TL;DR – Unfortunately the issues of the first Chapter are back
Transformers: War For Cybertron Trilogy Review –
When the first Chapter came out for the War for Cybertron, I liked some character aspects, but unfortunately, I came away from it feeling a bit hollow. I wanted to see if they could fix some of these issues in Chapter Two, but I am not sure they did.
So to set the scene, at the end of Chapter 1 – Siege, Optimus Prime (Jake Foushee) took many Autobots as they can away from Cybertron on the Ark. However, Megatron (Jason Marnocha) and the Decepticons think the Ark exploded taking the Allspark along with it. Megatron is in a state of despair, as he has no enemy to fight, and the planet is slowly dying. On Cybertron, the few remaining Autobots led by Elita-1 (Linsay Rousseau) try to free those locked up in detention camps. But on the Ark, things are not going well, even before some unexpected visitors pay a visit. Now we will be looking at the series as a whole, and as such there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
This season is the awkward middle act of the show from a story perspective. All that it is doing is moving all the characters into position for the final assault on Earth. The main aim was to get Optimus and Megatron into that orbit, and you can feel that narrative pulling at all the characters like it was a black hole. This would not necessarily be bad if the characters and dialogue held up, but they don’t.
One of the significant issues with the show is the dialogue. It always feels stilted “Get …Away…From…The… Console” and out of place. At best it is grandiose and often just out of place. At one point, one of the characters yelled out “YOLO” as if it was 2010. This is all frustrating because it diluted the big character moments. I am sure this was all recorded under lockdown, so you have to factor that into the equation, but still, it was a frustrating aspect.
Of the characters, everyone was okay, but no one really had any character development outside of Bumblebee (Joe Zieja). For example, Optimus spent the whole run tossing up if he should kill Megatron or not, and this went back and forth and back and forth. I feel part of the issue is that there were only six episodes, and you had so many characters that there simply was not room in the story for them all. When you have limited time, you have to make the best of it, and going broad is not the right road.
In the end, do we recommend Transformers: War For Cybertron Trilogy – Earthrise? Unfortunately, I don’t think I can. Across the six episodes, the only thing that had me raise an eyebrow was the final moments of the last episode where I enjoyed the homage to Beast Wars: Transformers with a velociraptor appearing on the surface. Oh, that was a nice reference to Dinobot, before the show went, oh wait no, that is Dinobot. But when you only have one of those moments, it is not a good sign.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Transformers: War For Cybertron Trilogy
Directed by – Takashi Kamei
Written by – FJ Desanto, George Krstic, Gavin Hignight, Tim Sheridan,
Created by – James Barbatano & Drew Hopper
Based on – Transformers by Hasbro
Production/Distribution Companies – Hasbro, Rooster Teeth Studios, Polygon Pictures & Netflix
Starring – Jake Foushee, Jason Marnocha, Linsay Rousseau, Michael Schwalbe, Joe Zieja, Frank Todaro, Keith Silverstein, Georgia Reed, Adin Rudd, Michael Schwalbe, Danny Hansen, Edward Bosco, Jay Sanford, Alex Taber, Sophia Isabella, Adin Rudd, Philip Bache, Georgia Reed, Michael Jones, Kaiser Johnson, Mark Whitten, Aaron Veach, Bill Rogers, Shawn Hawkins, Jolene Andersen, Joseph Houghton, Michal Dunn & Sean Wright