Jun 15, 2015

Transformers Movies Are Way More Interesting When You See Optimus Prime As A Villain!

That destruction behind you? That's all on you Optimus, it's all on you.

"When you hear Optimus respond to Ironhide in the first movie "Ironhide, you know we don't harm humans , what is with you ?" Now you know why, it's because he wants to keep all able slaves alive."

It's general information that the Autobots are the heroic ones, the protagonists, the saviors, the "good guys". Well I'm here to tell you that you could be getting it all wrong.

"What are you talking about Bud? Megatron is the bad guy, it says so on the box."
"The Decepticons are evil, they want to kill people"
Are you sure about that?

For this article I'm looking at the Michael Bay Transformers Movies 1, 2, 3, 4.

We start this movie hearing about the "Allspark", how it is magical and brought life to Cybertron and eventually war. As the audience we believe what Optimus is saying in the intro. Even when he sees Sam , he tells him the following:

"Optimus Prime: We are here looking for the All Spark. And we must find it before Megatron.
Sam Witwicky: Mega-what?
[Prime projects a holographic view of Cybertron]
Optimus Prime: Our planet was once a powerful empire, peaceful and just, until we were betrayed by Megatron, leader of the Decepticons. All who defied them were destroyed. Our war finally consumed the planet, and the All Spark was lost to the stars. Megatron followed it to Earth, where Captain Witwicky found him...
Optimus Prime: Megatron crash-landed before he could retrieve the Cube.
Ratchet: If the Decepticons find the All Spark, they will use its power to transform Earth's machines and build a new army.
Optimus Prime: And the human race will be extinguished. Sam Witwicky, you hold the key to Earth's survival.
Mikaela: Please tell me that you have those glasses? "

Ok so first, Optimus never bothers to mention how the cube was lost to the stars. In the novel you know that it was shot into space, by the Autobots, so that the Decepticons couldn't have it. Wait what? So they're so afraid of losing the war, that they shoot their hope, their life into space, effectively killing the planet and their entire race with it. Who does that? I'll tell you who, sore losers. Selfish pricks. "if I can't have it, nobody can". I don't care if the Decepticons were "evil" or destroyed everything in their path. It's freaking war, if you can't win the war, you lose...step aside. Optimus basically took Cybertron's only natural resource...a right to every Cybertronian....and made it unreachable. All under the guise that Megatron will use it for evil. This isn't some time machine, or secret technology that if the bad guys got a hold of it they'd win the war. It's a resource, it was well known. It's like if USA and Russia were at war, and to avoid losing, the Russians end up blowing up the sun. That takes ego, a prime load of it.

Maybe this information is non canon as it's not in the films. That's ok, there is lots of evidence in just the films. Moving forward we're explicitly taking the lore presented in the movies.

When Optimus meets Sam he tells him "The Decepticons will use its power to transform Earth's machines and build a new army". Just think about that for second. Megatron was frozen presumably before the humans had any technology to turn into an army. Pretty much all the technology on Earth was taken from Megatron. So how could Megatron have wanted to use Earth as an army? He was simply there to get back the Allspark. He risked his life traveling throughout the stars to get this damned cube. The Decepticons were there continuing the mission and looking for their long lost leader. So what Optimus and Ratchet say are just fabrications to plant fear into this child and get him to get the glasses asap. Sam later says confidently to Sector 7 in Hoover Dam that Megatron is "pretty much the harbinger of death". Some bit of information he got from a hologram that Optimus showed him. A hologram that could have been fake as well.

When we examine Optimus closely, we find that he really doesn't care about human lives or any other Cybertronian lives at all. He was solely motivated to get the glasses so that he can clutch the Allspark. When Bumblebee got captured and Jazz explained to Prime that "we can't just leave him". While looking at the glasses in awe, Optimus says "he knew the risks, screw him....oh and there is no way to do it without harming the humans". We've seen Jazz magnetize guns, the glasses themselves point to where bumblebee was held. His own disregard for his soldier's lives is what concerns me. The robot that used his feet as a wall for head on collision with a speeding SUV. A robot who engages Megatron in a densely populated city. A robot who consistently involves children in his galactic decisions and planning.

