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I am loving the animation and character design....but let me get this straight.  Optimus doesn't like something the council is up to, so he goes to Megatron BEFORE trying to talk to them?!  I get that he's been banished, but they can't...I dunno.  Call?  Text?  Send a smoke signal?  Great idea...put Megs and Starscream in the same place...what could go wrong?

BTW is it just me or is it completely wrong that Starscream is the voice of reason?  Actually, I don't care if it's just me...that's wrong.
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Darkenlite Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
I've not been watching Combiner Wars.  Collecting all the toys.  My husband and I saw one episode or part of one.  It was the one of Windblade kicking Menasor's ass.  Bob was like "WTF!??! Combiners are supposed to be the most powerful and all and she's kicking his ass?"  I got to agree.  Maybe I need to watch more but it wasn't good start.  So that is all I saw.   Do you enjoy it?  Does it get better storyline wise?
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illmatar Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
No...it doesn't have much of a chance to get better as it was a mini-series.  So...beautiful, annoying, out-of-charcter eye candy is my humble opinion.
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Darkenlite Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2016
How long was it?  WHen I saw part of it it looked like they wanted to do IDW comics.  I'm not big fan of IDW comic to tell the truth cause the story doesn't flow in artwork.  Beautiful artwork but where do you start reading on the page.   I've not bought comic in years.  Cut backs.   Annoying?  How?  

I know some folks didn't like the new RID but I enjoyed it cause for once the humans seemed to be more "minor" characters and played the part of humans in way that i like: not overpowering the storyline or TFs.  Also seemed to have nice sense of humor to it.  Too many things in life that are worrisome so its nice to see some light-heartedness.
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illmatar Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016
5 or 6 episodes (I think...) 

Sigh...you don't want to get me started on this, but I'll try not to rant too much.  Annoying because there was clearly a lot of love on the part of the animators and it was all wasted on a terrible story.  What exactly is the point of spending so much time and money on glorious, painstaking imagery when the plot it hangs off is not worth any of it?  Seriously...I know writing is hard but IMHO it needs to come before everything else....and if you don't have a solid story THEN YOU SHOULDN'T START PRODUCING ANYTHING UNTIL YOU DO!  <--  Broke my promise.

I am very frustrated with a lot of movies and games lately.  I guess it bugs me to know someone got paid big money to write shit.  They could pay me big money...I can write shitty stories!  I know I can!

We haven't collected the books in years for the same reason (also space.)  I haven't seen the new RID yet.  I am not watching anything until MGM is done with school and we can sit down and binge all of our shows.   The only exception would be Game of Thrones...if he has too much homework for GoT then that's his problem!  ;)
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Darkenlite Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2016
With the whole premise of Combiner Wars and everything Hasbro had gold mine with that cartoon! G1 still sells on its own merit.  I too could write better.  The stories don't have to be complex, just be entertaining.  That was one thing I was looking forward to with this cartoon cause its G1.  With all the wonderful toys they have been making based on G1 I wanted to see good new cartoon on it.

I'm not going to promise RID is great.  I enjoyed it even though couple of others didn't.   I found it entertaining and funny.  I do like the role of the human characters.  They are not over the top every-fucking where the Autobots are.   Or they know everything or do everything.   I hated the kids in Prime.  Overall a good cartoon but I came to hate Mika and that little kid.  I want to kill them.  One kid is more than enough. I understand the role of the kids in the cartoon but it gets bit much at times. 

I thought it was just me on the comics.  THey are still being done so folks must be buying them.  I've not bought them for years and not missed them.  Dreamwave did good series but this new one. . . I got out of it and didn't really miss it.

Okay got kitty on my lap and typing. Gotta go and pay attention to her majesty.
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illmatar Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
I am officially groveling for late replies.  I have been lurking for months. 

I can get behind almost anything if the CHARACTERS are solid and the writing has some thought put into it.  Seriously I think that's why Gen 1 is STILL as popular as it is.  The characters were well defined and fun.  Seeing them interact was fun.  Even when the individual episodes were weak on story, there was at least enough background to make it enjoyable.  You WANTED to hang out with these people - if only to watch them drive each other nuts.  I didn't mind the kids in Prime as much as you, but I sure wasn't enjoying them that much either.
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AshasCadence Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with a lot of what you said. Why didn't Optimus just go talk to the council of all things? Its just weird. I've started reading the MTMTE series myself and like it has hints of stuff from IDW but like other stuff is something else entirely to me, so lot of it is confusing. Rodimus in this is well just not what i pictured so I guess its just referring back to the g2 tv series? I'm not sure anymore.

I don't like this reasonable Starscream. They made him just like Armada. He's a lot more devious and self-centered in character even if he is the head of cybertron (still trying to read up why he is of all people XD). So overall I'm not impressed with this show/series. It feels...out of place and just more or less really skewed in character and story wise and kind of trailing off to its own universe at this point. 

