of like Armada but cooler. Also, I really hope he isn't all ROCK STAR. The Kamina shades worry me, but then again Prowl isn't exactly hot blooded. Guitars are one of the most useful instruments for making all kinds of random crap noises, he doesn't have to be a rocker. I hope his guitar sounds real "cyber", like it's being run through the Filter Matrix on an Electric Mistress.