Pretty much typical Prime. Couldn't really get myself to care much about it - the first half was the plot being driven forwards by characters playing 'catch the idiot ball', the second was a rather lackluster 'attack on Earth'.
It's places like this when the lack of any scale really hurts the show. There really needs to be more generic character models, rather than just a handful of Autobots and Decepticons, and a few drones. Megatron's mighty attack force at the end is literally about 30 drones, and by the time Wheeljack gets there they seem to have mostly died. If the rest of the Autobots hadn't legged it, they might have won! There could at least have been SOME attempt to show how big a threat the Decepticons were!
And what was that about Fowler's stupid helicopter? Seriously? What?
Oh no Optimus Prime is dead again. Bring on Beast Hunters.
Optimus dead?! Seriously people need to stop doing that, it's bloody unimaginative and nobody buys it anymore.
On a storytelling note. Every episode is somebody's first, they really should name check all the characters. Having not kept up with Prime I had no idea who Smokescreen was until I saw the end credits.
Was not the most satisfying looking back and not even in an Empire Strikes Back kind of way... The best moment in the run-up to the season finale was the Star Saber episode, kind of a "woooah WTF, can they do that" kind of thing, even though i'm still not sure i'm cool with my TFs wielding magic swords....
Just watched the second half of season 2 in nearly on sitting. You might be right about it peaking a few episodes early, but watched as a whole I thought it worked rather well, laying the groundwork for the final series.