1. Your skin may never be perfect, and that’s okay.
2. Life is too short not to have the underwear, the coffee, and the haircut you want.
3. Everyone (including your family, your coworkers, and your best friend) will talk about you behind your back, and you’ll talk about them too. It doesn’t mean you don’t love each other.
4. It’s okay to spend money on things that make you happy.
5. Sometimes without fault or reason, relationships deteriorate. It will happen when you’re six, it will happen when you’re sixty. That’s life.
Took a break from pounding out commissions to draw some robots. Combining two of my loves [Team Fortress 2, Transformers] into my first Transformers Prime piece! Holy hell robots are hard to draw without reference.
When an actor stumbles into their fandom on Tumblr:
The Terrible Loneliness of Team Rodimus
When Rodimus is confronted with a coffin containing a dead copy of himself, there’s only one team to call—Team Rodimus!
The summoning of Team Rodimus was a great scene in a great issue (More Than Meets the Eye #30). I’ll be the first to admit, I love “we’re putting a team together” montages; they are, for instance, the chief reason I like heist films. And while this scene isn’t quite like what you might see in The Italian Job or Ocean’s Eleven, it aims for the same emotional chords.
Except… not. I think there’s another way to read the assembly of Team Rodimus, one that subverts the notion of unity and belonging implied by being on a team. At the end of the day, this scene isn’t about Rodimus putting together Team Rodimus; it’s about how terribly Rodimus has led Team Lost Light.
First off, look at who is on Team Rodimus. Despite having captained the Lost Light for a year, Rodimus has opted to forego crew members he’s known longer in favor of two relatively isolated newcomers, Nightbeat and Nautica. In the case of Nightbeat, the police officer and Hot Rod did spend some time together on Ark-32… but Nightbeat has also just returned from a seven-year sojourn in the Dead Universe, and he was a sleeper agent for the Dead Universe for much, much longer. And it’s worth mentioning that Nightbeat’s “thing”—astute observation skills coupled with a tendency to publicly show those skills off—aren’t the most endearing character traits. For her part, Nautica is a new arrival from Caminus. She’s friendly and outgoing, ideal qualities in a team member. But she just left her two traveling companions on Cybertron, she’s eager to impress, and she’s easily flustered by compliments.
On the other hand, Brainstorm and Chromedome are old Light Light stalwarts, and they arguably constitute the core of Team Rodimus. The two of them are friends (for some value of “friendship”) who worked together on Kimia during the war, and we’ve seen Brainstorm go out of his way (twice!) to support Chromedome following Rewind’s death. But Brainstorm and Chromedome are just as bound to Rodimus as to each other: the former captain has repeatedly relied on their input and skills in a number of crises… and more to the point, all three were complicit (to one degree or another) in keeping Overlord’s presence on the Lost Light a secret.
Individually, Brainstorm and Chromedome are as isolated as Nightbeat and Nautica. Brainstorm is acutely aware that he’s neither the scientist nor the warrior that, say, Perceptor is. Hell, the comic’s framing goes so far as to cast shade on Brainstorm’s title of “The Genius.” To compensate, he craves approval for his destructive weapon ideas, but can’t stop himself cowering from the battles his weapons are used in. Chromedome’s self-loathing is even more overt: he resents his abilities, he hates himself for Rewind’s death, and he doesn’t even have the self-worth to refuse Rodimus’ repeated requests to use mnemosurgery in life-threatening situations.
This leaves Skids, who rivals Nautica for the distinction of being the most centered, even-keeled member of the bunch. Given that Skids is former Autobot SpecOps suffering from amnesia, that should tell you something about the rest. Skids is a skilled and personable Autobot who’s earned the affection and trust of the crew, so he’s not isolated in the same way the other four members of Team Rodimus are. That said, Skids is an amnesiac trying to figure himself out.
Taken together, we have a team of five brilliant, lonely individuals. In one way or another, every member of Team Rodimus is looking for affirmation, identity, and companionship. Fittingly, this mirrors Rodimus own quest for acceptance and recognition. On a darker note, we’ve seen this precise dynamic before: Rodimus has a history of surrounding himself with isolated, insecure individuals who would do anything to earn the captain’s approval.
Don’t believe me? Then think back to the original Team Rodimus: Drift.
Drift, the former Decepticon proving himself in an Autobot world. Drift, who wrote Rodimus’ speeches, sublimating his own ego to further the captain’s success. Drift, who so believed in Rodimus, he would rather accept exile than see the captain admit to knowing about Overlord.
On the other hand, look at who isn’t a member of Team Rodimus—specifically, Ultra Magnus and Ratchet. Sure, they’re the universe’s most renown lawman and the universe’s greatest medic—but they’re more than that. Ultra Magnus and Ratchet are perceptive leaders in their own right. Each has a strong sense of right and wrong, and each has the courage and self-certainty to voice dissent. But the very qualities that make them invaluable additions to the Lost Light have instead led them to be excluded from Team Rodimus. Ultimately, Rodimus is so insecure that he can only interpret their disagreement and disappoint in his leadership as betrayal.
So instead of making this journey about Team Lost Light—instead of recognizing that individuals like Ultra Magnus and Ratchet are absolutely essential to the success of the mission, instead of recognizing that a good leader listens to criticism and grows from it—Rodimus makes the journey about himself. “Team Rodimus,” such that it’s a team, is only about Rodimus. It’s convened to look at Rodimus’ dead body. And this is part-and-parcel of Rodimus’ overarching leadership strategy, and it’s at the heart of why Optimus Prime removed Rodimus from command.
Rodimus isn’t a captain, not then and not now. He’s the leader of his own fan club. He’s surrounded himself, not with people who would better him, but with skilled and talented individuals who are just lonely enough and just unhappy enough that they make Rodimus feel better about himself.
Team Rodimus might just be the saddest, loneliest group of people on the Lost Light.
Ahh, it’s back
i have disproportionately strong feelings about this.
every time i say “nah i’m not gonna watch it again.” BUT I STILL DO EVERY TIME.
the comments are painfully accurate.
the freeze-frame makes it even more incredible
this is literally the greatest subtitling job that has ever been done. someone learned how to speak cat.
HE DID IT. (x)
He started in 2011, and it finally ended.
"Oh sweet, I beat it."
THATS LEGIT ALL HE FUCKING SAYS. HE SAYS IT WITH THE CALMEST VOICE EVER EVEN THOUGH HE’S BEEN SCREAMING FOR 4 FUCKING YEARS OK
HE LITERALLY PLAYS IT THROUGH AND THEN HE JUST “oh sweet, i beat it” WHAT THE FUCK
Now we are the rage quit