- Rung is my favorite robot.
- Have I mentioned HOW MUCH I LOVE RUNG?
- I feel like people don’t always realize just how brave Rung is. It’s not like he can defend himself physically, but he’s so calm in the face of physical danger, and it’s amazing.
- Rung talking Brainstorm down was, predictably, my favorite. It is so rare to see nonviolent solutions to conflict in fiction. And it’s so rare to see nonviolent solutions shown to be as effective or even more effective than violence as a means of solving problems.
But that’s exactly what we see here. It reminds me strongly of issue 6: Once again, Rodimus decides to use force to solve a problem, and once again violence fails to solve that problem. Once again, Rung takes a nonviolent approach - and once again, a nonviolent approach is what ends up working. Violence escalates the problem, but empathy and compassion de-escalate it.
- Basically what I’m trying to say is, Rung’s skills at solving problems through nonviolence are just as useful and valuable as anyone else on the team. They brought him along for a reason.
- Rung refuses to give up on people or to throw them away, and I love him for it.
- I always figured that Rung’s alt mode would end up having some kind of actual function. I’m still not sure I like it, though - I’m fond of the idea of his alt mode being legitimately nonfunctional, and therefore a real threat to Functionist philosophy. If Rung’s alt mode really does serve no function, it threatens their entire society just by existing. If it does, well… that does change things as a result. I’m willing to wait and see how I feel about this development, though, and I did expect it.
- Hellish-Functionist-AU Rung is such an amazing nonviolent badass and I love it.
- The visual callback at the very end of this issue is worth mentioning. Rung being held captive and tortured by the functionist state is depicted in a direct visual reference to Overlord being held captive on the Lost Light and having his mind violated by the Autobot state. Make of this what you will, but I don’t think the visual reference is accidental.