Let’s just sum it up quickly: Ben 10 Week was awesome. All of the bonus specials, all of the episodes, the CG animated Destroy All Aliens, the sneak peek of Omniverse, etc. etc. Really, the only bad thing about the entire promotion was that… it ended! If only Cartoon Network could just let it live on forever! Or, ok, if we’re getting creative with our wishes here, how about just start beaming new episodes directly into our eye lids!! …No? Too Much? OK, fine. Still, with the two new pieces in place from this week, we have a new appreciation for the Ben 10 franchise through the years that we didn’t have prior to Ben 10 Week. Let’s take a look!
Ben through the years! Left to right, From Ben 10 in 2006, Ben 10: Race Against Time in 2007, Ben 10: Alien Force in 2008, Ben 10: Alien Swarm in 2009, Ben 10: Ultimate Alien in 2010, and Ben 10: Omniverse coming later in 2012.
In 2006, there was Ben 10, the show that started it all. Through the Man of Action series, we got a first hand look at Grandpa Max, Gwen, the Omnitrix, and all new alien forms and shapes. Most importantly, we got to see Ben Tennyson in his original, 10-year-old kid form. Shortly after, we got the first live action look at the cast and crew in 2007′s Race Against time. The expanding following lead to the animated Ben’s first big evolution, to his 16 year old self in Alien Force.
That’s essentially the age he remained over the next few years, through Alien Swarm, Ultimate Alien, and in Omniverse – at least with his older, “present day” self. But as we’ve seen with the crazy popularity in Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens, which brought Ben to the world of CG animation, there’s also so many stories left to tell about the Ben we originally grew so fond of; the 10 year old, brash and adventurous version, who partnered with Grandpa Max and Gwen all those years ago.
Really, that’s the main reason we’re so excited about Omniverse – that cool dual aspect of seeing the present day adventures along side the original ones from the past. On its own, Omniverse helps tie together all of the shows through out the entire span of the franchise. Not bad for a single toon, huh?
So, what’s your favorite Ben from all these options? Who was the bravest? The funniest? Who had the best alien forms? The best theme songs? The best villain sets?