Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye

I remember when I was young, I used to watch the Transformers cartoons. I mean, it was like so cool that those machines could transform into humanoid robots and back into machines again (usually transportation vehicles). There were the Autobots with the red insignia and the Decepticons with their purple insignia. Then there were these double agents who could transform into both an Autobot and a Decepticon. Cool.

So I’m kinda excited when they are bringing Transformers onto the silver screen. I saw a trailer of the movie, and something nagged at me. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, and I just saw how awesome the movie looks, with all the special effects and even the recognisable “transformation” sound when the machines change form.

It looks like they brought the Transformers universe up to speed with our current world. The “World Wide Web” became the tool of learning human languages (in particular, English), and even Ebay made it to the script (Autobots and Decepticons were both looking for Sam Witwicky, a.k.a ladysman217). I just checked, ladysman217 is a valid user name on Ebay. That is some marketing.

Well, if that radio-turned-mobile-phone Decepticon is any indication of how fast our electronic databases can be hacked, we are doomed I tell ya. Robots type darn fast, and somehow, they always have these mechanical devices that can interface with anything we have. And they download and upload stuff as fast as the hard drive can spin. It’s a lucky thing we have a human equivalent, Micah Sanders from Heroes.

Oh right, now I found it, my can’t-quite-put-my-finger-on-it mystery. My first impression of Bumblebee, the camaro, was that after he transformed into his humanoid form, there was just …  more of him. There seemed to be more metal on him, and he seems quite large. His car form seems small in comparison. So where did the extra metal come from?