Transformers: Prime Season 1 Review

{mosimage}The “Transformers: Prime” season 1 DVD and Blu-Ray was released today and I have to say I like what I see. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll tell you up front that I’m a huge fan of this series. Visually, it is stunning – a fact that is even more pronounced in HD. The voice acting is top notch and as a whole, the season really finds its ground by the conclusion.

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For a lot of people, this will be your first chance at picking it up. The series, which airs on Hasbro’s The Hub network isn’t available to a lot of folks who either don’t have cable or don’t have The Hub available in their line-up.

That said, I’m not going to post any major spoilers here in this review. The series starts with the 5 part series premier and works its way up through the cliffhanger at the end of the season. Overall, the stories are mostly self-contained but unlike cartoons of the 80s, each episode is self-aware enough to know what happened before it, and things that didn’t mean a lot early on can play a role in later episodes.

There are a few featurettes included as well as commentary. The first featurette was essentially just an “about this show” preview like you might see before it airs to get you excited about it. The second dealt with the toy making process. We learn that the team was actually going to use Lugnut (From Transformers: Animated) at some point, but decided they had too many air vehicles Breakdown (a truck) was created to replace him. Also, they had planned on including Ironhide in the mix but said since he died in “Dark of the Moon” that it might be confusing to kids despite being different storylines. So he got the axe by the creative team.

The commentary is great and we learn a lot about the motivations behind why certain stories were told the way they were and the team was particularly excited about a certain payoff given through a character that had more or less stayed out of combat the entire season, but showed he was not to be missed with. I’ll keep silent on who that is and let you watch for yourselves.

All in all, I think this series is a must buy. The production quality is top notch, so much so that I feel it surpasses any kids show on TV today and while there are a lot of opinions out there on what makes a good story, the show has heart and there are a lot of meaningful character moments driven by convincing voice acting. As we move into Season 2 which is airing now, it will be interesting to see what seeds planted in this Season 1 set come to fruition.

The Blu-Ray also includes a free comic book from IDW. Unfortunately, I do not have the Blu-Ray at this time so the review on the comic is forthcoming.