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Ben 10: Omniverse

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Ben 10: Omniverse
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When lives are on the line, it's hero time! BEN 10!
Genre: Science-fiction
Action
Adventure
Comedy
Drama
Superhero
Running Time: 22 minutes
44 minutes (for specials)
Country: United States
Release Date: August 1, 2012 - November 14, 2014
Network(s): Cartoon Network
Created by: Man of Action
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Starring: Yuri Lowenthal
Bumper Robinson
Tara Strong
Ashley Johnson
Greg Cipes
Paul Eiding
Dee Bradley Baker
Eric Bauza
Corey Burton
John DiMaggio
David Kaye
Rob Paulsen
Kevin Michael Richardson
Charlie Adler
Seasons: 8
Episodes: 80
Previous show: Ben 10: Ultimate Alien (2010-2012)
Next show: Ben 10 (2017-2021)


Ben 10: Omniverse is the fourth iteration of the Ben 10 franchise, and is the sequel to Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.

Summary

This entry in Cartoon Network's popular Ben 10 franchise features the superhero exploring the quirky side of the alien underworld in a secret alien city. Although Ben's ready to work alone, Grandpa Max teams him with a new, by-the-book partner. Along the way, Ben discovers enemies from his past looking for a rematch as well as a new batch of aliens to battle.

Good Qualities

  1. The show has an interesting plot that takes place after both the original series and Ultimate Alien.
  2. Captures some of the qualities from the original show.
  3. Very likable and enjoyable characters. Especially Ben and Rook.,
  4. Despite them not appearing much, Kevin and Gwen do make some apperances, and they are still likable characters.
    1. Kevin even got 2 new mutations in one episode.
  5. New Omnitrix with new aliens. It even allows Ben to turn into aliens he had previously but never turned into, like Arctiguana and Buzzshock.
  6. Despite it mostly being lighthearted, there are a few dark moments, such as the scene where Malware kills Feedback, and the scene where all Bens are erased from time, except for No Watch Ben.
  7. All of the characters from the previous shows appear in this show like Gwen, Max and Kevin.
  8. Brought back Vilgax in Season 3, and he is still a great villain.
  9. The voice acting is really good, especially Yuri Lowenthal as 16-year-old Ben and Tara Strong as 11-year-old Ben.
    • Speaking of Tara Strong, she even reprised her role as 10-year-old Ben in the 2016 reboot.
  10. All of the aliens have very creative designs and features.
  11. Lovely-looking art style and smooth, very fluid and colorful animation (depending on your view) that was done by Derrick J. Wyatt, who also did Teen Titans, Transformers Animated and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
  12. The 11-year-old version of Ben appears in the series, and he is also part of the plot.
  13. Tons of awesome two-part episodes, including The Frogs of War, And Then There Were None/And Then There Were Ben, Weapon XI and It's a Mad Mad Ben World.
  14. It had a crossover with the The Secret Saturdays, which was surprising since the show was cancelled a few years before the episode's debut and hardly anyone even remembers it.
  15. In one episode "Store 23" had a cameo of the alien versions of Cow and Chicken. They even managed to get Charlie Adler to reprise his role!
  16. Perhaps the best example of Ben 10's captivating world-building and top-notch sound design.
  17. The first video game based on the series was pretty awesome.
  18. Awesome and catchy theme song.

Bad Qualities

  1. Ben 10,000 is now portrayed as a man who combines two aliens into one. The fusions shown throughout the series look like they were lifted straight from DeviantArt.
  2. The art-style (despite it being Lovely-looking, smooth, very fluid and colorful) is a huge step back from its three predecessors. Even for a series that greatly pays homage to the original series, at least the latter had a much better art style than what Omniverse had.
  3. There were a few bad episodes like Special Delivery.
    • The crossover with the Secret Saturdays, while a decent episode, is greatly inferior to Generator Rex/Ben 10: Heroes United.
  4. Ben and Julie are revealed to have broken up because of a video game. Not as in "one of them chose to play a video game over being with the other", but instead Julie misinterpreting Ben's complaints about a video game as him dumping her.
    • This was because the writing staff never liked Julie to begin with, but Dwayne McDuffie did. After McDuffie died suddenly in 2011, the staff went out of their way to get rid of Julie and eventually brought back Kai Green from the original series, who ended up becoming Ben's official love interest and was revealed to be Ken Tennyson's mother.
      • Speaking of Julie, her character was completely derailed due to the above reasons, going from a sweet, loving and supportive girl to a complete idiot who ends up cheating on Ben.
      • As for Kai, just like in the original series, she's an incredibly unlikable character here. In fact, she's even more unlikable now as a teenager than she was as a kid.
  5. In the final three seasons, Cartoon Network simply stopped caring about Omniverse and started burning off new episodes at 6:00 AM in the morning.
  6. The sequel of the video game based on the show of the same name is pretty crap.
  7. Sadly, the end of Omniverse also marked the end of the original continuity.
  8. It got a mediocre reboot.
    • However, the reboot managed to improve itself when it finally became good in Season 5.
  9. Tons of unnecessary retcons, especially with Kevin's origin.
  10. Some of the used aliens from the previous series, such as Jetray, Fasttrack, Spitter and Chamalien, were never used in this series.
    • Some characters from the previous series, like Tetrax, Verdona, the Galactic Enforcers and the Andromeda 5 sadly never reappeared.
  11. it can be categorized "Not bad, but not good" kinda way due to some flows but it depends on your view.
  12. Once again, there are some animation errors in most episodes, and it still goes off-model occasionally.

Trivia

  • Derrick J. Wyatt later admitted that he hated working on the show.

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