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Geoff
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(09-13-2017, 02:14 PM)
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Originally Posted by bionic77

Fuck this shit.

Me and Hot Rod going fishing and them jetting up to Lookout Mountain.

Talk about old, bionic77!
emag
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(09-13-2017, 02:17 PM)

Originally Posted by Geoff

That's a question you should ask yourself!

Film is epic and the most epic is Unicron. Everything about him is fucking awesome.

Destiny. Haters cannot destroy his destiny.

Originally Posted by joshbob1985

"Megatron must be stopped, no matter the cost..."

Greatest moment in movie history.

It's a really weird thing for Optimus to say, though, in the context of the series. What makes Optimus believe that this is a suicide mission? He blows through the fodder like single-ply tissue paper, after all, and he's fought Megatron many times before.

Yes, the line was astounding to me thirty years ago and its nostalgic appeal remains a powerful force, but it's also jarring to me now.

Originally Posted by Staal

This just wants me to buy the movie in one way or the other.

I don't buy many movies, but I've bought TFTM several times. It's worth it.
Zelias
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(09-13-2017, 02:19 PM)
This movie is glorious. Just don't, uh, play the drinking game if you value your liver.
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(09-13-2017, 02:20 PM)
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Originally Posted by Geoff

Talk about old, bionic77!

Old timer? That's something you will never be if you don't post in the MJ v. Prince thread!
muteki
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(09-13-2017, 02:25 PM)
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Originally Posted by CloudWolf

This is the one with The Touch, right? That's such a damn good song, ultimate 80's cheese.

Touch is good, but Dare is the best in the film.
Geoff
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(09-13-2017, 02:26 PM)
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Originally Posted by emag


It's a really weird thing for Optimus to say, though, in the context of the series. What makes Optimus believe that this is a suicide mission? He blows through the fodder like single-ply tissue paper, after all, and he's fought Megatron many times before.

Yes, the line was astounding to me thirty years ago and its nostalgic appeal remains a powerful force, but it's also jarring to me now.

Remember, Autobot City is really taking a pounding, Devastator is loose, Ratchet, Huffer, Wheeljack, Windcharger, Red Alert, Beachcomber, Ironhide, Prowl and Brawn are all dead. The Autobots are about to lose the City and without that there is no hope, no hope, no hope AT ALL.
Geoff
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(09-13-2017, 02:27 PM)
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Originally Posted by bionic77

Old timer? That's something you will never be if you don't post in the MJ v. Prince thread!

Heh

*burns rubber*
Nokagi
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(09-13-2017, 02:28 PM)
I fucking hated this movie as a kid. I mean they killed off most of my favorite Transformers in the first 30 mins or so! I can appreciate it more now but man back then I was not a fan.
Correctomundo
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(09-13-2017, 02:29 PM)
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Until this thread, I didn't know there existed people that didn't know this movie is really that good.

Line up, chumps. I'll fight every damn last one of ya!
shira
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(09-13-2017, 02:31 PM)
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Originally Posted by Nokagi

I fucking hated this movie as a kid. I mean they killed off most of my favorite Transformers in the first 30 mins or so! I can appreciate it more now but man back then I was not a fan.

So what did you want? More of the cartoon where they just dance around, shoot at each other and retreat?

There's only so many permutations of evil plan foiled
Nokagi
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(09-13-2017, 02:39 PM)

Originally Posted by shira

So what did you want? More of the cartoon where they just dance around, shoot at each other and retreat?

There's only so many permutations of evil plan foiled

At 6-7 years old, uh yeah? I wasn't expecting to see my heroes being gunned down lol
Cheerilee
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(09-13-2017, 09:08 PM)
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Originally Posted by emag

It's a really weird thing for Optimus to say, though, in the context of the series. What makes Optimus believe that this is a suicide mission? He blows through the fodder like single-ply tissue paper, after all, and he's fought Megatron many times before.

Yes, the line was astounding to me thirty years ago and its nostalgic appeal remains a powerful force, but it's also jarring to me now.

Optimus almost won the war. He was so close he could taste it. Ironhide could hardly sit still, he was so excited. Spike was talking as if the war had already been won.

