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Transformers Prime Discussion: Floor Space Symbolism

draqua:

At the end of Orion Pax Part 3, the camera zooms in on the Autobot symbol on the floor before cutting to black; symbolizing Optimus’ return to the Autobot side, his reunification with his family, and ushers in the new season proper. 

Woo yeah!


But at the end of Toxicity, the last episode to air before the S2 break, a near-dead Bulkhead falls through the Ground Bridge and completely obscures the symbol before cutting to black.

I dunno.  I just think it’s neat.

It’s a little hard to see… but he fell on the symbol while trying to practice walking in Out of the Past too…

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Just a little something that popped into my head way back when Toxicity first aired…

To give the Insecticon Hardshell visual distinction from his fellow bugs, his body is decorated with white stripes.  I couldn’t help but be reminded of Stripes from the Gremlins movies, who was granted a similar unique look to indicate his status as central antagonist.  Not to mention they share other visual cues as well…

There’s also the fact that The HUB frequently airs Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch as part of their HUB Family Movies…

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krakenbell:

draqua:

“I will terminate you the next time we meet.”

“So be it, Dreadwing…”

Optimus just looks and sounds so pained during this exchange.

I mean, think about it.  Optimus always attempts diplomacy first: with Skyquake, Megatron, Starscream, and even Unicron!  We can also safely presume he’s been attempting this since the war began, thousands of years ago and up until the beginning of the series.  And it never works.  Every single time Optimus extends the hand of peace, it nearly gets cut off, or someone’s just looking for a good place to stick a knife.  Optimus is always placed against others, he can’t die and let his Autobot family fall prey to the Decepticons or a hostile planet.  He has to survive…  but constantly at the cost of those he might have called allies or even friends.

And then finally, finally, Optimus finds someone who stops and listens; even if its just for a moment.  He meets a Decepticon that will disarm the bomb, that will put reason before violence, that will shoulder his gun rather than take the easy kill…

But the man still insists that he will fight Optimus to the death when next they meet.  Optimus comes the closest he’s ever been to finally having something to show for his rhetoric of offering peace before war, and it still flies away from him…

Oh, good. And now I feel slightly ill.

It’s pretty much true, though.

For added sadness, consider this:

In the first act of Triangulation, Optimus instructs Ratchet to partner up with Wheeljack to hunt for the next relic; a concept Ratchet is highly adverse to.  Optimus’ statement of "You would be wise to welcome the temporary alliance…" has a direct implication within this episode, hinting at the upcoming events between both himself and Dreadwing (and Starscream but only to an extent).  But it also foreshadows the plot of the upcoming Triage and the subsequent bonding of Ratchet and Wheeljack.

In fact, all the “T” episodes contain a similar unifying theme of forging new friendships.  In Tunnel Vision, Jack and Miko meet Vogel and induct him somewhat into their ranks.  In Triage, Ratchet and Wheeljack become friends in-spite of contrasting personalities.  And in Toxicity, Bulkhead and Fowler bond as army buddies.  Note also that in the Darkness Rising 5 parter, Bulkhead was initially highly dismissive of Fowler, voting to leave him as a Decepticon prisoner and certain death.

Basically, everyone else gains a new and important bond with someone else in these episodes…  Except Optimus, who has to settle for merely coming very close.

(via renegadeautobotmischief)

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Transformers Prime Discussion: Floor Space Symbolism

At the end of Orion Pax Part 3, the camera zooms in on the Autobot symbol on the floor before cutting to black; symbolizing Optimus’ return to the Autobot side, his reunification with his family, and ushers in the new season proper. 

Woo yeah!


But at the end of Toxicity, the last episode to air before the S2 break, a near-dead Bulkhead falls through the Ground Bridge and completely obscures the symbol before cutting to black.

I dunno.  I just think it’s neat.

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