Council of Elders
TFP is still my favorite series to date.
I always said TFP had some of the best characters to date, in some of the most boring situations. With the exception of Prime himself, nearly everyone was fantastic in that show.
I'd add Bumblebeep and Soundwave to the list of exceptions, personally. Though Prime does give me some of my favorite Decepticons; Knockout, Breakdown, Dreadwing, Airachnid (Hasbro, give us a Legacy leader class Airachnid, you cowards).
A new Scavenger could be cool. I'd be happy ditching working treads for greater long term durability. The original treads have held up surprisingly well, but I don't trust today's materials to be as good.
I mean you're telling me stuff I already know. I watched both shows when they were airingPrime has a lot going for it though.
That end of season 1 arc when you find that Unicron is Earth! Freaking crazy idea at the time!
Optimus losing his memory and joining up with his friend Megatronus.
3 Actual character deaths before we get to the end, not to mention the zombiefication of several of them.
Wreckers! We get wreckers for the first time!
The best Soundwave since G1.
Probably the best Starscream that we will ever get.
Bumblebee's first words are FREAKING EPIC!
A lot of folks didn't like animated, but it has some great things going too.
The Freaking Ark, that we have been seeing the entire show, gets magically repaired, and suddenly transforms into Omega Supreme!
"Decepticons! Transform and rise up!"
A competent Starscream that actually takes out Megatron himself and leads the Decepticons.
The main crew are just some no bodies, has-beens, and wash-outs on a back water world.
Freaking Tick chin!
Introduces some now staple characters.
Davd Kaye kills it as Optimus Prime!
Ok. Teacher hat time.Carlos is very dumb
Rad is very enthusiastic (and dumb)
Alexa is always over serious "mom" of the group
Fred is fat and whiny
Billy is a jerk
Ok. Teacher hat time.
Armada's not an expertly written show but as someone who teaches kids around the age of the Armada crew... they got a lot right?
Like often TF human kid sidekicks are Epic Protagonists of Destiny or super smart geniuses (Prime had both) but Armada's kids felt like... kids.
Also don't bodyshame.
If nothing else, it has one of the best Optimus vs. Megatron/Galvatron fights of the entire franchise, I think. I used to rate it as THE best, but... we've had a lot since then. I'd need to rewatch and reevaluate the rest.
Kicker had a fairly standard anime "angsty teen discovers great destiny" arc. Jack Darby from Prime had the "unassuming normal teenager finds out he's special" arc, right down to him being compared with Optimus Prime personally. Raf meanwhile was a hyper-intelligent genius.Who was an "epic protagonist of destiny?" That doesn't really sound like any TF kid except maybe Sari and she was too grounded and goofy for that.
I say this with nothing but appreciation for my students in my heart- kids of that age are annoying. Even the "mature" onesThey just felt like badly written, unnecessarily annoying kids to me.
I get that, I do. I donno. Maybe it's the MMPR fan in me but I just sort of slotted Billy and Fred into that "Bulk and Skull" archetype. Made me like both of them more.Also I was a fat kid and am a chubby adult (with Diabetes like Fred), I wasn't talking bad about Fred at all, the shows writers however absolutely treat "Fat" as one of his character traits and not particularly nicely.
Agreed. I'd double down too. Armada's Prime/Megs showdown is the best the franchise has done.Watch all the way through. It's slow but rewarding.
And I will continually advocate that it's a better fight because it happens in episode 52, not episode 26. We aren't just told how grand and old their rivalry is. It takes long enough to watch the whole show to feel some history when they have their final fight.