Transformers: Robots In Disguise (Animated Series) Pilot Review
Saturday, February 21st, 2015 4:59am CSTCategories: Cartoon News, Reviews, Site Articles, Digital Media News
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Burn wrote:Burn Reviews Transformers:Robots in Disguise
So I guess this job falls to me after having watched the two-part "Pilot".
First and foremost, from what I've seen of the series from the initial character designs, through to a few short videos, and then the toys, I wasn't expecting much from the series.
Suffice to say, I've been pleasantly surprised.
The show, may be ... fun. There's a number of moments where you just have to laugh. Put that down to the characterisation, all of the characters are incredibly unique. So let's run through them!
Bumblebee - The veteran, reluctantly thrown into the leader position of a bunch of misfits. It's so weird hearing him talk ...
Strongarm - The ride-along, a stickler for the law. She quotes the rules more than Red Dwarf's Rimmer quoted Space Corps directives. Young and out to impress her ranking officer.
Sideswipe - The perp, reluctantly dragged into the mix when arrested by Strongarm. Very little respect for authority, but being one of the good guys, he'll fall into line eventually.
Fix-It - The mini-con, in charge of a prison transport ship that has crashed to Earth. Currently suffering glitches which you could describe as dyslexia. Not really living up to his name ...
Denny - The father, a collector of ... things ...
Russell - The son, not a collector, typical cartoon human kid
Grimlock - The Dinobot, an escaped prisoner from the transport ship, a little amnesic over a few details, not a fan of Underbite. Also nothing like previous Grimlocks.
Which brings us to ...
Underbite - The Chompazoid, the first escaped prisoner we meet. The Popeye of the Transformers world (his spinach is anything metal), a body builder type personality who loves his muscles ... a lot. Fun and interesting character. And not a Dinobot.
Oh and then there's that other guy who's dead ... kinda ... he's still preachy.
I liked it. The aesthetic may not be my preference, but it worked quite well for my liking.
It was different, it was unique. This isn't your usual "Optimus Prime and his team are out to stop Megatron and the Decepticons with help from the humans". This is a whole new team with only one character we know well. It's a bold new move, and it works. It proves we don't need established names to enjoy a Transformers cartoon. Just give it a good story. As I said, there's little bits of comedy. Underbite, despite being the bad guy, is a character you can get behind.
It's good. It's worth watching. It's got potential. Some series you watch "just so you can join in the conversation", this one is WORTH watching because I think many will enjoy it, and so you can join in the conversation, right here, on the Energon Pub forums!
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Posted by griftimus prime on February 21st, 2015 @ 5:59am CST
Posted by Burn on February 21st, 2015 @ 6:03am CST
griftimus prime wrote:not a fan. hope it gets canceled.
Wow ... you've watched more than two episodes then?
Posted by ZeroWolf on February 21st, 2015 @ 7:08am CST
(Unless he's from the future, has seen the first season...if that's true I would like lottery numbers please)
Posted by Dagon on February 21st, 2015 @ 8:02am CST
Burn wrote:griftimus prime wrote:not a fan. hope it gets canceled.
Wow ... you've watched more than two episodes then?
Assuming the post was serious in the first place, there really is no required amount of exposure to something before a person is allowed to make their judgement. That fact often gets lost in the rush to defend things. I don't have to eat X amount of poisonous plants before I declare them poisonous just because someone thinks they're pretty.
Nice write up Burn. While I've not seen any episodes, I realize that that does not leave me unable to have decided that I also don't care much for the way it looks visually, and except for the little clips of Grimlock being interesting, I don't much care for what I know of the show. I'm sure I'll check it out if I stumble across it when it's on, but it just doens't really seem to be the kind of series that I go for.
But I love Beast Machines, so.
Posted by Peridot on February 21st, 2015 @ 8:51am CST
griftimus prime wrote:not a fan. hope it gets canceled.
"I personally don't like it, therefore nobody should be able to enjoy it."
Posted by Sabrblade on February 21st, 2015 @ 10:11am CST
Episode 2 -
The "Previously On" segment omits the "Transformers" part of the show's title ("Previously on Robots in Disguise...") for the first since Beast Machines.
Still no theme song for this episode either. Come on, Hasbro Studios. We LIKE theme songs. Stop diminishing the level of excitement we'd want to feel.
Grimlock's got a score to settle with Underbite. Even though the two of them came from the prison ship, Grimlock wants to fight Underbite simply because he likes picking fights with worthy opponents. And because he and Underbite haven't fought yet, he considers his business with Underbite unfinished.
