Everyone’s favorite transforming robots are rolling out and back in action in Transformers Prime: Season Two on Blu-ray, which collects all 26 episodes of Hasbro’s hit animated update airing on The Hub. With a more serious tone this time around, coupled with great stories and action, season two is definitely the best so far of the series and will have fans waiting for the next one to roll out.
Without giving too much away from Season One, the noble Autobots had to face one of their greatest challenges at the end, which saw the heroic Optimus Prime losing his matrix of leadership and his memory. Seeing this as a glorious opportunity, the dastardly Megatron uses it to his advantage to talk Prime into joining the villionous Decepticons. At long last, we finally get to see how it all unfolds in Shout! Factory’s great Blu-ray set, presented in gorgeous high-definition for your viewing – and reviewing – pleasure.
Not only do the first few episodes here focus on getting Optimus back to the Autobots and restoring his memory, but the main story arc spread throughout deals with the gang trying to uncover some artifacts from Iacon, the capital city of Cybertron. If they can manage to recover enough of them, the Autobots just might be able to find a way to restore their homeworld to its former glory and more. Of course, the Decepticons aren’t going to just let them waltz in without a fight, and without saying too much, this season will also see someone making a sacrifice to save their world and ours.
As with the first season, I enjoyed how the writers are having fun with the Transformers mythos while also exploring it further here. Learning more about Cybertron and its history was a treat in itself, as the famed home planet of the Transformers was scarcely talked about in the classic series. Seeing some new and old Transformers show up in the series was also fun, as the return of Wheeljack made my inner child squeal with delight. This combined with Peter Cullen and Frank Welker returning as Prime and Megatron, while also featuring some solid writing and action, and you have a TV series that everyone should watch.
Viewing this on Blu-ray made the experience that much better, as Shout Factory has done a superb job with the 1080p HD video transfer. The picture comes in razor sharp with every crisp detail and color of the animation shining through perfectly. The 5.1 DTS-HD also comes through loud and clear, as every classic piece of dialogue, sound effect, and fitting music is heard without problems. While it’s a little light on the extras, however, the ones featured here are some of the best I’ve seen in quite some time.
“A look back on Season Two”, features the creative team talking about the story arcs and all of the love they’ve put into making the series. It really shows when you watch the team talk about the show and what they have planned for season three. Hands down the best extra here is “Optimus Prime: Up Close and Personal”, which is a near 30 minute interview featuring Larry King interviewing Peter Cullen at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. Here Peter goes into how he auditioned for his now legendary role and how his brother Larry helped shaped his voice to the gentle yet commanding one all fans know and love. I hate to sound like a fanboy, but it’s just so awesome to see and hear Peter talk about things, as he has such a humble and kind glow about him that just makes you want to listen to him talk about anything he feels like sharing. Watching him here, it really shows that he loves the fans and voicing Optimus, as he even answers some questions from the audience.
Fans of the hit animated series will be more than satisfied with Shout Factory’s excellent Transformers Prime: Season Two Blu-ray set, as it delivers the best the series has to offer so far. Featuring solid writing and some great robotic action, it’s one of the best entries in the Transformers universe yet. The complete 26 episodes are collected here and presented in beautiful 1080p high-definition, and while the set is a little light on special features those here more than justify themselves. Even if just to watch the great Peter Cullen interview, you owe it to yourself to transform and roll out to pick this Blu-ray collection up today.
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