MACHINES TRANSFORMERS: THE COMPLETE SERIES
Beast Machines Transformers: The Complete Series
Starring: Kathleen Barr, Jim Byrnes, Gary Chalk, Ian James Corlett,
Paul Dobson, Patricia Drake
Director: William Lau, Gino Nichele
Format: Box set,
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
ten minutes into the first episode I realized that despite my Peter Pan
complex I was simply too old for Beast Machines Transformers. Since I
wasn’t eight years old and never saw any of the original Transformers
shows, I realized that I had no reason to be watching Beast Machines
Some children’s shows you can watch and some are so rooted
deeply in their target demographic that they are unwatchable unless you have
some awkward psychological obsession to relive your childhood at all costs.
Still I stuck it through the next three or four episodes.
However the repetitive action sequences and thumping techno soundtrack soon grew
wearisome. The animation (CG) isn’t too bad
for a TV show, but it looks clunky and lacks detail. Also, the dialogue and
characters weren’t that interesting despite an attempt at sketching a story
arch that tries to go beyond the standard TV kiddies show format of
superheroes foiling the same bad guy’s evil master plan for that week.
So what’s the show about?
Well, you have superheroes foiling the same bad guy’s evil master plan for
that week . . . Seriously though; the show involves a group of talking
mutant animals who can transform themselves into giant fighting robots. Each
episode they battle the same super-villain named Megatron.
THE DISCS: Fans of
the previous TV shows (which ran 1984-1989, 1996-2000, 2001-2002, 2002-2004,
and 2005-2006) will probably find this latest incarnation entertaining.
Since it is the first collection of the entire series in one collection
they’d want to check it out. Special features are on the meager side, but
the CG animation transfers well to the digital format of DVD.
WORTH IT? If you’re
an eight-year-old boy or fan of the show, yeah sure.
it for Timmy on his tenth birthday . . .