Then Megatron killed Ironhide (Optimus Prime's best friend and closest confidant), along with three more of his best Autobots. And laid waste to Optimus Prime's home base, containing many more of his people. This is what Optimus arrived to see, after racing home all night long to try and bring reinforcements.

Remember that clip MovieBob included of Spike from the series pilot writing in his diary "Optimus Prime cares a lot for his fellow robots, and he doesn't want anything to happen to them." It's difficult to resolve the series and the movie as being in the same world because the the drastic shift in tone, but I think it's still possible.

Optimus comes flying in to save the day, counters the immediate threat by sending his best against Megatron's best, and then as he surveys the situation he comes to his new resolve, that this cannot be allowed to continue. Even if it costs him his life, Megatron has to be stopped, and he has to be stopped right now.

It's not so much a strategic decision as it is Optimus Prime being at the end of his limit. He tore through the Decepticons like tissue paper, not because that's just what an awesome bot like Optimus Prime does, but because Optimus Prime was upset like he has never been upset before, and those Decepticons were standing between him and Megatron.

When he reaches Megatron, he has another of his iconic lines "One shall stand, one shall fall" which essentially means "One of us is going to die here today". Optimus Prime hasn't been like that in his fights with Megatron before.

After Optimus has wins the fight, Optimus begins to wrestle with himself, to see if he's really capable of putting Megatron down for good with a bullet in the head (again, see Spike's quote, killing Megatron really isn't Optimus Prime's way). Meanwhile Megatron takes advantage of Optimus' inner turmoil and tries to keep that debate going in his head, while Megatron secretly changes the fight into one of "As soon as I see an opening, I'll kill Optimus with this hidden weapon."

Until the idiot Hot Rod provided some well-meaning but ultimately unsuccessful interference (he foiled Megatron's plan, but opened the door to a sudden hostage situation).
Firemind
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(09-13-2017, 09:11 PM)
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When transformers goes dark

When OP says "Get out of the way, Hot Rod!" he sounds pissed lol
RoninChaos
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(09-13-2017, 10:25 PM)
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Originally Posted by soundscream

It always bothered me that his horse would go from being ridden to walking on 2 legs. Its just not natural!

Bro, that horse would stand up and shoot mother fuckers with a shotgun. AMAZING.
bionic77
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(09-13-2017, 10:35 PM)
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Originally Posted by Nokagi

At 6-7 years old, uh yeah? I wasn't expecting to see my heroes being gunned down lol

I was 8 or 9 when it came out and they really set it up perfectly for kids to latch onto the new characters.

Daniel was perfect for kids because he had some a robot suit, a rocket skateboard and got to hang out with Hot Rod (who was made to appeal to kids and was the 'cool' new young robot on the block as made all the more apparent with his relationship with Kup).

Seeing your loved ones die early in the movie is Disney Fucking 101 so that is the playbook to get a young kids to pay attention and set the stakes for the rest of the movie. I agree it is lazy but I won't lie and say it didn't work.

It was a perfect movie for kids in the 80s and it has stood the test of time because of how well it was made. The amount of content they fit into the 80 some minutes of runtime they have is astounding. I feel like they visit like a half dozen planets or so during the movie, most of which are destroyed. Several spaceships (most of which are destroyed). At least 2 alien civilizations (one of which is destroyed by the Autobots, the other probably by Unicron). Probably at least 20 regular characters are killed. Like 7 or 8 great songs. Again the amount of content they put in this movie is amazing.
Wood Man
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(09-13-2017, 10:47 PM)
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"I still function" is my favorite part. They take the time to animate this "non-action scene" so well. Starscream final betrayal. I love it

RoninChaos
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(09-13-2017, 11:49 PM)
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Originally Posted by Nokagi

At 6-7 years old, uh yeah? I wasn't expecting to see my heroes being gunned down lol

That shit left a mark on me. Everything I'd seen up to that point always had the main character coming back. This didn't. Death was real. It fucking freaked me out.

I do think there is a lot of merit, depending on where you were when this came out, about living through some sort of earth shattering (for you) upheaval and knowing that even though things will be different on the other side, you'll still come out of it and be okay. That's definitely a theme of the movie, even if it's not intentional.
Lagamorph
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(09-13-2017, 11:52 PM)
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This thread reminds me, I need to re-buy the Blu-Ray. My brother stole and lost the Widescreen disc from it.


