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Transformers Prime: “Deadlock” Between What the Fans Want and the Series Concluding… (or not?)

28 Jul

BumblebeeBy Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Fans of Transformers: Prime will no doubt laugh, cheer and cry while watching “Deadlock,” the finale to the television series. It does a good job at providing a climax that viewers have waited for but it is not a definitive conclusion. While fans will see a be-all end-all showdown between Optimus and Megatron, the surprise this episode brings will get many fans applauding.

But this season fell short to being grandiose or as a successor to the wildly spectacular season two. At least this season had its moments with “Plus One,” “Chain of Command” and “Thirst.” The rest was basically one huge movie being cut up into chunks to fit into a weekly dramatic schedule.

When considering one lingering story thread has not been addressed, the fight is not over yet. Ever since Optimus suggested that Smokescreen should be the next Prime, this plot point mostly gets forgotten when this rookie decides its best to remain who he is than to rise above his station.

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Transformers Prime: Predacons Rising set for Oct 1st!

19 Jul

transformers-prime-beast-hunters-predacons-rising-dvd-cover_1374079782By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Transformers Prime: Beast Hunter fans can rejoice. The video cover and synopsis has been announced and the date set for this release. The Blu-ray release of Transformers Prime: Predacons Rising  is set for October 1, and the DVD will follow one week later. Both are available for pre-order via Amazon.

The move to have a different date may seem unusual, but Shout Factory may be pushing for one version to sell more of than the other. Curiously, no date has been set for when Season Three will release to home video.

The spoiler filled synopsis can be found after this break:

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Transformers Prime: Losing More than Just a Hand in Minus One

7 Jul

File:MinusOne-UltraMagnusBy Ed Sum

The writing in Transformers Prime: Beast Hunters continues to be exemplary. Not only was the loss of Ultra Magnus’ hand in the previous episode, “Evolution,” a brilliant foreshadow of things to come, but also the revelation comes to a head when viewers are playing along, wondering who is going to be “lost” in the episode, “Minus One.” This week’s show moves with the pacing of a smart murder mystery. Viewers see the Autobots capture a Decepticon, but as for whether or not Soundwave will divulge any information, the wait is intoxicating. The only letdown is that his silent warrior’s voice does not live up to expectations.

As for who may fail in this episode, the money was perhaps on one of the new characters introduced this season — either Ultra Magnus, Shockwave or Predaking.

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Transformers: Exodus and Exile Examined (with Third Book News)

5 Jul

transformers exodusBy Ed Sum

Fans of either Transformers Prime the animated series or the Fall/War of Cybertron games are well advised to read the book Transformers: Exodus: The Official History of the War for Cybertron. Written by Alex Irvine, he does a remarkable job in penning the lead up to one of cartoondom’s greatest wars of all time. As most fans know, the conflict is largely centered on a battle of wills between Autobot leader Optimus Prime and Decepticon dictator Megatron.

But for the leader of the Decepticons, there is more to him than meets the eye. He was a nameless factory worker who quite literally fought his way to the top. Domination is all he knew as he fought in the gladiatorial pits of Kaon. Despite his limited dealings with higher Cybertronian society as a whole, he believed they were corrupt. He wanted to do away with the caste system that was eroding the robotic civilization. He took on the name of Megatronus and preached that equity should exist. That is, no social or occupational ranking system is required to determine one’s way of life. Freedom should exist for everyone. Orion Pax agreed with this up-and-coming orator about what needs to be done, but somewhere along the way, a rift between them would form and a war would erupt.

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