Transformers: Cyberverse

Transformers: Cyberverse (retitled Transformers: Bumblebee Cyberverse Adventures in season 3)[2] is a cel shaded computer animated series based on the Transformers toy franchise by Hasbro produced by Boulder Media Limited and Allspark Animation for Cartoon Network.[3]

Transformers: Cyberverse
Transformers- Cyberverse logo.png
Logo of the series
Genre
Based onTransformers
by Hasbro and Takara Tomy
Written by
  • Randolph Heard
  • Zac Atkinson
  • Gavin Hignight
  • Eugene Son
  • Kate Leth
  • Peter Di Cicco
  • Dan Salgarolo
  • Kevin Burke
  • Chris "Doc" Wyatt
  • Brandon Auman
  • Mairghread Scott
  • Mae Catt
  • Andrew Robinson
  • Benjamin Townsend
Directed by
  • Robert Cullen
  • Ehud Landsberg
  • Jean Texier
Voices of
  • Jeremy Levy
  • Ryan Andes
  • Jake Tillman
  • Sophia Isabella
  • Marc Thompson
  • Deanna McGovern
  • Billy Bob Thompson
  • Marc Swint
  • Liane Marie Dobbs
  • Saskia Marx
  • Mike Rose
  • Travis Artz
Theme music composer
  • Max Repka
  • Toonocracy LLC
Composer(s)
  • Max Repka
  • Toonocracy LLC
Country of originUnited States
Japan
Ireland
Canada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes62 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Peter Lewis
  • Mikiel Houser (co-producer)
Running time
11 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorAllspark (season 1 and 2)
Entertainment One (season 3)
(United States and Canada)
Takara Tomy (Japan)
Release
Original networkCartoon Network
Original releaseAugust 27, 2018 (2018-08-27)[1] –
present

PremiseEdit

When Bumblebee begins to suffer amnesia, his partner, Windblade, comes to the rescue, and begins the process of helping him repair his memory files, enabling him to rediscover his past adventures on Cybertron. Once his memories are repaired, Bumblebee gets a clue that will lead both him and Windblade to complete their current mission and save their friends.[4]

SynopsisEdit

Chapter OneEdit

Prior to the series, Cybertron was a peaceful planet, but when Megatron was elected supreme ruler of Cybertron, half of the planet's inhabitants protest against his rule which escalated into a civil war in an effort to overthrow him and his rule.

During the war on Cybertron between the Autobots and Decepticons, Optimus Prime decides to throw the AllSpark through a space bridge to an unknown location. The AllSpark holds all Cybertronian life and possesses vast powers that must not fall in the hands of the Decepticons. Eventually, it becomes clear that Cybertron is slowly dying without the AllSpark. Optimus Prime goes on a journey to find the AllSpark on a spaceship called the Ark together with Bumblebee, Arcee, Prowl, Grimlock, Ratchet, Wheeljack, Chromia, Rack'n'Ruin, Drift, Teletraan-1 and Teletraan-X. Due to Energon shortage, all Autobots have to go into stasis. The Ark finds the AllSpark on Earth, but it gets damaged and crashes. Bumblebee and Grimlock fall out of the ship before the Ark hits the surface. Bumblebee stays in stasis, while Grimlock befriends the dinosaurs and teaches them Cybertronian technology. They search the entire planet for the Ark and the AllSpark, but then a meteorite crashes on Earth. The dinosaurs go extinct and Grimlock goes back into stasis.

The first chapter focuses on Windblade who was the only bot able to get through a partially repaired space bridge. She lands on Earth in search for the Ark. She only finds Bumblebee, who has now awoken from stasis, but has lost all his memory files. Windblade possesses telepathic powers and helps Bumblebee to restore his memory. Old memories from Cybertron and the journey on the Ark are rediscovered in every episode. Meanwhile, they have to defend themselves against several Decepticons, who are also looking for the Ark and the AllSpark.

Eventually, they find Teletraan-X, a flying hard drive of the Ark, and they manage to find and awaken Grimlock. Teletraan-X is able to locate the Ark with the data Grimlock has collected. They wake up all Autobots on board from stasis right before Starscream arrives on Earth with his Decepticon armada.

