Here's something that confused me, and maybe someone here can shed a little light on the topic. The Matrix of Leadership as seen in ROTF. * For starters, it's got a completely different origin and purpose in this movie than it has in any other TF fiction. I'm okay with that. I don't mind the writers taking a little liberty with old ideas and putting their own spin on them. So the new story says that the Matrix of Leadership is actually the key to a device that destroys suns. Okay, I'm with them so far. * Then Sam asks Jetfire if the Matrix is so powerful, why couldn't they use it to bring Prime back to life. Jetfire comments that the Matrix was never designed for such a purpose, but it couldn't hurt to try. Okay, still with them. * The Matrix is inserted into Prime. He's alive. It's all cool. The Fallen shows up and demands "his matrix" back, because he needs it to activate the sun destroying device. Okay, okay. It's all good. * Then at some point this ancient relic becomes a holy relic. Sam has a near death experience where all the ancient Primes come to him in a dream. Is he on a matrix quest? Are the living embodiments of the deceased Primes living inside the Matrix? * Jetfire (I think) says that the Matrix chooses its holder and speaks of it with reverence. But it's just a key? A key to a sun destroying device. * The name alone; Matrix of Leadership. Why is it still being called that if it's just a key to a big machine? All they're doing is using this machine to harvest the energy of exploded suns. It'd be like giving the keys to a big oil platform to the foreman and saying, "Alright dude, these are the keys of leadership. Go find some oil. Oh, and these keys are holy, so don't lose them." It seems like they wanted to come up with their own take on the Matrix but kept mixing in elements from previous material. Is it just a key to an energon collecting platform or is it the mystical holy grail of Transformers-kind? Can it be both?