Transformers: War for Cybertron season 1 (Siege) is a destructive and fun first chapter. That’s how it always should be.
This review of Netflix series Transformers: War for Cybertron season 1 – Siege – contains no spoilers. The anime action series was released on Netflix on July 30, 2020.
I confess to not being a fan of Transformers, mostly because of Bay’s fingers in the pie, but I was tentatively excited for this anime series. Transformers: War for Cybertron is sliced into three chapters, and Seige (season 1), is the first of the installments, consisting of six episodes that mark the ferocious war in Cybertron. The Netflix anime series does not waste the audience’s time with a unique backstory to the whole ordeal. Instead, it gets straight to business — I think that’s the only way of doing it with this material.
Transformers: War for Cybertron season 1 is Optimus Prime and Lord Megatron at each other’s throats, both refusing to stand down. Megatron tries offering a treaty while Prime believes accepting such a thing would mean the extinction of the race altogether. Politics are rife in the Netflix series, giving the fans plenty of canon to enjoy; references are thrown into every corner but they are not difficult to understand.
As it’s Transformers material, expect lots of robots bashing their heads together as hard as possible. The only difference is, the story feels like it has a base and it’s not just to appease excited young boys wanting to see robot fights — the linear story makes sense and the stakes feel high in a world that is torn apart by the war itself. It’s a grim outlook for the story as plenty of statements regarding hope and honor are thrown into the mix. This is a Transformers story where the robots are as lost as ever, but the objectives remain the same.
The first chapter is worth everyone’s time; the anime is well presented and the voice acting is satisfactory. I genuinely feel that even if you are not a supporter of the material, this anime series will be a unique one-off to appease the mind. Netflix’sTransformers: War for Cybertron season 1, Siege, is a destructive and fun first chapter. That’s how it always should be.
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