datguy86 wrote:Both situations which placed Smokescreen in the apt position of escaping a Decepticon Warship with three artifacts, while simultaneously angering Megatron. On a thematic level, I know this escape is supposed to be juxtaposed against Starscream's infiltration (right down to Megs and Op screaming in rage); Starscream at least has a history of complicating situations since defecting from the 'Cons. Smokescreen just gets dropped on the planet and shows up as many Transformers as possible. If there were a toy of Smokescreen around, I could at least blame [url="http://tfwiki.net/wiki/To_sell_toys"]that phenomena[/url].
He only escaped the ship as easily as he did since he used the Phase Shifter. Had he not had it (like, if he wasn't wearing it when he got captured so that Knock Out wouldn't take it from him), then he'd likely still be strapped down and cut open to have the key removed, and still be there since he wouldn't be able to phase out of his restraints and the room itself. He got away because he had that deus ex machina to get himself out and without a scratch.
datguy86 wrote:Smokescreen's failures? Blasted in the back by a vehicon while chasing after the Star Saber balanced out because he still manages to discover the location of said weapon.
It was Ratchet who detected the Star Saber's location. All Smoke did was identify it. Jack contacted Ratchet who contacted the others who went after both it and Smokescreen (who got himself captured due to his brash stupidity), and Optimus went all Spider-Man scaling the mountainside to get the sword. The most significant thing Smokescreen did there was look at it and say, "That looks like the Star Saber." The rest was done by everyone else.
datguy86 wrote:Gets kidnapped by Soundwave, which sets him up to retrieve the keys.
All thanks to the Magic MacGuffinshroom that is the Phase Shifter.
The whole thing with Starscream? At Starscream's speed with Red Energon I might as well blame someone for not stopping the semi that hit them. Besides,
datguy86 wrote:At least Starscream's special brand of self-serving made the episode interesting.
Yeah, Scream was just that conniving.
datguy86 wrote:Of course, Starscream could have killed Smokescreen by stabbing him in the back since that's Starscream's M.O., but hey.
Business before pleasure, I guess.
datguy86 wrote:I do hope you are right and his recklessness comes back to bite him, but at this point in time the fallout will be Smokescreen getting a decent character killed. Hot Rod Syndrome? We'll see.
I hope so too. So far, his rashness got him captured when going after the Star Saber, but that's it so far. He needs to make more mistakes so he can learn from them.
Though, at least he's not one of those characters that even all the other characters think is a great, oh-so-perfect, saint. That would be way too far into Gary Stu territory.