First, the good thing: the animation which is very good and far better than Armada.
But there is also a lot of bad in this show. During the first few seasons of original G1 show Transformers and humans occasionally teamed up but this resulted mostly in Transformers rescuing humans. The post-movie episodes changed that and I did not like those as much as the pre-movie ones.
The Armada episodes were ok but what I really hated (as everyone else) were those kids. And now they are back! But that is not all, they brought a whole cast with them. What the **** is a name like Kicker? And why would Transformers take orders from humans? There is an Earth Federation treaty that forbids Transformers from fighting eachother.
Excuse me but if I was a huge towering Transformers with the power to demolish whole buildings, I would not take orders from those fleshlings. I would not do as Megatron (the original one) wanted to which was to destroy them but I would not listen to them either. Afterall, they are a lower form of life, at least to Transformers.
But here you see humans having a central role alongside Transformers. This just rubs me the wrong way. Not even do I do not like it, it is totally unrealistic. (Ok, as far as realism goes when you have robots who transform into vehicles and beasts.)
We do not even have global unity yet. Right now our whole world is pretty much plunged in war. Sounds grim but there are so many places where there is still no peace. And remember the quote for G1 Defensor: "As long as one innocent being is being treatened, none are truly free."
Being a long term Star Trek fan I know humanities only hope is in space. But that goal cannot be achieved without global unity. I believe that Energon takes place 10 years from now, how can we hope to achieve that in such a short time?
I am sorry but that part of Energon strikes me as totally ridicilous. Perhaps it is the Japanese influence on the show. I mean they also had Transformers posing a humans (the Pretenders) in the Masterforce show and they made all those other shows such as Gundam and Power Rangers. (The latter, I like but because it is different from Transformers. It is total rubbish and that can be fun to watch too. But Transformers should be more realistic. )
I guess they feel humans are important and should always be in control. Then again, the same arrogance thrives in Star Trek. Less than 10% of the people featured as Starfleet crew are aliens. I have never seen an alien captain, the closest we got was an alien first officer. And Earth is the most important planet in the Federation.
Ok, I had better stay on topic here. My apologies for drifting off. In any case when it comes the Transformers war, I feel that humans have no place in it. War afterall, is not for the weak and compared to Transformers, humans are definetely weak. I mean what chace would humans have against a normal Transformer, let alone a combiner such as Predaking?
I like the Energon comic so much better. After Unicron was beaten. the Transformers left for Cybertron. Afterall, before they went to earth to get the Mini-Cons they were doing fine so why change that?
The comic has everyone on Cybertron and lets us know that the Decepticons are unhappy with their new status so they go to Unicron who gives them new bodies in exchange for Energon. Which happens to be found on earth.
How the humans interact to this, I do not know. But it makes for a far nicer and in my eyes more believable story than the TV show.
There have been too many show which featured humans working along side robots. The 3rd G1 season and the latter Japanese series as well as Transformers: Robots In Disguise (to a lesser extent) had this too. And quite honestly, I am fed up with this.
If I want to see a show that has humans working and even controlling robots, I will see one of those. But now I want to watch a decent Transformers show for once. One in which the Transformers bother as little with the humans as possible.
Most Transformers fans hated Beast Machines and while I admit that it had its flaws it lacked one thing: humans and especially kids (not counting Nightscream). It was pure Transformers action.
I also loved the 2nd G1 series from Dreamwave. Again glorious Transformers action and again without any humans in sight except for those who captured Scourge. But I hope he will wake up soon and makes them pay for messing with him. Over 90% of the series was just Transformers fighting other Transformers and I loved it!
I have one inability and that is to make a point in as little words as possible. I could just have said that I do not like humans but I had to write a whole story around it. ;-)
In any case, that is what I dislike about Energon most. Another thing I disliked were the new designs (do not like the toys much either). I love Transformers that turn into realistically looking cars and these designs are not my cup-of-tea.
That is not to say that they are bad. Not at all. They just do not appeal to me. (Well, most of them. I am getting Arcee, Rodimus and Prowl though.) Expecially the new Optimus is ugly. I loved Robots In Disguise Optimus Prime. Ok, it was no cab with trailer but the perfect form for Optimus. I mean, if I had to save human lives, I would at least adopt an alternate form that would allow me to do so.
I also own Armada Prime and this is a pretty decent version too. A monster truck with trailer is pretty cool. But this new Optimus does not look like Optimus in vehicle mode. And in robot mode he is really ugly.
I mentioned liking Power Rangers and I do. But their Megazord design should not be used on a Transformer! It would have been so much better if Optimus was better designed and could combine with 4 smaller Transformers instead with 4 vehicles.
The powerlinxing idea is cool but where are all the Mini-Cons? With peace restored to Cybertron, I would as Mini-Con stay there and help the Transformers. As Transformer I would keep in touch with my partner. But that is not the case here, we see Optimus, Hot Shot and Demolishor but not their Mini-Cons.
That does not make any sense at all. Especially since Engeron is a continuation of Armada. I rather liked the basic idea, a Transformer having a smaller partner. If was just badly executed on some Transformers that is all.
Well, I need to go so I will close off my review. In short, I did not care for the first episodes of Energon much and I do not think that will change anytime soon. The show had its good points but the bad count heavier to me.
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