Transformers Armada: The Complete Series

Transformers Armada

On DVD: 
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Millions of years ago on Cybertron the war between the Autobots and Decepticons raged on. When it was learned that the small robots known as the Mini-Cons could boost the power of any robot, they became a turning point in the war. Whichever side wielded the power enhancing Mini-Cons would win the war. Not wanting to take the chance of the Decepticons gaining the power, the Autobots help get the Mini-Cons off of Cybertron. Shortly after their departure the Mini-Cons ship is attacked that causes them to crash in Earth's solar system. Laying dormant for millions of years the Mini-Cons have now become active and the Decepticons know about them. Now the war that ravaged on Cybertron will be fought on Earth between the Autobots and the Decepticons for the power of the Mini-Cons. If the Decepticons get control over the Mini-Cons it will spell disaster for the Autobots and humanity.

Here is another incarnation of the Transformers where the main idea of the Autobots vs. the Decepticons fighting remains. To make it a little different they have added a new set of tiny little robots called the Mini-Cons. What they do is boost the powers of the robots, good and bad, so that they can have an advantage over any robot that don't have one. Of course Megatron wants them all so he can finally win against Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots. These new little robots can change shape like the big ones but they take the shapes of some smaller objects like skateboards and scooters.

I remember watching some of these cartoons when they first aired back in the early 2000's and I liked them. At that time I didn't get to watch them all and I missed more than I got to watch. Now that I've watched the whole series, all in order as well as back to back, I've come to the realization that Transformers Armada wasn't one of the best Transformers cartoons. First thing that is missing is the voice of Optimus Prime or the lack of the one true voice of Optimus Prime I should say. Any true fan of Transformers knows that the real voice for Optimus Prime belongs to Peter Cullen, who did not do this cartoon. For some people this might not be a big deal, for me, it's pretty big because Peter Cullen is the best Optimus Prime ever. Though that's not the only thing that went wrong for this cartoon, just the biggest in my opinion but when coupled with the rest of the problems it was hard to really enjoy Armada. One of the other major problems this show has is in the artwork. Sure it looks cool at times because it tries to keep with the original look of the Transformers Generation 1 cartoon but it just don't quite achieve the look. There's a flat look to this cartoon where it looks like the aritsts decided that because it's a Transformers cartoon it will be liked automatically so they didn't really have to put much effort in it.

There are also times that the dialog just doesn't make much sense to what's going on. I chalk this up to some bad translations because this show was originally aired in Japan before America. Was it rushed in the translation of the language? I don't know but it seems like they didn't put a lot of effort into trying to make it coherent because there are times it sounds like the robots just say something that makes no sense. Though there are some good points to the show, first of all it's another Transformers show, and it has some new bots in it. I did like the Mini-Cons, they gave the show some fun that was missing in the previous Generation 1 with all it's dark somber moments of war and death. There are a lot more upbeat, fun moments to this show, though it still includes the war and fighting but now it involves new robots. I also liked that they tried to update the looks of the robots, though some didn't quite look that cool, Optimus Prime was still in his truck form so I was good with that. Armada is one of the Transformers that fall more toward the bad side but it had it's moments that I enjoyed, such as getting a new take on the idea of Transformers, getting new robots, and getting to laugh some while watching it. It might not be the best Transformers cartoon but it was one I did get some enjoyment while watching.

Lee Roberts
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