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Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015)

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Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2015)
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This show would've been better if it was aired on Discovery Family instead of Cartoon Network...
Genre: Superhero
Action
Adventure
Sci-Fi
Running Time: 23 minutes
Country: United States
Japan
Release Date: March 14, 2015 – November 11, 2017
Network(s): Cartoon Network
Created by: Hasbro
Starring: Stuart Allan
Eric Bauza
Darren Criss
Peter Cullen
Will Friedle
Ted McGinley
Khary Payton
Mitchell Whitfield
Constance Zimmer
Episodes: 71
Previous show: Transformers: Rescue Bots
Next show: Transformers: Cyberverse


Transformers: Robots in Disguise is an American-Japanese animated robot superhero television series for children produced by Hasbro Studios and Darby Pop Productions in the United States for Cartoon Network. It was also animated by Polygon Pictures in Japan. It is the stand-alone sequel to Transformers: Prime that ran from 2010 to 2013 on The Hub Network, featuring characters (most of whose voice actors reprise their roles) and storylines mostly self-contained from the events of its predecessor as well as an overall more lighthearted tone.

The show only aired on weekend mornings at 6:30.

Summary

Taking place after Transformers: Prime, Bumblebee now leads a new team of Autobots to protect a city from villains.

Bad Qualities

  1. Aside from a few references, the show barely feels like a sequel to Transformers: Prime, due to a sudden light-hearted tone.
  2. The title of the show is just copied from the 2001 Robots in Disguise anime cartoon on Fox Kids, which is just lazy.
  3. Several characters from Prime have been flanderized.
    • Bumblebee became a coward although he KILLED Megatron in the series finale of Transformers: Prime.
    • Optimus Prime became an angry old hermit similar to Luke Skywalker from The Last Jedi.
  4. Horrendous character designs, as most of the characters have very broad shoulders similar to the chins from Transformers: Animated (This was most likely done to boost toy sales). Bumblebee also has a giraffe-long neck and very broad shins that are too big compared to his thighs.
  5. Jack, Miko, and Raf (The Autobots' Human companions from Prime) are barely mentioned. Despite Bumblebee's bond with Raf, Arcee's bond with Jack, and Bulkhead’s bond with Miko.
  6. Some characters like Sideswipe are very annoying.
  7. Whenever the show tries to be funny, it fails miserably.
  8. This show had lesser dark moments and tons of light-hearted moments, even Transformers: Animated, Transformers: Beast Wars, and the Unicron Trilogy had tons of darker moments and a few light-hearted moments compared to this show.
  9. A ridiculous amount of filler episodes.
  10. Team Bee mostly spends their time fooling around the scrapyard instead of fighting Decepticons.
  11. Several Characters from Prime (Such as Arcee, Smokescreen, Wheeljack, Knock Out, Airachnid, Shockwave, etc.) never return nor are mentioned. Even Predaking doesn't return despite him being perfect for this show's story.
  12. We barely get any fights. And when we do, they're toned downed (Mostly due to censorship) to the point of just being pathetic.
  13. The show tries to copy the Villain-of-the-week trope from Kirby: Right Back At Ya!, Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated, Sailor Moon, Henry Danger, Courage The Cowardly Dog and Power Rangers by having different types of Decepticons villains battle the Autobots, but fails since Transformers was never like Power Rangers (Or any other Tokusatsu show in general), or any other shows that have Villain-of-the-week since its suppose to be an action show.
  14. Because of reasons #1, 2, 8, and 12, Transformers: Robots in Disguise feels less of a sequel to Transformers: Prime and more like a stand-alone Transformers television show.
  15. While the series finale is good, it feels a bit rushed and unfinished as if it was originally meant to get a fourth season before it was scrapped.
  16. Depending on your view, it feels a bit unnecessary, seeing as Transformers: Prime had a closing ending.

Good Qualities

  1. There are some good episodes such as "Portals", "Moon Breaker" "The Season Finales", "The Starscream Arc", etc.
  2. While not nearly as good as Transformers: Prime, the action scenes are still entertaining to watch and can still be epic, especially the final battles in the season finales.
  3. It's the first Transformers show to introduce Windblade.
  4. The animation is fantastic.
  5. Grimlock, Fixit, Drift, Denny, and Russell are decent characters.
  6. Ratchet, Bulkhead, Starscream, and Soundwave stays faithful to their Prime appearances. Starscream, in particular, manages to come off as incredibly menacing.

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