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Transformers News: Transformers Prime Executive Producer Jeff Kline Interview and Beast Hunters World Premiere Screening

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 9:09AM CST

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The LA Times' Hero Complex recently interviewed Transformers Prime executive producer Jeff Kline regarding the upcoming third and final season, Beast Hunters, which premieres on March 22nd. In the interview he mentions that while this will mark the end of Transformers Prime saga he believes fans will be satisfied this chapter's conclusion. He also mentions new characters being brought in the bolster the ranks of both factions. He kept their identities under wraps, but says some will be familiar to fans. In closing he states that even though this iteration of Transformers is coming to it's end the creative team is already working on a new Transformers show that will be going into production soon. Unfortunately he was unable to give any details on the upcoming show. The full article can be read by clicking here.

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I believe that at the end of episode 313, you will feel like this particular tale in the ‘Transformers’ mythology has been told.


Hopefully there will be some surprises, but you will be satisfied.


Speaking of Transformers Prime Beast Hunters, this season's premiere episode will be getting the red carpet treatment a week prior this season's official debut on the Hub. David Sobolov, the voice of Shockwave, shared the image mirrored below via his facebook page. The Hub will be screening the first episode as a special event on March 14th.

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Credit(s): LA Times, David Sobolov
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Re: Transformers Prime Executive Producer Jeff Kline Interview and Beast Hunters World Premiere Screening (1468729)
Posted by njb902 on March 3rd, 2013 @ 9:12am CST
Hey look a reformatted Optimus.
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Posted by Mindmaster on March 3rd, 2013 @ 9:31am CST
Well, that image seems legit enough to confirm that Optimus is getting that nice and bulky upgrade.

Familiar characters? Ultra Magnus, no doubt about it.

I hate to say, I got a little overexcited about this. I thought this would be a television premiere at first. :-(
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Posted by RAcast on March 3rd, 2013 @ 10:12am CST
Welp, I think we have our answer to how long Prime's likely to be out of commission. 1-2 whole episodes. :lol:
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Posted by Mindmaster on March 3rd, 2013 @ 10:20am CST
RAcast wrote:Welp, I think we have our answer to how long Prime's likely to be out of commission. 1-2 whole episodes. :lol:


It will never beat Animated Optimus's record of a whopping 72 seconds.
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Posted by Henry921 on March 3rd, 2013 @ 10:22am CST
Full tale told... like hell. You're just saying what Hasbro needs you to.

I don't blame you for following their edicts... I just wish the ride could've lasted longer. :-(

A LOT longer.
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Posted by Rhinox23 on March 3rd, 2013 @ 10:50am CST
Henry921 wrote:Full tale told... like hell. You're just saying what Hasbro needs you to.

I don't blame you for following their edicts... I just wish the ride could've lasted longer. :-(

A LOT longer.


I completely agree. I find it difficult to believe that they can introduce new characters, introduce a new factions and tie up all other parts of the story in just 13 episodes. At least, not in a satisfying way as Kline stated. I really hope I'm wrong though. I for one, have especially enjoyed this series and will be sad to see it go.

I know I'm spoiled from Beast Wars, Beast Machines and now Prime, but I am partial to the CGI animations. To me, this type of rendering fits with Transformers more than regular animation. That's why, despite really enjoying the story and plot lines in Animated, I can't love it the way I have these. It's personal preference, but I just hope the next show is CGI as well. Maybe they learned how to be more efficient or maybe there's new technology that can cut costs and still get a great CGI show.
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Posted by RAcast on March 3rd, 2013 @ 11:47am CST
Mindmaster wrote:
RAcast wrote:Welp, I think we have our answer to how long Prime's likely to be out of commission. 1-2 whole episodes. :lol:


It will never beat Animated Optimus's record of a whopping 72 seconds.

:lol: Indeed!
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Posted by njb902 on March 3rd, 2013 @ 11:47am CST
Rhinox23 wrote:
Henry921 wrote:Full tale told... like hell. You're just saying what Hasbro needs you to.

I don't blame you for following their edicts... I just wish the ride could've lasted longer. :-(

A LOT longer.


