Twue Wuv: Machinima's Transformers Power of the Primes Episode 7 REVIEW
Sunday, July 1st, 2018 11:00pm CDTCategories: Cartoon News, Reviews, Site Articles
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(Note: The following review contains spoilers for Power of the Primes and the Prime Wars Trilogy. Proceed at your own risk!)
We pick right up where 6 left off, with Megatron blowing Overlord to bits using the Requiem Blaster, which has created a giant divot in the side of Cybertron, amounting to a frickin' 8th of the planet.
"You just murdered several million Cybertronians" "YEAH, but...I got that one guy!" "Several MILLION."
They also launched a beam of hyper-powerful energy into space. I'm sure that won't cause any problems. The main cast starts to regroup in the wake of their large battle inside the sanctorum against Overlord and Rodimus Cron. They finally get their moment to morn Victorion, and make sure everyone else is alright. Windblade makes a comment about the Torchbearers, the group name of the robots that make up Victorion (similar the Protectobots or the Constructicons), further murking this series' view/adaptation of Combiners. It can't make up it's mind if it wants Combiner members to have their own identity or not, and it seems to be a case by case basis.
Now he's the Extra Crispy Colonel
Windblade thanks Optimus Primal for sticking with them, when it looked like he was just going to desert them in the previous episode, as Grimlock also makes amends with Megatron. The majority of the data banks inside the Sanctorum had all been destroyed, but Perceptor was able to download the documents they need on Megatronus and the Requiem Blaster. They talk about what the potential plan of Megatronus is, and realize he intends to fuse the blaster, Matrix of Leadership, and the Enigma of Combination into a mega device. Megatron says that this is to drain the sparks from every Transformer on Cybertron, though it's not established how he knows this. Speak of the devil, Megatronus arrives on the scene to reclaim the blaster. It's the first time we've seen him in a few episodes, as the story has buckled town and focused on the main cast of characters. The split narrative that detracted from the first couple of episodes is totally gone.
"Is it genocide? Or an act of love?" Yeah, genocide. Definitely genocide.
As Megatronus arrives, Megatron knows, somehow again, that Megatronus plans to steal the sparks from all Cybertronians (all 20 of them, apparently) to supposedly bring Solus Prime back from the dead. Megatronus says that he is correct, and that they should be proud to be going to such a noble cause. That's quite an intricate plan to guess right in one fell swoop on Megatron's part, is it not? This deus-ex-machina moment of knowledge from Megatron is, again, confusing, and reminds me of a moment from a badly dubbed anime. I find it hard to believe that the writers couldn't find a more natural way to write Megatron solving Megatronus' plan into the script.
Alright, I have to hand it to them, this shot is AWESOME. Seriously, seriously cool. Looks like a painting
After Megatron and Windblade are tossed aside by Megatronus with some really cool imagery, Optimus Primal steps in the way of Megatronus' path to the Requiem Blaster. Megatronus makes a snide remark, and tosses him aside. He's only stopped from finishing Primal off by Rodimus Cron, who still functions. He tells Megatronus he must destroy the Matrix, not use it, which, as an agent of Unicron, is his primary function. Rodimus turns on Megatronus, giving the heroes new hope. Megatronus doesn't care, as he already has the blaster he came for. He disappears into the night, and soon Rodimus Cron takes off after him, driving through the large crater. Windblade protests that they can't just let the two now-enemies kill each other, believing that there's still a bit of Hot Rod left in Cron. Megatron knows that they must go to the well of sparks, another tidbit of info he inexplicably knows.
I'm starting to think Megatron might be in on this whole thing...
And so, as they embark on the next, and most likely final leg of their journey, and without Victorion for the first time in the entire Trilogy, the episode ends.
This episode was uneventful, especially considering the action packed one preceding it. Though I understand why, as it's purpose was simply to give Megatronus the Requiem Blaster, and little else. It felt quick, and, on the whole, painless. I'm enjoying the focused narrative I touched on earlier in the review more than I enjoyed the several plot lines with several characters in several settings. The story being more narrowed in is doing the series a great service, in my opinion, and it feels like it is finally in some form of a groove. The slow motion/still shots are beautiful, and I'd love to see more like them. I've always liked these character models, so seeing them in shots like that is awesome. It's a big positive for the series for those to be included. Ultimately, though, it felt like an episode back in the swamp again, with little forward movement except for basically one plot point in the second half.
Thanks for reading my review of the 7th episode of Power of the Primes. Catch me again tomorrow when I cover episode 8. Check out the episode for yourself, then come back and tell me how you thought I did in the Energon pub forums below. Did you agree with me? Did you disagree? Please let me know!
