Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW

Transformers News: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017 12:48PM CST

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Welcome back, Seibertronians! If you celebrate it, I hope you had a very Merry Christmas, you had a good time with your friends and loved ones, and that Santa left many robots under your tree. But let's forget about all the happy feelings we've acquired over the past few days and immediately throw them into a pit of despair and agony, because it's time again for Machinima's Titans Return!

Okay, I'm being overdramatic, because this series on the whole is still leagues better than any Transformer content we've gotten out of Machinima previously. It's when you start breaking it down and looking into the individual episodes when things start to fall apart. Let's do exactly that with the new installment, Episode 8: In Good Hands!
Transformers News: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW
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We again find Super Combiner Victorion fighting Trypticon, and it's very Sentai/Classic Mecha inspired, and it's actually pretty cool. The one thing that detracts from this is Victorion's grunts. There's little variation to them, so they end up sounding like a video game character they only recorded one "Pain" sound for. It gets grating and annoying, but the scene changes fast enough so it doesn't get too much. That's really a nitpick, though, on an otherwise fun scene.
Transformers News: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW
AGH. AGH. AGH. AGH. AGH. AGH. AGH.

We cut back to Windblade and Fortress Maximus, who are both floating through the sky in a truly Studio Ghibli fashion. They analyse the situation before they arrive, and again it's a very nice scene. Michael Dorn is great as Fort Max, and even with his robotic lines, he packs in a lot of emotion. Some of Windblade's lines here are feel a bit disconnected from the scene, but, like I said a couple reviews ago, it's obvious that not all of these actors recorded at the same time, which makes it hard to match the emotion of a scene and make a conversation sound natural.

At the same time, the Chorus of Banes from the Dark Knight Rises-Sorry, the Chorus of Primes talks to Optimus about the threats currently gripping the city, and he decides to join the fight. The Combiners split from their super-combiner mode, and decide to attack Trypticon individually. There's some scale discrepancies here, but it's not that big of a deal.
Transformers News: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW
Energon Mains UNDER the city? They seem to be pretty on the surface to me, hence why your friend just fell in one.

Victorion finds some random energon shard (??) and decides to hurl it at Trypticon to make him fall into an Energon main behind him. Again, we get a weirdly long establishing shot to get across this idea. The shot lasts 9 seconds, when it could have easily been done in 3 and still have done it's job.
Transformers News: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW
It's the Cybertronian Olympics! All the way from Caminus comes Victorion, competing for the Gold in Javelin!

The lack of visible damage in this show is really bothering me, as well. Prime is just wailing on Trypticon's neck with his axe, and it's clearly hurting him, as Trypticon recoils and gets angry while he's doing it, but there's no visible damage or wear from the attacks. This is the same case as Metroplex back in the beginning of this show. He was apparently so damaged he couldn't continue to fight, but we didn't see any damage until his entire arm got blown off.
Transformers News: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW
Does about the same amount of damage as the actual toys would do to each other.

Victorion throws her spear at Trypticon but - shock! - she misses, instead hitting the Energon line behind him, causing a huge explosion, engulfing everyone around it. I would have loved to have been in the Metroplex City Planning meeting where they just decided to put extremely volatile rivers that explode at the slightest touch flowing through the middle of the city.

Trypticon actually transforms into base mode, and starts using his defense systems to hold his attackers back. He fires directly at Optimus, launching him across the city. Just as he's about to crash into the street, Fort Max comes down from the heavens to save him at the last second. Not sure how that landing was any softer, considering Fort Max is also made out of metal, just like the ground, but what are you going to do? Windblade comes to him and tells him to relax, because he's "In good hands".
Transformers News: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW
Roll cred-Hey! they actually did!

Overall, I think this episode is a solid "Okay". I mean, it's certainly not as laughably bad as the previous couple of episodes, but that's a pretty low bar. It is very nice to look at, though. I think they nailed the character models and set pieces. Surprisingly, the art style and animation are quickly becoming my favorite part about this series, when they were one of my biggest issues in Combiner Wars. The subtle improvements they made really did make a difference. Like I said in the previous review, the colors are really aesthetically pleasing, too. Most of the voice acting's okay, at least, if not better. Peter Cullen and Michael Dorn are particular highlights. It just feels like there's no weight to anything that's happening. No consequence. Maybe that's because of that damage issue I touched on above; no one is shown to physically get injured through all of these battles, so there doesn't feel like there's any desperate issues, even though there's a giant robot dinosaur attacking the city.

It'll be interesting to see how all of this wraps up in the coming weeks. Thanks for tuning in once again, and please keep the discussion going in the energon pub forums below. Do you agree? Do you disagree? Please tell me why. See you next week!
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Re: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW (1928409)
Posted by Nexus Knight on December 27th, 2017 @ 1:10pm CST
Bronzewolf wrote:Victorion throws her spear at Trypticon but - shock! - she misses, instead hitting the Energon line behind him, causing a huge explosion, engulfing everyone around it.