I think Optimus is just as bad as Megatron. Megatron at least is up front about it. We find out in the third movie that Megatron intends to use 7 billion humans as slaves to rebuild Cybertron. The only place in the universe that offers the chance of rebuilding Cybertron is Earth. So the war really, is about this resource. Whoever gets to the humans first, gets to rebuild Cybertron.

You have to ask yourself this, what is Optimus's end game?

Is it to free load on Earth? Or wipe out all Decepticons? or is it to rebuild Cyberton?

I think his ultimate goal is to rebuild Cybertron. But he is playing a dangerous political game. He appeals to the humans by using Megatron as a scapegoat. Optimus considers the humans his. In fact, it is Optimus that wants to use Earth's technology as an army. But he can't because all of Earth's technology is Decepticon technology. So really he is planting himself on Earth to safegaurd humanity for when he needs them. That way he makes sure that the humans wipe out the Decepticons for him, and slowly he can work out the kinks of the Decepticon technology in human machinery. Eventually, he would approach the UN or whoever saying "hey humans, we defended you from bad guys, we shed blood, we stopped your sun from blowing up, even though if we had given the cube to them, they wouldn't seek the sun destroying machine....but it's time I called in all those favors, I need you to help me rebuild Cybertron."
Optimus has always known about space bridge technology. Optimus has withheld the amount of Autobots "taking refuge among the stars". Even director Miriam (third film), tells Optimus that he had no authority bringing Sentinel on Earth without consulting the humans. What did Optimus do? He didn't even care. She says "you have to clears customs first". He brings in more Autobots in the second film and continues to do so every single iteration.

Do you see what is going on?

Optimus is really molding Earth under his propaganda slogan "Freedom is the right of all sentient beings". He breaks that slogan when he threatens the Dinobots to "defend my family or die" right after he says "I offer you freedom". Optimus Prime is the real puppet master here. Everything he does is in the best interest of preserving the 7 billion workers, the incredible army he can build. He is like a business owner who is always present in his business, making sure his equipment is safe and running up to speed. He got his merry band of Autobots so loyal that they'll willingly "die for the guy". Hell with his royal "Prime" lineage , he got some old guy to rip out his freaking heart for him.

In Age of Extinction we really see him break his character and facade. Optimus did not expect humans to turn on him. When he finally confronts Stanley Tucci's character in the lab, the human reminds Optimus of the spoils of war. In Optimus's mind, Autobots are more precious than humans, he only flipped when he found out they're experimenting on Ratchet. But he didn't mind them collecting Decepticon corpses or developing railgun technology from Megatron. Why? Because he wanted exclusivity. He wanted power, but not single assuming power like Megatron...no he wanted complete multilayer deep state kind of power. He is saving the humans for later. Getting a strategic position in a galactic war. He knows the humans will tip the scale. That's why he is playing along. Acting like a hippie so they can trust him.

When you hear Optimus respond to Ironhide in the first movie "Ironhide, you know we don't harm humans , what is with you ?" Now you know why, it's because he wants to keep all able slaves alive.

If it's not the humans Optimus and Megatron are after, then it is the seed and the potential for Earth to create Transformium. It's just strategic. Did you really think Optimus survived a 4 million year war by being a hippie?

It's the only explanation for his rage when the humans are harmed in any way shape or form. He just loses it. It's because Optimus values each human for his ultimate plan. You can almost hear Optimus saying "don't touch the merchandise". Does he care about Ironhide? Nope, nothing, didn't even mention him. Does he care about Jazz? Nope, he just held him in his hands and said, "well he's gone but guess what we made new friends." As if trying to kiss ass to the humans. "look humans I don't care about my own soldiers who fought with me for the last 4 MILLION years! sure, take Bumblebee, I don't give a damn about him. But look, I colored myself like your American flag so you trust me."

Optimus is worse than Megatron. If anything Megatron could be considered the hero in this story. He is a tragic hero, on the losing side. Dealing with defeat, despair, and fighting for the people....his people.

Look at how tired Megatron looks, at how he fought to bring back Cybertron. Megatron relaxed in DOTM when seeing Cybertron, he didn't want to conquer anything, he just wanted his home back. But because he is grey and has red eyes, he is evil.

