Dancing with Dinobots: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 6 REVIEW

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Thursday, June 7th, 2018 2:35AM CDT

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It's time again for another episode of Machinima's Power of the Primes cartoon. We're now at episode 6 and things are finally starting to take off. Overlord and Rodimus Cron have found the main cast in the library of the Primes, and the fight over the Requiem Blaster has begun. (For a more in depth look at episode 5, please check out my review of it from last week!) Without further ado, let's jump into episode 6:
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...to the sweet, sweet release of death.

As I mentioned above, the two units of Megatronus are in a heated battle with Megatron, Windblade, Optimus Primal, Grimlock, and Perceptor. The dinobot gets tossed into a computer, the monkey gets crushed by some falling debris, courtesy of Rodimus, and Windblade distracts him by...jumping on his shoulders. Overlord, meanwhile, is tackling Megatron, electrocuting him. Perceptor notices the Requiem Blaster has landed at his feet, and threatens Overlord with it. Overlord laughs, but it gives Megatron to recover and shoot him.

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So let me get this straight. Megatron shoots Overlord, from two feet away, point blank, IN THE FACE, and Overlord gets up without any damage? ... These reviews are becoming more and more taxing to write with each episode.

To be fair to the show, it does include some cool scenes in this episode. Some neat action, and cool Transformation shots. For instance, here we actually see Overlord separate into his jet and tank, and Megs transforms into his tank mode in response. It's actually really fun and enjoyable to watch. The fun is cut short, however, when Rodimus just straight up picks Megatron up and throws him across the room. Overlord recombines, and Windblade starts shooting at him. Rodimus starts beating up Megatron, in a shot that lasts far too long and becomes really awkward.

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Tonight on Battlebots!

Grimlock gets back up, as Overlord creates a force field, stops a bunch of Windblade's shots, and Hadouken's them back up toward her, which is apparently something he can do now. One of the shots hits Grimlock in the chest, though I'm not sure how. I'm assuming they tried to make it look like it ricocheted off of Windblade, but it does not come across. Megatron is still getting beat senseless, as Grimlock recovers from his hit.

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Jesus. It's like a Royal Rumble in here.

As Grimlock attacks Overlord with his weak Dino mode arms instead of, y'know, anything else, Optimus Primal finally gets up again to survey the damage, and notices the Requiem Blaster below him. Instead of using it against either of the villains, he grabs it and runs. Seriously.

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"I have a big head...and little arms"

Windblade kind of tries to stop him from leaving the temple, but allows him to just walk past her. He says he shouldn't have come, and shouldn't have let the Requiem Blaster out of the temple back in the Primal Swamp. He starts to leave, leaving his friends and fellow Autobots to die. You know. Like the Optimus Primal we know and love totally would.

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"Fearless Warrior" "Sent by the Gods" "Just bolts at the first sign of minor opposition"

Megatron and Rodimus continue to fight, and we get another cool fight scene. The camera angles and occasional slow motion lend themselves really well to the action, and it flows really well. It uses animation to it's benefit, and turns out quite enjoyable again. The action seems to be this series' high point.

We then get to the """bombshell""" of this episode: That, in this universe, Megatron was already once Galvatron, and somehow switched back to his original self. It's not really explained how he did this, or why, or how he inexplicably was able to break from Unicron's control. It's a plot twist that feels like it was created via Madlib. Just for the sake of being dramatic or shocking, without thought being put into the effect it has on the universe, or the means in which we've arrived here. It's forced and confusing.

Windblade steps in the way of Rodimus' blast, saying if he wants to kill Megatron, he'll have to kill her first.

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*Unintentionally makes most of the fandom collectively cheer*

He starts choking her (The feasibility of which is still a heated debate on the boards, BTW), and tosses her asside. Rodimus is about to finish Megatron off, but Overlord intervenes, saying that this is his to finish. He's just about to snuff his spark, when Optimus Primal (who's been Spiderman-ing up in the rafters this entire time) tosses the Requiem Blaster to Megatron. As he's just about to fire it at Overlord, the episode ends.

This episode made it very clear that the action and fight scenes are the best part of this series by far. They're directed and choreographed well, and flow extremely smoothly. There are still problems and continuity errors about the damage (or lack thereof) these characters take when fighting, (see: Overlord getting shot in the face), but on the whole they are very good. It's interesting to see how much of a departure this episode was from the previous 5. It stayed in one location, in one continuous time line, with the same set of characters the entire time, and it benefited from it. Not switching scenes every two minutes gave the episode a much more linear and cohesive feel, something it's been struggling to do until now. The story is also taking off extremely quickly, compared to the 4-5 episode lead up that just sat and spun it's wheels we've had over the past few weeks. By far the best episode yet of POTP. It has the typical Prime Wars issues, but a large improvement overall. Lets see if they can keep it up!

