TPToA Podcast 319 – Transformers: Rise of the Beasts

A big, dumb Blockbuster that can't quite work out what film it wants to be: Bumblebee or Bayhem?
Mashing two different generations of characters together and then mashing two different styles of storytelling together, has predictably uneven results. Throw in some fan service for the '86 fans and it's a messy trifle. It's sometimes fun, sometimes idiotic, often confusing... and that's frustrating as hell.
Reader Rating0 Votes

After 6 previous live-action Transformers films of wildly varying quality, we will see if the follow-up to the soft-reboot of Bumblebee stays on course, or if it veers back off the rails into the “Bayhem” murder-verse territory. This is the Beast Wars G1 crossover event that pits Optimus Prime vs Optimus Primal vs the might of Unicron The Planet Devourer himself! It’s Trukk Vs Munkey Vs Planet! Its Transformers: Rise of the Beasts!

Dion and Quinny are our G1 ‘bots, But Jill is repping both female Transformers and Beast Wars all the way!

Returning to the action and spectacle that have captured moviegoers around the world, Transformers: Rise of the Beasts will take audiences on a ’90s globetrotting adventure as Optimus Prime and the Autobots take on their biggest challenge yet. When a new threat capable of destroying the entire planet emerges, they must team up with a powerful faction of Transformers known as the Maximals to save Earth.

As always, a space-bridge sized thank-you to the plucky band of heroic Autobots and who join in with the conversation on the Twitch stream, live each Tuesday night at 7:30pm AEST  And an especially huge thanks to any of the Pretenders, Headmasters and Micromasters who are kind enough to support us by dropping a tip in our jar via Ko-Fi, or subscribing on Twitch… every bit helps us to keep the shark-ticons from the door!

If you feel so inclined drop us a sub we really love them, The more subby mc-sub-faces we get, the more Emotes you get!


Every bit of your support helps us to keep our transformation cogs spinning smoothly…. Or pay for some hosting.

Don’t fret if you can’t be there for the recording though as you can catch them on Youtube usually later that very night. Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss them!

What changes would you like to see us make moving forward?


Send in voicemails or emails to [email protected]

Please make sure to join our social networks too!  We’re on:






Here are the ticker jokes that WOULD have been in the episode…

“Transformers appeared in numerous films in previously unrevealed roles, including Driving Miss Daisy, Little Miss Sunshine and Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang, Bumblebee also appeared in all the Herbie films from the 70s onwards, even the crap ones”

“Original War for Cybertron started over heated argument if Michael Bay was a creative genius or a complete asshole. You can decide which faction was which”

“Obscure collector convention exclusive toy Ape-linq voted officially deepest cut ever for a major motion picture”

“In effort to revitalise the brand new transformers crossovers will include, Fast and the Furious, The Transporter and horrifically Disney’s CARS”

“Peter Dinklage’s voice work as Scourge proves he can play a robot convincingly… Destiny fans set to riot.”

“Lawyers for Autobot Jazz continue to assert that the distinctive likeness and personality was used unlawfully by Autobot Mirage in this film”