Why is the Driller in the movie?

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  1. Chaos Prime

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    Every time I think of the Driller, I ask myself that question.
    I mean I get it that they wanted to outdo themselves by making something more complex than Devastator, but why a giant worm?
    Wouldn't it have made more sense to dedicate all that time, and effort into creating a Transformer who....Oh, I don't know....transformed?

    If they wanted a colossal robot; how about Trypticon? Trypticon could have had a beast-like robot mode (maybe not a T-rex since Bay hates the idea of dinosaur robots) and his alt could have been a mobile base (a scaled down version; not a whole city former). It makes sense considering the Decepticons took over all of Chicago. Trypticon could have knocked over a few buildings, and acted as a central head quarters for Megatron, er....I mean Sentinel.

    Then when the Autobots showed up; Trypticon would have been activated and Jet-mode Optimus Prime would have fired a few shots, and Trypticon would have died as easily as the Driller did.

    Does anyone else think the Driller was just not needed? I mean, yea, it was cool to watch, (probably would have been better used for the Battleship movie) buy maybe all of the modeling, animating, render time, and computing power could have put to better use for a Transformer maybe?
    Thoughts, anyone?
     
  2. KnightHawkke

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  3. UnicronFTW

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    Because CGI-Gasms.
     
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    Trypticon would've been far more relevant than that... worm thing. Spectacle-wise, he would've been far more awesome to behold. Come on, just contemplate it - a gigantic mechanical dinosaur doing Godzilla impressions through the streets of Chicago.
     
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    Because the Driller is something new, not a rehashed obscure G1 character, and it isn't a Transformer. It's Cybertronian wildlife.
     
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    Yeah, and so could a giant robo-dog be cybertronian wildlife, or a giant robo-rhino. Personally I would have loved to see a Robo-cerberus or a giant purple robo-griffin!

    And Trypticon was not that obscure
     
  7. einis

    einis Want some candy?

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    Agreed.But then again,he would have died just as easily as Driller and that would suck
     
  8. Driller

    Driller Cybertronian wildlife

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    i really like what michael bay did with the driller.
     
  9. Driller

    Driller Cybertronian wildlife

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    i would have liked to see more of it
     
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    Damn, I want a movieverse Trypticon now.
     
  11. KnightHawkke

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    This is really not a sock puppet??
     
  12. Sso02V

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    Because they had stuff that needed to be drilled.
     
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    bellpeppers A Meat Popsicle

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    I have no problem with the Driller.
     
  14. Driller

    Driller Cybertronian wildlife

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    what do you mean?
     
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    Interesting question with an interesting answer!

    I've actually got a full thread about this coming soon but still gestating at the moment, so I'll give you the shorter version for now.

    Brace yourself!

    There's actually an extremely rich history of tentacle porn within the Japanese culture, which of course likewise spawned the Transformers themselves, stemming from cultural mores and further popularized by the censorship of actual genitalia within that society. This has even already been introduced into the Transformers mythology by the interestingly lubed-up-tentacle-tongue of Megatron in the TF: Kiss Players iteration, unsurprisingly specific to Japan.

    To be sure, the Driller consumed a great deal of fiscal, CGI, and processing resources. Obviously those could have gone a long way towards expanding upon other scenes...so the obvious question is, as you asked, "WHY?"

    As with Soundwave's "tentacle rape" of the defense network satellite and his threat of lethally violating Carly while holding her prisoner (just to list a few of the many, many instances of suggestive tentacle action in the films), the Driller is representative of the Decepticon's utter violation and exploitation of our planet.

    Given the nature of TF:D otM's plot and the Decepticon's scheme to rape Earth of its resources, including its people, I believe the Driller is meant to subconsciously evoke a primal, intuitive understanding of this threat, as manifested visually by its penetration and dominance of our planet and cities.

    Just another example of extremely clever symbolism meant to let us be shown and to subconsciously feel what's going on in the movie so the filmmakers don't need to waste as much time TELLING us what's going on instead.

    By the same token, we have Devestator's wrecking "balls."

    Another instance of goofy humor, certainly, but it's also more than that.

    The principle plot twist upon which the entire second movie hangs, if you will, is that Cybertronians and Earthlings have a shared history which we must never forget. In the course of this "ancient aliens" development, we discover the hidden Cybertronian origin of the pyramids at roughly the same time as they are "mounted" and "dominated" by Devastator while the filmmakers almost literally rub our faces in this fact with the sight of his "Decepticles" atop the pyramid.

    Silly, yes...but it's nonetheless deeply effective symbolism (just look at the hatred they evoke in Earthlings!) and furthermore the ultimate justification for and payoff of the earlier scenes of Mojo dominating Frankie, which I submit are there for comedic value, yes, but meant also to help establish and drive home the point of ownership and domination made by the later shot of Devastator.

    These artifacts are not OURS. They belong to the DECEPTICONS and they are reclaiming their property.

    No, the Driller and Devastator's domination aren't necessarily the most tasteful bits of symbolism, but their universally understood and deceptively subtle psychological underpinnings go a LONG way towards explaining their presence within the films, at least. Not to mention the unmitigated success these distinctly American films have had with international moviegoing audiences. Few ideas and concepts cross language barriers so simply as direct symbolism such as this, after all.

    >_>

    <_<

    Since you asked.



    And, yes, I'm 100% dead serious.
     
  17. Ultrawave

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    And we'd have a million more threads complaining that Trypticon died too easily and that Optimus is over powered and bloodthirsty.

    ....oh my god. I really liked your Life Sucking Abyss vs. Correct Path and Spocktimus Prime threads because they were plausible, but this...

    I... I have no words. Its horrible o_O 
     
  18. Gingerchris

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    The scene of the Driller attacking the building just bores me. It's screaming humans and a characterless giant robot worm. And it goes on and on. That whole thing could've been cut out of the movie and I doubt anyone not already knowing about it would've noticed anything was missing.
    I'd have cut out the whole wing suit thing too. I didn't find either of those things exciting and they just slowed the movie right down for me.
     
  19. Chaos Prime

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    Actually the driller is a G1 rehash. A Quintesson transorganic invention.
    Also is a lot more obscure than Tryptpicon.
     
  20. jackgaughan

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    Just skimmed the whole thing after that.
     

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