Shuttershock wrote:I see what YOU mean by confusing continuities, but I can't help but think of the "Ironhide not in Prime" situation. Because he died in DOTM, they supposedly didn't want to confuse kids, so had Bulkhead in his place as the team muscle. Yet Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave and Shockwave were all primary antagonists in the show, and they got annihilated in DOTM.
I think that might partly be a matter of prominence. Starscream's role was fairly limited in the movies, Soundwave's even moreso, and Shockwave was barely more than a cameo. Heck, in the first movie, Megatron himself got less screen time than Ironhide. The movie series doesn't flesh out its Decepticons much.
Also, in Shockwave's case, he didn't enter the picture in Prime until much later than the others, so keeping in step with DotM was probably less important by then since it had ceased to be current.
Shuttershock wrote:And even weirder still, in terms of adaptations, is how you don't see this flippant attitude with other franchises. The Marvel movies don't have to put up with crap like this. They have directors and writers that respect the lineage of the characters, as well as being, for the most part, very good movies. Why do we have to settle with high-profile movies that are just middle of the road in terms of writing quality and story?
I'm told the films make money. but yeah, I'd like it if the people making the films seemed to get Transformers a bit more. My main problem is that they don't seem to get that a story can be about people without those people being humans.
I haven't followed the comics much, but the cartoons, thankfully, seem to get that the Transformers are individuals, rather than automatons. Though they're the same on the surface, there's a real difference between Movie Bumblebee and Prime Bumblebee.
Thankfully, given the premise of this show, it seems they've broken step with the films a bit. If anything, it looks like they might be trying to create a hybrid of Prime, Rescue Bots, and Animated. And I think I oould get behind Bumblebee as a leader. He did a good job taking charge in Predacons Rising, so he clearly has the potential, but he's untested in the position, rather than someone who's been leading the Autobots since the dawn of time. I think it's possible he'd slide into a similar role to Optimus Primal or Animated Optimus Prime, and, frankly, I can live with that.