Thanks for reading my review of episode 6. You can find it on Go90 and the Transformers Tumblr (if you're outside of the US) for free, so please go watch it and tell me what you thought of both the episode and my review. Do you agree or disagree? Let me know! See you next week!
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Re: Dancing with Dinobots: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 6 REVIEW (1963547)
Posted by Bronzewolf on June 7th, 2018 @ 2:42am CDT
Sorry this took SO DANG LONG, everybody. Between several big IRL events going on and a severe case of writer's block, my heart just wasn't in it until now. I promise to be a bit more on time next week. To make up for it, here's another episode of

REJECTED JOKES!

...Rejokes?
...Rejoketed?
REJOKETED!


Just one this week, cut simply because the link contains explicit language. I still thought it was funny:


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Grunts straight out of Sonic Forces...
Re: Dancing with Dinobots: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 6 REVIEW (1963552)
Posted by ZeroWolf on June 7th, 2018 @ 5:49am CDT
What's overlord doing in that picture...this one shot makes it look like he's dancing the macereina (a 90s dance moves for those too young to have suffered through it)
Re: Dancing with Dinobots: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 6 REVIEW (1963566)
Posted by Rodimus Knight on June 7th, 2018 @ 7:42am CDT
You forgot my favorite part, where Perceptor gets his hands on the Blaster aims it menacingly, and then monologues like a badly written 80's cartoon villain instead of just shooting the super powerful bad guy who's trying to kill his companions.
I hate this version of Perceptor so much.
Re: Dancing with Dinobots: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 6 REVIEW (1963625)
Posted by Skritz on June 7th, 2018 @ 1:48pm CDT
It's so weird they gave Primal fur when he's clearly based off his new toy which doesn't turn into a gorilla. It bugs me to no end. Had the show taken creative liberties and allowed him to turn into his beast mode even when the toy can't (at least not the regular, pre-Transmetal gorilla) it would have been fine.

This just bugs me to no end. :BANG_HEAD:
Re: Dancing with Dinobots: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 6 REVIEW (1963627)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 7th, 2018 @ 2:06pm CDT
Skritz wrote:It's so weird they gave Primal fur when he's clearly based off his new toy which doesn't turn into a gorilla.
It's weird that he's not even based on his new toy. It's like they started with a base model based on his vintage furry gorilla robot look, but then backtracked by adding the cockpit from his new toy to his back to give him some visual consistency with his new toy, and then added random panel flats running along the side of his forearms for whatever reason.
Re: Dancing with Dinobots: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 6 REVIEW (1964475)
Posted by Va'al on June 12th, 2018 @ 12:40am CDT
It's Tuesday again, Seibertronians, and you all know what that means! The next episode of Machinima's Power of the Primes animated series has been uploaded and is ready to be viewed

The episode can be watched on Go90 here, or for viewers outside of the US, it is available on the Prime Wars Tumblr here. After you've watched the episode, share your thoughts with other Seibertronians in the Energon Pub Forums, and stay tuned for our review of the episode coming soon too!

Megatron finally figures out Megatronus' plan, but fears it may be too late to stop him when Megatronus arrives to claim the Requiem Blaster for himself.


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Re: Dancing with Dinobots: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 6 REVIEW (1964510)
Posted by Burn on June 12th, 2018 @ 4:57am CDT
Dialogue ... so much shitty dialogue ...
Re: Dancing with Dinobots: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 6 REVIEW (1964551)
Posted by Stormtalon on June 12th, 2018 @ 8:46am CDT
It feels like every Machinima series shows three or four episodes of a standard 21 minute per episode, 13 episode series.

I really should dunk on Power of the Primes harder, but there is so little there its too small a target. The only part I'm close to feeling bummed about is Overlord. That was a backstory I could have stood watching. How did he lead the Decepticons? How did he lose to Megatron? How did he fall in with Unicron? And if Megatron had to wrest power from someone like Overlord, why would he put up with Starscream for any amount of time? Now we'll never down.