When we see Barricade meet Sam for the first time, he doesn't kill him, he just yells at him asking for the glasses. Blackout did what all military black operations do when they want to extract information, which is probably erase all trace of them being there. So he had to take out the soldiers and the base. Frenzy didn't go in guns blazing, he was stealth and simply wanted to find out where his leader was. And finally, the Decepticons, in the first movie were not hostile to Earth at all. It was because of what the Autobots do that the Decepticons decide to escalate and threaten the humans to get what they want. It's Optimus who continues to involve the humans and children in the war. So it's not logical for Optimus to get mad when the Decepticons attack the humans, he could have easily taken the war someplace else. At the end of every single movie, Optimus could pack his bags and leave the planet, just like he did in the 4th movie. Which to all of our surprise, he had freaking interstellar jetpacks all along. So this secretive Optimus , is hiding the fact that there are more Autobots, the thirteen primes and Earth being visited before, the space bridge technology, and the knights of Cybertron. All this and you want to tell me that this dude isn't scheming?  That this master villain isn't also playing the war game. He is participating in decapitations, massive warfare with advanced weaponry , flight technology, interstellar travel, and he is a hero?

All I'm saying is that if you look at the movies from the perspective that Optimus is a villain, the story reveals itself without any effort. And the movies become watchable and pretty cool now.

I have brushed over some evidences here as clearly as I can. Who knows maybe I'll do a video recapping this and other points. It's not without reason that the movie Optimus is known as Murder Prime. It's not who he is underneath, but what he does that defines him ....right? Well so far, what Optimus has been doing is criminal in any court. He has to answer for killing Kelsey Grammar's character in TF4, but just like many criminals, he escapes the planet for fear of being prosecuted.

Jun 9, 2015

Bud's World Episode 6 Season 1 Finale (Let's Play Minecraft)

May 30, 2015

KUNG FURY OUT!...Now Go Be Somebody!

Apr 10, 2015

Green Toy Collecting Google Plus Community

 


#greentoycollecting

Petition Calling Toy Manufacturers To Make Toy Instructions Digital


Petition can be found here

The internet is everywhere. Toy makers, please stop wasting the paper by adding long pages of instructions that can be easily accessed online or via an app. If it's regulation, then perhaps it can be swayed in favor of environmental best practices. Adding a QR code, or a database online can simply solve this.

Hasbro, Lego, Takara Tomy, Mattel. All of you if this can be done, we'd like to see it implemented.

Thank you
#greentoycollecting
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Apr 6, 2015

9 Simple Ideas For Green Toy Collecting


"We love collecting and we love toys. But our love for Earth surpasses all."

Green Toy Collecting Community.

Toy collecting can produce much waste. Most of the toys we collect today are made of plastic. Whether they're Marvel, Star Wars, or Transformers, plastic is a huge environmental problem. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a threat to humanity and it is almost all plastic. There are more patches and calling them patches is an understatement. Although toys are not the majority of the waste, it is still a great idea to introduce a more environmental culture to toy collecting. We understand the value of collecting and love the hobby, no judgement here. We are trying to introduce responsibility and best environmental practices to the community. This can be by reducing the plastic and paper footprint.

So here are 9 simple ways to help guide you on the path of being a Green Toy Collector! (no specific order)

1. Collect the figure and recycle the packaging

Many like to keep the box mint and never ever open it. Take out the figure and enjoy it. 
The idea here is to reuse/recycle the box, instruction manual, twist ties, and clear plastic window or figure holder. The box art is usually very attractive and all, but it's just a picture. If you have a scanner, scan the box art and the instruction manual or simply snap a photo. The cardboard and manual can go straight to recycling. The twist ties vary sometimes between plastic bands, or harder wired plastic and even better "cardboardy" ties. They can be used for many things. For example keeping your cables organized or even for sealing garbage bags. The ties can also be used to hang figures for display*.

It would be nice to make instruction booklets obsolete. Just make them digital via a code on the packaging. Here is the link to a petition I made that I hopefully want toymakers to see. Please check it out
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/digital-instruction-manuals-for-toys

2. Encourage no box online retailers

We have to support retailers that sell items without the box (Tf-direct.com have some No Box items). We should also ask and encourage this option in existing retailers, like Amazon or BBTS. You could get a lower price for the figure and reduce the shipping weight for example. Online retailers don't need a blister card or a little indent in the cardboard to hang the product. This doesn't have to compromise the figure's safe shipping, if it's from a trusted supplier then they can just bubble wrap it and that's it.

