Starring (voices): Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Jeffrey Combs, Sumalee Montano, Kevin Michael Richardson, Ernie Hudson
TRANSFORMERS PRIME season 2 picks up minutes after the cliffhanger ending of season one. It sees Optimus Prime (Peter Cullen), who now believes himself to be Orion Pax, now allied with Megatron (devilishly played by Frank Welker). The Autobots embark on a mission that leads them to Cybertron in the three parter season opener to regain their former leaders memories. This is just the beginning of many trials that the Autobots and their human allies must face. Much like the first season the second doesn’t reveal its major story arch until later during the season, but there are a variety of different plots that explore characters introduced in the previous season such as Wheeljack, who joins the Autobot’s ranks as a global scout. And human villains MECH, who were one of the weaker points of the previous season but this time around prove to be a major threat towards both Autobots and Decepticons.
The main arch for this season, which is hinted at in early episodes but doesn’t play out until closer towards the midpoint of the season, is the hunt for ancient relics from Cybertron that are hidden across the globe. The stakes have been raised as the Autobots and Decepticons both race to find these relics so as to tip the balance in attempting to end the war between Optimus and Megatron’s forces. This hunt builds to yet another spectacular build up to the season finale which much like the finales of previous series BEAST WARS will have you on the edge of your seat.
Highlights of the season are numerous and hardcore TRANSFORMERS fans will have fun spotting all of the references to the original G1 series as well as the appearance of new faces. New characters are introduced into the ranks of both Autobots and Decepticons including Smokescreen, Dreadwing (twin to sea. 1’s Skyquake) the Insecticons, Alpha Trion and this reviewers personal favourite character, Shockwave. Returning characters such as Wheeljack return and stick around for more than one episode. Where the season lets itself down is again with the human villains as well as two of the three main human characters Miko and Rafael, both of which haven’t had enough character development as much as their Autobot guardians. You get the feeling that these two characters have been thrown into the mix to serve as our only window into the human world. However it is Jack and his guardian Arcee (who has been given her first real character development since her first appearance back in 1986) that we really get to know emtionally, as was the same with the previous season. Another let down is the two flashback episodes with basically serve as catchup episodes for those just joining the series.
Bring on season three and the arrival of the Predacons.
The Australian DVD
The major disappointment with this release is that unlike the first season which was released on both DVD and BluRay, season two has only been released on DVD which means that viewers have had to buy the season as five separate discs. Sadly because this season wasn’t given a BluRay release the special features from the previous season are absent from these DVDs. Regardless of this fact, the audio and visuals remain as impressive. The ground breaking CGI has been used fantastically and remains to amaze. TRANSFORMERS PRIME continues to introduce a whole new generation of viewers to the TRANSFORMERS universe as well as to keep older fans entertained and reliving their childhood.
Review written by Christopher Innis
Purchase Season 2 Vol 1 – http://www.madman.com.au/catalogue/view/19804/transformers-prime-season-2-volume-1-orion-pax
Thanks to Ben from MadMan for his support.