Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial"

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 9:04AM CDT

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Welcome to the latest episode of the Seibertron.com Twincast / Podcast! This episode features your host Megatronus, prodigal host Counterpunch, and one-time host RodimusConvoy13 - listen in as we discuss the latest (with perhaps a lag of 5 days) news, toys, and more.

Episode #144 "Don't Touch That Dial" is available directly and in our RSS Feed, and should appear on iTunes and Stitcher Radio within 24 to 48 hours of when you see this news post.

We warm up with some casual chat about Optimus & Me, an editorial piece about an immigrant girl finding a role model and social shield in your hero and mine, Optimus Prime. None of the cast members were little girls, unfortunately, so we discuss where we found meaning in the original 'toon. Megatronus likes Megatron. Go figure.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial"
Sometimes, we can all use a hand. A giant, robot hand.


Back to the 90s we go. That's right, it's time for another segment dedicated to re-watching Beast Wars episodes. We take a quick look at episodes 9, 10, & 11, wherein Rattrap saves the day, Optimus goes full Primal, and no one goes home.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial"
Beast Wars never gets old.


As we discuss MP Optimus Primal and rumors of an upcoming MP Cheetor, we decide it's prime time for SureShot18's query: "With the possibility of the MP Beast Wars line continuing and the disappointment on the boards in Cheetor maybe being the next one, what would your ideal MP Beast Wars release schedule be for the Season 1 characters?"

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial"
No hairy cat butts.


Speaking of Masterpiece, a certain red fire truck has been confirmed. MP Inferno will becoming to quench a fire near you, or maybe just keep Red Alert from going bonkers again. What does the cast think of this latest entry in the ever-growing money-making MP machine?

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial"
He's ash grey! Get it!? Get it??? Sigh.


We get into some comic talk: Sins of the Wreckers #4, The Transformers #52, and More Than Meets The Eye #52 are on the chopping block. There's a lot to discuss in each arcs' penultimate issue, and you'll just have to tune in to get it all. In the meantime, we bring you this moment, by Rodimus:

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial"
Buuuuuuurrrrn.


Generation is up next, and we start with Unite Warriors Sky Reign. Rumor has it this set will deviate quite a bit from the Hasbro release. WIll the Twincast double dip for that tantalizingly likely Ratchet? While you chew on that, check out these awesome comparisons of the upcoming Computron sets. There's truly something for everyone.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial"
Never underestimate the deadly tuning fork.


We finish up the Twincast with some bragging rights. What did everyone get since the last recording - or even since two recordings ago? *COUGH* Grand Galvatron *COUGH*. Sorry, just clearing my throat.

Transformers News: Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial"
You're sure that's not a new head?


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Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial" (1790613)
Posted by Counterpunch on May 18th, 2016 @ 12:52pm CDT
Apologies for any quality issues with this one. We had a hell of a time keeping a good connection through out the show.
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial" (1790620)
Posted by megatronus on May 18th, 2016 @ 1:35pm CDT
Counterpunch wrote:Apologies for any quality issues with this one. We had a hell of a time keeping a good connection through out the show.

It's true. It's all true.

I think it came out better than we expected (Counterpunch is a first rate editor), but we'd love to here about your listening experience on this one, especially in regards to the quality of this vs. past episodes.
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial" (1790708)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on May 18th, 2016 @ 7:28pm CDT
I don't know why, but recent standard MP releases haven't really interested me. Outside of certain characters I like; starscream, ratchet, shockwave, the only MP's that actually really interest me are the weird repaints. All of the molds look cool, they all look nice, even inferno as much as people shit on the figure; but the repaints are usually way more interesting. Like at this rate, I'm more focused on building a Masterpiece Diaclone collection than a standard G1 84-85 cast.
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial" (1790709)
Posted by megatronus on May 18th, 2016 @ 7:31pm CDT
SW's SilverHammer wrote:I don't know why, but recent standard MP releases haven't really interested me. Outside of certain characters I like; starscream, ratchet, shockwave, the only MP's that actually really interest me are the weird repaints. All of the molds look cool, they all look nice, even inferno as much as people SHIZZLESNIT on the figure; but the repaints are usually way more interesting. Like at this rate, I'm more focused on building a Masterpiece Diaclone collection than a standard G1 84-85 cast.

Right??

In all honesty, I'm more excited for Delta Magnus than Inferno.
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial" (1790716)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on May 18th, 2016 @ 8:05pm CDT
megatronus wrote:
SW's SilverHammer wrote:I don't know why, but recent standard MP releases haven't really interested me. Outside of certain characters I like; starscream, ratchet, shockwave, the only MP's that actually really interest me are the weird repaints. All of the molds look cool, they all look nice, even inferno as much as people SHIZZLESNIT on the figure; but the repaints are usually way more interesting. Like at this rate, I'm more focused on building a Masterpiece Diaclone collection than a standard G1 84-85 cast.

Right??

In all honesty, I'm more excited for Delta Magnus than Inferno.

Yeah like literally, the only MP's i'm interested in actually buying are Tigertrack, clampdown, Powered Convoy, roadrage, Blue streak, and the Black Ironhide that's most likely going to come out. I finally got my Exhaust
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial" (1791125)
Posted by Counterpunch on May 20th, 2016 @ 10:49am CDT
Anyone else have a Needlenose figure where his Targetmaster partner's arms routinely fall off?
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial" (1791664)
Posted by ScottyP on May 22nd, 2016 @ 10:23am CDT
Counterpunch wrote:Anyone else have a Needlenose figure where his Targetmaster partner's arms routinely fall off?
One of mine has one loose arm, but otherwise they seem ok. They're also in gun mode almost all the time, so it's always possible they're little ticking time bombs and I'm just unaware.
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial" (1791746)
Posted by SW's SilverHammer on May 22nd, 2016 @ 4:05pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:
Counterpunch wrote:Anyone else have a Needlenose figure where his Targetmaster partner's arms routinely fall off?
One of mine has one loose arm, but otherwise they seem ok. They're also in gun mode almost all the time, so it's always possible they're little ticking time bombs and I'm just unaware.

