- Motto: "Continue building from within,attack your designated target,defend everyone."
- Weapon: Double-Barreled, Armor-Piercing Particle Beam Cann...
As far as I'm concerned, Bay totally shat on the TFs.If he had not been shat on in turn for the so-called failure of Rotf, I insist his attitude towards the actual TFs would not have changed very much at all. Although I DO like the movies, and have zero hatred of Rotf, I have a lot of gripe at how the TFs were mismanaged in name and place (I like most of the designs just fine).
A while ago, I had read a very old book called Emile. It's an antiquated work now, discussing pretty much the reinvention of the Education system as a scientifically monitorable occurence after the renaissance had run its' course and left its' new outlook behind it.
It stated, and I paraphrase, that if a country child and a city child are both left in a room of affluent decor and atmosphere, the country child can be expected to touch nothing, whilst the city child can be expected to begin to touch everything, and eventually begin to break some items in the room.
For whatever reason, once I read that, I was immediately very concerned that Bay would sabotage the films so nobody could pick up where he left off easily, especially after the total removal from the map, the total wiping off from the face of the planet, of Mikaela, Jolt and the Arcees (and now the Twins). I called it.I agree with those who believe it (this version of sabotage) has been attempted with the ending of DotM.
I totally understand that this film line is not G1, and now that I have learnt to know that,I honestly feel things are better this way.Like very many I hope to see more films in continuum of these 3 and I personally think reboots are just a very bad and dangerous idea unless Hasbro/Hollywood is smart enough to collect several independant reboot scripts and then collect only the very best aspects of each and put them into one film or saga.
Quickly, I want to state that I understand exactly how biased and even cruel I sound here.Call me bigoted, but I didn't start it.I have read all the discussions (that I found) regarding the attitude of the fan base and our consideration to be owed something.Even if we are not owed something (which I maintain as debateable since I continue to argue that we carried the TFs through from the 80s to today, making our relationship with TFs longer and experience deeper) it is others who nevertheless have the recognised qualifications to assemble storylines.It is obvious that we should respect their places in this community,but we,too, should be considered worthy of note whenever we criticise something they do, positively or negatively. I have read the warnings about how fanwank stories will only please fans and possibly trash the films.I totally understand and have no counterarguments.These warnings are very legitimate,
BUT Michael Bay has not done a good job with the TF product, according to plenty of TF fans, debates on the defenition of fan not withstanding(All are one).
By rearranging so much, he has wrecked many of the (traditionally foreseeable) follow-ups to the TF mythos,thereby sabotaging the greater expansion of a single line of films into what at this time has a life expectancy (Unicron or Reboot) unless it is handled with caution for the next few phases.
I strongly believe that Michael Bay worked this out, during the Rotf 'aftermath' when he wrongly killed off his praise of this just fine film, flawed where he ordered a script and ignored it to shoot for his edit.He worked out we DO like his work,but it was too late.
Therefore, let me see many directors directing many TF films. If Michael Bay is allowed to do whatever he wants, so are the rest. I suspect the storyline will be better for it.I insist that the overall layout of the 3 Bay films is absolutely ripe for multidirectionalist expansion by new blood.(Comics are not new blood, nor is a Hasbro policy from last year or last decade,nor is Steven Spielberg).
Yes, there are writers to point at.The director knows how to read and has a diploma qualifying him to judge a script.Bay chose not to go with TFs-his greatest success-yet did choose to go with the scripts-the matter still under disussion today.He knows how to remind everyone that he is the Boss, but when does he actually take charge?Is it correct to say that he saw holes and let them be as long as he was getting his way elsewhere? Furthermore, Hasbro is the overall employer.If there was ever a moment that they should have stepped in to reign things in, it appears that they just stood by instead.
"Everyone has a hobby.Even people who say they don't still have one under another name.If we're sick,injured, we still go to it and get down to see how it is.If it needs something, we bring it,make sure the attention is perfect.It exercises our care and protection and gives us back philosophies.It's a living thing to us,and is the most perfect way to teach a young person how to be towards a living thing. It's something that should never be taken away."