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Titan Maximum, Season 1

Titan Maximum, Season 1

By Patrick Samuel • July 16th, 2011
Static Mass Rating: 4/5
TITAN MAXIMUM, SEASON 1 (DVD)
Revolver Entertainment

Release date: August 30th, 2010
Certificate (UK): 15
Running time: 109 minutes

Created by: Tom Root, Matthew Senreich

Voice cast: Breckin Meyer, Rachael Leigh Cook, Eden Espinosa, Dan Milano, Seth Green, Adrianne Palicki, Tahmoh Penikett

Official Site

Like Transformers, Titan Maximum pits robots and humans, well, against more robots and humans but with all the biting humour we’ve come to know and love from Robot Chicken and their wacky brand of stop-motion animation.

The show is set way in the future when our solar system is protected by Titan Force Five, a team of pilots whose spaceships combine to form the giant robot Titan Maximum. After years of peace Commander Palmer, Lt. Jodi Yanarella and Lt. Junior Grade Sasha Caylo have no other choice but to reform the team as the solar system now faces its greatest threat.

Titan Maximum, Season 1

With two members short, they enlist the commander’s younger brother Space Seaman Willie Palmer and Leon the silent monkey.

These aren’t your average heroes though. Instead of shining examples of integrity and wholesomeness what we have is a crew that’s completely incompetent, foul mouthed and to describe Sasha as promiscuous is to say the Pope is a little bit Catholic. Suffice to say, each episode plays out like a cautionary tale of how not to save the solar system.

Their foe comes in the form of Lt. Gibson “Gibbs” Giberstein who used to be part of Titan Force Five and once dated Jodi. He’s now resurfaced with an eye patch and seems to have gone insane from years resenting the team and being jealous of the attention Palmer always got.

EPISODES:

  • Pilot
  • Busted
  • Tip of the Iceberg
  • Went to the Party, Got Crabs
  • To Eris, Human!
  • Dirty Lansbury
  • Megamum Overdrive
  • Mercury Falling
  • One Billion Dead Grandparents

His plan now is to conquer the solar system, crush anyone who opposes him, and name himself “Super King Big Nuts”.

This shouldn’t be too difficult as there are no opposing forces intelligent enough to pull off a counter-attack or offer any kind of defence, but still, the Titan Force Five give it a good go. The episodes are quite short but they pack a lot of action and gags and it’s not hard to spot the obvious influence of Japan’s Super Sentai, from which we got the Power Rangers.

Titan Maximum, Season 1

As Titan Force Five race to stop Gibb’s from roasting everything on Mercury, the retirement home planet, a sex tape of him and Jodi is leaked to the press, much to the delight of Sasha who’s fed up of being labelled the super slut in the team. Whether or not they manage to save the planet full of grandparents by intent or accident is not really the point, what really matters is that they try. Oh well.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Anatomy of a Sequence (5:21)
  • Behind The Scenes (15:22)
  • Crew Mugshots (1:29)
  • Deleted Animatics (19:00)
  • Table Read (2:21)
  • Trailers

There are quite a few extras on the disc as well, including some deleted sequences and photos of the crew, but the behind the scenes featurette is interesting. We hear the cast and crew talk about the work that goes into producing each episode and some of the challenges in working with scale models and toy figures. No official word yet on Season 2, so let’s keep our fingers crossed – or in Sasha’s case, legs – and hope for the best.

Titan Maximum, Season 1

Patrick Samuel

Patrick Samuel

The founder of Static Mass Emporium and one of its Editors in Chief is an emerging artist with a philosophy degree, working primarily with pastels and graphite pencils, but he also enjoys experimenting with water colours, acrylics, glass and oil paints.

Being on the autistic spectrum with Asperger’s Syndrome, he is stimulated by bold, contrasting colours, intricate details, multiple textures, and varying shades of light and dark. Patrick's work extends to sound and video, and when not drawing or painting, he can be found working on projects he shares online with his followers.

Patrick returned to drawing and painting after a prolonged break in December 2016 as part of his daily art therapy, and is now making the transition to being a full-time artist. As a spokesperson for autism awareness, he also gives talks and presentations on the benefits of creative therapy.

Static Mass is where he lives his passion for film and writing about it. A fan of film classics, documentaries and science fiction, Patrick prefers films with an impeccable way of storytelling that reflect on the human condition.

Patrick Samuel ¦ Asperger Artist

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