Honestly i've had problems with the initial release of scoop's targetmasters, so I figured the problems with needlenose's were par for the course.
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial" (1791829)
Posted by Counterpunch on May 22nd, 2016 @ 10:53pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:
Counterpunch wrote:Anyone else have a Needlenose figure where his Targetmaster partner's arms routinely fall off?


One of mine has one loose arm, but otherwise they seem ok. They're also in gun mode almost all the time, so it's always possible they're little ticking time bombs and I'm just unaware.


To be specific, it's one arm on one of them that constantly falls off.

SW's SilverHammer wrote:Honestly i've had problems with the initial release of scoop's targetmasters, so I figured the problems with needlenose's were par for the course.


Hrm, I think all my other releases are ok now that I think about it (Scoop, TAV Roadblock, and Sargent Hound).
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial" (1791954)
Posted by Wh33l Jck on May 23rd, 2016 @ 3:26pm CDT
G1 Optimus definitely had that Father-figure type vibe...
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial" (1793175)
Posted by Va'al on May 28th, 2016 @ 6:33am CDT
megatronus wrote:
Counterpunch wrote:Apologies for any quality issues with this one. We had a hell of a time keeping a good connection through out the show.

It's true. It's all true.

I think it came out better than we expected (Counterpunch is a first rate editor), but we'd love to here about your listening experience on this one, especially in regards to the quality of this vs. past episodes.


There was some serious tuning out of Counterpunch's stuff, and a much lower volume on his side too - which is a shame, as I thought the comments he was making on a lot of things were really on point, and some were just cut off. :(
I understand it's not you guys' fault though.


Things of the comment kind:
- I liked The Atlantic article, and have no issue at all with the 'filling in gaps' aspects of it. I feel like there might be something of a ..disconnect, for lack of a better term, between the cast and the experience of a young person (gender irrelevant for this point) arriving into a new country - that part was sort of glossed over, unless I misheard/didn't hear it at all. I think that was the most salient aspect of the article: she was not a hardcore fan, but someone who found a link with an alien experience trying to fit in. (Similar to my comments in that thread about Windblade, really!)

- The comments made about Megatron in MTMTE and the uncomfortable treatment of medication: I don't think the suggestion of 'get off the stuff and fight' is supposed to be the 'good side' of the discussion. As Mike suggests, that is what a lot of people on medication do have to live with and struggle through, and the comics are reflecting that context (and we've seen how Rodimus just does not get sympathy in these cases, just look at MTMTE 53 with Chromedome - Rewind is spot on). Comments on Megatron's cowardice are more out of place, I feel, than using the themes in the story.

Unless, of course, there's a cop-out solution in #54-5-6 - cover for 55 would seem to say no, but y'know.


SHOW? SHOW? SHOW?
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial" (1793246)
Posted by ScottyP on May 28th, 2016 @ 12:05pm CDT
Dr Va'al wrote:- The comments made about Megatron in MTMTE and the uncomfortable treatment of medication: I don't think the suggestion of 'get off the stuff and fight' is supposed to be the 'good side' of the discussion. As Mike suggests, that is what a lot of people on medication do have to live with and struggle through, and the comics are reflecting that context (and we've seen how Rodimus just does not get sympathy in these cases, just look at MTMTE 53 with Chromedome - Rewind is spot on). Comments on Megatron's cowardice are more out of place, I feel, than using the themes in the story.
Spot on. Megatron's a recovering addict (addicted to violence) that's given up right now. He's Alex in A Clockwork Orange after all the torture. Chromedome, while he's got a lot else going on, is also battling addiction, and fighting and losing.

Meanwhile you've got Tarn, who's not fighting it, totally binging, and "winning". For now. We've seen glimpses of a highly intelligent, tactical, politically savvy bot, but in this arc he's increasingly giving in to his most violent and foul tendencies.
Re: Twincast / Podcast Episode #144: "Don't Touch That Dial" (1793257)
Posted by Va'al on May 28th, 2016 @ 1:13pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:
Dr Va'al wrote:- The comments made about Megatron in MTMTE and the uncomfortable treatment of medication: I don't think the suggestion of 'get off the stuff and fight' is supposed to be the 'good side' of the discussion. As Mike suggests, that is what a lot of people on medication do have to live with and struggle through, and the comics are reflecting that context (and we've seen how Rodimus just does not get sympathy in these cases, just look at MTMTE 53 with Chromedome - Rewind is spot on). Comments on Megatron's cowardice are more out of place, I feel, than using the themes in the story.
Spot on. Megatron's a recovering addict (addicted to violence) that's given up right now. He's Alex in A Clockwork Orange after all the torture. Chromedome, while he's got a lot else going on, is also battling addiction, and fighting and losing.

Meanwhile you've got Tarn, who's not fighting it, totally binging, and "winning". For now. We've seen glimpses of a highly intelligent, tactical, politically savvy bot, but in this arc he's increasingly giving in to his most violent and foul tendencies.


Yes, I see a parallel with the 'winning' here - Sheen comes to mind, as he was hailed as a hero for being essentially a scumbag. Tarn is not good. Megatron refusing to fight and 'giving in' to fear is.

That said, I did like Mike's suggested option for an alternative scene with Tarn and Overlord.

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