After letting the game sit in my Steam account for nearly two years, I’m finally getting around to playing Bastion!
I really like Jem and the Holograms, I don’t think it gets enough credit.
I mean, yes, stylistically it’s very dated. But the basic building blocks are solid, particularly the cast. And tha’s where Jem really shines as its a story unabashedly about a group of women with varying ages, interests, personalities, and life goals. Many went through arcs as the show progressed (interesting for an 80’s toy-bait cartoon), the villains are humanized, and everyone’s interpersonal dynamics were pretty strong. Jerrica’s an interesting heroine, she’s got strong goals, responsibilities, and convictions (running a record label and an orphanage) but also realistic limitations (she has many moments of fear, sadness, and self-doubt). In her “Jem” persona, she’s an unstoppable powerhouse of personality, but the show never forgets her humanity underneath.
Plus, in spite of all the drama her and Rio had with the Jem thing, I kinda like how the protagonist of a girl’s cartoon show had a steady, long-term boyfriend and said relationship was approached fairly seriously.
Griffin Rock really gets into this whole griffin thing…
Aw shucks, I’m all a flush (◍•ᴗ•◍)
Rescue Bots S2 (labelled volume 3) has been launched in the itunes store with the first two episodes available for purchase.
A significant improvement over S1’s release which didn’t occur until after it had all aired, not that I’m bitter or nothing.
At last we come to the third and final season of Transformers Prime, and a final cartoon music video to cap it all off. Be advised that this CMV contains footage from all 13 episodes of the season along with the finale film , and as such, there are massive spoilers.
We’re back to heavy action and audio sync for this one, it was a lot of fun to put together.
See you next time…
Title: Watch Closely
Footage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters (Season 3), Predacon Rising
Artist: Ladies and Gentlemen
#god this is gorgeous#thank you so much for making this#badass song and badass show hell yeah#and i like the ending#despite this song being so loud and violent#the ending was really well done and gave off a very sad and mellow feel
Thank-you very much, I really love reading comments in the tags like this. It makes me happy to know I have inspired “hell yeah” feelings. Also, I’m glad that you enjoyed the ending. I was a little worried when I was editing all the footage together, since it was such an action heavy video (as you noted), I wondered if I should just end it off on a bang. But Optimus’ dive into The Allspark was just too powerful for me to not include. If you enjoyed it, then that’s proof enough for me that it was a good decision.
"It’s about a truck that needs a friend to save the world."
That’s beautiful, man…
This premise gets heavier the more context we get…
Some more Age of Extinction thoughts…
The March 4th trailer sets up that Cade gets inducted into the Transformers’ story by purchasing Optimus Prime as a beat-up wreck and restoring him, presumably gaining Optimus’ friendship or at least gratitude in the process. While the concept of “human ally-character unknowingly buys/gets into/brings home a Transformers in vehicle mode” has been done before as a story premise, this is one of the rare times its been utilized with OP himself.
Optimus may be the flagship character of the Transformers megabrand, but he’s not usually positioned as “your friend” in the same way… say… Bumblebee is. Because Optimus is supposed to be the powerful, dependable father-figure. You admire and emulate Optimus, but there’s still a level of distance. Bumblebee takes up the role of Spike’s car, Rad+Carlos+Alexis meet/befriend the Minicons before anyone else, Sam buys Bumblebee from a used car lot, Sari gets in Bumblebee, Jack hops on Arcee, Cody slides down the firepole when he hears Heatwave complaining, etc. The human’s introduction to the world of giant robots is often facilitated through a character who is not Optimus, and who is characterized by being youthful/having-youth-associated-problems. Thereby, again, being more relateable to the audience (Arcee is an interesting exception to this, but she’s still written as more emotionally open and accessible than Optimus initially is).
But in Age of Extinction, our main human character (an adult and father) is connecting with Optimus first and foremost. Not to mention the added intrigue of our first shots of the “powerful and indomitable” Optimus being mud-caked pile of scrap shot full of holes and unable to even drive under his own power. Of course, this is all just trailer based speculation, we’ll all have to wait for the film to properly come out to see just how this ends up packaged. But still, I’m very intrigued by this shift in perspective.
Oh man… I ship Cody/Frankie so hard…
Oh man, oh god, oh man, oh god…
The second episode makes me hardcore want to draw another older!frankie/older!Cody where they still kept that split medal for years. aksdlfskjdlf
Yes, yes! God yes!
Everyone in Griffon Rock wants a piece of the Burns family…
I guess you could say they’re hot stuff?
Just some Archer season 2 thoughts…
- There’s a distinctive shift in Archer’s characterization between S1 and S2. S2 Archer is still a self-centered ass, but he also is more open about his fears and limitations, shows some concern for the well-being of others, and displays both genuine love and grief in the finale. This simply wouldn’t have happened with S1 Archer who delighted in repeatedly shocking the audience with escalating actions of pure vileness
- That being said, this makes sense given the events of S1’s finale (the grilled cheese sandwich conversation), and the fact that Archer, for all his failings as a human being, does at least moderately learn from his mistakes
- This has the interesting side effect of making Ms. Archer look all the worse, which is a-okay by me because Mallory Archer (for all her vices) is my favorite character
- S1 Archer was the story of the greatest jerkface in a world of jerkfaces who constantly screwed over everybody. Whereas S2 is the story of a jerkface in a world that is still worse than him and his struggle to survive getting screwed over bourbon glass intact
- Pam is so great
You know why Pam is so great? She also watches Transformers.
Also, all the mayor’s talk of “sudden growth formula” while snuggling up to Charlie like this made me feel concerned…
I think the reason I get “shippy feels" from "Sky Forest" is because the episode has a plot thread where Cody is constantly attempting to connect with Frankie, trying to tell her his feelings (technically not romantic feelings, but personal ones nonetheless), each time being thwarted while sad music plays as she walks away.
Once he’s finally able to openly congratulate her, their bond is repaired and they run up to the top of the Sky Forest to spend time together complete with upbeat, fanciful BGM. Almost like a date…
And then there’s the whole “split medal” thing at the very end which is Frankie telling Cody how much she values him/his dedication to public-service; as well as perhaps reinforcing that they are two halves of one whole.
Yeah, I know they’re just in elementary school probably, but I think it’s sweet!
Meet the Rescue Bots! Chase, Heatwave, Blades, and Boulder are given an important mission by Optimus Prime: Protect and learn about mankind. Stationed undercover on a technologically advanced island, they team up with a family of first responders, including a police chief, fire fighter, helicopter pilot, and engineer. With help from Cody, the family’s youngest, the Rescue Bots keep the peace and keep people safe while they learn what it really means to be a hero.
RESCUE BOTS SEASON TWO is coming to the Hub Network this Saturday Morning! 9:30 AM Pacific Time, 12:30 PM Eastern Time. Tune in for more great episodes, story-edited by the amazing Nicole Dubuc and Greg Johnson and produced by the masterful Brian Hohlfeld - the same team that brought you season 1. Also, I can confirm that Hasbro/Hub has commissioned a third season as well, so you will be able to enjoy the show for a good while!
I can also confirm that I will be writing and story-editing a few of those season 3 episodes. :-)