Hoitytoity wrote:Despite his amazing voice, simply put all of his lines sound exactly the same. Every single line is delivered with the same timbre, the same attitude, as if every line is supposed to carry the same weight as "one shall stand, one shall fall."
I would so agree with this completely... if it were not for the Orion Pax episodes. In those episodes, Cullen portrayed Orion with a candor naivety and logic-based mind not found in his Optimus Prime portrayal. Orion Pax was a way more engaging and fascinating take on the character than how he's normally like as Optimus.
This reflects how he was portrayed in the Exodus novel, in which he was a youthful idealist with dreams and aspirations of his own, later developing into a capable leader who didn't feel that he was destined for any real greatness, but was still willing to give it his all, even if that meant having to stand against his (former) good friend Megatron.
This. Orion Pax.
Don't get me wrong, I can completely understand and see every complaint and theory about Optimus here. What I see, is a leader that stays strong, calm, and is hardened by years of war and loss. He does it for the team, so that they never panic/feel hopeless. And he does it to enemies to show that he can't be broken, and is in complete control. The Orion Pax episodes let us see that he wasn't always like this, and probably isn't by nature, but rather, he's acting as a leader.
I would say the perfect scene, and possible solution to this discussion, would be some scene with Prime alone, or talking to someone who's dying, or something like that, where he would have to break down and show a lot of emotion...talk about how hard it is to always be the leader he is, how no matter how hard he tried to protect the humans (or whatever), he wasn't good enough, or something like that. Basically let him have a good non-literal cry. Not sure when this would occur (should've occured after CJ), but it'd be nice.
Of course, some may be upset at the sheer fact that Prime IS like this. Personally, I dislike Animated Prime, and much prefer Armada/Cybertron/Prime style Optimus. I understand the coolness of seeing him grow up and become a leader, but I'd rather just read about that in some comic, or see it in a flashback episode, but not have him be that way in the full series.