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wruzicka-reblogs:

Oh? What sort of song did you want to have playing during Megatron’s death?

Something weird. So, how it went is, I started googling death scenes in movies, cuz I really wanted to get into it. And in my searches I came across this song from Riz Ortolani, the Opening theme to Cannibal Holocaust. And it was just really odd and serene and pop-y with the synth base. It’s not exactly what I’d have used, but… it was intriguing to me. 

Also, while on the subject, one of the best death scenes I’d seen was from The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. It’s nothing like the Megatron scene, but what I liked was the complexity of it all and the mixed emotions. Remember, I storyboarded a death scene that was WAY too long.

Confession: I like to imagine Cohen’s “Hallelujah” playing during Megatron’s death scene. There’s the inherent irony in the title, and you can sync up “the minor fall” with Meg’s plummet down to earth, and “the major lift” with BB pulling Optimus back on the ship. And, though it’s a ways into the episode “the baffled king composing” when Predaking wakes up to see the sunrise over Cybertron.

Filed under tfp megatron wruzicka-reblogs you can go even further with some of the later lyircs and Megatron's revival via Unicron...

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aairachnid asked: What do you think Airachnid's motivations were, if any? I believe she did it just for her own amusement more than anything

I agree. It’s my personal opinion that Airachnid did what she did purely for amusement. You could maaaaayyyybbeee go farther with it and say that her actions are a by-product of war normalizing this behavior for her, but I dunno.

I kinda got the vibe she was just always messed up and the war for Cybertron/subsequent loss of society just gave her an outlet to hunt and kill unfettered. That’s why she never really had much loyalty to the Decepticons and why she was always trying to leave their ranks once captured. She didn’t believe in their cause and she just wanted out to rack up more kills because that’s how she got enjoyment and fulfillment out of life.

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eruspertempus asked: Hey Draqua, I wanted to let you know I still find any and all Transformers Prime and Transformers Related commentary you give enlightens me and gives me a continued appreciation of the series. Thank you for your insight.

Honestly, I could talk about Transformers Prime all day and I’m always really glad to receive comments like yours and others. It feels like we’re all having a good time here. It’s a show I enjoyed watching from beginning to end and it’s a show I enjoy re-watching and picking apart. Because I honestly do feel it’s a really solid piece of work with great characters and a lot to love and talk about. Transformers in general always provides interesting discussion.

Of course, there are other, non-Transformers related, shows I love just as much, and which I encourage people to check out, but Transformers Prime will always have special place in my heart.

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joyseeker56 asked: Thoughts on Airachnid and reasons for her being one of your favorite villainesses?

Airachnid is great because she’s a completely unrepentant female villain with a slew of interesting powers/abilities all honed towards chaos causing and murder making.

She delights in inflicting torture, death, and physical/emotional pain upon others and at no point does the show ever attempt to soften her up, redeem her, or undermine her evilness. She’s just this wicked beast who commits atrocities because she likes to, and though her motives may not be terribly deep or complex, there’s something refreshing about a female character who likes to do bad things just cause. Plus, she does has goals she works towards, even if they most add up to “kill and get away from or kill people who limit my ability to kill so that I may kill more”.

Her voice and elements of her design are sexually appealing but her physical sexuality is not framed as something which makes her dangerous (the murdering thing is). She’s not motivated by love/lost love, nor is she tied up into a romantic plotline (in fact, she easily kills the one character who expressed semi-interest in her). She has a staggering level of self-confidence and self-respect, and while other characters display horror and disgust at her actions, it’s clear they respect the threat she represents as well.

Plus, she’s just really, really cool. And her ultimate fate of being left as a zombie bleeding Insecticons dry while looking over Cybertron is the metal-est thing ever.

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onwardforalways asked: Soooo... because the Marvel meme has TONS of good ones, I'll be periodically dropping by to drop another name. But for now? Spider-man.

urbanayellow:

Spider-Man: How have you dealt with some of the tragedies in your life?

