Marduk indirectly raised a question in the Potpie thread. I'm quoting snippets of that exchange here:
Don't make a Prime that's going to sound like Cullen again, or a G1 that's always ultimately going to end up in 1984.
I'm pretty happy to keep Cullen around for as long as possible.
Oh I fully admit I'm in the minority on Cullen.
The last line spurred the poll, but as the two of them fleshed out in the full posts, it's pretty uncontroversial that Cullen is both very good and very popular, and also that Optimus as presently constructed by the movies and cartoons and as voiced by Cullen is a pretty one-dimensional creature of nostalgia-bomb quotations.
There are lots of ways to Cullen (this or that variation of the Prime voice, or a new one entirely, with emotional range or without, etc.) and many ways to not Cullen (from no Optimus Prime at all to Ron Perlman to a Cullen soundalike.) I think that's a discussion that most of us have probably seen parts of but there's no reason not to have it again here if you're interested in sharing your thoughts.
As concerns the poll, though, I'm gauging a binary. If you prefer any form of Cullen, no matter what provisos you want to attach in the thread (whether about the character or role of Prime or the voice style, etc.) that's a Cullen vote. Likewise the reverse; you may have in mind "no more Optimi", an unspecific "someone new", or a very specific voice in a particular VA's toolbox, but it's a Not Cullen vote either way. You also don't have to have a strong preference to vote one or the other; I'm leaving out an "indifferent" option because I imagine the vast majority of us, if pressed, would agree that the opposite choice done well would still be better than our own preference implemented poorly. If you strongly have no preference, please null vote.
Is it time to go back to the sea of non-Cullen possibilities? Should Cullen stay on as Prime for as long as he's able? How do you feel about the future of voices for Optimus Prime?
Edited by Copper Bezel, 07 March 2018 - 07:22 PM.