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@  wonko the sane? : (28 May 2020 - 08:14 PM)

Within the US anyway. Those channels aren't easy or cheap to access in other countries, and their website often region lock content. Tubi is the only good thing on that list: largely identical (but not perfectly so. Damnit. I wanna watch COPS.) country to country and free.

@  Steevy Maximus : (28 May 2020 - 07:24 PM)

So yeah, Hasbro is using plenty of venues to spread exposure of their brands

@  Steevy Maximus : (28 May 2020 - 07:23 PM)

Starz currently licenses Transformers G1 and the GI Joe movie (as well as MLP specials). Netflix has more current series available.

@  Nevermore : (28 May 2020 - 07:21 PM)

Study shows: Holders of the title "world's oldest person" have a severely increased risk of dying.

@  Steevy Maximus : (28 May 2020 - 07:18 PM)

Tubi TV and Youtube both host various Hasbro cartoons. Both are freely accessed and ad supported. Any basic TV package (barring straight antenna) includes channels like USA Network, SyFy and FX, all of which regularly air the films from Transformers and GI Joe.

@  wonko the sane? : (28 May 2020 - 06:18 PM)

I dunno what to tell you, media might be changing slowly, but at least it's still accessible. Even the folks that DON'T get one of the streaming services can watch it on the company website. It's a vehicle for the toy line after all, they need to make an effort to make it as consumable as possible.

@  -LittleAutob... : (28 May 2020 - 05:41 PM)

Well. Thats said, then.... I guess... :doh

@  wonko the sane? : (28 May 2020 - 04:13 PM)

As long as the the cartoons are profitable, then they'll make more. The media it's shown on is completely irrelevant. I say that as a guy whose earliest surviving memory is a big red truck turning into a big red robot.

@  ZakuConvoy : (28 May 2020 - 03:06 PM)

Might be the end of an era. With the rise of streaming, who knows if Transformers will ever be on broadcast TV again.

@  -LittleAutob... : (28 May 2020 - 11:46 AM)

3 seasons on a show is usually enough... but yeah ;-;

@  Roddie Luver : (27 May 2020 - 09:37 PM)

I’m also sad Cyberverse has no season four.

@  Paladin : (26 May 2020 - 08:10 PM)

it's too hugging hot today.

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 03:39 PM)

I'll agree with you on that.

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 03:39 PM)

*Figured -_-

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 03:39 PM)

I fugured

@  Steevy Maximus : (25 May 2020 - 01:37 PM)

I'm actually sad Cyberverse won't get another season. 2 and 3 (of what I've seen) have REALLY nailed it in being fun little actions shows, like the Sunbow series.

@  Rycochet : (25 May 2020 - 01:00 PM)

Yes.

@  Maximus Ambus : (25 May 2020 - 12:52 PM)

I'm waiting for Animated season 4. Am I insane?

@  wonko the sane? : (25 May 2020 - 11:22 AM)

I'm waiting for the next season to show up on netflix.

@  Sabrblade : (25 May 2020 - 10:59 AM)

Many of us have already watched the rest of the Cyberverse episodes since the whole third season aired in the UK last September.

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 10:18 AM)

*9th

@  -LittleAutob... : (25 May 2020 - 10:17 AM)

I just saw the 8th episode... omg

@  Bass X0 : (25 May 2020 - 01:28 AM)

Already seen it online.

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 09:42 PM)

Who's excited for tomorrow? The only thing that makes Monday worth it is the Cyberverse episodes .-.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 May 2020 - 12:30 PM)

Welcome. I just came into that trick myself recently, so happy to share.

@  Nevermore : (24 May 2020 - 12:05 PM)

Thanks, wonko the sane? for the tip with the cloning. That helped a lot!

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 12:02 PM)

Heheh.... yes... I don't think a sniper would be very good at making a vaccine... 0.0

@  Nevermore : (24 May 2020 - 11:48 AM)

All right! Cloning my old HHD to an SSD and then swapping out the drive was successful, it would appear. Finally.

