Transformers Prime

TV review by Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Action, violence don't overshadow worthy messages for kids.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 37 reviews

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age 10+

Absolutely incredible

I write this review as I am in the twilight period of my teen years, and very soon turning 20 (??!!!). This series came out when I was 11 and was an extremely instrumental series that influenced my transition into my teenage years (TFP finished when I was 14). I have very recently rewatched this, and I honestly cannot praise it more. This is a series that incorporates love, war, life, death, sacrifice, and family in it. In this version of TF, Optimus is portrayed as a mature leader who is well footed in his responsibilities and his role as a leader - so don't expect a major character development arc for Optimus, that is reflected in Transformers Animated (where Ratchet acts more like a mentor but in TFP he is more like a confidant/ someone who is on his level of experience). Optimus is wise and mature and calm. The idea of 'be strong enough to be gentle' in his leadership style is really highlighted in TFP Optimus (referencing Lennie Cullen xD). The fact there's not much character development for him means that when his character does go through some changes it is quite prominent - but it also gives room for all the rest of what developed in TFP to not only develop, but develop organically. I think the starkest part of TFP is that the Autobots are ALWAYS outnumbered, ALWAYS have to scramble for energon, ALWAYS disadvantaged. The added maturity of the show really puts this concept into center stage. The fact that Optimus leads his team in a manner that means they never give up, even though they are a tiny flickering light in a field of fark, team prime only focus on the fact their light is lighting up and not that they are in an impossible situation. This show therefore indirectly teaches resilience in a hard situation. The graphics of the show really allow the mature undertones to come to life i.e. the nemesis, viechons, mining tools. The fact the series starts with Cliffjumpers death (fun fact: THE ROCK voiced Cliffjumper in that first episode) really set the scene for tragedy, 'deepness' and maturity, as well as the soundtrack which I honestly LOVE. This maturity that is fronted/ reinforced by TFP Optimus' demeanor meant that when tragedies strike, they are usually quite serious and intense which meant the resolution was very stark which allowed that feeling of the Autobots care for their own come through - and in extension family. The character profiles for the Decepticons are also a lot more developed in this series than in others. Megatron is badass, cunning, and very, in his own way, an effective resilient leader. There is a very noticeable contrast between Megatrons authoritarian leadership and Optimus' more liberal approach. It was only when I was a bit older I was able to appreciate where Megatron was coming from as another good thing about this show is that it retains G1 ties: Megatron was a gladiator and a lower-ranking cybertronian who felt very hard done by from the system that governed Cybertron at the time. His mindset was either to be the oppressor or be the oppressed which is why he adopts such an authoritarian, ruthless leadership style. When he fights with arachnids insecticon you really get to see the grit and rigor his character has, and where it developed from his roots in his gladiatorial days. This idea is reinforced when at the end of the TFP movie he states he doesn't want to be a warlord anymore because he learned "the true meaning of oppression" and "lost his taste for inflicting it" when being oppressed himself. So yeah, overall some really important themes and ideas on leadership and resilience. It still has those moments that are funny that a younger audience can enjoy. you don't need to understand the depth to appreciate the show which is why I put the age rating I did. It is certainly a show that holds a very special place in my heart. I had a hard childhood and looking back I think watching this show helped me through it. Optimus was a great role model for me and the morale of the fight that the Autobots fought helped me keep fighting for the things that even today I fight for. I always have a hope that Hasbro continues TFP and brings it back because it is honestly one of the best shows out there! I definitely recommend it!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 10+

Themed movie is yet too-?- good

TV-PG

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