Transformers Prime Review (Beware of Spoilers)

On Friday November 26 2010, the first two episodes of the new Transformers show, Transformers Prime, premiered on Hasbro's new channel called the Hub. After watching the premier twice I am now ready to make a review of it. Overall, I thought the show was pretty good. I like how it follows the the original G1 show in the way that their planet has become uninhabitable because of all the wars they waged and how they've come to Earth for energon. I also love the voice-acting: Peter Cullen is Optimus and Frank Welker is Megatron and I'm glad that the originals are voicing them, though Welker doesn't do the same voice as he did in G1. Steven Blum as Starscream is also very fitting and Arcee's voice-actor was pretty good too. The humans aren't my favorite, and they are usually my least favorite part of most Transformers series, but these ones aren't as bad as some of the humans from other TF series. The humans in this show are Jack Darby, a teenager who was the first to encounter the Autobots, Raff, a small techno-geek kid, and Miko, a Japanese girl who seems to be crazy over machines. There's also Agent Fowler, a human who the Autobots use as their liason between their selves and the outside world. The Autobots are Bumblebee, who can't talk like in the movie, Optimus Prime, leader of the autobots, Arcee, the only female in the group, Bulkhead, a big Autobot, and Ratchet, who doesn't seem to like the humans very much at all. There was also Cliffjumper who dies in the very beginning at the hands of Starscream. The Decepticons introduced in the premier are Megatron, Starscream, and Soundwave. Megatron has apparently discovered a new substance while he had been away - a substance known as the blood of Unicron which is also called Dark Energon which is said to have the power to revive the dead and is used on Cliffjumper to turn him into a mindless monster. To me, the pros of this show are the voice-acting, the story, the CGI look which makes it the first TF series to be full CGI since Beast Wars and Beast Machines which is why it felt a lot like those shows, and the way the show mixes themes from the movie series, the G1 series, and even a little bit of Animated in the way how the bots are designed. My main problem is the more human-centered parts aren't very good, though I will admit these three aren't as bad as some of the humans from previous shows. This show is actually also supposed to be the new G1 universe for those who don't know. This show and the War for Cybertron video game are actually retconning the original G1 cartoon and will be the new mainstream cannon G1 cartoon series. For a score, I think I might give it maybe an 8 or 9 out of 10 and I recommend any TF fan out there to at least give this show a try.

9 Comments
9 Comments
Posted by CATMANEXE

You rock. I'm going to see it in an hour.
 
Quetion to you, dan, and any other Transformer heavies. Do we have a chat thread, like how there an X-men thread, A Spider-man thread ect?
a clubhouse persay, because if not we need a general and pinned Transformers General Discusion Thread, we have the fans in amount to
warrant it . Down with TF for life!

Posted by MrDirector786
@CATMANEXE: There's the Autobot forums. From what I've seen, all TF related threads are to go there. Mods move my threads there when I put them in the off-topic forum so now I always put them there.
Posted by CATMANEXE

Thanks. I'll take a look around there later today today and see if i can find it.

Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir

I must say, it does amuse me that Jeffrey Combs is the voice of Ratchet. 

Posted by ComicMan24

Interesting. I might check it out. I suppose that it is serious unlike the other TF that was shown recently?

Posted by MrDirector786
@ComicMan24 said:
" Interesting. I might check it out. I suppose that it is serious unlike the other TF that was shown recently? "
I actually liked TF Animated because of all its references to other TF shows. This show is more violent though. Like Starscream killed Cliffjumper by stabbing him through the spark and as he died, energon leaked out of where his spark was, kind of like a human bleeding.
Posted by ComicMan24
@MrDirector786: Well I admit I didn't watch that much of that show but it just didn't make me wanna see more. I see. I will check it out.
Posted by danhimself

it's really hard to judge the show yet with only 2 episodes of an incomplete story shown so far so for those opinions I'll wait till friday when I've seen all 5 episodes....the one thing that I don't like so far is that I was under the impression that this was a continuation of War for Cybertron and in the same continuity as the game....but....in the game all of the Decepticons were using Dark Energon including Megatron but in the show he's never used it on himself and Starscream acts likes this is the first time he's seen it...so I'm guessing that they've changed their minds and this isn't in the same continuity as the game after all...who knows....the show did interest me though so I'll be sticking around for a while...but I think I may have read that it's only a miniseries...is that right?
 
@MrDirector786 said:

" @ComicMan24 said:
" Interesting. I might check it out. I suppose that it is serious unlike the other TF that was shown recently? "
I actually liked TF Animated because of all its references to other TF shows. This show is more violent though. Like Starscream killed Cliffjumper by stabbing him through the spark and as he died, energon leaked out of where his spark was, kind of like a human bleeding. "

same here...I really liked TF animated
Posted by entropy_aegis
@CATMANEXE:
Is this as good as beastwars ?