Watching: Transformers: Prime, Darkness Rising

At Walmart the other day, I was looking through their DVD section to find a Christmas gift.  They did not have the gift, but I was drawn to a DVD of Transformers: Prime.  I was not really excited about it, since it was the first story arc: Darkness Rising, only.  Well, after reading on the back, Hasbro actually took the first five episodes and seamlessly made it into a movie.   That had me.  An animated Transformers movie.   Works for me.

Well, I watched today, and it does not disappoint.  The graphics are really good.  Better as the episodes go on.  There are some really dynamic action sequences, and since it is computer based, they were able to do some great camera work, and some awesome slow motion.

It is really interesting to see who they picked to be on the team.  Of course you have to have Optimus Prime.   He is the leader of all leaders, and had to be included.   Along with him is a fan favorite, Bumblebee.    Then we have Ratchet, the ever-present doctor.   Bulkhead makes the team from Transformers: Animated (giant mace fists included).  Rounding out the team is Arcee.  Taking the form of the movie version, as a motorcycle.

In all, a great team. I would loved to have seen more of Cliffjumper, but alas it was not meant to be.   I don’t want to give away too much, but let me say zombies.  Yup, Transformer Zombies.  And they actually did them justice.

I reviewed Bumblebee, Arcee, and Starscream, from the toy line, and really liked the figures.  After that, and now seeing the first of the show, I am REALLY excited to see the other figures.  It will be interesting to see if Optimus and Megatron are going to be coming out as the Deluxe figures, or if they will be coming out in the bigger scale.  These two are really big.

If you are like me, and don’t get The HUB, then this is a great way to see the show.  No commercial interruptions, and no having to fast forward through the opening sequence and end credits.  This was really well done.


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