I completely agree. I find it difficult to believe that they can introduce new characters, introduce a new factions and tie up all other parts of the story in just 13 episodes. At least, not in a satisfying way as Kline stated. I really hope I'm wrong though. I for one, have especially enjoyed this series and will be sad to see it go.

I know I'm spoiled from Beast Wars, Beast Machines and now Prime, but I am partial to the CGI animations. To me, this type of rendering fits with Transformers more than regular animation. That's why, despite really enjoying the story and plot lines in Animated, I can't love it the way I have these. It's personal preference, but I just hope the next show is CGI as well. Maybe they learned how to be more efficient or maybe there's new technology that can cut costs and still get a great CGI show.


Eh I can take or leave cgi, I just want a good story.
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Posted by MarkNL on March 3rd, 2013 @ 12:34pm CST
I like Prime's new design. 8)
Flat-nose truckssssss :DANCE:
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Posted by Nemesis Maximo on March 3rd, 2013 @ 12:35pm CST
Wow. O.P. hasn't been in that kinda shape since he won the Mr. Olympia contes and became Govener of California.
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Posted by Sabrblade on March 3rd, 2013 @ 5:44pm CST
Henry921 wrote:I just wish the ride could've lasted longer. :-(

A LOT longer.
If only the ride hadn't been stuck in neutral so much in season 1 and then breaking the speed limit at times in season 2, while only going at a decently steady pace sparingly here and there.
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Posted by Autobot Megatron on March 3rd, 2013 @ 5:59pm CST
Well, this is the first time we've gotten a direct connection between the new Prime body and the show, right? It was already obvious, though. Here's hoping all that satisfying conclusion scrap's not a lie!
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Posted by Sabrblade on March 3rd, 2013 @ 6:14pm CST
Autobot Megatron wrote:Here's hoping all that satisfying conclusion scrap's not a lie!
Well, haven't we gotten a satisfying conclusion to a TF cartoon before?

Honest question.
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Posted by RAcast on March 3rd, 2013 @ 6:50pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:
Autobot Megatron wrote:Here's hoping all that satisfying conclusion scrap's not a lie!
Well, haven't we gotten a satisfying conclusion to a TF cartoon before?

Honest question.

Beast Wars and Beast Machines both REALLY hit it out of the park, Armada was okay, and Cybertron was great. RiD was very satisfying as well.
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Posted by Sabrblade on March 3rd, 2013 @ 7:04pm CST
RAcast wrote:RiD was very satisfying as well.
Indeed! Other than Sky-Byte (which his Hall of Fame bio eventually touched upon), I can't think of any loose ends left open by that series.
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Posted by njb902 on March 3rd, 2013 @ 7:20pm CST
RAcast wrote:
Sabrblade wrote:
Autobot Megatron wrote:Here's hoping all that satisfying conclusion scrap's not a lie!
Well, haven't we gotten a satisfying conclusion to a TF cartoon before?

Honest question.

Beast Wars and Beast Machines both REALLY hit it out of the park, Armada was okay, and Cybertron was great. RiD was very satisfying as well.


The ending to beast wars was awesome.
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Posted by PrymeStriker on March 3rd, 2013 @ 8:14pm CST
njb902 wrote:The ending to beast wars was awesome.


Except for when a bunch of characters were dumped like bags of garbage. Tigerhawk, Depth Charge, Rampage, Inferno, Quickstrike...
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Posted by njb902 on March 3rd, 2013 @ 8:22pm CST
PrymeStriker wrote:
njb902 wrote:The ending to beast wars was awesome.


Except for when a bunch of characters were dumped like bags of garbage. Tigerhawk, Depth Charge, Rampage, Inferno, Quickstrike...


except for when they were, which was awesome.
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Posted by Sabrblade on March 3rd, 2013 @ 8:27pm CST
njb902 wrote:
PrymeStriker wrote:
njb902 wrote:The ending to beast wars was awesome.


