I’m still working on getting back into making sure to give this blog the attention it properly deserves. Until then though I’m still create content elsewhere. First up, check out my appearance over at Monster Kid Radio where Derek M. Koch and I discussion, the Giant Spider Invasion. Afterward, follow these links over to Monkeys Fighting Robots and check out reviews of the recent issues of Power Rangers and Transformers. You’ll enjoy it, trust me.
Here it is. The review of the final season of Beast Wars. It’s been a fun ride and a great opportunity to not only celebrate the anniversary of this incredible series but to also help others know just how incredible it is. There is only one question, does the last season bring it home or fail in the end?
After resolving the cliffhanger of the previous season, the Maximals find themselves moving into the Ark. They now must protect it from Megatron who wishes to use it to win the Beast Wars. As they keep up the fight they will get a new recruit named Depth Charge, but he is more focused on getting revenge on Rampage. Unfortunately, the Predacons will also get some help and it involves a lost comrade.
This season really kicked it up a notch. From fixing the timeline, to the introduction of the Transmetal 2s, and the finale which was nail biting, every episode helped to move the plot forward. Also, it featured some interesting new characters like Depth Charge and Tigerhawk. All around a pretty impressive and interesting season.
This season isn’t without questionable episodes. The episode where Cheetor teaches the cave children but then Megatron decides to use them for his own means only barely qualified as an episode which moved the plot. The season wrapped up a bit faster with three discover of the Nemesis. Still this isn’t enough to bring it down much.
There really is one plot point I’d like to talk about. This is the whole deal with the Vok. This mysterious alien race helped to motivate the series at just the right time. In this season they only get one episode and sadly it doesn’t really help to wrap up who or what they are. Also they are never really used again except for minor references therein there in other Transformers series. It might be nice to have the IDW comics take them out for a bit and explore them in more detail.
With this series properly reviewed I can focus my attention on more Transformer related series. Of course I’m probably going to make my next theme month be Transformers but I don’t have it planned for this year. Hopefully next year. I’ll keep you posted crew.
Attention Crew, I will be attending Jafax 2016 this year and hosting a few panel. The panels include:
Transformers: The IDW Universe: Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 in Screening Room 3 (Emerald B, Amw.)
Godzilla: Still King Of The Monsters: Sunday from 9:30 am to 11:00 am in Panel Room 2 (River Overlook)
Are you killing your Fandom?: Sunday from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm in Panel Room 2 (River Overlook)
I hope to see some of you there. Don’t be afraid to come up and talk after the panel is over.
The celebration of the 20th anniversary of Beast Wars continues as we move into the second season. Though shorter than the first, season two finds a way to deliver more in the short amount of time the creative team had to work with.
After the intense ending of the first season, the Maximals find themselves without a leader. They don’t have long to mourn as the energy wave brought on by the destruction of the doomsday device which killed Optimus Primal hurtles towards the Earth. When it hits, it causes many to turn into a new form of Transformer, the Transmetal, a mixture of animal and metal which allows them to have vehicles modes. The wave also causes new threats to awaken all across the world and will lead both teams closer to the their origins. Back to the original war between the Autobots and the Decepticons.
This season is full of great moments. Each episode is dedicated to moving the plot forward with no room for filler. Thanks to this aspect the show doesn’t let up for a moment in its intensity. From the introduction of the Fuzors, to the lose of Airrazor and Tigertron, and Cybertron finally discovering their location, every episode is full of action, drama, and references to the Transformer mythology. This really was the season where fans came around and realized just how much this show had to offer.
The season also introduces some very interesting and entertaining characters such as Silverbolt, the noble knight, Rampage, the experiment gone wrong, and the malfunctioning Transmutate, an innocent creature with destructive power. The show also found way to top the previous season’s cliffhanger by introducing one which was far more intense than fans ever thought to be possible.
Hands down the best episode of this season was Code of Hero. In it, Dinobot comes to terms with his destiny and realizes the future he saw when he researched the golden disc was coming true and there was no way around it. He would have to fight in order to protect blossoming humanity from the Predacon forces. The battle would be fought on his own and he would lose his life in the process. The episode became infamous as one of the most powerful and well crafted episodes ever in the Transformers franchise.
With this review two seasons are down and one to go. The review of the third season of Beast Wars will be coming sometime later this year. Hopefully these write ups are convincing others to go out and check out this series. The computer graphics may not have aged well but the show is still filled with elements which make it necessary viewing from anyone who calls themselves a true Transformer fan.
Another Transformers Review is up at Monkeys Fighting Robots. I do my best not to gush but I just can’t help it. I love this series so much.
This year marks a special anniversary in the Transformers Franchise. It’s the 20th anniversary of the Beast Wars TV series. Many felt the Transformers should never take the form of animals and dismissed the series straight out. Those who did missed out on something great. Beast Wars is one of the best Transformer series ever.
