Summary: When the Key to Vector Sigma is stolen by Thunderwing, the Decepticons set out on a mission to find him.
This is the first in a three-parter, Episodes 6 – 8 of the series Rise of the Decepticons. The title, The Journey into Vector Sigma, alludes to the events that will unfold in parts 2 and 3, but this first part is focused more on the adventures leading up to those events. This episode could have been titled The Key to Vector Sigma just as well.
Without giving too much away, the journey begins when Thunderwing steals the fabled Key from a museum in Iacon, leaving death and destruction in his wake. The story steadily picks up pace and hopefully by the end of part 1 has left the reader (you) wanting to continue reading on to part 2. There are several canonical references that have been reimagined for the Heroic Decepticons Universe, including a rebooting, if you will, of many G1 characters and their histories, from both the cartoon and the comics verse.
As with typical action/adventure, “made-for-TV” cartoon episodes, this one is no different – it contains fast paced action, one-liners, drama, suspense, surprises, and big explosions, and is written specifically for a general audience.
Episode 6 introduces a slew of new characters that are mentioned for the first time in the Heroic Decepticons Universe including Thunderwing, as well as the insufferable Nacelle (who you can’t help but feel sorry for, the poor sap). It also sees the return of others including Optronix, Hot Rod and the cadets, and Alphia Trion. As a side story, this episode is a turning point for Optronix in particular, which (without giving away any spoilers) will become more important as time goes on.