Last week, we got a glimpse of the next Transformers series that will be airing on Nickelodeon. It was an extremely brief look, but as always, I have a few thoughts on everything. So, if all you Bots and Cons are ready, let’s get into this!
-We see Optimus Prime and Elita-1 straight away. My main question is: who do we have voicing Optimus? I would hope that it’s Peter Cullen, but I honestly don’t know and I haven’t heard anything yet.
-We also saw a yellow bot. Prime paused the video but he really didn’t need to do that. I already knew who it was, just by the color.
-Speaking of Bumblebee, will he speak? Or will we follow the live action movies? With that brief a glimpse, it’s hard to say.
-Honestly, I am ridiculously stoked to see Elita-1. Her character was a good addition back in 1985 but she really got some great development during the Netflix series. I’m really hoping we get a personality similar to the Netflix series, because she was just absolutely amazing and a leader in her own right.
-Here’s where some fans are absolutely shitting themselves. As almost always, we have humans in the series. But, as you can see, they are not white. These are black children and while it’s not unusual for Transformers to have diversity, there are plenty of people upset about this. (Apparently, they forgot about Sari from Animated, Carlos and Alexis from Armada, Lori from Cybertron, Raf and Miko from Prime, Frankie from Rescue Bots among others, but I digress.) Some are upset because they don’t want humans in the franchise at all–wonder why they didn’t embrace Cyberverse with open arms–but others are just plain angry that there are kids being represented in a kid’s franchise. Because something something collectors something something mature. I guess they missed the memo where Transformers is a toyline meant for children.
-The show is billed as action/comedy, so it sounds like it’s going to be a bit more lighthearted. I don’t think I’ll mind that at all.
-Since it’s on Nickelodeon, can we get more than three seasons? I’m really kinda over the “three years is all you get, if you’re lucky”. I want a series that lasts a while longer and can tell some good stories. Are we going to get that here? Inquiring minds want to know.
-I’m seriously glad that we’re the fuck away from Cartoon Network. Holy shit, it was a long time coming. Before you ask: yes, I’m still salty about Animated. I will never not be. Don’t even get me started on The Hub, either. We will be here all day.
-I want to know how the Decepticons factor in this. Are we going to have Megatron as the leader? Is he going to see the error of his ways? Again, inquiring minds and all.
To be honest, I really like the look of this series and I can’t wait to get to see it when it premiers. I’m hoping it’ll be better than some of the stuff we got from Cartoon Network; it has that potential. But we’ll know for absolute sure once it finally premiers. Until then, we’ll have to wait and see.