I seriously hope this hasn’t been done yet.
I’m just posting this here and leaving again, I still don’t want to see any AAMFP spoilers.
So, Transformers Prime is over and I have a lot of questions. I could’ve made a lot more badly drawn comics about it, but I should actually get stuff done for my studies, so I can’t do that right now. This text is going to be nothing but spoilers, so please do not read it if you haven’t watched Predacons Rising yet (and please don’t attack me for watching the leaked movie online, I’ll buy the DVD as soon as I can).
First of all, I can’t believe Miko actually wasn’t in the movie. I wished for that in a post a month or two ago and I’m amazed that she didn’t even get a cameo, I’m thankful for that. Now, there are a few thing I didn’t quite understand, and maybe that’s because it’s been a while now that I watched the episodes and I have the worst memory, but these are the biggest questions I have right now:
- What about Airachnid? I know she’s on some planet being a zombie hybrid thing, but what is she doing? What if she finds a way to leave the planet?
- What happened to Starscream? Is he dead? I honestly feel cheated, he’s one of my favourite characters and I feel like he’s been wasted in the movie. He didn’t really do anything. And, considering that this is the end of the entire series, why didn’t we get to see what happened to him? Will there be a sequel of some sort? Because if he got murdered, I would’ve liked to see the body. Not because I’m some sadist, but because we’ve spent three seasons with this guy and I would like to know what happened to him. I need closure.
- I don’t believe Soundwave’s still lost. He’s one of the most intelligent and skilled Decepticons, I doubt he can’t find his way back into our reality. I was kinda pissed that he didn’t show up, because he’s my favourite character and he’s probably the most badass thing in the entire show, but, well, if it couldn’t be done…
- Just something I’d like to say: It doesn’t matter what you do in your ending. It doesn’t matter if you give me a three hour-speech, if the world is saved, if everything in the entire universe is good again - if achieving all of that means losing Prime, it’s a sad ending. I don’t care how positive he’s about it, when Optimus dies, shit gets sad. It’s a rule.
Other than that, I had mixed feelings towards the movie. I had fun watching it, but for a finale, it felt like there are a lot of things missing, at least for my taste. But I liked it alright. I love how my enjoyment of Transformers is completely screwing with my ability to tell if things are good or bad, and I don’t even care. I just know what I like and what I dislike, and I had fun with this.
Oh, and please tell me if I’ve done the spoiler warning thing right, I have no idea how to do that because I’m stupid and incapable of doing stuff right.
Okay, I’ll go over the images first.
I believe it wasn’t until after Starscream spoke up that Megatron said he would no longer inflict oppression. It was because of Starscream that he said it out loud (or at least it was the presented opportunity). And let’s not forget what Starscream was saying. He proposed they restart the Autobot/decepticon war. (Which does make him seem a little out of character, unless he isn’t. What if he was Megatronus’ Lady Macbeth all along?) And I don’t remember Megtron being that cruel and abrasive about this point. There is no doubt that Starscream is case study #01 for just how damaging Megatron’s emotional and physical abuse can be: I just doubt that that’s what we’re seeing in this scene (if my memory serves me correctly, which in these matters it usually does).
For the second set; Ratchet was left on Earth, even if he did leave for a good portion of the Predacon Rising, I’m guessing returned afterwards. And I’ll address the point you make in your essay Airachnid here as well; I rewatched the episode to be sure, and she was located by Soudwave’s space-bridge onto one of Cybertron’s moons. Because of this she would have no way of making interstellar travel (given I highly doubt she or any of the insecticons has access to the kind of technology that Unicron installed in Megatron’s upgraded body, to make the travel fromthe moon to Earth in a time efficient manner). she have been an issue on Cybertron? Definitely. On Earth? I doubt it.
Now for the essay.
"First of all, I can’t believe Miko actually wasn’t in the movie. I wished for that in a post a month or two ago and I’m amazed that she didn’t even get a cameo, I’m thankful for that."
Of course she wasn’t there. None of the humans were. They weren’t important anymore. If Cybertron was secured, they would remain safe as well (at least regarding the Unicron threat as it was presented), so they had no need of being reintroduced
- What happened to Starscream? Is he dead? Considering that this is the end of the entire series, why didn’t we get to see what happened to him?… Because if he got murdered, I would’ve liked to see the body. Not because I’m some sadist, but because we’ve spent three seasons with this guy and I would like to know what happened to him. I need closure.”
