A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What 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.
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What's the story?
TRANSFORMERS: CYBERVERSE opens as Windblade (voiced by Sophia Isabella) arrives on Earth from Cybertron to locate her friend Bumblebee (Jeremy Levy), whose memory is scrambled and who has no recollection of her. As they evade the Decepticons, Windblade helps Bumblebee overcome his amnesia and recall his mission to locate the powerful AllSpark and protect it from Megatron (Marc Thompson) and his army of Seekers.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about heroism and role models. Do you consider the Autobots to be heroes in Transformers: Cyberverse? Are their actions selfless, or do they act out of self-preservation? Does heroism have to be on behalf of someone else to count? Who are your kids' role models? What character strengths like courage and perseverance stand out among the Transformers characters?
What unique abilities do these characters have? How do they rely on each other's abilities to work as a team? What special qualities are unique to you? How do you put them to use?
Kids: Does watching TV shows and movies with popular characters make you more aware of the products that are associated with them? Are you inclined to want Transformers toys or accessories because of this series? Besides our shopping habits, how are we influenced by what we see in the media? Has something you've seen ever made you feel differently about how you look or what you wear?
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