Noob Reviews: Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy (Chapter 02 - Earthrise)
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Transformers: War for Cybertron?
If you have not already done so, check out our first review for Transformers: War for Cybertron (Chapter 01 - Siege) here, which will give you the backstory to date, a few details on the type of anime the series is and an overview of my thoughts on the first instalment.
How many seasons are there so far?
Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy (Chapter 02 - Earthrise) is the second chapter in the series with a third already commissioned. However, bar the name for the third chapter (Kingdom) not many details are known just yet.
What is the second chapter about?
Earthrise continues on directly from the events of Siege and sees the Autobots who managed to escape on the Ark with Optimus Prime - searching for the AllSpark. The revered technology which allowed all Cybertronians to evolve as well as helping to sustain their life force. After it was thrown through a space bridge out of Megatron’s reach.
Unfortunately back on Cybertron, without the AllSpark the planet has started to fall into chaos and die. Megatron has had to begin rolling out extreme measures to ensure the few Decepticons that are left, survive. And the Autobots who chose to protect Optimus Prime’s withdrawal on the Ark, are running a guerrilla warfare style resistance against Megatron’s forces.
What neither side knows, though, is deep within the depths of space, far from their borders, there is a mysterious figure moving in the shadows. Someone plotting and scheming. Preparing to see one of the greatest evils the universe has ever known return to reclaim those they once freed from their shackles.
When was Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy (Chapter 02 - Earthrise) released?
Earthrise was released as a Netflix original in December 2020.
How many episodes are there?
Like the first chapter, there are six episodes in total, each with a run time of around twenty-four minutes.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- The official trailer linked from Netflix’s YouTube channel -
Alternatively, you can also find both of the first chapters for the Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy on Netflix here.
Who are some of the actors and actresses that we might know?
For a full cast listing, please see the official IMDB page here.
What did you think of Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy (Chapter 02 - Earthrise)?
Continuing on with the pacing, structure and story of Siege (aka chapter 01 in the series), Earthrise continues to carry on strong from start to finish with a refreshing energy that does not see it falter or waver.
With regards to the story, Earthrise takes place not only in brand new locations but sees us regularly back on Cybertron too where we follow the adventures of Elita and the remaining Autobots. Although a small force that is vastly outnumbered and outgunned, the Autobots must fight to disrupt Megatron’s scheme to secure a new form of Energon - which he hopes to keep Cybertron alive with until the AllSpark has been recovered and Optimus Prime has been slain. However, with new locations also comes new characters to be mixed into the fold. Two of my favourites were the brand new villains Deseeus and the giant Scorponok. A giant scorpion so powerful, they can single-handedly fight both Megatron and Optimus Prime at the same time. However, in addition to these mighty menaces, we are also introduced to a third Cybertronian faction comprised entirely of mercenaries.
In addition to the story and new characters, which are integrated really smoothly, with well-balanced character arcs - the voice actors and presentation continue to be on point with a beautiful art style. Convincing sound acting gives you a broad scope of emotions and convictions. And the choreography of the fight scenes continues to be well executed as both melee fights and gunfights play out in awe-inspiring ways.
If you have already seen and enjoyed Siege, then Earthrise is something I can highly recommend as also worth a watch. If you have not yet seen Siege, might I suggest checking that out first so that the second chapter’s story makes more sense. Although Earthrise does have a recap at the start of the first episode, I found watching all episodes through from the beginning really made me love (and loath) characters a lot more.
When it comes to the downsides or the negatives of Earthrise, it is tough for me to pick fault with anything apart from the fact that there are not enough episodes/each chapter is too short. And having seen the ending - I am really excited to see how the trilogy wraps up in Kingdom. Minor spoilers, it will involve Transformer/dinosaur hybrids!
What rating would you give Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy (Chapter 02 - Earthrise)?
I would rate Earthrise as a solid 5 out of 5 bananas.
With a beautiful art style, nostalgia-inducing soundtrack and fascinating story that both new and old fans alike can enjoy - Earthrise is definitely something I can hand on heart suggest as worth a watch. Not only is it a grand entry into the anime genre, if you know nothing about Transformers, but it continues to grow from strength to strength and do the much loved Transformers franchise the justice it deserves.
Thank you very much for checking out the review. If you are interested in Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy
(Chapter 02 - Earthrise) and would like to check it out, to form your own opinion, you can find it on Netflix here.