3. Buy used or trade

Simple in concept. If you buy used figures off of ebay, craigslist, Kalaydo, you can choose to get clean ones without the packaging then you break the cycle. Stave off your perfectionism and try out the used market. I'm sure lots of garage sales have amazing bargains and great additions to any collector's cave. Trading also falls in this category.

Have you heard about the guy that traded his way from a paperclip to a house?

4. "Time Share" your collection

Find a nearby local collecting community, and loan your collection out to others. You can trade for a limited time or even trade permanently. Maybe even rent it out. Also instead of collecting all the figures in a set, you can split it between each other. For example, you can become the Megatron collector, while your friend becomes the Optimus collector. You can trade figures for a while, display them, get a feel for them and bring them back.

5. Choose a theme or character carefully

This is a bit general, but focus on one thing. You don't have to collect them all. That is just a marketing slogan. Collect only Decepticons for example. And when choosing what to collect, research it, see if this is something you want to spend your money on and if this is something you want to bear the responsibility of.

6. Downsize/Reuse/Donate/Recycle

The smaller the plastic footprint the better. Although you can't guarantee a toy will end up in a landfill/ocean or not, but donating part of your collection when you're done with it, extends the life time of the plastic. If you can reuse your figures creatively that is even better. You can make keychains and give them out as gifts for example. Here is a cool tutorial on how to make a keychain with small Transformer toys.

Proactively, just try to limit your collecting. Don't buy as much. Consider collecting smaller figures with less plastic. Transformers Legends for example.

7. Encourage repaints, get creative!

Repaints, a curse and a blessing in disguise. The idea here is to encourage the repaint market. Because this means they extend a figure's molds' life, and thus don't have to introduce new components into the mix. Repaints can be fun. Or simply repaint the figures yourself, change it up a little.


8. If you have kids, share your collection

Toys are meant to be played with. Instead of buying a separate toy for your son or daughter, involve them with your collection. Teach them to take care of it responsibly. That way you hit 2 birds with one stone. Remember, we're not asking to take your precious $200 collectible and let little Timmy throw it down the stairs. Use common sense.


9. Go Digital
 
It's clear that Minecraft is a better alternative to Lego when it comes to being green. The digital space has infinitely more capacity. It has become mature to incorporate more imaginative worlds. Perhaps physical toys should be overlooked. Instead of collecting figures, collect characters in a game like pokemon or Transformers Battle Tactics.

Curb your toy collecting and go digital, for the sake of Earth.

       

That's it for now, I will slowly update this list or post new ones. I'm going to start putting petitions also, but they have to be solid petitions that people can make sense of. The main goal is spreading awareness and improve constantly. So please share and comment.

Continue the discussion in the Green Toy Collecting community on Google +. 


@budmaloney
#greentoycollecting

*Thanks to user Cobotron from Seibertron.com for the suggestion on hanging figures

Apr 1, 2015

What Do You Desire? What Makes You Itch?



What are you waiting for? Go do it. I'm with you, we're all with you.


If you've seen this video, it's cool. If not , it's also cool. It's not about who saw it first. It's about what it means and what the message is conveying.




Art by

Mar 31, 2015

Green Collecting : Decision and G+ Community



This is a follow up post to my thoughts on collecting Transformers and other toys.

I stressed that we need to start a green culture with regards to collecting toys. There is simply too much plastic on Earth. I see too many repeat pictures of people's collections having the same figures. The problem as I explained is in the environmental damage plastic has. I alluded to the great garbage patches. Which are massive collections of plastic in the Pacific. Please read this to know more about them 

So you read the info on garbage patches? no?

What are you waiting for! READ IT. I'll wait...

Ok so you're not a reader, then watch these two videos embedded below for your convenience

Google: Great Pacific garbage patch. See for yourself.

You're convinced right?

Thankfully, you're a decent human being.

But you're a Transformers/ Toy Collector.

You love plastic. You love toys. They're in your room right now. Displayed with awesome poses and menacing factions vs. heroic ones. You'd probably open the Matrix of leadership if anyone tried to harm your wonderful collection.

