Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand

Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand

On DVD: 
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Running Time: 
154 minutes
Bonus Features

•A Look Back At One Shall Stand with Jeff Kline, Duane Capizzi and Steven Melching, •Animatics

Every great leader has a great enemy and for Optimus Prime, the leader of the Autobots, his enemy is the evil lord of the Decepticons, Megatron. Both have been in many battles against each other that’s lasted through the endless reaches of space and on two different planets. Now after all their fights Megatron has finally acquired the upper hand by getting the raw power of Dark Energon that has powered him up enough where he could beat Optimus Prime. Fate however has different plans for Optimus Prime with the return of one of the most dealiest and evil of all, Unicron. It will take an alliance between two mortal enemies to stop Unicron as he threatens Earth and every human on it with certain death.

I’ve been a fan of the Transformers since they first appeared in the 80s. I still watch the original series, I still have my original (albeit in rough shape and missing every removable part) toy of Optimus Prime as well as other versions of this character. Over the years I’ve watched all the series that have been made of the Transformers and I got to say that this newest version is second to the original cartoon. When I saw this DVD movie was coming out at first I got extremely excited because at first I thought it was going to be a brand new movie of the animation that airs on television but was let down when I learned that it would be 7 episodes from the end of season 1 and beginning of season 2 of the show put together to form a 154 minute long movie.

At first I was disappointed in learning that One Shall Stand was only going to be the same 7 episodes that I had already seen when they first aired. Those feeling quickly went away as I got about 15 minutes into the movie. With no commercials to deal with this movie ended up looking just like a movie instead of 7 episodes put together. I don’t know what was done but as I watched this movie there where a lot of times that I really couldn’t spot where the commercial breaks where in the episode. Even with knowing that I had watched these when they aired and knowing that there were commercials during the show, there’s a flow to it where there’s no pauses or those hard breaks going between segments. If I had never seen this show before and didn’t know that it comprised of 7 episodes I would never have guess it wasn’t a movie.

There’s so much to like about this movie, the most important aspect for this show and movie is the voice talents of Peter Cullen and Frank Welker. Both of these men were the original voices of Optimus Prime and Megatron from the first Transformers series. These are the men that brought the characters to life, one pure and good while the other twisted and evil, it was given in the voices. Now in this new series these actors are back again to give these two great characters the depth that only they can give them. Other aspects that make this such a great movie/show, are the supporting characters, robots and humans, the non ending action sequences, the stellar looks of the shows effects and CGI, and stories that build off the last one. One Shall Stand has some great twists and turns, one in fact that I never knew about until watching this, I won’t say what exactly but a hint is it deals with Optimus Prime’s past on Cybertron. Even with this being 154 minutes long it didn’t feel like it and when it did end I was wanting to watch more. One Shall Stand has a great plot, it’s well written, the editing is superb, and the best thing about it, the epic battle between Prime and Megatron. This is a good treat for Transformers fans and if this is the first time with Transformers it will make you a fan. And as a closing note, one that just adds to the goodness of this, Unicron!

Lee Roberts
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