I see a lot of people talk about how Bayformers Prime is some new fresh take on the character, how his bloodthirsty nature is some new nuanced take on a man whose lost his home and friends to a millennia long war. Now of course this is all subjective and if you love Bayformers Prime, more power to you. But it’s all a lie. What follows is mostly my opinion, so keep that in mind before you try to kill me. There is so little “character development” with Bayverse Prime that feels like anything more than incidental change from the one liners they wanted him to say that I struggle to even call him a character. What does he want? What’s keeping him from obtaining it? What does he do as a result? The answer is - nothing. Bayverse Prime is such a nothing character. He doesn’t get more violent as a result of what happens, these movies just wanted Prime to be a badass. This is usually where people bring up Age of Extinction - and okay, I’ll give them that. They do actually try and give Optimus more of an arc here. But even then they fuck it up. So his arc is that he learns to trust humans again, yet by the end he still blows up Fraisier and doesn’t seem any different from the beginning of the film. What was the fulcrum point where Prime undergoes his major character change? There wasn’t one. Yes, he has more to say and do, and Peter Cullen does seem to be actually acting in AoE, but it’s all for nothing if he’s playing a poorly written character. The sad thing is a more brutal and psychotic Prime could actually be an interesting take on the character if they did it right. But his brutality is never framed as a character or story point, nor do any of the characters seem to mention it or be worried about it. That’s why it’s frustrating to see people here talk about what a “great character” Bayverse Prime is. He’s not. Charlie is a great character. Bayverse Prime is a CGI action hero.