Fans of the original Transformers animations haven’t had much to please in recent years, but that has changed with the advent of the first season of Transformers: War For Cybertron. Thankfully, Netflix and Hasbro decided to continue their collaboration, which led to nearly another good season.
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During its nearly 40 years of existence, the “Transformers” brand has produced dozens of different quality products, but one cannot be denied: ambition. The main mission of the subsequent films and series dedicated to the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons has always been to announce a new batch of games, but the creators working on titles like the original “Transformers” cartoon from the 1980s or “Beast Wars” have tried to create an engaging world full of interesting heroes.
And they often succeed, although many of the younger viewers of the series “Transformers” are now linked to a mindless brawl a la Michael Bay. But what are reboots, if the unwanted elements aren’t cleared and the threads fans have loved in the past brought out? Netflix’s new season of “Transformers: War for Cybertron” uses a handful of the aforementioned earlier accomplishments, while building the emotional base created in previous episodes and building on Optimus Prime’s relationship with Megatron.
Transformers: War for Cybertron – Trilogy heroes set off into outer space in search of salvation for their dying world.
The first season of CGI animation ended with a major battle for control of the space bridge, which ended in defeat for both sides. Megatron didn’t get his hands on Aliskra, but his expulsion from Cybertron by the Autobot leader had unexpected consequences. Cybetron systematically loses energy, which means slow death for all transformers, regardless of their ideology. So, as Optimus Prime and its people drift off somewhere in outer space, the Decepticons embark on a new campaign to save at least some robots, of course at the expense of dozens of other lives.
The new episodes, collected under the title “Eastern Land”, begin at a time when both sides of the conflict are in despair, and the stakes only increase since then. Transformers: The War for Cybertron is the most dangerous story between two ideologies, whose clash leads their leaders to abandon old morals and the consequent world-destruction. So don’t expect dozens of jokes or upbeat moments of fun. Season 1 is bleaker than the previous season, and more action-packed.
In the first part of the trilogy, the series’ authors focused mainly on identifying the differences between the Autobots and the Decepticons, introducing a cast of characters (Hasbro still has to sell his games) and the ongoing confrontation between Optimus Prime with his old friend. The middle chapter of this story is necessarily less detailed and focuses on two main themes. Part 1 shows the life in Cybertron’s death, as Alita-1 and her small team fight to save as many robots as possible. The second focuses on the Autobots’ search for the All-Spark and the Decepticon Leader who is after them.
Optimus Prime and Megatron are Season 2’s strongest points. They both change as a result of past events, and their relationship appears in a wonderful way.
The leaders of the two factions meet relatively late, in contrast to the first batch. We can only watch them on screen halfway through the six episodes of the season, but they’re actually driving each other right from the start. In my review of the August episodes, I praise this version of Megatron, and the book made Rooster Teeth in the second series of it a more interesting opponent. Optimus Prime is also not a noble one-dimensional leader. He still feels remorse for his past actions and hopes to get his former comrade in arms out of the shackles of darkness. Even if it is impossible.
With a tighter storyline and a greater focus on action, the new season of Transformers: War For Cybertron can feel a little too short at times. And even in some ways it is poorer than its predecessor. There is some truth to it in phrases like this, but it inevitably has problems with every mid-part of the trilogy that these animations work well anyway. Viewers certainly won’t be able to complain about boredom, but from time to time they also get a moment to catch their breath and get to know the depth of the two or three main characters.
“Earth East” rewards long-term fans of the brand with many moments that point to the wider universe of “Transformers”.
For more outdoor viewers, the appearance of the Mercenary Faction, the Quintesson Race, the Sky Linx, or the last Scorpinok will not matter much (although they might encourage them to explore Cybertron’s history on their own), but they will certainly satisfy the most loyal viewers. Juggling many pieces comes from Transformers’ legacy until Rooster Teeth works well in the end. Just like showing an interesting storyline with interesting characters. Personally, I look forward to what they’ll show in the season that will end the trilogy.