Monday, July 09, 2007
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.