(That’s cool, man. c: I think I may answer this one ooc because, well, let’s be honest… Bumblebee doesn’t know HOW to deal with the tragedies in his life.

When Raf was injured from Megatron’s blast, when Bumblebee lost his T Cog to MECH, his voice especially — He doesn’t deal with it. Bumblebee doesn’t try to find alternatives/solutions to his problems, he whines and pouts and grumps about the base until he gets his way somehow.

And the way the show played out?

He never had to learn HOW to cope, EVER. Raf got hurt? Raf got better. He lost his T Cog? He got it back. He lost his voice? He got it back too.

It’s actually disappointing in a way. Because Arcee, Wheeljack, Ratchet.. A lot of the characters went through tons of character growth and yet Bumblebee never really has to learn to get over his issues, because he’s kinda hand fed his solutions (which end up being the exact thing he wants through forms of miracles in some cases) so he never has to cope.

As a Mun I intend to change some of the canon Transformers Prime for the universe I share with my friends to change this.

But I’ll just be clear now — (To ANYONE reading this) — I do NOT hate Transformers Prime. There are some things that I think could be improved on, but most people feel that way about most things. So please, no hate! I’m honestly just trying to be constructive as I’ve had a lot of time to sit and think on Bumblebee’s character.

And thank you again, Onward, for giving me a chance to write up things I haven’t had much of a chance to. c:)

It’s an interesting situation… A lot of the “big character set pieces” put in place for Bumblebee generally end up being about Ratchet.

  • Raf gets injured? Ratchet comes up with the solution to save the kid’s life
  • Bumblebee loses his T-Cog? Ratchet’s both willing to sacrifice his own and then can fix BB’s after its been shot at
  • Bumblebee’s got no voice and gets fatally wounded by Megatron? Bumblebee falls into a magical pit of glop the Ratchet spent the last episode making which fixes the voice thing, heals the wound, and basically gives BB the advantage necessary to kill Megatron

Bumblebee’s character often ends up being used to prop up Ratchet on a basic writing level. And on a character level, every hardship BB runs into is either directly or indirectly solved by Ratchet. (Even in Predacon Rising, Bumblebee has to call Ratchet in to deal with the Ultra Magnus situation).

Like I said, I find it interesting for a children’s television cartoon to use a character so iconic to the franchise and one supposedly close to the target demographic as window dressing to an elderly character. And it also sets up some groundwork for the RiD sequel series. Because now Bumblebee’s in a position of authority and maaaaaayyyybbbeeee won’t be able to yell out: “Please Ratchet, will you fix it for me?”

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wonderfulakari:

draqua:

For real though, Beware the Batman has this great underlying theme of the importance of forming positive relationships with people and the dangers of isolation.

Bruce’s attempts to raise himself above the limitations of humanity and work independently are shown to be highly destructive, disturbing, and ultimately counter-productive to his cause. Villains in the show are either disconnected from others, seek to exploit and/or abuse the people around them, or have twisted understandings of what constitutes healthy human interaction. Throughout the season, both Batman and Bruce Wayne form a multi-skilled team of mutually respected people around themselves and it is through this bond that they find success. And much of that teamwork is facilitated by Katana who he has a very strong interpersonal relationship with, though not necessarily a romantic one.

I love the way you can always find the good in a story.  BTB might not be as good as the other DC shows but by all means it is worth watching when you have some free time.

Oh my, thank you (^-^*)ノ

To be fair, the theme of selfish independence versus positive cohabitation is a major recurring theme in contemporary western cartoons. But this makes sense because, hey, it’s a good message to teach the kids. And the fun for viewers is picking out how this theme is delivered, and the slight differences from show to show.

