Posts Tagged ‘Transformers’

Star Trek vs the Transformers is a 2019 graphic novel pitting the two titular science fiction franchises against each other. In this story, during the Star Trek timeline, the Transformers came to Earth, but then left during World War Three (World War Three is an official event in the Star Trek timeline). The Autobots left via Fortress Maximus, with the Decipticons on their tale, traveling via Trypticon. Similar to the first episode of the Generation One cartoon, they crash land on a planet and lay dormant for a very long time.

This crossover opens with the classic Star Trek crew of Kirk, Spock, Scotty etc, going to the planet Cygnus Seven, close to the Klingon border, where a distress call has been sent out from a Dilithium mine. Immediately the crew encounter the Decepticons, and later a small band of Autobots. 

The really cool thing about this comic is that it is drawn in the style of Star Trek, The Animated Series. So it looks like a meeting between the Star Trek cartoon of the 1970’s and the Transformers cartoon of the 80’s. Two characters that were original to the Star Trek cartoon, Arex, and the female catlike M’Ress, appear in the story. Arex is only shown in a few scenes on the Enterprise, but M’Ress is featured heavily, both fighting and interacting with the Transformers.

Naturally the Klingon’s show up, and side with the Decepticons. After the usual brief misunderstanding the Enterprise crew team up with the Autobots for a mega-showdown on the Klingon home planet of Kronos. Of course the Enterprise gets turned into a giant robot called Fortress Tiberius (Kirk’s middle name) and heavy action ensues. 

This story is heavy on the Star Trek references, the Eugenics Wars are mentioned, and there are a few “I’m a Dr. not a …” gags. There’s not as many references to Transformers lore, though Spock does use the “More than meets the eye” phrase.

The story ends in a way that leaves the door open to more follow up stories. I would be curious to see how Star Trek characters would react to the planet Cybertron, or how Next Generation characters like Data take to the Transformers, not to mention the Borg and Unicron.

In the meantime, Star Trek vs the Transformers was a fun quick read with a plot that figured out how the two popular sci-fi franchises would meet. 

The Transformers are back. The latest installment in Michael Bay’s take on Transformers continues to be an improvement over the 2007 film which started the series. This time around, the Transformers are being hunted by the government and many of them have been captured and torn apart so the government can learn to build their own Transformers to defend Earth. The remaining Autobots have been in hiding since the events of the last film in the series, Dark of the Moon, to avoid being captured. Mark Wahlberg plays an inventor who purchases an old truck that turns out to be a damaged Optimus Prime.

From there, the story starts to pick up pace and the fun begins. I will not give away anything to spoil the movie, but I will say that the end of the film could have easily had the words “To Be Continued” as the film ends in a way that lets the viewer know that the story is far from over as a major part of the story is not resolved by the end.

Among the improvements in this film, I can actually tell the robots apart easier than I could in past films. Mark Wahlberg’s character is a concerned father who has learned from his mistakes when he was younger and this is a refreshing change from Sam Witwicky’s potty talk. There is also a huge Chinese influence with this film as some scenes were filmed in mainland China and in Hong Kong.  One major letdown would be the the first ever known use of the F word in a Transformers film. I do not remember hearing that before in Transformers. I think Wheelie almost said it in the last film, but it appears in this film. I am not sold on using that word in a film based on a child’s toy, but how it was used was pretty funny because if you are a foreigner living in China, you will understand.