Sometimes what makes villains great is their capacity for redemption. There are some bad guys who unexpectedly do awesomely heroic deeds that make one wish that they’d be on the heroic side. Some renowned examples of bad guys gone good are Piccolo and Vegeta (DRAGON BALL Z), Desslok (YAMATO), and of course the grandmaster of them all, STAR WARS’s Darth Vader. So when the plot element of Megatron turning on Sentinel Prime was revealed, I was at first surprised, but later came to like it. There was a possibility that this was a version of Megatron who could repent for the deeds he’s done, who would call an end to the war and conquest he’d set off (before it was mainly Galvatron who went that route, I think it’s a first for Megatron) and settle for Optimus’s wish to live in peace. Of course it wasn’t an entirely pure change of heart: Megatron was taking back his position as Decepticon leader, and refused to be anyone’s outright servant or slave (I consider the Fallen a different matter – as a first Transformer ancestor who directly ordered his revival, he HAD to respect him; besides he was held in regard as a disciple or apprentice rather than a minion). But what happened next (according to the comic novelization) was nice: Megatron wished only to rebuild his home, he had seen what he had lost in his warlord madness, and wished only to restore things as much as he could; he was willing to spare the Autobots and humans and let them stay on Earth, while he and his Decepticon armada took care of rebuilding their homeworld (not only would he be the sole ruler of his own restored home, but he need never hear from the humans or Autobots ever again). To my great displeasure, such a great aspect was severely mutilated and underutilized. Megatron was portrayed as a shambles of a leader, he resorted to a fall-back plan that could have only worked with Sentinel Prime around, he took to employing human agents that he formerly found disgusting, and he is manipulated by one of them into fighting his co-conspirator (in the comic it just looked like a mere taunt, here it gives undue advantage to Carly). The battle lasted less than one minute, and what does anyone get for it? Cybertron is destroyed and Optimus Prime cuts his head off, just like that. Most people are on the fence about this: some say Megatron deserved that axe through his head and it was the only way to bring an end to the war, others say that it demeans both Optimus and Megatron not to accept this truce (Optimus being his noble pacifist nature, and Megatron looking at the big picture: in the end he gets to stay Decepticon leader, in charge of his own home). I take to the latter view: practically, it would have guaranteed a reboot with both Optimus and Megatron being alive to renew the war, and the fanboy in me wishes these two had both gotten the respect and the “happy ending” they deserved.