On Friday I posted a short preview of Transformers: Prime footage that USA Today had managed to get their hands on, and chided it for having terribly bland and boring backgrounds. Some of you were quick to defend the show, saying that that particular footage hadn’t been fully rendered — as if I’m to blame for Hasbro giving an unfinished product to the world’s biggest newspaper to show off. In the end, though, it doesn’t really matter, because IGN has a newer, longer trailer for Prime, and the backgrounds still look like crap:
Seriously, guys. I don’t think it’s getting any better. Flat, textureless roads and horizons with two trees in them is probably as good as its going to get. And while the Autobots and Decepticons still look alright, the kids look like they were modeled in 10 minutes, possibly while hungover. Now, maybe the action will be fine, or the story will carry the day, and that’s be great. But right now, with the exception of the robots themselves, Transformers: Prime looks really, really cheap.Thanks to Rex T. for the tip, though.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.