I don't think its that easy to call one another unless Megs got rid of whatever to prevent communication via Cybertron or whatever I dunno. Its unexplainable and isn't this fan made or like not to be taken seriously? I can't remember. 
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illmatar Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016
It's not fan-made and it's supposed to be G1 based. 

Here's the thing with Rodimus.  G1 spent all of season 3 working on his growth from Hot Rod into the leadership - and had some excellent character development in the process - including some fits of self-doubt.  Keep in mind the writing and animation for the third season would have been done BEFORE the G1 movie hit theaters.  Then the public outcry for Optimus' death hit Hasbro like a tidal wave and they quickly and awkwardly wrote him back in.  Now they can't seem to make up their mind whether Rodimus is still in his cocky Hot Rod stage or in the self-doubting stage.  The fact that he'd moved past most of that seems to have gone over everyone's heads.  Honestly I think the way MTMTE handles his over-confidence in the early parts of the book is way over done.  He was brash - not arrogant - and he was never dumb enough to be delighted over inheriting the Matrix.

As for Optimus, the over-the-top hero worship comes from the fans.  The G1 movie has his leadership costing the Autobots the war - it starts with them having lost.  In Starscreams case - I don't buy it.  Narcissism like that does not heal.  I never really watched Armada so I can't speak to that.
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AshasCadence Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember tidbits from g1. Not a whole lot but I do remember Rodimus and its such a huge difference from the MTMTE series so its kind of like how separate is this storyline compared to the show or what's more together than none so its blurry to me? I dunno which rodimus I prefer but I prefer g1 over mtmte like you said of how brash he is and waaaay too delighted to be a prime when he wasn't all that much. Its just confusing as it now seems to be a struggle with writers in animation or comic they don't pick a set Rodimus and really its all interpretation and whatever writers or based on polls from fans so its hard I bet but at the same time difficult for some to describe Rodimus/Hot Rod. Overall I like both Rods but g2 more like you mentioned with his self doubts. MTMTE more or less makes it as if he's both but he has this brashness to hide his self doubt so its mock confidence and eagerness to do things to hide away his doubts and pains of being a leader. (At least how I look at it)

Optimus in all the shows since g1 has been the same. Hardly any since of character maybe rare few moments but always over the top hero. Comics he's slightly different and well its a comic so more time and such is invested but its those writers in how they write and same with the show. So its just kind of I guess at this point whatever people's tastes are. 
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illmatar Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016
Sorry it took so long to get back to you...I wanted to wait until the weekend when I have: 1. more time and 2. more brain.

I shall include the link to my standard rant on this subject....it's in the artist's comment on an old deviation.  Sorry.  Veil by illmatar   Read at your peril...tis truly a rant.

The problem they seem to be having (IMHO) is that the G1 Rodimus was a complex character.  He was brazen as your standard warrior, but Prime's job is a whole other ball of wax and he reacted accordingly.   Now they are trying to flatten him back out to a one dimensional character and they seem to be wavering between the far extremes of his personality.  I guess it makes sense that Op is less of an evolving character since he IS millions of years old, but I enjoyed watching Rodimus evolve.  
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AshasCadence Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol I read it and I agree. 

More time for brain which I totally get. College is draining me and tearing me down. I'm so not in the mindset for it or in the mood. I wanted a longer summer dammit. 

I've read worse rants XD You were pretty level minded and well spoken. 

Prime is Prime. Always was and has been with good morale like you said a father figure. Rodi needs more g1 in him in the MTMTE honestly. I just wish writers can just settle and agree on something instead of making all this confusion. Prime had his pros and cons and I think all leaders should. No one is perfect or just straight line stupid. They need to have a balance and maybe little more of something to be recognized like prime in his dad status and roddy in his other stuff. 
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illmatar Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016
:XD:

Heh...I remember college (wheezes like Kup) and I am totally with you about summer break.  These days I'm not the student - I'm the teacher.  By the end of the day I am battered and fried.  Last week I was so tired I told a waitress I wanted no onions in my water instead of no ice.  (This worked out in my favor as she gave me a free slice of pie for my exhaustion.  Totally worth the embarrassment.)

I'm glad you thought it was level headed.  Alas, I have responded to several Rodimus trashing comments with way less...diplomacy.  Not to mention the minor act of writing roughly 5000 pages of fanfic "fixing" this problem for the last 25 years or so.  I wanted Rodimus validated and Optimus and Megatron excused for their collective inability to get anything done.  All my art and stuff is based on that.   Tis sad.
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AshasCadence Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD omg. Kup cracks me up.

I'm glad the waitress did that. Lol otherwise she probably would have stared st you like you're insane then it would have clicked. But that was sweet of her.

