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.