"Autobots, I have decrypted another entry in the Iacon Database."
"Decepticons, Soundwave has decrypted another entry in the Iacon Database."
It's the same entry at the same time, of course, so they both show up at once and FIGHT! From there, three options:
1. The Autobots win, put the relic in cold storage, and never speak of it again for the foreseeable future.
2. The Decepticons win, put the relic in cold storage, and never speak of it again for the foreseeable future.
3. The relic is lost or destroyed, and not spoken of again for the foreseeable future.
I would have minded that pattern a lot LESS if we had known ahead of time how big that blasted "Iacon Database" was, because at the time for all I knew there could have been THOUSANDS of entries that could have sustained a zillion indistinguishable episodes indefinitely with no sign of any payoff. There was zero sense of progress and I never want to hear the words "Iacon," "Database," or "relic" ever again.
I actually never finished Prime because Season 3 seemed to be dipping into a not-nearly-different-enough formula related to the collection of THAT season's MacGuffins and I had no interest in slogging through all that again.