I am very excited about the upcoming Transformers movie because I’m a huge Transformers fan. I’m not one these fans that say Transformers is going to suck because a certain director or actor is working on the project. I’m also not going to say it isn’t any good because of a second and a half clip on the trailer. I do have one concern though and that is the same concern I have with everything Transformers related. My concern is that they put too much attention on that glory hog Optimus Prime.
Everyone treats Optimus Prime like he’s the Transformer version of Michael Jordan or Tiger Wood but he’s really not that great at all. Here are some of the many examples of Optimus Prime’s inferiority.
From the very beginning we see that Optimus Prime isn’t all he’s cracked up to be. In the very first story in Transformers, the Decpticons have the energon cubes they need and they’re on their way back home to Cybertron. Optimus Prime gets a jetpack from one of the other Autobots and goes after them. Like the moron and showboat that Optimus Prime is he tries to fight the Decepticon ship, full of Decepticons, head on and what does he get for it? He gets shot out of the sky. Meanwhile, Mirage, a B level role player on the Transformers, sneaks on board the Decepticon ship, sabotages the ship and single handedly makes the Decepticons crash into the ocean. So, explain to me again why Optimus Prime who showed no intelligence or strategy is the leader and not Mirage who singled handedly took down the Autobots?
Also for the leader and most powerful of the Transformers, Optimus Prime sure does nearly die a lot. Every other episode he has to be fixed because he’s nearly killed, no other Autobot has to be fixed more than once. One episode Optimus Prime rolls down a hill and he has to be fixed. Are you serious? He rolled down a hill and he’s broken? This is the most powerful Autobot? He’s been tricked into being brainwashed, he’s been beaten in a one on one fight with Megatron, and he was disassembled once. Not very impressive.
In the episode called Fire in the Sky, Optimus Prime stands and watches Skyfire pick up the two humans and kidnap them. Prime’s excuse is that “we might hit the humans.” Are you kidding me? First of all, Skyfire is bigger than Optimus Prime, he’s such a huge target that it is easy to hit him without hitting the humans. Second of all, if Optimus Prime is as great as everyone says then he should have great aim and should be able to hit the smallest of small targets. Later in the episode Skyfire saves the humans and the Autobots. Once again someone other than Optimus Prime proves he is worth more but everyone still worships Optimus Prime.
In the Ultimate Doom story Megatron has a plan to pull Cybertron to the Earth’s atmosphere so that it will cause an infinite amount of energy for the Decepticons to energize Cybertron. The only problem is the Earth will explode. Megatron tells Optimus Prime that he should let Megatron do it because it will mean energy for their home planet. Optimus Prime not only agrees but he pulls the switch himself. Not only did he pretty much take an order from the most evil person in their universe but he was willing to sacrifice every life on Earth. What kind of a leader is that? Later in the episode guess who comes up with the plan to save the day? Optimus Prime? Heck no. Optimus Prime admitted failure and quit, meanwhile Spike, a fifteen year old brat, came up with the plan to save the day. Optimus Prime is less capable of leading than a fifteen year-old brat!
Then of course there is the Transformers movie. Optimus Prime dies! In over one hundred episodes of Transformers not a single person ever died but Optimus Prime dies. He can’t be all that powerful.
There are many, many more examples of Optimus Prime’s inefficiency and inept leadership. Our very own leader, George W. Bush, has been one of the most criticized leaders in history but next time he does something you don’t agree with just remember one thing. He’s better than Optimus Prime.