Denny is lost for words at the sight of a "talking robot car"
Underbite's right and left arms are named Thundercruncher and Bonesmasher, respectively.
Underbite's spotted Crown City and is heading there.
Fixit's repaired one cell and has equipped the other Autobots with capture devices.
Bee insists that they take on Earth altmodes to draw less attention to themselves. Strongarm scans one, but Sideswipe's fine as he is.
Seems that Bee's altmode is supposed to be the same one he had on Earth back in Prime. Guess we can account for its aesthetic differences in this show being due to this show's slightly different art style.
Sideswipe is ordered to stay behind since he didn't scan a new form.
Underbite's losing power the longer he goes without eating metal.
Seems Sideswipe changed his mind since he's scanned a new form anyway. His new altmode has kanji on it like RID 2001 W.A.R.S. and G1 Drift.
At the quarry, Everyone (even Denny in his truck) rams into Underbite to force him over the cliff.
However, Undebite proves his might over them with a boost from a quick bite and take Denny hostage, threatening to kill him.
But an interception from beyond the grave steps in, Optimus Prime.
After delivering his message of encouragement, Optimus returns to the afterlife.
The unconscious Underbite is returned to his stasis cell.
The Autobots move the equipment from the Alchemor to Denny's scrapyard, where they'll set up their HQ with better cover than the woods.
Grimlock's is granted mercy by Bumblebee, who tells him to consider himself on probation, much to his delight.
Seems this team's gonna be butting heads just as much as the Maximals of Beast Wars were.
Well, this one was fun. Simple, but fun. It feels more serious than Animated, yet lighter than Prime, so it feels right around where it needs to be. Though, it could have stood to be a bit more funny, but we did get some great moments from Underbite, who completely stole this episode. He is a wonderful Decepticon character with the charm and charisma like that of a macho wrestler. And the humans proved their mettle in this one with Russell coming up with the plan to lure Underbite away from the city to the quarry, and with Denny having the guts to stand against Underbite in his truck and help in trying to push Underbite over the cliff. Though, with this taken place after Prime, it does raise the question of why Bee's team hasn't contacted Unit:E for help yet. Though, it is still pretty early in the series, so it's entirely possible that they still could. But, if they don't, it's also possible that Bumblebee since doesn't want to involve any more humans in the conflict than he already has, as he was previously adamant about keeping Denny and Russell out of it. And it's also quite possible that many many years have occurred since Prime ended that Unit:E might not exist anymore. After all, from what we could see of Crown City, it sure looked like some futuristic high tech alien city rather than any 21 century Earth city. Really makes me wonder what time period this show takes place in. Overall, it was pretty good. I'm not over the moon for the show yet, but I'll keep watching.
Posted by dreadwing95 on February 21st, 2015 @ 10:47am CST
Posted by Madeus Prime on February 21st, 2015 @ 10:50am CST
Can't say I'm digging the animation, it seems to be very fluid at times and then very jittery, perhaps it was lag on the vid, but I thought it seemed that way.
Characters are okay for now, I'm disliking Strongarm's back and forth excitable Prime fan and by-the-book rookie personality. I'd have liked to see a tiny bit more conflict on her decision, as well as Bumblebee being a lot more angry at them for tagging along and for Sideswipe picking up a human.
Now, Fix-It seemed entertaining and Underbite was a great new con to add to the franchise. He puts me in mind of a combination of Runabout/Runamuck with the added bulk and bravado of TFP Breakdown.
Story wise, wish we'd gotten a prologue with an explanation of the time elapsed from Predacons Rising, as well as a glimpse of maybe the prison ship actually crashing.
Humans are, well Denny, and I haven't seen the second episode yet, seems like he's going to be a bit annoying. Russell is actually a refreshing difference, a kid who's got an eccentric dad who he still loves but also has to deal with in a angsty way.
Overall, I enjoyed the first episode, think the Autobots could use some character development, liking the new 'Con, divided on the humans, and am hoping they will explain the time difference.
P.S. Oh psj? HE'S A CHOMPAZOID, A FORM OF CYBERTRONIAN THAT HAS A BESTIAL ROBOT FORM!! IN OTHER WORDS: NOT A DINOBOT.
Posted by Sabrblade on February 21st, 2015 @ 10:57am CST
Got the second episode linked to up above.Madeus Prime wrote:Well, caught the first episode...
As for the animation, the video for both episodes was very laggy on my end as well. I'm thinking it's due to all the ads that Dailymotion has.
