Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy

The first chapter of Netflix’s Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy anime ends in a climactic battle between the Autobots and Decepticons.

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Transformers: War for Cybertron – Siege, now streaming on Netflix.

Netflix and Rooster Teeth are putting a new spin on the Transformers origin story in Transformers: War for Cybertron. The planned trilogy begins with Siege, which drops viewers onto the planet Cybertron during the war between the Autobots and Decepticons. Megatron and his Decepticons have total control of the Transformers’ planet, with the Autobots on the defensive as they try to find a way to secure a victory to save their homeworld.

The longshot the Autobots are hoping for comes in the form of the Allspark, an ancient artifact of power that was believed to be missing. Optimus Prime, leader of the Autobots, had devised a plan to retrieve the Allspark and take it off Cybertron. For the plan to work, the Autobots need to gather enough Energon to power up the Ark while also repairing a Spacebridge. Thus, three missions are put into motion, with Optimus Prime leading a team through the Sea of Rust to find the Allspark, newly-recruited Bumblebee — with the knowledge of the Alpha Trion Protocols uploaded to his brain after Megatron executed Ultra Magnus — stealing Energon from Soundblaster, and Ratchet getting the Spacebridge operational.

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Of course, Megatron becomes aware of Optimus’ goal of retrieving the Allspark and orders Shockwave to release a virus that targets Autobot code, greatly neutralizing their efforts. The virus also impacts Bumblebee by erasing the Alpha Trion Protocols from his mind. Nevertheless, the formerly reluctant Bumblebee still decides to side with the Autobots against the Decepticons. Two other surprises come from Decepticons that have switched sides, as Jetfire guides Optimus and a team of Autobots through the Sea of Rust and Impactor proves his loyalty to Ratchet by sacrificing himself to save the repair-bot’s life.

The Autobots are successful in all three endeavors as Optimus arrives at the Spacebridge with the Allspark. Wheeljack and Elita-1 get Teletraan-1 to fire up the Ark as they prepare to rendezvous with the team at the Spacebridge. Optimus and Megatron have one final confrontation there, with Megatron temporarily taking control of the Allspark. Suddenly, Omega Supreme emerges from underneath the ground to intervene on behalf of the Autobots. The Guardians had previously vowed not to interfere in a two-sided conflict over the fate of Cybertron, but Omega Supreme tells Megatron he is acting on his own. Optimus takes this opportunity to launch the Allspark into the Spacebridge to keep it away from Megatron.

Before the Ark can take off, Elita reveals to Optimus that she is choosing to stay behind and fight for Cybertron. War for Cybertron – Siege alludes to a romantic relationship between Optimus and Elita, which makes their separation all the more heartbreaking. The dramatic battle between the Autobots and Decepticons comes to an end when the Ark soars through a portal opened by the Spacebridge. The Ark disappears in a flash of light, leaving behind only a cloud of dust that slowly drops from the sky as the battlefield goes eerily silent. Believing their comrades are dead, Elita, Chromia and Sideswipe take a moment to mourn their comrades before being joined by Jetfire, who officially joins the Autobots.

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The screen then goes black as if the end credits are about to roll. However, one final scene plays to tease what’s to come in the next installment, subtitled Earthrise. A slow beeping sounds, then Teletraan-1 lights up with a warning message that an unknown vessel is approaching. This obviously means the Autobots survived their travels through the Spacebridge. As for their current whereabouts, they could either be lost in space or found another world to hide out on. The most likely scenario is the Ark crash-landed on Earth, the setting for the original Generation 1 animated series. The approaching vessel may also be Megatron leading a team of Decepticons into space in search of the Allspark.

With War for Cybertron – Siege concluded, the next stage of the Transformers’ Autobot/Decepticon battle now moves to the planet Earth.

Developed by Rooster Teeth Studios, Transformers: War for Cybertron – Siege features the voice talents of Jake Foushee as Optimus Prime, Jason Marnocha as Megatron, Linsay Rousseau as Elita-1, Joe Zieja as Bumblebee, Frank Todaro as Starscream, Rafael Goldstein as Ratchet, Keith Silverstein as Jetfire, Todd Haberkorn as Shockwave & Red Alert , Edward Bosco as Ultra Magnus & Soundwave, Bill Rogers as Wheeljack, Sophia Isabella as Arcee, Brook Chalmers as Impactor, Shawn Hawkins as Mirage, Kaiser Johnson as Ironhide, Miles Luna as Teletraan I & Cliffjumper and Mark Whitten as Sideswipe & Skywarp. The series is now streaming on Netflix.

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