Blog #1102: Review: Machinima Transformers: Combiner Wars, Episode 1: The Fall (With Spoilers)

Machinima Transformers: Combiner Wars, Episode 1: The Fall


Warning: Contains spoilers for Machinima Transformers: Combiner Wars, Episode 1: The Fall.

This is not going to be a terribly analytical review.  I’m sure others will have far more analysis than I will.  To put it simply, that the first episode is called “The Fall” is awfully appropriate, because watching the episode, all of my expectations fell farther and farther the longer it ran.

In episode one we see a cool Combiner fight between Menasor and Computron in space over planet Caminus.  They end up on the planet and Menasor seemingly kills Computron.

Having reached the highpoint of the episode, and possibly the series, it seems to be all down hill from there.

Menasor’s voice sucks.  He went from the growling fearsome G1 voice to a 15 year old brat.  At least that’s what it sounded like to me.  Complete crap.  Computron’s voice, what few words we heard, was pretty good.  Not as good as his G1 voice, but then that would be too much to ask for.

Windblade and Maxima show up and fight Menasor.  I have no idea who Maxima is, but she dies.  As I don’t know anything about her, I really don’t care.  I only have an idea who Windblade is from watching her prelude video.  Also from that, I know what the plot of the series is, and I already hate it.  Just an FYI.

Windblade kills Menasor, and now we have arrived at the real problem with this show.  It is moronic for any average size Transformer to kill a combiner with two swings of a sword.  It’s dumb and shows a complete lack of understanding of Transformers.  If it’s that easy to kill a combiner then there is no point in having combiners.  This is why the very idea of IDW’s Combiner Hunter comic was asinine, so of course, they went with that for the animated series.  It doesn’t matter if it’s Optimus Prime, Ironhide, or Windblade, there is no way an average sized Transformer could possibly kill a combiner, with the possible exceptions of some elaborate trap or a super weapon, but certainly not a sword.

It boggles the mind that with all the Transformers they could have chosen to be at the heart of this series, they pick Windblade, a nothing character and a forgettable toy, rather than someone from the plethora of well established and beloved characters available.  If they wanted a female, that’s fine.  They could have gone with Arcee or Elita One, or maybe one of the more obscure female Autobots from the G1 cartoon if they wanted to be able to build the character themselves.


While dying (or deactivating, since I doubt he’s actually dead) Menasor taunts Windblade that she’s just a killer like he is and is kidding herself if she thinks she is avenging anyone, or words to that affect.  He also tells her that the council is going to make an army of combiners.  (Now if we can just get Hasbro to do the same.  I want Piranacon and Predaking and Abominus, damn it…but I digress.)

Windblade cries over Maxima’s body.  Funny thing is, Transformers have no tear ducts since they are, you know, robots.  They’re like Klingons that way.  Of course, she is female after all, so she has to be capable of crying, otherwise there is no way for her to express her loss.  (That was sarcasm.  Just wanted to make that clear.)

Windblade stomps on Computron’s chest before flying off and we see that he’s still alive.  Then the scene shifts to Cybertron where we see a quick headshot of Optimus Prime, and the episode ends.

I cannot express how disappointing this is.  Why is god’s name would you start a Combiner Wars cartoon with a toy that came out two year ago before Combiner Wars even came out?  It is beyond all reason.  It makes no sense.

And with that five and a half minute episode, all of my hopes for this series were flushed down the toilet.  At least the episodes are just five and a half minutes.  I suppose they would be good for watching while on the toilet.  A flushing toilet as the credits roll would be an enormous improvement.

Thanks for reading!

About lmb3

I’m 36 years old, and I work in network tech support for a public school system. I am a huge fan of Star Trek, Transformers, Harry Potter, and Marvel Comics as well as numerous other fandoms. I’m a big sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. I collect toys (mostly Transformers but other stuff too), comic books, and Red Sox baseball cards. I watch an obscene amount of television and love going to the movies. I am hopelessly addicted to Wizard Rock and I write Harry Potter Fanfiction, though these days I am working on a couple of different original YA novels.
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5 Responses to Blog #1102: Review: Machinima Transformers: Combiner Wars, Episode 1: The Fall (With Spoilers)

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  2. DarkAlex1978 says:

    Lol, Red Superion is the name that he deserves. And about combiners, well they treat them as a joke (also thanks a lot IDW for the lame re-designs): aside for the G1 cartoon I remember in the old Marvel comic book that they were a terror on the battlefield anche the authors use them very rarely. As far as I remember, in the Marvel comic book only Megatron actually managed to defeat single handy a combiner (Predaking) but at the price of gruesome damages. Combiners should be among the ultimate weapons of the Transformers and more important of all, combining should be special and this is also che reason by I found that is very lame to change every character in combiners (or now in headmasters): if they are give to everyone these features, they cease to be special and cool.

  3. Terry says:

    I saw it and it was underwhelming. I agree Menasor’s voice was awful and Computron I felt wasn’t as good too. Not to mention, we got the Red Superion Computron because it’s Hasbro promoting their version. Hope the episodes become better from here. How Windblade just defeated Menasor was, like, why didn’t she do that in the first place? Also, one robot can kill a combiner of 5. Besides, Menasor still had two combiners that weren’t hurt (Wildrider and Breakdown), so why would they all die completely? By that definition, Swindle should had died too in B.O.T. Devastator shouldn’t function with a dead leg.

  4. Rabid Rabbit says:

    Repent! The end is near?

  5. DarkAlex1978 says:

    It sounds very lame. I only watched the teaser and to be honest was more than enough for me, because unsurprisely the design is the same of the toys that I don’t like (recycled models, reclycled models everywhere). Sometimes G1 was accused to be a big toy commercial: ok, but now I would like to hear what they have to say about this.

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