Sold as a Transformers film, the core of this episode is about two young characters Noah Diaz (Anthony Ramos) and Elena Wallace (Dominique Fishback) who discover a ‘key’ to release an energy pulse that is detected by Optimus Prime (voice of Peter Cullen) who has transformed into a 1987 semi truck, and he summons other Autobots. What Elena has discovered is hidden in an ancient statue that looks like the ‘Maltese Falcon’.
In fact this is more like a Nancy Drew adventure on steroids. The two young folks travel the World looking for the second part of the ‘key’ the two parts together form the Transwarp Key. It may be used to return the Autobots to protect planets or by the dark bots who could destroy everything.
Elena and Noah travel to as if in an old 40’s mystery, traveling to many locations searching for the 2nd part of the key aided by and resisted by the Transformers.
The problems of the Transformers complicate the plot and even though they are the draw for the film that kids will enjoy, the locations and the amateur actions of the two kids are the most interesting aspects of the film.
The film could have worked without the Transformers, they are the eye candy and the action destruction and repair department of the film but at times appear to change over too many times to be impressive. They are comical in some situations but perhaps we have seen enough of the concept.
Elena’s curiosity starts the events and following her and Noah’s search could be enough to make a solid script, but the ending clearly indicates they will be back along with their Transformer friends and enemies in another episode.