Posts tagged optimus prime
Posts tagged optimus prime
*Puts on toque*
*Puts on sunglasses*
*Drives voyager FE Optimus along my desk*
I didn’t choose the Transformers life…
The Transformers life chose me
“…Tony Fleecs’ Botcon-exclusive variant cover for “My Little Pony Micro Series” #5 featuring Pinkie Pie. In an unprecedented crossover between Hasbro’s “Transformers” and “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” Pinkie Pie cosplays as Optimus Prime, dancing on the massive hand of the Big Bot himself, as he gives a quizzical tilt of his head. The variant cover will be available at this year’s Transformers Botcon in San Diego from June 27 - 30. The regular issue of “My Little Pony Micro Series” #5 written by Ted Anderson with interiors by Ben Bates hits stores June 26.”
Well… That’s just Pie
I’d been wanting to do a spoken version of demiurget’s double whammy dig at the Alicorn Twilight reactions and memories of Beast Wars past, and with the election season over, I figured now was as good a time as any.
All credit for the script goes to demiurget. Again, don’t take this too seriously.
That’s it. That’s the show.
You’re really asking an impossible question… but I’d probably say It’s a Bot Time/Bot to the Future combo just for how much PAYOFF there is in that season finale!
First off, let me just say I’m sorry I didn’t respond to this until now.
Secondly, I agree that the S1 finale is really cool with lots of great character moments and pay-off. Your response in fact prompted me to re-watch the two episodes, and I picked up a nice little “arc conclusion” I hadn’t really noticed before.
In “Bot to the Future”, Optimus and BB team up with the Rescue Bots to take down Dr. Morocco. When I first watched the episode, I wrote off their appearance as a simple cameo placed their to give the finale a little bit more dazzle, but ultimately being superfluous to the plot. The thing is… I was wrong.
What made me reconsider my initial reading was Optimus’ utterance of “RESCUE BOTS: ROLL OUT!” to which Heatwave responds “I like the sound of that!”.
Throughout the entirety of S1, Heatwave’s been chomping at the bit to work with Optimus Prime. Heatwave always assumed that Griffon Rock was a waste of his time and talents. That he was being disrespected in being asked to play the part of a simple machine, and that he would be better utilized and valued amongst the Nevada team. He took every conversation he had with Optimus as a chance to beg to be transferred.
But finally, in the finale, Heatwave gets the opportunity to fight alongside Optimus Prime. Heatwave at first wishes to stay with Optimus at all times, but is told “Stay with your team!”, which Heatwave does. Eventually, said Last of the Primes is hollering out the Autobot’s signature battle cry for the Rescue Bots team. But if you pay careful attention, Heatwave is in fact leading Optimus and BB in the charge against the Morbots. Heatwave both achieves his goal of being recognized as a capable Autobot fighter while also realizing his own importance as a leader and valued guardian of Griffon Rock. It’s Atonement with the Father/Father Figure!
Optimus even notes during the denouement that it has been “an honor to serve with [the Rescue Bots]”. So yeah, nice little conclusion to Heatwave’s character arc that gets tied in subtly. Very cool.
Favorite incarnation of Optimus Prime
If you’d asked me this question a year ago, I probably would have soundly answered TFA!Optimus. But, in all honesty, TFP!Optimus Prime might be competing for that top spot in my heart.
I dunno… this isn’t really something I can explain concisely. Is it because he’s fresh on my mind? Is it just because he’s associated with TFP and Rescue Bots, and I like those shows so much, therefore I automatically like him? Is it because he suffers a lot and I’ve found watching his wonderfully animated face curl in pain whilst listening to Peter Cullen’s deep voice pluck my heartstrings oddly therapeutic? I dunno…
And even still, I really love Animated’s Optimus, he’s got a strong character arc, he’s different, humble, human, funny, and very charismatic. But this Optimus comes courtesy of a cartoon that’s just not my glass of gin. Said cartoon also has a weird habit of putting Optimus so much in the spotlight that other characters get their development and depth sucked away in favor of Optimus’ (Optimus needs to go on a journey from childhood to adulthood, so Bumblebee remains forever childish. Optimus needs to show how kind/understand/progressive he is, so Sentinel never evolves beyond being a bully-foil, etc.). None of that is TFA!Optimus’ direct fault of course, but it does spoil him somewhat in retrospect. Again, a subjective thing.
This scene, man… Just… Come the fuck on, SP!
Furthermore, if you asked me which Optimus was the best in terms of character writing, I’d probably direct you to IDW!Optimus: but this question specifies my personal favorite. And I’m no comic buff.
