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since 1997 | by maryann johanson

because Optimus Prime is a Byronic archetype

The third Transformers movie “won’t be as robot-heavy and there will be fewer explosions,” according to the Los Angeles Times blog Hero Complex, which quotes Michael Bay thusly: “It gets much more into the robot character.”

Or perhaps because Megatron secretly longs to dance upon the stage, but fears how this will impact his relationship with Jetfire.

This has been your WTF Thought for the Day.



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  • JoshDM

    Fail.

    Every true fan knows Jetfire’s relationship is with Starscream, not Megatron.

  • AS IF, JoshDM. Everyone knows the REAL Ho-Yay is between Megatron and Starscream.

    Wait, it “won’t be as robot-heavy” but will “get(s) much more into the robot character?” I don’t get it, but Transformers WITH lots of robots = good. That’s one of the reasons I hated the first one: too much human-focus.

    And full confession? Optimus Prime was my first girlhood love.

  • JoshDM

    Don’t you ever quote TVTropes at me again.

  • JoshDM

    Also, Bay will be focusing on more Chihuahua antics this time around.

  • JSW

    Or perhaps because Megatron secretly longs to dance upon the stage, but fears how this will impact his relationship with Jetfire.

    I think his secret’s out.

  • Paul

    Yes, quoting TV tropes is dangerous. Sure, the beneficial side effect is a sense of scale, context, and perspective about the media, but the main effect is I lose an hour or two of my life.

  • Bluejay

    I think his secret’s out.

    Oh. My. God.

  • Victor Plenty

    That YouTube clip is hilarious even to me, with minimal knowledge of Transformers storylines or characters. And that TVTropes page makes me more than happy to keep my knowledge of those subjects as minimal as humanly possible.

  • JoshDM

    You want to lose some more hours?

    Try the oft-humorous Transformers Wiki.

  • Shadowen

    MaryAnn, I loves ya, and I agree with you about Revenge of the Fallen, but you mock Optimus Prime’s being a fine example of a heroic archetype (though not a Byronic one) one more time and you an’ me is gonna have words.

    To steal from Brian Clevinger: I never understood religious fanatics, until I asked myself, “What if God is their Optimus Prime?” Which is not to say that I worship a gigantic alien robot, even one so advanced as to be in disguise, but if Prime were to say to me in that inimitable voice, “I need you to kill a man,” that man would be fucking dead. “I got your back, Prime!”, and next thing you know I’m shopping for sniper rifles.

    Just as well he’s as fictional as God too, I suppose.

    Also, I fully expect more dreck from Bay, but until I see it, I will possess that rarest of treasures, which is Hope.

  • MaryAnn

    if Prime were to say to me in that inimitable voice, “I need you to kill a man,” that man would be fucking dead. ”

    Terrifying.

  • MaryAnn

    Also, Byronic archetypes are way too angst-ridden to ask anyone to kill for them (they’d feel too guilty afterward). But they would probably mope about how the people they want dead never just die already.

  • Bluejay

    Forget Prime as God; how about Prime as President?

    http://www.lazarusworld.com/archives/images/CNN-Election-Winner.jpg

    http://galleygrub.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/change-into-a-truck1.jpg

    Although with our luck he’d sacrifice himself nobly on some damn fool mission, and we’d wind up with dithering Vice President Ultra Magnus in charge…

  • Although with our luck he’d sacrifice himself nobly on some damn fool mission, and we’d wind up with dithering Vice President Ultra Magnus in charge…

    AHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

  • JoshDM

    I was gonna say something regarding succession, but I can’t find a way to combine “Hot Rod” and “Obama” into a proper amalgam without making it sound creepy-weird.

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