Transformers: Prime Episode #01 - Darkness Rising Part 1 Review

My relationship with the Transformers franchise is limited in a way. I was of the generation that grew up with the toys just around the time I hit my teens which meant I watched the show and owned a whole lot of the toys. I saw the movie in theaters as well, which was surreal at the time. But once that happened, I fell out of it and never made it back, even with all the various continuations that came out over the years. When it hit the big screen with the new live action movies, I barely made it through the first one, but not because I felt it was raping my childhood, but because I didn't think it was all that much fun or entertaining. With the new series that Hasbro has gone and worked with Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci that premiered in November as a five part miniseries. Those episodes were actually the first five of the full twenty-six episode series, a norm for Japanese anime productions, and The Hub is showing them again before going to new episodes, so I decided to give it a whirl.Transformers: Prime gives us a new computer-animated series that doesn't seem to be tied to any previous series based on what I've read so far. It's been three years since the Autobots have had any dealings with Decepticons on Earth, but that doesn't mean that the Decepticons haven't been running around doing things. The show picks up with Cliffjumper, voiced by Dwayne Johnson, and Arcee, voiced by Sumalee Montano, are traveling around looking for new sources of Energon. Amusingly, Cliffjumper comes across a big stash of it sticking out from the ground in crystal form in the western region of the US in the middle of nowhere. The whole thing goes south quickly when the Decepticons do arrive to grab it from him and that alerts them to their presence on Earth again, and has Optimus Prime worried that Megatron may be making an appearance. Read More...


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