Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development

Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development

Sunday, March 15th, 2015 5:44am CDT

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Howdy, robofans! If you're in the US, last night at 6pm ET/PT was the first airing of the new animated series Transformers: Robots in Disguise - produced by Hasbro and shown on Cartoon Network - though if you live outside of the States or attended the première event, you may have caught it earlier. We would like to use this platform to suggest you share your thoughts with us in the Energon Pub: what did you think of the 2-part pilot episode? Do you agree with the review posted by Burn? Maybe the one posted by QBKiller94? Would you like to see this loose sequel to Transformers: Prime continue a lot longer, or are you not a fan?

Let those thoughts, and those of other fellow Seibertronians, kickstart our very first.. Robots in Discussion!

Transformers News: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Thoughts, Reviews, Spoilers


To add to the discussion, check out the images tweeted by the Art Director Augusto Barranco to celebrate the airing of the series in the US, featuring the various stages of development for the first villain in the cartoon: Underbite.

Transformers News: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Thoughts, Reviews, Spoilers

Transformers News: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Thoughts, Reviews, Spoilers

Transformers News: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Thoughts, Reviews, Spoilers

Transformers News: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Thoughts, Reviews, Spoilers

Transformers News: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Thoughts, Reviews, Spoilers

Transformers News: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Thoughts, Reviews, Spoilers

Transformers News: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Thoughts, Reviews, Spoilers

Transformers News: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Thoughts, Reviews, Spoilers

Transformers News: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Thoughts, Reviews, Spoilers

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Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development (1662903)
Posted by Sabrblade on March 15th, 2015 @ 6:12am CDT
Episode 9 is online - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/k6M1sldGlcQgKVapfnn


Episode 9 -

Strongarm's on her first solo mission.

Bumblebee followed her.

Much to Fixit's chagrin, Denny's been interested in tinkering with Cybertronian tech.

Though Bee, promised to let Strongarm handle this mission alone, he can't help but feel responsible for her (since it's his fault she and the others got on Earth in the first place) and says that he's coming along to at least observe her mission.

Fixit and Denny butt heads over Denny wanting to fiddle with a Cybertronian gizmo, which winds up blowing up in their faces.

Strongarm and Bumblebee have found their perp: Springload, who believes himself to have been judged by the Ancients as worthy of finding the lost city of Doradas, wherein lies a treasure.

Springload is an Amphiboid. He's a relic hunter and, according to Fixit, "bonkers". He's obsessed with finding the lost city of Doradas, a fabled Cybertronian land and home to the Fountain of Energon granting eternal power and energy to whomever finds it.

Much to Strongarm's chagrin, Bee orders that the rest of team be sent to help in this mission. However, once Bee steps away, Strongarm secretly calls Fixit to tell him that the mission is already done and there's no need to send everyone to help anymore, using the time zone difference as an excuse for the mission's completion happening so fast.

Fixit and Denny fight over the Decepticon Hunter, and then Fixit decides that he's going to reorganize the entire scrapyard based on Cybertronian principles of design.

Russell's had enough of his dad and Fixit squabbling and tries to get them both to quit, but winds up making them both each fix what the other messed up.

Springload's armor is coated in acid as a built in defense mechanism.

Strongarm owns up to Bee about her secret call to Fixit to keep the others from coming to help.

Fixit reworked Denny's TV to contain mugshots of all the Alchemor's prisoners.

Russell, Grimlock, and Sideswipe bring the Decepticon Hunter to Denny and Fixit, as it keeps making noise. Fixit states that he can't fix the Decepticon Hunter by himself since it's too complicated for one person to do, and so needs Denny's help.

Springload thinks Bumblebee and Strongarm are ghosts, since he thought they were buried alive earlier.

The Decepticon Hunter was making noise because a kazoo was lodged inside it. Denny and Fixit realize they've been had, and the others explain that they had to trick the two of them to get them to stop arguing and work together. And it worked.

Strongarm tricks Springload into thinking that the spirits of Doradas have decreed Springload to be unworthy of the treasure, giving Bee the chance to trap him inside a stone container.

Strongarm impressed Bee with her willingness to let go of her pride and ask for help.



John Steven Rocha -- Springload



This was just an okay episode. Nothing too great, but somewhat passable. Just a simple "learn to work together instead of doing things alone" episode. It's not a bad message, but considering much stronger the writing of this show has been before, this one could have stood to be stronger too. However, Springload was fun. An eccentric relic hunter who isn't quite all there in the head, the guy mistook Latin American statues and temple marking for spirits and guardians, and viewed himself as a divine Chosen One. If he appears again, I can't wait to see how he'd take to learning that he isn't on Cybertron anymore. And we got to learn some more of Cybertronian mythology with the Doradas fable, which is always welcome.
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development (1662939)
Posted by jON3.0 on March 15th, 2015 @ 8:43am CDT
TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE SPOILERS (IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE PREMIERE)

