King of the Hill (Parts I & II) So, we're back with a new enemy, a blue mini-con, a cocky team of Autobots and a football game. Cool! This episode made me realize that season 2.5 didn't really have any story lines involving Russel and Denny though they did pop up a few times. I've mentioned before earlier in the blog that unlike a lot of Transformers fan, I actually enjoy the human characters and their side stories so I'm glad to see them being brought back to the front line alongside the Team Bee story. Russel did sound a little bit different, I'm not sure if he has a new voice actor or if the current one was actually a kid whose grown up a bit since we last same him. Although it was a little bit odd that we never saw Slipstream and Jetstorm after they helped Russel practice his kicking. I wonder why they didn't get in on all the action? I also love the recurring gag through out these two of Grimlock constantly playing catch-up with the other Autobots. So, it turns out our new Decepticon is a missile firing jeep (Decepticon Hound?) named Heatseeker which is pretty fitting and he answers to, who I believe is, Motormaster. The short glimpse we get of the 'Chief' at the end of the second episode combined with the fact that Heatseeker is called a stunticon and the fact that the season is called 'Combiner Wars' leaves me to believe that not only is Motormaster going to be our (or one of our) primary villains for the season - fingers crossed we get Menasor. One of my favorite parts of the Transformers Devastation video game is fighting him and Devastator at the same time. We also find out that our little blue friend is working for Soundwave, which is odd since the guy only spoke I think once in all of Prime? But c'mon, there's no mistaking that voice. I am curious as to why he decided to help Bumblebee in the first place unless his entire mission was to acquire the Decepticon Hunter - if so, why didn't Soundwave come back through himself and get it? I know he's back in the shadow realm or whatever it's called but clearly he can send this minicon back and forth. The hermit was a wonderful human character but I still prefer the subway worker from (I believe) season one, that guy could easily be on my top five list at the end of the blog. The special effects for the first explosion when Sideswipe and Strongarm cause the missiles to collide was beautiful and keeps me hopeful for the quality of season 3 moving forward. Which, speaking of, they didn't seem to change the intro sequence up much this season either but I did spot two or three new characters. They could have been Heatseeker and the minicon but I'm not positive as I just caught the quick glimpse and wasn't paying much attention. Speaking of Sideswipe and Strongarm, I actually think I'm beginning to like these two together. When they were sent out on this mission they were still bickering back and forth and teasing each other but it felt, I don't know, different some how. Like, they weren't genuinely upset or distraught with each other but instead playfully teased one another and also looked out for each other. Their bickering was almost funny and played well off of the fact that the team had been dying for something to do since the Starscream debacle. Also, yo, how old was that Stretch kid really? He had to be like 17 and playing college basketball on the side right? Overall, I'm very impressed with our first look at Season 3 and am happy to dive in for more! Be sure to post your thoughts so we can discuss them and don't be afraid to discuss spoilers with other forum members so long as you use the spoiler tag! Just know that I usually won't quote reply to you in that scenario since it reveals the text in the editor! Thanks for reading everyone, I hope you've all had a great week and continue to do so! Oh and P.S. - to the user that called Strongarm the "Peggy Hill" of Transformers, this episode title is mad ironic since we were just talking about that, lol!