The Michael Bay-directed Transformers movies of the last decade were no doubt eye-catching, but they were too far removed from the classic Generation 1 designs that many older fans grew to love (sans Travis Knight’s Bumblebee). The upcoming Transformers: War For Cybertron Trilogy animated series on Netflix serves to bring that G1 love back to the fray.
The trailer for the Chapter 1 in the trilogy, “Siege“, has been released recently, and it looks glorious. Taking place in the planet of Cybertron, the Autobots and Decepticons are locked in conflict over the Allspark and for the future of their home.
Led by Optimus Prime (Jake Foushee) and Megatron (Jason Marnocha) respectively, the robots in disguise all bear simplified designs that hearken back to the G1 days, but with a modern 3D CGI spin on it. Their movements look weighty and impactful, which when combined with the sound effects, makes for some really exciting watching.
Here’s the synopsis of Transformers: War For Cybertron Trilogy: Siege:
Transformers: War For Cybertron Trilogy: Siege begins in the final hours of the devastating civil war between the Autobots and Decepticons. The war that has torn apart their home planet of Cybertron is at a tipping point. Two leaders, Optimus Prime and Megatron, both want to save their world and unify their people, but only on their own terms. In an attempt to end the conflict, Megatron is forced to consider using the Allspark, the source of all life and power on Cybertron, to “reformat” the Autobots, thus “unifying” Cybertron. Outnumbered, outgunned, and under SIEGE, the battle-weary Autobots orchestrate a desperate series of counterstrikes on a mission that, if everything somehow goes right, will end with an unthinkable choice: kill their planet in order to save it.
Siege will comprise of six 22-minute episodes. The second chapter already has a title, “Earthrise” (via Collider), and suggests that the next phase in the trilogy will take place on Earth, and could also detail how the Autobots first made contact with humans. The third chapter has yet to be named.
Joining Foushee and Marnocha are Joe Zieja (Bumblebee), Frank Todaro (Starscream), Linsay Rousseau (Elita-1), Edward Bosco (Ultra Magnus, Soundwave), Kaiser Johnson (Ironhide), Rafael Goldstein (Ratchet), Keith Silverstein (Jetfire), Todd Haberkorn (Shockwave, Red Alert), Bill Rogers (Wheeljack), Sophia Isabella (Arcee), Brook Chalmers (Impactor), Shawn Hawkins (Mirage), Miles Luna (Teletraan I, Cliffjumper), and Mark Whitten (Sideswipe, Skywarp).
No release date for Transformers: War For Cybertron: Siege has been confirmed, though it is still slated to do so sometime in 2020. In the meantime, maybe get a set of the Hasbro Transformers toys based on the show that released in recent years?
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