Anyways...am I the only one who didn't like the 86 movie all that much?
NO! You're not alone. I hated it with the burning fury of a thousand suns as a kid. I disliked much of the 86 film, and 3rd season that followed growing up. Basically mowing down all characters I like and replacing them with mostly more annoying knock offs...didn't go over well for me. (for more of my views of the 86 film ..check this hehe viewtopic.php?f=27&t=49426&start=0 )
I disliked seeing Ironhide getting killed in Dotm as it was opening old wounds.(It wasn't a bad death, as he had a moment fo glory before he passed, but I just wished see him survive the entire trilogy. He dies too often for my taste.) It really sapped my enjoyment of the film. He was always one of my favorites, and the movieverse Ironhide was one of the coolest versions yet.
I got nervous when prime said one shall stand...one shall fall in the first film. When the Forest battle ensued, I don't think I was breathing the entire fight as I was literally on the edge of my seat. Just when I thought Prime made it "out of the woods" Megatron runs him thru...Like Holy crap! They did it to me again. I was like calm down Mike...Jet-Optimus will be formed at the end of the film..only a Prime can defeat the fallen..he has come back.
Yeah I'm a grown adult, but when I watch these films, my inner 6 year old is what comes out. That part of me HATES seeing Optimus Prime, or old favorites buy the farm. I expect see a few fall along the way, but I NEVER want to see series go all 86 on the autobots like that again.
I like if death has to happen, it has some meaning as shock value cheap deaths are a great way alienate fans. I can't expect them all go out in a blaze of glory like Dinobot, but I want characters to be given something better than what 86 gave most of them. If we are going have see a bunch of autobots or Decepticons fall left and right...make fodder or unnamed background ones. (or make homages to gobots to kill hehe.)