Is Transformers Cybertron a modern take on G1?

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  1. CarRobot

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    I kind of feel like the American version reminds me a little bit of G1. It has funny accents, cheesy 1 liners, a large cast of bots, and stuff like Optimus flying in his truck mode. Is anyone else getting that sort of G1 ridiculousness from the show or is it just me?
     
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    I'd say RID2001 was closest to a modern take on G1 because it mentioned G1 character Augie Cahnay in its dub.
     
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    Neither. They had nothing to do with G1 character or storywise. They were their own completely existant universes. You are getting that feeling because not a small amount of toons, back then had these goofy stuff.
     
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    No
    And there should never be a modern take on G1 since it's not the 80's.
     
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    Only in how basically everything since Armada onwards has been a modern take on G1? Energon and Cyberton were overt at times with G1 references (Energon being the series that aired during the 20th anniversary of the brand, so that was probably the reason), but honestly? I don't think Cybertron was intended to be a reinvention of G1 so much as "okay these elements (which happen to originate in G1) are basically iconic to the brand and have been shown to be popular in the past, let's put a new spin on the concept and reuse them. We've got toys to sell people."
     
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    Your logic is faulty

    A modern take on any concept dictates that it not be from the same era as the original
     
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    I must have missed the G1 episode with Prime flying in his truck mode.
     
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    Cybertron is my favorite series & I never got a G1 vibe from it.
     
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    I couldn't really get into those Japanese-style series, but I did get a strong G1 vibe from Animated.
     
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    The accents in G1 weren't as bad as in Cybertron.

    G1 actually had one of the best robot voice casts of the franchise.

    Despite modern technology, no series has come close to reproducing the magnificence that was Soundwave's voice. Or for that matter Starscream. I'd also love to hear Cullen voice Ironhide again.

    G1 didn't have obnoxious, annoying kids in every episode either, a trend started in the Japanese Transformers cartoons.

    Personally I thought Cybertron Megatron's design was the worst Megatron design ever.
     
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    Cybertron isn't much like G1 at all in my opinion.

    G1 was very episodic due to the limitations of technology at the time and the way that scripts were submitted. (No internet, writers lived in various places and didn't know each other / collaborate with each other. Potential writers were sent the show bible and they built up scripts from that.) Each episode had a solid beginning, middle, and end, and events in the past were rarely referenced in future episodes.

    Cyberverse is not episodic and a lot of episodes just kind of ramble until the credits roll, then have the same plot point picked up in the next episode. There's also a lot of repetition with plots. Like how many episodes do we have of "racing on Speed Planet"? So many.

    IMO the series most similar to G1 in spirit is RID 2001, although RID 2001 is extremely bland compared to G1, lacking the off-the-wall creativity that G1 had for better or for worse. RID 2001 was also much sillier. I mean, I know G1 had its goofy moments, but Fortress Maximus getting powered up by the cheers of (kidnapped?) children was pure RID.
     
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    I guess I probably shouldn't have posted this thread because now I feel like a fool for thinking that Cybertron/Galaxy Force was a "new" G1, I just thought that stuff like the accents, Primes flying truck mode, and cheesy one liners reminded me a little bit of G1. I do think that Cybertron Hot Shot and Soundwave had cool looking designs. I'm guessing that this is where they got the idea to turn him into a spy plane in Prime (correct me if I'm wrong)?
    What about Daniel in season 3?
    I kind of got that vibe to but isn't that how Japan sees Transformers shows in general? Look at the Japanese dubs for Beast Wars and Prime for example on how goofy they made them.
    This needs to happen in the upcoming Cyberverse show. I still wish he voiced him in the movies.
     
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    There is nothing wrong with sharing your feelings on a subject like this. You shouldn't feel foolish at all.
     
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    Totally agree. Don't feel bad, OP. We're all TF fans here, we all have our own perspectives and ideas. :) 
     
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    I can see what you mean OP. Stuff like Landmine's cyclone tires or Jetfire's Australian accent were pretty goofy, but I got more of a Power Rangers vibe. Each episode of G1 was a few Autobots dealing with some new, usually Decepticon, threat each week, whereas Cybertron was a bit more focused on the transformation sequences, cyber key powers, and other attacks. The development of the plot felt more focused on characters powering up increasing the tension: Megatron becomes Galvatron, Overhaul becomes Leobreaker, Crumplezone becomes Dark Crumplezone, and Starscream takes Viagra.

    When I saw Optimus combine with Wing Sabre, I didn't think it was like Powermaster Prime, I thought "Ultrazord power! Go!". But the diversity of characters and their voices was reminiscent of G1, I agree with you there.
     
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    To a purist G1 and Cybertron are absolutely nothing alike.

    But the Unicron Trilogy was for all intents and purposes a modern re-imagining of the classic characters and storylines, only drawing a bit more from the comics and the Japanese shows then the classic US 'toon. Shockblast(/wave) was ambitious rather than loyal. Scorpinok was modeled after Zarak from the Japanese Headmasters rather than the American Season 4, Energon Wing Saber = Star Saber, Rodimus abandoned the war, etc... Aesthetically I think Energon looks much more like G1 then the other shows, featuring many designs clearly drawing from the classic iterations (Optimus Prime, Starscream, Scorpinok, Inferno, Rodimus, Arcee, etc...). I suppose more specifically you could say the Unicron Trilogy as a whole is more related to Japanese G1 akin to classic RiD and Japanese Beast Wars.
     
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    also the show has a Brave series shout out that anyone who is not aware of the franchise will not get it, in the form of Leobreaker/Ligerjack who is a tribute to Goldymarg who combines with GaoGaiGar to become his right arm & Hot Shot/Excellion's transformation layout being similar to Volfogg's.
     
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