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Spike Spiegel
07-06-2017, 07:44 PM
All I've seen is the first Bay film and the first five G1 episodes, and that was over 10 years ago. I am currently reading the old Marvel comic from the 1980s. I have not seen the animated film from 1986, either.

The CGI series "Prime" looks decent, but do I need to watch the rest of G1 for the fullest impact? Or is there a better series?

TigerClaw
07-06-2017, 07:50 PM
All I've seen is the first Bay film and the first five G1 episodes, and that was over 10 years ago. I am currently reading the old Marvel comic from the 1980s. I have not seen the animated film from 1986, either.

The CGI series "Prime" looks decent, but do I need to watch the rest of G1 for the fullest impact? Or is there a better series?
There's the G1 series that you can watch all of, be sure to include Transformers: The Movie, cause the later seasons takes place after that movie came out.

Cure
07-06-2017, 07:51 PM
Prime is a good show and you don't need any prior knowledge to watch it.

TigerClaw
07-06-2017, 07:53 PM
Beast Wars is also pretty good too, it takes place from the G1 universe, there is also Beast Machines which came after it.

MsMarvelDuckie
07-06-2017, 07:56 PM
Yes I would definitely watch the first two seasons of G1 before you watch the animated movie.

CyberCubed
07-06-2017, 08:01 PM
The "cartoons" if you call them that, haven't aged particularly well. Tried to rewatch some of them myself and got incredibly bored after 10-15 eps.

Autbot_Benz
07-06-2017, 08:07 PM
Watch beast wars its fantastic a 3 season show that has a beginning middle and end and actual character development 2 things G1 lacked

LeotheLateBloomer
07-06-2017, 08:13 PM
The "cartoons" if you call them that, haven't aged particularly well. Tried to rewatch some of them myself and got incredibly bored after 10-15 eps.

Honestly, its aged better than the Fred Wolf show. Even G.I. Joe has aged better.

ToTheNines
07-06-2017, 08:30 PM
Beast Wars. That is all.

CyberCubed
07-06-2017, 08:31 PM
Honestly, its aged better than the Fred Wolf show. Even G.I. Joe has aged better.

I don't know about G.I. Joe as I've never watched it, but Transformers felt too slow or difficult to get into. I guess you could argue it had more "plot" obviously, but overall it was meh.

LeotheLateBloomer
07-06-2017, 08:41 PM
Yeah, I can agree to that. But if I had to choose between it or Bayformers, I'd take the former.

G.I. Joe, I believe is pretty much the same in terms of animation, so it probably won't grab you but you might like it for what it is. It airs on the Discovery Family Channel, depending if you have that channel.

Shark_Blade
07-06-2017, 09:38 PM
Transformers 1 & 3. The rest just got worse.

sdp
07-06-2017, 09:56 PM
I grew up in that weird generation that didn't get any "traditional" Transformers cartoons besides Beast Wars which is a slightly different take. Too young for the original series but too old for the revival in the early 00s.

I mean I remember catching an episode or two of G2 but it felt so old that I never got into it since I was already into more "dynamic" stuff like BTAS and Power Rangers.


But I was actually wondering the same thing as Spike today as I was driving and saw a posters of the new Transformers. I had no attachment to the franchise so I actually enjoyed the first movie, didn't watch any of the sequels and that was like ten years ago or more. I watched the "movie" pilot of Transformers Animated but it didn't do much for me.

I think I should just watch Beast Wars since I liked it as a kid and it's highly regarded. And I'm thinking of just watching the hollywood movies, I don't think I have enough in me to get into the other traditional shows.

Powder
07-06-2017, 10:47 PM
Beast Wars. That is all.

This, honestly. It's the only time Transformers was able to make a fan of me.

DestronMirage22
07-06-2017, 10:52 PM
All the seasons of G1 plus the movie are great. Plenty of fun stories, cool characters, and hilarious animation errors.

I also highly recommend the various japanese shows (The Headmasters, Victory, Masterforce, etc.). They're fantastic! Loads of awesome characters and different types of Transformers are introduced, which lead to some great stories. Might not be for everyone (being subbed and all) but I really like them and definitely recommend them.

Spike Spiegel
07-06-2017, 11:28 PM
This clip is what got me interested in Prime:

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For those who have seen both, how does it compare to Beast Wars? I never really watched it as a kid, as I preferred that Bruce Timm style/2D aesthetic, but friends I've had over the years swear up and down that it's one of the best action cartoons of the '90s.

Cure
07-06-2017, 11:36 PM
Beast Wars has better storytelling and characters, Prime has better animation and more fluid action. Just watch them both, they're both worth it.

Wildcat
07-07-2017, 12:56 AM
I got started on Beast Wars. It's a great show. I don't know if it's the best way to get into it though. I still wanna go back and watch G1.

I've seen the live action movies (except the Last Knight) which I've enjoyed but I feel like I'd be able to appreciate them more and BW if I saw the original series.

Candy Kappa
07-07-2017, 02:42 AM
I really dug Transformers Animated, Prime is good, if you don't mind the unflattering cgi Beast Wars is great. Transformers the Movie is worth a watch, the only good TF movie out there.

If you're into comics, IDW is doing great stuff with TF.

Wesley
07-07-2017, 09:15 AM
Armada was the first Transformers cartoon I watched and only Transformers cartoon I really liked. It had the best version of Starscream, imo. Didn't know much about Transformers before that aside from reading a book about them.

Allio
07-07-2017, 10:38 AM
IDW Transformers is pretty great.

ABrown
07-07-2017, 12:45 PM
HUGE Transformers fan here. The original cartoon is certainly one way to go. I don't know that it's necessarily the best though. Beast Wars/Machines is one my favorite cartoons ever created, but I wouldn't recommend watching it before the original cartoon. You'll get a lot more enjoyment out of the Beast era is you've seen the original cartoon first. There's a lot of Transformers fans that loved the Animated series, I never really got into it though. I did love the Prime series. My recommendation would be to watch the three part premiere of the original series, the three part premiere of Animated, and the five part premiere of Prime, and decide which one looks the most interesting to you.

ZariusTwo
07-08-2017, 04:55 AM
Cartoons I recommend

-Generation One
-Headmasters [specicifcally the dub: ''Fortress Maximus has come himself'':lol:]
-Masterforce
-Beast Wars
-Transformers Animated

Comics

-IDW
-Anything by Simon Furman really