A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Intends to entertain rather than to educate.
The battle between good and evil rages on as the Autobots seek to rid Earth of the nefarious Decepticons and protect the powerful AllSpark from them. Violence usually is means to an end. Because of show's brisk pace and arrival and departure of so many characters, it's sometimes hard to differentiate between good and bad guys.
Positive Role Models
Windblade's prominence is a welcome change for the traditionally male-heavy Transformers storylines. She's smart, brave, a strong leader, but she doesn't attempt to dominate the action. The Autobots are driven by a sense of duty and social responsibility.
Violence & Scariness
Many battles between robots. Hand-to-hand fighting also includes weapons like blades and, in Bumblebee's case, a pointed stinger that briefly freezes his adversary. Characters are crushed by boulders, hurled off cliffs, slammed into objects. It's assumed that many (mostly nameless Decepticons) die, but that isn't shown or discussed.
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Products & Purchases
Cyberverse is latest in numerous titles in the Transformers universe, which also boasts extensive merchandise line.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Transformers: Cyberverse is a continuity reboot addition to the Transformers franchise that features familiar characters like Bumblebee, Megatron, and Optimus Prime, but develops its own timeline and reality. A female Autobot named Windblade becomes a prominent character in this story, and she's a formidable leader and warrior against the Decepticons. Violence continues to be a major component of the plot as good and evil battle it out, and it's assumed that some characters perish, but it's all very unrealistic and unlikely to upset kids. Those new to Transformers will find that there's a lot of crossover between the franchise's productions and its merchandise line of toys, games, and other items, so that's a factor to consider before introducing kids to this show.
Is It Any Good?
This series shrugs off continuity with previous Transformers titles and creates its own timeline, so it's a good point of entry for viewers who are new to the quick-change characters first introduced in the '80s. Impulsive, comical Bumblebee continues to be a favorite among these likable robots, but a very welcome change to the franchise's productions comes in the form of a female character taking center stage. Happily she is whip-smart and courageous, and can more than hold her own among her male counterparts on the battlefield.
As is typical of the Transformers series, the two biggest concerns in Transformers: Cyberverse are violence and marketing. If your kids are susceptible to wanting the action figures that correspond to their favorite shows, then these tie-ins might be a concern for you. As for the violence, while it dominates the heroes' exchanges with the Decepticons (and thus is a good chunk of the show), it's not likely to upset kids because of the overall fantasy nature of the series.
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