I've been catching up with my kids on Transformers Rescue Bots. Several decent episodes considering they're for very young children, I must say. Optimus using the Matrix on a Cybertron relic was actually kinda cool. And we also watched the premiere of Robots in Disguise. On the positive side, I love Will Friedle's portrayal of Bumblebeel. The animation is awesome... very Tron: Uprising. However on the negative side, I'm disappointed it wasn't Gregg Berger or David Kaye. I don't care for Grimlock's voice. There were also glaring problems. Bumblebee commands Strongarm and Sideswipe to scan for Earth vehicle forms so they can be "ROBOTS IN DISGUISE" while Grimlock is trouncing around as a giant robot Dinosaur??? Wow, really? And the show is extremely dumbed down for kids. It's almost Rescue Bots-level humor and writing but just add fighting and Decepticons with better animation. And lastly, Optimus can just show up every time there's no way out and save the day? But he's dead? And he's alive? And he's a ghost? But he's also solid? Well, that's just both confusing AND convenient! So now they can write themselves into whatever corners they want and at the last second Optimus Prime magically appears and POOF! the day is saved. That's lazy writing, sorry. I can't publicly talk about the show on my personal page or even my professional page because I'm represented by the same voiceover agents as some of the cast and dissing any cartoon may harm my chances of ever booking an animated series but I was very disappointed in the new series for the most part. I don't know why they just don't REBOOT the original show completely based on the original show! Give us an updated look or set it in the 80s! Use CGI or traditional animated and use better writing like Prime had! Like the DreamWave/IDW style Transformers! I mean, what was so wrong with having lots of different characters rather than a small team of good guys and a handful of bad guys with limitless drones??? I'm honestly sick of that concept! Okay, my rant is over. Sorry. :)
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development (1662940)
Posted by Fox Thiagarajan on March 15th, 2015 @ 8:43am CDT
To me it's so far so good. The animation style takes me back to the G1 cartoon which I always found to possess a certain charm, especially as I've become older.

Bumblebee's progression taking TF Prime into consideration is handled well. He is assertive as a leader yet remains doubtful at times which in my opinion gives him room to grow as the show continues.

Sideswipe is my favorite for sure though. Can't wait to see him implement that sword we saw in previews.
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development (1662947)
Posted by Noideaforaname on March 15th, 2015 @ 9:19am CDT
You ever been to Nuon City?
.... Nooo?
THAT'S 'CAUSE I ATE IT!

I thought it was pretty fun. Not flat out amazing yet and the characters were a bit too one-note, but you could say the same about Beast Wars. I'm a bit worried how long it'll last, though. I haven't seen any adverts for it (my brother told me it was on, and he was watching the show before), the US is waaaaay behind everyone else, and the 6am timeslot can't possibly help.

Incidentally, it was interesting to see my bro's reaction to it. He hasn't seen Prime, so he was flabbergasted Optimus died. This cartoon really could've used a set-up introduction.


Not keen on Underbite being one of a 'species', robs him of hid individuality... though I'm assuming any future "Chompazoids" will just be recolors of him, as opposed to general term for any Cybertronian with eating-related gimmicks.
Speaking of which, it's weird how UB got more and more dependent on eating as time went on.
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development (1662948)
Posted by psj333 on March 15th, 2015 @ 9:44am CDT
ON Episode #10 Ped is said to be an earthworm in the Chinese dub. What I've found out that the American version of this character is not likely to be a earthworm, but a mole. But judging by his looks in the screencap, is Ped really an earthworm, or a mole? Can you tell which animal does Ped mostly represents? :CON:
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development (1662949)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on March 15th, 2015 @ 9:48am CDT
So, all things considered, I know that we won't be getting toys of every Decepticon if this series keeps going with introducing a new character each week, but that being said I cannot yet think of a full-sized Decepticon from this series that I wouldn't want in Warrior-class plastic form. They are all, in my opinion, very clever designs that show a lot of potential and are introducing a lot of charm to the overall Transformers mythos.

I do question, though, why "Predacons" were seen as these ancient, very different things in Prime and then this sequel has Dinobots, Chompazoids etc. which share some distinct characteristics with them...

The PS3-era video games are also a part of this continuity, right? Can someone help me to understand how such disparate moods and content fit together?
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development (1662950)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on March 15th, 2015 @ 9:50am CDT
psj333 wrote:ON Episode #10 Ped is said to be an earthworm in the Chinese dub. What I've found out that the American version of this character is not likely to be a earthworm, but a mole. But judging by his looks in the screencap, is Ped really an earthworm, or a mole? Can you tell which animal does Ped mostly represents? :CON:


Can you link to the screencap?
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development (1662954)
Posted by psj333 on March 15th, 2015 @ 10:00am CDT
Sure, Nuclear Convoy. Here it is:

https://33.media.tumblr.com/9354efdc8dd ... 3_1280.jpg

Now can you tell if Ped is an earthworm or a mole? :CON:
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development (1662959)
Posted by STngAR on March 15th, 2015 @ 10:05am CDT
The show was alright, but as I recall animated and prime started out alright for me and I ended up enjoying both series.

