predacon-rising-spoilers

anonymous asked:

Glad to see you're finally talkin Predacons Rising! I was particularly curious to hear your thoughts on Bumblebee, Predaking and Megatron's roles in it. I really liked to finally see Predaking rising to protect his new home and the respect he held for his ancestors by flat out guarding their graveyard,

I really loved Bumblebee’s role in Predacon Rising, it paid off the goals he’d set up in season 1 and 3 of wanting to graduate to warrior class on his home planet. And getting to see him take charge of the Autobots while Optimus was away with Wheeljack was great too. I was pleasantly surprised by how smooth the transition between the voice-less and voiced BB was, managing to give a feel of the same energetic and sassy BB we’d been introduced to during the TV series. There were just lots of little character moments, like his exchange with Smokescreen on the nature of leadership, or BB’s talk with Arcee about how much he’d learned from her. Like many people, I’ve felt that Bumblebee got underpaid when it came to plot importance or screentime in TFP’s run, but Predacon Rising gave Bumblebee the time he’d been deserving to shine.

Predaking remains ever the interesting, intimidating, and intriguing “villain” as he was from Beast Hunters. Basically, the writers had him do exactly what I’d hoped they’d have him do: look for more Predacons, have a rematch with Megatron, and eventually cobble together some followers. As you mentioned, I like how the movie played up the tragic nature of his existence. He’s a king with no species, look out over a sea of bones with no one to command or call friend. He’s at once terrifying and pitiable.

There are small things I could nitpick, like how we never got to see Predaking in robot-mode take on Optimus Prime, or his use of physical violence/domination to get Skylynx and Darksteel on his side rather than a mutual appeal to their status as Predacons, but it doesn’t detract from the overall package for me. I’m also really, really pleased that Predaking didn’t die; I liked him far too much and the Predacons are too cool as concepts to go out fast at the end of a film for the sake of wrapping things up. I’ve got my fingers crossed they’ll show up in future series.

Megatron’s revival by-way-of-Unicron felt appropriate, though I’m still not wild about the new body design (the accidental kitty ears are a nice though). A constant theme running through Transformers Prime has been “stagnation (the past) vs progress (the future)” and the whole notion of Unicron possessing the corpse of Megatron to raise an army of undead prehistoric Cybertronian beasts to crush the new hopes of life and peace on a revitalized world felt like a great way to fully explore that concept. As Unicron says “the past shall consume the future”.

This ties in nicely to Megatron’s decision to not drag the war onwards even if he has the chance, coupled with juicy irony that Starscream (who had once sought dynamic leadership for the Decepticon cause) wants things to remain the same. Admittedly, the sudden change of heart Megs has after being free of Unicron is a little hokey. But I’m willing to let it slide. What would have made it work better is perhaps a scene or two of Megatron (while still under Unicron’s control) marveling at the restored Cybertron and actually happy to see his planet back to life. Thus adding further rational for him to not want to pursue further conflict with the Autobots. Again though, this is a another small nitpick for what I overall consider to be an excellent movie and a great cap to a series I love.

anonymous asked:

I felt that Megatron's change a leg on his own delusions of power seeming broken. From Season1 we saw that he considered himself worthy of being Unicron's avatar and when Unicron said no he found a way to get rebel against him. But in here we have Unicron using him while completely denying him and torturing him and not only does Unicron remind him over and over that he is nothing he also deems their shared body a weak and unworthy form. Megatron even tried to argue that his body was good enough.

True, that’s a good point.

See, my issue with Megatron’s sudden wiliness to stop fighting comes from just how bombastically evil his character was set up to be in the show. This was a man who shot children, murdered loyal followers, and watched non-pulsed as his armies died for his own ego. Any attempt to keep him down only served to further his lust for further combat and gore. But in Predacon Rising, after a few days under Unicron’s total control and abuse, only then does Megatron fully understand just how awful true subjugation is and wants to stop? It’s not completely out of nowhere, but it’s still a rapid character turnaround for someone who had previously responded to violence against his person with equal or greater force.

I mean, you could argue that Megatron is no longer violently insane after being murdered by Bumblebee and the Star Saber (like, maybe the Star Saber healed his madness somehow?). Or that being denied a peaceful death by Unicron and the continued torture was sufficient to make Megatron reconsider his entire life’s decisions… but I dunno. Compare Knockout’s choice to join the Autobots based on survival and continued access to earth. Yes, Knockout’s faction swap was also done quickly, but Knockout was always set up as someone who put his personal pleasure over any larger ideals of the Decepticon cause. So while one can argue about whether or not Knockout truly deserves to live happily-ever-after on Cybertron with the rest of the Autobots given his repeated attempts on human/Autobot life while Dreadwing and Skyquake just got rewarded with more death, I personally feel all the decisions Knockout made were at least believably in character.

Like I said before, Predacon Rising is great, Transformers Prime is great (and Rescue Bots is great too). I love the series and I love this ending film. Small misgivings or little hiccups don’t really cause major problems with the overall series for me.