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TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED SEASON TWO (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

December 17, 2008 by  



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“’TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED‘ has not only become a hot toyline for children, adults and fans of the TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED series but the series has managed to win over fans of all ages with its cool characters, continuing Autobot versus Decepticon storyline but most of all, a refreshing storyline that will appeal older fans and also the new generation of fans.  Season 2 continues with the action-packed excitement and humor from the first season but also introducing more Autobots and Decepticons and providing a nostalgic nod to fans of the 1986 animated film and the original series. Another enjoyable, action-packed season of ‘TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED‘!”

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DVD TITLE: TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED SEASON 2

DURATION: 297 Minutes (13 Episodes)

DVD INFORMATION: NTSC, Region 1

COMPANY: Paramount Home Entertainment

RATED: NOT RATED

RELEASE DATE: January 6, 2009

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In Transformers Season Two, the story continues after the rise of Megatron and the battle that cost the Autobots the key.  Now the Autobots find themselves in a big mess.  Not only do they have to clean up the city, they must also restore their good image and faith to the citizens of Detroit.  Meanwhile, the Autobot Elite Guard has arrive for the ALLSPARK, only to find out that it’s been blown to pieces.  And now the quest for those pieces begins…

With Earth-bound villains and Decepticons constantly trying to gain power for world domination, the Autobots are struggling to live up to their oath to protect Earth and their home planet Cybertron.  With ALLSPARK fragments, Sari, her key and a little unexpected help, the Autobots will prevail.

“TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED” has become a huge hit among people of all ages.  Children, adults and of course, Transformer fans all over the world.   Thanks to a unique overhaul of the characters courtesy of popular Japanese animation studios MOOK DLE, The Answer Studio and Studio 4°C but also a storyline that although is quite different compared to past series, the overall theme of the Autobots versus the Decepticons continues but there are some twists and turns along the way.  And season 2 not only features some twists but also more action, more battles and several surprises with appearances of more Autobot and Decepticon characters but also episodes paying some homage to the past “Transformers” animated film and series.

This second season continues where the last left off.  The first season focused on the Autobots working with a young girl named Sari Sumdac and trying to find the Allspark, meanwhile Sari’s father (Professor Isaac Sumdac) thinking that Megatron is a good guy, works hard to revive him (and following his orders to keep his existence private).  The season reached it’s climactic point as Megatron is revived and the battle between the Autobots and Decepticons go full force.  And Sari’s father is kidnapped by Megatron and forced to be a slave to Megatron.

To give a quick refresher on who the main robots are in the series.

The main Autobot team are:

Optimus Prime (played by David Kaye) has always been the main leader of the Autobots in the past but with this Optimus Prime, he is a rookie leader for the Autobots on planet Earth.  Unlike previous Optimus Prime, this leader didn’t do that well in Autobot Academy.  Optimus Prime transforms into a futuristic firetruck in vehicle mode and in robot mode, his weapon of choice is an Energon axe.

Ratchet (played by Corey Burton) is an Autobot medic and a veteran.  He shares his classic stories about the past Great War with his fellow younger Autobots and can be quite grumpy towards others. Ratchet is equipped with an EMP generator as his main weapon and transforms into an ambulance in vehicle mode.

Bulkhead (played by Bill Fagerbakke) is the bulky Autobot that is a demolition specialist but enjoys art and quite laid back.  His main weapon are his cannonballs and he transforms into a green swat truck.

Bumblebee (played by Bumper Robinson) is the young, overconfident member who is friends with young Sari and his best friend is Bulkhead.  Bumblebee transforms into futuristic bug but has speed blasters on its rear and his main weapons are his stingers on his hands.

Prowl (played by Jeff Bennet) loves nature and he sometimes acts alone.  He transforms into a motorcycle and his weapons are ninja-like stars.

The main Decepticon team are:

Megatron (played by Corey Burton) is the cold and manipulative leader of the Decepticons.  Transforms to a Cybertronian Fusion jet fighter and a gunship with two propellers.  His main weapons are a fusion cannon and twin swords.

Blitzwing (played by Bumper Robinson) is unstable and has a split personality.  Each personality can chance to a cold warrior, another that is aggressive and then a flame face which is psychotic.  He transformers into a tank and also a jet.

Lugnut (played by David Kaye) is a giant Decepticon with brute strength and is devoted to Megatron.  He can turn into a bomber jet.

Starscream (played by Tom Kenny) is sarcastic and as always, two-faced.  Wants to take over of the Decepticons and has many clones of himself.  He can turn into a fighter jet.

Blackarachnia (played by Cree Summer) was formerly an Autobot named Elita-1 and friend to Optimus Prime.  Was caught in an accident that has transformed her into a techno-organic spider and now has a hatred towards the Autobots.

Lockdown (played by Lance Henriksen) is a mercenary and is a bounty-for-hire.  Not a Decepticon or Autobot but has been known to assist Megatron for parts.

