I think it's fairer to say it starts from a very low point only to get significantly worse when the budget appears to drop to less than a pound an episode and half the guys animating it have never animated anything in there lives and the other half have been told not to animate when a single drawing can be tracked around screen for a good two minutes instead. After that it gradually gets better and better.
I just watched an episode of Armada where Optimus Prime called his minicon Leader-1 (Megatron's minicon), and just to ram it home, the closing narration does it too. Oh, and Alexis called Hot Shot Hot Rod. Classic.
The lack of a proper opening theme tune, and title sequence make this show look cheaper than it is.
Eschewing any scrolling text, we get a massive infodump setting up the existence of the Minicons. It's a bit up it's arse portentious at this point.
Now we switch to more narration, this time from Rad. Funny, how these high school scenes are less embarassing than the live action movie. Although in the very early moments Alexis is completely annoying. The two bully-types Fred and Billy are a bit cookie-cutter sadly and put me in mind of Bulk and Skull from the Power Rangers.
Taking great pains to establish the human cast long before the Transformers or in fact the Minicons appear, is a wise idea, but it's a bit plodding as a result.
It doesn't really pick up until Megatron appears, sadly again so does Alexis. It's rather nice that Megatron doesn't speak, almost as if the teleportation was not without pain. Really like his design and the way he moves there is weight and power to it.
I dislike the Minicon's beeping and communicating at the start.
Megatron using what to him was a tiny pebble to stop the humans and the minicon escaping was a nice touch, and leaves you in no doubt the humans are screwed. Thankfully, Optimus Prime shows up, only to be met with "Optimus who?" by the humans.
As first episodes go, I have seen worse, but I have also seen better. The heavy infodump meant it was a very long 21 minutes.
We'll slowly meet the cast as we go on, which is a novel idea for a kids show. Not sure that this works as a "weekly" show, but feels like a good fit for being stripped across weekdays.
Post by Andy Turnbull on Feb 19, 2013 18:43:07 GMT
Episode 2 - Metamorphosis
This is a bit more like it, the pace picks up quite quickly with Demolishor and Starscream appearing, swiftly followed by Red Alert and Hot Shot. All grunts to begin with though, letting the humans do most of the talking.
Megatron retreats early doors, but does it without looking too weak.
Alexis is still an annoying character, but both Rad and Carlos are as dumb as posts. Again the pacing slows down drastically and we are again subject to large chunks of exposition and more infodumps, and some progress with the Minicons and the Autobots but undone by the ending being almost the same as the previous episode, or as I like to call it Dragonball Z disease.
Interesting how the humans view the Minicons almost like chattle right away, rather than friends, aliens, equals or even superiors.
I've re watched Armada to Cybertron ep15. But need to watch the end. Armada series 1 does suffer from the minicons turning up all the time, could have been done a lot better. Series 2 is better - but only shown on sky.