I felt this episode was the weakest yet, to be honest (Okay maybe not as bad as the Meltdown one...but still pretty bad). Terrible introduction to Soundwave, and was generally handled poorly. Despite picking up in the last third, it just didn't click for me. Now we've got Soundwave's origin down we can see some decent Lazerbeak action.
This was okay. Plot by numbers, yes, but competently done. The opening scene was 100% Powerpuff Girls reference. Sari's voice actor does Bubbles in the show, and I'm pretty sure she's also Princess (both on PPG, and in this episode). I enjoyed it because I am in fact an 8 year old girl.
Soundwave joining the Decepticons purely because their agenda matches his could lead somewhere utterly awesome in the Tarantulas school of behaviour if they decide to take it in that direction. They might not and he'll just end up another crony, but I live in hope.
"I used to think it was a terrible thing that life was so unfair. Then I thought, 'what if life were fair, and all of the terrible things that happen to us came because we really deserved them?' Now I take great comfort in the general unfairness and hostility of the universe." — Marcus Cole, Babylon 5 — A Late Delivery from Avalon
I have to say that I wasn't that impressed with this episode. The plot was fairly uninspired and it felt in many ways like a retread of the Dinobot's episode.
I will admit that I found my attention wandering a lot during the last couple of episodes. Still a great deal better than the most recent Transformers animated series we've had most recently, but I'm not sure this is something I am going to be seeking out episodes of.