Alright! So unfortunately I have to sort of rush through this review, but I'll try to be as thorough as I would be on any night. There isn't too much that I want to discuss other than Grimlock's amazing showcase in this chapter, let us hop to it. The first thing that comes to mind is that, wow, you sure did make some kind of use of that sudden death arc that I so avidly complained about earlier. In some foreign, yet welcome way, I almost feel as though I've been cheated because I grieved so much over the quick, seemingly meaningless death which we suddenly learn is kind of inauthentic because Grimlock turned out to...not really be dead? I don't know how long you've had this turn of events contrived, but if it had anything to do with shock value, I can definitely say that you had me there and it's sort of inverted; instead of being shocked that Grimlock became resurrected over a course of events that extended for a long interval of time, which was what I was expecting, I became shocked that the exact opposite happened and that Grimlock got up under his own power from the dead in two minutes flat. I was so convinced that your set style of writing rendered the "DEAD IS DEAD" rule, but you turned that principle inside out to such a degree that something so predictable suddenly became entirely unforeseen. I'm not sure if I'm making a whole lot of sense to you here, but kudos is what I'm trying to say. And also damn you for making me want to take back most of what I said before now that none of it's relevant thanks to Grimlock not actually being dead. Granted, as Ratchet frantically reminds us, Grimlock did appear to have utterly croaked. It's funny how this chapter, for a bit of text-to-text comparison, reminded me of the 1996 Everest catastrophe. I don't know if you know anything about that, but one of the climbers, Beck Weathers, had gotten caught with his teammates in a really bad storm near Everest's summit and had some of the worst frostbite imaginable. At some point, because of his delirium according to one of the guys that was with him at the time, he stumbled forward and seemed to cast himself to the wind, eventually getting knocked over and disappearing through the gale. His teammates figured he was a lost cause but found his body in the snow the next day, surprisingly not dead yet. His face was ice-encrusted though and he was barely breathing, not to mention he had hideous splotches of deep, irreparable frostbite and he was so far gone that the climbers who located him decided that it was best to leave him on the mountain for nature to take its course and kill him off. They were astounded and extremely emotional to find, a couple days later, him stumbling under his own power into camp, seemingly having aroused himself from the dead. That's sort of a long story, but there's nothing like good old relating annotation. Grimlock is like Beck Weathers; all but confirmed dead and left for the reaper to taketh his soul and he ended getting up on his own and fighting a battle inside and out to make it through. There could be a "survival of the fittest" moral to be picked out of that, but I think that Grimlock's resurrection was kinda-sorta supernatural, and that's where the speculation that I mentioned comes in. By supernatural, I don't mean like on a spiritual level or anything that he was revived by the Primes a la Sam Witwicky in ROTF, but it's evident to me that something or somebody out there is monitoring him and sort of guarding him. For what purpose, I don't know. But if Grimlock's rule in the war is as sacred as the cavalry makes it out to be and he is SO unexpendable, then maybe he owes his supposed invulnerability to somebody who is making sure that it stays that way. If that's somebody up in a science lab that's using a homing device to keep tabs on him and utilizes a regeneration device implanted in his body from time to time when it's needed (like in situations like these), I don't know. Heck, maybe Grimlock just wasn't ready to die and really was like a robodinosaur Beck Weathers. I guess we'll find out, because there's no way that Ratchet's getting over this before he gets answers. Not to mention that his use of the word "sorcery" encourages my hypothesis. Speaking of Ratchet, you know how I felt about him in this chapter. I don't know if it was the comedic dialogue or his resolution or his sudden bloodlust or a combination of all three of those things in this chapter, but he suddenly charmed me enough to get off my shitlist. I don't have sympathy, of course, for anybody who decides that they need to turn around their bullcrap behavior AFTER the fact (after Grimlock is dead in this case), so I'm not sure that it's his arc in that regard so much as it's display of compassion and vengeance regardless of how much he thinks he needs to grow up. Similar to Starscream's arc, I respect that he has a sense of self-evaluation, even if it seemed to be too little too late. Despite it turning out to be quite the contrary however, I'm looking forward to see if Ratchet maintains his big boy visage for an extended period of time. I have faith in him to do so, but it's a show-don't-tell kind of thing. Also really loved Barricade in this chapter, more great dialogue from him. Interesting that he's shown that he can be competent in some perverse situations, but I'm disappointed that the others were so eager to leap to conclusions. Especially Starscream, who is so hellbent on flawlessly executing his plans. Despite the questionable nature of their assumptions, however, I'm curious to see just how they're going to handle it when they find out how wrong they were. All in all, really cool episode. I'm excited to see where things add up from here; how the new bots will mingle with the old ones, how the cons are going to get Dumbass In Distress-stream out of her fix, how the team will handle their captive, etc, etc, etc. I read this a long time ago so there are probably some things that I'm missing, but if anything comes to mind, then I'll let you know. Also I'm not rereading this, so there are probably many typos.