Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode

Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode

Sunday, March 8th, 2015 10:32am CDT

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Fellow member and long time fan of Seibertron.com QBKiller94 was able to attend a première of the Transformers Robots In Disguise cartoon hosted by Hasbro at a movie theater in New York City. They were able to write up their thoughts of the two-part pilot episode, and we've copied it below for your perusal - why not compare it to our previous review from board admin Burn here? The show is already being aired across multiple countries, and will air in the US on March 14th.

Review: “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode

By QBKiller94


“Transformers: Robots in Disguise” draws upon several of its predecessors while carving out a unique place in Hasbro’s animated lineup thanks to a striking art style, talented voice cast and promising plot lines.

“Transformers: RID” made its North American debut with a private screening at the TriBeCa Theater in New York City on Saturday. I watched the two-part pilot with my 5-year-old daughter without commercial breaks in a small theater with about 60 fans of all ages.

The pilot opens up on Cybertron with two Autobots racing down a path together -- a familiar scene for fans of the original G1 series. Bumblebee, brilliantly voiced by Will Friedle, is a veteran street cop accompanied by the young and inexperienced Strongarm. An indeterminate number of years have passed since the events of “Transformers Prime.” Optimus Prime is dead and it appears the war is over.

While Optimus is no longer leading the Autobots, his presence is felt throughout the pilot and marked physically by a giant memorial statue on Seibertron. Bumblebee sees Optimus in a vision during the apprehension of the law-breaking Sideswipe near the former Autobot leader’s memorial. The message from Optimus is loud and clear – Bumblebee must return to Earth.



The scene shifts to Earth where a boy named Rusty laments living in a salvage yard with his father, Denny. Denny is a nostalgic collector, a hoarder of things others have grown tired of and he’s not keen on throwing any of it out. It’s a subtle wink at seasoned Transformers collectors, for sure. Rusty yearns for life in the nearby city to take him away from the boring salvage yard. Rusty is a plucky, rebellious kid and Denny is a laid-back dreamer who provides comic relief. Thankfully, neither one detracts from the action of the pilot episode.

Things pick up when an Autobot prison ship crash lands in a wooded area near Denny’s salvage yard shortly before Bumblebee, Strongarm and Sideswipe arrive on Earth. Hundreds of deadly Decepticons have escaped and they’ve got to be recaptured.

On Earth, the Autobots team up with the Minicon Fixit and Grimlock, whose back story is given a fresh new spin. Grimlock, like some of the other characters, is a mash up of several previously seen Transformers personality. Grimlock, voiced by Khary Payton, is a combination of his G1 namesake and “Transformers Animated” Bulkhead. He’s massive, dumb and super kid-friendly.

Bumblebee is the reluctant leader of the group and it’s clear early on that his maturation and growth in that role is going to be one of the overarching story lines for this series.

“Entourage” actress Constance Zimmer voices Strongarm, the young, by-the-book cadet who’s eager to jump into the action despite Bumblebee’s constant coddling. She’s peppy and green as grass, basically the complete opposite of Arcee’s role in “Transformers Prime.” Sideswipe is aimed squarely at the preteen crowd. He’s a cross between “Transformers Prime” Smokescreen and Ted Theodore Logan. The diminutive Fixit rounds out the crew. He stammers and stutters comically, which makes you wonder how he ended up being in charge of a prison ship full of the universes most dangerous Decepticons in the first place.

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“Do you know who I am? I’m Underbite, the Chompazoid who devoured Nuon City!”


“Transformers RID” is set up for the Autobots to embark on endless missions to hunt down these escaped cons and if the rest of them are as colorful as Underbite, then we’re in for fun ride. Underbite is a Chompazoid who is incredibly proud of his strength, which grows each time he chomps down on some metal. Undrebyte flexes, preens and exclaims: “Feel the burn!” just as you’d expect an arrogant muscle head from Venice Beach or the Jersey Shore to. Underbite is a hefty Decepticon who gives the Autobots all they can handle all the while looking for validation of his past misdeeds.

The art style for “Transformers: RID” has a strong anime vibe to it with a bright color pallet to give it a softer feel than “Transformers Prime.” It’s a mix of CGI characters and painted backgrounds that works well on screen. The action scenes are animated with skill and each characters transformation is expertly executed. There is a scene where Sideswipe saves Rusty while transforming that is reminiscent of one of the more famous live action movie scenes. There’s hope that we may get some of the cinematic quality action sequences that “Transformers Prime” made common place.

Overall, it’s clear “Transformers: RID” is aiming for a younger demo graphic, but it succeeds in both entertaining the under-10 crowd and having enough meat to keep parents and older fans engaged. The pilot episode does an excellent job of setting the stage for the series with well-written characters, laugh-out-loud moments and a solid plot foundation. If you’re looking for it to be as weighty as “Transformers Prime,” then you may be disappointed. However, if you can get past the tonal change you’ll be treated to a host of original characters and a fresh new voyage into the Transformers universe.


