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Steven Melching Interview - Upcoming Transformers Prime Story Information Revealed

Posted on 10-06-2012 at 06:19 AM by Sol Fury under Transformers Prime
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In an interview with Geek Cast Radio, Steven Melching, writer of several episodes of Transformers Prime and Beast Machines, shed some light on some upcoming plot points and addressed a few fan complaints about Transformers Prime - namely the widely-noted fact that status quo has been omnipresent thus far.

Other points he raised include:
  • We've not seen the last of SynthEn (introduced, and last seen, in the season 1 episode Stronger, Faster)
  • Steven Melching wrote the season 2 finale, Darkest Hour, and will be writing five episodes of season 3. Marsha Griffin (Prime series story editor, writer of Legacy, Predatory and Transformers Animated Endgame Part 2 amongst others) will also be writing five episodes for season 3.
  • Season 2 "will not end well" for the Autobots. Apparently the big question going into season 3 will be how they get out of the situation they find themselves in.
  • Season 3 will have a complete new setting, and no status quo.
  • Steven Melching would be okay with season 3 being the end of the series, because going into the series they knew how they wanted the series to end, and apparently that is how season 3 will end.

Check out the whole interview on Geek Cast Radio here.
Views: 3,876 / Credit: ErbFan28, TFG1Podcast of the 2005 Boards!
Moonlight1102
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-Darkest Hour: Season 2 doesn't end well for Team Prime. He said we will go into season 3 wondering how the Autobots get out of whatever happens at the end of season 2. It's probably going to end on a cliffhanger.

-Season 3 will have a whole new setting(no status quo)
So basically all the Autobots die, and season three will be them trying to escape Robot Heaven?
Stardust262
That...actually sounds cool
moreprimeland
It's here as well....

http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/transf...e26-title.html

Can't say it makes me happy, far from it.
kaijuguy19
So Season 3 was meant to be the ending for Prime? Interesting. Wonder how the future seasons will be like?

I wonder if the Autobots will be trapped on Cybertron or on the run from the humans after they've been discovered?

And I guess the no status quo thing will make a lot of fans very happy.
ErbFan28
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Originally Posted by kaijuguy19 View Post
So Season 3 was meant to be the ending for Prime? Interesting. Wonder how the future seasons will be like?

I wonder if the Autobots will be trapped on Cybertron or on the run from the humans after they've been discovered?

And I guess the no status quo thing will make a lot of fans very happy.
Listening to it, it kinda seemed that way. He also talked about 65 episodes being the goal I believe. I also remember something along the lines of Prime leading to another series. I can't confirm until I listen to it again
Sideswipe80
Well hopefully they finally kill of Arcee and Bulkhead. Bring in Magnus and the Dinobots and some other characters. And finally ditch the humans.
moreprimeland
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Originally Posted by ErbFan28 View Post
Listening to it, it kinda seemed that way. He also talked about 65 episodes being the goal I believe. I also remember something along the lines of Prime leading to another series. I can't confirm until I listen to it again
Probably the Beast Hunter series thats been in the news forum, would be my guess.
TFW10
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Originally Posted by Sideswipe80 View Post
Well hopefully they finally kill of Arcee and Bulkhead. Bring in Magnus and the Dinobots and some other characters. And finally ditch the humans.
It may happen someone will bite the bullet.
shroobmaster
I did not expect a man with a name so badass he is called Steven Melching to have such friendly normal guy voice.
SPLIT LIP
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-He talked about the fans always saying they end each episode returning to the status quo. He probably reads the boards

-Season 3 will have a whole new setting(no status quo)

-He wrote Darkest Hour
This part has me very interested. Not only does he recognize the criticisms but he is also writing the finale. Hopefully he takes some of the complaints to heart.
Oberoniss
I'm just going to lay on the floor in a fetal position and hope to sweet mercy that Ratchet doesn't die. I can handle it if Dreadwing bites it, but Ratchet would just screw everything up.
soundwave142
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Originally Posted by Oberoniss View Post
I'm just going to lay on the floor in a fetal position and hope to sweet mercy that Ratchet doesn't die. I can handle it if Dreadwing bites it, but Ratchet would just screw everything up.
starscream kills ratchet then soundwave crashes into a rock and dies Lol. I wonder what he's done though..cybertron reboots but is still now unicron Lol
Jetbolt
I know it won't happen, but I can dream.