Originally Posted by Cheerilee

Until the idiot Hot Rod provided some well-meaning but ultimately unsuccessful interference (he foiled Megatron's plan, but opened the door to a sudden hostage situation).

Y'know what always bothered me the most about this?
Hot Rod's arms had guns built right into them. He was literally never without a gun unless you actually ripped his arms off. He could've easily just blasted the gun that Megatron was reaching for. We'd already seen he had good enough aim to hit a tiny hole in a shuttle from several hundred meters away, so blasting a gun from barely 10 or 20 meters away should've been no problem.
George Oscar Bluth II
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(09-13-2017, 11:57 PM)
I didn't know Judd Nelson voiced Hot Rod.
DrForester
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(09-14-2017, 12:00 AM)
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emag
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(09-14-2017, 12:04 AM)

Originally Posted by DrForester

Welles's very final role, recorded a month before his death.
bunbun777
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(09-14-2017, 12:05 AM)
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"INNOCENT" "INNOCENT" "INNOCENT"

Mind bending I tell you.
RoninChaos
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(09-14-2017, 12:06 AM)
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Originally Posted by Cheerilee

Hot Rod brought the right things to the table. He was a youthful fuckup, but he had heart and creativity and courage and inventiveness.

Optimus Prime was the greatest Autobot warrior, whose greatest strength was not even in his own combat ability, but in his ability to lead lesser Autobots and bring out the best in them. But by the end of his story, he had reached his limit and (after Megatron fucked up Autobot City and killed all those Autobots) he couldn't tolerate even one more costly back-and-forth sparring with Megatron, so he bet everything he had on one last all-or-nothing battle (one shall stand, one shall fall), which risked the future of everyone who still depended on him for leadership.

Ultra Magnus was the second best Autobot warrior. A pale imitation of Optimus, with the heart and mind of a soldier, and very little true leadership ability.

Optimus chose Ultra Magnus to be his successor because at face value Ultra Magnus was the best out of many bad options, and Optimus Prime wasn't some kind of prophet, he couldn't see everything.

The Matrix confers the strength, experience, and wisdom of all previous Primes. Add that to Ultra Magnus and you merely get a stronger, smarter Ultra Magnus. Add that to Hot Rod and the boy becomes a man, a fresh new Prime ready to lead the Autobots into a brand new age.


Also, Hot Rod's rulebreaking is the only reason Autobot City (and Ultra Magnus) survived Megatron's assault long enough for Optimus to arrive and save the day, since Hot Rod broke into Lookout Point to watch the shuttle land and was able to observe the Decepticon raiding party, immediately launching into attacking it, which foiled Megatron's Trojan Horse plan, buying the Autobots the seconds they needed to get their defenses up.


Ultra Magnus dropped the ball. He missed his chance. If Hot Rod didn't catch it, it would've either bounced and hit somebody in the leg (that time-honored method of leader selection) or Autobot City would've become the Autobots new leader.

Also, "first one to touch it" doesn't fit with how Optimus got the Matrix in the first place (Orion Pax was a youthful fuckup, who was saved from mortal wounds by Alpha Trion, who apparently healed him by delivering him the Matrix).

I'm down with auto bot city giving leadership a shot. lol
Lagamorph
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(09-14-2017, 12:09 AM)
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Originally Posted by RoninChaos

I'm down with auto bot city giving leadership a shot. lol

I mean....who wouldn't be? At that point Metroplex was a part of Autobot City, during the time of the movie though his Transformation Cog was destroyed in the initial stages of the battle though so he couldn't transform to join the fight.

HammerFace
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(09-14-2017, 12:15 AM)

Originally Posted by Lagamorph

This thread reminds me, I need to re-buy the Blu-Ray. My brother stole and lost the Widescreen disc from it.




Y'know what always bothered me the most about this?
Hot Rod's arms had guns built right into them. He was literally never without a gun unless you actually ripped his arms off. He could've easily just blasted the gun that Megatron was reaching for. We'd already seen he had good enough aim to hit a tiny hole in a shuttle from several hundred meters away, so blasting a gun from barely 10 or 20 meters away should've been no problem.