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Re: Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode (1660564)
Posted by PrymeStriker on March 8th, 2015 @ 11:46am CDT
I still think Part 1 was rushed and Part 2 has the shittiest resolve.

Meanwhile, "Collect 'Em All" was another good episode. However, while it was full of depth for Strongarm, I thought Filch would be a little more interesting than "shiny" and "mine." It got really irritating before too long. Otherwise, episode 7 carries itself nicely.
Re: Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode (1660572)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on March 8th, 2015 @ 12:12pm CDT
So, did "The Hub" fail? Is that why Transformers is back on Cartoon Network?
Re: Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode (1660574)
Posted by dreadwing95 on March 8th, 2015 @ 12:18pm CDT
NuclearConvoy wrote:So, did "The Hub" fail? Is that why Transformers is back on Cartoon Network?

from what i heard it did. its getting renamed discovery family i think
Re: Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode (1660575)
Posted by Madeus Prime on March 8th, 2015 @ 12:20pm CDT
NuclearConvoy wrote:So, did "The Hub" fail? Is that why Transformers is back on Cartoon Network?

Yeah, I blame it on it being a hard-to-find channel. At least in my experience. Also, two hit shows doesn't make a great channel (MLP: FIM and TFP).

Got to see episode 7, it was ok? I really hoped Filch was going to have some sort of Gollum like personality. Character development on Strongarm wasn't bad, I still just find myself not enjoying her character. I'm really hoping Jazz and Drift will bring some more colorful character to the main cast.
Re: Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode (1660596)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on March 8th, 2015 @ 1:47pm CDT
Madeus Prime wrote:
NuclearConvoy wrote:So, did "The Hub" fail? Is that why Transformers is back on Cartoon Network?

Yeah, I blame it on it being a hard-to-find channel. At least in my experience. Also, two hit shows doesn't make a great channel (MLP: FIM and TFP).

Got to see episode 7, it was ok? I really hoped Filch was going to have some sort of Gollum like personality. Character development on Strongarm wasn't bad, I still just find myself not enjoying her character. I'm really hoping Jazz and Drift will bring some more colorful character to the main cast.


I have only found the first 3 episodes so far and only watched the first two. I enjoy the voice acting, and the way they brought the humans into the story wasn't TOO heavy handed. It certainly shows potential.

Where are you guys getting your episodes from?
Re: Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode (1660599)
Posted by Ultra Markus on March 8th, 2015 @ 1:52pm CDT
in case you missed them the 2 part pilot plus episode 3 is here:
http://www.watchcartoononline.com/trans ... lot-part-1
Re: Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode (1660604)
Posted by fenrir72 on March 8th, 2015 @ 1:59pm CDT
Is this a continuation of Prime then?
Re: Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode (1660608)
Posted by PrymeStriker on March 8th, 2015 @ 2:08pm CDT
fenrir72 wrote:Is this a continuation of Prime then?


Yes.
Re: Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode (1660619)
Posted by Seibertron on March 8th, 2015 @ 2:14pm CDT
PrymeStriker wrote:I still think Part 1 was rushed and Part 2 has the shittiest resolve.

Meanwhile, "Collect 'Em All" was another good episode. However, while it was full of depth for Strongarm, I thought Filch would be a little more interesting than "shiny" and "mine." It got really irritating before too long. Otherwise, episode 7 carries itself nicely.


Where are you guys watching these at?
Re: Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode (1660635)
Posted by Madeus Prime on March 8th, 2015 @ 2:44pm CDT
Seibertron wrote:
PrymeStriker wrote:I still think Part 1 was rushed and Part 2 has the shittiest resolve.

Meanwhile, "Collect 'Em All" was another good episode. However, while it was full of depth for Strongarm, I thought Filch would be a little more interesting than "shiny" and "mine." It got really irritating before too long. Otherwise, episode 7 carries itself nicely.


Where are you guys watching these at?

Dailymotion, Burn's been linking us up.
Re: Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode (1660636)
Posted by TurboMMaster on March 8th, 2015 @ 2:50pm CDT
PrymeStriker wrote:
fenrir72 wrote:Is this a continuation of Prime then?


Yes.
Yeah, I know... It is sometimes hard to belive

However, there is a few of my thoughs about this series

-This Decepticon's Prisoners database witch Fixit checked every episode remainds me of Pokedex...

- Is there any reason why Fixit can't scan some Segway or something? it seems kinda obvious solution to his problems, unless he just can't transform witch is kinda unbelivable for me.
The same is for Grimlock and some Truck.

-It's just me or there is intentionaly a lot of chemistry between Strongarm and Sideswipe? I don't expected this in childish cartoon about robots from space, but it's kinda seems to be very obvious to me, you don't need to want to see it, you just did. I hope they don't ruind this series with pointless pairings...
Re: Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode (1660642)
Posted by Cobotron on March 8th, 2015 @ 3:04pm CDT
PrymeStriker wrote:
fenrir72 wrote:Is this a continuation of Prime then?


