Friday, July 31, 2009

SOUNDWAVE lurks in space...

TRANSFORMERS 3... A.k.a. Transformers: Rise of the Headmaster. You might recall (or maybe you won’t) that I posted a Blog laying out a couple of ideas that I had for Transformers’ 2 and 3 almost a year before production on Revenge of the Fallen took place. Well naturally, the actual plot of ROTF didn’t come close to what I conjured up...but it DID feature lots of elements that I (as well as a lot of other TF fans) wanted to see: Megatron getting revived after being retrieved from the ocean depths, the Constructicons and Soundwave making their live-action movie debut, an aircraft carrier getting taken out by Decepticons at sea, a Decepticon posing as a human being sent to spy on Sam (though I didn’t mention this and the aircraft carrier scene in the Blog linked above... But I DID contemplate about these as well) and even Sam getting injured (though he actually ‘died’ in ROTF, haha) in the final battle. Oh, and the return of Barricade in the, um, Sidesways. YEA, THANKS HASBRO (SARCASM). Okay technically, other TF fans probably didn’t want that Pretender played by Isabel Lucas to show up in ROTF...and seeing Sam being brought back to life by the Matrix of Leadership. Anyways...

TRANSFORMERS: NEFARIOUS cover art by Brian Rood.

Here’s hoping someone tells Michael Bay to cut back on the dog-fornicating, Megan Fox’s leg-humping, Devastator’s testicles-flaunting and John Turturro’s ass-bearing jokes in the third film, and spend more screentime on story points like these (I know, I know— Wishful thinking)...


-The movie takes place 5-6 years after the events of Revenge of the Fallen...and the Autobots and their human allies are in the midst of a long war with the Decepticons that started after the events at Egypt in ROTF.

-Sam is out of college, now married to Mikaela, and they have a newborn son named Daniel Witwicky.

-(This is me displaying my self-indulgent side since I’m a huge space geek too, haha) Sam and Mikaela have moved to Florida, where Sam is about to start his first day on the job at Kennedy Space Center as a computer IT guy.

-The reason why Sam landed a job at NASA was partly because of the effects the Allspark had on him from the first Transformers film and ROTF. Just as the Allspark made him smart enough to go to a college like Princeton, it made him even more smarter over the years and allowed him to apply for a job at America’s space agency.

-Over the course of the years, people around the globe have started to side with the Decepticons so the 'cons won’t harm them.

-Megatron, in possession of the Allspark shard that revived him in ROTF, has found a way to use the Allspark’s powers to manipulate the humans who are "working" for him. As shown by Sam in ROTF, the Allspark can cause someone to suffer mental Megatron uses this to his advantage by driving these humans "insane" and making them dangerous to the people who side with the Autobots.

An Autobot protoform.

-The Decepticon known as Astrotrain and the Autobot known as Sky Lynx are two of the new ‘bots we see in Transformers: Rise of the Headmaster. They both pose as space shuttles.

-The Stunticons (Decepticons), Springer, Cliffjumper and Hound (all three are Autobots) also appear in TF3.

-Soundwave sends Laserbeak to spy on Sam and/or his family early on in the film.

-Over the years, Optimus Prime has developed a strong sense of trust with Major Lennox and Master Sergeant Epps, as well as select soldiers in their NEST team, and shares information regarding Transformers weapons technology with them.

-The NEST team, with the help of Ratchet, have developed armored suits that would help the soldiers survive combat against the Decepticons in battle. The NEST troops essentially become Powermasters.

-There is a human who Megatron has given the authority to control all the other humans who work for the Decepticons. He is known as the Headmaster.

Spike Witwicky as a Headmaster in the TRANSFORMERS Dreamwave comics.

-THE HEADMASTER KILLS MIKAELA during a crucial action scene (Megatron tests the Headmaster's loyalty to the Decepticons by having him eliminate Sam's wife). Sam is too late in coming to her aid. Sam is obviously distraught and out of the picture till the final battle.

-The climax of the film involves the Autobots and the Powermasters trying to infiltrate the Nemesis (which has been repaired since after ROTF, and arrives at Earth early on in TF3) to rescue more humans who have been captured by the Decepticons (such as Leo and that guy Galloway?) a way to get world governments to turn against the Autobots, and to transform the human hostages into more Headmasters.

-The Autobots and Powermasters capture a Decepticon Headmaster during an earlier action scene.

-Wanting revenge, Sam manages to take possession of the Decepticon Headmaster's suit and dons it (since it would be revealed early on in the film that the Headmasters' suits are much more powerful than those of the Powermasters) before joining the Autobots and NEST in attacking the Nemesis...and confronting the Headmaster who killed Mikaela.

-Sky Lynx is the one who transports the NEST team to the Nemesis in space. The Autobots revert back into their comet protoforms before flying up to the Decepticon flagship. However...

-My self-indulgent side wants the battle to take place in the skies above Kennedy Space Center...since we can also see an aerial battle between Astrotrain and Sky Lynx, or Starscream with the Aerialbots, or all these mofos’ duking it out at the same time above America’s spaceport.

The Ark by Alex Milne.

-Perhaps we see the Autobots' flagship, The Ark, show up at Earth. It provides aerial bombardment as Autobot and Decepticon forces battle on the Kennedy Space Center. Haha.

-OR... The Ark (commanded by Ultra Magnus? Just sayin') attacks the Nemesis in space, causing a distraction as Sky Lynx and the Autobot protoforms secretly approach and infiltrate the Decepticon flagship from behind.


-Either Sam kills the Headmaster, or Sam puts the Headmaster in a position where he is unable to escape the Nemesis just as it is about to blow up.

-The climax ends with the Nemesis being destroyed...but we don’t know what happened to Megatron, Starscream and a few other Decepticons (including Shockwave?). The Headmaster, if Sam let him live, watches as Megatron and Company desert him and leave him to become smithereens as the Decepticons' flagship goes bye-bye.

-THE FILM ENDS WITH MIKAELA'S FUNERAL. After that, Lennox, Epps, Optimus Prime and the other Autobots prepare to continue waging war against other Decepticons that have stayed on Earth. Sam, with his newborn son Daniel in his arms, looks on from a distance.

Megatron concept artwork.

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