For millions of years, a race of military like robots have been locked in a brutal war. The two opposing factions are the heroic Autobots lead by Optimus Prime, and the evil Decepticons lead by Megatron. After years of fighting, both sides are facing extinction due to low energy reserves. Seeking a new power source, the Autobots plan a recon mission, but their ship is invaded by the Decepticon force, which causes their ship to crash into a volcano on Earth. 4 million years later, they awaken from their dormant state to continue the war, with earth's resources being the ultimate prize and deciding factor of the war.
Transformers - Season One
Transformers - Season Two: Part One
The war continues between the two armies with Megatron creating one new scheme after the other in his attempt to eradicate the Autobots. The Autobots fight back valiantly under Primes leadership with the assistance of their human companions. Soon, new warriors with different abilities join the battle to tip the scales in each others favor. -summary
Many fans hail the entire second season as the best in the Transformers: Generation One storyline. This is an opinion that I use to be on the fence about. After re-watching the series a couple of times, I finally have to agree 100%, because there are many fantastic moments that have stuck in my memory for years.
The animation and artwork is a step up for sure, and character designs have a clean and crisp look to them at times. The robots have a built and block shaped appearance, which definitely looks cool to me. Several of the robots are of the same sketch, but with different color schemes and designs, which look nice for Autobots Prowl and Bluestreak. I always liked the color scheme and design of the Autobot Tracks who has an original appearance, as well as the color pattern for Decepticon Skywarp, who is based off of Starscream.
Now, for the negative side of the visuals. The artwork has its issues with characters heights not being consistent. There are also numerous animation errors. I mean too many to count, along with characters getting their voices crossed with each other.
The action scenes at times are very good but far from great, because they consist of laser fire with very little movement, which is very similar to G.I. Joe. Unlike G.I. Joe of course, there are characters shot and injured, so this makes up for it. This is one of the joys of the characters being robots. The writers can do whatever they want with them, and they take advantage of this in numerous episodes. On many occasions, the action scenes make up for the simple plots. Action fans will get their cash worth with the series.
The writing team chose to expand on a sub plot, which worked very well in the previous season. This happens to be the constant internal power struggle between Megatron and Starscream. The interactions between these two are very funny at times and only gets better. These interactions would have never worked if not for the excellent voice acting, and chemistry between the late Chris Latta(Starscream) and Frank Welker(Megatron). These two were obviously having fun with their roles. Frank Welker was just awesome, and he showed his range by voicing other characters: such as Soundwave and Rumble, only to name a couple. Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime is another standout, and he captures that role model feel, by playing the charismatic leader you just have to follow and victory can't be far away.
There are plenty of characters that get a little bit of screen time. This definitely works in the series favor, because people can have a choice in picking their favorites. I also like that the humans aren't in every episode, and don't always play a pivotal role in the Autobots victory. Transformers is an action cartoon at its core, but the comedy has its moments. For example, taking place in the episode Microbots. There's a moment when the Decepticons really aren't "themselves", which is hilarious and just so out there. The series at times can have a very campy feel as well. I never cared for those laugh out loud, get together endings that can be found in most American cartoons.
The writing is a step up with some very good standout episodes such as Traitor, The Insecticon Syndrome, Microbots, and Enter The Nightbird, in which, in the latter episode, the Autobots take on a highly skilled robot ninja in the form of a female named Nightbird. However at times, the writing can just be stupid, like the robots being engulfed in smoke and coughing because of it. I understand that the robots were written to have real emotions, but that takes it too far right there. I've shaked my head a few times at that one, and it actually hurt my enjoyment.
This season is mainly made up of stand alone episodes. However, it does contain a few two parters, which were very good to me. There's slight character development and most of them have individual personalities. The soundtrack works really well with the scenes, and the sound effects are well done from the sound of laser fire, to metal clanging during fist exchanges. The action isn't very graphic at this point, so this is something kids can watch. The series also plays on certain themes such as having confidence in ones self and responsibility. I definitely recommend this for fans of action animation. This season half is broken into four disk, and contains the first 28 episodes with no extras for those who really care:
17) Autobot Spike
18) The Immobilizer
19) Dinobot Island Part 1
20) Dinobot Island Part 2
22) Enter the Nightbird
23) Changing Gears
24) A Prime Problem
25) Atlantis, Arise
26) Attack of the Autobots
28) The Master Builders
29) The Insecticon Syndrome
30) Day of the Machines
31) Megatron's Master Plan Part 1
32) Megatron's Master Plan Part 2
33) Auto Berserk
34) City of Steel
35) Desertion of the Dinobots Part 1
36) Desertion of the Dinobots Part 2
37) Blaster Blues
38) A Decepticon in King Arthur's Court
39) The God Gambit
40) The Core
41) Make Tracks
42) The Autobot Run
43) The Golden Lagoon
44) Quest for Survival
-Some cool action sequences
-Easy to get into
-Inconsistent artwork & animation along with errors
-Can be too campy
Transformers Season Two: Part Two
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