Max F. Exter | 11/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Though I will readily admit that this isn't Mainframe's best series (That honour goes to Reboot) Shadow Raiders did shape up to become very strong. In fact, I will go so far as to say that these last five episodes were the best of the series. The last five eps involve Graveheart, Cryos, Jade and Femur getting stuck on a long lost world from their system known as the Prison Planet. They're absence leaves a power vacuum in the alliance, and who better to fill that vacuum than King Mantel? Much chaos ensues and it takes all of the final five episodes to resolve the various conflicts. SR, like other good series, shows that people are mortal. I won't say who ends up dead, but it's fairly shocking none-the-less. And there are a couple of new characters in the mix, including the extremely cool Sternum. All in all, an excellent conclusion to the series. We can only hope that more episodes get made, though that seems doubtful."
Fitting conclusion to a good series
SRFireside | Houston, TX United States | 01/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The one thing I hate most about a tv series is that most of the time the show gets cancelled before you get to have closure. At least with War Planets (the original name of this series... I hate the "new" name) you do finally get that conclusion. Volume 4 of this DVD set is what I consider the season cliffhanger, and is among the best in the series. However this disk gives you the end of the story with all the loose ends tied up.
It's not an incredible finale. As a matter of fact it's somewhat lacking in the same thrills as volume 4 and doesn't feel like a "big" ending. This isn't such a big deal because the story behind it is still solid, the animation is still impressive, and the production is still polished. It might even feel like the production crew knew they were going to get cancelled soon so they incorperated a series finale with another story. No matter. Like I said before all of the loose ends do get tied up in a nice little package.
The extras are about the same as the other disks. A few factoids about the War Planets universe, some CG modelling samples of the ships and stuff. Still no commentaries or production notes. That's fine and is actually expected since this is what we have gotten from all of the other disks.
Final Conflict is recommended only for people who are following the show. If you are new to the series get Uncommon Hero and move up from there. You won't be sorry because no matter what you call it (War Planets, Shadow Raiders, whatever) this show is very creative and gives you a level of story depth not normally seen in what's considered a kid's show."