I actually think she meant to hit the vein. She saw that Devastator done went boom in one, realized they went boom when things touched them, and grabbed the shard. Then she shouted at everyone to back away so that they would not go boom (not that it would matter, these robots seem indestructible) and then she threw it. And then it went boom.
Re: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW (1928420)
Posted by Burn on December 27th, 2017 @ 3:05pm CST
Nexus Knight wrote:
Bronzewolf wrote:Victorion throws her spear at Trypticon but - shock! - she misses, instead hitting the Energon line behind him, causing a huge explosion, engulfing everyone around it.


I actually think she meant to hit the vein. She saw that Devastator done went boom in one, realized they went boom when things touched them, and grabbed the shard. Then she shouted at everyone to back away so that they would not go boom (not that it would matter, these robots seem indestructible) and then she threw it. And then it went boom.

That's how I took it as well.
Re: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW (1928425)
Posted by o.supreme on December 27th, 2017 @ 3:33pm CST
when I watched this a second time, (I know glutton for punishment), when Trypticon had Victorions sword in his mouth, did anyone else think it looked like a giant pacifier. :lol:
Re: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW (1928433)
Posted by Bronzewolf on December 27th, 2017 @ 4:26pm CST
Burn wrote:
Nexus Knight wrote:
Bronzewolf wrote:Victorion throws her spear at Trypticon but - shock! - she misses, instead hitting the Energon line behind him, causing a huge explosion, engulfing everyone around it.


I actually think she meant to hit the vein. She saw that Devastator done went boom in one, realized they went boom when things touched them, and grabbed the shard. Then she shouted at everyone to back away so that they would not go boom (not that it would matter, these robots seem indestructible) and then she threw it. And then it went boom.

That's how I took it as well.

I was more or less being sarcastic, saying that they set it up like she was trying to push Trypticon into the Energon lines, but that ended up not being her plan. That would also cause a large explosion, for the record, so telling everyone to get away would still make sense.
Re: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW (1928449)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 27th, 2017 @ 6:53pm CST
o.supreme wrote:when I watched this a second time, (I know glutton for punishment), when Trypticon had Victorions sword in his mouth, did anyone else think it looked like a giant pacifier. :lol:
Honestly, my first thought when I saw him hold her sword in his mouth was that I thought he was going to try to breathe his fire breath through the sword, as though the sword could serve as some sort of power conduit to augment his stream of fire breath, and that him doing so at so close a range to Victorion might be a way for Trypticon to instantly kill her in one final blow.

BUUUUUUT I guess that idea would have been too creative for this show to have thought of. :P
Re: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW (1928450)
Posted by Burn on December 27th, 2017 @ 7:17pm CST
Sabrblade wrote:BUUUUUUT I guess that idea would have been too creative for this show to have thought of. :P

Instead, let's remind people of Trypticons short arms!
Re: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW (1928576)
Posted by partholon on December 28th, 2017 @ 1:24pm CST
TBH the logical thing for him to do would be to break the sword in his jaws.

trying to stab her with it in his mouth looked , well stupid.

i will say that the episode had prob the best visual so far for trypticon in terms of his base mode firing all weapons.

even though they jipped out on showing him clearly transform into it.

it was nice to see the combiners work as a team too. nice nod to computron and how long it takes him to formulate a plan.

it is kinda mad that this is more combiner wars than titans return though !

but yeah there really wasnt much to this episode. real sence of "treading water".
Re: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW (1928838)
Posted by WreckerJack on December 30th, 2017 @ 1:30am CST
Today we have to share with you a very cool stop motion video promoting the Machinima Titans Return animated series viewable on go90 (in the US). It includes some neat effects and sounds applied to a video of real Titans Returns figures in action. The video features a battle between Optimus Prime and Hot Rod against Overlord taking place in an office space. It's worth the watch as it uses some really great animation, the production team put in a lot of effort and it shows. We won't spoil the fight for you, you can watch it mirrored below.

Also, if you enjoy Titans Return figures, please be aware that some Target stores are putting some Titans Return figures on clearance after the holidays. It may be worth it to go on a toy hunt to see what you may find!


Re: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW (1928863)
Posted by LE0KING on December 30th, 2017 @ 10:00am CST
Better frame rate and story than the actual show... Sad.
Re: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW (1928872)
Posted by Flashwave on December 30th, 2017 @ 11:30am CST
He... He shot Hot Rod right out of his guns. :lol:

Just goes to show how easy it is to steal the Matrix from someone. Its funny how Hot Rod shot his jet cockpit off his arm, I have so many priblems with that popping off the little handle piece.

I love how Overlord is conking people on the head with it, how is he holding that though? Movie magic? Or is there an actual onnection point?

Love that G2 Prime every time I see it, but man when I put it on my shelf with the other bots its just not whT I want in an Optimus Prime.
Re: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW (1928879)
Posted by william-james88 on December 30th, 2017 @ 12:40pm CST
LE0KING wrote:Better frame rate and story than the actual show... Sad.

True.