@  Bass X0 : (24 May 2020 - 11:30 AM)

Scientist Perceptor is. Sniper Perceptor less so.

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 10:51 AM)

Perceptor would be more responsible.

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 10:48 AM)

Oof x~x

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 May 2020 - 10:45 AM)

He'd cure the virus, but he'd probably commit at least two crimes against nature and weaponize a third in the process.

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 09:39 AM)

'Horrible consequences' would most likely happen with Brainstorm...

@  -LittleAutob... : (24 May 2020 - 08:16 AM)

Totally. And Percy's not even human. XD

@  TheMightyMol... : (24 May 2020 - 06:50 AM)

Can't do much worse than our current government, I say go for it.

@  Sabrblade : (23 May 2020 - 10:13 PM)

Little do we realize that the Perceptor in question is the Mini-Con combiner. :p

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 10:11 PM)

He would!!!

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 10:11 PM)

Horrible consequences? I... Doubt that would happen.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 May 2020 - 09:55 PM)

Even if he would come up with the answer by tomorrow.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 May 2020 - 09:54 PM)

I'd rather not deal with the horrible but unintended consequences of that.

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 09:52 PM)

Lets let Perceptor make a vaccine for COVID-19. Who agrees with me :)

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 08:43 PM)

I'll take your word for it. =D

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 May 2020 - 08:42 PM)

Although the TV edits of Robocop do contain some hilarity

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 May 2020 - 08:41 PM)

I can't think of any instance where sanitizing a film is a good thing.

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 06:42 PM)

.... and thats a good thing? :doh

@  Steevy Maximus : (23 May 2020 - 06:39 PM)

I'm watching Predator on Starz! That means it has all the language and gore uncensored!

@  Sabrblade : (23 May 2020 - 04:23 PM)

*grabs popcorn*

@  -LittleAutob... : (23 May 2020 - 12:49 PM)

*watching everyone argue* O^O

@  fourteenwings : (23 May 2020 - 10:22 AM)

By that logic we might as well just get rid of the Shoutbox wholesale! I'd rather have like 3 or 4 things stuck for a week or so than one person dominating the whole thing (no offense Nevermore).

@  PlutoniumBoss : (23 May 2020 - 03:30 AM)

I would argue that "full of something one doesn't read" and "devoid of reading material" are functionally identical at the end-user level. :D


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Posted 03 January 2018 - 06:35 PM

It'll never get past Kanto anyway, sadly.

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 07:45 PM

Paras has an appealing design and a sinister inspiration, but being a first-gen Grass type means it's entire battle strategy consists of getting immediately killed then maybe hurling a status ailment that never bothers the opponent anyways.

Plus it's Bug/Grass, which means 4x weakness to fire. Or 5x, if its ability is Dry Skin.

So basically Paras will die to just about any Fire-type attack at all. You could light a candle on the other side of the room and that'd probably kill it.

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 07:55 PM

Don't forget its 4x weakness to ice and flying!

Literally killed by a stiff wind

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 07:57 PM

Oh, yeah!

Damn, Bug/Grass is a really terrible typing, innit?

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 07:58 PM

It's an atrocious typing all around. You send him out against a Geodude or Onix thinking Absorb can actually be really useful for once, but NOPE. Rock Throw's Super Effective too.

 

Although Leavanny's the same type but can actually do something.

 

Don't forget its 4x weakness to ice and flying!

Literally killed by a stiff wind

Alright, Goldeen! Paras can totally handle a Water type. *Peck* FFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU



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Posted 03 January 2018 - 11:35 PM

Back to Prime stuff. Yay?

 

Evolution
Suddenly, there are dozens of Predacon clones in tanks, rendering the whole fetch quest kinda pointless.
Shockwave claims they are only a few days away from fully... evolving? Either he ascribes to the recapitulation theory, or the writing’s trying real hard to sound better than it is...

