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Sentinal Prime: What's Your Secret??

Postby TFRemarker » Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:18 pm

All this talk about DOTM- and true fans can agree or disagree on how loyal/effective it was to the legacy of Transformers...

The question below in no way ruins the movie for me...but it seems like a pretty big oversight. I am curious to read replies:

HOW does Sentinal Prime have ('earthy') auto parts (windshield, wheels, etc) in the Ark when he had never been to earth before? All the robots came from cybertron and scan earth vehicles to assume their various modes...we see it in part one and even in part 3, right? How did SP acquire his alt mode....without ever having stepped foot on earth?? (if I want to be super picky, and I don't know much about cars, but such a modern vehicle, too, in 1969 when we know he was untouched...)

So I am wondering what people think...

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Re: Sentinal Prime: What's Your Secret??

Postby SKYWARPED_128 » Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:54 pm

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Yeah, noticed that also. Wasn't too sure when I saw him, but the colors on him pretty much confirms it. Bots in Cybertronian protoform in the movieverse are always uncolored metal.

Even if he scanned an Earth mode before crash-landing, he was supposed to have arrived in the 1960's. I don't think this particular model of fire truck existed back then.

Of course, if you can deal with "fan-canonization", you can simply pretend that the Ark was still nominally functional, and when OP and gang opened the doors, it automatically scanned an Earth mode for SP or some such. But that wouldn't explain why he's already got the earth-mode kibble when the astronauts entered the Ark.
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Re: Sentinal Prime: What's Your Secret??

Postby TFRemarker » Fri Jul 15, 2011 12:10 am

Thanks for the reply...but I guess we agree there's no reasonable explanation. (when the camera flies into the crash vault during Nixon's speech, it is presumably in the 60s...or at the very least BEFORE OP and co. open the vault, as you said, so that auto-scan explanation doesn't work by any measure.) If anyone wants to try to explain this one, I eagerly await an answer.

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Re: Sentinal Prime: What's Your Secret??

Postby Xterminator » Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:47 am

I have another rather simplistic explanation: they just wanted to save money during the post-production by not having to render a cybertronian-mode for Sentinel Prime. As a bonus, they also didn't have to make the scene where he scans his earthly fire truck mode.

Why care about those details ? They don't even expect that the general public will notice that in each movie the cybertronians have a completely different reason to come to Earth. So why bother with 10sec of screen time where Sentinel Prime should be depicted as a pure-metal protoform ?

Another example of cost-savings during post-production: the scene in Africa where Megatron, Starscream & Soundwave meet.
Soundwave is depicted as arobot after the scanning of the Mercedes alternate-mode. Does it make sense ? Of course not: it means soundwave drove all the way from Chicago to Africa for the meeting :-) !

The proper way to depict Soundwave in this scene would be to show him arriving as a Cybertronian jet and have him transformed into a kind of allien humanoid shape (no wheels, no shine white painting). But no, why render another soundwave for just a few seconds of screen time ? It is better to save the money, nobody will notice :-(
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Re: Sentinal Prime: What's Your Secret??

Postby Metsman » Fri Jul 15, 2011 8:56 am

If you pay attention, Soundwave had been on earth since at least the early 70's. Him and Laserbeak told Dylan's father to come up with a way to make moon exploration too expensive to continue.
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Re: Sentinal Prime: What's Your Secret??

Postby HoundimusPrime » Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:22 pm

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Metsman wrote:If you pay attention, Soundwave had been on earth since at least the early 70's. Him and Laserbeak told Dylan's father to come up with a way to make moon exploration too expensive to continue.


Dear God, it seems like Bay is literally trying to pretend most of ROTF didn't happen. He hasn't been on Earth, he's been in space.
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Re: Sentinal Prime: What's Your Secret??

Postby Metsman » Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:24 pm

Well, just because he was in space for that movie, doesn't mean he wasn't on earth before that.
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Re: Sentinal Prime: What's Your Secret??

Postby HoundimusPrime » Fri Jul 15, 2011 1:28 pm

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It seems like this movie is following G1, just watch this part of the first episode, you'll understand.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPehNbz4FFw

But besides that, here's my theory:
Example: G1 Optimus Prime
Theory: If Optimus Prime scanned an alt. mode of a convertible he would die if he tried to transform. If a Transformer's alt. mode doesn't fit their body type, they aren't capable of becoming that without causing themselves serious harm.
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Re: Sentinal Prime: What's Your Secret??

Postby 5150 Cruiser » Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:55 pm

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The short and long answer of it is there really isn't an explanation. The producers goofed. But one thing i did notice is that he apperance did slightly change after he aquired his Rosenbauer panther fire engine mode. When he was being revied I noticed that his wheels were just round discks and didn't have any threads on them. This then changed after he aquired an alt mode. He also had the same decals and markings of the firetruck that he didn't have when on the Ark. So while he did change a little, for the most part he was the same as he was on the ark.
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Re: Sentinal Prime: What's Your Secret??