I need to go back and reread your story. It's been a while since I looked at it. I liked the direction it was going but had to stop and catch up on some of the old tv show episodes for a refresher and understand things. Like I statted reading your stuff when I was embracing my transformerhood. Lol

Now I'm buying some of the comics now as I wait for the last volume of mtmte I preordered.
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illmatar Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2016
She and my husband had a great laugh at my expense....I think the pie may also have been a bit of guilt there.  It's all good.  Now all I need to say is "onions" when I want to crack my man up.

!?  Honestly, I'm not sure I realized you'd read it at all.    I don't know when last you read...there isn't a lot new.  Most of my more recent work has been going back in time with Marooned, and revising some early chapters that need help...like Impaled and Aftermath.
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redconvoy Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've seen it and to me, it feels forced as a story.  I think it is because of the episode limitation that they didn't have time to develop much.  I have a problem with the way they have it, but then they are loosely following the IDW premise, except Rodimus and the Mistress of Flame or not on some council.  I thought the enigma was something like a magic eight ball.  It told the truth.  I guess they changed that.  In this show we have again, Rodimus with the self-esteem issues because he feels he has to be Optimus 2.0.  I would like to have a talk with the writers about their "Hot Rod" hate.  "I will try to be like Optimus." Or some variation of that.  I was like, what?!  Be yourself dude!  Also, about Star Scream, he reminds of the Japanese version of himself in Aramada or something like that.  I think they are trying to redeem Star Scream.   After Megatron gets through with him, there won't be much left of him.  I know in the IDW version, he's still a bit devious even though he's in charge of Cybertron.  He fancies himself as some Chosen One as some Titan told him.  I think it wasn't for the betterment of Cybertron though.  I am hoping that in this cartoon, Megatron exposes Star Scream's true intentions.  I feel that he's full of it.  What you brought up bothered me also.  Why was Optimus in seclusion?  If he had a problem, why didn't he talk to the Council directly?  I am sure Rodimus would have welcomed him at least. I think the Mistress of Flame is a bit of a you know what and thinks of her self-importance too much.  I am so not happy with what they did to Rodimus when Devastator got a hold of him.   I am waiting to see what happens, but I hope this develops more.  
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illmatar Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2016
I always try to give new shows a few episodes to find their footing.  (Beast Wars taught me that actually...)

I haven't been able to fully keep up with IDW.  We just got the first box set of MTMTE this summer.

It annoys the hell out of me that Optimus is the standard Rodimus is held to.  If Op did such a good job (G1) then why did he lose the war?  Same here if he's banished.  Not to mention, this lovely plan of bringing a guy who flat out says he's only in this to kill Starscream along for the ride.  If you just wanted to talk, then leave cannon-boy at home!

The Mistress of flame is corrupt.  You can tell just by how she talks to Windblade. 

Alas, I can't complain about how they ripped Rodimus apart can I?  That would be hypocritical.    XD
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redconvoy Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I knew it!  Star Scream could not be trusted.  

I remember BW.  In the beginning it was pretty bad, but I think once they got fan input, it got a lot better.  I liked that series.  Yes, you took Rodimus apart, put him back together, and changed him at a subatomic level...because you love him XD  Yes, I do the same.  Heh.  But at least it's done out of love.  XD LOL
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illmatar Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016
I think the beginning of most series is rough because they are working hard to make you care and they only have a few episodes to set it all up before they lose you.

Characters must suffer.  Favorite characters must REALLY suffer.  Them's the rules.  I did not make them. 
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ChimeraDragonfang Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016
There's a new Transformers show out? Shows you how much I'm aware of what's going on lately. ^^;
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illmatar Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016
It's supposedly an adult oriented web show.  www.go90.com/content/sub/PUBa5…; "Episodes" are about 5 minutes each. 
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maddog78 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2016
I haven't watched it yet, been so busy prepping for a concession demo and rebuild that I'm exhausted by the time I get home and it's the slow season now.
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illmatar Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016
Oh hon...you could watch everything that's out in less than 1/2 an hour.  They are episode segments...not full episodes.  Maybe 5 minutes a piece.  Good luck with your prep.
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Ms-Liz-Shadow Featured By Owner Edited Sep 3, 2016  Student Photographer
I'm also watching Combiner Wars. It is interesting animation and character design. Nice graphics! I wonder what will happen next? :confused: I hope Rodimus is ok after I saw what happened to him? Did you see that? LOL Starscream and Megatron at the same time. :XD: How often do they release the next episode? I follow Transformers on Facebook. So they tell you when the next part is out. ;3 LOL     
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illmatar Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016
I did see the last one...and don't get me started on Rodimus.  The way they treat that character makes me fume.  Is he overly confident to the point of arrogance or is he pathetically self-doubtful?  Depends on the day I guess.  I believe the segments come out once a week. 
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Ms-Liz-Shadow Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2016  Student Photographer
LOL Sorry! :XD: OK! ;3 
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