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The second part of the Unicron Trilogy
on September 1, 2014
Transformers: Energon is the second and in my opinion the weakest part of the Unicron Trilogy.
Set roughly 20 years after the end of "Armada" The Autobots and the Decepticons have an uneasy peace and are working in secret with various world governments to mine Energon a powerful substance that can restore Cybertron. the damaged homeworld of the Transformers and give Earth a clean form of energy with the aid of the Omnicons (it's never stated but implied that Omnicons are the next stage of evolution for the Mini-Cons) who are the only Transformers that can touch and refine Energon into weapons and stars that power up the Autobots. Optimus Prime has granted the Autobots the Spark of Powerlinking which allows any two Autobots of the same size to link and become more powerful.
The only problem: Unicron also wants Energon so he can be restored and destroy Cybertron, Alpha Q a mysterious alien sends Scroponok and the Terrorcons (a trio of animal Transformers that do the Omnicons' jobs for the Decepticons and are basically cannon fodder) to attack Earth. When Scroponok uses Megatron's sword he convinces Cyclonus and Tidal Wave to join his side so they can bring Megatron Demolisher doesn't believe him, eventually Megatron does come back online and takes over and he does rejoin the Decepticons and Alpha Q is forced to retreat and revive Starscream and programs him to kill Megatron, This plan fails and Megatron restores Starscream's mind and the old gang is back. Over the course of the series the Decepticons get new bodies, paints jobs, and names. And both sides get new members.
The Autobots have a new human ally in teenager Kicker an extremely annoying whiney emo punk kid with daddy issues (and not entirely unjustified), who when he was a little boy he was hiding from Optimus Prime on Cybertron he falls into Primus' chamber and Primus not knowing what a human is gives the punk the power to detect Energon and he can also detect danger before hand. Kicker is teamed up with rookie Ironhide and two sort become a double act of annoying. Kicker's father is a brilliant and goofy sciencist who has dragged Kicker around the galaxy looking for Energon and put him into danger countless times believing that it would be a kid's greatest dream come true, and it's no wonder Kicker is such a whiney emo punk kid. His mother and younger sister are there but his mom is a wall flower and his sister is a brat. Rad, Carlos, and Alexis from "Armada" are also back, Rad helps Kicker's father. Alexis is a government offical.and Carlos heads a building a Martian colony. Kicker also wields the Star Saber from "Armada".
The Transformers are cel-shaded CGI with the humans and backgrounds being tradition cel animation and the effect doesn't work for the most part. The designs of the Transformers being so faithful to the toys just doesn't work. The voice acting is good except for Kicker and Ironhide they both are annoying.The first half of the series actually works for the most part. It's the second half that doesn't make any sense and ending is just plain weird.
This is not a bad series but in the end it's too messy and a lot of the Transformers' designs don't work in animation and cel shaded CGI doesn't work. The story of the second half of the series is hard to follow and feels like a bad rehash of the first half. Kicker and Ironhide are more annoying the "G1" Daniel and Wheelie, Unicron becomes nothing more than overgrown weapons factory for Megatron and Alpha Q to battle over with no personality.instead of the powerful evil god he's supposed to be.
I would only recommend this to hardcore Transformers fans. New and casual fans would be better served watching "Transformers: Animated" or "Transformers: Prime" instead. . . .