Transformers: War for Cybertron, “Chapter 1: Siege, Ep. 3”

Welcome to another recap of Netflix’s Transformers: War for Cybertron series! I’ve been digging the previous two episodes big time and, if you’re here for the ride on episode 3, I assume you are as well.

With only six episodes in Chapter 1 of this show, today represents the halfway point and I’m sure a lot of you have already skipped ahead and completed your binge viewing. I get it, trust me, as I’ve been hyped to get to the next episode as soon as I finished each of these, but I enjoy letting it settle a bit and being able to focus and remember what has already happened before jumping into the next one. Different strokes for different folks, as they say on the streets.

In yesterday’s episode the Autobots were led into a trap after Soundwave detected Ultra Magnus sending communications to Optimus Prime while in a Decepticon holding cell, but – most pertinent to Megatron – Prime still lives which has altered his internal code about honor in warfare leading him to want a full annihilation of the Autobots.

The search for the All Spark continues by both factions which is looked as a game-changer and could swing the war to the side which gets it in their possession. The Autobots, historically the underdogs in all iterations, now seem to be in more dire straits than ever with limited resources and an ever-shrinking roster of manpower from suffering casualties in all battles. There’s even a shot of a medic bay with dead and destroyed Autobots lining the room from past battles giving a glimpse into the severity of war and also causing some within the ranks, most notably Elita One, to question Optimus Prime’s decision-making which has never been a storypoint in any telling of Transformers that I can remember.

All of which sets us up for another interesting day on Cybertron as the next battle awaits. Transform and roll out. Continue reading

Daily Cartoon: RUGRATS S01E09 “Candy Bar Creep Show/Monster in the Garage”

Welcome to another Halloween themed cartoon recap! Today we’re checking out an early episode from Rugrats which was absolutely huge in the 90s. I’m serious. This show was so popular that kids, older kids and adults were all rocking merch from it.

Toys, video games, apparel, you name it, and this show had it. You know you’re over when you even get a tie-in with a fast food chain and…

Boom!

Hell, during senior year, my buddy Armando (who is definitely not a doctor) even had a Burger King Rugrats watch from their promotion with the movie out at that time that actually said phrases!

Trust me: these shits were cool as fuck in 1999. I remember. I was there.

But today we go all the way back to Season 1 of this cartoon classic and cherry pick a Halloween episode. I’m very excited for this. It has to be way better than yesterday’s Garfield atrocity. The bar is set low so let’s fucking go!  Continue reading