Do those arm guns ever run out of ammo? Like lack of energon or something?
score01
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(09-14-2017, 12:18 AM)

Originally Posted by Lagamorph

Y'know what always bothered me the most about this?
Hot Rod's arms had guns built right into them. He was literally never without a gun unless you actually ripped his arms off. He could've easily just blasted the gun that Megatron was reaching for. We'd already seen he had good enough aim to hit a tiny hole in a shuttle from several hundred meters away, so blasting a gun from barely 10 or 20 meters away should've been no problem.

After seeing the Autobots defence of Autobot city on earth I came to the conclusion that they can't shoot for shit. The shuttle must have been a fluke. All through that battle I don't think we see an Autobot shoot a Decepticon. The funniest part is when they are retreating after Optimus turns the tide of the battle. The deceptions have their backs to them as they are running away and the Autobots still aren't landing any shots 😂
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(09-14-2017, 12:31 AM)
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Originally Posted by HammerFace

Do those arm guns ever run out of ammo? Like lack of energon or something?

I'd imagine they only run out of Energon if Hot Rod himself is running low, they seem to be directly connected to him and there's no sign of them having their own independent power source.


Originally Posted by score01

After seeing the Autobots defence of Autobot city on earth I came to the conclusion that they can't shoot for shit. The shuttle must have been a fluke. All through that battle I don't think we see an Autobot shoot a Decepticon. The funniest part is when they are retreating after Optimus turns the tide of the battle. The deceptions have their backs to them as they are running away and the Autobots still aren't landing any shots 😂

I always figured that was more down to them not trying to hit. They're the good guys after all, and they already know they've won. It wouldn't be very Autobot to slaughter a fleeing enemy by gunning them down in their backs. It could also prompt the Decepticons to turn around and resume fighting in a last ditch effort if they started dropping even further.
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(09-14-2017, 12:32 AM)
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This is my film of the forever, I remember my mum renting it every single week from the village store for me until I eventually traded a kid at school for my very own copy.


Unicron transforms. My favourite scene by far as a kid, was just in awe.
Wood Man
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(09-14-2017, 12:49 AM)
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Originally Posted by emag

Welles's very final role, recorded a month before his death.

Didn't he die before finish recording and Nimoy had to finish his lines? Obviously this was just a paycheck for Welles

Ironic a Transformers movie was one of Nimoy's last works too.
emag
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(09-14-2017, 12:56 AM)

Originally Posted by Wood Man

Didn't he die before finish recording and Nimoy had to finish his lines? Obviously this was just a paycheck for Welles.

There's long been speculation to that effect but it was shot down by movie staff in an interview. See the TF wiki.

I kind of feel bad for still finding this Welles' greatest performance. He gave us Citizen Kane and War of the Worlds, but he gave me Unicron.
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Originally Posted by emag

There's long been speculation to that effect but it was shot down by movie staff in an interview. See the TF wiki.

I kind of feel bad for still finding this Welles' greatest performance. He gave us Citizen Kane and War of the Worlds, but he gave me Unicron.

It must be a testament to Welles' sheer poise and talent that he did such a fantastic job as Unicron, despite his well-documented feelings on the role. Just go back to the meeting between Unicron and Megatron - just great stuff.
HammerFace
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(09-14-2017, 01:33 AM)

Originally Posted by Lagamorph

I'd imagine they only run out of Energon if Hot Rod himself is running low, they seem to be directly connected to him and there's no sign of them having their own independent power source.

Well exactly. If they were under siege for I want to say at least half a day, if not more, then his energon might be running low and using those arm guns might have killed him or caused him to pass out due to energon deficiency. I mean I doubt this much thought was put into it though
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As a kid the very beginning always made me sad. A planet of innocent robot people and playing robot children getting munched up by a giant planet. Oh and all the show's characters getting murdered didn't help much either, tho I was too young to have followed the series before it to be really invested in any of them... well aside from Optimus, Megatron and Starscream, the latter getting what he deserved

Just a month ago me and an old friend (re)watched it. He never seen it before and afterwards even he had a small mini rant of "why the fuck did they kill Optimus, the hell is up with this movie", lol

Since I never really followed the TV series after either, did that little pipsqueek robot from prison planet become a recurring member? Man he was so annoying
Anyway it's not a super great movie, ending's a bit rushed, but the first half and the music still elevates it to "awesome" for me
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Originally Posted by I speel my dreenk

It must be a testament to Wells' sheer poise and talent that he did such a fantastic job as Unicron, despite his well-documented feelings on the role. Just go back to the meeting between Unicron and Megatron - just great stuff.

