Ben 10: Ultimate Alien
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien is the third iteration of the Ben 10 franchise and the sequel of Ben 10: Alien Force. It was created by the studio Man of Action and produced by Cartoon Network Studios.
The plot follows on from Ben 10: Alien Force; set one year after the events of the previous series. The Omnitrix has been destroyed, and Ben must learn to master the incredible and incomprehensible secrets of the new Ultimatrix, a gauntlet-like version of the old Omnitrix that not only gives him access to all of his original alien abilities, but also allows him to evolve his alien forms into far much stronger and more powerful versions; called "ultimate forms."
Ben's secret identity has been revealed to the world and he is now an international megastar superhero, loved by kids all over the world, but distrusted by many adults such as reporter Will Harangue. Armed with the Ultimatrix, Ben will face being hunted by rogue alien threats, human mercenaries, and assassins hired by opposing adults. Ben will be in places he has never been before, such as Piscciss (Ripjaws' home planet) and the Forge of Creation (Alien X's home dimension). The main enemy of the first season is named Aggregor who is after the Map of Infinity.
The second season features more self-contained stories rather than employing an overall storyline, although a real storyline is developing with the appearance of the mysterious, but dangerous Sir George and the extra-dimensional demon called "Diagon".
After the defeat of Vilgax who absorbed the enormous abilities and powers of Diagon to become even stronger and more powerful, Azmuth appears to ask Ben to give his sword, Ascalon, and the Ultimatrix back, giving Ben the new-and-improved and greatly modified version of the Omnitrix.
Why It Rocks
- It completely recaptures the quality and effort used from the original show.
- The first season's plot is truly amazing and easy to follow.
- Tons of new aliens in the Ultimatrix.
- Tons of likable characters, especially Ben, Gwen, and Kevin.
- Really good animation that further captures the quality from the original.
- Incredible voice acting, especially Yuri Lowenthal as Ben, Ashley Johnson as Gwen, and Greg Cipes as Kevin.
- Tons and tons of hilarious moments.
- The "Ultimate Alien" concept is very interesting.
- Brings back fan-favorite aliens from the original series like Heatblast, Wildmutt, Four Arms, and Ripjaws.
- The franchise is given another chance to excel in its captivating worldbuilding and bombastic sound design.
- Ben's newfound fame and disdain for it adds a lot of character development potential for him, especially in the first half of Season One.
- It had an excellent crossover with Generator Rex.
- In “The Forge of Creation,” Ben Tennyson’s younger self from the old show made a cameo appearance!
- This entry still uses the same bland art style seen in Alien Force.
- It can feel like a Zack Snyder movie as a cartoon sometimes due to its dark tone, especially in its second season with the Dagon Arc. In fact, some viewers may not appreciate the tone being even darker than Alien Force, and there are genuinely disturbing scenes especially in the second half of Season One.
- Like Alien Force, some people consider it inferior to the original series.
- Season Two had a lot of filler episodes.
- Most of the aliens that appeared in the intro (Grey matter, Ditto, Stinkfly etc) were never used!.