The War for Cybertron Trilogy Begins!

After a bit of a delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Netflix’s Transformers War for Cybertron Trilogy has begun! Shout out to production companies Rooster Teeth Studios, Polygon Pictures, and Allspark Animation and distributors Allspark, Entertainment One, and Netflix for making this happen.

Last night I signed up for my free month of Netflix, and just now I sat down to check out the show. I must admit I hadn’t realized each episode is nearly 25 minutes in length. Consequently, this is going to take me some time to watch. I’ll try to do the whole binge watching thing over the weekend, but the show is going to have to be amazing for me to get all six episodes in.

What is amazing, though, and the reason for this post, is the opening. I’m writing this having only watched the first five minutes. That is, up until the opening credits of the first episode. Now, I really don’t care for the animation style, and I knew I wasn’t going to care for it going in, but that’s not the point. My biggest concern for this series was the storytelling, and what we got is an opening with Bumblebee and Wheeljack on the hunt for energon, just like they were way back in 1984 in the original The Transformers cartoon series from Marvel and Sunbow. This nod to the original animated series — while being different enough to constitute this as an original tale — is all I needed to see and hear to put me at ease. The story is in good hands. Writers George Krstic, Gavin Hignight, and Brandon M. Easton show respect to the foundational, animated lore while still finding room to venture out and make their version unique. Of course, I’m eager to comment on these variations, but not here and not now because spoilers.

Do check out Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy on Netflix.

A Plague of Rust During the COVID-19 Pandemic

I’ve put some time into rediscovering Transformers during this pandemic. Previously, I had purchased the Vintage G1 Optimus Prime and Soundwave from Walmart. Prior to this whole “safer at home” situation, I’d been eyeing the War for Cybertron figures in stores. Last week, I finally broke and bought some of them. So far, I’ve managed to transform from robot to vehicle and back Red Alert and Hound. In my social distancing endeavor this Easter weekend, I even started watching Transformers: Cyberverse on YouTube. I can’t stand Bumblebee. I love Windblade. And, hey, it’s Hot Rod and Blurr on Velocitron in the S1:E8 racing fest “Terminal Velocity,” an episode which originally aired on October 20, 2018. So, I’m a little late to the party. But this is so cool! I love Hot Rod and Blurr back from the days of The Transformers: The Movie. I can’t wait to see all of their adventures!

Hot Rod and Blurr together.
These two.

So, yeah, let’s just enjoy this kids show and remember simpler times. I mean, it’s good to get my mind off this whole coronavirus pandemic thing for a while, yeah? Well, in this particular episode, there’s this plague, you see. It’s a plague of rust. And it’s spreading from planet to planet. And I’m thinking: that’s appropriate, but everything will be fine. Oh, no. The plague spreads to Velocitron, and Blurr gets infected, and now he’s dead. Fucking Blurr is dead. So yeah. I’m disturbed. I mean, kill Optimus Prime when I’m eight and I’m fine. It’s just a cartoon. But this?

Blur has caught the rust plague.
I can’t.
Blur succumbs to the rust plague.
I just fucking cant.