I would love nothing more but to see Bumblebee get killed and his falling body takes out Miko. They wouldn't have to show up, just hint about it. Say like her phone nearly crushed under Bee's body.
kaijuguy19
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Originally Posted by Oberoniss View Post
I'm just going to lay on the floor in a fetal position and hope to sweet mercy that Ratchet doesn't die. I can handle it if Dreadwing bites it, but Ratchet would just screw everything up.
That's what I'll do with Arcee not dying.
Oberoniss
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Originally Posted by kaijuguy19 View Post
That's what I'll do with Arcee not dying.
Yeah, but you don't have additional people living in your head that would also be u-

Yeah. You and me both, brutha.
kaijuguy19
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Originally Posted by Oberoniss View Post
Yeah, but you don't have additional people living in your head that would also be u-

Yeah. You and me both, brutha.
*brofist.*

However the voice for Ratchet said he's did the voiceover for the 16th episode so it's likely that he'll live to that time. Arcee's chance however of living is still in the air.
GuardianAngel87
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Originally Posted by Oberoniss View Post
I'm just going to lay on the floor in a fetal position and hope to sweet mercy that Ratchet doesn't die. I can handle it if Dreadwing bites it, but Ratchet would just screw everything up.
Ditto. I seriously don't want Ratchet to die either.
ChromeBlade
Okay, I'm scared now after reading that...

Someone hold me.

One thing is certain, I will cry should one of the Autobots die. I will cry right along with the kids.
kaijuguy19
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Originally Posted by ChromeBlade View Post
Okay, I'm scared now after reading that...

Someone hold me.

One thing is certain, I will cry should one of the Autobots die. I will cry right along with the kids.
You're not the only one. *holds you.*

I can handle it if Smokescreen's the one to go but not for Arcee.
Kung Fu Man
Calling it now: Smokescreen dies in finale, Hasbro suddenly announces they aren't bringing his toy over, prices shoot up the wazoo on the Arms Micron toy.

Yay.
Stardust262
If a main Autobot is dying:

It's not Ratchet, as we know his voice actor has recorded for the next season

If we take everything in the Beast Hunters promo pic as fact (and not just something they put together for the sake of having something to show), then Optimus and Bumblebee aren't dying either

Arcee, Bulkhead, and Smokescreen are left, unless as I said the Beast Hunters pic isn't completely factual, making Optimus and Bumblebee candidates as well

So, Ratchet is the only one safe
ChromeBlade
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Originally Posted by Stardust262 View Post
If a main Autobot is dying:

It's not Ratchet, as we know his voice actor has recorded for the next season

If we take everything in the Beast Hunters promo pic as fact (and not just something they put together for the sake of having something to show), then Optimus and Bumblebee aren't dying either

Arcee, Bulkhead, and Smokescreen are left, unless as I said the Beast Hunters pic isn't completely factual, making Optimus and Bumblebee candidates as well

So, Ratchet is the only one safe
You forgot Wheeljack, though he's not an 'official' member of Team Prime. No doubt he'll show up in the season 2 finale.
Stardust262
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Originally Posted by ChromeBlade View Post
You forgot Wheeljack, though he's not an 'official' member of Team Prime. No doubt he'll show up in the season 2 finale.
I left him out due to, as you said, not being an official "main" Autobot, but he'd be a candidate as well.

Assuming he'll even appear again in this season
Moonlight1102
Killing off Arcee would be like killing off the black guy first in a horror film.


If she dies at the end of season two, I quit.
Sideswipe80
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Originally Posted by Moonlight1102 View Post
Killing off Arcee would be like killing off the black guy first in a horror film.


If she dies at the end of season two, I quit.
That's the dumbest analogy I've ever heard.
Sockie
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Originally Posted by Stardust262 View Post
If a main Autobot is dying:

It's not Ratchet, as we know his voice actor has recorded for the next season

If we take everything in the Beast Hunters promo pic as fact (and not just something they put together for the sake of having something to show), then Optimus and Bumblebee aren't dying either

Arcee, Bulkhead, and Smokescreen are left, unless as I said the Beast Hunters pic isn't completely factual, making Optimus and Bumblebee candidates as well

So, Ratchet is the only one safe
I seem to recall Richardson and North both being said to have done recording for season 3, and possibly Montano as well.

We need one place to put all of this stuff, haha.
Kung Fu Man
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Originally Posted by Sideswipe80 View Post
That's the dumbest analogy I've ever heard.
He means it'd be a predictable move to kill her off. Something else to note, but I'm guessing we'll see Thundertron and his crew pop up given his hatred of Cybertronians. Would make sense given his toy's upcoming release.
Ironhide1706
Awesome, Arcee has a chance to go. About time.
Moonlight1102
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Originally Posted by Sideswipe80 View Post
That's the dumbest analogy I've ever heard.
There have been plenty worse ones made.
HeroicC300
Hopefully we'll get characters, instead of Robots in S3.
soundwaverulls
Sounds promising. But so did season two and look how that turned out. I'll maintain my cautious optimism for season three. But if season two ends with a cliffhanger, rather than Cybertron's revival, most likely everything that happens will be undone in season three. So that just reassured me not to watch the rest of this season.