Yes.
I'm gonna go with, maybe, kinda, sorta?
Re: Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode (1660645)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on March 8th, 2015 @ 3:12pm CDT
Madeus Prime wrote:
Seibertron wrote:
PrymeStriker wrote:I still think Part 1 was rushed and Part 2 has the shittiest resolve.

Meanwhile, "Collect 'Em All" was another good episode. However, while it was full of depth for Strongarm, I thought Filch would be a little more interesting than "shiny" and "mine." It got really irritating before too long. Otherwise, episode 7 carries itself nicely.


Where are you guys watching these at?

Dailymotion, Burn's been linking us up.


Links?
Re: Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode (1660653)
Posted by Cobotron on March 8th, 2015 @ 3:36pm CDT
NuclearConvoy wrote:
Madeus Prime wrote:
Seibertron wrote:
PrymeStriker wrote:I still think Part 1 was rushed and Part 2 has the shittiest resolve.

Meanwhile, "Collect 'Em All" was another good episode. However, while it was full of depth for Strongarm, I thought Filch would be a little more interesting than "shiny" and "mine." It got really irritating before too long. Otherwise, episode 7 carries itself nicely.


Where are you guys watching these at?

Dailymotion, Burn's been linking us up.


Links?
ep.1 is on page 34 0r 36. We are up to ep.7. Look for sabrblade's posts. ;)
Re: Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode (1660654)
Posted by Madeus Prime on March 8th, 2015 @ 3:39pm CDT
NuclearConvoy wrote:
Madeus Prime wrote:
Seibertron wrote:
PrymeStriker wrote:I still think Part 1 was rushed and Part 2 has the shittiest resolve.

Meanwhile, "Collect 'Em All" was another good episode. However, while it was full of depth for Strongarm, I thought Filch would be a little more interesting than "shiny" and "mine." It got really irritating before too long. Otherwise, episode 7 carries itself nicely.


Where are you guys watching these at?

Dailymotion, Burn's been linking us up.


Links?


Correction, sorry Sabrblade, both Burn and Sabrblade have been linking up the episodes.

Episode 1 is online - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k6rbw1C4huuMqsacdqo
Episode 2 is online - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k1okRQjL32875nacuAx
Episode 3 is online - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k5my4G4HPpQdPtacLYd
Episode 4 is online - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k25lI3h4HQBuEoagqxf
Episode 5 is online - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k5YElj14MdRKuAah7mM
Episode 6 is online - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k4TqCtMaJHkFAFakFCx
Episode 7 is online - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k1hA28Y3Tvk7QgakZOt
Re: Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode (1660662)
Posted by Cobotron on March 8th, 2015 @ 3:54pm CDT
Madeus, you got real class. ;)
Re: Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode (1660708)
Posted by PrymeStriker on March 8th, 2015 @ 5:55pm CDT
Cobotron wrote:
PrymeStriker wrote:
fenrir72 wrote:Is this a continuation of Prime then?


Yes.
I'm gonna go with, maybe, kinda, sorta?


- Same animation company as Prime
- Same writers and creative staff as Prime
- Same voice actors (where applicable) as Prime
- Same aesthetic as Prime
- Continuity in-check and blatant references to Prime
- Some (unknown) Prime characters returning in season two
- Multiple press releases and descriptions from staff stating it takes place some years after Prime

I'm gonna go with yes. ;)
Re: Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode (1660714)
Posted by Mechastrike on March 8th, 2015 @ 6:03pm CDT
there goes my shipping of Strongarm and Bee that I wrote months earlier but i guess Transformers shows aren't supposed to be about Bot pairings. let's just leave it up to the humans(although BW was an exception).
Re: Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode (1660730)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 8th, 2015 @ 6:45pm CDT
Madeus Prime wrote:Correction, sorry Sabrblade, both Burn and Sabrblade have been linking up the episodes.

Episode 1 is online - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k6rbw1C4huuMqsacdqo
Episode 2 is online - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k1okRQjL32875nacuAx
Episode 3 is online - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k5my4G4HPpQdPtacLYd
Episode 4 is online - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k25lI3h4HQBuEoagqxf
Episode 5 is online - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k5YElj14MdRKuAah7mM
Episode 6 is online - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k4TqCtMaJHkFAFakFCx
Episode 7 is online - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k1hA28Y3Tvk7QgakZOt
Your welcome.
Re: Review of “Transformers: Robots in Disguise” Two-Part Pilot Episode (1660741)
Posted by Cobotron on March 8th, 2015 @ 7:06pm CDT
PrymeStriker wrote:
Cobotron wrote:
PrymeStriker wrote:
fenrir72 wrote:Is this a continuation of Prime then?


Yes.
I'm gonna go with, maybe, kinda, sorta?


- Same animation company as Prime
- Same writers and creative staff as Prime
- Same voice actors (where applicable) as Prime
- Same aesthetic as Prime
- Continuity in-check and blatant references to Prime
- Some (unknown) Prime characters returning in season two
- Multiple press releases and descriptions from staff stating it takes place some years after Prime

I'm gonna go with yes. ;)
Ok. I'll upgrade to "probably". :lol:

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