The Maximal crew of the Axalon have crash landed on a mysterious planet while pursuing a group of Predcon fugitives. Led by Megatron, the Predacons have plans to harvest the energon on the planet and use it to take over their home world of Cybertron. It’s up to the Maximals, lead by Optimus Primal to stop them and protect the peace of this strange world.
This series was the first original (Generaion 2 wasn’t original) Transformers series in America in almost 10 years. Deciding to scale back a bit from the huge armies of yesteryear, the show instead has a cast of only ten at first. Each character had an individual purpose and was able to grow through the adventures which took place in the show. Since then this staple of fewer characters allowing for more emphasis on development has lead to success with the series which followed.
The series also introduce many elements into the Transformer mythology. Aspects such as the Spark (the soul of the transformer), the Matrix/Allspark (heaven), the Pit (Hell), and Slag (a phrase of profanity) were all first used in this series. These introductions alone should could cause individuals to give this series a heavy degree of respect.
Beast Wars also sports a surpassing large amount of violence. Treating the characters like the robots they are allowed the characters to suffer great damage and get the necessary repairs after the battle is over. This element led to some impressive action scenes in the first season alone.
The show isn’t without its faults. The CGI hasn’t aged the best. Sure for the time it was pretty impressive but looking at it now some of the background animation is rather dull and there are a few errors here and there. Still, these are small complaints which don’t distract from the overall series.
Beast Wars is a Transformers series which shouldn’t be missed. If you know a Transformer fan who hasn’t taken the time to watch this series then kick them in the butt and insist the show has merit. Remember, this is just my review of the first season. I’ll make sure to finish the rest of the reviews through the course of this year and give the series the proper anniversary it deserves.
Time to return to another installment of the Transformer franchise. The first season of Transformers Prime was one of the best televisions series ever to bear the Tranformers’ name. Did the second season keep up the strength of storytelling and action?
After the events of the first season, Optimus Prime believes he is his younger self, Orion Pax and he is still friends with Megatron. His comrades will have to venture to their fallen home world of Cybertron to find a way to restore Optimus to his original self. Will they succeed or will Optimus continue to wear a Decepticon symbol on his shoulder?
The quality of storytelling of the previous season stays constant. From the beginning of the season while Optimus believing he is a Decepticon to the quest for the Cyber Keys the drama keeps the audience in their seats episode to episode. The call back to previous Transformers series with items such as the Star Saber and the Omega Lock are excellent ways of using the franchise`s rich cannon to tell a fantastic story. Also, all of the different Cybertronian technology they have recovered over the course the series comes to a head as all seem to play a part in the season finale.
The introduction of new characters help to make the story interesting as well. The Decepticons get Dreadwing, brother of the fallen Skyquake who turns out to be very noble despite being a deadly warrior. The Autobots get introduced to Smokescreen, a young brash solider who has been sent by Alpha Trion, Optimius Prime`s mentor to help with the war. Both of these characters are welcomed additions to the show and really help to flush out the story telling.
This season isn’t without its problems. First up it does contain a clip show (A big problem as this blog is always against clip shows). Second, the show continues with the fetch quests from the previous season. It keeps up the discovery of Cybertron relics before moving to the Cyber Keys. It is a small complaints but still worth mentioning.
This series continues to be one of the best installments of the Tranformers’ franchise. All that is needed is to look at the final season and the movie that followed it. Stay tuned crew. These reviews will be coming down the line but I have another Transformers series I need to focus on this year as it is celebrating an anniversary.
With my first theme month completed I need to figure out which theme month I should get ready for next. I’m going my Crew figure out which one should I prepare for deployment.
- Monkey Madness: A month of giant monkey movies
- Goofy Gamera: A month of all the more comical Showa Era Gamera films
- Bigger than Big: A month looking at all the different versions of Gigantor (Tetsujin 28)
- Transformers: A month of Tranformers series to help get through the extended list of different Transformer series
Cast your votes below crew and help me figure out what you want me to review for this blog.
Hmm. That title sounds like some kid of vitamin supplement. Anyways a lot of articles have surfaced for once again its time for COLASSAL NEWS.
First up, the cult film and childhood favorite of many, the Iron Giant will be returning to theaters this fall. Fathom events will be having special screenings of the film and this release will apparently include new scenes. I still have to review this movie for the blog but let’s be honest. This one is an automatic A.
Next up is information on the new Mobile Suit Gundam series has been released. The new show will be called Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans and is set to debut in October 4th of this year. There is also talks of streaming it here in America but I hope they figure out a better way then the YouTube channel of GundamInfo which won’t let me watch the English Subs of Reconquista in G here in the states.
Also, if anyone was wondering about where the Gundam Review are on this site and how I can keep calling myself a Mecha fan without ever touching the Franchise I have good news. I am working on making “Gundam Month” where I will have an entry everyday covering a series or movie in the Franchise. I’m still working on getting all those review together so give me a bit. They are coming I promise.
