"The One Where They Go to Earth" Should've Been a Two-Parter

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  1. Agamus

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    I'm one of those people that liked the Autobot Megatron arc in MTMTE, but I also think it skipped massive portions of the history it needed to cover in order to be a completely valid exploration of Megatron's evildoings. Elegant Chaos elaborated on his circumstances and intentions, and Dying of the Light sort of dealt with his rage, but a massive part of his character and this history of the Decepticons that's never touched upon is his racism.

    Beyond a sentence or two in issue #39 it's never explained why techno-supremacy is such an intrinsic trait to Decepticon ideology, or how or why Megatron developed those ideas himself.

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    ^ Those three panels should've been an entire subplot. Imagine if that conversation had gone in length into how his racist ideas came to be and what they specifically were, if we got flashbacks showing us how they were formed firsthand. It would've been the perfect chance to go way in-depth into questions like how much of Decepticon expansionism was fueled by techno-supremacy and why it's so prevalent, or how exactly his time on Earth changed Megatron. And not only would it make those issues alone more worthwhile, it'd also take the weight off of addressing Megatron's relationship with organics off of Dying of the Light and allow that arc to solely focus on exploring Megatron's blind anger.

    It would even fix Nautica's nonsense character arc, if the Indie Disco arc were shrank into one issue instead, by cutting out her BS backstory with Firestar entirely. Seriously the entire series would've been fixed if issue #43 were doubled in length instead of #41-42.
     
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  2. Bass X0

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    Not compressing stories that should be compressed and compressing stories that should not have been compressed are two of of my biggest issues with IDW as a whole. Lot of wasted space on stories that could have been told in less space, and potentially so many interesting scenes we have missed out on just because the writer didn’t leave themselves enough room for a decent pay off.
     
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  3. Dire 51

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    I can barely even think about MtMtE without a certain sense of heartbreak.

    What has happened to IDW?
     
  4. Novaburnhilde

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    Yeah... no, we didn't need more of that. I doubt it would've made the story any better than it already was.
     
  5. BombSquad

    BombSquad Lies! It's all lies!

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    Massively agree. Megatron's racism wasn't discussed nearly enough considering how prominent his story was.
     
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  6. Dire 51

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    It was more species than race, though, right?
     
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    It's a common mistake fantasy and science fiction authors make when writing. What they mean when they say 'race' is species. The words are sometimes used interchangeably when talking about fictional species, but they aren't the same thing.

    That was one thing IDW did right, they created a term for Megatron's bigotry: Technoism. The belief that mechanical life is superior to organic lifeforms.
     
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  8. Dire 51

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    "Belief?" Pfshh... I would say 'observation.' Mechanical is superior in every way :) 
     
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