Transformers War for Cybertron Trilogy : Earthrise is getting ready to hit Netflix in just a couple days, officially dropping on December 30th worldwide. The show continues on from the first chapter – SIEGE. The final days of the War for Cybertron were shown last time, and now we follow the Autobots, Decepticons and others they meet along the way as they travel through the galaxy, all looking for something to finish the battle once and for all. It’s a direct continuation and the middle chapter on our way to KINGDOM next year.
TFW2005 was able to check out the entire series a bit early thanks to the Netflix and Hasbro PR teams. Read on to check out our thoughts, there may be some minor spoilers but we will keep all the major stuff out so you can enjoy the series yourselves!
Transformers War for Cybertron Trilgoy: Earthrise Overall Thoughts
OK, Round 2 go! I enjoyed Siege, it was the first animated series I’ve dug in a long time. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than the Prime Wars Trilogy eps. I said it before, the still frames are fantastic. Overarching story is great. Only dips are in execution. Movement is clunky. Speech is SLOW. Battles are a little less refined. That is most likely due to budget and timing. But the key elements are there for this series. I am going along for the ride knowing all this, and just trying to enjoy the throwbacks and remixing of the lore.
All in all, if you watched Siege, you know what you are getting into. Same core characters. Same animation styles, same visuals, sounds. This story is what John Warden mentioned at Toy Fair while explaining Earthrise as a toy line – it’s the journey to Earth. Earthrise and them being on Earth, getting Earth modes, are the end of the journey. Things like the Galactic Odyssey Collection at Amazon and some of the character choices like Quintessons show this is not G1 Ep 1, waking up in 1984. New journey here. I won’t spoil the series by saying exactly where or when things happen, but the trailer does a pretty good job at showing what we are going to get.
I won’t get too much into Voice Acting like I did last time, it’s the same crew and being executed in the same way. I think it’s more about the execution rather than the talent. Slowness, long pauses. It’s the tv show equivalent of using 22 point font and double spacing your homework. On my second pass, I watched it on 1.5x speed and it was closer to normal that way. I’m not sure there is any point in changing this style for Chapter 3 now, but going forward beyond WFC this should be addressed.
As for the whole season in general, I dug it, but I’m leaning more towards Siege right now. There was some cool stuff, and LOTS of throwbacks, Easter eggs and one liners that perk you up. With Siege we were introduced to a new world with new rules, remixes of our characters’ backstory, which was exciting. This continues that, bridging us to the third chapter which I believe has a lot more potential. That being said, the last two eps are really good and pack a lot in. And the very end of the last ep, pure win. So strap in.
Bottom line, good stuff, fun ride, and I am looking forward to Chapter 3’s Kingdom. Get your Netflix account in order and prepare for the drop on December 30th!
I’ve included my running notes for each episode below. These are just things that popped out to me as I watched it the second time around. I’ve deleted a lot, and made other things vague on purpose.
There are still some spoilery things below so if you don’t want to go there, STOP NOW!
10 seconds in, lots more repaints for down the road 🙂
Cybertron looks like toast, Autobot crew is active (Elita, Jetfire, Red Alert, Chromia)
Slow talking Megs is talking slow again
Some savageness going on with Megs, he’s losing it.
Project Nemesis – Shockwave in charge of it, evil scientist style
Elita is running the Autobot show
Watching this on 1.5x speed is way better. So weird.
Autobot Tapes! Wait a minute…
Chromia has grown on me, bad ass.
Like the way they are making Megs a bit more complex, not just automatically purely evil. Growing into it lol.
Todaro as Starscream still boss.
Damn, Shockwave is an evil mofo.
Coneheads on Tetrajet bodies, now I need those too.
Doubledealer, head of crew with Bugbite and Exhaust, Coneheads – All mercenary crew.
Name drop on that planet, nice.
Quintesson well done.
New back story, remix of G1 toon lore.
Multiple personality angle also well done.
Autobots caught, going down, wait no, that was quick, what now?
Hello Mr. Duocon.
The ugly one, hehe.
Digging that Quint building/ship design, nice call back.
Dig the new backstory for it, adds another level of evil to the Decepticons
A mug at …, hehe
Nebulon station, nice nice. Lotsa lore drops here. I wonder who could be waiting there…
Scorponok! Not classic toon size…
Oh Mirage, you tricky….
Scorpy is angry, got a simple Grimlock style speech pattern.
There’s some new Scorponok backstory getting dropped here, listen to his rants.
Good to see Ravage getting some play.
Starscream being schemey as usual.
Good little back and forth with Prime and Megs. Some nice nuggets there.
“Too old, can’t translate it!!” Soundwave: Hold my beer.
All in all good battle action, and lots of nostalgia throw backs in this ep. Some a little forced.
Alpha Trion! Sky Lynx!
Ok, this is different.
I am down with this Megs Galvatron angle. Well done. As a cartoon first guy.
Basically lots of great stuff in this ep, don’t want to spoil, so watch every second!
Can’t really speak on almost anything from this ep without spoilers.
I dug it. it’s a modern remix of existing lore.
The last 10 seconds nailed it. Best thing of the trilogy yet. I did not know I wanted that until I saw it, and now I can’t wait for what’s next. Bring it!