Transformers: Armada: Season 1, Part 2 (2002)

Genre(s): Adventure / Animation
Rhino || NR - 600 minutes - $49.99 || September 26, 2006
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2006-10-24

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“Hotshot transform!”

“Transformers” is a franchise that is near and dear to my heart. When it started, I was but a year old, but it quickly became a favorite of mine as a toddler. In fact, I knew the names of some of the show’s characters before I knew my own last name and certainly before I knew my address and phone number. I’m a fan. I own the complete run of the original series on DVD, the 1986 theatrical animated film, and the entire run of Beast Wars and Beast Machines Transformers (which were more or less, spin-offs of the original series and aired between 1996-2002). Given that background, I must’ve loved Transformers: Armada right?

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Transformers: Armada had one big strike against it from the get-go by not being in anyway tied to previous Transformers series. An annoyance but a forgivable one. After all, Superfriends has no ties to the later series, Justice League and Justice League is a far superior program. If Armada were better than the old shows, it wouldn’t matter, but it isn’t so it does. Strike Two against it is the horrible supporting human characters. There’s a little chunky kid named Fred who’s sole purpose on the show is to whine about how hungry it is and how tired and sleepy he is. Then there’s an Latino stereotype named Carlos who repeatedly calls things “Loco”. UGH. But that’s not the worst part about the show.

The worst part is the plot itself. In Armada, the Autobots and Decepticons war is related to the two factions’ quests to collect and capture all of the Mini-cons, which are small Transformers capable of linking to bigger ones to make them more powerful. This “have to catch them all” mannerism of the series is exactly like Pokemon’ and god almighty, do I HATE Pokemon. It’s just ridiculous. It simplifies the very serious war between Optimus and Megatron’s forces into a simple pissing contest for power. As silly as the old Transformers were, it was never THIS f**king silly!

The only good things I can say about it is that while it’s dumb, it’s not boring. It’ll hold your attention (even if you feel yourself losing brain cells while watching it) and the voices aren’t too bad. Gary Chalk and David Kaye (who played Optimus and Megatron during Beast Wars) return here to voice the characters again and do them decent justice (though their work is hampered by horrible scripts).


Interactive Transformations is this little thing that lets you control some kind of animation of some of the Transformers. It’s really lame and I think only a small child would be really into it.


Good enough. The theme song sounds pretty loud.


If you’re a fan of really, really juvenile anime or if you just love Transformers in any way, shape, or form, I can recommend it but to everyone else steer clear.