:MAXIMAL:
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development (1662960)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on March 15th, 2015 @ 10:05am CDT
psj333 wrote:Sure, Nuclear Convoy. Here it is:

https://33.media.tumblr.com/9354efdc8dd ... 3_1280.jpg

Now can you tell if Ped is an earthworm or a mole? :CON:


I'd say that, to me, he looks like he is supposed to be based on a Star Nosed Mole: https://www.google.ca/search?q=star+nosed+mole&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=jZ8FVeexKJGAsQSl0oLYAQ&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1138&bih=547
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development (1662964)
Posted by psj333 on March 15th, 2015 @ 10:17am CDT
Really, NuclearConvoy? Are you absolutely certain that Ped is really a mole? Because, it seems to me that Ped is supposed to be a an earthworm, according to the Chinese dub. What's going on here? Earthworm is a worm, while a mole is a mammal. In what ways are these two animals similar, and how are they different? :CON:
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development (1662968)
Posted by ScottyP on March 15th, 2015 @ 10:23am CDT
I forgot this came on. Going to go find it online somewhere and set the DVR before I have to go to fan jail.
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development (1662986)
Posted by Goldbug2 on March 15th, 2015 @ 11:29am CDT
I just watched the first two episodes on Cartoon Network. I'd sern the first two episodes when it first came on youtube. I'm glad to see cartoon network has finally placed these two episodes on American broadcasting. It kind of has a mixture of Transformers Prime and the first season of the original Transformer series. It's great to see Decepticons ejecting from bigger Decepticons once more. And they finally have a Decepticon leader other than Megatron. It's been like, what, since Transformers Victory or Beast Wars Neo since they've had a different leader?
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development (1662987)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on March 15th, 2015 @ 11:29am CDT
psj333 wrote:Really, NuclearConvoy? Are you absolutely certain that Ped is really a mole? Because, it seems to me that Ped is supposed to be a an earthworm, according to the Chinese dub. What's going on here? Earthworm is a worm, while a mole is a mammal. In what ways are these two animals similar, and how are they different? :CON:


Well, both worms and moles live underground and make tunnels, so they have simillar characteristics. The claws, however, really say mole to me. Earthworm isn't something I get, visually, from the body stylings.
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development (1662992)
Posted by Madeus Prime on March 15th, 2015 @ 11:39am CDT
psj333 wrote:Really, NuclearConvoy? Are you absolutely certain that Ped is really a mole? Because, it seems to me that Ped is supposed to be a an earthworm, according to the Chinese dub. What's going on here? Earthworm is a worm, while a mole is a mammal. In what ways are these two animals similar, and how are they different? :CON:


It doesn't matter psj, settle down. Believe it or not, the exact nature of what Ped is designed against isn't vital to the fandom! Just like Underbite, he's probably going to be a made up creature. ;) Besides, he looks nothing like an earthworm or a mole, if he resembles anything, it'd be Beast Wars Torca.

And if you don't know the similarities and differences between a worm and a mole, then you got issues dude. :lol:

Also psj, the wiki is not a source of viable information, if you to get the lowdown on something it is fine, but in terms of accuracy, well, it's a catch-all for it. :HEADHURTS:
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development (1663036)
Posted by welcometothedarksyde on March 15th, 2015 @ 1:39pm CDT
I personally am loving the show so far. I had alot of trouble getting into Prime for some reason, but a couple of episodes in I'm all over this show. I was even worried about the show from the trailers. Some things like Fixit, Strongarm's characterization, and Grimlock being voiced by Cyborg's voice actor concerned me. However watching the show I haven't found these to be problems at all. The show has a good sense of humor, fun characters, and nice visuals. My only gripe is that the plots are not extremely good and tend towards using deux ex machinas in place of clever solutions to problems. However with time they'll probably get better at that.
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development (1663039)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on March 15th, 2015 @ 1:42pm CDT
So, out of curiosity, is the series actually a follow up to the same continuity line that has WFC/FOC games in it?
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development (1663046)
Posted by Madeus Prime on March 15th, 2015 @ 2:04pm CDT
NuclearConvoy wrote:So, out of curiosity, is the series actually a follow up to the same continuity line that has WFC/FOC games in it?

Debatable. I view the WFC/FOC continuity as it's own, with Prime being a different universe. Buuuut, according to Hasbro (I think), it is one big long-ass continuity.
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development (1663061)
Posted by TurboMMaster on March 15th, 2015 @ 3:07pm CDT
This was propably the best episode so far, I really liked Idea. And Grimlock was sucha badass here... It almost unbelivable that he seems to be kinda silly warrior most of the time, I quess he just is taming his real strenght so far.

The strongest pro for this series: No Optimus and no Megatron, I really like how things this time are different.
Re: Transformers: Robots In Disguise Pilot Episode - Robots in Discussion: Reviews, Spoilers, Underbite Art Development (1663077)
Posted by NuclearConvoy on March 15th, 2015 @ 3:27pm CDT
Madeus Prime wrote:
NuclearConvoy wrote:So, out of curiosity, is the series actually a follow up to the same continuity line that has WFC/FOC games in it?

Debatable. I view the WFC/FOC continuity as it's own, with Prime being a different universe. Buuuut, according to Hasbro (I think), it is one big long-ass continuity.


Then, according to Habro, there are two separate Grimlocks or a major personality shift and a bunch of memories forgotten have occured?

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