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@  MEDdMI : (17 July 2018 - 07:36 PM)

Or working for an airline and people complaining about not being able to take off in severe weather, and expecting us to know when the bad weather will end. *points at window*

@  MEDdMI : (17 July 2018 - 07:34 PM)

Outages/fire alarms are fun when you work retail and people complain that they can't keep shopping.

@  Echowarrior : (17 July 2018 - 07:11 PM)

Outages occasionally happened at the fulfillment center I used to work at. Never fun.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2018 - 04:51 PM)

Apparently the early shift (i.e. those who didn't participate in the walkout) were sitting in the cafeteria, waiting for power to return, while the late shift couldn't even enter the building.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 July 2018 - 04:18 PM)

Oh, wow. I thought the news about the website outtage would have been the topper, but that pretty much wins.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2018 - 04:14 PM)

Whoopsie.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2018 - 04:14 PM)

First the union called for a two-day strike yesterday, and then today the entire city where the Amazon warehouse I work at is located apparently had a power outage.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2018 - 04:14 PM)

So,uh. Seems like Amazon's Prime Day really didn't go well this year.

@  unluckiness : (17 July 2018 - 09:55 AM)

It wasn't just blander and more polite bacon like I was expecting

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (17 July 2018 - 09:51 AM)

Canadian bacon.

@  wonko the sane? : (17 July 2018 - 09:15 AM)

And the even more important question is: is that ballpit deep enough to conceal a body... what?

@  unluckiness : (17 July 2018 - 05:35 AM)

THe more important question is if they have a ball pit

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 July 2018 - 10:18 PM)

How many attendees on average does TFcon get? And how about TFNation?

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 July 2018 - 06:31 PM)

I stopped reading it.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 July 2018 - 06:04 PM)

If talking about it here is all it takes to get you, why hasn't the oreo thread killed you yet?

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 July 2018 - 04:51 PM)

ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL. Of your stomach.

@  wonko the sane? : (16 July 2018 - 04:09 PM)

Hey man, how you deal with yo problems is yo bidness.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 July 2018 - 04:08 PM)

I did no such thing! I am innocent of the pop tart corruption!

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 July 2018 - 02:57 PM)

You guys made me buy cinnamon roll Pop Tarts today.

@  Otaku : (16 July 2018 - 02:38 PM)

@D Immortalis Just fill the bag with air first and pop that? XP Oh, and you won't like that I grew up microwaving them more often than actually toasting. ;)

@  Otaku : (16 July 2018 - 02:37 PM)

@MEDdMI Yeah, the even more artificial flavors like S'more are the ones that usually taste good cold. There exceptions... I think it was Sugar Cookie that needed to be toasted...

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 July 2018 - 02:19 PM)

And.. Amazon is borked.

@  Donocropolis : (16 July 2018 - 05:55 AM)

@Tm_Silverclaw - Thanks for the heads up. Just ordered him and P/CP

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (16 July 2018 - 01:41 AM)

Repugnus up

@  Paladin : (15 July 2018 - 07:41 PM)

or add peanut butter.

@  MEDdMI : (15 July 2018 - 07:33 PM)

Nuke them enough in the microwave....?

@  D Immortalis : (15 July 2018 - 06:43 PM)

if po tarts dont POP then they become a lie.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 July 2018 - 05:10 PM)

I typically just went for the traditional flavours... I think mostly Rasberry or Strawberry. I'll have to pick up a box next time I'm out

@  MEDdMI : (15 July 2018 - 04:09 PM)

@Otaku I've tried that too with a few of them. I liked the soda flavored ones they had. Too bad they were limited. :(

@  Otaku : (15 July 2018 - 03:48 PM)

@D Immortalis Most Pop-Tarts I like are better eaten frozen... and the only reason I started doing that is because Pop-Tarts commercials told me to try them that way. XD

@  D Immortalis : (15 July 2018 - 03:03 PM)

woohoo, just got my tickets to see From Ashes To New and Hollywood Undead on the 26th!

@  unluckiness : (15 July 2018 - 10:07 AM)

oh wow Jazz has heel spurs.