 

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There are some interesting Predacon designs scattered about. I like this mantis-y one (Buzzclaw?!?) and the owl-faced dragon. I *think* maybe there was a snake/mermaid kind of beastie, too.

Predaking drops in and reveals he can talk and transform! Even Shockwave is surprised, though he confusingly claims that transforming is a basic trait for all Cybertronian life -and- that he thought the Predacons hadn’t evolved that far yet.
(Huh, linear evolution. I, uh, guess Shockwave does ascribe to recapitulation theory?)

Predaking (who’s name kinda comes across like a title here) is quite thankful for his kind being cloned (which is being treated as “revived”) and pledges loyalty to Megatron... but Megsy is immediately threatened and orders the whole plan scrapped even though he keeps whining about not having many troops left after Thirst. Wow.

Starscream comes up with a scheme to have the Autobots wipe out the Predacons. Naturally, it involves sacrificing several Vehicons... and Shockwave (not really (yes totally!)). Wheeljack and Magnus are the ones to come across the lab and blow it all up, right as Predaking shows up. They fight, and 'King snaps Magnus' hammer and stomps his hand into a pulp. Ouch. Optimus has to come in to save the day and, boy, he is just ridiculously toyetic now, isn’t he? It’s like the Transmetal upgrade in Beast Wars, but only OP got it and over a decade after cartoons stopped being so XTREME!!!


Also, HOOMINS! A whole herd of them just running around at the base! Whoa!

 

Also also, this scene:

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The whole bit with Knock Out descending in a thunderstorm with Predaking in the back roaring... it's all rather striking and dramatic. I quite like it.

 

Minus One
The explosion that killed the Preds somehow made all these metal... things. It’s like a close up of a brillo pad. It apparently can be used to cyberform planets. That’s right, they ditched the whole Beast Hunters thing just to redo the finale to Season Two!

The Cons decide to rebuild the Omega Lock and set off to steal a bunch of stuff from the humans to do so. The Autobots catch up and manage to shoot down and capture Soundwave, and try to make him talk. Ratchet suggest tearing him apart and literally rip the info out of him. WAT. Soundwave does actually talk, but it’s just a taunt (three guesses what the line is!) before taking a robot cyanide pill of sorts. He’s alive, but “crashed.” It takes Laserbeak to reboot him. I do love these bits of quirky alien/robot “biology.”

Soundwave, now back in action, steals Ratchet away...

Random design observation: Soundwave’s drone mode has a visor on it! On the underside of the nosecone.


Persuasion
Shockwave, Predaking, and most of the Autobots go to Antarctica to fight over a supercollider or something. Ultra Magnus breaks in his new claw-hand, and Shockwave, well...

 

"This is no place for a one-handed Autobot.”

You only have one hand, too, you doofus.

The Bots beat him and demand he surrenders, but Shockwave does one of those “leave a sentence open so an ally can barge into the room” type of things (he got his timing PERFECT on that one, heh) and he and Predaking escape with the science thingy in tow.

'King also can turn his hands into guns now. Huh. I wonder where guns fit into robot evolution...

The Decepticons know where the Autobot base is -- Laserbeak simply just followed Fowler there. HOW HAVE THEY NOT DONE THIS BEFORE?

Starscream brings this huge fleet of five whole Vehicons to take on the tiny resistance of just five human jets, and obliterates exactly one building in the entire complex before returning home victorious. But alas, it was all an Autobot trick; they repainted "E" into "F", a detail Starscream took no notice anyways.

........ yeaaaah, that whole scene is just stupid.

The Bots try to locate Ratchet using a chunk of Laserbeak's wing that Smokescreen shot off, which for some reason is trying to get back to the robo... "bird?" Raf apparently just happened to learn the necessary Cybertronian writing to pull the stunt off, and also picked up on some of Ratchet's mannerisms. It’s kinda weird.