Postby Biddybot » Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:35 pm

There is no explanation. As others have intimated, it's just the studio trying to save some money. I doubt it's a genuine goof, as in they didn't notice the illogic of it, either. I'm guessing it was one of those little details the animators had on their 'go back and change if we've got the time and money left before the whole shebang airs' list, but then they did run out of time and bucks and we wound up with what we got. Chalk it up to the unfortunate realities involved with making expensive, effects-laden movies!

There are still early pics of Sentinel kicking around where his face is silvery-grey and gold and he looks a tad unformed. Would you have been happier if he'd looked like that when first uncovered aboard the Ark?
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Re: Sentinal Prime: What's Your Secret??

Postby 5150 Cruiser » Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:44 pm

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Biddybot wrote:There are still early pics of Sentinel kicking around where his face is silvery-grey and gold and he looks a tad unformed. Would you have been happier if he'd looked like that when first uncovered aboard the Ark?


I think they purposely did him in the gold color to throw people off of his idenity in the begining. When the shots first showed up of the Rosenbauer Fire truck no one thought it was the same robot as in the Ark. I think this is what Bay and co. was after, or is alt colors wasn't fully decided at the time of the teaser trailer.
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Re: Sentinal Prime: What's Your Secret??

Postby Autobot032 » Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:48 pm

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TFRemarker wrote:Sentinal Prime: What's Your Secret??


Sentinel Prime wrote:I'm a douche with an acid rust cannon.


That's his secret. He's a douche. Forget everything else about him and remember only this: He's a douche. A kick ass one, but a douche.
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Re: Sentinal Prime: What's Your Secret??

Postby Lastjustice » Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:49 am

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Not like this first time someone goofed on this sort of thing. The Entire cast of Armada all had Earthlike vehicles before arriving on it. (so did Gobots.) Prime had glass looking panels in the comics too, so you just assume they had scanned some other races vehicles that had windshields prior to arriving on earth.

Only Cybertrons show up in protoforms when they use it for space travel. Sentinel was aboard a ship the entire time he traveled so he never needed to revert to his protoform. Simliar to why Megatron landed in his cybertronian form because he could travel between worlds in his alt mode. (which was his undoing since he went into stasis lock due to rapid temputure shifts which his protoform/carapace would have protected him from.)

I wouldn't over think it in anycase.
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Re: Sentinal Prime: What's Your Secret??

Postby YRQRM0 » Thu Jul 21, 2011 12:15 am

Lastjustice wrote:Not like this first time someone goofed on this sort of thing. The Entire cast of Armada all had Earthlike vehicles before arriving on it. (so did Gobots.) Prime had glass looking panels in the comics too, so you just assume they had scanned some other races vehicles that had windshields prior to arriving on earth.



I wouldn't over think it in anycase.


Armada does have protoforms though, they lack any earth-unique parts, they just look really similar. One of the many reasons I love Armada, I think that's how it should always be depicted.

And for Sentinel, I think the real reason would be that he was a major character, and a big part of the story. With the robots complex designs, little explanatory dialogue, and little character development, it's hard for non-TF fans to keep up as is. It would've been even more confusing if Sentinel had to change appearance completely.
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Re: Sentinal Prime: What's Your Secret??

Postby ScoutSi » Thu Jul 21, 2011 1:49 am

I watched the movie again last night, and his form on the Ark IS slightly different than when he assumes a firetruck alt mode.

Maybe his Cybertronian alt mode had two triangular glass panels?

We'll know for sure when the blu-ray/DVD is out and we can get stills
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Re: Sentinal Prime: What's Your Secret??

Postby KingEmperor » Thu Jul 21, 2011 3:18 am

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Xterminator wrote:I have another rather simplistic explanation: they just wanted to save money during the post-production by not having to render a cybertronian-mode for Sentinel Prime. As a bonus, they also didn't have to make the scene where he scans his earthly fire truck mode.

Why care about those details ? They don't even expect that the general public will notice that in each movie the cybertronians have a completely different reason to come to Earth. So why bother with 10sec of screen time where Sentinel Prime should be depicted as a pure-metal protoform ?

Another example of cost-savings during post-production: the scene in Africa where Megatron, Starscream & Soundwave meet.
Soundwave is depicted as arobot after the scanning of the Mercedes alternate-mode. Does it make sense ? Of course not: it means soundwave drove all the way from Chicago to Africa for the meeting :-) !

The proper way to depict Soundwave in this scene would be to show him arriving as a Cybertronian jet and have him transformed into a kind of allien humanoid shape (no wheels, no shine white painting). But no, why render another soundwave for just a few seconds of screen time ? It is better to save the money, nobody will notice :-(

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