@  wonko the sane? : (15 July 2018 - 06:32 AM)

That's basically what happened to me. I was on that aisle for completely other reasons, caught sight of them in my peripheral, and then... just couldn't stop thinking about them.

@  TM2-Megatron : (15 July 2018 - 02:47 AM)

Hungry for pop tarts now - haven't had those in years

@  D Immortalis : (15 July 2018 - 12:32 AM)

anyone that doesnt put theit pop tarts in a toaster is a heretic.

@  unluckiness : (15 July 2018 - 12:32 AM)

Do they still make the cinnamon-brown sugar ones?

@  wonko the sane? : (14 July 2018 - 09:03 PM)

Yup. And?

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 July 2018 - 08:29 PM)

Aren't Pop Tarts like, totally junk for you by the definition of the word?

@  wonko the sane? : (14 July 2018 - 08:27 PM)

Four IS standard... but it's been so long I had forgotten.

@  Steevy Maximus : (14 July 2018 - 07:29 PM)

Bah, wonko, I remember when 4 was STANDARD

@  Paladin : (14 July 2018 - 04:10 PM)

https://twitter.com/NickRoche/status/1018234094310879234 people suck...

@  wonko the sane? : (14 July 2018 - 01:10 PM)

Me: opening a box of pop tarts. "Oh my god! There's FOUR in here?!?! Score!"

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 July 2018 - 10:22 AM)

Well, some people are into shopping, anyway.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 July 2018 - 10:22 AM)

Taiwanese Costco also has lots of things that shoppers would want!

@  unluckiness : (14 July 2018 - 10:18 AM)

The Taiwan Costco I visited once was nice but I have to question why our guide thought it'd be a good place to bring tourists.

@  wonko the sane? : (14 July 2018 - 09:40 AM)

Lower prices, lower taxes, bigger selection... yeah, I can see that happening.

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (14 July 2018 - 09:14 AM)

Didn't a Washington Costco make the news a couple years ago for being sheerly flooded with customers from British Columbia?

@  TM2-Megatron : (14 July 2018 - 01:25 AM)

That's cool. There's a Sam's Club in Niagara Falls, where I tend to cross the border, but I've never been in. I'm a Costco member, but not Sam's Club; and unfortunately Costco makes sure there aren't any locations in the US too near the Canadian border

@  wonko the sane? : (13 July 2018 - 07:02 PM)

Nope, not the battle damaged version. He got it from his cousin, whose family has a camping ground in... I wanna say new york state, but I'm probably wrong. Just across the border anyway.

@  Nevermore : (13 July 2018 - 06:36 PM)

Sam's Club exclusive was the battle damaged version, right?


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#1 Tailgreat

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 09:33 PM

Just finished my bingewatch and it's amazing. It's almost as good as Beast Wars.

Casting Optimus as a young, erstwhile hero should be awful; even if Grand Heroic Autobot Optimus get boring after a while, making him Terry McGinnis would be just as bad. Instead the show strikes a perfect balance, where he's someone growing into that noble hero while constantly showing the traits that make him a good leader on top of giving him depth and flaws to overcome and arc to achieve.

 

All the other Autobots are great too. Crotchety battle axe Ratchet and dumb sensitive lug Bulkhead were far and away my favourites. Heck I even liked the filler human villains because they're just fun, and some like Headmaster and Meltdown make for effective antagonists.

 

Funnily enough, it shares Beast Wars' main flaw, which was a rushed conclusion. The finale just kind of happens, though with a little better build up than Beast Wars got, and feels too small. This show really would have benefited the most from having an extra season, especially since we miss out on Sari's backstory (and speaking of Sari she's easily the best token human the franchise has ever gotten, even before she turns out to be part robot).

 

I think my biggest problem with the show is Sentinel Prime. I know he's supposed to be a jerk, but he's the one character filled potential that's never used. They keep hinting there's more to him where he expresses fondness for Optimus and then they never go anywhere with it and  he remains a jerk, and then they build him up into a proper antagonist figure where he takes the role of Magnus and then they never do anything with that either outside of "This Is Why I Hate Machines", and that was really small. Blackarachnia really needed another episode too to complete her arc. She was another character they never really decided where they wanted to go with her.

