Entertainment Visual Arts Transformers Energon Collection One (DVD) Review The Transformers Armada Saga Continues in Transformers Energon Share PINTEREST Email Print Transformers Energon is the sequel series to Transformers Armada. HASBRO and its logo, TRANSFORMERS, TRANSFORMERS ARMADA, TRANSFORMERS ENERGON, TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON and all related logos and characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2014 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. Visual Arts Anime & Manga Basics Top Picks Comic Books By Brad Stephenson Updated July 02, 2017 What They Say An unsettling peace between Autobots and Decepticons as new threats loom! Ten years after the epic Unicron battle there is finally an unsettling peace between the Autobots and Decepticons. Working together they form a secret alliance with human kind to find the rare and precious substance Energon which they soon discover on Earth. Lurking in the distance are mysterious forces that have honed in on this discovery and will stop at nothing to gain control of the Energon at all costs and only an elite team of Autobots empowered to combine their robotic forms and strengths into an ultra force can save the planet from total destruction. The Episodes Picking up ten years after the dramatic finale of Transformers Armada, Transformers Energon continues the story with a new generation of human characters and several new Transformers. The main trio of the first series, Rad, Carlos and Alexis are still present but have been relegated to supporting roles with Alexis faring better than the boys in regards to screen time but still very much playing second fiddle to the new main human character, Kicker who has the mysterious ability to sense Energon and attacking Transformers. This special ability is genuinely interesting and the special suit Kicker wears which allows him to be physically involved in the battles with his giant Transformer comrades is a much more exciting human-Transformer dynamic than what we had in Armada though unfortunately the character is completely unlikable due to him constantly yelling, whining and bossing everyone else around. He’s ridiculously inconsistent with his motivations and personality. He may seem like he’s dedicated to helping the Autobots at first but literally minutes later he’ll be vocalising how much he hates them before high fiving one then telling them all to go to Hell. He’s not the only character with inconsistent behaviour. The newly revived Megatron –who is strangely back to his former name after being renamed Galvatron in the closing moments of Transformers Armada– constantly changes his game plan, often several times in one episode. Sometimes he wants to revive Unicron, other times he seems determined to destroy it and on occasion he seems determined to just collect Energon for his own needs. Transformers Armada suffered from a rushed translation which resulted in several instances of dialogue that didn’t match what was happening on screen or would contradict previously established plot elements but it never really detracted from the overall enjoyment of the series. With a slightly more cerebral plot though, Energon needed more care in regards to continuity and characterization and unfortunately it didn’t get that. Something else worth mentioning is the new animation style. While Armada was purely traditional animation, Energon is an interesting mix of traditional backgrounds, effects and human characters and cell shaded computer generated Transformers. This takes a long time to get used to and even though the voice actors and character names of the Transformers are the same, it’s still quite difficult to make a connection to their original designs in Armada. This isn’t helped by a few awkwardly animated scenes early on with several characters walking on the spot or sliding across the screen. It’s an interesting animation choice most likely made to ease production of scenes with hundreds of attacking Terrorcons, but it can be jarring at times. DVD and Special Features While there are no audio commentaries or documentaries in this release, there is some great content in the form of Transformers Energon comic book cover and toy galleries. The toy galleries in particular are a great look at the related action figures that were made to tie in with this incarnation of the Transformers cartoon and the comic book covers feature some genuinely great Transformers artwork created by Western artists. The character profiles are very detailed, though because of the amount of information in them they shouldn’t be read until one has watched both this and the following Transformers Energon Collection Two set. Transformers Energon Collection One features an impressive 26 episodes on four DVDs which is great value. The image quality is absolutely fine as is the audio. There hasn’t been any remastering but it’s also not needed for an animated series as recent as this. Who Should Watch? Fans of the previous series, Transformers Armada will appreciate Transformers Energon due to it featuring many of the same characters and directly continuing its story. It’s not as fun as Armada however and the plot does get quite convoluted as it progresses which may confuse younger Transformers fans. This is a cartoon that’s suitable for children though their enjoyment level will depend on their individual passion for complex Science Fiction concepts and fights featuring giant robots. Overall Transformers Energon is an ambitious Transformers series that really tries to take the Armada universe in a new direction. It suffers from some serious scripting issues and the new animation style can be distracting at times but it has some genuinely interesting concepts and like Armada before it, gets a lot more involving as it progresses and ends on a thrilling cliffhanger that will have many wanting to watch the second half of the series despite its flaws. CONNECT WITH BRAD: Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | YouTube Disclosure: A review copy was provided by Madman. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy. The DVD featured in this review is the Region Free DVD release by Madman. Alternate releases are also available in other regions.