- Motto: ""Freedom is the right of all sentient beings""
- Weapon: Dual Rocket-Propelled Grenade Launcher
the wire thing was a plot device. It made it so that the whole autobot captured scene was possible. Since optimus and the b-a wreckers were otherwise occupied, you couldnt ask, "why didnt optimus and the wreckers just bail them out?" In general it also added to the drama and made optimus' appearence in the scene where he kills shockwave more dramatic and therefore more effective as an overall story and marketing tool!
you'll find that in most transformers storylines, be they movie, comic, or tv show, optimus is almost killed and maimed by characters and situations that could never, in reality, actually do him that much harm, assuming he really does posses the stats that every optimus toy package indicates (i.e. straight tens with a couple 8s thrown in). The point in each instance, such as the wires, is to add to the drama of the plot and make it so that when the bad guy gets what's coming to him it's all the more satisfying. Unfortunately it tends to make the big op look like a pansy a lot of the time (I wont buy idw for this one reason!) and that kind of sucks for prime lovers such as myself.
That's one more reason why transformers prime is the best tf continuity to date, IMO, because tf prime optimus kicks some serious transistor!
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