 

Overall it's fantastic, and now I deeply regret not jumping on this a decade ago because I missed out on all those sweet toys. At least I have my Voyager Optimus.

 

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Posted 10 November 2017 - 10:05 PM

Glad you liked it; I personally consider it my favorite Transformers series. Hell, I joined this site so I could talk about Animated with other fans!


Edited by Evac, 10 November 2017 - 10:07 PM.


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Posted 11 November 2017 - 12:23 AM

For me, it ranks as number 3, with Beast Wars in first place and Rescue Bots in second.

 

If you loved the show, you'll love all the extra material it got in printed form. Recommended reads include:


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Posted 11 November 2017 - 02:30 AM

The Almanac  II or Complete version actually detail the proposed season 4's episodes and plots along with some concept art of a Powermaster Prime, "Maurader" Megatron , and new looks for a few more characters. Sadly both are out of print and go for some high prices but the original 2 are available through Kindle for much less.


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Posted 11 November 2017 - 03:23 AM

I like Animated but feel it's become overrated. It works well as a series that acknowledges the franchise history up to that point without being bound to a single overriding gimmick but it was cut short on resolution and the actual animation itself is often terrible.

One thing that bugged me is the class divide. Decepticons are depicted as hulking brutes who tower over the Autobots and whilst the Autobots are shown to be corrupt there seems to be no logical way this idea of an oppressed Decepticon class could happen in this setting. It bugs me in the same way Beast Wars does for implying morality or lack of is programmed into Predacons.

Something's wrong when the G1 cartoon explored the idea better with the Aerialbots.

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 03:52 AM

Sabrblade linked the storybook version above, but you can actually watch "The Return of Blurr" as a full-cast audio drama with illustrations, with Blurr and Arcee's original VAs! It's set after the end of season 3.



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Posted 11 November 2017 - 04:06 AM

Man, I'd give teeth for a Transformers series that was animated like Animated again. Striking and interesting character designs and a dense, lived-in world. Rescue Bots gets most of the way there, admittedly. 

 

But for the most part I don't really care about comparisons to other TF series, Animated was a singular event and it was a beautiful thing. I don't expect that kind of lightning to strike twice in the same franchise, especially considering how much of G1 it incorporated and reprised in a way that only had to happen once and would feel cheap the second time.


Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 11 November 2017 - 07:38 AM

Sabrblade linked the storybook version above, but you can actually watch "The Return of Blurr" as a full-cast audio drama with illustrations, with Blurr and Arcee's original VAs! It's set after the end of season 3.

 

It was hilarious how gruesomely they killed Blurr off. He gets crushed to death on screen, and then Cliffjumper just throws his remains into an incinerator.


Edited by Tailgreat, 11 November 2017 - 07:41 AM.


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Posted 11 November 2017 - 08:47 AM

One thing that bugged me is the class divide. Decepticons are depicted as hulking brutes who tower over the Autobots and whilst the Autobots are shown to be corrupt there seems to be no logical way this idea of an oppressed Decepticon class could happen in this setting.


Really? I mean, in the real world, tiny nations have subjugated much larger populations with some regularity. The more physically impressive specimens are often shackled to the will of less physically impressive but wealthier or more organized masters.

Also, Animated is pretty silent on the question of what kicked off the Autobot Decepticon war. The idea that it was "oppressed Decepticons" is entirely in your own head, probably put there by IDW.

So... the thing that bothers you about the show isn't really in the show at all.

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 09:04 AM

Didn't Megatron talk like tyranny on the Autobots' part was a factor? Granted, there was no specifying what that really meant.

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 09:08 AM

 

One thing that bugged me is the class divide. Decepticons are depicted as hulking brutes who tower over the Autobots and whilst the Autobots are shown to be corrupt there seems to be no logical way this idea of an oppressed Decepticon class could happen in this setting.


Really? I mean, in the real world, tiny nations have subjugated much larger populations with some regularity. The more physically impressive specimens are often shackled to the will of less physically impressive but wealthier or more organized masters.

Also, Animated is pretty silent on the question of what kicked off the Autobot Decepticon war. The idea that it was "oppressed Decepticons" is entirely in your own head, probably put there by IDW.

