Teleporting Slugs: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 1 REVIEW

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 3:43PM CDT

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This is it. The beginning of the end. The final chapter in Machinima's Prime Wars trilogy, bringing with it my last reviews for the series. I've reviewed Combiner Wars, Titans Return, and now it's time to review the finale season. We still have lots of episodes to get through, though, before we get to the true ending, so let's buckle up for one last ride, courtesy of Power of the Primes.

The episode gives us a brand new title sequence, featuring a logo cut by a laser from the floating head of Unicron, (Spoilers, maybe?) who looks like he was rendered using the animation software from the G2 commercials. It leads us to the title of the episode...

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-Insert obligatory, completely original Shrek joke here-


Megatronus, voiced by Mark Hamill, starts us off by explaining to some mysterious force, whoistotallynotUnicronwhydoyouask, that he has to find a relic called the Requiem Blaster to complete the ancient...triumphurent? Right off the bat the usual problems pop up, blocky animation, expressionless faces, terrible lip sync, the usual, but they all seem to be worse this time around. It definitely seems like the series was rushed to try to premiere at the same time the coinciding toys were on store shelves, something neither of the two previous shows were able to do. Most of the movements characters make are sudden, with just a few frames dedicated to each. We'll dive into that more a bit later in the episode.

Anyway, Megatronus has a brief flashback to the era of the original 13 Primes, back when he had used the requiem blaster for good to defeat evil, not the other way around. It also introduces a frankly strange love interest in the form of Solus Prime. Solus wants the blaster destroyed, and Megatronus is offended that she doesn't trust him to keep it safe. Solus' performance is stale and rigid, especially given that she's trying to be portrayed as a warm, charming character. But, similarly, voice direction has not been one of the past show's highlights.

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Because even Megatronus has to have a villain backstory. For some reason.



This whole scene gets a bit exposition heavy, and doesn't flow very well as a normal conversation. It's quite painfully obvious that this scene is purely to inform the viewer of Megatronus' plan and backstory, even though there are more organic ways of achieving that. Megatronus doesn't find the blaster, and dissapears, off to search another area.

We then catch up with the main cast, consisting of Perceptor, Windblade, Victorion, and Megatron, who find themselves being watched in the middle of a cybernetic swamp. The same story with Megatronus and Solus is detailed again, making the previous scene unneeded. While it's hard to get across in text form, there's a scene here that shows all of these characters together, talking one at a time. The only character that ever moves, blinks, or changes their facial expressions is the one that's talking. The rest are just still character models until it's their turn to talk. This looks AWFUL, and has to be one of the worst looking shots I've noticed in any of these shows. The way the characters are animated makes them look lifeless enough, let alone just making them stand frozen when they aren't talking.

The group is then ambushed by the Dinobots, who appear from the plant growth in the swamp.

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*Live Studio Audience Applauds*

Something extremely important to note here is that, despite the Dinobots combining later in the episode, they all have their own personalities and voices, something other combiner members in this show notably do not have. It's been all but established that the limbs of combiners are little more than drones, and it's just one consciousness shared between the members. This totally retcons that entire thing, showing that (at least with Volcanicus) each member has a consciousness, identity, name, voice, and (in the case of Grimlock and Slug at minimum) a robot mode and the ability to transform.

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So wait, does that mean Dust Up just got straight up sliced in half? Is she dead? How can Victorion still control her right arm? This presents so many questions.

To the episode's credit, it is really nice to hear Gregg Berger as Grimlock again. He delivers a great performance, and it's a great callback to the original show.

The Dinobots start attacking the gang, because they don't trust Megatron. Grimlock takes out Megatron with the slowest, easiest-to-see-coming tail swipe ever. He then grabs Perceptor, trying to drown him, even though he shouldn't need air to breathe. There are several instances here where a few more frames would have made things look considerably smoother, such as when Perceptor gets knocked over. On the first couple of watches I genuinely though he just clipped through Grimlock's leg.

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Grimlock moves more like a sock puppet here then I would like to admit.

Meanwhile, the other members of the expedition are having their own problems with the dinos. For instance, Victorion is having to deal with both Sludge and Snarl, who both seem to be nearly the same size as her even though we've seen Volcanicus and Victorion being the same size in trailers.

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I swear to Primus they're saying "TOM" "HANKS!" "TOM" "HANKS!"

And then we're treated to the best/worst part of the entire episode. Windblade is in the middle of a battle with Slug, and tosses him across the clearing. In the next shot, however, he stands up, transformed, about ten feet away on her left. You can see Windblade on the ground after tossing Slug in the lower left hand corner of the first image, and then where Slug pops back up in literally the NEXT SHOT in image 2. Who in the production office decided that was okay?

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...10 outta 10

The Dinobots regroup, and reveal to the cast that they can form Volcanicus, the bombshell on which the episode ends.

