It is understandable that to many, Transformers is a difficult franchise to re-enter. What originally started as a 1980’s cartoon to sell overpriced toys has grown on to become a multi-million dollar franchise. One that now has over a dozen tv-series and countless movies; the latest of which, for some reason, stars Mark Wahlberg.
Netflix has just recently released ‘Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy’. This animated series focuses on the war between the Autobots and Decepticons on their home planet of Cybertron.
To many then, this latest instalment in the Transformers universe; may not immediately appeal. After all, those wishing to get back into the battle between Autobots and Decepticons may feel as though they have to wade through the multitude of shows, many of which cater specifically to a younger audience. However, it is apparent even in the first episode, that this show is different from previous ones.
The first part of the trilogy, dubbed ‘Siege’, contains six episodes, all of which are available on Netflix from 30th July after the initial release date was pushed back due to COVID-19. The series is by Hasbro’s production studio Allspark, alongside Netflix and produced by the American production company Rooster Teeth.
The plotline of the show itself is much grittier than previous instalments. This series focuses on the toll that the war has taken between the two sides, with Megatron having established a dictatorial leadership, as the Autobots have become rebels, forced to hide on the outskirts of Cybertron. The idea that only one of the two factions can survive bring the morality of war and genocide into the show.
That isn’t to say that the show has completely turned away from what made it such a successful franchise. The show has a balanced cast with older characters like Wheeljack and Red Alert as well as the classic characters such as Shockwave and Bumblebee featuring. This allows the show to cater to both an older demographic for nostalgia purposes, as well as those in tune with the Transformers canonical universe. You’ll find the characters mostly resemble the classic 1984 Transformers cartoon. To many adults, this was their first foray into the world of transforming robots and brings a hit of nostalgia to the darker plotline.
The familiarities are there nevertheless though, Starscream is the same annoying bootlicker, Bumblebee is as tiny as ever and Optimus Prime still has a voice that was smelted in a vat of honey and Tuscan leather. Most importantly though, the classic noises of them transforming remain, akin to if someone dub-stepped a pepper grinder.
The next instalment, chapter 2, titled ‘Earthrise’ has not yet had an official release date, yet fans can expect to see it on Netflix within the next year.
Watch the trailer for ‘Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy’ below,