I love it when the present day catches up with futuristic dates conceived by science fiction writers. George Orwell's 1984. Buck Rogers' ill-fated mission, "the last of America's deep space probes," was launched in 1987. (Man, I love the music in the intro to that series.) 2001: A Space Odyssey. And, of course, there's the Transformers movie, which was set 20 years from the date of its theatrical release: 2005.
When I got my DVDs of the original Transformers cartoons from Madman, since I'd already seen Seasons 1 and 2 in the last few years, I decided to watch Season Three, the post-movie season. Like the movie, the season revolves around a small ensemble cast that science fiction lovers may find... strangely familiar...
|Hot Rod / Rodimus Prime||Luke Skywalker||Courageous young lad with a greater destiny makes good|
|Arcee||Princess Leia||Token romantic interest / plucky fighter|
|Springer||Han Solo||Wise-cracking devil-may-care guy|
|Kup||Obi-Wan Kenobi||Wise old warrior and advisor|
|Grimlock||Chewbacca||Noble savage with speech issue|
|Perceptor||C-3PO||Technical consultant with faint English accent|
|Wheelie||R2-D2||Annoying little chirping robot|
|The Matrix||The Force||Magic stuff that saves the day|
|Unicron||Death Star / Emperor||Giant planet-destroying planet|
|Galvatron||Darth Vader||The main villain, but still subservient to his master|
|Cyclonus||Grand Moff Tarkin||Cold and hard second-in-command bad guy|
|Scourge / The Sweeps||Stormtroopers||Endless horde of warrior clones|
|Ultra Magnus||In the wrong fuckin' movie?|
I'm far from the first person to make this comparison online. Zobovor lists more interesting comparisons on his page: the similarity of Leia's and Arcee's "cinnamon bun" hairstyle; Hot Rod and Luke both train against a drone with a light-based sword while the group travels on a spaceship; etc. It's all pretty shameless, actually.
Anyway, so I re-watched Season Three, and I generally enjoyed it. The highlights are still the same, like The Killing Jar, and Chaos, and Webworld. But more generally speaking, I came away amazed that there were so many gaping holes in my collection where Season Three characters should be!
Where's Blurr, the fastest Autobot alive? Where's Gnaw, the voracious Sharkticon? Where's Wreck-Gar, the Junkion leader? Where's Springer, the ... well, he never actually sprang, so I dunno. And Sky Lynx! Where's that aristocratic walking space shuttle /slash/ dinosaur-bird-plus-lynx thing when you need him?
Well, fortunately Sky Lynx is being reissued early next year, I'll definitely pick that up. The rest will come in time, maybe when I've paid off all my damn credit card bills. When all is said and done (collected), maybe I'll post a picture of me giving them all a big group hug. Except instead of me, it'll be Heather, because she's more photogenic. And maybe I'll swap the toys for a stripper pole. Maybe I'll just keep these photos to myself.