Flashwave wrote:
Love that G2 Prime every time I see it, but man when I put it on my shelf with the other bots its just not whT I want in an Optimus Prime.

I totally get that and I felt that until I got it in actual G2 Prime deco, Then it all made sense.
Re: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW (1928882)
Posted by Whifflefire on December 30th, 2017 @ 1:09pm CST
Maybe the whole Machinima show should've been done in stop motion.

And as far as I can tell, Overlord's cockpit cannot attach to his wrist like that.
Re: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW (1928891)
Posted by MagicDeath on December 30th, 2017 @ 2:36pm CST
This is great. Absolutely amazing.
Re: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW (1928944)
Posted by ExciKaiser on December 30th, 2017 @ 5:57pm CST
Just spent 10 min trying to fit the ship on the arm. Without success.
Re: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW (1928990)
Posted by Sabrblade on December 30th, 2017 @ 10:52pm CST
william-james88 wrote:
Flashwave wrote:
Love that G2 Prime every time I see it, but man when I put it on my shelf with the other bots its just not whT I want in an Optimus Prime.

I totally get that and I felt that until I got it in actual G2 Prime deco, Then it all made sense.
Yeah, the normal retail version is more "G2 Laser Optimus Prime wearing Star Convoy's deco instead of his own" than not.
Re: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW (1929020)
Posted by Flashwave on December 31st, 2017 @ 10:35am CST
Sabrblade wrote:
william-james88 wrote:
Flashwave wrote:
Love that G2 Prime every time I see it, but man when I put it on my shelf with the other bots its just not whT I want in an Optimus Prime.

I totally get that and I felt that until I got it in actual G2 Prime deco, Then it all made sense.
Yeah, the normal retail version is more "G2 Laser Optimus Prime wearing Star Convoy's deco instead of his own" than not.


For me, its more the proportions. I have my CW Optimus Prime affixed between a mix if CHUG and Prime and he just looks right. Big without being looming, not his G1 Proportion but also not wrong. The G2 Prime just sorta washes out in the crowd
Re: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW (1929200)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 2nd, 2018 @ 12:17am CST
Almost forgot about Episode 9 tonight - https://www.go90.com/videos/2BxPz9NWuwH
Re: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW (1929203)
Posted by Sabrblade on January 2nd, 2018 @ 12:31am CST
The excitement Optimus expresses at the beginning of this episode, about Fort Max being awake, is probably the happiest that Peter Cullen has made any of his Optimus Primes sound in the past decade.
Re: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW (1929212)
Posted by Va'al on January 2nd, 2018 @ 4:33am CST
With another episode in the Machinima animated series Transformers Titans Return now available, we also have yet another interview with voice actor and Transformers legend Peter Cullen - the voice of Optimus Prime in the series along with many others - courtesy of Comic Book.com!

The brief conversation can be found below, and you can head here for the full piece. Make sure to check back later on Seibertron.com for a review of the latest episode, too.

[quote]During a conversation about Transformers: Titans Return, a webseries that brings Cullen back together with Transformers: The Movie co-star Judd Nelson and other legendary Transformers names, the voice acting legend (who long played Eeyore in Disney's Winnie the Pooh franchise) recalled the wild days of early Transformers seasons when none of the cast were sure anyone was watching.

“I’m a Generation One fan, always have been for many reasons, obviously,” Cullen told ComicBook.com. “It’s the beginning and a successful beginning and a continuing journey of success. Generation One, to see it all happening that way again, reminds me sentimentally of the old days. The only thing missing is the cast; I don’t work with the full cast the way that we used to. I miss the days when we would have laugh attacks and production would shut down for five or six minutes due to everyone laughing so hard they couldn’t stop. Those were the days that I cherished.”

He added that in those early days, working with people like Mel Blanc (in some non-Transformers work) and Frank Welker (Megatron), he was constantly floored by the level of talent that he was working with, even if animation was still considered something of an acting ghetto at that time.

“These creative minds, these vocal geniuses playing multiple characters, inventing them, there’s no greater thrill to be sitting and recording with people who are that capable. You’re just in awe; it’s jaw-dropping,” Cullen said. “I have great appreciation for them; and it's great to get someone like Judd Nelson back. What a great, talented person and a special kind of human being. His approach to acting is a great, great asset to the franchise. We don’t have much opportunity to work with too many other people, but Frank Welker I do. We convene together at conventions, et cetera, and we get an opportunity to back and forth with each other, which is laugh-attack-ville.”[/quote]

Re: Machinima Titans Return Episode 8 REVIEW (1929238)
Posted by o.supreme on January 2nd, 2018 @ 10:47am CST
Well It was kind of cool to see Fort Max as a fully powered Titan, able to stand up to Trypticon even with augmented Powers. Having Trypticons transformation again shrouded was disappointing. They should have just made this an actual animated series instead of a cheap web-series. Of course when I say full animated series, I mean with professional level writers, directors, animators etc...Yeah I know Hasbro would never go for it, that's why we cant have nice things.
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