That was quite the episode. I wish I could say that they've fixed everything, or that it's even an improvement over the last series, but I honestly can't. The mouth movements are worse, the animation feels rushed, the writing is still terrible, the voice direction and some of the acting isn't good, and there's glaring continuity errors that are just glossed over. There isn't enough story to fully critique yet, so I'll reserve my judgement for the full series until more episodes are released, but I don't harbor a lot of hope.
Thanks for tuning in with me to take a look at Power of the Primes. If you want to watch the episode for yourself and tell me if I was right or wrong, you can find it on Go90 or the Transformers Tumblr page. Join me next week as we take a look at episode 2!
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Re: Teleporting Slugs: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 1 REVIEW (1957325)
Posted by Bronzewolf on May 2nd, 2018 @ 3:47pm CDT
Sorry for the delay on this one, guys and gals. Life got ahead of me yesterday. Enjoy! :D
Re: Teleporting Slugs: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 1 REVIEW (1957335)
Posted by ZeroWolf on May 2nd, 2018 @ 4:24pm CDT
Okay bronzewolf, which staff member did you insult in order to be forced to watch this series?
Re: Teleporting Slugs: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 1 REVIEW (1957339)
Posted by kurthy on May 2nd, 2018 @ 4:37pm CDT
Bronzewolf wrote:Sorry for the delay on this one, guys and gals. Life got ahead of me yesterday. Enjoy! :D


Thank you for suffering through the episode so I don't have to! :lol: :x

Where were you during Beast Machines?
Re: Teleporting Slugs: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 1 REVIEW (1957348)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on May 2nd, 2018 @ 4:49pm CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:Okay bronzewolf, which staff member did you insult in order to be forced to watch this series?

He told Burn Stalker sucked and Scrounge deserved to smelt in the pool. Burn disabled his ability to post unless he agreed to be the reviewer for the series.

On that note, the one good thing: Finally, a combination sequence. And of all people it's the Dinobots.

Where are the other 3 combiners? and Fort Max? Weren't they coming too?

Also, come on Victorion, get that arm fixed. Dustup is missing her legs for Primus' sake!
Re: Teleporting Slugs: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 1 REVIEW (1957351)
Posted by Deadput on May 2nd, 2018 @ 5:01pm CDT
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:
Also, come on Victorion, get that arm fixed. Dustup is missing her legs for Primus' sake!


Dustup doesn't exist remember?

Victorion is just missing an arm.
Re: Teleporting Slugs: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 1 REVIEW (1957354)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 2nd, 2018 @ 5:05pm CDT
Deadput wrote:
D-Maximal_Primal wrote:
Also, come on Victorion, get that arm fixed. Dustup is missing her legs for Primus' sake!


Dustup doesn't exist remember?

Victorion is just missing an arm.
Stromclash does, at least.
Re: Teleporting Slugs: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 1 REVIEW (1957384)
Posted by Skritz on May 2nd, 2018 @ 7:57pm CDT
Oddly enough, the Dinobots seem to be the reverse of how this show treated combiners in that they are individuals who merge into one bigger robot. I'm sure this was always the intent behind Combiners even in this serie as this is how Combiners always worked, several individuals fused into a bigger robot...and yet?

I can't help but think that when they wrote Combiner Wars and Titans Return they handled the concept in reverse. That the combined whole is the character and the limbs are sub component. If you look at the writing of the last two shows as a misunderstanding of the incompetent writers it suddenly make sense: they though the big combined robot was the individual who split into smaller bots rather than smaller individuals merging into a bigger robot.
Re: Teleporting Slugs: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 1 REVIEW (1957387)
Posted by william-james88 on May 2nd, 2018 @ 8:08pm CDT
Bronzewolf wrote:I wish I could say that they've fixed everything, or that it's even an improvement over the last series, but I honestly can't. The mouth movements are worse, the animation feels rushed, the writing is still terrible, the voice direction and some of the acting isn't good, and there's glaring continuity errors that are just glossed over. There isn't enough story to fully critique yet, so I'll reserve my judgement for the full series until more episodes are released, but I don't harbor a lot of hope.


Perfect review Bronzewolf, I like how you say it like it is. And I am in complete agreement.

I use no hyperbole when I say that this is the worse TF fiction I have ever bore witness to. Granted I have never looked into Kissplayers but I have watched all the Bay films.
Re: Teleporting Slugs: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 1 REVIEW (1957400)
Posted by Skritz on May 2nd, 2018 @ 9:47pm CDT
The Prime Wars toyline may go down in Tf history as a good line but it's cartoons will be something we'll look back at and laugh about for decades. Just like Energon.
Re: Teleporting Slugs: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 1 REVIEW (1957405)
Posted by Bronzewolf on May 2nd, 2018 @ 10:05pm CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:Okay bronzewolf, which staff member did you insult in order to be forced to watch this series?

:lol: It's a love hate relationship. I'm a hardcore MST3k fan, so I enjoy sitting and making fun of it. I enjoy writing the jokes/image captions. I don't enjoy the series. It was actually voluntary in the beginning. I just wanted something to review. :lol: Va'al had the comics, and I was almost never able to get any new toys before everybody else, so I took Combiner Wars. Worst/best decision ever.

william-james88 wrote:
Bronzewolf wrote:I wish I could say that they've fixed everything, or that it's even an improvement over the last series, but I honestly can't. The mouth movements are worse, the animation feels rushed, the writing is still terrible, the voice direction and some of the acting isn't good, and there's glaring continuity errors that are just glossed over. There isn't enough story to fully critique yet, so I'll reserve my judgement for the full series until more episodes are released, but I don't harbor a lot of hope.


