Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2014–2020)

TV Series   |  TV-Y7   |    |  Animation, Action, Adventure


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When a new army of Decepticons appear, Bumblebee must lead a new team of Autobots to Earth against their eternal foes.


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18 February 2016 | lawarninghoff
8
| Good if one is willing to be open-minded.
While some say that it's not as good as TF Prime, I find the new Robots in Disguise series to be refreshing in a way. It does not focus on Optimus Prime that often, but instead focuses on Bumblebee, as well as a slew of new Autobots and Decepticons. It's interesting to see how this new team starts coming together, which is a neat change of pace compared to the Autobots working together at the beginning of Prime. A team is not just an instant-cook meal; it's a slow process that takes a lot of dedication, and it shows in Bumblebee's team as they fight the Decepticon convicts together.

Both sides of Transformers are not static either; they have their own personalities that change and grow over time, or at least give rise as to how they got onto Earth. The one I'm particularly interested in, and some people may disagree, is Grimlock. Since G1, he was always depicted as strong-willed but slightly dumb with phrases like "Me Grimlock King." Here, he's the Autobot version of Cyborg from Teen Titans right down to the voice actor Khary Payton. I think he works, as his antics and attacks keep things interesting. It's not to discount the rest of the team though; Strongarm is the cadet who works to abide by the rules, though in one episode she ends up bending them to prove a point; Sideswipe is the punk kid who wants to have fun, but ends up taking responsibility in another episode; and Fixit, a murky- zzt turkey- zzt! QUIRKY!...Minicon that is well-meaning and reliable, though a little naive in his mannerisms. Strongarm might be my favorite, though many of the other Autobots and Decepticons are also interesting enough to keep me invested in the cartoon.

Bumblebee...you know who he is; he was the scout working to be a leader after Optimus is gone, and it shows. He really wants to do good as a leader and he's always coming up with plans in the middle of a fight in order to accomplish the task and capture the Decepticon with his teammates. He's growing, and that's what I feel kids will get out of this show: working together will help you accomplish anything. It's a journey.

All in all, I recommend it. Though it's not as dark or as complex as Prime, it's well worth it, especially as it goes into the second season. Things are surely gonna get interesting...

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