Transformers Prime - "Triangulation" Episode 39 Recap
Optimus is caught between Dreadwing and Starscream as he races for the second Relic.
I’m glad he didn’t get the chance to refit his Transformation Cog; it’s much more interesting to see him struggle without flight.
compare and contrast between the two is mere coincidence). He falls somewhere between the backstabbing Starscream and the utterly loyal Soundwave. Dreadwing isn’t sneaky or underhanded; he’s extremely loyal to his cause. He also makes good on his promises, having spared the Autobots before through honorable means. When he’s being crafty (he has a nasty habit of leaving bombs on other Bots), that has more to do with pragmatism than anything else. Here Optimus asks him to join the Autobot cause, and I can’t help but think that the right words may eventually sway him in that direction. Dreadwing is reopening old wounds and undergoing the same inner turmoil he first demonstrated back in “Loose Cannons”. He’s devoted to Megatron, but even moreso to his brother. Optimus’ neutral attitude and lack of malice towards Skyquake is more than enough for Dreadwing to lay down his sword when he could have fought. Just who is he faithful to first: Megatron or his late brother?
Unfortunately, I feel this further supports the implication that he truly is Breakdown’s replacement. After all, he was the one who struggled with Decepticon ideals first before he was unceremoniously murdered.