So, it’s going to be a close draw between TFA!Optimus and TFP!Optimus with both positives and negatives for both sides. Too bad this query didn’t just say “favorite Optimus”, cause then I could have just said BW!Optimus Primal and been done with it.
I called my brother upstairs to clean his room and he goes “Optimus prime doesn’t clean rooms”
Because this scene is combat porn. Obviously, after that kick, the fight still continues, but it ends up with Dreadwing getting his aft kicked and it’s kinda painful for me, a Dreadwing fan, to see on a continuous loop.
Oh, and the last one is a bonus, presented to you by the crazier part of me. The words are inspired by Zack Fair~
(Episode source: Transformers Prime S2 “Hard Knocks”)
I’d actually like to talk about this fight scene for a minute here, because I find it not only to be a marvel of animation, blocking, and sound design… but also what it says about the characters and their arcs.
Consider this moment. Dreadwing plants a bomb on Bulkhead’s back, only for Bulkhead to pull the ol’switcheroo and stick the explosive on Dreadwing instead.
An admirable effort, but you’ve obviously forgotten how our last encounter ended…
No, I didn’t.
See, this is the key element. Bulkhead, for all his stubbornness, is still a person who can learn from his mistakes. Dreadwing one-upped him before in “Loose Cannons”, so Bulkhead took that as an educational experience, planned accordingly, and his intelligence pays off. Dreadwing, however, utilizes the same strategy, failing to compensate for his foe’s evolution, and suffers the consequences for his complacency. It’s a creative and visceral example of Dreadwing’s central character flaw: he cannot consider new ways of doing things; he cannot conceive that the world and people around him are changing, nor can he advance himself. In sticking to classic ideals without admitting the world, his cause, and the people around him have changed, he becomes his own worst enemy. It is this stagnation which ultimately proves to be his downfall several times over.
Dreadwing gets stuck with his own bombs, and murdered with his own gun.
What’s also interesting is who Bulkhead took into the field during this episode: Smokescreen. When Smokescreen was first introduced in “New Recruit”, Bulkhead feared being replaced by Smokey and continued to treat the kid coldly until the third act of “The Human Factor”, wherein Smokescreen saved Bulkhead, thus earning the Wrecker’s respect and friendship. Throughout “Hard Knocks”, Bulkhead both supports Smokescreen mentally by giving him advice on how to approach his new role amongst the Autobots, and backs Smokescreen up on the battlefield as well. Basically, Bulkhead initially disliked for Smokescreen for personal reasons, but eventually got over those feelings and forged a strong new relationship that has continued to pay off for both characters: Smokescreen saved Bulkhead and Bulkhead’s advice continues to influence Smokescreen’s maturity.
By contrast, Dreadwing consistently refuses Optimus Prime’s offer for friendship all throughout season 2. He continually returns to the Decepticon side, in spite of the fact that Megatron shows little to no respect for Dreadwing’s personal safety or moral values.
He sticks to his desire for revenge and faction loyalty even as evidence increasingly mounts that his efforts are wasted. In the end, Dreadwing is faced with an ultimatum: try something new, forge a new relationship, expand his skills, forgo his immediate personal issues for expansive, long-term benefits… but he just can’t do it. He cannot let go, he cannot leave his faction, no matter how hollow it has become. He cannot advance. And it costs him his life.
This all comes together in this fight scene. There’s a lot more going on here then two guys kicking each other in the guts.
Love how Optimus protects Arcee from the scraplets.
Due to robustness, he will now be able to protect his family more efficiently.
I think, though, the real issue here is: when is Ratchet gonna take Optimus’ new body for a test drive?
What I like so much about this scene is you can tell that he really doesn’t want to give Smokescreen the Matrix of Leadership. Not so much because he doesn’t trust Smokescreen. After all, Smoky just spent the last few days doing everything he could to keep Optimus alive.
Rather, when Alpha Trion points out that Smokescreen would have to go through everything Optimus did… that’s when he becomes concerned, that’s when he realizes he can’t go gently into that good night just yet. Because Optimus won’t let anyone else go through what he went through. Because the point of Optimus’ lifework has been to make a world where people like Smokescreen never have to suffer the way Optimus Prime has…
I honestly thought you were going to go Dinobot or Ultra Magnus. Shows what I know!
Ah, very interesting!
Well, it’s true that Dinobot is my overall favorite character, but he’s a Maximal so I just wouldn’t feel right using him for this question. Plus, I think we all know how much I love that character.
I like Ultra Magnus a lot too…
This is particularly awesome because Frank Welker was the dubbed voice of Totoro in the Walt Disney 2006 English re-release.