Except for when a bunch of characters were dumped like bags of garbage. Tigerhawk, Depth Charge, Rampage, Inferno, Quickstrike...


except for when they were, which was awesome.
Only loose end I see left by BW was its being unable to go into what the Vok's deal was, leaving it to authorial intent that was mostly never realized in the fiction and scantly-released comic to explore them.
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Posted by njb902 on March 3rd, 2013 @ 8:36pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:
njb902 wrote:
PrymeStriker wrote:
njb902 wrote:The ending to beast wars was awesome.


Except for when a bunch of characters were dumped like bags of garbage. Tigerhawk, Depth Charge, Rampage, Inferno, Quickstrike...


except for when they were, which was awesome.
Only loose end I see left by BW was its being unable to go into what the Vok's deal was, leaving it to authorial intent that was mostly never realized in the fiction and scantly-released comic to explore them.


A little mystery is fine with me.
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Posted by Sabrblade on March 3rd, 2013 @ 8:40pm CST
njb902 wrote:A little mystery is fine with me.
Thing is, they were hinting and building up to something big with them all series, and Tigerhawk's debut episode was meant to be their big moment. However, Hasbro's insistence of getting the Tigerhawk toy out on the market and into the TV show before its end derailed that, reworking the episode into being how awesome Tigerhawk's toy is.

Granted, he's still awesome, but he was gonna be the icing to the Vok's cake. We got plenty of icing, but only cake crumbs. :-(
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Posted by njb902 on March 3rd, 2013 @ 8:43pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:
njb902 wrote:A little mystery is fine with me.
Thing is, they were hinting and building up to something big with them all series, and Tigerhawk's debut episode was meant to be their big moment. However, Hasbro's insistence of getting the Tigerhawk toy out on the market and into the TV show before its end derailed that, reworking the episode into being how awesome Tigerhawk's toy is.

Granted, he's still awesome, but he was gonna be the icing to the Vok's cake. We got plenty of icing, but only cake crumbs. :-(


Don't get me wrong fleshing that out would have been intriguing, we got what we got however.
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Posted by RAcast on March 3rd, 2013 @ 8:54pm CST
njb902 wrote:
PrymeStriker wrote:
njb902 wrote:The ending to beast wars was awesome.


Except for when a bunch of characters were dumped like bags of garbage. Tigerhawk, Depth Charge, Rampage, Inferno, Quickstrike...


except for when they were, which was awesome.

And it added to the tension! With the death toll mounting so quickly, you KNEW the end was coming, and coming fast.

Also, how else was Depth Charge and Rampage's conflict supposed to end? There was only one end for it, and it was both amazing and saddening...

"Raw energon...right through your twisted spark! Take it! Take it straight to the PIT, you sickening piece of slaag!"
"AHAHAHAHAH!" :PREDACON:
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Posted by njb902 on March 3rd, 2013 @ 8:56pm CST
RAcast wrote:
njb902 wrote:
PrymeStriker wrote:
njb902 wrote:The ending to beast wars was awesome.


Except for when a bunch of characters were dumped like bags of garbage. Tigerhawk, Depth Charge, Rampage, Inferno, Quickstrike...


except for when they were, which was awesome.

And it added to the tension! With the death toll mounting so quickly, you KNEW the end was coming, and coming fast.

Also, how else was Depth Charge and Rampage's conflict supposed to end? There was only one end for it, and it was both amazing and saddening... AHAHAHAHAH! :PREDACON:


Bingo.
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Posted by PrymeStriker on March 3rd, 2013 @ 8:57pm CST
RAcast wrote:And it added to the tension! With the death toll mounting so quickly, you KNEW the end was coming, and coming fast.


Yeah, but then we got Tigerhawk...who in the long run didn't even need to be revived in the first place other than to sell a toy.

Also, how else was Depth Charge and Rampage's conflict supposed to end? There was only one end for it, and it was both amazing and saddening... AHAHAHAHAH! :PREDACON:


They handled the conflict okay, but individually I would have liked to see more development from both of them.
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Posted by Nemesis Maximo on March 3rd, 2013 @ 9:56pm CST
RAcast wrote:"Raw energon...right through your twisted spark! Take it! Take it straight to the PIT, you sickening piece of slaag!"
"AHAHAHAHAH!" :PREDACON:

I loved that scene! I mean, yeah, I was sad that Depth Charge had died, but Rampage relishing it...

