‘Transformers: War for Cybertron Arc 3: Kingdom’ Review

Rooster Teeth Studios, Polygon Pictures, and Allspark Animation beings us the finale to their finale of ‘Transformers: War for Cybertron’ with their third arc “Kingdom.” This unites the Transformers from Generation One with the characters from Beast Wars.

After the Ark crashes on prehistoric Earth, Optimus Prime (Jake Foushee) orders Bumblebee (Joe Zieja), Wheeljack (Bill Rogers), Arcee (Sophia Isabelle), and the rest of the crew are preparing to look for the Allspark which is believed to be lost here. They are soon attacked by a group of Transformers calling themselves the Maximals. They are led by Optimus Primal (Justin Luther) and he informers Prime that they are from a future where Cybertron died as a result of the missing Allspark. Meanwhile, Megatron (Jason Marnocha) encounters his descendent T-Rex Megatron (Marqus Bobesich), Predacon leader and his minions Blackarachnia (Jeanne Carr), Dinobot (Krizz Kaliko), and Scorponok (Danny Hansen). T-Rex Megatron tells Megatron that a Golden Disk led them to Earth and they will help him find the Allspark before Prime. Star Scream (Frank Todaro) works to betray his leader with Blackarachnia. Meanwhile, Galvatron continues to warn Megatron that something more evil is coming.

Okay, where to begin? Arc 1 and Arc 2 were not that impressive, but when I heard that the Maximals and the Autobots would be working together to stop the Predacons and the Decepticons, I got excited. Optimus Prime and Optimus Primal working together to stop Megatron and his namesake. Rooster Teeth let me down when it comes to Transformers. They also kept billing the show as an “anime.” I do not know why Netflix keeps doing this other than to grift off real anime, but this show is not an anime.

For one thing, the story is okay and it could have been so much better. It turns from a quest to find the Allspark into preventing the coming of Unicron and then back to the Allspark, I did not know where it was going. It got confusing, muddled, and that was only on the main plot. A minor point, they featured all of the season one Maximals, but ignored several Predacons including Tarantulas, Waspinator, Terrorsaur, and Inferno. There was even a scene where they could have cameoed, but instead, they had “Scorponok clones.” Why make such an obvious mistake?

The voice cast for the Beast Wars cast is atrocious. With the exception of Blackarachnia and Dinobot, it was like they did not even try. I genuinely feel bad for the voice actors because they were trying, but they were just cast wrong. Especially Beast Wars Megatron. I do not know why they thought he was the right choice when David Kaye is still out there, but seriously, awful.

On Beast Wars Megatron, what happened to him? He goes from a strong-willed, intelligent, and somewhat sadistic leader into becoming a fanboy who just wants to worship Gen One Megatron. It was bad writing and only reflected the poor quality of the Transformers series which I am glad is concluded.

Check out the trailer below:

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Some violence, Thematic elements

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