So... the thing that bothers you about the show isn't really in the show at all.

 

Didn't Megatron talk like tyranny on the Autobots' part was a factor? Granted, there was no specifying what that really meant.

 

Yeah, granted Megatron isn't the least biased of sources, but isn't Autobot tyranny part of his rhetoric?


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Posted 11 November 2017 - 09:10 AM

I don't remember whether it was any more specific than that, though. Which has occasionally meant "tyrannically not allowing us to conquer the galaxy" in some continuities. It definitely doesn't from there create some kind of inconsistency with the fact that Decepticons also use different protoform molds. = .


Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 11 November 2017 - 09:18 AM

Ten years later & there is still an Omega Supreme sized hole in my collection.... :(


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Posted 11 November 2017 - 09:36 AM

Megatron is shown in series to talk about Autobot oppression. The show never makes it clear if this is genuine or simply a line he uses to drum up support but equally we are shown that the Autobots are corrupt even before Sentinel assumes command. Animated likewise makes the point that there is actually a genetic distinction between Autobot and Decepticon, with Safeguard being the result of them performing secret genetic experiments to grant Autobots the Decepticon ability of flight.

 

So we have a race of apparently naturally emerging one man armies within the Cybertronian species. It would be like if half of humans were born as normal and half of humans were born 10ft tall with super powers.

 

Animated would have done well to explore this properly. Despite it's hardly consistent continuity, I'll cite the G1 cartoon again because that at least later claimed the two species were the result of being descended from consumer and military robots respectively.

 

With Animated? Who knows.



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Posted 11 November 2017 - 09:41 AM

Didn't Megatron talk like tyranny on the Autobots' part was a factor? Granted, there was no specifying what that really meant.

He also talked like the main Autobot cast were his friends and the reason he didn't want them to know about him was because he was embarrassed about being in pieces.

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 09:46 AM

Are you talking about this exchange?

 

Mixmaster: "You tricked us! You Decepticons are the scum o' the universe!"
Megatron: "...Whaaat? Who told you that?"
Scrapper: "Our friend Bulkhead."
Megatron: "And you believed him?"
Mixmaster: "Well, sure, he's our friend."
Megatron: "And did your friend tell you how his Autobot kind have oppressed us? Driven us from our rightful home? Oh, they may come across as complete imbeciles, but Autobots are cunning, ruthless, unforgiving."

 

If so, I'll point out that the context for that exchange is this:

 

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 09:50 AM

Yeah, the "oppression" Megatron talks about is the Decepticons being kicked off Cybertron after losing the war, which if I'm remembering right was an exile they chose in return for amnesty.


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Posted 11 November 2017 - 10:00 AM

Megatron is shown in series to talk about Autobot oppression. The show never makes it clear if this is genuine or simply a line he uses to drum up support but equally we are shown that the Autobots are corrupt even before Sentinel assumes command. Animated likewise makes the point that there is actually a genetic distinction between Autobot and Decepticon, with Safeguard being the result of them performing secret genetic experiments to grant Autobots the Decepticon ability of flight.

 

So we have a race of apparently naturally emerging one man armies within the Cybertronian species.

Woooooooooooow. 

 

You know they, like, build them, right? Did you see any part of the series other than the bits you're stringing together to create this fan theory?

 

This isn't G2 and it isn't IDW. "Naturally occurring" does not even exist. Let alone the assumption that the plot of X-Men is the only way for anyone to get superpowers unless otherwise indicated.


Edited by Copper Bezel, 11 November 2017 - 10:01 AM.

Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 11 November 2017 - 10:00 AM

So how does this factor in with the actual shady actions we see from the Autobot side? Beast Machines-style 'both sides lose themselves in war'?

 

Wasp was framed as a spy and tortured to the point he became a revenge obsessed wreck discussing himself in the third person. If they do that in peace time, what were they like prior?

 

There's room in the show to suggest the Autobots are indeed oppressive. Blackarachnia becomes a Decepticon out of a mix of self loathing and the fact the Autobots would/do view her as an abomination.



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Posted 11 November 2017 - 10:03 AM

... yes. That is the content of the show you are describing. The Autobots are assholes.

 

What was your point then?


Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 




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