Ratchet is taken aboard the Nemesis, where the Cons try to convince him to work on the Omega Lock. This is really where Ratchet’s story was heading, but it's kinda too late now. Like, at the beginning of the season, where the destruction of the lock was raw and Ratch was cut off from the rest of the Bots, that’s when you’d drive in that wedge to pull him to the other side. Here, though, he’s already accepted the loss, happily reunited with his team and the humans, even commending Smokescreen for choosing to save Optimus instead of trying to recreate the Omega Keys -- Ratchet already got the "home is the people not the place" lesson. He’s not making a Faustian deal with Megatron, he’s just trying to make being a prisoner palatable.

 

 

 

Just two episodes and the movie...

And then......... I dunno.*shrug*



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Posted 03 January 2018 - 11:46 PM

And people defend this show
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Posted 04 January 2018 - 12:03 AM

Yeah, I've been looking up old episode discussion threads elsewhere and I'm at a complete loss as to how people keep saying these are the "best episodes ever."

 

Also, a LOT of people kept misspelling the dragon faction as "Predicon"....



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Posted 04 January 2018 - 01:49 AM

On Paras: The funny thing is, Parasect was actually considered by some to be a semi-decent counter to Mewtwo in Gen 1. Entirely because it was the only thing that learned Spore. This says less about Parasect than it does about how stupidly overpowered Mewtwo was (and still is, really, but now we have dark-types to help).

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Posted 04 January 2018 - 07:19 PM

I had a Parasect with False Swipe + Spore for catching other Pokemon, though Quick Balls made that kinda obsolete.



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Posted 04 January 2018 - 11:54 PM

Synthesis

Ratchet and Shockwave do sciency whatever until Knock Out lets it slip that the whole Predacon killing was a set up. Boy, these Cons are HORRIBLE at deception. Starscream tricked by the base, Megatron straight up tells Ratchet he’s a liar, Soundwave never realizes Laserbeak's been bugged...
Which means now instead of getting to know the Decepticon sides of things, Ratchet goes and ruins their day. He lowers the shield, calls the Autobots in, and tells Predaking what happened to his boys.

'King goes after Megatron and starts beating him with the dead body of a Vehicon! But Megs eventually kicks him out of the airlock... with an assist by Starscream of all people.

Meh.


Although I do like how ridiculous this line is:
"But that's not possible. Laserbeak's right here in Soundwave's torso."


Deadlock
So these last few episodes, the Nemesis has gone from space to in Earth’s atmosphere to space again. We don’t see the ship travel or anything, and there’s not even much time for it to do that "offscreen", it’s just suddenly in a different location.

The Autobots storm the ship and everybody fights and it’s all kinda blah. Arcee ends up tussling Starscream and I’m suddenly reminded how there aren't any rivalries anymore. It’s all just Autobots vs Decepticons, no side battles like Depth Charge vs Rampage or (Animated) 'Bee and Bulk vs "Longarm."

Smokescreen steals away the Star Saber, which seems like it’s supposed to tie into how he wants to be special, but nope. Bumblebee takes it from there and tries to hand it off to Optimus, but Megatron shoots him dead. He actually blows a hole in the poor scout, one of the few times a weapon causes real visible damage (in fact, this scene is sandwiched between Smokescreen getting hit by Shockwave's cannon and Optimus by the Dark Star Saber, and neither of them are damaged that badly). These things vary so wildly it’s impossible to tell how strong anyone or anything is supposed to be.

Not that Bee stays dead. The Omega Lock brings him back to life and even restores his voice, and he up and kills Megatron himself! Which I actually really like. Megs is so utterly focused on Optimus and the various traitors, he doesn’t bother to pay any attention to all the others he’s been trampling over, to his ultimate peril. And poetically, he doesn't even get to say a word after Bee stabs him.
And I do love how acrophobic this whole upside-down Omega Lock battleground is.

Of course, immediately following all this is Starscream being genuinely upset that Megatron died. *sigh* What the hell happened to "aligned with no side, servant to no one" Starscream? I miss him dearly.


