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Transformers Armada: Season One – Part Two


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Episodes: C



If I could transform into anything it would be a giant metal Stop sign, to inform Hollywood’s animators that enough is enough.  In this day and age it remains understandable that nostalgia sells and that the rehashing of such cartoon greats from the 80’s such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, He-Man, and now Transformers are in demand.  The concept behind this new generation of Transformers Armada centers once again on the Autobots versus the Decepticons, battling it out in an epic way of good against evil.  The new spice added to this variation of Transformers is the creations called Mini-cons; these Mini-cons were spread by the Autobots through the galaxy in order to protect them.  We pick up with Season One – Part Two after looking at a few single DVDs of the material.


The Mini-cons give an extreme power advantage to who ever posses their unique abilities, good or evil.  Now it is a race between time and space to for each faction to regain the Mini-cons before the other side gets there metal hands on them.  This never ending battle of good and evil, that viewers are all too familiar with, takes place on earth where a crew of fearless youngsters have befriended the Autobots to aid them in there battle for justice.  The show provokes warm, nostalgic, feelings much like watching the original Transformers series but does not surmount to the past.  Overall, serious fans will enjoy but the poor (Pokemon-like) animation and bad voice acting of the humans of the series detract from the overall flow.  The Transformers for the most part are well drawn but far from perfect.


The DVD set comes in a shiny box that comic book and Transformer Armada fans alike are sure to drool over.  This DVD set is presented in a stretched out-looking 1.33 X 1 full screen.  The animation’s picture quality is simply ok, but not impressive and could be much clearer; but the poor picture quality goes hand in hand with the initial inadequate animation from the start.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is very weak and off balance, the humans’ high pitched voices standing out much more than the supposedly strong Transformers.  The extras are lacking, only presenting forward an uninteresting segment on Disc 4 where the viewer can take a look at all their favorite Autobots and Decepticons.  Overall, the extras are not very mentally stimulating.  The DVD technical extras are poor and could use an overhaul.


If you are a die hard Transformers Armada fan grab your Batman money belt, hop in your lime green Honda, and get to that store.  For true fans of this series not extremely overpriced set (like many fan favorites are) is a delightful treat.  For casual viewers of such nostalgic intoxication, hold off on this series until they turn Three’s Company into a blockbuster hit.



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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