Knockout: Welcome to the winning teaaaaam.
OH GAWD PLEASE HAVE GET-CRAP-PAST-THE-RADAR KNOCKOUT FLIRTING HEAVILY WITH OPTIMUS.
Oh, and also, I'm still working on the script to Discovery #9. It was starting to get so large that I split it into two separate issues. I'm actually scripting #10 at the same time so my mindset is on the flow. Cuz', ya know, they're in two parts. Thanks for your patience. I'm working my ass off. ^^
So yeah, Transformers Rescue Bots. It had an hour-long sneak peek two days ago. I watched it. I'm not sure if this is really a review since I don't know how qualified I am on judging a series made for preschoolers, but...
...It was good.
And by which I don't mean it's merely tolerable or just decent, I mean it's actually fairly good. It treats its audience with respect, dealing out moral lessons without the need to force it down the audience's throats. The animation isn't amazing, the character designs are bland, and the bright colors only gets an excuse because it's for a very young set, but on its own, the flash is passable. At the least, the characters move fairly well and the general attempt doesn't look half-assed. Even the theme song is passable. Nothing memorable, but it's not really that obnoxious (Danny Phantom rap opening, I am looking at you) even if the lyrics feels like a five-year-old wrote it. The lack of Decepticons may be a no-no to many, but I'm not going to lie, by episode two, I was actually kind of hooked.
Episode 1 ("Family of Heroes") is merely an introductory episode; it's nothing special, but episode two ("Under Pressure") is honestly pretty fragging good. By the second half, it gets really intense and I clung onto the screen wondering just how the Burns family would stop the flow of lava. Heatwave and Kade doesn't get along. Dani can't pilot Blades very well because he's scared of heights, and just when they figured out a solution (and fixed it), their little brother is in trouble. Jesus, there's an amazing sense of conflicts for these guys!
Most importantly, the characters are fully engaging. They all interact with each other pretty durn well. The Burns family are a team of rescuers (each with their own profession) and each are assigned a robot buddy of their own (except Cody, but more on him later). The show doesn't ignore how either the robots and humans feel dealing with another species; they dive right into it. They don't get along. The idea of working with aliens from both species is a completely new thing for them to grasp. By Episode two, the two groups are exceedingly better off, but I like that it's not instantly fixed, per say. The show clearly indicate that they have much more bonding to do. So yes, there is a fortunate hint that there could be some nice character development for these guys. Hey, I'm far more impressed by these characters than I did (and still do) with Transformers Prime's cast.
You do have to accept that the youngest of the Burns family, Cody (AKA the target audience) is the only (sans his father) competent person around. He's the primary focus and he will often be the go-to guy to solve any major problems. There's a kind of fridge brilliance in a sense because only a child could easily think anything can be fixed with a can-do attitude as oppose to his older, grown up siblings who are too mature to have that sense of innocence. He's the one who easily accepts the idea of giant alien robots because he's a child and that sense of imagination has not left him. Cody isn't some powerhouse kid though. The writers realized his limitation. His siblings and father are the ones actually going out into the field to save the day. Cody's more of an empathic, behind-the-scene character. Kind of the glue that holds everyone together. He's too young to be a cop or fireman or whatever, so he can help in other ways. If the second episode is anything to go by, he may play the Oracle-like role of providing information and solutions through a computer. Well, it could have been a far worse role.
I think just about the only thing you really have to stomach is your suspension of disbelief which I imagine the more skeptic you are, the higher that meter must go. There's some stuff that can only work if you keep telling yourself it's a preschool kid's show. And weird, impossible shit will happen because I'm sorry, the lava incident in episode two is borderline stupid as fuck. And the way they keep preventing it is stupid as fuck. And the explanation on how lava pops out of the sewer is stupid as fuck. There's some other weird mishaps, mostly a convoluted explanation on why the robots (when in robot mode) in public has to pretend to be brainless automaton to convince the public they're merely manmade machineries. Writers, just reveal their entire identity. We all know the "Robots in Disguise" moniker is arbitrary half the time for this damn franchise anyway. Also, I'm beginning to understand why Optimus sent the last remaining Rescue Bots (and he emphasizes just how special they are because of it) to Cody's hometown. His family must be the only rescuers around. There's literally no other cops, firemen, construction worker, and helicopter pilot in existence!
Dani: Anybody order a drink?
Blades: What? No, we're taking this to the lavaoh I get it, Earth humor!
Oh, and Blades is the best character ever. He's basically a male version of Fluttershy. No, seriously. Go watch episode two and get to the scene where he jumps out of the bunker and says "hi". It's adorable. He's not too shy, but plenty afraid (he's a helicopter with a fear of heights). Blades is adorable and I adore him. ...Adorable. I'm looking forward to him and his relationship with Dani (his human; one who's high on spunk and far more ambitious than him). Also, calling it, someone is totally shipping them.
Yeah. I'm looking forward to more episodes. It's a good kid's show that doesn't condescend and belittle their target audience. You are, in a sense, watching a normal Transformers episode, just without the Decepticons. Which, okay, makes it an unconventional TF show, but still. It left a better impression on me than TF Prime.
But it still doesn't explain this.
Why yes, that IS an old man wearing an apron with a sexy bikini woman as its design. ...I think I'm going to love this show.
Also, Graham totally looks like grown up Raf.
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