Perfect review Bronzewolf, I like how you say it like it is. And I am in complete agreement.

I use no hyperbole when I say that this is the worse TF fiction I have ever bore witness to. Granted I have never looked into Kissplayers but I have watched all the Bay films.


Thank you! I appreciate it!:D
Re: Teleporting Slugs: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 1 REVIEW (1957473)
Posted by horus on May 3rd, 2018 @ 12:59pm CDT
is there a place were european fans can watch the episode online?
Re: Teleporting Slugs: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 1 REVIEW (1957475)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 3rd, 2018 @ 1:04pm CDT
horus wrote:is there a place were european fans can watch the episode online?
https://transformersprimewars.tumblr.com/post/173471320499/transformers-prime-wars-trilogy-s3e1-the-swamp
Re: Teleporting Slugs: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 1 REVIEW (1957476)
Posted by horus on May 3rd, 2018 @ 1:05pm CDT
Thanks Sabrblade!!
Re: Teleporting Slugs: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 1 REVIEW (1957491)
Posted by bluecatcinema on May 3rd, 2018 @ 1:45pm CDT
On the subject of Perceptor drowning: Maybe there was something in the swamp that would mess up his internal workings if he was down there too long?
Re: Teleporting Slugs: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 1 REVIEW (1957494)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 3rd, 2018 @ 1:50pm CDT
bluecatcinema wrote:On the subject of Perceptor drowning: Maybe there was something in the swamp that would mess up his internal workings if he was down there too long?
No need to rationalize it. This kind of dumbness goes all the way back to G1, in which there were cases like when Galvatron tried to choke Hot Rod in the 1986 movie.

Hot Rod started gasping and gagging in desperation to breathe.

In space.

Where there is no air.
Re: Teleporting Slugs: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 1 REVIEW (1957867)
Posted by Va'al on May 6th, 2018 @ 3:00am CDT
A new interview over on ESPN gives us a little insight into one of the characters showing up in the third chapter of the Transformers Prime Wars trilogy series on Machinima - the Predacon combiner Predaking - and its voice actor Samoa Joe, a professional wrestler from TNA, Ring of Honor, NXT and WWE. He talks about his approach to the role and interest in the Transformers franchise, and his excitement for the gig. Take a read below, see the whole piece here, and join the discussion in the comments!

[quote]Even though Joe was out of commission for a few months at the start of 2018, he remained busy with another major step forward in his life and career with his biggest voice-acting role to date.

After lending his voice to the Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series and Dota 2, Samoa Joe took on the role of Predaking in Transformers: Power of the Primes. Joining a cast of heavy hitters that includes Mark Hamill, Ron Perlman, Jaime King, Wil Wheaton and Judd Nelson, among many others, Samoa Joe slipped naturally into a role that he was seemingly destined to play.

"I grew up watching Transformers," he said. "I think it was one of the first cartoons that I started watching as a kid. It was awesome. I would set my clock every morning before I went to school. It was a big part of my childhood.

"It was easy to throw myself in the character, it was fun," Joe continued. "As a child, I think everybody imitates their favorite cartoon character in some form or another when they're playing. To find themselves as a grown adult -- getting that chance and having it actually become part of that cartoon is a real cool thing."

Transformers: Power of the Primes, which debuted on Tuesday on go90 and tumblr, allowed Joe to channel the most villainous elements of his character while embracing passions from his past. He'll have a similar opportunity after Sunday once he settles into his new home on SmackDown Live, with familiar faces and new opponents alike.

[...]

"I play Predaking -- what happens when all the Predacons, which are these vicious animal robots that combine together," said Joe. "Predaking's basically this character who -- without giving away any spoilers -- he's on a hunt and he's looking to find his prey by any means necessary. He's a very violent individual, he's a very vicious individual, and when the producers were kind of looking around and wondering who to cast that role, I think my name was on of the forefront."[/quote]

Re: Teleporting Slugs: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 1 REVIEW (1957868)
Posted by steve2275 on May 6th, 2018 @ 3:02am CDT
samoa joe is one of the best heels in wwe
and worthy of his predaking role
Re: Teleporting Slugs: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 1 REVIEW (1957877)
Posted by Carnivius_Prime on May 6th, 2018 @ 6:07am CDT
Used to watch Samoa Joe in TNA for years being awesome at his job. Good times.

This cast seems better than what this animation deserves.
Re: Teleporting Slugs: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 1 REVIEW (1958206)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 8th, 2018 @ 7:18am CDT
Re: Teleporting Slugs: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 1 REVIEW (1958209)
Posted by Sabrblade on May 8th, 2018 @ 7:37am CDT
The Matrix of Chaos in this show looks nothing like its toy, instead using the old BotCon 2000 design of the Matrix of Conquest.

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