About the Old School TFs.. shows and figures.. that appeals to you more then the new stuff.. is it just memories..or something else.
For me.. the best of my childhood involved TFs.. but also..the characters..all had more...character..more personality. They all had some sort of little glitch that made them..them..and they became more then just robots.
The toys were all so simple and that along with the out-of-proportioned etc..just made them great. The TV show was corny and predictable..and the mistakes..but it was just fun. I watch them now and listen to the dialog and realize that there was definitely some words and referencing that a child would never grasp or understand.
The show was original. I mean sentient robots that could feel, could love, and hate just as humans. What!!! Each character had their own unique personality. Each of them had their own devices such as Red Alerts panic disorder, or Cliffjumpers inability to control his compulsions. I was able to connect with the characters both good and bad.
In many episodes I felt what they were feeling. For example: when Mirage flashed-back to his good years on Cybertron. After he reminisced he ended by saying "everything was better on Cybertron". I felt Mirages' hurt, and longing to go back to the way his life used to be. There were episodes that were very emotional like "The Secret of Omega Supreme". I was 11 when that epi was released, and I remember getting pretty emotional over that.
Yes, the show was cheesy, but very fun to watch (atleast the first 2 seasons were). What child didn't look forward to waking up, grabbing a bowl of their favorite cerial, and watching Transformers. I know I did.
I agree totally with you Tee..but then again I usually do. It was all their devices ( glitches) that just made you enjoy them so much more...and allowed you to relate to one or more with something about yourself. I can still "feel" their emotions when I watch or read something. And its funny how..even after all these years.. we still have the special place for them in our hearts and memories.
Yea... season 3 ( which I am watching right now) is just plain painful to watch though.
I watched 'em as an adult, with my kids. And before they were born, of course, on my own. But, yeah, its the characters that made it. The characters were good and meaty. Combine that with the battle between good and evil, and it doesn't get any better.
when i was younger i always felt really sad for them.
it remided me of people in Afirca with no homes and stuff.
lots of people dying and not many people helping out!
The more I watch of season 3 though.. the more I really want to stab Rodimus Prime in the optic with a Taco Bell spork. I like Springer and Blurr and Kup... the I think any Prime that is trying to pawn off the matrix to anyone willing to take it?? and I think there are too many combiner teams.
I still watch my box set all the time. And I agree with the rest of you as far as Season 3 goes it lost it's appeal to me then (as a child) and even now due to the weird alt modes and crappy pastel color schemes. Plus the sci-fi settings taking place on distant planets was a "disconnect factor" for me too. Optimus Prime was the perfect father figure always lending his keen perspective, unmatched wisdom and undying loyalty to his fellow Autobots while Megatron was cunning, sinister and had a never ending desire to accomplish his mission. I can forgive the animation errors now as I overlooked them then. Because the story unfolded in a way that kept the viewer entertained throughout and allowed each character to portray their own set of unique abilities in a way that complimented their factions own best interests.
I agree with BIG Tee, the show was original. It wasn't like anything else on tv at that time. When I go back now and watch the stuff... well, the jerk element is pretty high but it's all the underlying themes of brotherhood and good verses evil that keeps me coming back.
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