Chapter Two: Power of the SparkEdit

Following the Autobots' reawakening, they and the Decepticons continue their war on Earth as Megatron attempts to slam Earth's moon into the planet. In the ensuing battle, Megatron is wounded by Optimus Prime, and when Starscream refuses to aid him, Megatron names Slipstream the new commander of the Seekers. Tired of being humiliated and insulted by Megatron, Starscream attacks him and briefly takes command of the Decepticons. However, Megatron survives the attempt and apparently kills Starscream in revenge, leaving his body on the moon. Meanwhile, the Autobots destroy the device the Decepticons were trying to use to make the moon smash into Earth, but as they celebrate their victory, Bumblebee sees a yellow, spotted Earth creature watching him.

With help from Arcee, Bumblebee is able to identify the creature as a cheetah. The cheetah is eventually seen by Megatron, and both he and Optimus Prime learn that this cheetah is Cheetor, a Cybertronian created by the AllSpark to serve as its guardian. Cheetor holds a contest where Optimus and Megatron battle one another to see who is worthy of holding the AllSpark. But before a winner can be determined, a still-living Starscream appears and steals the AllSpark for himself. Using the AllSpark and Vector Sigma, the now-insane Starscream creates an army of Scraplets, planning to use the AllSpark's power to kill everyone who opposes him. Slipstream tries to warn the Decepticons and Autobots of Starscream's plan, but is only successful in informing Windblade before being killed by the Decepticon Bludgeon, who believes that she had sided with Starscream like most of the Seekers had done.

Powered by the AllSpark, Starscream attacks both sides, but is driven off by Cheetor, who has now sided with the Autobots. Later, the Autobot Jetfire and Decepticon Sky-Byte come to Earth, pursuing one another to put an end to their rivalry. Starscream pits the two against one another to distract both sides from his plans, but this eventually leads to the two leading their respective sides right to him. After absorbing the sparks of his fellow Seekers, Starscream attempts to do the same to the Autobots and Decepticons, but Optimus uses the Matrix of Leadership to rob Starscream of the AllSpark. Cheetor recovers it for the Autobots, and they also take Starscream prisoner.

With the AllSpark in hand, the Autobots leave Earth to return to Cybertron. Unknown to them, the Decepticons use a Space Bridge built by Shockwave to get back to their home first. During the journey back to Cybertron, Windblade uses the AllSpark to reawaken Croaton, an ancient Titan who was forced into emergency stasis by an unknown force that kidnapped the colonists who were traveling with him. As Croaton departs into space to find his missing colonists, he unknowingly picks up an escaping Starscream as a passenger. Eventually, the Autobots discover another Space Bridge which they use to travel to Cybertron, unaware that Megatron has already conquered the planet and is leading the Autobots into a trap.

Chapter Three: Bumblebee Cyberverse AdventuresEdit

The third and final season consists of three arcs: the Autobots and Decepticons battling for the AllSpark and control of Cybertron, the Quintesson invasion, and Bumblebee searching for pieces of Windblade's fragmented mind.

Picking up where the last season left off, the Decepticons have beaten the Ark back to Cybertron and attempt to lure the arriving Autobots into a death trap. However, Optimus anticipated this and evacuated the ship's crew before the Ark flies into a laser snare set up by Shockwave and is destroyed. The Autobots soon reveal themselves and a large-scale battle occurs between both sides, with the Autobot Prowl taking a fatal shot from Shadow Striker meant for Optimus. With help from Windblade, Wheeljack destroys Vector Sigma by sending it into Unspace, ensuring that Megatron cannot use it with the AllSpark to create perfect Decepticons. Windblade also knocks Bludgeon into Unspace with Vector Sigma, avenging Slipstream.

Meanwhile, Hot Rod leads Bumblebee and Cheetor to the Well of the AllSpark, their goal being to return the AllSpark there and revitalize Cybertron. Once at the Well, Shockwave attempts to stop the group, but is defeated. As the AllSpark is being placed into the well, Shockwave uses a spark extractor to launch his own evil spark into the AllSpark, killing himself to corrupt it. However, Cheetor sacrifices himself by sending his own spark into the AllSpark, which reverses its corruption and revitalizes Cybertron. Megatron is defeated after Optimus knocks him into a swarm of scraplets, allowing the Autobots to achieve complete victory.

