In the grand scale of human history, it wasn't all that long ago that warriors bolstered their own courage by declaring their name. It used to be the ultimate warcry to let all who opposed them know that they were about to gamble with their lives. For an ancient fictional example, look at the Bible in various instances. A warrior's name was the most whispered and known name in the lands, next to whatever ruling despot governed. Also check the Epic of Gilgamesh, Beowulf, and various Greek classics. The simple, stark pronouncement of a legendary warrior's name, usually yelled at the top of one's lungs either by themselves or their rivals, was enough to stir within the souls of their troops all the courage and inspiration needed in battle. I love that in Transformers we get harkenings to that. In the Transformers mythos I think we have such a backlog of epic fights, if you combine all the continuities and think of how long the core characters have lasted. The fact that Optimus is who he is and Megatron is who he is gives us as strong a catalyst for epic battle as we could ever need, but the two are modeled after archetypal historical characters. Megatron wears a nazi helmet. Optimus talks like a John Wayne character. On top of that, we get the requisite "I... Am... Megatron!" or "I am Optimus Prime." declarations to mimic the ancient classics. I thought of this connection when I saw the amazing TFP clip of Welker and Cullen behind the scenes. Jesus on a cracker, that gave me the biggest geekgasm of my life. "UGHAAAAAAAAAAH, OPTIMUS PRIIIIIIME!" I could have passed out, and almost did. Here's to the hope that TFP will give us the powerful storytelling that we have thusfar only seen flashes of, and richly deserve as fans of a brand which has never quite lived up to its immense potential. Yes, I said immense potential. I do not care about those who would repeat (again) that it's about robots, and I completely dismiss such flippant and shallow assessments. It is a powerful allegorical tale with roots in ancient tales of warriors who formed the very basis of every culture on this planet, which happens to have a lot of appeal for kids; it deserves a story that earns it maximum respect. Thoughts? Oh, edit: I... AM... LEADFOOT!!!