Well no one is going to harm it, don't worry. But you may be harming others. Not just countless marine life, birds, etc.. You're harming your friends and family. You're harming yourself. Yes you! Stop hurting yourself.
Indirectly of course. You keep buying more and more and more. It doesn't end. Sure maybe the new figures have tiny non plastic threads keeping your figure inside your pristine clam shell. But you're supporting something that is detrimental. You're creating demand for a market that can't wait to produce more. Who cares right?" The factories are in China. Let those Chinese kids deal with it. They seem to be happy in those pictures when looking for valuables. I'm American, I'm Japanese, I'm Russian, I'm Jamaican, I'm Kenyan, I'm Sauidi Arabian, I'm German, I'm .......it doesn't affect me. "

NEWS FLASH, have you seen the images! Have you read the articles and evidences. The patch is massive! It is global, it affects every single one of you. If not you now, then you tomorrow. Or your kids. Have you seen the unbelievable increase in products everywhere.

You get my point don't you. And for the record I think I like you for getting that point. You care about all of this. You're an intelligent being. Cause and effect. Makes sense right? I'm glad it does make sense.

"Why Bud are you being all preachy and tree hugging all of a sudden?"
 First, I haven't even talked about trees, that is an entire different battle. Second, I'm not being preachy. I'm not better than you or anyone. I'm guilty of consuming lots of plastic. I collected Transformers and many other lovely figures and figurines. I'm a collector. I love the hobby.
I'm trying to find a way to increase awareness and make this collecting culture change. There is a point in the future where we can be collectors and still have the same enjoyment we have today without destroying everything in the process. We can work together. PLEASE let's work together. If you're Mexican, Red Head , or Asian, I want to work with you all. These environmental disasters are becoming very serious exponentially. If anything we should all be preachy about it.

Enough mumbo jumbo then. Let's get to the guts of it all.

I don't know the answer yet. Nor do I have all the solutions.

As much as it pains me, I'm trying to reduce my collection down to one figure. I had sold a lot of my collection and gave away ( see previous post). I still have some stuff back in storage at my old place which is in a completely different country. It will be a long time to get back to them. But whatever collection I have in front of me on the go, I have sold. I intend to only buy 1 or 2 figures and that's it! If I want a new one, I would sell it, or trade it. I should stop it 100% but as I said, I like this hobby and don't want it to be abrupt on you all. I want to phase it out. Going down to 1 figure is a big change. Collectors know what I'm talking about. Help me and help yourselves bring this level down. Propose solutions, talk about it. Spread the word. Be proud that your collection is small , but you put a lot of effort in selecting it. You keep it small to help Earth. Maybe one day you will sell it all. Or recycle it all. But for now, we want to minimize it. Minimize this insane explosion of figure collecting and mass plastic consumption. Set targets for yourselves, set limits. A budget. For me, I'm thinking of only having a Masterpiece Transformer figure or perhaps a legends/deluxe and my tiny MacroBud Lego minifig. Tell me what you would like to do with your collection?

This is ongoing folks. This patch and many other landfills and dumps everywhere, need to be challenged constantly.

I am asking you to make a stand. Not against Megatron or Dr. Octopus. Make a stand against excess plastic in your life. Aspire to be better humans, Cybertronians, inhumans, mutants....whoever you are.

Step by step, we can help spread the awareness. Who knows maybe Hasbro might be willing to join us and lead Green Collecting.

Maybe one day we can call it, Plastic Free Collecting.

What do you say folks?

Come on! It matters. Optimus would do this. Even Megatron would do this. Arcee would do this. All of us are here for Earth as it is for us.

I have created a new Google Plus Community especially for helping raise awareness about plastic consumption and making collecting more green. Perhaps this can slowly make your life more green. Post, comment, talk about this issue. If I'm wrong let me know. I'm here to learn and try to stop this and many other environmental concerns.

Please join or spread the word, everyone is welcome.

The Google Plus community is called "Green Toy Collecting"
and is found here

If you want to make your own community on different sites, please do so. Let me know so I can link it on my blog and everywhere else. 

Mar 28, 2015

TIE Fighter - short film (WATCH IT, SRSLY)



If you haven't seen this, stop what you are doing and watch it. Trust me, it is AMAZING!


Star Wars Rebels? Ha!


This is how Star Wars should have been treated. The creator may receive a hail of lawsuits and copyright infringement, but this type of quality should be rewarded, not ridiculed.


Thank you for making something that we have all been wanting to see. 