He got torn apart by Predacons. He was probably ripped limb from limb and, quite frankly, I didn’t want to see that. And if this was the case, especially because he wasn’t a faceless drone, I don’t know if a series meant for children would have gotten clearance to show such a violent death. And, in a way, Starscream got his for abusing the predacons. I love Starscream as much as the next fan (maybe not as much in this series as others), but I think he got some poetic justice for his sins.
I honestly feel cheated, he’s one of my favourite characters and I feel like he’s been wasted in the movie. He didn’t really do anything.
Upon thinking about it, you’re right that he didn’t really do much. He was there building predacons with Shockwave and he would later be the on to discover the bone-yard between the two of them. Megatron showed up, Starscream gave Megatron welcoming that was more shippy than anyone could have hoped for, then Unicron beat Starscream in a display that startled Shockwave through it’s show of brute force. (If you listen closely, you can hear him say ‘woah’ after Starscream was thrown.) So that probably put him out of commission for a while, or at least inspired him to lay low until Megatron was a little less… Unicron. But yeah, he was rather unused for such an important and fan-beloved character.
On another note; When he attempted to reunite with Megatron before his supposed death his motivations felt… off. They didn’t feel like him. Unless they were his true intentions all along. The more I really think about it the more I wouldn’t be surprised if he had been Megatron’s Lady Macbeth from the very beginning. My personal favorite rule of thumb as a Transformers viewer (learned from Bayverse Starscream) is that you don’t underestimate Starscream’s role in /everything/. So maybe he wasn’t as wasted as we thought. What qualifies as ‘wasted’? Was Breakdown wasted? In some people’s opinions, probably. Is there hope for Starscream from our perspective? Yes. Is it very likely? Sadly, no.
Will there be a sequel of some sort?
I have heard the most vague of rumors, but I dare not hope or believe. Such sweet things are usually too wonderful to happen in our fandom. (Although if we rise up like we did for Animated, who knows? I feel like we have a better chance for Prime than we did before. But the chances are still small. Maybe not a direct sequal? Just something in the same universe would satisfy me.) But that’s enough of wishes and dreams for this essay.
I don’t believe Soundwave’s still lost. He’s one of the most intelligent and skilled Decepticons, I doubt he can’t find his way back into our reality. I was kinda pissed that he didn’t show up, because he’s my favourite character and he’s probably the most badass thing in the entire show, but, well, if it couldn’t be done…
I don’t think she’s lost either. (Allow me my interpretive gender, I know it’s not for everyone, but it’s a little representation I like to cling to.) When the children were caught in the shadowzone they were saved by the Autobots opening a ground bridge. Can’t Soundwave do that on will? By all accounts she’ll probably figure it out eventually, given she has all the time she needs. (Unless the Bridge needs to be opened from the desired dimension, but I have doubts that will be necessary.) The real question is; “It’s a ship, it moves.” And according to the kids’ experience, the shadowzone is a loop of the place it opened. So how stationary is this loop? Is she trapped in the command center of the Nemesis or is she stuck somewhere in the middle of space? Does she see space? Or does she see only the command center on loop? If I think about it anymore I’ll make myself sad because she was my favorite as well (along with Knockout and Orion/Optimus). And damn, do I miss her.
Just something I’d like to say: It doesn’t matter what you do in your ending. It doesn’t matter if you give me a three hour-speech, if the world is saved, if everything in the entire universe is good again - if achieving all of that means losing Prime, it’s a sad ending. I don’t care how positive he is about it, when Optimus dies, shit gets sad. It’s a rule.
I will share in your sorrows for a moment and say; I cried far more than is becoming of a grown man every time I watched that scene (thrice, to be exact). But I like to think the sparkling that came up to the camera at the end was Orion. Not only out of a desperate hope, but because to the All-Spark they’re all supposed to return, aren’t they? And it flashed red and blue. Orion’s colors. (Which is a fancy bit of world building if this means that the spark indicated the person’s paint colors, so this means that their colors aren’t random or personal preference. I could go on about all the possible implications if this is true.)
And don’t worry, your giant spoiler warning at the head of the image worked nicely for anyone who could need it . I see you posted this about a month ago, so I hope I’m not to late to get a response :)