"No one summons Megatron!"
"Then it pleases me to be the first."
emag
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(09-14-2017, 02:11 AM)

Originally Posted by woopWOOP

Since I never really followed the TV series after either, did that little pipsqueek robot from prison planet become a recurring member? Man he was so annoying

Unfortunately, Wheelie is a permanent addition to the series. On the other hand, the TV series is pretty weak in general compared to the movie, particularly the seasons following the movie (outside of a very few episodes), so you can ignore the whole thing pretty easily.
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Originally Posted by HammerFace

Well exactly. If they were under siege for I want to say at least half a day, if not more, then his energon might be running low and using those arm guns might have killed him or caused him to pass out due to energon deficiency. I mean I doubt this much thought was put into it though

If Hot Rod had been that drained I doubt he'd have been running and leaping around declaring he had to help Prime.
The Decepticons had been fighting just as long as well and none of them seemed to be suffering from fatigue, nor any of the other Autbots. Not to mention the Autobots would likely have had way easier access to energon supplies of the city, whilst the Decepticons brought no supplies with them whatsoever.
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Originally Posted by Lagamorph

Y'know what always bothered me the most about this?
Hot Rod's arms had guns built right into them. He was literally never without a gun unless you actually ripped his arms off. He could've easily just blasted the gun that Megatron was reaching for. We'd already seen he had good enough aim to hit a tiny hole in a shuttle from several hundred meters away, so blasting a gun from barely 10 or 20 meters away should've been no problem.

I've thought about Hot Rod's options here, and he also could have yelled, but yelling could've given Megatron precisely the distraction he was looking for. Shooting would have been the correct choice, but Hot Rod chose tackle. I'm willing to admit that Hot Rod was an idiot there.

But the thing is, Hot Rod is supposed to be a child, a teenager, to be precise. He acted without thinking when he opened fire on the shuttle (good call), and he acted without thinking when he tried to tackle Megatron (bad call).


People crap on Hot Rod for touching the Matrix, as if this was the sole reason why they couldn't have Ultra Magnus as New Leader instead of Rodimus Prime, but Hot Rod respectfully handed the Matrix to Ultra Magnus, who he accepted as his New Leader.

Bobby Roberts has mentioned before that the split-up adventures with the two shuttles seems to have no purpose in the story, but I think it works as a comparison between Hot Rod and Ultra Magnus as leader.

Ultra Magnus ordered Blurr to get the Dinobots on the shuttle, but Blurr couldn't do it, because the Dinobots are too stubborn. So Ultra Magnus ordered Kup and Hot Rod to take over for Blurr, while everyone else gets on a different shuttle. One could infer that Ultra Magnus was willing to let Kup and Hot Rod (the two most useless Autobots) die, if they couldn't get the job done and the Dinobots could be deemed a lost cause. But then Hot Rod made a lasso and corralled Grimlock, and got his shuttle launched first. And Ultra Magnus launched his shuttle before Arcee was aboard. Good thing she jumped/Springer caught her, otherwise Ultra Magnus would've looked pretty bad.

In the air, Hot Rod's shuttle got pounded by Galvatron until it went down. Ultra Magnus: "I can't deal with that right now." That is sooo not the response of a leader. But he did manage to buy some time by crashing on his own planet.

On his planet, Hot Rod fought his way past robo-vines and robo-piranhas, to find Kup defeated by a robo-squid, which Hot Rod defeated using cleverness since the robo-squid was overpowering. Then they got arrested and Hot Rod pretty much busted his way out of jail before Grimlock arrived to seal the deal.