Soundwave gets sent to the Shadowzone (it really looks like he got torn in two)
The Autobots restore Cybertron
Knock Out joins their side... and gets decked by Miko for some reason. (oh, she didn’t become a full-fledged Wrecker after all)
Ratchet stays behind on Earth 'cuz why not?
The human cast is recruited into that Unit:E thing that never happened (one wonders how a series that rejected that Binder of Revelation would’ve handled that whole "shared universe" thing anyways)
Predaking makes an obligatory sequel hook

 

 

Christ, this season was hugging awful. Part of why I even re-watched this series was because I thought maybe Season Two poisoned my view of the rest of the show, but no. God no. Somebody elsewhere has said the characters had been reduced to catchphrases, and yeah that's kinda what happened; plus, this Beast Hunters subplot the writers clearly did not give a shit about; plus a redo on the last season finale because god forbid the Autobots lose, I guess.

(it's kinda telling how my silly little sketches went from being observational to just referencing other movies...)

 

 

I might as well finish off with Predacons Rising, but I think I'll have to rewatch Stronger, Faster and Partners just to scrub my mind of all this shit.


Edited by Noideaforaname, 05 January 2018 - 12:00 AM.


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Posted 05 January 2018 - 01:55 PM

Predacons Rising
Is actually kinda OK. Not super amazing, but, well... there’s no real nonsense thrown in, it’s a very concise story about the Bots ('Bee in particular) learning to take care of things without Optimus (mostly), even when all literal hell breaks loose. And as misleading as the title is, the Predacons at least feel part of the story.


More importantly...
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A doodle!! Because Shockwave and Starscream's secret lab is in an amusement park!

 

They’ve made some new Preds, neither of which are as visually interesting as the test tube dragos, or even 'King with his buggy mandibles. Nor do they really do much or make much of an impression. They’re kinda blatantly there because toys.

(Also, there’s a third that never fully 'evolves')

... How much time has passed since Deadlock? It’s impossible to tell.


Unicron revives Megatron and takes over his body, because Dark Energon damns your soul! Good thing Starscream took that chunk out of himself. This is also probably where Airachnid and her insects were supposed to come back in, but who cares? FOSSIL ZOMBIE DRAGON ROBOTS! Unicron's possession also comes with some kind of fancy wormhole travel. It’s another pretty space shot, with Saturn and moons and rainbows reflected all over Megatron (he kinda just randomly switches between shiny and matte a lot, doesn't he?)


Meanwhile, the Autobots have enlisted the help of some Vehicons to help rebuild Cybertron (it doesn’t go so well), while they keep the rest of them and Knock Out in prison. Why? No clue. KO declared himself an Autobot, so....?

Starscream frees the Decepticons later on, and KO eventually turns on him because Star told him to shut up while he was busy trying to take control of the Nemesis from the Autobots. I mean, Scream gave Knock Out plenty of reasons to turn on him, but this moment just seems kinda petty? *shrug*


Shockwave gets killed by the hoard of zombie dragons... except he doesn't, because he just randomly pops back up for a quick word to Predaking before vanishing back into the aether. Wut?


There's a whole fight at the well of allsparks, and Optimus saves the day by trapping Unicron in a jar and then diving into the planet’s core. This destroys the Matrix of Leadership and ends the line of Primes and --- hang on, was the Matrix even passed down in this series? They act like it does, but Optimus got it straight from Primus. And returning it to him literally just destroyed it, so?????????


Megatron disbands the Decepticons because he felt "oppression", depsite that being exactly why he created ‘Cons in the first place. Ehh, there’s potential here (Tarn and Animated Megtron play with similar themes), but this show is just totally disinterested in fleshing out anything.

Starscream finally acts likes himself.... but the Preds ambush him. Gah.
 

 

And that is that.

 

Lord Smokescreen, Emperor of Destruction *flails limbs*

 


Edited by Noideaforaname, 05 January 2018 - 02:04 PM.


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Posted 05 January 2018 - 01:58 PM

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