- Motto: "Eh, keep your little planet. I'll outlive it."
- Weapon: Fusion-Powered Particle Blaster
I love TransFormers. We all do, that's why you're reading this. Yet, I can't help but cringe a bit every time a reference is made to the '86 animated film in any new TF-related media. Now first things first, I'm not against references and homages to G1, that's not what this is about.
We all love Peter Cullen's voice for Optimus and, as an aside, the much-loathed Michael Bay did give us three films, two games and a new tv-series featuring his return to the role. We love Soundwave and his minions, Starscream the whiny backstabber and so on, and so on. But it seems that every bit of reference to G1 dialogue or a visual homage stems from the animated film. Think of:
- The Universal Greeting, we get it, it's a funny sounding phrase.
- Any memorable line from the Prime/Megatron fight. How many times have they said "One shall stand..." since? Megatron even finishes for Optimus in the Prime series.
- The clamoring for a live-action Unicron story. It's the most-heard rumor or plot idea since RotF was announced.
- Endless homages to Starscream's coronation and all the lines and his outfit connected to that scene. Any time he manages to take control, out comes the crown and the bad comedy.
- Characters newly introduced in this film being as famous as Season 1 guys. Ultra Magnus and Perceptor are just as popular and well known as Jazz and Cliffjumper. Despite debuting two years later.
- Optimus dying in every series since, and the Matrix being a staple of the series. Getting a bit stale at this point.
- Stan Bush covering his own song and writing a new one for the films and WFC/FOC. As much as I like The Touch, its sound is so 80's-licious, it shouldn't be used for modern media.
Long story short, it sometimes feels like the film is all certain writers saw before adding in an obliged G1 reference. Other times it feels as if they expect us to only remember or like the film. It's just weird. Almost 30 years of fiction tends to be forgotten, or spends lots of its content looking back at TF:TM themselves.
Is anybody else a bit tired of the homage-fest these days? I prefer tributes to be done like Animated and specifically the AllSpark Almanacs; subtle, self-aware and based on the entire franchise that preceded it. From Beast Machines to Kiss Players. And that's just about as varied as the franchise can get. Why stick to a single 90-minute film?