Should Optimus have shown mercy? Spoilers inside!

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  1. Black Oracle

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    After watching the movie last night, I was left wondering: did Sentinel really deserve to die? He was only doing what he believed needed to be done to save Cybertron, a sympathisable turncoat, an Autobot leader that lost his way. Seeing how Optimus executed him was a little shocking at first, even rather un-Optimus-like. Surely Optimus would hesitate to kill his former mentor and predecessor regardless of what he did? Of course I guess there were a couple of reasons why Sentinel could not be allowed to live: betrayal of the Autobots and danger to Earth and humanity and all, but could Optimus not have simply taken him as prisoner or exiled him away from Earth? Was cold execution too far? Sentinel may have deserved the final punishment he got for his betrayal and crimes against Earth, but does that mean Optimus should have delivered it?

    I don't think there's necessarily a right or wrong answer to this controversial point, but it's interesting to debate.

    Sentinel had said to Optimus before something along the lines of: "Always the bravest of us, but you never could make the tough choices." I imagine killing Sentinel must have been one of the toughest things Optimus had to decide to do. So I guess he proved Sentinel wrong on that in the end.
     
  2. VaderPrime1

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    He planned on enslaving an entire race, he killed an Autobot and humans. Yeah, it was a tough choice but it had to be done. Bullets are cheaper than keeping him alive.
     
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    Sentinel wasn't going to stop, he had to die in order to save the humans
     
  4. Autovolt 127

    Autovolt 127 Get In The Titan, Prime!

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    No.

    Watche the '86 movie again Black Oracle, Your question will then be answered.
     
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    No.
     
  6. Mister Gone

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    Watch animated, Finally that B**** Sentinel Prime gets his!!!
     
  7. Karhukjnsi

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    It's not like Optimus enjoyed doing it, you could see the solemness, and even a little shame, on his face afterwards.
     
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    Execution baby!!!!!!!
     
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  10. The Ramjet

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    If he hadn't killed Ironhide and been responsible for loads of human deaths AND been planning to enslave our entire race I might have agreed, but as it stands the asshole completely deserved to be executed by Optimus.

    He was dangerous.
     
  11. Overlord Balder

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    Nope.

    All of his crimes are punishable with death anyway.

    Besides, how would you arrest a ten-foot tall robot who just kicked your ass?
     
  12. Karhukjnsi

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    This is far from necessary, there is no spoiler in the thread title (could've been talking about Demolishor), as for "spoilers inside", again, far from necessary to make such an aggressive post.
     
  13. Jingoku

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    Power him down and lock him up in a facility on the Moon? Drop him in the ocean like Megatron? There are ways. Prime was just too bloodthirsty.
     
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    he had no remorse killin ironhide..therefore..he should die by Optimus Prime's hands..or hand..
     
  15. Black Oracle

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    Whoops! Apologies. I didn't notice the stickies about not needing "spoilers" in thread titles anymore! Just trying to be careful.
     
  16. uruseiranma

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    This ain't no cartoon, there is no space jail, and space cash is only worth whatever you deem it to be worth. :p 

    Sentinel was too far gone. Most likely Optimus didn't want to, but he had gone over the the edge. Just listen to him as he's knocking Optimus around: "We were Gods once, all of us! But on this planet, there can be only one!"
     
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    Locking him up on the moon- yeah we all know how that ends. Just look at batman.
    Dumping him in the ocean- megatron.
     
  18. Jingoku

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    There are no Allspark shards lying around anymore and the matrix is in Optimus's possession. So the same problem couldn't occur.
     
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    Power him down, BUILD A GIANT FACILITY in the moon capable of arrestign a ten-foot tall robot, TAKE HIM TO THE MOON, and arrest him].

    How long that would take to finish? How much would cost?

    Megatron was dead when he was dropped, had Sentinel been dropped alive, he would simply get out swimming [or flying, if he has some flying tech].

    Oh please, Sentinel betrayed the Autobots, tried to enslave mankind, killed one of Optimus' best friend and made an alliance with Optimus' sworn enemy, and was directly responsible for the death of thousands in Chicago [among said deaths, one Autobot].

    In ANY army in the world, those crimes would be punished with death sentence.
     
  20. Terrorsaur128

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    Do you think they should have shown megatron mercy? After all he's done? Even in the first movie i didnt hear anyone complain about megatron dying. What people seem to be forgetting is sentinel is so close to megatron its not even funny, once close to optimus but then betrayed him and killed many many innocent living creatures. There was no way it could have been done any other way otherwise the weak, wounded optimus prime wouldnt have stood a chance and woulda died if he had given sentinel another chance. I mean do you really, really believe given the chance sentinel wouldnt kill optimus without a second thought? It was the only way to be sure and save the human race.
     

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