movie: getaway

agent-sap  asked:

Hey, I was curious if there are bi or pan characters in Transformers? I know IDW has been doing a lot for gay representation, and was just curious.

This is an area where the way IDW has handled gender means we have to kinda move away from “human” ways of thinking about it as “gay” or “straight” or “bi” or “pan.” It’s not something that’s really been delved into, but the implication is that gender doesn’t seem to matter to Transformers when it comes to romance. What we think of as homoromantic attraction is the standard on Cybertron because it’s been a planet on which only “male” Transformers existed for something like eight million years. But the sudden introduction of “female” Transformers to the planet throught contact with the colonies, while it’s confused some ‘bots, hasn’t led to some mass reinterpretation of romance by a population that has, in human terms, been 100% gay for eight million years.

Here’s the best way I can illustrate this: in MTMTE #41, both Getaway and Skids (guys) were flirting with Firestar (a girl):

But then in the next issue, Skids briefly refers to Firestar as male, because he has grown up on a planet where there is only one gender, and isn’t used to even thinking of there being a distinction:

So, I mean, you could interpret this to say “Skids is bi,” in that “he’s attracted to both males and females,” but really that’s too “human” a way to look at it. It’s that he doesn’t even have to mentally or socially differentiate between Firestar being either “male” or “female” to flirt with her. He just saw “an attractive Transformer.” That’s all that actually mattered, because… like, “gender” has been a thing on Cybertron for a hot five minutes. It doesn’t “matter” like that.

So I’ve seen people say the narrative demonizes Getaway, and I’m not saying he’s not an asshole (he is) or that you have to like him (I don’t), but I think his portrayal is more nuanced than people sometimes give it credit for? I mean, the protagonists definitely think Getaway’s just a one-note villain, but I think it’s pretty clear we aren’t supposed to agree with them because:

1) The way the protagonists treated Getaway after what he did to Tailgate was outright cruel, and we’re supposed to see it as outright cruel

This shot is horrifying, and it gets almost half a page to itself. This is not how you frame a shot when you want your viewers to rest easy, feeling like justice has been served. And then there’s this:

The protagonists so far haven’t admitted that they went too far (and probably won’t, since they think Getaway sicced the DJD on them), but the comic doesn’t seem to be trying to deny it.

2) Megatron is the only one Getaway wanted to get hurt

Getaway is pissed at Rodimus. Getaway doesn’t respect Rodimus. But Getaway wasn’t trying to kill Rodimus. That’s made obvious here:

But even back when the comic was trying to make us think Getaway was behind sending the DJD–before we found out the DJD came of their own volition–there were hints that he only wanted Megatron dead (”one of you will probably get hurt”):

From Getaway’s perspective, he dropped the protagonists off on a harmless planet and sent the Galactic Council specifically to pick up Megatron. He couldn’t know the DJD was coming, he probably didn’t know Overlord was coming (as far as he knows, Overlord is dead), and he called the Galactic Council after the fact to ask if they kept their word. He probably knew there was a chance it’d go bad, but he had no way of knowing just how bad.

In conclusion, we are not supposed to agree with the protagonists. Not completely, anyway. They were already angry enough to go way over the line with Getaway’s punishment, and now they (reasonably, under the circumstances) believe that Getaway did something way worse than he actually did. Getaway is still terrible! And it remains to be seen how much he’ll actually care about what happened. But the protagonists are not reliable judges of Getaway’s character right now, and I think we’re supposed to see that.