T-Macksimus wrote:The '86 Movie gets more attention than the episodes and gets referenced more simply because it was everything the original series wasn't. For its time and for the audience attending, it was dark, it was violent, it was unforgiving. You saw Autobots go down and STAY DOWN! You had Spike dropping the "S" bomb and you got to see Starscream utterly destroyed. It earned the right to have more attention than the episodes because it eclipsed everything that came before it and paved the road for everything to come after. What irks me more than overused homages is the fact that those who have come after use them to the point that all respect has been lost.
Like with Unicron. Voiced by an absolute legend among actors (even if he could have cared less about the VA role he was doing at the time) I personally feel that Unicron should have been a character with exactly 1 life span (the '86 movie) and should NEVER EVER see life again. It's a simple respect thing. Respect the actor, respect the character, let them rest eternal. Same goes for Chris Latta and Starsceam. BUT...that's not something that I would expect todays generation to understand and as a result we will likely get a sh**fest of a TF4 movie with Unicron popping into the picture.
It all boils down to respect. Yes, some of the new writers are trying to show some respect for what came before but done improperly it's just making a farce of it all. Don't blame the first motion picture for being a tired, worn out property (because it isn't) blame the people whop came afterwards that didn't show proper respect for history.
So should we stop using Superman since Christopher Reeves died? Should we stop using the Joker because Heath Ledger died? Should Doctor Who have cancelled because William Hartnell died? How about Sherlock Holmes and Basil Rathborne?
No, because characters aren't defined strictly by those who play them. The performance does lend to the character, to be sure, but retiring iconic characters simply because of the passing of someone who played them is just a waste of a good character.
And those examples? They aren't quite on the same scale, since they weren't, you know, 20-90 minute toy commercials.