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.

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