Ultra Magnus meanwhile, got another visit from Galvatron, and Magnus managed to save his crew by burying them, to face Galvatron alone. And then like an idiot, he whipped out the Matrix and tried to use it to nuke Galvatron, because this must be the Autobots Darkest Hour, even though earlier in the film they had just planned to try using the Matrix on Unicron, who was still out there. Magnus backed into a corner = The end of the world. Magnus: "WTF Optimus? You told me this would work." No, Optimus didn't. Magnus told Optimus he wasn't worthy. Optimus said that he knew that Magnus wasn't worthy, and neither was he. But legend says that one day a Chosen One will come along, and he will be worthy, and he will Light their Darkest Hour. Ultra Magnus (despite his earlier reluctance, and his pounding string of failures) ended up thinking the Chosen One was him. And then he got himself blown to bits. Oops.

Then Hot Rod comes along and saves Ultra Magnus' crew from the Junkions by making peace with them, using the technique that didn't work for Kup previously.

Then Hot Rod leads everyone to go after the lost Matrix and try to stop Unicron, and he gets separated from the group and winds up alone with Galvatron, and unafraid, he fights Galvatron better than anyone has since Galvatron showed up and started powning Autobots and Decepticons left and right, because Hot Rod's dodging and using hit-and-run tactics to frustrate his stronger opponent. And remember, Hot Rod is still a child at this point. A teenager. And he's putting up a better fight than Ultra Magnus did. That's why I say Hot Rod is an idiot, but he doesn't suck.
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Optimus: shot in the stomach, can't be saved.
Ultra Magnus: blown to pieces, good as new.
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Originally Posted by Cheerilee

I've thought about Hot Rod's options here, and he also could have yelled, but yelling could've given Megatron precisely the distraction he was looking for. Shooting would have been the correct choice, but Hot Rod chose tackle. I'm willing to admit that Hot Rod was an idiot there.

But the thing is, Hot Rod is supposed to be a child, a teenager, to be precise. He acted without thinking when he opened fire on the shuttle (good call), and he acted without thinking when he tried to tackle Megatron (bad call).


People crap on Hot Rod for touching the Matrix, as if this was the sole reason why they couldn't have Ultra Magnus as New Leader instead of Rodimus Prime, but Hot Rod respectfully handed the Matrix to Ultra Magnus, who he accepted as his New Leader.

Bobby Roberts has mentioned before that the split-up adventures with the two shuttles seems to have no purpose in the story, but I think it works as a comparison between Hot Rod and Ultra Magnus as leader.

Ultra Magnus ordered Blurr to get the Dinobots on the shuttle, but Blurr couldn't do it, because the Dinobots are too stubborn. So Ultra Magnus ordered Kup and Hot Rod to take over for Blurr, while everyone else gets on a different shuttle. One could infer that Ultra Magnus was willing to let Kup and Hot Rod (the two most useless Autobots) die, if they couldn't get the job done and the Dinobots could be deemed a lost cause. But then Hot Rod made a lasso and corralled Grimlock, and got his shuttle launched first. And Ultra Magnus launched his shuttle before Arcee was aboard. Good thing she jumped/Springer caught her, otherwise Ultra Magnus would've looked pretty bad.

In the air, Hot Rod's shuttle got pounded by Galvatron until it went down. Ultra Magnus: "I can't deal with that right now." That is sooo not the response of a leader. But he did manage to buy some time by crashing on his own planet.

On his planet, Hot Rod fought his way past robo-vines and robo-piranhas, to find Kup defeated by a robo-squid, which Hot Rod defeated using cleverness since the robo-squid was overpowering. Then they got arrested and Hot Rod pretty much busted his way out of jail before Grimlock arrived to seal the deal.

Ultra Magnus meanwhile, got another visit from Galvatron, and Magnus managed to save his crew by burying them, to face Galvatron alone. And then like an idiot, he whipped out the Matrix and tried to use it to nuke Galvatron, because this must be the Autobots Darkest Hour, even though earlier in the film they had just planned to try using the Matrix on Unicron, who was still out there. Magnus backed into a corner = The end of the world. Magnus: "WTF Optimus? You told me this would work." No, Optimus didn't. Magnus told Optimus he wasn't worthy. Optimus said that he knew that Magnus wasn't worthy, and neither was he. But legend says that one day a Chosen One will come along, and he will be worthy, and he will Light their Darkest Hour. Ultra Magnus (despite his earlier reluctance, and his pounding string of failures) ended up thinking the Chosen One was him. And then he got himself blown to bits. Oops.

