When calculating robot body count, do combiners count as one or five? Either way, a ton of sentient machinery is decommissioned in the first episode of Machinima and Hasbro's Transformers: Combiner Wars. Death is not a spoiler in the adult-aimed series, having pretty much been part of the push from the beginning. The first episode begins with a battle between Charlie "DashieGames" Guzman's Menasor (Stunticons) and Ricky Heyberg's Comutron (Technobots). Soon combiner hunters Windblade (Abby Trott) and Chromia (Amy Johnson) show up, and things get messy.
Before we discuss particulars, watch the episode below. It's only a little over five minutes long. We'll wait for spoilers after the buffer image.
So far I'm not sure I like this. Treating combiner teams, groups of five or more robots that combine to form a colossal gestalt, as one single being just rubs me the wrong way. If Chromia and Windblade saw one of Menasor's limbs at the corner store drinking a smoothie, would they kill him for being a part of a combiner? So many questions.
Then again, I suppose the point is moot now.
The voice acting is a bit over-dramatic, which happens when you get together several folks who haven't really done this sort of thing and mixed them with people who have. The animation is fine, but that opening battle, with the two giant robots spinning and trading blows? That just made me dizzy.
What do you think so far?