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Transformers Season Two, Volume One REVIEW

Is there still more than meets the eye in the second season of the original Transformers show?



Another Transformers box set was released last week.  This time it's Season Two, Volume One.  The set contains episodes 17 through 44 which originally aired between September 23, 1985 and November 5, 1985.  This was back when you could get a new episode almost every day.  I mentioned when I r eviewed the Season One set that I didn't really watch Transformers as a kid.  Watching them now is a strange trip back to the 80s.
 
 "Atlantis, Arise!"
If you watched the first season, on the last episode, "Heavy Metal War," it appeared that the Decepticons were defeated.  The Autobots managed to knock them into a lake of molten lava.  With the start of Season Two, the Decepticons are back to their old tricks.  Actually, they've come up with some new ones.  You can clearly see that the series is slowly taking a different direction from the first season.  Similar to G.I. Joe, things often get a little wacky.  In the two part "Dinobot Island," we discover there's still real live dinosaurs on Earth.  In "Atlantis, Arise!" we also discover that the lost city of Atlantis exists and is inhabited by green scaley Atlanteans.  Let's not forget "A Decepticon Raider In King Arthur's Court."  Transformers in King Arthur's time?  Merlin, castles and even a fire-breathing dragon show up.  Crazy times indeed.
 
 "A Prime Problem"
What about the Decepticons' plans?  You would think that Megatron and Cobra Commander went to similar schools of villainy.  Megatron manages to come up with crazy, yet incredible plans that somehow manage to backfire.  But if he went back and tried to tweak things, he could perhaps bemore successful the next time around.  In "A Prime Problem," Megatron manages to make a clone of Optimus Prime.  When Optimus is knocked down during a battle, Megatron has Optimus scanned and enters the data into one of his computers.  The result is a perfect clone-copy of Optimus Prime.  When the clone arrives at the Autobot base, no one can tell the difference between the two.  As you can imagine, something goes wrong with the plan.  With some more planning, this could be perfected.  Megatron could easily send in another clone to spy or even defeat the Autobots from the inside.  When the plan fails, it's simply discarded.
 
 "Attack Of The Autobots"
In the "Microbots" episode, the Autobots suddenly have a "transmat reduction beam."  They use this to enter Megatron's body.  While it's not really used as an offensive weapon, it would be so easy to simply enter the Decepticons and pull out circuits to disable them.  Or perhaps they could create some sort of immobilizer weapon to end the war and end the risk to human lives.  Then in "Attack Of The Autobots," Megatron has...invisibility spray.  Yes, with a simple spray, they can turn invisible.  All they need is a little distraction and entering the Autobot base is a piece of energon-flavored cake.  Once again, since they developed and still have the spray, why not use it again.
 
The main problem I had with this set is where it cuts off.  "Quest For Survival" ends in what could be a cliffhanger.  It could just be that the episode simply ends that way.  On the other hand, if it is a cliffhanger, we're stuck waiting for Season Two, Volume Two.  There hasn't been a release date for Volume Two yet.  There also aren't any special features in this set.  Season One had some.  Maybe it's just a matter that there really isn't anything that could be added.  Also, the main reason you'd be buying this is for the episodes.
 
As I mentioned, some of the episodes get a little crazy.  Considering this is a cartoon from the heart of the 80s, you have to expect a good dosage of the cheese factor.  That's part of the charm of this show.  They don't make cartoons like this anymore.  While some of the episodes seem to have lost a little of its edge over the first season, they are still enjoyable.  The set retails for $29.99 but you'll easily find it for a cheaper price.  The running time is 644 minutes.  That's a lot of Transformer fighting.  I gave the first set a 4.5.  This set may lack the bells and whistles that the first season but makes up for it with the number of episodes.  Transformers Season Two, Volume One gets a 4 out of 5.  The stories might get a little weird but that's just what makes them that much more enjoyable.
5 Comments
Posted by FoxxFireArt
Cake - Transformers
Nice review. The release should be celebrated with cake. Sorry, it's devil's food. Not energon flavored.
 
You make a good point about all the plans that the Decepticons made and never followed up on after an initial failure. Sucks there are no special features to speak of. Though you have to realize the era that these were made in. Still it should have something.

One thing that I never realized as a kid that I see now. Ever notice how Megatron is pretty much taller then Stascream. Yet when Megatron transforms into a hand gun. He's suddenly small enough to fit in Starscream's hand. Scale just flew out the window there. It was better when he became Galvatron and could shoot himself off as a cannon.
Posted by _brandon

The only episode I dont recall is the one with the Invisibility spray and it DOES sound like a page out of Cobra Commander's cartoon book.  All the other episodes I definitely remember to some degree which is kind of freaky.
 
Nice review
Posted by FLStyle

644 minutes?! Damn, that's a lot of "Autobots, transform and roll out!"

Posted by Media_Master

Sounds good and all but G-Man is 'probably right about there not being any special features because they already did them in the first season.
 
Prime Problem sounds pretty cool.

Posted by speedlgt

 
we have mentioned that the Megatron plans always fail just like cobra commanders do but they are dran good crazy plans. If these guys were the absolute ruthless they could be they win but they dont and the simplest mistakes cost them GLORY. it was because of this common theme of prime always beating megatron that made the Movie soooo great! I remembered going to watch the film on the silver screen and being shocked beyond belief as megatron and starscream just gunned down autobots in cold blood as if they never had chance in hell. IT WAS GREAT!!!!!! maybe i was just a kid but I dont ever remember leaving a theater with that kinda feeling of WOW that was AWSOME. I bring this up cause i think that chesse factor and good always winning theme of the series  really set the tome for that movie.