Ok, as most of you know, Hot Rod became in charge of the Autobots after Optimus Prime's Unfirtunate death. And he remained in charge until Optimus Prime came back to life at the end of the Generation 1 Television series. The thing I want to know is: Does he deserve all the flak thrown at him? Exhibit A-The Death of Optimus: The death of Optimus Prime was the result of Megatron shooting to near death before Optimus knocked him of a building. However people say he got killed because Hot Rod got in Optimus's line of fire because he tried to keep Megatron from shooting Optimus first. Causing the death of the Autobots Leader. Defense: Hot Rod Tackled Megatron because he thought he could keep him from killing Optimus, because Optimus probably didnt know he was reaching for a gun to kill him. An to be honest he did what most of us would do at the time keep Optimus Prime from getting killed. Exhibit B- Hot Rod Asking for forgiveness: At the scene of Optimus's death Hot rod ran toward Optimus trying to care for his wounds as best he could. At the moment he said "Optimus, forgive me", Implying that he was asking Optimus to forgive him for getting in the way allowing Megatron to kill Optimus Defense: Hot rod could have asked Optimus to forgive him because he could not help enough by keeping Megatron down to keep him from fireing a Optimus However as these accusations are condeming, The passing of the Matrix from Optimus to Hot rod could be a sign of redemption to mend his unfortunate deeds. Exhibit C- The Return of Optimus: At the end of the Command of Rodimus, Spore began spreading that affected every sentient lifeform in reach to go on a uncontrolable rampage. Thus Optimus came back to life to mend the situation, Implying that Rodimus could not control the situation and had to bring someone back from the dead to fix his problems. Defense: The situation was to big for one leader to control, and Prime was the only one with the answer. Personally I think Rodimus is a leader to follow YOU HAVE SEEN THE EVIDENCE, THE VERDICT SHALL NOW BE HEARD!!!!!