News has also surfaced of a new Transformers cartoon that will be directed at adults. Gaming and media website Machinima will be helping to create the show which will air on their website. The cartoon is said to be based on the IDW comic series, which has helped to produce some of the best Transformer story lines ever. Trust me if your a Transformers fan and not reading those comics then you are missing out.
Finally in a historical first Crunchyroll will be simultaneously broadcasting a Tokusatsu show as its running in Japan. The show is the latest entry into the Ultraman Franchise, called Ultraman X. Check out the Facebook for the usual small comments about the episodes as they come out.
That`s all for now. Untiil next time, GO BIG OR GO HOME! Still working on my sign out.
Fans are quick to pass off the importance of the human element in the different Transformer series. Humans have helped the Autobots on many occasions to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat but still they are easily dismissed as being unnecessary. So, as a way to showcase the great these characters do, I have put together a list of the top 10 Human Companions over the different Transformers’ series.
10. Alexis (Transformers Armada)
Alexis is the only competent human in this entire series. The four boys are incredible immature and are unable to take the fact that they are involved in an intergalactic war seriously. There also is the fact that she has a bond and shipping relationship with Starscream. In the follow up series she rises to the position of diplomat as a liaison between Humans and Autobots. Definitely worth the 10th position.
9. Kicker (Transformers Energon)
Making this list Ive noticed a pattern. Kids that start out annoying but eventually grow up and do what needs to be done. Kicker starts out as a kid that back talks to Optimus Prime but eventually helps to bridge a gap with Alpha Q which helps to learn more about the history behind Unicron. Also he wields the depowered Star Saber pretty nicely.
8. Daniel (Transformers: The movie and Headmasters)
Again a kid that starts off as annoying but proves his worth. In his first appearance he helps save Bumblebee, Jazz, and Cliffjumper. In the Japanese series Headmasters, he helps befriends the new headmasters as they take over for the series. He appears low on the list though because he is known to cry at the drop of the hat.
7. Headmasters Junior (Transformers: Supergod Masterforce)
There are many on this list that gain powers and gadgets that help them to fight with the Autobots against the Decepticons. These kids though actually use Transectors to turn into Transformers and fight side by side to defend there home. I`m putting the kids on this list over Ginrei because the Human Companions are always secondary characters to the Transformers and Ginrei rises to the leader roll soon after he appears in the series.
6. Spike (IDW comics)
IDW gives us a Spike we have never seen before. This one is a specially trained soldier and member of the government trained Anti-Transformer team, Skywatch. He also has a way of taking down Decepticons without any back up or even his Mecha suit. I mean seriously he single handedly takes down a constructicon. That`s Chuck Norris levels of action hero.
5. N.E.S.T. (Transformers Revenge of the Fallen and Dark of the Moon)
Anyone who has seen Revenge of the Fallen knows what would have made that movie better. More of the N.E.S.T. team and less of Sam Witwicky. The opening act with the team taking down rough Decepticons in China was one of the best actions sequences in all of Transformers. Unfortunately the movie is all down hill from there. Still, give credit where credit is due and appreciate that how awesome this team is.
4. Marissa Faireborn (Transformers)
Before Micheal Bay ever had a chance to turn the characters to the billion dollar box office draw they are now and paired the Autobots with humans to fight against evil, there was Marissa Faireborn. Showing up in the third season she worked as a government liaison and secret agent helping to fight against the Decepticons. She has started showing up in the IDW series and her impressiveness continues to shine. Just don’t ask about the whole “Kiss Players” fiasco.
3. Miko (Transformers: Prime)
Once again a character that starts annoying and eventually proves to be much more. Miko and Bulkhead’s relationship is one of the most touching ones in all of transformers history. The rage she feels when Builkhead gets injured after fighting Hardshell is tangible and authentic. She also becomes an honorary member of the Wreckers and takes the Apex armor out for a spin. Not bad for kid obsessed with heavy metal.
2. Verity (IDW comics)
Speaking of honorary Wreckers, lets turn to the IDW comics. Verity starts as a kid on the run only to be caught in the the Autobot/Decepitcon war. After a huge time jump we see Verity has been slumming with the Wreckers. We bare witness to Verity taking part in the retaking of an Autobot prison from the villainous Overlord. She survives and is able to tell the stories of those who fell during the storyline “Last Stand of the Wreckers.”
1. Sari (Transformers: Animated)
Sari gets a lot of crap because of her Key. Yes she had a Key that allows her to heal the team and help track down All Spark fragments. Still her aid to helping the Autobots to understand human culture and giving them a base of operations is invaluable. She also has a great bond with Bumblebee. Her storyline is rushed in the third season and e don’t have the time to explore more of the mysteries behind her origin. Also there was no episode addressing how her powers went out of control. She stabbed Bumblebee.Why was this story never touched upon?