- Motto: "When did I get this tattoo?"
- Weapon: Thrust Gun
What was good about Transformers Animated? It attempted to take the franchise in a different direction, giving new spins on old characters and storylines. But this is nothing new as every iteration of Transformers does this. Animated simply takes it to a new extreme. Also, the toys were amazing despite some of my problems with its aesthetic. However, the toyline has nothing to do with the show.
Where do I begin with it's flaws? Let's start with the characters. Animated is full of terrible clichés. We've got the youngster who's trying to live up to being something greater and a hotheaded kid-appeal character. On top of that, they give us a handful of stereotypes like Bulkhead (the big, dumb, clumsy fat guy), Prowl (do I even need to explain this one?), Ratchet (the cranky old guy), Sentinel (the asshole who's an asshole for the sake of being an asshole), Lugnut (the overly-loyal minion), Starscream (the only thing they did differently with him was stick a shard in his forehead), the Constructicons (ugh), Wasp (stupid revenge arc), and so forth.
Secondly, Animated was full of stories of I've heard of before. The only time they remotely surprised me was with Sari's past, but that's about as far as it went. I don't have a problem with predictable stories so far as it becomes predictable after the third act, or close to the end. Some of these episodes weren't even worth watching because they've been done before.
Don't get me started on the crappy animation. If you're going to call your series "Transformers Animated," you might want to try and animate. Most of the time, this show's visuals were choppier than sliced bananas. Nothing impressive, especially when I've seen better with so many other shows around at the time. With that said, the aesthetic is pathetic, as its way too cartoon-y for my tastes. We get it, it's a cartoon. You don't need to maximize everyone's chins just to make this obvious.
Overall, Transformers Animated isn't god-awful like G1 and Energon, but it's still not a very good show. I've seen so much better, and Animated attempts to take what I've seen before and apply it to this franchise. I'm sure the fourth season would have been a massive improvement given what I've heard we were getting, and the third season was decent compared to the slop of the first two, but what we did get overall was a disappointment. I like to remember Transformers Animated as what it was best: a great toyline.
By "Kim Yura" & "Zimmo81"
Henry921 wrote:You can always be counted on to listen to reason, Pryme.
Dead Metal wrote:Have you ever, and i mean ever seen/read/heard something that is completely original and does not copy/homage/pay tribute to something else? Here's a hint: Nope. You never have and you never will.