Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand combines the epic season finale of season one and the first three episodes of season two together into an unedited movie-style presentation. It’s exciting, fun and full of adventure as both the Autobots and Decepticons must band together against a common foe, the dark harbinger Unicron. Threatening to destroy the planet Earth, and possibly the universe, they must stand as one to defeat this seemingly indefeatable foe.
Transformers Prime is easily one of the best Transformers television series since the introduction of Transformers in the '80s. A well thought out and engaging show, the writers have definitely taken the time to make it appeal to new comers and old fans alike.
When I first came to see Transformers Prime, I had a huge concern with it being a CGI show. I tend to be unforgiving when you step into the realm of CGI as the detail in the models of the characters, the set pieces and locations can detract from the enjoyment of a show. If there isn’t enough detail to appease my visual appetite, I tend to become bored with the imagery and loose interest. With Transformers Prime, they have added a fair amount of detail in almost every aspect of the show.
The Transformers themselves have great detail that surpasses my expectations. Many of the battles between the Transformers leave visible marks, scuffs and damage that you normally wouldn’t see. One of my favorite characters in terms of detail is Megatron. His body has small scratches and obvious wear from the many battles he’s been engaged in over time. The least detailed characters in the show are probably the humans, and for me that is acceptable. We’re not going for completely realistic look here and I’ll be honest, it’s really all about the Transformers.
One may ask at this point, “What’s so good about this DVD? I already own season one!” Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand does what an earlier release, Transformers Prime: Darkness Rising did. It takes seven episodes and seamlessly edits them together into a single presentation to make it more like a movie. It is also the only place you can get the first three episodes of season two on home media. Some may feel this is a waste of money, to purchase something they already have with the season one DVD and will have when they buy season two. For me it’s a huge plus as I loved the presentation in a movie format rather than episodic. For that one reason alone, if you’re like me, you’ll love this DVD. It brings that much more emotion to the epic story arc that happens from season one to season two.