Mar 25, 2015

A Dialogue Between Two Transformers




So here was a post on the Transformers Google + community about Decepticons. If you follow the thread they were talking in general about it. I started an argument with awesome user +Bumblebee Autobot . And even though it was short bits, I ended up putting a really long dialogue script. I really liked it because it highlighted many of the points I take issue with. The continuity I was referring to was the Transformers in the Bay movies.It sort of makes sense for other continuities also.
For the record, I may have taken it a bit too far by writing a long post, but it's all in good fun :) and Bumblebee Autobot was a good sport about it.

Here is the dialogue I presented with a little bit of the background I was saying, Enjoy.
(post below is modified for spelling and other clarifications"

"As Decepticons we all care for life forms. But push anyone to the brink of extinction and the lines about caring get really blurred. It is just survival. A law of nature found on Earth also. Humans will slaughter the cows. They will cut down trees. Because they need to survive.  Humans killed each other over and over again. It is sad, war is sad and ugly. Human leaders that claim to fight for freedom are using tools of war to spread said freedom. It is a great cause to fight for life forms. You think Megatron is stupid? or he doesn't know that. He knows that all too well, that's why he is trying to end this war to get to the real progress.

It's like two people wanting to build a house on a lot.
There is guy #1, then guy #2,

#1 says, "ok I need you to promise me, you won't mess this up ok? you won't build the house by killing anyone."

#2 says"yes yes, I got it, can we please start . My wife is waiting for me".

He brings the first block and he just puts it on the soil.

#1 interrupts saying" stop! you're gonna kill people by doing this".

#2 says " I just started, I didn't even finish, no one is dead yet. You are accusing me of something I didn't do".

proceeds to put a second block and #1 takes that block and throws it in a populated area. The lot has people and insects etc.

#2 says " Damn it #1 why did you throw it there? It's populated"

#1 says " you're dangerous, you are not to be trusted with this block. you want to kill everyone, you don't care about life."

#2 says " that's crazy #1, I'm trying to build, of course I care. I told you I have a wife and kids. If you let me just build instead of accusing me".

#2 now goes to the second lot that has his block and there is grass he has to step on to get it unfortunately.

#1 jumps and throwing punches like a delusional person saying "you are a monster, you want to kill these people, hey people, this guy is a harbinger of death , he wants your moneys, he wants your women, he called your momma fat, come help me fight him"

#2 "dude! what's wrong with you? don't make me get violent and defend myself. I have anger issues, and you know that "

#1 "you're yesterday's model, one shall stand one shall fall"

#2 "what are you on? would you leave me alone! Let me just do my job"

#1 "freedom is the right of all sentient beings"

#2 "yes yes WE KNOW THAT, we're trying to live and just get to work and feed our families"

#1 "the sky is blue. Water flows, wind blows"

#2 " would you stop saying random truths and help us"

#1 "I would never help you, you're scum, you want to destroy everything, you're the harbinger of death"

#2 "I swear you're stupid Prime! You take the lifeline of all our race and throw it into space. Let us all die. You point your finger at us and say we don't care about freedom. Putting yourself above others. As if you're appointed to make this ruling. You righteous zealot. You're a fanatic. You're so obsessed with this whole freedom thing. You don't want to compromise breaking an egg to make an omelet. You have to break a few eggs. It's life!  I didn't put this rule. The Universe did. Some poor tree or soil has to be removed to build a house now. I care for the tree, don't get me wrong, but I have families on Cybertron that need to live. Sure I will remove this tree. But I will plant it somewhere else. I will get my top scientist Shockwave to figure it out, he always does. But you, you're crazy man. You're like those paranoid people that want to end world hunger without any effort. Well Prime, I will show you. I will teach you a lesson. I'm going to fight you and your righteous ideology. You're not better than anyone. You always get human children involved in our war. We have a war dumbass! and you're bringing children in the cross fire. NEWS FLASH, they are going to get shot. Someone is going to use this weakness as an advantage. Could be me but probably by some lesser intelligent soldiers of mine in my army. They're less intelligent because they don't have a power source at their home planet so they don't have schools to learn to be good people. They're so lost by their hunger, they don't care. A power source you stole and threw away. Have you ever been truly hungry Prime? Oh yeah I forgot, you're royalty. You're the (let them eat cake type). That's what you sound like all the time.
 

