There was a discussion on the Allspark regarding whether or not the Autobots have been losing their moral compass as of late. After reading 19 pages of circular debate regarding Prime executing Demolishor in ROTF, I chimed in with this: Remember Paradon? Pacifist planet populated entirely by Autobots. Conquered and held by Decepticons for about a day. The Cybertron-based Autobots led by Rodimus and Ultra Magnus employ a scorched Earth mentality when they decide to destroy the entire planet rather than let it remain in Decepticon hands. Really, it showcases the Autobots inability to affect a good strategy with which to drive off a handful of Decepticons and retake the planet. But since this was Paradron, populated by Autobots, and not Earth populated by humans, Rodimus and Magnus showed little hesitation in blowing it up. Not to mention that this took place during season 3 when the Autobots ruled over Cybertron and were well supplied, while the Decepticons were in shambles much of the time. And on top of that, the Autobots appear to win most all of the skirmishes that take place on Paradron, likely because the pacifist Paradrons decided to take up arms after Sandstorm and Rodimus rallied them to defend their homeworld. Note Sandstorm's choice of words: Sandstorm: "It's time we fought for what we believe in: our freedom, our planet, our lives!" Clearly, the Paradrons are no longer content to let the Decepticons run rampant on their planet any longer and have united to drive the invaders out. The final bit of hilarity is when Galvatron orders all Decepticons to evacuate the planet, because he saw Ultra Magnus run away from a fight. He deduces that "something's wrong" and flees. If Galvatron is that easy to scare off, I'm sure it wouldn't have been too difficult to trick him into thinking they were going to blow up the planet instead of actually doing it. After watching Paradron vanish in a spectacular explosion, this exchange between Sandstorm and Rodimus follows: Sandstorm: "It's as beautiful in death as it was in life." Rodimus: "Well, no need to get all mushy. Cybertron's a better place anyway. Not so. . . perfect." Rodimus' comment always struck me as incredibly callous. Considering that it was he that made the choice to destroy Paradron (Sandstorm even tried arguing against it), with no input or consent from the population, he could at least show a little remorse. Instead he comes off as smug. Destroying Paradron was the quick and easy way out. I know this episode is supposed to highlight the need to defend what you hold precious instead of letting people walk all over you, and that message was conveyed when the Paradrons rose up and chose to fight back. Blowing up the planet afterwards doesn't add anything to the message and instead makes me wonder what the hell was going through Rodimus' mind. POST 2: I was thinking about this a little more today, and we can take it a step further. Okay, so Rodimus blew up Paradron because he didn't want the Decepticons getting hold of a new resource that would tip the balance of power. Okay. This is supposed to be a heroic act. Then in the Headmasters episode, "Cybertron is in Grave Danger parts 1 & 2", we see much the same situation. Vector Sigma is producing a new alloy, which will tip the balance of power even further in the Autobots' favor. Galvatron leads an all-out invasion force to Cybertron and tries claiming the planet. Rodimus rushes in with his soldiers to drive them off. So far all very similar to the Paradron incident. But then the Decepticon, Zarak (Scorponok?), comes to the conclusion that he can't chance a Decepticon loss; the new alloy would spell total defeat for them if the Autobots got it. So he enacts a plan to destroy all of Cybertron. Just like Sandstorm objected to Rodimus' plan to destroy Paradron, Galvatron objects to Zarak's plan to destroy Cybertron. And just like Rodimus, Zarak justifies his decision with an almost identical argument; they can't allow even the possibility that the other side might benefit from this new resource whether it's huge stockpiles of energon or a new metal alloy. Cybertron is destroyed as Rodimus and the Autobots look on in horror. Sad music plays in the background as our heroes grieve. Then the ultimate kicker; Rodimus decides to go find a new home for the Transformers. But not just any home. He wants to find a planet, "without war for the Transformers to settle on." What planet does that sound like? Yeah, Paradron! So basically, the Decepticons took the very same actions in this episode that the Autobots took in "Fight or Flee", yet this time it's portrayed as villainous despite the motivations being the same. This time we're shown the Autobots grieving over the loss of their homeworld, whereas before Rodimus told the Paradron refugees to stop their whining. It's really sad when the most heroic action taken during this episode belongs to Galvatron as he rushed to the center of Cybertron to try and stop the bomb that Zarak and his Headmasters had set. I didn't see Rodimus down there. Thoughts?