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  • I think the writers did a superb job of conveying a sense of confusion that the viewers could share with the characters, that have no idea what is going on
  • Unable to transform for reasons unknown, Optimus is forced to run and he eventually bumps into Rattrap, Cheetor and Blackarachnia, all of which have the same problem

    • by GenesisOne
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      Beast Machines - The Reformatting is the first episode of the Beast Machines series and it is a good one! I think the writers did a superb job of conveying a sense of confusion that the viewers could share with the characters, that have no idea what is going on. At the end of the final episode of Beast Wars, Optimus and the crew are warping back to Cybertron, and in the first few minutes of Beast Machines, we see him running from a bunch of tank-like transformers and he is in his first beast form. Unable to transform for reasons unknown, Optimus is forced to run and he eventually

      bumps into Rattrap, Cheetor and Blackarachnia, all of which have the same problem.

      None of them can remember what happened or understand why they are being shot at. This episode, right off the bat, clearly has better production values than Beast Wars did.

      Cybertron looks fantastic in CGI and the buildings as well as the streets, explosions and transformers all sport an impressive degree of details. The city that the Maximals are running through and hiding in really looks like a huge, towering city! The CGI animators really did a great job.

      I also feel that the voice actors, as always, deliver performances that are rich in emotions and the ...


      • voice actors clearly gave it their all. The music is largely generic and unforgettable, as it will be throughout the series.

        It just seems to feature a lot of metallic tempos and beats that do not really add to the suspense, tension or action. The episode ends in a way that really makes the viewer want to see the next episode with the way the camera slowly moves up to reveal Megatron - in a new form and clearly in control of Cybertron.

        This episode is heavy in mystery, but at the same time, it is fun to discover with the Maximals the ancient runs of the Cybertron of long

        ago and once again, the CGI animators shine as does the episode’s budget. The ruins, the lighting and the pulling back technique of the camera is really something that makes my eyes go wide.

        Visually, this episode most definitely excels. The voice actors bring to the table an entertaining performance.

        The mystery and confusion that this episode tries to generate ultimately succeeds and works very well. Plus, this episode starts several story and character arcs that will be developed and expanded over the course of the show’s two seasons and culminate in the final episode.

        The series was clearly planned out from the beginning. All in all, It is a great start to this series!




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