It’s now commonplace for streaming services to release their seasons in batches. This weekend, Paramount+ released the third and final batch of episodes for the debut season of Transformers: Earthspark. If you’re like me, you originally thought this was season two, but no, these are the final seven episodes of the first season. That means Earthspark had a total of 26 episodes, which is pretty good for a first season of a Transformers show.
The first few episodes are mostly filler. After waiting for these seven episodes and considering now we’ll have to wait for season two, you would hope that the series would make every episode count. Most of season one is fluff, which is okay. Yes, the show is made for children and considering that this show focuses on new characters, we needed plenty of episodes to get to know them all. While filler episodes aren’t always a bad thing, many of these initial ones begin to test the audience’s patience. While adults may not be the target audience, the show does better when it leans more on its legacy characters and less on the fluff.
That being said, it’s still very cute. We finally see Jawbreaker obtain an alt mode, Robby and Mo go through some really good spiritual journeys, and we get to know Jon Schloder a little more. Filler episodes are nothing new. Transformers: Prime and Transformers: Cyberverse are some of the best Transformers shows and they have a good amount of filler. Mostly, though; in the first season, as then they focus more on the plot. Maybe that’s what we’ll see happen in Earthspark.
The Good Stuff
Now, let’s talk about the really good episodes. Episodes twenty-three through twenty-six are great – the best in the entire season. Once the final stretch starts, it doesn’t stop. The entire season has had certain plot points sprinkled in. GHOST can’t be trusted, Mandroid is dangerous, and humans are skeptical of Transformers. All of this culminates and pays off in a big, big way. Seriously, once episode 23 starts, it’s just one great scene after another. The show knows what story they are telling, how they wanna get there, and they take us along for a ride. The animation, camera angles, and action sequences are super engaging. There are many times that you are genuinely surprised and wondering how this is exactly going to end.
While episodes nineteen to twenty-two are fun enough, they are not super engaging. Once episode twenty-three started, you will find yourself glued to the television. How they decided to use the Decepticons and Autobots, how they wove Mandroid into the story, and how they used the Terrans were all great. Twitch really solidified herself as the best of the Terrans and Nightshade really grew on me in these episodes. Seeing the two of them work together was really some great TV.
Starscream Was a Stand-Out
If there were criticisms to share about even the standout episodes, it’s that we really didn’t get a lot of characters like Megatron, Soundwave, and a few others it would have been nice to see more of. On the other hand, we got some really great Shockwave content, and while Starscream didn’t have a lot of screen time, the ways in which the utilize this character is very compelling. Steve Blum played the character in Transformers: Prime, so it’s nice having him back in Earthspark’s version of the seeker. It would be great to see more fleshed-out between Starscream and Megatron in season two.
While a lot is wrapped up at the end of season one, there’s much left to explore. It is a mystery where the show goes from here, but it will be interesting to see how the show ensures its longevity. The whole point of the show are the Terrans and Maltos, but season two should really focus more on the legacy characters. Considering what happened in the final few episodes, there’s going to need to be a lot of interesting conversations between Megatron, Optimus, and the two factions. Will we see the war renewed? Or will a new threat come out of the shadows?
Overall, these final seven episodes were worth the wait. Now, after binging them in one sitting, it is time to revisit the season as a whole and wait for season two. Have you watched the final seven episodes of season one of Earthspark? What’d you think? What would you like to see in season two? Let us know!
Transformers: Earthspark is currently streaming on Paramount+.
While the newest episodes of Transformers: Earthspark are just most filler, the journey still comes a nice end that fans should be happy with.
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