Like, Transformers Prime utilizes this concept while also mixing in a sub-theme of progression versus stagnation. The Autobots form genuine and evolving bonds of family and friendship with one another, all while forging new relationships with humanity. They use the new ideas they’ve learned along the way, and take their society in a new direction after the war. Whereas the Decepticons are not dynamic, seeking to drag out a pointless war, and most of its flag-ship members are completely self-serving. There’s a recurring motif of resurrecting the dead to emphasize this; see the zombies, Skyquake, the Predacons, Sentinel Prime’s arm, Cylas, Galvatron, etc. The Decepticons presented as not completely evil are shown to have some understanding of positive relationships (Breakdown and Skyquake+Dreadwing), but all of these characters are unable or unwilling to take new direction in life even when the choice is offered to them on a silver platter and they eventually die. Knockout, who also sought to make friendships with his crew-members, is able to make a change and thus survives.

In Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated, the above theme is tackled with a dash of recognizing the importance of self-reflection and subsequent improvement. Throughout the two seasons, Freddy’s group spends a lot of time tackling their personal and relationship based problems, coming out stronger people and stronger friends as a result. Whenever they experience the greatest success is when they work together in sync, and the finale arc very literally has them combining their skills together. Brad’s team did not confront their demons, thus their issues were left to fester, leaving them twisted adults with an equally twisted group dynamic and a bird that turns into Cthulhu.

Kaijudo deals with three clashing ideologies which come up in both major and minor ways in overall seasons and individual episodes: segregation (as symbolized by the Duel Masters), exploitation (as symbolized by The Choten), and coexistence (as symbolized by Ray).

Etc.

You could probably pick it out of a bunch of other shows too. Like I said, it’s a good theme to have and carries a lot of cool story-telling/characterization potential with it.

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animeftw10:

draqua:

So, it’s been awhile, but I just really noticed it…

In “Loose Cannons”, Dreadwing’s introductory episode, Bulkhead attempts at one point to throw himself over the edge of the carrier and blow himself up. But Wheeljack, Bulkhead’s brother-in-arms, stops him. In “Regeneration”, Dreadwing’s final episode, Dreadwing throws himself into a certainly fatal situation (note the repeated visuals of the characters “walking over an edge”) and the whole point is that he doesn’t have his brother there to stop him. And Dreadwing wasn’t there back in “Master and Students” to stop Skyquake either…

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#I guess you could say… the bond between people are the real power

… Yes. Yes, it is. Both in real life, especially for me, and in this show, especially for the Seeker Twins.

;A;

Persona 4 has taught us all so much…

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So, it’s been awhile, but I just really noticed it…

In “Loose Cannons”, Dreadwing’s introductory episode, Bulkhead attempts at one point to throw himself over the edge of the carrier and blow himself up. But Wheeljack, Bulkhead’s brother-in-arms, stops him. In “Regeneration”, Dreadwing’s final episode, Dreadwing throws himself into a certainly fatal situation (note the repeated visuals of the characters “walking over an edge”) and the whole point is that he doesn’t have his brother there to stop him. And Dreadwing wasn’t there back in “Master and Students” to stop Skyquake either…

Filed under maccadam tfp transformers prime dreadwing wheeljack skyquake bulkhead I guess you could say... the bond between people are the real power

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draqua:

At last we come to the third and final season of Transformers Prime, and a final cartoon music video to cap it all off. Be advised that this CMV contains footage from all 13 episodes of the season along with the finale film , and as such, there are massive spoilers.
We’re back to heavy action and audio sync for this one, it was a lot of fun to put together.

See you next time…

Title: Watch Closely
Footage: Transformers Prime Beast Hunters (Season 3), Predacon Rising
Audio: Saliva
Artist: Ladies and Gentlemen

#god this is gorgeous#thank you so much for making this#badass song and badass show hell yeah#and i like the ending#despite this song being so loud and violent#the ending was really well done and gave off a very sad and mellow feel

Thank-you very much, I really love reading comments in the tags like this. It makes me happy to know I have inspired “hell yeah” feelings. Also, I’m glad that you enjoyed the ending. I was a little worried when I was editing all the footage together, since it was such an action heavy video (as you noted), I wondered if I should just end it off on a bang. But Optimus’ dive into The Allspark was just too powerful for me to not include. If you enjoyed it, then that’s proof enough for me that it was a good decision.

Thanks again!

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