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Posted by ZeroWolf on July 2nd, 2018 @ 2:26am CDT
Posted by Bronzewolf on July 2nd, 2018 @ 1:13pm CDT
ZeroWolf wrote:Good review bronze, and I'm glad you were able to catch back up with these. Wouldn't be the same without your reviews
Thanks so much Zero. I love hearing stuff like this. Glad I can make these shows a bit more enjoyable.
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 2nd, 2018 @ 1:22pm CDT
Posted by Bronzewolf on July 2nd, 2018 @ 4:04pm CDT
(Note: The following review contains spoilers for Power of the Primes and the entire Prime Wars Trilogy)
The episode opens on the main cast, now consisting of Megatron, Windblade, Optimus Primal, Perceptor and Grimlock, inside a labyrinth on the way to the well of sparks, following the directions they received from the library of Primes. Grimlock asks, in this bottomless chasm of absolutely hilarious original comedy, if they're there yet. This wouldn't be too bad if he didn't make the same joke three separate times within a two minutes. It becomes so unlikable and unfunny, especially within that short of a time frame.
Congratulations, cartoon, you've made me dislike Grimlock.
Perceptor navigates them through the caves, and makes a comment about how if they make a wrong turn they'll be lost in the cavern for 45 Million years. Aside from the fact that, by definition, you can't calculate how long someone will be lost, I think they missed a big opportunity here:
Even with all the representation of Primus, Unicron, and the Primes in various Transformers shows and movies, we never really see what ruins and relics they left behind. This would have been a great chance to flesh the world this series has built out a bit by making the Primes a sort of Greek mythology equal. Perceptor hypes the danger of the labyrinth up so much, but in the next shot, they've discovered the well of sparks with no problem.
Instead of spending as much time in the swamp as this series did, I would have loved to have spent at least part of an episode inside this maze, with the cast dealing with whatever ancient monsters or traps might lay ahead. It would have expanded the mythos, been a cool direction for the show we haven't really seen before, and make Perceptor's hype worth while. It even had the potential to be genuinely scary. It's just sad to see that potential go to waste.
DANGER beyond your WILDEST NIGHTMARES await you. We don't have the budget to animate any of it, but TRUST US! It's there!
Like I said above, they make it to the well of sparks with little issue, but just before they make it there, Megatronus has already been successful in starting the process to bring Solus Prime back from the dead, sending out a pulse wave of energy that drains power from all cybertronians. Perceptor projects a feed of several Transformers being affected, as we get a shot of the Dinobots and Emissary, for potentially the last time.
The main cast powers through the wave and makes it to the well, just in time to catch Megatronus monologuing to the rapidly appearing form of Solus Prime. A weird thing in this scene is that the well is somehow protected from the pulse wave, as neither Megatronus or the main cast are affected as soon as they enter the chamber. It's strange that this occurs, especially since the wave originated from that room.
"So wondrous wild, the whole might seem..."
Megatron sends Windblade, Primal, and Grimlock to take down Megatronus, which they oddly do with ease, compared to the ruthless battles the two sides have had in the past. As Perceptor tries to shut down the system, Megatron catches Solus Prime up on what lengths Megatronus is going to to bring her back.
Megatronus has had enough, and throws Grimlock and Primal off of him. He traps them and Windblade in pillars of fire. He does the same for Perceptor as he walks back over to the well.
It's now just Megatron, standing alone against his name sake. Megatronus reveals, in quite a bit of hasty writing, that he has apparently been behind every major event that has happened in the entire trilogy. He made the Combiners fight one another so the enigma of combination would be brought out of it's case (although that seemed to be more of Windblade's decision if I remember correctly), and he was the one to kill Optimus Prime and extract the Matrix. Megatron tells him he can stop him because he's "Megatron. But just before the battle can begin, Rodimus enters the chamber, and evolves (for no particular reason other than "Because Unicron") into his full Rodimus Unicronus form. With that, the episode ends.
*Listens to Motorhead once*
Again, it would have been interesting to have the potential of the scene exploited a bit more, in this case to give Rodimus a genuine reason to evolve. Have Rodimus struggle with Megatronus and get thrown into the well of sparks, and have it power him up. It's just missed creative opportunities like this that drag the series down. The episode as a whole was more thrilling and engaging than the previous episode, although it lacked the cool, cinematic stills the last one had. We're getting close to the very end of this entire journey, and to see it all come together will be...interesting, to say the least.
Thanks for reading my review of episode 7! Getting remarkably close to the end now, and what a trip it's been. If you haven't seen the episode yet, you can find it on Go90. I encourage you to come back and share your thoughts in the Energon Pub forum! Was I correct? Was I totally off base? Please tell me what you thought! Thanks again! I'll see you tomorrow, where we'll have a double feature, with the review for Episode 9 in the morning, and then the review for the finale later on in the day.
