Monday, July 09, 2007

Autobots Wage Their Battle to Destroy the Evil Forces of the Deceptions


I saw Transformers last night. It was pretty good.

You know what I wonder, though? Did the Decepticons name themselves the Decepticons? It's always been my belief that people who gather in groups to do evil don't actually believe that they are evil. The Decepticons probably think that what they are doing is upstanding moral behaviour. After all, they're just using Earth's resources to improve their own existence, which would just happen to wipe out the human race as a side effect. Supposedly good humans have done worse.

So why would they put the word "deception" in their name? For one thing, they're not really being deceptive. Their goals of taking over the universe are pretty clear. If anything, it's the Autobots, who developed the ability to sneak around by disguising themselves as everyday technology, who are being deceptive.

I suppose a truly deceptive group wouldn't put deception in their name, though. It's more deceptive to hide their deception by giving themselves a a vague, meaningless name. Good job, Autobots. Well played.

So I thought maybe the Autobots named the Decepticons, in order to draw attention away from their own deceptive ways. Sorta like how George W. Bush calls Iraq, Iran, and North Korea the Axis of Evil (who probably wouldn't book a room under 'Axis of Evil' at their annual meeting...if they were actually an 'axis' who worked together, which they are not). However, according to Wikipedia, the Decepticons did name themselves.

So there goes that theory. My new theory is that the Decepticons originally wanted to be deceptive, but also wanted to advertise the fact that they were being deceptive. The deception was part of the the fun - sorta like a special effects company, or a stage magician. Yeah, that's gotta be it. The Decepticons were originally a traveling troupe of entertainers, pulling (robotic) rabbits out of hats and doing tricks with (robotic) cards. Until the Autobots upstaged them with their sneaky ability to transform into vehicles, igniting civil war.

WHO ARE THE REAL VILLAINS HERE?!‽‽‽



P.S. Here is Soundwave's Myspace page. WARNING: It's a Myspace page.

17 comments:

Nölff said...

If I was a robot, I would like to be called 11m-5Jy-300b.

limpy99 said...

Well, if you can combine this with the reasons that all the super villians who opposed the Justice League decided to call themselves "The Legion of Doom", you've got yourself the makings of a thesis.

sarah said...

ugh.. I just posted and I think I lost it... hmph. I'll try again:

YES! THESIS! You can write about hegemony!!!! Also, don't forget to talk about the Misfits from the Jem cartoon.

Also, I LOLed. I love it when you geek out. Bravo!

Queen of Dysfunction said...

Dude, thank you for the warning on the whole myspace page. Because, like, it's a myspace and I wouldn't want to click on that link and think I'm going to wikipedia or youtube.

On behalf of a grateful blogger, I thank you.

Steven Adams said...

All I have to say is 00100011.

Kathryn said...

i thought the movie was hilarious!

Erica AP said...

So are you a transformer in real life? What form do you take when you aren't taking over the world??

Phronk said...

Nolff: 0010 11000010 101001110

Limpy & Sarah: That sounds a lot more exciting than the material I'm studying right now. Maybe the Misfits were the first to realize that it's cool to not fit in (plus, their songs are better). The Legion of Doom will require further study.

Queen: You're welcome. I've lost too many friends to seizures and strokes induced by Myspace.

"Steven Adams": 01000110 0100 111001

Kathryn: yeah it was surprisingly funny.

Erica: Yeah, I can actually turn into a wolf, but only when the moon is full. I dunno what to call myself though...maybe something like a "Wolfformer"? Hmm.

Dead Robot said...

When I was sitting in the darkened theatre, listening to the narrative at the beginning, I thought the same thing. What idiot robot, who was designed to be hidden, call themselves that? Thank you for offering a new perspective to the whole Dazzle Ships philosophy.

Shora said...

Perhaps it's a double negative kinda thing. If you call yourself a Decepticon and then do something deceptive, does that make it the truth? Or maybe I'm not not right.

SharkBoy said...

My favourite part remains when Megatron flicked off a man's body from the sidewalk, sending him flying into a car... don't know why but I really laughed out loud. I guess if I was a giant robot I'd do that too. I mean, I do it to flies on windows all the time...

Jason said...

I may be alone here, but I was super annoyed that they tried to make it a comedy.

Also, didn't like the Autobots and their "we must not hurt a single human being" crap.

Ubersehen said...

Yeah, I for one was pretty disgusted with the movie... so I'm curious as to why you liked it.

Phronk said...

I thought the comedy was actually pretty funny in parts (cheesy in others). It's a movie about giant alien robots based on a cartoon; if it took itself seriously, it'd just be weird. And the action was good too (especially seeing it a second time and noticing more details, like YES - Megatron flicking a dude into a car). I wasn't a hardcore fan of the original show so I wasn't bothered by any changes they made.

So yeah, I wasn't disgusted or annoyed.

Steven said...

Even though I haven't seen the movie, I'm sure it pales in comparison to the ghetto fabulous 'toon.

Jack said...

It always bothered me that the Autobots were called that, when they didn't turn into autos while on Cybertron.

Phronk said...

Whoa, I never realized that the "auto" part referred to automobiles. I thought it was...like...automatic robots? Or something? I dunno.