It was so sickeningly awesome. Even in death, Rampage would have the last laugh! :PREDACON:
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Posted by SaTaN CoNvOy on March 4th, 2013 @ 9:27pm CST
Rhinox23 wrote:
Henry921 wrote:Full tale told... like hell. You're just saying what Hasbro needs you to.

I don't blame you for following their edicts... I just wish the ride could've lasted longer. :-(

A LOT longer.


I completely agree. I find it difficult to believe that they can introduce new characters, introduce a new factions and tie up all other parts of the story in just 13 episodes. At least, not in a satisfying way as Kline stated. I really hope I'm wrong though. I for one, have especially enjoyed this series and will be sad to see it go.

I know I'm spoiled from Beast Wars, Beast Machines and now Prime, but I am partial to the CGI animations. To me, this type of rendering fits with Transformers more than regular animation. That's why, despite really enjoying the story and plot lines in Animated, I can't love it the way I have these. It's personal preference, but I just hope the next show is CGI as well. Maybe they learned how to be more efficient or maybe there's new technology that can cut costs and still get a great CGI show.


season 3 of Beast Wars had only 13 episodes and had introduced new characters and new molds. And lets not go on about how many episodes there was of beast machines.
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Posted by RAcast on March 4th, 2013 @ 9:34pm CST
SaTaN CoNvOy wrote:season 3 of Beast Wars had only 13 episodes and had introduced new characters and new molds. And lets not go on about how many episodes there was of beast machines.

It's very easy to pack a lot into just a little space, but the problem is that they really haven't done that with Prime, not consistently at least.
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Posted by Nemesis Maximo on March 4th, 2013 @ 10:22pm CST
RAcast wrote:
SaTaN CoNvOy wrote:season 3 of Beast Wars had only 13 episodes and had introduced new characters and new molds. And lets not go on about how many episodes there was of beast machines.

It's very easy to pack a lot into just a little space, but the problem is that they really haven't done that with Prime, not consistently at least.

Well, to be honest, only about half of season 2s episodes really had BIG impact on the story. Roughly, anyway. Would I be correct with in my thinking, pr is my memory somewhat faded?
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Posted by RAcast on March 4th, 2013 @ 10:24pm CST
Nemesis Maximo wrote:
RAcast wrote:
SaTaN CoNvOy wrote:season 3 of Beast Wars had only 13 episodes and had introduced new characters and new molds. And lets not go on about how many episodes there was of beast machines.

It's very easy to pack a lot into just a little space, but the problem is that they really haven't done that with Prime, not consistently at least.

Well, to be honest, only about half of season 2s episodes really had BIG impact on the story. Roughly, anyway. Would I be correct with in my thinking, pr is my memory somewhat faded?

You'd be right, which is my point. ;)
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Posted by Henry921 on March 5th, 2013 @ 12:05am CST
Nemesis Maximo wrote:
RAcast wrote:
SaTaN CoNvOy wrote:season 3 of Beast Wars had only 13 episodes and had introduced new characters and new molds. And lets not go on about how many episodes there was of beast machines.

It's very easy to pack a lot into just a little space, but the problem is that they really haven't done that with Prime, not consistently at least.

Well, to be honest, only about half of season 2s episodes really had BIG impact on the story. Roughly, anyway. Would I be correct with in my thinking, pr is my memory somewhat faded?


But what Season 2 absolutely did right was foreshadowing. Megs got the Forge of Solus Prime in Episode 5, and then it became kind of a big deal in episode 21. Starscream's clones showed up in episode 10, and the last one was his ace in the hole in episode 22. The show used its continuity brilliantly.

Based on how many new characters they have to introduce and spotlight, I'm concerned it'll feel rushed, in much the same way the third season of Beast Wars did, blasting right from "Megatron gets an awesome new dragon mode" to "OMG TIGERHAWK BUY THE TOY" in the space of one episode.
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