21 March 2016 | ladyrobutts
Don't compare this to Prime
I have not yet finished the first season, but I really want to give this show the praise it deserves. There are a lot of negative reviews complaining that RID does not live up to its predecessor, Transformers Prime. This is true, but RID is enjoyable in its own right, and shouldn't have to live in the shadow of Prime.
One of the biggest complaints is about the animation. It does take some getting used to, but I find that it's very expressive and neat! The humans look a little strange, but they did in Prime, too. The robots have good facial expressions and body language, and each character has a unique design. I'm sure it will improve even more with time--everyone remembers the incredible progress that Prime made in the animation department.
The characters are truly the strong point of the show, though. They are diverse, well- rounded and lovable. I was not very fond of Bumblebee in Predacons Rising, but he has redeemed himself in RID. Strongarm is a wonderful addition to the cast, and a much needed female presence in the franchise. I won't go into too much detail to avoid spoilers, but the characters have a lot of heart. There is also one character who I won't name for spoilers but has particularly strong, moving and realistic characterization so far, and really cemented my love for the show.
One thing in particular that I like is that one of the characters, Fixit, has a clear speech impediment, and no one makes fun of him for it.
Other strong points: It's a typical "villain of the week" setup for the most part, but that makes it easy to keep up with and stops it from getting too dramatic. It's funny and light- hearted, and the voice actors are wonderful.
I've been a Transformers fan since 2011, although my interest in it diminished after Prime's finale and Age of Extinction. Prime is my favorite series, and I was so sad to see it go. I still miss it sometimes. I didn't even watch RID until more than a year after it premiered. However, RID renewed my love for the franchise with great vigor, and I place it as #2 on my list of Transformers series--right beside Prime.