This one is really..., I meant REALLY horrible
John Jiang | Laguna Hills, CA United States | 06/19/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I am a big transformers fan. I've been following the Transformers since Generation 1. I am a decent Transformers collectors too. In fact, I own more than 60 bots and all videos that are available on DVD. However, I have to say this one is REALLY horrible.This DVD includes 4 Armada episodes:
* Metamorphosis (Episode 2)
* Base (Episode 3)
* Confrontation (Episode 9)
* Decisive Battle (Episode 21)First, in most people's opinion, Armada is THE worst Transformers series. The story line is dull and the character deisngs are also bad. However, I saw many, if not all, Armada episodes before I bought this DVD, so I kind of expected this.Then, it comes the REAL problems of the DVD: the sequence of the episodes and the selection of the episodes.The sequence is extremely odd. Well, what IS the sequence? It is NOT the first 4 episodes of the Armada series, instead, it contains episodes 2, 3, 9, and 21. It seems like these four episodes are just chosen by random. At least, I couldn't find out the correlations between them.The selection is also very weird. In the TV series, episodes 1 - 3 was a mini-series. However, the disk only contains episodes 2 and 3. So the story starts without a real beginning. In fact, if you have never seen Armada before, you will be wondering what's going on. Well, the story line should be easy enough to figure out, but you'll still lose a lot of the story line.I bought the DVD only for the sake of having a completed Transformers DVD collection. I really hope Rhino releases some sort of boxed set which is a REAL collection. As of now, buy it ONLY if you are a HUGE fan and want to keep your collection completed. After all, you should be able to get it between $8 - $9, it may not a big deal to waste the money just to keep the collection completed. Otherwise, forget about this one."
Oh yeah...it IS that bad!
Hans Gauthier | Québec, Québec Canada | 11/06/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I really don't know what to say, other than this Armada garbage really sucks. I started to follow the Transformers mythos in 1984, and have enjoyed every series I've come apon. Be it the original Transformers, Scramble City, Head Masters, Master Force, Victory, Zone, Beast Wars and Beast Machines. Well, that's not the case with this Armada crap. I don't know where to begin a list of everything that's wrong with this abomination. Mixing cell animation with CGI animation and effects is a bad start and garantees that "cheap aesthetic" that we keep seeing more and more of these days. The characters are annoying at best (those that have some sort of hint of a personality anyway)and the writing is embarassingly bad. As some other reviewer has stated, the human characters in this crap fest are particulally revolting. There's actually this fat kid in the group who goes on about being hungry all the time. The only lines he ever says during an episode are "I'm SOOO hungry" or "Who wants waffles" or something else to that effect. Yes people, the writing is THAT BAD. Bland writing and bland voice acting, combined with repetitive CGI polluted animation and bad techno music would be the only words that come to mind if I were to describe this pathetic incarnation of my beloved Transformers. I'm giving this Rhino release 1 star, because at least the disc itself played correctly on my DVD player.Yuck!"