The following episodes included in season 2 are as follows:

Season 2:

  1. THE ELITE GUARD – The Elite Guard featuring Ultra Magnus, Sentinel Prime and Jazz arrive to Earth and find out if stories by Optimus Prime in regards to the Allspark fragments and Decepticons are true.  Meanwhile, with Sari’s father missing and no one heading the company, without proof that Sari is a legitimate child of the Professor, she is kicked out of the Sumdac Building and lives with the Autobots.
  2. THE RETURN OF THE HEADMASTER – The Headmaster returns and this time, he takes the body of Sentinel Prime.
  3. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED – Ultra Magnus receives a distress message from Ironhide that there is a major uprising by the Decepticons and requests backup.  With no proof of Decepticons on Earth, the Elite Guard asks Optimus Prime and the main Autobots to leave Earth and assist the other Autobots in different parts of the galaxy.   That is, until Starscream shows up to take on the Elite Guard and the Autobots.
  4. GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT – The Allspark fragment brings trashbots to life which includes a naive robot named Wreck-Gar who doesn’t know who to follow…the Autobots or Decepticons.  Note: This is a homage to the Transformers animated film (1986) with references to to the film and Weird Al Yankovic song “Dare to be Stupid”.  And to make things even sweeter, Wreck-Gar features the voice of Weird Al.
  5. VELOCITY – Bumblebee bends the rules and takes part in street racing but there is another speedster in the race.  How is it that an Earth car be faster than Bumblebee?  Unless it’s another robot.  Note: This episode is the first appearance of the Autobot, Blur.
  6. RISE OF THE CONSTRUCTICONS – Autobot fragments have turned vehicles at the construction site to robots.  Bulkhead befriends Scrapper and Mixmaster but what happens when Megatron sways them to join the Decepticons?
  7. A FISTFUL OF ENERGON – Prowl and Bulkhead try to help Grimlock of the Dinobots from an injury.   Afterwards, Prowl goes after Starscream alone but it seems another robot is after Starscream… Lockdown returns!
  8. S.U.V. – SOCIETY OF ULTIMATE VILLAINY – The villains are back and it seems they have teamed up with an evil robot intergalactic arms dealer named Swindle. (Note: First appearance of Swindle)
  9. AUTOBOOT CAMP – Wasp escapes from prison and Sentinel Prime starts pursuing him.  In this episode, you learn more about Bumblebee and Wasp’s relationship and why Wasp hates Bumblebee so much.
  10. BLACK FRIDAY – The Dinobots become servants of Blackarachnia and she has them kidnap Meltdown of the Autobots.
  11. SARI, NO ONE’S HOME – The return of the Constructicons and Bulkhead and Bumblebee are attacked by Blitzwing.
  12. A BRIDGE TOO CLOSE, PART ONE – The Constructicons join the Decepticons, Starscream and his clones concoct a plan.  Meanwhile Megatron kidnaps Bulkhead after Shockwave reveals that Bulkhead is a top space bridge engineer.
  13. A BRIDGE TOO CLOSE, PART TWO – Starscream and his clones attack the Decepticons, the Autobots do what they can to prevent the Decepticons from using the space bridge and the Autobots spaceship transforms to Omega Supreme.  Also, something happens to Sari.

VIDEO & AUDIO:

The video is featured in full screen format.  Audio is featured in Dolby Digital English and Spanish Stereo.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

The special features on this “TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED SEASON TWO” are:

  • Audio Commentary  by Matt Youngberg (Supervising Director), Eric Siebenaler (Lead Product Designer) and Derrick Wyatt (Art Director) for “Mission Accomplished” and “Garbage In, Garbage Out”.  The audio commentary was very nice as the guys talk about the various anime studios that produced certain scenes from the animation.  Talk about how certain characters were supposed to be featured but didn’t, homages to “Transformers” past and much more.  What I found awesome was that you get the perspectives of those who work on the show but also the perspective of someone involved in the toy line.  And each are big fans of “Transformers” that listening to the audio commentaries were definitely worthwhile.
  • Animated Shorts – These are more like a gag reel.  Featuring two short segments.  Starscream doing shenanigans behind Megatron’s back and Lugnut making craters.
  • Photo Gallery – A bio for each of the new Autobots and Decepticons featured in Season 2.

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“TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED” is a big part of my family.  As a fan of the older series, I enjoy watching it with my five-year-old, who is just a big fan of the series.  We own nearly every toy in the “TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED” line and for him, he really loves the character designs of the robots.  I enjoy the storyline.  It’s quite interesting because I know many parents who watch the series with their kids and also, own a lot of the toys because they love transforming them and their kids love playing with them.

This passion for “TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED” is worldwide and sure, I’m always going to be a diehard fan of G1 but even for me, I really enjoy what Hasbro has done in creating a cool, refreshing, action-packed animated series.  The thing is, this series was created for today’s generation but created by people who were passionate about the older “TRANSFORMER” series and know that there are fans who will continue to stick with the series no matter what age they are, thus the creators put a bit of that nostalgia into this series and in my opinion, they succeeded in making sure the series attracts the young and older fans.

As for “Season Two”, there were so many characters introduced and quite a few surprises as well.   There is also quite a bit of humor in the series and even some drama (even though it’s more towards the hilarious side) as we see Sentinel Prime and Optimus Prime’s dislike for each other escalate but also the same can be said with the relationship between Megatron and Starscream.   Also, the battles between the Autobots and Decepticons continues to be as action-packed as last season.

All in all, “TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED” is an enjoyable, action-packed series that I’m sure fans that loved the first season will definitely find entertaining.  Season two just rocked and I look forward to the third season!

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