I just got done watching the first 3 episodes of season 3 on YouTube. Wheeljack is still alive with no explanation of how he survived his crash. Smokescreen has a really stupid explanation for how he returned to the base and was able to pull Optimus from the wreckage. Apparently the phase shifter also makes him invisible as he just went right back into the base before the portal closed and no one ever saw that happen yet he never uses this power when sneaking around the Nemesis? Bumblebee does get a new paint job which is just so the Decepticons can't spot him. They talk about it as if he was literally repainted which is odd considering he could just scan another vehicle mode. He wouldn't have time to get a literal paint job nor would they be able to get it done anywhere with a little kid being his only passenger. Bulkhead mentions Wrecker Protocol in which if Wreckers are ever separated they always meet at the same co-ordinates. So Wreckers always meet on Earth when they're separated? That seems convenient for the fact that they're currently on Earth but kind of an out of the way place to meet up during the war. Oddly enough Miko knows not to make phone calls as the Decepticons are tracking them and Jack is the one doing the stupid thing and sure enough Decepticons show up just as Arcee leaves because she goes to check out a helicopter she thinks might be a Decepticon. Megatron starts off without his arm as the episode picks up literally right where the last one left off but then is later seen back with his original arm with not even an order given to repair him or for anyone to even try to salvage his Prime arm. Moving onto Episode 2. The wiki states there was a flash back with Cliffjumper in this episode but I never saw him in any form. The video quality was kinda crappy on the YouTube uploads, it was probably during Shockwave's flash back sense he was involved in that episode. We get to see Ultra Magnus but he doesn't actually talk in this episode. More on him later. Shockwave also has a very stupid story that tries to explain his return but doesn't actually explain anything at all. The last we saw of him the Space Bridge closed with him inside it yet he claims to have reappeared right back inside his lab on Cybertron and Starscream even says that he was seen going in and never coming back out. Shockwave had to be inside the Space Bridge when it closed and there's no way in hell he could of come back out into his lab without anyone knowing about it. That whole episode happened in a flash back so they could of explained his return as having retrieved him from the Space Bridge some time later and him choosing to remain on Cybertron to work on other projects instead of having Megatron give that "We thought you were dead" line and the stupid unnecessary explanation that made no sense. Just because the AUDIENCE may of thought he was dead doesn't mean they needed to write it so the CHARACTERS though he was dead. Anyway, we also get a glimpse at Predaking which is the very same scene we've seen in trailers already. Episode 3.... Ratchet is found in junk yard seemingly giving up on defeating the Decepticons and then later for no apparent reason changes his mind. Predaking looks freaking bad ass and neither of his toys currently out right now do him justice. I can't wait for the Ultimate Class figure which is actually screen accurate. And I don't just mean size, I mean the crappy paint jobs and molding on the smaller toys make him look like crap. So far though Predaking does not appear in robot mode in the cartoon and it's mentioned that he can't speak. He doesn't just look like a beast, he literally is a Beast. He also has a really cool looking effect where you can see the orange bits in his throat light up in red just before a fire blast. This guy with his color scheme and fire really reminds me of the Predacon equivalent of the Fallen. So anyway... going back to Ultra Magnus... he seems to be a combination of both his original toy molds and the Optimus remold toy. I can see Optimus in the arms and legs with the remolded shoulders but his chest plate looks like the one from his previous toys before he turned into a remold of Optimus. It's stated that he was Optimus' second in command for all of the War of Cybertron and it's never stated that he was ever a Wrecker. In fact Bulkhead and Wheeljack seem to be meeting him for the first time. Not really the reaction I'd expect for someone who supposedly lead their team in the Aligned Continuity so I will repeat my belief that there is no Aligned Continuity. Ultra Magnus is said to be very by the book and demands everyone call him sir, including the humans. Though Ratchet for some reason gets away with talking to him however the hell he wants and Magnus pulls a Bugs Bunny on him. "What's up Doc?" The episode ends with Optimus telling Smokescreen that he is going to be the new Prime. Optimus appears to be dieing. And this is where the speculation comes in. I think, or at least I hope that line from Optimus is just a mislead. We know Ultra Magnus is going to get the forge because his toy freaking comes with it. If the older toys weren't enough proof for you because their hammers look nothing like it, his upcoming toy actually looks exactly like the animation model. I've been saying this ever sense the forge was first introduced even before we knew Ultra Magnus would ever be a toy, it's a reference to the Magnus Hammer from Animated. On the other hand if it's NOT a mislead and Smokescreen does become a Prime then we could potentially have 2 Primes this season. I would hate that though because I hate Smokescreen and just want him to die. We also have a new mold for Optimus in the toy line and it's unconfirmed if that's simply a toy only upgrade or if that will actually be incorporated into the cartoon. Optimus is either going to die or be rebuilt into that new body. This could potentially mean THREE Primes. And seeing how powerful Predaking is it might actually take 3 Primes to defeat him. Despite all the flaws I've found with the current story line at least it's not boring. This is the most action I've seen in the entire series. This looks like the end of relic hunts and other stupid filler episodes. This series keeps getting better. I don't understand why people are loosing interest in it. Oh yeah and Arcee also mentions that if she reversed her color scheme like Bumblebee did, she'd be pink. So yeah she made a reference to all other incarnations of Arcee (except RotF) and her NY repaint.