Ok, I wasn't kidding. If I'm right, this will potentially be discussing the biggest surprise of the series, except the fact that Bulkhead is Sari's father. Whoops, did I say that out loud? Ahem. Anyway, OBLIGATORY SPOILER WARNING IN ALL CAPS You good? You sure? Ok. Since it popped up, this episode summary has been bugging at my mind - and probably yours - for some time. I highly doubt that this traitor is a new character, somebody we haven't heard anything of - but if it was, I demand Repugnus - so as I see it, this could only be one of four Characters. We have a lot of people at our disposal, but from the characters we have, what we know about them, their personalities, and everything, the list I think can really only be four. 1) Blurr. I highly doubt it's him, he seems more like a one-ep-wonder character, and judging by the 1 minute Velocity clip that was posted awhile back, he sounds more like the 'wreckless fast guy' than a traitor. 2) Oil Slick. We know Nothing - Zip Zero Zilch, about this guy. He could possibly be the traitor, but we have no evidence either way. But if you ask me, I have a sneaking suspicion that he is the Decepticon Bounty Hunter mentioned in 'A Fistfull of Energon' - yes, Not Lockdown. I think this because he would be an awesome counter to Prowl (who's apparently staring in 'Fistful'), and because he looks every bit the Bounty Hunter that Lockdown does. I think Lockdown's sunk - or dead. Maybe Oil Slick is a partner of his. Or maybe he's Meltdown. Whatever. I don't think he's this posts subject. 3) Black Arachnia. This one would be interesting - a subtle jab by the writers of the synopsis, and it will get into a lot of what I'm about to discuss when I get to who I think it is (and you've probably guessed by now). The only problem is that I doubt Elita-1 was still around when BB and Bulkhead were in Autoboot Camp, and their reaction to her presence confirms that BA wasn't. I don't think she's the culprit. That leaves. 4) Sentinel Prime. Don't pretend to be shocked, because this possibility has crossed everyone's mind by this point. Of course, I have no proof - but I have a lot of evidence that points to it, and let me add on, that I think this will be proven or disproven by Saturday's airing in Canada, and I want to be able to say I told you so. But lets discuss the proof. 1) Bumblebee and Bulkhead indicate they've met him before. In the infamous shower scene in Elita Guard, these two whisper that he doesn't remember them. Some have taken it to mean from their encounter way back in Episode 1, but that makes little sense - neither of them spoke, and Sentinel gave no indication that he knew anybody else was on the ship at the time. They've met. 2) He hates Optimus Prime. Only bad guys can hate Prime. I'm only partially kidding. 3) His organiphobia. He's got some pretty hard core revulsion to humans, and his attitude toward them is very Decepticon-ish. 4) He's a total dickweed. 5) This one is the real kicker for me (behind BB and Bulkhead that is). At the end of 'The Elite Guard', Magnus tells him that Optimus exhibited many qualities 'And most of all, loyalty. Something you should learn to respect.' There is something very ominus in the way he said that - it's pretty blatent forshadowing if you ask me. But the big question is why? Why would Sentinel forsake the Autobots, after being a member of the Elite Guard? Does Megatron just give a real good 'Come to the Dark Side' speech? Or is there more to it then that? Here's where I jump the obvious logic ship and get into total speculation. The way I see it, there are four potential ways, the last of which has the best story potential, and thus, is totally going to be regulated to future fanfics. 1) Optimus. Yes, he hates Optimus. He hates Optimus so freaken much that he's willing to join the Cons to get back at him. This one is probably the most likely, but also the most obvious. If Ultra Magnus starts favoring Optimus over himself, jealousy could consume him, and he would join the cons. It's very possible, and very probable, but not complex enough for me. 2) Organiphobia. This is, in my opinion, even less likely then the outlandish number 3 will be. The theory would be that Ultra Magnus softens up to organics, and Sentinel hates it, thus joining the Cons. I don't think it's a particularly good one, but perhaps someone else could make a compelling case out of it. Nah. 3) Black Arachnia. This one is for you mushy people - Black Arachnia meets Sentinel, gives him her sob story, and then he pledges to help her rid her of her organic form, even if he has to forsake the Autobots to do it. Mmmm, possible. 4) Here's my big one, and this is going into the realm of pure fantasy, so brace yourself: He already has. Read that again. Sentinel isn't just going to turn Decepticon, he's been on Megatron's payroll since the begining. Implanted as an undercover agent, - or perhaps turned after Elita's death thanks to Optimus hate - he was ordered to rise up through the ranks, and becomes Megatron's inner spy in the Autobots - close enough to Ultra Magnus to where he can do some real damage. Outrageous, you say? Yes, it is. But there's a number of things I find suspicous. 1) His absolute insistance that there are no Decepticons on Earth. He knows they're there, he's just trying to keep Magnus from it. 2) His organiphobia is greater than Megatron's. It's difficult to see that attitude coming from someone who was ever an Autobot - especially since none of the main 5 seemed to care at all. 3) This is the big one. This Saturday's episode: Convinced there are no Decepticons left on Earth, the Elite Guard prepares to take Optimus Prime and his crew back to Cybertron - unaware of the increasing Decepticon activity taking place under their very noses. Where better to hide under someone's nose than in their very ranks? Now, it's possible that theory 3 and 4 could be combined (and that was the initial theory when my mind started mulling this over) - he met Black Arachnia, heard her sob story, then joined the Cons with her. I find it suspicous that Black Arachnia seemed to know Sentinel was still alive when she first showed up. A lot of things add up. I don't know which theory it is, but I'm all that certain Sentinel Prime is the traitor, and I'm positive we're going to meet this traitor on Saturday (in Canada, at least). So that's my super spoilerly thoughts. Anyone want to comment - or call me stupid?