Posted by Peridot on February 21st, 2015 @ 11:00am CST
Posted by Va'al on February 21st, 2015 @ 11:35am CST
Posted by the1snapdragon on February 21st, 2015 @ 1:36pm CST
Posted by PrymeStriker on February 21st, 2015 @ 1:50pm CST
Posted by Sabrblade on February 21st, 2015 @ 2:13pm CST
On the previous page, at the top of my review of it.the1snapdragon wrote:Any links for first ep?
Posted by Sabrblade on February 21st, 2015 @ 4:33pm CST
4 and 5 will air next weekend.
Posted by Burn on February 21st, 2015 @ 5:34pm CST
Woke up at 5:45am and I thought it was 8:30am, same as yesterday. Then I remembered it was 6:30am.
Then I remembered daylight savings which mean 5:30am for me.
I went back to bed for over 2 hours.
Posted by Sabrblade on February 21st, 2015 @ 7:51pm CST
Episode 3 -
Not even two seconds into the episode and already are Sideswipe and Strongarm at each other's throats.
Finally, a theme song! And it's just okay. Better than Prime's boring first one, but not as good as its Beast Hunters version or the awesome Rescue Bots theme.
Fixit's intercepted a radio communication about a giant metal shark attacking an oil tanker. Fixit confirms that the Alchemor's database does mention a Sharkticon having been among its prisoners.
But there's anothere signal out there as well. Bee and Grimlock are gonna head for the oil tanker while Strongarm and Sideswipe are sent to check the other signal.
LOL at Bee and Grimlock driving the boat like so:
One thing's for certain about Grimlock, his dino mode head and tail transform just like those of his FOC counterpart, literally morphing out of his body from nothingness. Y-Yay for consistency?
Hammerstrike, the Sharkticon, has a West Country accent. And he's voiced by David Kaye.
Strongarm's found Steeljaw, who tries to trick her into thinking that he wasn't a prisoner on the ship, but a guard, to get her to drop her guard.
Hammerstrike hates walking on two legs "like some foul land-dweller". And he considers himself "Cybertron's most feared pirate."
Just like X-Brawn in the 2001 RiD cartoon, Grimlock can only sink instead of swim.
Human authorities are headed to the tanker, so both Hammerstrike and Bumblebee have to finish their fight later and get outta there.
Steeljaw, having captured Strongarm, tries to explain himself to her, claiming that he just wants a chance to start over in peace, which he feels he can acquire on this planet since he had no criminal record here.
Man, Hammerstrike's face sure is expressive for a guy with such a simple face design.
Sideswipe pretends to be a Decepticon ("Grimbee") to distract Steeljaw while Russell frees Strongarm.
Using Hammerstrike's own frictionless oil-covered floor against him, Bee and Grimlock trap him in a large metal barrel.
Steeljaw calls out "Grimbee's" treachery as being "how like you Autobots."
Though Steeljaw was beaten, he got away when the others weren't looking.
Bumblebee states that Steeljaw is now at the top of their Most Wanted list.
Ted McGinley -- Ship Captain
Okay, things are looking up for this show with this one. We got plenty of character focus and some progression on each Autobot, and both of the Decepticons were great. Hammerstrike is fun pirate type brought to life wonderfully by David Kaye, and the animation on him was so excellently done in spite of his fairly simplistic look. Steeljaw, oh man, Steeljaw is so intriguing. He strikes me as one of those who believes himself to be in the right, on a more noble ground than the Autobots, whom he views to be underhanded and corrupt. Though he claims to want a second chance at a peaceful existence, it likely isn't the same definition of "peace" as the Autobot think. But it is very possible that he has reformed like his says, but likely reformed from one form of evil into another. Either way, this guy's cool and I wanna see more of him. As of now, I think this show's really got the potential to be better than Prime was.
Posted by psj333 on February 21st, 2015 @ 8:21pm CST
Posted by Sabrblade on February 21st, 2015 @ 8:25pm CST
For once, there IS an answer to be given. They will not be put on YouTube because all attempts by the Australian fans to put them on there have been taken down by YouTube. This is why the one guy who has been uploading them for online viewing has instead been putting them onto Dailymotion, which I have linked to in all three of my episode write-ups in this thread. It is thanks to these Dailymotion uploads that I've already watched all three episodes. Do not go looking for episodes on YouTube as you won't find them there. Stick to Dailymotion instead.psj333 wrote:The episodes that just aired Australia hasn`t been aired on YouTube yet. Will these recently aired episodes be aired on YouTube in just days later, right before the North American release is available?
Posted by Burn on February 21st, 2015 @ 9:18pm CST
Some people may be waiting for it to air rather than downloading. Just saying.