A whole new setting? I was just expecting Stars Seekers to turn up. If they do Beast Wars, they better do it right.
Sockie
Melching also pretty much said we'll be seeing Shockwave again, for the few people who actually thought that was it.

And jeez, the Aligned bible apparently has a whole chart of different types of Energon.
kaijuguy19
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Originally Posted by Sockie View Post
I seem to recall Richardson and North both being said to have done recording for season 3, and possibly Montano as well.

We need one place to put all of this stuff, haha.
Really? Well that's good.
Jetbolt
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Originally Posted by kaijuguy19 View Post
Really? Well that's good.
Maybe not either, far as we know at this point. Arcee could of been killed off and they had Montano voicing another character. Anything is possible until we see what happens when season two wraps up.
Cyber-Scream
Neat interview. Thanks for sharing.
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Originally Posted by Kung Fu Man View Post
He means it'd be a predictable move to kill her off.
Smokescreen's death would be a far more predictable move if you ask me. Given his current predicament and the revelation that he's a walking relic.
soundwaverulls
When I said I was cautiously optimistic, I had only read the summary in the first post. I tried actually listening to the Podcast just now and stopped after he started going on about how strong the plot was in season two. If that's what the writers think, there is no hope for the show and I won't even try season three.
LotusoftheLeaf
If a character is going to die my money is unfortunately on Optimus for the simple fact that, well, he's Optimus. He's gotta die at some point in the series, right? I just hope he gets a meaningful death and not a Breakdown death when that time comes.
UltimusPrime
Nice to get a inside look from the writers.

Thank you for Sharing.
Leather Elbows
What does no status quo mean?
CrockAlley
Wow, I didn't know there was so much animosity towards Arcee. I like Arcee and I'm glad she's the "main" Autobot in this series instead of the obvious Bumblebee. I'm sad that she's kind of faded recently.

Anyway, they can say whatever they want, I don't trust that they're going to "fix" things. So what if they change the status quo? Just because there's change doesn't mean they show will suddenly be on a better track. I predict the same lack of follow through and empty plot.
UltimusPrime
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What does no status quo mean?
Means no more Ground Bridging to different spots to fight decepticons and looking for Relics.

Means More Characters and a different setting.
MechaV
Theory time: Season 3 is about the Autobots stranded on a still-dead Cybertron and have to find a way back to Earth.

Megatron takes over Earth in the meantime.

All Hail Megatron, everybody!
Ash from Carolina
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Season 3 will have a complete new setting, and no status quo.
A new setting I could live with or without, the setting isn't a very big deal to me. But the no status quo thing is good news because while I like the show it seems like the show never makes any real progress. Something big like Unicorn will happen only for things to go back to how they were before since Unicron is taking another nap. Instead of a road trip from New York to California Transformers Prime feels more like NASCAR where people are just driving in a big oval for lap after lap.
CrockAlley
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Originally Posted by Leather Elbows View Post
What does no status quo mean?
Dictionary.com:
Status quo: the existing state or condition.

It means that at the end of the episode, things are just like they were at the beginning, so the next episode doesn't have to deal with anything that happened previously.
UltimusPrime
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Originally Posted by Ash from Carolina View Post
A new setting I could live with or without, the setting isn't a very big deal to me. But the no status quo thing is good news because while I like the show it seems like the show never makes any real progress. Something big like Unicorn will happen only for things to go back to how they were before since Unicron is taking another nap. Instead of a road trip from New York to California Transformers Prime feels more like NASCAR where people are just driving in a big oval for lap after lap.
Transformers Prime might as well be written by the Dragon Ball Z guys.

Takes forever to move forward!
Megatron_X
Beast Hunters is the plotline of Season 3 not a separate series.

Also when myself and TFG1Mike talked with him it was apparent that there could be a likely Season 4. But with TF4 & TF5 in the works it's not likely as they may want to change gears again.

Also the linkage for this should be here:
http://www.geekcastradio.com/intervi...teven-melching

Not the RSS feed. But thanks for the credit!
General Magnus
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Originally Posted by SPLIT LIP View Post
This part has me very interested. Not only does he recognize the criticisms but he is also writing the finale. Hopefully he takes some of the complaints to heart.
I really hope he doens´t read the "whining part"

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