Finally watched the remaining episodes and I have to say that this is probably the strongest opening to any Transformers series ever. All the other series took a while before finally showing their chops by Growing the Beard
, there are so many strong points in this series and so few problems I don't see much of a need for it to
grow the beard. The only real problems I can see is that Miko can be both absolutely annoying and adorably quirky at different times (telling Jack to smear himself with fake blood while forming their "band" was admittedly very funny). It's also very derivative of the movies in designs, music, action and story beats (they replicated Optimus' introduction of himself to the humans and the final space broadcast almost verbatim), but what they chose to emulate was probably the better things to copy anyway.
I liked a lot of the more subtle moments, Bulkhead taking the scolding from Optimus even though Miko was the one responsible reminded me of the line in The Sum of All Fears
"Better to look guilty than incompetant." Arcee has the perfect balance of "female emotion" and "grizzled warrior," she's not as compassionate
towards the humans as Optimus but she isn't as imposing as a leader-figure either.
And the climactic fight between Megatron and Optimus is probably one of the best structured fights between the two.
As far as where this fits in with Transformers: War for Cybertron
, it seems to use the exact same backstory as the springboard to their story while depicting different time frames and slightly different interpretations. We don't know how long the Autobots have been on Earth or what has transpired since they left Cybertron, a lot could have happened (I'm wondering where the Ark is). But while the characters look different, Optimus is very much the same noble and reluctant leader and Megatron has the exact same callous disregard of any sort of morals or ethics.
edited 8th Dec '10 6:14:23 PM by KJMackley