However, not long afterwards, the multiverse-conquering Quintessons invade Cybertron, easily conquering the planet and trapping most Transformers in a groundhog day loop that slowly drains their sparks. Evading capture, Hot Rod and Perceptor free Autobot Whirl and Decepticons Clobber, Dead End, and Soundwave, forming a resistance against the Quintessons. The resistance discovers that beneath Maccadam's Old Oil House lies an ancient war Titan called Iaconus, and Hot Rod decides to reawaken him using Windblade. Though they initially clash for leadership, Hot Rod and Soundwave learn to work together, defeating the Quintesson's scientist and freeing the rest of their fellow Transformers.

The Autobots and Decepticons agree to a truce to bring the Quintessons down, with Wheeljack discovering that the Quintessons have a multiverse drive that allows them to conquer other universes. Optimus, Bumblebee, Wheeljack, Megatron, and Dead End sneak onto the Quintessons' main ship to destroy it, while Hot Rod and Soundwave lead the rest of the Transformers in destroying their main tower. Winblade attempts to awaken Iaconus, but is only successful in getting his arm out of the ground. Megatron betrays Optimus and travels through the multiverse portal with Dead End before the tower is destroyed. Moments later, Starscream emerges from the rubble, having been made the judge of this universe by the Quintessons and eager to use his new power to conquer Cybertron for himself.

While Starscream incapacitates the Transformers, Optimus heads into the multiverse with Bumblebee and Wheeljack in an attempt to escape. Windblade and Maccadam manage to fully raise Iaconus, but Starscream counters with a brainwashed Croaton. Maccadam frees the Transformers from Starscream's captivity before being killed by a stray blast from Croaton. When Iaconus appears to gain the upper hand, Starscream summons an Unspace portal to decapitate Iaconus, killing him. Starscream then has Croaton begin laying waste to the rest of Iacon City.

Optimus, Bumblebee, and Wheeljack escape the multiverse and end up in the Quintesson scientist's lab and are attacked by the Scientist himself using clone bodies. Wheeljack finds the bodies' controller and kills him before the trio are attacked by Starscream. Megatron returns from the multiverse, aided by Dead End and Astrotrain, to aid his fellow Transformers. Windblade manages to free Croaton from Quintesson control, but the strain it takes to complete the task fragments Windblade's consciousness, scattering it all across Cybertron. Croaton takes Windblade away from the battle so she can rest. Megatron reveals to Optimus he has acquired his own Matrix of Leadership from the multiverse, and both Optimus and Megatron use their Matrixes to end Starscream's threat for good.

In the aftermath of the Quintesson takeover, Cybertron is divided up evenly between the Autobots and Decepticons, with a barrier being constructed to separate their territories. Bumblebee sneaks into Decepticon territory and finds Windblade's body there, the Cityspeaker having been discovered by Shadow Striker. Sympathetic to Windblade's current condition, Shadow Striker allows Bumblebee to leave with her. With help from Chromia and Grimlock, Bumblebee travels to various corners of Cybertron to find the lost fragments of Windblade's mind, from the legendary Crystal City, to a forbidden moon, the prehistoric Cybertronian underworld, and the gaseous Argon Sea.

Meanwhile, the rest of the Autobots investigate Megatron's activities, finding that he is preparing for the coming threat of someone known as "the Other One". From his Matrix, Optimus receives a message from the spirit of Maccadam, revealed to be Alchemist of the original Thirteen Primes, telling him that the last of Windblade's memory fragments is inside Megatron's Matrix. Optimus leads an infiltration mission into Decepticon territory to destroy said Matrix, but they are soon discovered. Megatron insists that both Matrixes must be used against the Other One before mysterious troopers appear and attack both sides. These troops are revealed to be Decepticons from an alternate timeline, specifically the "perfect" Decepticons Megatron once dreamed of creating.

Though both sides attempt to fight off the perfect Decepticons, the Other One himself soon arrives, revealing himself to be an alternate universe version of Megatron called Megatron X. In his universe, Megatron X killed his Optimus and stole his Matrix before using the AllSpark and Vector Sigma to create his perfect Decepticons. When the Quintessons invaded years later, Megatron X destroyed them with the Matrix and stole their multiverse technology. Megatron X kills his prime universe counterpart before Bumblebee steals the Matrix and races to the planetary border, with Optimus soon coming to Bumblebee's aid.