Then Hot Rod comes along and saves Ultra Magnus' crew from the Junkions by making peace with them, using the technique that didn't work for Kup previously.

Then Hot Rod leads everyone to go after the lost Matrix and try to stop Unicron, and he gets separated from the group and winds up alone with Galvatron, and unafraid, he fights Galvatron better than anyone has since Galvatron showed up and started powning Autobots and Decepticons left and right, because Hot Rod's dodging and using hit-and-run tactics to frustrate his stronger opponent. And remember, Hot Rod is still a child at this point. A teenager. And he's putting up a better fight than Ultra Magnus did. That's why I say Hot Rod is an idiot, but he doesn't suck.

I agree with a lot of what you say. Besides being voiced by Robert Stack I never liked Ultra Magnus and think Hot Rod gets too much hate.

Magnus' quote "I can't deal with that right now." always stuck in my head for some reason. I always thought you'd never hear Optimus say something like that. Why'd he pick this guy for the next leader? But I guess at the time Magnus was the option since Ironhide was out and Bumbebee was in "oh shit."
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Originally Posted by Wood Man

I agree with a lot of what you say. Besides being voiced by Robert Stack I never liked Ultra Magnus and think Hot Rod gets too much hate.

Magnus' quote "I can't deal with that right now." always stuck in my head for some reason. I always thought you'd never hear Optimus say something like that. Why'd he pick this guy for the next leader? But I guess at the time Magnus was the option since Ironhide was out and Bumbebee was in "oh shit."

I would have picked Grimlock.
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Originally Posted by cj_iwakura

I would have picked Grimlock.

He was in the Marvel comics run. He was a pretty terrible leader.
JCHandsom
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(09-14-2017, 03:24 AM)
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Originally Posted by cj_iwakura

Optimus: shot in the stomach, can't be saved.
Ultra Magnus: blown to pieces, good as new.

Wait, really?
I speel my dreenk
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(09-14-2017, 03:43 AM)
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Originally Posted by JCHandsom

Wait, really?

Sure, but only because Magnus was on Junkion, which was literally populated with scrap repair experts. Only thing Perceptor could do for Prime was to look at the wound closer. Pfft.
Cheerilee
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(09-14-2017, 04:01 AM)
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Originally Posted by I speel my dreenk

Sure, but only because Magnus was on Junkion, which was literally populated with scrap repair experts. Only thing Perceptor could do for Prime was to look at the wound closer. Pfft.

The script apparently called for him to die for reals, but then Hasbro realized that new toys probably don't sell so good if you kill them dead, a mere 45 minutes after you first introduce them to the audience.

So he got healed up with magic Junkion spooge.

Ultra Magnus doesn't do anything after getting revived, and is even missing from several scenes where he should be present.
I speel my dreenk
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(09-14-2017, 04:25 AM)
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Originally Posted by Cheerilee

The script apparently called for him to die for reals, but then Hasbro realized that new toys probably don't sell so good if you kill them dead, a mere 45 minutes after you first introduce them to the audience.

So he got healed up with magic Junkion spooge.

Ultra Magnus doesn't do anything after getting revived, and is even missing from several scenes where he should be present.

Oh yeah, he was a total non-starter. And don't get me started on the toy itself, it's easily one of the worst. The Masterpiece version, on the other hand...
Vyer
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(09-14-2017, 04:39 AM)
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I like this video. Really articulates well why this movie endures and is loved even despite its shortcomings as a film. The wholesale slaughter for the sake of toys was my first 'nobody is safe/shocking death' Game of Thrones style swerve experience.
itwasTuesday
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(09-14-2017, 04:41 AM)
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Such heroic nonsense
bionic77
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(09-14-2017, 04:59 AM)
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Originally Posted by itwasTuesday

Such heroic nonsense

This is bad comedy.
Henchmen21
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(09-14-2017, 05:02 AM)
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Originally Posted by bionic77

This is bad comedy.

bionic77, Is that you?
bionic77
Please, don't ask ME about Michael Jordan!
(09-14-2017, 05:06 AM)
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Originally Posted by Henchmen21

bionic77, Is that you?

Here is a hint!


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