Now I know most of you are probably wondering what this thread is about. Considering its rather short and indescriptive title. Yet, I have to say that those three letters sum up the entire topic of this thread in just one word. It's really quite amazing the significance one word can have, and how easily and how often it is overlooked, especially one of such a small size. And yet, This one word was with most of us every saturday morning, and every time we opened our toybox, and even once in the summer of 1986 when we all went to the movie theatres. The one specific 'The' that I'm referring to is the same 'The' that for six long wonderful years graced the title of one of our most beloved franchises and best cherished pastimes. I speak only of "The Transformers". Now known retroactively as Generation One thanks to the existance of it's G2 offspring in the 90's, This series was amazingly the only one to bear "The" as part of it's name. It was even the only one to include it in the themesong, as "The Transformers" when originally sung was a four note measure, instead of the now familiar three note variation, that excludes "The" altogether. Go to youtube, or open an MP3, or pop in a DVD. Watch the different series openings, and you'll see that 'The' was only included as part of the 1980s run. When somebody says the I like Transformers, that can be a bit confusing, as that now encompasses an entire genre, whereas if someone were to say "I like The Transformers", then there being series specific, referring to the 80's line. However, the chance of avoiding that confusion is now since passed, as it has now retroactively become known as Generation One, which if you ask me is a ridiculous sounding title, by way of comparison. I will admit, the abbreviated term "G1" does have a kind of zing to it, even that gets old, as is seen by the advent of the term "Geewunn". Now I suppose the same thing could be said of other media. Take for instance Final Fantasy. Which one you ask? The first one of course, "Final. Fantasy.". That however has now come to encompass the entire series, and is now retroactively known as Final Fantasy I, or FFI. Another example would be for Star Trek starring Kirk and crew. That was it's own series for almost 20 years before anything else came to change that. Then came Picard and The Next Generation (Abbreviated TNG), and now the original becomes retroactive in its title, being referred to by Star Trek TOS or The Original Series. A final example is found in the Indiana Jones series. The original film simply called "Raiders of the Lost Ark", due to it's now three additional film successors has become reffered to by the exhaustingly long title "Indiana Jones: And the Raiders of the Lost Ark". A title of which doesn't make much sense, because wasn't Jones also a raider of the ark? Although he wasn't allied with the Nazi's, I'm sure it still counts. Back on topic though, I'd like to know a few things. What decides these changes? How did something like this become forgotten? What logic was there behind it's dismissal? Was it really ever all that important? Why bring it back on some of the TRU reissues when the logo was already suffixed with the words "Generation One" from CSI Rodimus Major all the way to CSIX Astrotrain. What made it important enough to bring it back then? Let us all have a moment of silence for the one beloved word that gave us so much love, and yet to it we gave none. Let us remember the word "The". This concludes my rhetorical rant. I hope I haven't been the only one who has thought about things like this. =================================== RapidShare: Easy Filehosting There you go. I used the Season one theme, removed "THE" using Goldwave. This is the result. .