Rest will sweet Overlord may a chorus of... (In keeping with Machinima's style of storytelling, the quote will be continued net week.
Re: Dancing with Dinobots: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 6 REVIEW (1964552)
Posted by william-james88 on June 12th, 2018 @ 8:51am CDT
Bronzewolf wrote:I
This episode made it very clear that the action and fight scenes are the best part of this series by far. They're directed and choreographed well, and flow extremely smoothly.


I could not disagree more. Its what I find worst. Take the previous episode (the one whose review I am quoting) and that scene of Rodimus Unicornus just punching on repeat. It is just all kinds of boring and lazy and it doesnt even look like he is hitting anything.
Another really crappy part about the action is how they break it up. So you have this big fight with Overlord and then in the middle of it, you have windblade talking as if there is no fight going on. You dont hear the githing sound effects, its justa talking scene with widblade. And then 2 mins later we see the fight continuing.
Its just all kinds of terrible.
Re: Dancing with Dinobots: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 6 REVIEW (1964563)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 12th, 2018 @ 10:15am CDT
Sorry about not posting any links last night. I got in very late from my flight back home from RoboCon and I just needed to get right to sleep.

Anyway, this episode.

How is the rest of the library not blasted to smithereens if one shot from the blaster blasted that huge dent on the side of the planet? In fact, we see how big that dent is, yet when we cut to the closer shot of the surface near the library, that part of the dent looks much less wide and deep than the enormous dent seen from space.

Grimlock giving Megatron a hug, trying to be funny... It's like they can't decide if they want super grim and serious Marvel Grimlock like he was at the beginning of this show, or silly and comedic Cartoon Grimlock like now.

The Closed Captions typo Grimlock saying "Megatron not bad" as "Megatron not mad".

It's like, Megatron's been so serious in this show since it started, that whenever they try to bring back the snide and sarcastic quips that made him enjoyable in the previous two series, they keep having him say them with such dead serious tones that they just don't sound fun anymore. He's too grim now even when trying to crack wise.

Megatron's line of "Any useful clues..." to Perceptor is mis-captioned as "Many useful clues..."

Okay, there is admittedly a subtlety to Mark Hamill's performance that suggests that he's trying to do a decent job with his dialogue, but the animation on Megatronus's face never ever changing it from resembling anything beyond stoic unemotional boredom completely betrays any of Hamill's attempts to give any kind of emotion to the character.

Wait, did Megatronus not know that Unicron could speak through Rodimus via the Matrix of Chaos, when Megatronus was the one who gave it to Overlord (who used it on Rodimus) in the first place?

Huh, Rodimus Cron's altmode is still his Hot Rod car altmode. Guess that means he's less Rodimus Unicronus and more Nemesis Hot Rod.

Daggonit! They kept that stupid thing from the Covenant book about Solus having become the Well of All Sparks (renamed just the "Well of Sparks" here) when she died! The woman of the group becoming Cybertron's babymaker is dumb no matter what continuity it's in.

Okay, I did give a small chuckle to Megatron's unenthusiastic "Fine. Let's go save the universe... I guess."

But not at his "Fine. If it'll get you all to shut up," since that came right off the back of a rather unpleasantly moody speech about not leading anymore, and still had a touch of his jaded moodiness in it.

That last line of "Oh, Optimus... If you could see me now..." With this writing, I half expected it to be followed by a brief bit of Primal looking at him or saying "...I can," as though to knock on his also being named "Optimus".
Re: Dancing with Dinobots: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 6 REVIEW (1964594)
Posted by Rodimus Knight on June 12th, 2018 @ 12:24pm CDT
I hope I don't misquote this one but my favorite Megatron line was
"oh good, I get to kill another Prime."
Re: Dancing with Dinobots: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 6 REVIEW (1964687)
Posted by Ultra Markus on June 12th, 2018 @ 10:17pm CDT
i would bet that we wont see optimus primal as optimal optimus in this
Re: Dancing with Dinobots: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 6 REVIEW (1964703)
Posted by ZeroWolf on June 13th, 2018 @ 1:21am CDT
They are saving that transformation for later
Re: Dancing with Dinobots: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 6 REVIEW (1965577)
Posted by Sabrblade on June 18th, 2018 @ 11:11pm CDT
Re: Dancing with Dinobots: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 6 REVIEW (1965578)
Posted by Va'al on June 18th, 2018 @ 11:54pm CDT
It's Tuesday again, Seibertronians, and you all know what that means! The next episode of Machinima's Power of the Primes animated series has been uploaded and is ready to be viewed. Plus, we also have some behind the scenes looks with Jaime King, the voice of original Thirteen Solus Prime, via Machinima's Instagram account.

Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy Meet the Cast: Jaime King

In this BTS video for Transformers: Power of the Primes, actress Jaime King talks about the importance of her character's role in the Transformers: Prime Wars Trilogy.



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This week's episode can be watched on Go90 here, or for viewers outside of the US, it will be available shortly on the Prime Wars Tumblr here. After you've watched the episode, share your thoughts with other Seibertronians in the Energon Pub Forums, and stay tuned for our review of the episode coming soon too!

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Re: Dancing with Dinobots: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 6 REVIEW (1965582)
Posted by Skritz on June 19th, 2018 @ 1:21am CDT
Ultra Markus wrote:i would bet that we wont see optimus primal as optimal optimus in this


If you mean the whole show I wouldn't put it past Machinima's level of fail. They don't get the basics behind 'merch cartoons' which you'd think anyone with a braincell would have figured out.
Re: Dancing with Dinobots: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 6 REVIEW (1965611)
Posted by o.supreme on June 19th, 2018 @ 9:18am CDT
There's been good TF Animated Series, bad TF Animated Series, and now, ones that, when I see a new episode is available, Ill wait until the next day, because I don't want my sleep ruined by dwelling on how awful they are.

All that being said however, this wasn't the most terrible episode from recent weeks.

Grimlock" "Are we there yet?" (Just 2 more weeks buddy and it will be over. Yay!)

Optimus Primal- Can do what no other Prime or Titan Can -Punch gods in their face.

Rodimus Unicronus (I see you heheh...)

I was actually hoping all those flaming piles would be those characters end, but somehow I don't think I'm going to get that satisfaction.
Re: Dancing with Dinobots: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 6 REVIEW (1965622)
Posted by Randomhero on June 19th, 2018 @ 10:43am CDT
o.supreme wrote:There's been good TF Animated Series, bad TF Animated Series, and now, ones that, when I see a new episode is available, Ill wait until the next day, because I don't want my sleep ruined by dwelling on how awful they are.

All that being said however, this wasn't the most terrible episode from recent weeks.

Grimlock" "Are we there yet?" (Just 2 more weeks buddy and it will be over. Yay!)

Optimus Primal- Can do what no other Prime or Titan Can -Punch gods in their face.

Rodimus Unicronus (I see you heheh...)

I was actually hoping all those flaming piles would be those characters end, but somehow I don't think I'm going to get that satisfaction.



Why watch it then? I’m not trying to be argumentative I really asking.

If I don’t like something I don’t watch it. I didn’t like RID so I never comeplety watched it. Only episodes that looked interesting but in the end I watched maybe 5 episodes and that i don’t feel obligated to ever watch the entire series.

So for anyone why are you watching this series if you dont like it? Is it to join in on bashing it with other strangers ons message board? What’s the reason because I legitimately don’t get it.
Re: Dancing with Dinobots: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 6 REVIEW (1965623)
Posted by o.supreme on June 19th, 2018 @ 11:02am CDT
Well I would watch the other animated TF series...oh wait, there isn't one on currently. Generally I enjoy TF animation (more so than the comics), and it pains me because I know that with better writers, staff, production budget, animation etc... a better product can be produced. Sure I could go back and watch the Original Animated series for the 800th time, Beast Wars for the 100th time, RiD for the 25th time, Prime for the 15th time etc... but after years and years, there really isn't much new to glean from those series, as much as I enjoy most of them.

Prime Wars is what's new, and current, and what is worth discussing (good or bad). Trust me, most people are refraining. If this series were good, it'd have way more posts than it currently does. And you may think I'm being negative, but go back and see all the posts that could rightfully be considered spam. I agree saying "This Sucks", doesn't help or add anything. Saying why someone feels so, which I try to do, and admittedly may not be perfect at, is more important.

I can fairly confidently say, I REALLY wanted this to be good. CW had great potential for an awesome animated series, it just failed to execute on so many levels, and it just keeps on going. I know it wont get better, but with 2 episodes left, really, what else (other than IDW which is ending) is there currently going on in Transformers Media?
Re: Dancing with Dinobots: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 6 REVIEW (1965631)
Posted by Bronzewolf on June 19th, 2018 @ 12:18pm CDT
Randomhero wrote:
So for anyone why are you watching this series if you dont like it? Is it to join in on bashing it with other strangers ons message board? What’s the reason because I legitimately don’t get it.

Contractually obligated. :D

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