Sonic Prime Review: Sonic Speeds Into an Awesome New Adventure

Sonic the Hedgehog is having quite the year. After starring in Paramount's Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and headlining Sega's Sonic Frontiers, the blue blur is getting a brand-new animated series from Netflix. The show takes Sonic on all-new adventure through the vast reaches of space, and features a collection of handpicked songs for each episode by Mark Mothersbaugh (best known for his work on HBO's Game of Thrones).

The first season of Sonic Prime may be the most ambitious animated series to ever feature the character. Setting a show in the world of the video games was a gamble, however the program's manufacturers handled to do it in a method that feels authentic. Regardless of these issues, Sonic Prime is yet another strong release in a year that's currently been very good for fans of the hedgehog.

In an intriguing deviation from previous Sonic cartoons, Sonic Prime is embedded in the continuity of the Sega video games. While I understood that fact going into the show, I was skeptical of how much it would really be shown in the series. However, this wound up being among my favorite things about Sonic Prime, and it will likely show true for a lot of Sonic fans. Sonic's moves and actions are really loyal to the games; we often see him going through rings to select them up, and even dropping them when he gets hit. The series likewise features flashbacks to events from previous Sonic games, and even shows them animated in a 16-bit design meant to stimulate the Sega Genesis. When Sonic reflects on his first conference with Tails, we see it play out in the very same way it performs in Sonic Origins, other than now we're seeing it in a faux-Genesis style. It's a great callback to the character's history, however Sonic Prime does not overdo it; these series take place extremely rarely, and in fact left me wanting more.

After starring in Paramount's Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and headlining Sega's Sonic Frontiers, the blue blur is getting a brand-new animated series from Netflix. The program takes Sonic on all-new adventure through the Shatter verse, where he fulfills wild new takes on his good friends and foes.

Sonic's adventures in the program's very first season mostly occur in New Yoke City. However, the hero discovers himself bouncing between other worlds, each of which has greatly various handles the main cast. These takes are in fact a big emphasis, and it's fun to see simply how different they can be. While the New Yoke City version of Knuckles feels near the timeless take, the pirate variation is more laid back than the echidna has ever been depicted; long time Sonic fans are sure to get a kick out of seeing how the authors capitalized on the concept. It likewise assists to keep the show easy going, even when things begin to get a bit dark.

That said, I can see some audiences having a hard time with the program's overall concept. While older Sonic fans will be pleased to see brand-new takes on traditional Sonic characters, some newer ones may wish for the familiar versions. When we'd see flashbacks with the adventurous, lovable variation of Tails, I discovered myself regretting the fact that many of the time we see the character, he's a bitter loner that calls himself Nine. He's not the only one that's had a significant transformation, as one version of Amy Rose sees her transformed into a harmful bad guy called Rusty Rose. I couldn't question however help how younger audiences coming off seeing Tails and Knuckles in Sonic the Hedgehog 2 will feel about these takes, and what impact it will have on their pleasure of the series. Luckily, the program does feature frequent flashbacks to occasions that happen right away prior to the premiere. Not just does that include a lot more context to the story, it also provides audiences an opportunity to see more familiar versions of these heroes.

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While Sonic has currently had 2 other voice actors this year (Ben Schwartz in the film and Roger Craig Smith in the games), Even Mack offers the character's voice in Sonic Prime. Marvel fans may be familiar with Mack's work, as he's voiced Thanos in a number of tasks over the last few years. He does an outstanding task bringing Sonic to life in the program, remaining real to what's come in the past and assisting to sell the idea that this is the exact same Sonic from the video games. The remainder of the voice cast is equally strong, and there's not a bad performance to point to.

In Sonic Prime's premiere, Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and Rouge discover themselves in combat with Dr. Eggman. When Sonic's impulsiveness results in the damage to the mystical Paradox Prism, the hero discovers himself transferred to a twisted take on Green Hill called New Yoke City.

Rating: 4 out of 5

After starring in Paramount's Sonic the Hedgehog 2, and headlining Sega's Sonic Frontiers, the blue blur is getting a brand-new animated series from Netflix. While older Sonic fans will be happy to see brand-new takes on timeless Sonic characters, some more recent ones may long for the familiar versions. When Sonic shows on his first conference with Tails, we see it play out in the same method it does in Sonic Origins, except now we're seeing it in a faux-Genesis style. While Sonic has actually already had 2 other voice actors this year (Ben Schwartz in the film and Roger Craig Smith in the video games), Even Mack supplies the character's voice in Sonic Prime. He does an excellent task bringing Sonic to life in the program, staying true to what's come previously and helping to offer the idea that this is the same Sonic from the video games.

Sonic Prime is set to premiere on Netflix on December 15th. All 8 episodes of the first season were offered by Netflix for this evaluation.

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