Within Megatron's Matrix, the last of Windblade's memory fragments learns from the spirit of the alternate Optimus that this Matrix must be destroyed to defeat Megatron X. Although initially shocked at this revelation, Windblade complies, short-circuiting the alternate Matrix from within and allowing Optimus to overcome and defeat Megatron X. After Bumblebee collects Windblade's last memory fragment, Astrotrain takes Megatron X into the multiverse, intending to trap him there forever. With the last memory fragment secured, Windblade is fully restored to the Autobots’ delight, ending the series.

CharactersEdit

EpisodesEdit

Season Episodes Subtitle Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 18 None September 1, 2018 (2018-09-01) December 29, 2018 (2018-12-29)
2 18 Power of the Spark September 7, 2019 (2019-09-07) January 4, 2020 (2020-01-04)
3 26 Bumblebee: Cyberverse Adventures March 15, 2020 (2020-03-15) June 7, 2020 (2020-06-07)

ProductionEdit

On June 7, 2017, Boulder Media Limited confirmed working on an additional Transformers series besides Transformers: Rescue Bots Academy.[5]

Transformers: Cyberverse was first announced during Hasbro Media and Investor Day in August 2017. The first season, titled "Chapter 1", would air in 2018, while a second season, titled "Chapter 2", is set to air on 2019. The series puts more emphasis on characters.[6] The first season consists of eighteen eleven-minute episodes.[7]

On September 23, 2017, Hasbro applied a trademark for the series and its related products.[8][9]

On October 14, 2017, a first look of the series was revealed, along with the synopsis.[4]

On December 9, 2017, Dan Salgarolo, who previously worked on Transformers: Robots in Disguise, has joined the series.[10] On April 9, 2018, voice actor Lianne Marie Dobbs has also joined the series.[11]

A 1-minute clip from the episode "Megatron is My Hero" was previewed at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con, alongside the show's intro.

On July 23, 2018, it was announced that the home channel for the series is Cartoon Network.[12]

On August 23, 2018, a trailer was released, with the premiere date revealed to be September 1, 2018.[13]

On February 9, 2019, it was announced that season 2 would be released in Q4 2019.[14]

On September 28, 2019, it was announced that the series has been renewed for the third and final season for 2020.[15] It has also retitled as Transformers: Bumblebee Cyberverse Adventures.[2]

On October 6, 2020, it was announced that two Transformers Cyberverse TV movies are currently in production.[16][17]

Broadcast and releaseEdit

Similar to Transformers: Prime and Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Cartoon Network acquired the global broadcasting rights for the series, which includes linear and digital rights.[18]

The series premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network, with the first two episodes released earlier on the Cartoon Network App on August 27, 2018 and debuting on television on September 1, 2018; starting with the third episode, subsequent episodes are released in advance on Fridays on the Cartoon Network App before the television broadcast.[13] In Canada, the series premiered on Teletoon on September 16, 2018[19] and YTV on September 28, 2018.

Internationally, the series premiered on RTL 7 in the Netherlands on September 2, 2018,[20] on Cartoon Network on September 29, 2018 in Australia,[21] October 2, 2018 in Latin America,[22] October 27, 2018 in India, Central and Eastern Europe,[23] and the United Kingdom,[24] and on Gulli on October 7, 2018 in France.[25]

Hasbro started to release the series on its official YouTube channel since September 7, 2018.[26] Episodes in many other languages have followed suit. Unlike other web shows on Hasbro's YouTube channel, only select languages are available for specific regions, whilst the rest are region-locked.

Home mediaEdit

The series started to be available on iTunes on November 6, 2018.[27][28]

The first six episodes of season one were released on Region 4 DVD in Australia on February 20, 2019 by Beyond Home Entertainment.[29] The second installment was released on DVD in April 2019 followed by the third and final release in June. Season two has yet to be released on DVD.

ReceptionEdit

AccoladesEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2019 Irish Animation Awards Best Writer for an Animated Series Episode: "Megatron Is My Hero" (Peter Di Cicco) Nominated [30]
Best Sound Design Episode: "Matrix of Leadership" (Windmill Lane) Nominated

ReferencesEdit

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