Beast Machines: Transformers

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Beast Machines: Transformers
Beast Machines- Transformers.jpg
The Dragon Ball GT of the Transformers Franchise..
Genre: Action
Adventure
Science fiction
Dark Fantasy
Running Time: 21 minutes
Country: United States
Canada
Release Date: September 18, 1999 - November 18, 2000
Network(s): Fox Kids(USA)
YTV(Canada)
Created by: Hasbro
Mainframe Entertainment
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 26
Previous show: Beast Wars:Transformers
Next show: Robots in Disguise (2001)


Beast Machines: Transformers is a Canadian animated television series produced by Mainframe Entertainment as part of the Transformers franchise. Hasbro has the full distribution rights to the show as of 2011. It was a direct sequel to Beast Wars, taking place within the continuity of the original Transformers series. The show ran for two seasons, airing on YTV and Fox Kids from 1999 to 2000. Of the Transformers animated series produced in North America, Beast Machines was the only one to have been completely conceptualized and outlined in advance, lending it a more serialized and linear storyline than the others. Prior to Transformers: Prime in 2010, Beast Machines was also the last, and second only entirely computer-animated Transformers series produced, along with its predecessor Beast Wars. The Beast Machines intro theme was "Phat Planet", by Leftfield. It is also the final installment in the Generation 1 cartoon era, and compared to much of its predecessors, the show features more mature storytelling elements than most children's television programs.

Plot

Following their victory in the Beast Wars the surviving Maximals - Optimus Primal, Cheetor, Blackarachnia and Rattrap - finally return to Cybertron only to discover that their people have vanished and the world is now ruled by the mindless Vehicons. To make matters worse, the quartet are trapped in their beast forms without any of the upgrades they gained during the Beast Wars - and they are swiftly losing their memories of anything but each other. Forced to retreat deep underground, the Maximals discover the Oracle, a powerful supercomputer that reformats their bodies into new, even more powerful techno-organic forms.

The Maximals soon learn that their old enemy Megatron - who managed to break free and return to Cyberton before them - is the malevolent intelligence behind the Vehicons. Megatron has declared war on both beast modes and free will itself, imprisoning the sparks of Cyberton's entire population. With the odds stacked against them, the Maximals set out to free the sparks of their people, discover what really happened to their allies Silverbolt and Rhinox, and bring organic life to Cyberton once more.

Bad Qualities

  1. The main reason why it was hated because it is too dark from it's plot to it's depressing atmosphere, and there is little to no humor.
    • Granted there are shows like Transformers: Prime that are dark and serious but in Primes case it has some light heartedness moments to balance it out. While this show is dark for the sake of it.
  2. The techno organic design of the maximals in robot form looks HIDEOUS!! As they are way too humanoid and it's end up in the uncanny valley due to this.
  3. The idea of Cybertron being organic while sounds good on paper felt uneeded as Beast Wars and Generation One does not had any hints of Cybertron being organic in the past.
  4. Some of the characters had been flanderized badly.
    • Optimus Primal went from a serious leader to a religous nut job.
      • He then thankfully snaps out of it in the second half of the series.
    • Silverbolt went from a heroic kind hearted maximal to a edgelord.
    • Rattrap went from a sarcasstic rude member of the maximals to the Butt Monkey
    • Rhinox has to be the worst flanderized as he went from a loyal scientist to a psychopath
  5. Four Word: The Infamous 26th Episode.
  6. Nightscream is very unlikable mainly because he’s a emo brat

Good Qualities

  1. The Maximals beast mode design isn't that bad with the only exception being Silverbolts and Nightscreams.
  2. The Vehicons are the highlights as they are not only the funny part in season 1 of Beast Machines but also had personality like Jetstorm being the opposite to Silverbolts knight personality in Beast Wars.
  3. Cheetor is the only character to act like himself as he matured and by the end of the series takes control of Maximals once Primal sacrifice himself.
  4. The show could have worked as it has good ideas but are poorly executed.
  5. The CGI animation is decent and far better than that of Beast Wars: Transformers.
  6. The music score is awesome like the background music and the theme song Phat Planet

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CrusaderPrime

one month ago
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This show is easily compared to Dragon Ball GT for five reasons.

  • We had a item or plot points that came out of nowhere that does not appeared in the last show. (Black Star Dragon Balls and Cybertron being organic)
  • We had some plot convenience that just happened for the sake of it. (Vehicons being weaker then the drones and Guru comes from a planet that Baby is born as excuse of drama)
  • We also have some meh to bad character design. (Apart from Super Saiyan 4 Goku)
  • The main character acting off and not like themselves.
  • It splits the fandom and kills off the show franchise for a while.

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