What did you expect Prime? You come onto Earth, making accusations that we are the bad guys. As if things were so simple being good and bad. We only asked for the boy. Even their own governments agreed to this. Their own people are ok with handing over the boy when it came to survival. But no, you have to make a grand spectacle of things. You're going to paint your body with one of their country's flag. Try to win them over. You're going to yell and rush a child to look for his glasses. A child PRIME! You want to put the fate of a 4 million year war on a child! Do you realize the trauma this could cause him? No you don't care. you never cared. Just because Primus said you are leader doesn't make you one. Leaders are molded. They're chosen by the people. They make tough decisions. Yes we may have to destroy Earth's sun now because your stupid actions lost us the friggin Allspark! We may have to bring our own planet in the atmosphere, because once again your stupid actions lost us the friggin Allspark!

Your stupidity pisses me off so much I just want to ...I just want to....I want to crush you with my bare hands!!!  I want to rip out your optics. How could any one be this naive! This is madness AAARRRGGHGHH"

#3 " It's ok megs buddy, relax, he's not worth it man."

#2 " NO STARSCREAM, he has to see this. He has to be accountable for what he's done....he ruined everything. Millions killed because of him. The entire planet was torn apart. He could have talked to us. He could have worked something out. He didn't have to send the allspark away. I flew light years after it. I put my life on the line. What did he do? He just sent it off to space. Saying it's too powerful of an object. People don't do that, we talk it out, we work things out. His attitude was, if I can't have it, no one can. Things don't just get solved by throwing nice quotes around. He is deceiving them. He is deceiving himself!"

#3 "You're right. He brought this upon himself and upon us. Show him you're angry, prove him wrong. He won't understand. I will join your cause.  I will rally all my seekers with you. We may be labelled as bad guys. We may be called Evil. But we will do what we have to , even if that means we have to break a few eggs to save the entire universe"


#1 "Megatron! This ends here. I have tricked Earth's armies to stop you."

#2 " I will never stop Prime. If the universe has to burn just to show you how stupid you are, so be it. I will wait an eternity. Millions will be lost to prove a point. But I will do it. I will make war define us. I will mold my body into a weapon to stop you. One day you will realize, you were wrong."

 
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So yeah they are fictional characters and all. As I said, its fun doing this. 
 

Mar 11, 2015

Why Megatron Needs To Be A Gun!



There are few things in media that instill actual fear in people. As often as G1 is recalled for being "great", today I'm making yet another positive point towards it. Let's face it, Megatron is a wimp in G1. Always was and sadly always will be. Yelling "Decepticons retreat" at the end of each episode. Whimpering at the loss of his wacky doomsday weapons. But there was always this real feeling about him that well, scared us. It would allow him to surpass his wimpyness and visually represent death. Today's tool of death that is. This visual cue would provide the perfect balance and the necessary justification for treating the Decepticons as a threat. It was his gun mode. He turned into the weapon that makes whoever wields it.... a panic inducing murderer. It symbolized pointing and ending someone's life. Such powerful imagery. Rather than be a jet or a car or a truck, Megatron saw beyond that and didn't care, because he was all about power. All about execution. He projected his power in his gun mode. His fusion cannon was always an allusion to his gun mode. His design is simple, your average tin head with eyebrows. Nothing special about him. He allowed the writers to script him as a wimp, but always had the last laugh when he turned into a gun. The gun....something which we all fear. Everyone listens to whoever has a gun. Guns turn normal situations into chaos. It's the mystery of who will get shot and when, that creates suspense. The crown performance that showed everyone that Megatron was a big deal was obviously in the animated movie. He no longer was a wimp. Two words when uttered bring about horrific memories and still to this day cause fans to shake their heads in despair......"Die Autobots". It was the perfect combination of a surprise attack, superb animation, a passionate Frank Welker and the horrific death of key Autobots....all while the incredibly rage induced "Instruments of Destruction" soundtrack was playing. The scene was only one minute and 25 seconds long! But it was exceptionally efficient. We knew then and there that Megatron was not kidding around. Next time you hear someone announce "Decepticons", you knew hell was breaking loose. Brawn, Prowl, Ironhide, Ratchet. Died instantly. They burst into flames for god's sake. From the inside! Now that set the tone. And Megatron didn't need to transform again. He ruthlessly killed Prime and it was epic. We got to see how dark the Decepticons can be. How powerful. So now when any Decepticon announces "prepare for extermination", we have a visual sense of what that could be. The words "Decepticons Attack" had meaning, focus, and fear attached to it. From a writing stand point, that gave the Autobots more of an achievement when they finally did defeat this threat. It gave the Autobots purpose. It was dynamic without needing to say much. Megatron's ruthlessness was also extended to Galvatron a bit. Here we had a wacky scene with trumpets and coronation of Starscream, and Galvatron just waltzes in and ends it efficiently. Giving no attention to protocol, fancy coronations, and regard to any of the other Decepticons. He commands respect and fear in the audience. You said to yourself, "this guy ain't messing around." While the Autobots had fast talking, dumb story telling characters, the Decepticons were serious and were focused. This contrast is what gave the franchise its spark. All stemming from a tyrannical alternative gun mode, that didn't compromise characterization. It went with it all the way.