*Motorhead joke stolen from Thew *
Posted by Sarahthecutevixen on July 2nd, 2018 @ 6:57pm CDT
Posted by Sabrblade on July 2nd, 2018 @ 11:11pm CDT
CW's finale gave us "Screaming Star Starscream" at the 11th hour, TR's finale gave us "Trypticon just falls over" and "A wild Megatronus appears!" at the 11th hour, so let's see what kind of last minute random game changer this final episode of Potpie will give us from out of nowhere at the 11th hour.
Posted by ShockBlade501 on July 3rd, 2018 @ 12:46am CDT
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 3rd, 2018 @ 5:24am CDT
Posted by Burn on July 3rd, 2018 @ 6:19am CDT
And then they kill him.
And resurrect Optimus fucking Prime.
Just stay dead for once!
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 3rd, 2018 @ 6:50am CDT
Posted by Burn on July 3rd, 2018 @ 7:00am CDT
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 3rd, 2018 @ 9:06am CDT
Posted by Sabrblade on July 3rd, 2018 @ 9:22am CDT
The Axalon is seen at the end.
And Starscream's ghost looks like he's hoping to hitch himself a ride.
Don't tell me they threw in these bits to makes this show a sort of a gap-bridging series between G1 and the Beast Era.
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 3rd, 2018 @ 9:33am CDT
Posted by Sabrblade on July 3rd, 2018 @ 9:42am CDT
The same way that some people think this is meant to be in the same world as the G1 cartoon but years later: Very loosely with only the vaguest recollection of specific details taken into account rather than actually remembering how things were like in the old shows.ZeroWolf wrote:But how would that even work...
Posted by o.supreme on July 3rd, 2018 @ 9:47am CDT
yay Predaking! I'm glad we finally found out why he wanted the Enigma all this tome...oh wait..no we didn't....
Megatronus will forever be known as the "head popper-offer" of Combiners.
"You will suffer at the hands of Predaking!" (yay one of his lines, sort of, from FFOD pt 5)
So...All the bots that Megatronus killed are "gone forever", but Optimus Prime gets a mulligan because...? I'm almost certain the writers of this show would have wanted "The Touch" to work in there somewhere...but probably didn't want to pay Stan Bush to use it.
Megatron, also reminds us of some of his dialogue with Unicron from TF:TM. I guess the only good thing is, if there is any sort of media tie in for WFC (which there probably wont be), but at least it wont be with Machinima, despite that little stinger at the end.
Sabre- I also had thoughts about Machinima in a back handed way trying to make this an official gap between the original series and BW, but Optimal Optimus is there, so that would be really, really bad writing. In my *head canon*, if the original animated series had gone on, I always figured it would have been the nucleon/action master process that would have turned Galvatron back into Megatron, but then how they ever got the ability to transform back would also have to be explained at some point.
well... all I have to say is
*In a post credits scene, Fort Max is in a far off corner of the planet crying because everyone forgot about him.*
Posted by ZeroWolf on July 3rd, 2018 @ 9:48am CDT
Sabrblade wrote:The same way that some people think this is meant to be in the same world as the G1 cartoon but years later: Very loosely with only the vaguest recollection of specific details taken into account rather than actually remembering how things were like in the old shows.ZeroWolf wrote:But how would that even work...
So a case of: "squint hard enough and you'll see it connect"
There's no reason for any of these, even if it's just implied...although if they want to play that game doesn't this imply then that megatron was resurrected then ala Return of Convoy and subsequent text? I mean if you go from us g1, he was still galvatron and seemed at peace with that.
Posted by Sabrblade on July 3rd, 2018 @ 9:55am CDT
That... doesn't sound so bad in and of itself, but when set against the context of the Megatron-to-Galvatron scene from TFTM (since the TR and Potpie cartoons both implied that events akin to that movie happened in this universe's history), it really doesn't add up in that regard.
Posted by Burn on July 3rd, 2018 @ 3:24pm CDT
o.supreme wrote:Well it's over. I know some people here don't like me ranting about the negatives, and how I shojldn't watch the show if I don't like it, so I promise this will be my last rant post (everyone else gets away with it ) but...
Dude, we all pretty much hate on this series in this thread. You're thinking of other threads where it's hard to be negative without people piling on. (In which case, keep being negative as long as it's in the rules and let the munkky pilers break the rules)
Posted by D-Maximal_Primal on July 3rd, 2018 @ 6:09pm CDT
2nd, dammit, they had to kill Megatron. At least he got a final "Oh shit" line in and a good ole "Shut up" line. Those 2 things are gonna stay with me personally.
The waste of Predaking and Volcanicus though suck. And they really could have done without resurrecting Optimus Prime.