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Transformers Energon – The Ultimate Collection + Transformers Animated – Season Two (Paramount DVD)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: D/C+     Episodes: B-/C



What we have here are two lackluster Transformer series attempting to bring back the heyday of the original series.  Transformers Energon is the 2004-2005 series that was follow-up to Transformers Armada.  As the direct sequel to Transformers Armada, it is no surprise that Energon showed some promise.  Unlike Transformers Energon, Transformers Animated never showed much promise to this reviewer.  Its lack of depth and choppy, flash video type animation just hurt the series intentions from the very beginning.


Transformers Energon takes place 10 years after the battle of the Mini-cons that was seen in Armada and now the Autobots and Decepticons have become allies with the people of earth as the build massive Cybertron cities on both and in space.  Concurrently the band of Transformers are mining for Energon (go figure) the substance that gives Transformers their power and energy.  Throughout the series 52 episode, four- season run a lot of new elements come into play in the Transformer Universe.  10 years before this series took place the Autobots had destroyed the planet eater Unicron, but it seems a mysterious figure named Alpha-Q has taken the demonic beings place as he operates from the destroyed Unicron’s shell.  Alpha-Q sends Terror-cons to attack the Autobots and their Cybertron space cities as well as the humans that reside there.  The effort at first seems to strike the Autobots down, but a more devious plan is at foot as Alpha-Q collects Energon for his master plan.  Alpha-Q creates the robot Scorponok to win over the Decepticons on Earth and lead the Terror-cons.  A sword is also forged by Alpha-Q from the spark of the deceased Megatron, whose body resides inside Unicron as well.  But not before long we learn that that Megatron is in fact NOT dead and soon resurrects himself, causing Alpha-Q to flee and Megatron to take over the husk that is Unicron.  Once he is resurrected Megatron creates Starscream for the soul purpose of killing Optimus Prime.  All in all Transformers Energon makes for a complicated series that the viewer would have to have had previous knowledge about before viewing; mainly all coming from Transformers Armada.  What is described above is only a small sample of what the series has in store throughout its 52 episodes, so hold on tight and break out that Transformers Encyclopedia…you may get confused.


Transformers Animated: Season Two follows the aftermath of Season One with the rise of Megatron and the battle that blew up the All Spark.  The Autobots must try to restore order within the city of Detroit, all while restoring the faith of mankind in them.  The Autobot Elite Guard arrives in Detroit to collect the All Spark, only to discover it has been blown to pieces.  The newest season starts the hunt for the All Spark pieces and continues the battle with the ever growing power of the Decepticons.  Who will prevail…bet it’s the Autobots!


The series is drab through and through.  The animation is an oddly bland presumption of creativity and the storylines are just washed down versions of all the other creative Transformer series.  All in all, the series needs to shape up or ship out of this universe.  Autobots unite!  Really, unite please!


The technical features on both these sets have not transformed much since previous releases, but overall are adequate.  The picture on Transformers Energon: The Ultimate Collection are presented in a 1.33 X 1 full screen that has vivid colors and solid blacks.  The main issue with the picture is that at times it is overly soft and lacks a certain texture that should be present.  The sound is a simple Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track that gets the job done, but does little in adding to the series.  The sound has a good punch and is always crisp and clear, but totally lacks directionality and sound prioritization.


Sadly there are no extras present on this “Ultimate Collection” of Energon.


The picture quality on Transformers Animated: Season Two are slightly better than Energon as it is somewhat brighter and more fluid, but not enough of a difference that a series produced 3 years later should have.  The picture is presented in a 1.33 X 1 full screen that is exactly the same as previously seen in the Season One release, looking colorful but would have been better off in Widescreen.  The sound is also the same as its previous release presented in a Dolby Digital Stereo that lacks the necessary ‘pop’ for a big kids action series like this.


The extras are slim but nicer than last season’s release this time offering fans Audio Commentaries on episodes 19 and 20, as well as two animated shorts and a photo gallery.  The commentaries are enthusiastic and informative, but next time I hope to hear more.


Overall, it is obvious that the Transformers Universe is only going to continue to grow, let’s just hope it does not implode on itself.



-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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