*excerpt from “Megatron’s Master Plan, Part 2″
*excerpts from “Nightmare Planet”
*excerpt from interview with Carly’s creator, writer Earl Kress
*excerpt from “Madman’s Paradise”
The Immobilizer; Desertion of the Dinobots, Parts 1 and 2; Blaster Blues; Hoist Goes Hollywood; Cosmic Rust; Five Faces of Darkness, Part 1; Madman’s Paradise; Nightmare Planet
*the opening scene at Autobot HQ
*Spike and Bumblebee getting pulled over by the cop and then attacked by Ravage
*the following scene back at Autobot HQ
*the scene at Decepticon HQ
Desertion of the Dinobots, Part 1:
*opening demonstration scene
*Autobot HQ scene with Dinobots
*scene of Autobots repairing damage at airport
*scene of Decepticons refueling at power substation
*beginning of Autobot HQ scene where Perceptor diagnoses the problem
*scene of Dinobots getting to and using the space bridge
*scene of Dinobots arriving on Cybertron
*end of final scene where Shockwave fires (for continuity with Part 2)
*To Be Continued notice
Desertion of the Dinobots, Part 2:
*beginning of opening scene (title)
*layered Shockwave’s audio from end of Part 1 over shot of him here
*beginning of opening scene (title)
*first Haley Observatory scene (merged first and second Autobot HQ scenes together)
*second Haley Observatory scene
*scene of the Decepticons going into space
*third Haley Observatory scene
*Optimus communicating with Huffer and Tracks at beginning of next Autobot HQ scene
*scene of Cosmos and Blaster going to the moon and being captured
*beginning of airport scene with communications failing
*most of train accident / forest fire scene except for Megatron’s communication
*first snowstorm scene
*scene back at Autobot HQ
*most of second snowstorm scene (until Megatron’s communication)
*third snowstorm scene
Hoist Goes Hollywood:
*beginning of opening scene (title)
*Dirge’s mayday scene
*scene of director discovering Dirge, Autobots talking, and Decepticon attack
*Decepticon HQ scene
*scene of Decepticons in stage 4 building
*scene of Autobots filming movie in stage 7 building
*entire episode except National Scientific Achievement scene
Five Faces of Darkness, Part 1:
*beginning of Movie recap
*rest of narration after indicating year and that the Autobots have won
*rest of Act 2 after Rodimus laments being the chosen one
*all of Act 3
*beginning of opening scene (title) but layered audio over still image
*scene of Daniel wandering off and Grimlock following
*all Menonia scenes until Carly arrives
*scene of pupil and Daniel arriving at the Golden One’s cave
*final Cybertron scene between Daniel, Grimlock, Spike, and Rodimus
*entire episode except most of first scene in Daniel’s bedroom (until Carly leaves)
I have wanted to view this one for a long time. I like the older G1 animated Transformers cartoon. Editor Mark Moore gives us a sort of mini movie revolving around episodes based on the Character of Carly.
Overall my problem with this is that too much is then removed from most of the episodes used to make it have any sort of flow, but I will get into that a bit more with details below:
For roughly the first half this sort of went together ok with what the editor had to work with. I personally would have preferred this edit opening using the actual Transformers credits and then a created and super imposed “Carly’s Story” title screen. I also would have used on screen title cards to bridge some of the scenes in terms of time (ex like a card saying “two weeks later”). I also believe adding in more back story from the episodes used would have helped flesh it out a bit more, (for example in one spot all of the Autobots and Decepticons appear to be suffering from some sort of energy crisis and they are slowly “dying”. Yet we are given no reason why this all of a sudden is occurring). It is spots like this where it would have been necessary to add more from the episode it came from, however with that said this first half worked well enough that most would have no problems with it and find it pretty enjoyable (like I did).
After roughly 46.00 mins it gets bad in terms of really making any sense. The next episode is Blaster Blues and this is so all over the place that it technically makes no sense at all. Overall you get the idea of what is going on (Megatron takes over the airwaves) but in one shot Blaster is with Spike and Carly at a rock concert. The Autobots get an alert through Blaster and roll out. The next time we see Blaster he somehow was kidnapped by the Decepticons and is being held on a base constructed on the moon (what and when did that happen??). If anything this episode should have been removed as part of the main feature and just kept as excerpts in the extras section (disc two of this set).
Up next we use the episode Hoist goes Hollywood and this is the saving grace for the second half of this edit. It worked well. However right after this episode ends we see one scene of Perceptor giving a special award and that is it, makes no sense and then goes into the next episode which worked even less.
The last episode opens after Transformers the movie and we now see that Spike is a full adult, married to Carly and with their son Daniel. This takes place at some sort of Space Olympics event when a situation occurs and Spike with several of the Autobots are kidnapped. Problem is it ends with this and goes nowhere. Next thing you know the edit brings us to another planet and everyone is back again
I do understand working with what little materials you have on hand and I can really be very forgiving but when it gets to a point of mainly just showing clips without any sort of true flow (even if it is a very thin one) then it just does not work for me.
In summing it up, the first half of this is quite alright and it almost does seem like a super extended mini episode; the second half of this is not so good but has its moments yet really feels like just shorter edits of the shows episodes with no real concern for trying to connect any of them (more so like a Carly clip show). I am aware the intention was to show as much from Carly's view (so to speak) as possible, but the cost it took do so is what ruined it for me since it does not work that well
I think if Mark just kept this edit using the episodes of The Immobilizer; Desertion of the Dinobots, Parts 1 and 2 and Hoist Goes Hollywood, then this would have worked and it would feel more like the intended movie it was supposed to be. He then could have used the rest of the episodes as just clips and put them on the extras disc
Worth a look, but you need to know what you are getting into. If you are expecting a true flowing mini movie then do not watch this.
This edit has a 2nd disc full of nice extras and more info about the Carly character. It also features a full commentary track by the editor and I really need to watch that.
Carly’s Story does exactly what it sets out to do, telling Carly’s Story. Not an altogether exciting story but it is interesting to see the show from her point of view.
The plot tends to wander and change abruptly at points, but this is due to the episodic nature of the original show.
Overall, the edit is nicely done, with as good of transitions as could be hand given the material, good audio and video quality, and some nice bonus features. A solid effort from Mark Moore.