Transformers: War for Cybertron – Kingdom Review

The surprise hit (for me anyway) reaches its final third and while I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the previous series, probably due to me having no nostalgia for Beast Wars, it still delivers a fun end to the more mature take on the source material… Then teases a sequel! Let’s take a look…

Official Synopsis:

The frantic race to locate the Allspark first culminates on a strange planet as the future comes crashing through to the present day.

*spoilers appear from here on out!*

The Good:

There are people out there who will get just as excited to see this screenshot as I would the one in the last review that featured Unicron, but I’m just not one of them…

Following on from the end of Earthrise the two ships containing the Autobots and the Decepticons crash land on prehistoric Earth but unlike the original 80s series they don’t end up buried only to re-emerge in the present day, instead they just get straight on the job of hunting down the Allspark that Optimus Prime ripped from his own planet and now wants to take back. The plot takes an odd twist as the Autobots meet up with a time travelling group of Autobots called “Maximals” who hail from the far future of a Cybertron that collapsed due to the Allspark never having been returned. Likewise Megatron and the Decepticons meet up with, erm, Megatron and his Predacons, the Maximals’ rivals from the same ruined future with this Megatron merely using the name of a legend of folklore. While it doesn’t take long for either sides to unite the future Megatron brought with him a disc from his time period that Megatron created to inform his past self of everything that happens so he can change the future. This gives the Decepticons the jump on where to find the Allspark but as per usual all isn’t right within the villainous side.

Starscream does his usual plotting behind Megatron’s back, this time alongside Predacon Blackarachnia, who similarly distrusts her own Megatron. They plan to reach the Allspark first and eventually team up with Dinobot (even more on the nose than a lot of these Beast Wars names!) who was a Predacon with a sense of honour that no longer respects the ways of his Megatron, or the original for that matter. Optimus Prime, Optimus Primal (the Maximal equivalent…), Starscream, Blackaracnia, Dinobot, Megatron and more are mentally manipulated by the Allspark’s power, though they manage to regroup enough to have a few skirmishes, including Dinobot betraying the Megatrons and taking the Matrix of Leadership that the original Megatron had stolen and giving back to Optimus before he dies. The two Primes and Megatron make it to where the Allspark is, with Optimus seeing a vision of the now deceased Elita-1 (thanks to his actions!) telling him to concede defeat to Megatron, which he does. In reality though the Allspark rejects the Decepticon leader and allows Prime to take the Allspark back.

Dinobot accuses Blackarachnia of being a bit naughty… which given the name it’s much of surprise, really…

In a second skirmish Megatron loses his disc not to his enemies but to Starscream, who runs off an uses Blackarachnia’s technology to have a look. There he not only gets the full story of Megatron turning into Galvatron but also to Unicron arriving and a corrupted version Optimus called Nemesis Prime. As Megatron tries to stop the Autobots from taking off Starscream arrives and tells his old enemy that he is Galvatron and destined to be subservient to Unicron but it falls of deaf ears. Starscream actually tackles his old leader off his own ship and therefore helps save the day as the Autobots’ massive spaceship transforms into an equally giant robot and destroys the Decepticon’s transport. Everyone heads back home but Starscream panics, saying this is exactly what “he” wants, but that also falls of deaf ears (maybe someone should’ve asked the guy who saw the whole future, well, what he saw…) They return to Cybertron but encounter both Galvatron and Nemesis Prime, which leads to the Decepticons and Autobots (plus Maximals and Predacons) to join forces and take them down while Bumblebee fulfils his destiny and places the Allspark back into its core to begin to restore the planet. Galvatron and Nemesis Prime and sent back into the future as the Autobots and Decepticons call a truce and walk off to different sides of the planet. We then see Unicron bad-mouth Galvatron and Nemesis and mentions he’ll have to come up with a new plan…

Overall it was fun, but as I said I didn’t enjoy it as much as Earthrise…

The Bad:

The Ark transformed gives the Decepticon ship a good punching.

For the big pay-off I have to say it didn’t really work for me. Now again that might just because I never watched Beast Wars and my Transformers knowledge is literally just the 80s TV series / Movie and therefore a lot of the new characters felt “in the way” of the main plot. The final showdown was good but Nemesis Prime sort of came out of nowhere and Galvatron also just came and went. Still, if they do end up doing a fourth series based around Unicron I’ll watch just because I love Unicron…

Plus I have to say that while they’re not actual animals so it was probably intentional the Maximals and Predacons in beast form often looked quite bad, especially transformations of beasts that should have hair. Again, they’re robots so they shouldn’t have hair when they transform, but it just made it look like it was some basic flat rendering. Oh and once again pretty much everyone transforms off-screen, but there you go. Should be used to that by now…

Overall Thoughts:

Galvatron and Nemesis Prime are shocked that Unicron doesn’t tolerate failure… Despite that being one of his main features!

War For Cybertron: Kingdom is weaker than Earthrise, especially focusing a lot of what is the final third of a story on new characters I have no attachment to, and the finale seemed a little rushed. Overall I did enjoy it again and would gladly watch a fourth series, though I guess it would need a new subtitle…

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