One Shall Stand originally aired as a seven part story arc over the first two seasons of Transformers Prime. Unicron has awakened, and with that, extreme measures must be taken. Both the Autobots and the Decepticons band together to save Earth. It sounds like a great plan, but Optimus Prime surrendered the Matrix, and loses the power and wisdom that makes him, well, Optimus. Without it, he returns to his pre-Prime state, a historical archivist known as Orion Pax. He is vulnerable in this state, and Megatron manipulates him into joining the Decepticons. Will a teenage boy named Jack save the day - and Optimus?
The DVD also contains a little bit of special features: a look back of the making of One Shall Stand, with various interviews of folks who worked on the movie, as well as a short featurette on the animatrics of the movie.
Transformers geeks will be happy, as it's still Peter Cullen who does the voice of Optimus. Frank Welker also returns as the voice of Megatron. There are also other assorted special voice guests, including Ernie Hudson, John Noble, and Jeffrey Combs. Fellow Firefly browncoats will also be thrilled to know that both Adam Baldwin and Gina Torres make voice appearances as well.
While I will never prefer CGI animation to old school, it's always nice to see new stories to share with this generation. One Shall Stand was a pretty big story arc, and while it's decently edited together, be aware that since this really wasn't a special, but rather episodes - if you already own season 1 and you're planning to purchase season 2 of Transformers Prime, you'll end up with doubles. The bonus material is nice, but not enough to make it or break except for the most die hard fans who have to own EVERYTHING. It depends on whether or not you want to wait to own season 2 to see this story.
I also find it frustrating that more and more of these new shows are being continued to be released on DVD only, instead of setting them up for Blu-Ray. Considering this is a recent show that has been created since Blu-Ray has taken off, it's starting to get old when it's available on bland DVD only.
Keep in mind this is geared towards boys ages 6 and up, and does contain cartoon violence.
Transformers Prime: One Shall Stand will be available on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012. Not rated (see above), this widescreen format show has a total running time of 154 minutes long. The suggested retail price is $14.97, but Amazon has it available on pre-order for $11.99 as of this posting.
I received a copy of this DVD in order to view it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own.