|Transformers Animated: Season Two|
Written by Jason Flick
January 11, 2009
What do you get when you mix Autobots, robots with old grudges, a handful of annoying planes and a young girl? What you get is Transformers Animated: Season 2 on a 2 Disc DVD Set. In this season the Autobots face the scrutiny of the human race again, a group of human villainy and Sari must face a very harsh discovery.
For those of you not aware of the newest series in the Transformers universe, this show is the 5th reiteration of the Transformers and the first to take on a look never before seen in the Transformers Universe. This series unlike most of the others is completely animated, kind of like the Gen 1 cartoons but obviously with a much more anime inspired look in the likes of Teen Titans. I first have to admit that I have seen way too many cartoons in my lifetime, few of which that I actually still like throughout their constant rebirths. Transformers have always been a part of my life and I have actually slowly grown to like Transformers Animated.
The new season starts off with the Autobots repairing the city after their battle against the revived Megatron at the end of season one. To make matters worse the human race is freaked out that the Autobots will level the other half of the city to the ground, not thanks to the Decepticons that have miraculously disappeared of the face of the Earth… or have they. Old grudges between Sentient Prime and Optimus flair up as the Cybertron Elite Guard arrive on Earth. They are determined to extract the Allspark only to find out that it was shattered all over city. Once the Elite Guard believes Optimus and his crew that the Allspark still exists, they leave Earth and let Optimus search for the Allspark Shards. And that is where the trouble ensues.
This 13 episode collection features episodes such as “Return of the Headmaster,” "Rise of the Constructicons," “Velocity” and the two part final episode "A Bridge Too Close.” The entire season is good but my personal favorites are “Black Friday’ and “A Bridge Too Close Part 1 and 2.” In “Black Friday” Blackarachnia returns after her encounter with the Allspark. After busting Meltdown, from season one, out of prison thanks to the Dinobots, she persuades Optimus and Grimlock to work together to rob Powell Tower. The two recover the part, and Meltdown begins to remove the corrupted part of her being. Only Meltdown and Blackarachnia’s idea of corruption is far from the same.
In “A Bridge Too Close, Parts 1 & 2”, the Autobots must stop Megatron from activating the Space Bridge that would spell certain doom upon the planet Cybertron. The Autobots revive an old friend with the help of Sari to help battle the Starscream clones and Megatron’s unstable lackeys. In the final stages of the battle Sari is reunited with her father and Sari soon finds out something that will rock the foundation of her very life.
David Kaye, known for doing the voice of Megatron in the Beast Era and Unicron Trilogy returns this time to do the voice of Optimus Prime. This is perhaps why I don’t like Optimus’ voice as much as he is younger in this series then all of the previous series. Corey Burton performs the role of Megatron for the short while we actually see him before he is blown to pieces. Corey is known for various roles including doing several voices in the original Transformers show back in the 80’s.