Machinima Transformers: Combiner Wars, Episode 1: The Fall
Warning: Contains spoilers for Machinima Transformers: Combiner Wars, Episode 1: The Fall.
This is not going to be a terribly analytical review. I’m sure others will have far more analysis than I will. To put it simply, that the first episode is called “The Fall” is awfully appropriate, because watching the episode, all of my expectations fell farther and farther the longer it ran.
In episode one we see a cool Combiner fight between Menasor and Computron in space over planet Caminus. They end up on the planet and Menasor seemingly kills Computron.
Having reached the highpoint of the episode, and possibly the series, it seems to be all down hill from there.
Menasor’s voice sucks. He went from the growling fearsome G1 voice to a 15 year old brat. At least that’s what it sounded like to me. Complete crap. Computron’s voice, what few words we heard, was pretty good. Not as good as his G1 voice, but then that would be too much to ask for.
Windblade and Maxima show up and fight Menasor. I have no idea who Maxima is, but she dies. As I don’t know anything about her, I really don’t care. I only have an idea who Windblade is from watching her prelude video. Also from that, I know what the plot of the series is, and I already hate it. Just an FYI.
Windblade kills Menasor, and now we have arrived at the real problem with this show. It is moronic for any average size Transformer to kill a combiner with two swings of a sword. It’s dumb and shows a complete lack of understanding of Transformers. If it’s that easy to kill a combiner then there is no point in having combiners. This is why the very idea of IDW’s Combiner Hunter comic was asinine, so of course, they went with that for the animated series. It doesn’t matter if it’s Optimus Prime, Ironhide, or Windblade, there is no way an average sized Transformer could possibly kill a combiner, with the possible exceptions of some elaborate trap or a super weapon, but certainly not a sword.
It boggles the mind that with all the Transformers they could have chosen to be at the heart of this series, they pick Windblade, a nothing character and a forgettable toy, rather than someone from the plethora of well established and beloved characters available. If they wanted a female, that’s fine. They could have gone with Arcee or Elita One, or maybe one of the more obscure female Autobots from the G1 cartoon if they wanted to be able to build the character themselves.
While dying (or deactivating, since I doubt he’s actually dead) Menasor taunts Windblade that she’s just a killer like he is and is kidding herself if she thinks she is avenging anyone, or words to that affect. He also tells her that the council is going to make an army of combiners. (Now if we can just get Hasbro to do the same. I want Piranacon and Predaking and Abominus, damn it…but I digress.)
Windblade cries over Maxima’s body. Funny thing is, Transformers have no tear ducts since they are, you know, robots. They’re like Klingons that way. Of course, she is female after all, so she has to be capable of crying, otherwise there is no way for her to express her loss. (That was sarcasm. Just wanted to make that clear.)
Windblade stomps on Computron’s chest before flying off and we see that he’s still alive. Then the scene shifts to Cybertron where we see a quick headshot of Optimus Prime, and the episode ends.
I cannot express how disappointing this is. Why is god’s name would you start a Combiner Wars cartoon with a toy that came out two year ago before Combiner Wars even came out? It is beyond all reason. It makes no sense.
And with that five and a half minute episode, all of my hopes for this series were flushed down the toilet. At least the episodes are just five and a half minutes. I suppose they would be good for watching while on the toilet. A flushing toilet as the credits roll would be an enormous improvement.
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