Look at Megatron now. To make him "evil", he just has more spikes. In animated, his evil trait was not remembering Optimus's name. He turned into a helicopter! Transformers Prime was actually a great depiction of Megatron, that would have been legendary if he had just been a gun. Not some odd looking cybertronian jet. The new Bay movies had him change modes 3 times. Consider this...consider the scene when Megatron returns, he not only rips Jazz in two, but turns into a gun then Starscream wields him killing two or three of the main human characters. Simmons or Mikala for example. Not hating on them, but that would have shot Megatron's stock through the roof. But in Bayverse, the one who is doing the murdering and the ruthless killing was Optimus! It was freaking Optimus who was ripping faces and decapitating his enemies. Do you see a problem with that ? It should have been Megatron, not the hero! Such wasted potential. And even when they made him a tank, we had a nerfed gun shot with barely any recoil that demonstrated no power. His fusion cannon scene was good in the 2007 film, but having Optimus just stand up and walk after it saying "oh and aaah" was lame. Blackout had a powerful weapon in the beginning of the film. This should have been reserved for Megatron. It just shows me how Megatron's characterization has changed. Even in IDW comics, they seem afraid to bring the Megatron characterization back. Deflating any real threat to the scene by having Prime teleport his consciousness into his trailer and what not. Overlord got a good treatment. Sixshot even had a better treatment than Megatron. It seems like IDW, just like most incarnations of the TF franchise are just piggy back riding on that 1 minute and 25 seconds scene in the animated movie (for reference, scene is embedded below).

And for those that are against the gun because it "doesn't make sense, Why would the most powerful Decepticon need someone to wield him.". You are arguing against the strongest point in what makes the Decepticons a unit. You have to be worthy to wield Megatron. It makes more sense that for him to fire a more powerful shot, he compresses his body and energy so much that whatever comes out of that barrel will annihilate everything in its path.It gave us a dynamic connection between the Decepticons. Soundwave, Starscream, Skywarp, all were worthy of him. As a literary action, this was unique to only Transformers. Nowhere did you see, Thanos or Joker get wielded by his second in command. It was unique. The bread and butter of Decepticons. Now they're depicted as treacherous sith like evil characters with no focal point. And his reduction in size is what made him an awesome toy. Kids don't care. I'd argue that out of all the characters, Megatron broke the fourth wall by turning into something we can hold and play with. Made his toy, the only realistic toy out there ( along with Soundwave and the like).

I don't even like Megatron! The day I saw he was no longer a gun was the day I lost respect for that bot. And started rummaging through other characters that meet my criteria. I do understand his importance though. He was the counter weight to all of this.

I do realize the decision for him to not be a gun was due to kids and safety. Which I support, it's good that they did that. But from a character stand point it has hurt them severely. Hasbro doesn't know what to do with him. They're changing his modes, his allegiance, trying to look through history to make him a revolutionary. It's just that Walther P38 was too iconic. Perhaps an adult themed Transformers is needed, hell if you need writers, I'd love to do it. That could be your only option to not have to make a toy and just create a new audience.

For the record and I gotta say this, I don't like guns. In fact I'm completely pro Hasbro not having any guns in the entire franchise for kids. Yes....I know....I just talked about why Megatron needs to be a gun. But if kids are the target audience, keep violence away from them. I'm analyzing the character here and that's why I would urge him to be a gun only in an adult themed TF series, or even the comics. But I think even IDW comics are rated for younger audiences and are meant to sell toys.