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@  Benbot : (11 December 2019 - 09:34 PM)

What's your favorite cheese? I'm not sure, but it's hard to beat muenster.

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 December 2019 - 05:10 PM)

Man I wish IDW could do a season 2.5 with a few writers like Michael Charles Hill or Donald F Glut or Paul Davids involved.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 December 2019 - 04:33 PM)

They were looking for Skids, but the animators forgot he existed again.

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 December 2019 - 02:58 PM)

He regrouped with Omega Supreme, the Dinobots, Skyfire and the Protectobots.

@  Benbot : (11 December 2019 - 08:20 AM)

Did he get infected with the rest of the Autobots or did he smartly remain off-planet?

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 December 2019 - 05:38 AM)

He really just went to the beach for a couple of days, then called it in. Who's gonna follow up on it?

@  Maximus Ambus : (11 December 2019 - 05:05 AM)

Anyone really believe Cosmos searched far enough for more ingredient for Corrostop?

@  Nevermore : (11 December 2019 - 03:48 AM)

Oh, we are pretty good at "forgetting" about that. Insisting on sending people home on their overtime, THEN suddenly rushing to do the "backlog" stuff when it's really overdue.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 December 2019 - 05:43 PM)

I've yet to find an organization which didn't have a backlog of "stuff" that needs to be done, but isn't important enough to put on the schedule proper.

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 December 2019 - 05:01 PM)

I'm sure most good/bad (depending on your POV) bosses would be able to find something for the worker to do, in most cases, even if it's spending 8 hours pretending to push a broom around

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (10 December 2019 - 04:39 PM)

Still better than American jobs. x.x;

@  NotVeryKnightly : (10 December 2019 - 11:10 AM)

I'm pretty sure you've already mentioned this before. Especially that last one.

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2019 - 11:05 AM)

That can be fun if you're strong-willed enough. "Hey, you want to go home? Overtime reduction, there's nothing to do..." - "Nah, not today. I want to work."

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2019 - 11:04 AM)

This applies to the field of work as well. Meaning, your boss orders you to show up for a full shift, you show up on time and are absolutely willing to work, and then your boss realizes he has no work for you, your boss has to pay you for a full shift even if you don't work at all.

@  Nevermore : (10 December 2019 - 11:03 AM)

Fun fact: German law has a concept named "default in acceptance", which postulates that if there is a "service for payment" contract, the party that should provide the service correctly offers their due service, and the party that should pay fails to accept the service within due time, the second party still has to pay the first party even if there was no service delivered.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2019 - 10:54 PM)

If it's seasonal affective disorder, check with your doc about vitamin D supplements.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 December 2019 - 12:46 PM)

That's what I was thinking too, It's the christmas rush and if that's not stressful enough the cold weather can also impact mental health.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2019 - 12:41 PM)

Might be a stupid question given the comment, BUT: have you done anything outside the ordinary lately? Might just be a stress reaction.

@  Maximus Ambus : (08 December 2019 - 12:29 PM)

I've experienced sleep paralysis with ghostly images and similar things in the past and can snap out of it through moving my fingers. I've definitely hallucinated before and members of both sides of the family have had similar experience, some suffered forms of mental instability in two cases schizophrenia.

@  wonko the sane? : (08 December 2019 - 10:47 AM)

So... either a hallucination or night terrors. Are you prone to this kind of thing?

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 11:55 PM)

It kept repeating until I sat up.

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 11:54 PM)

I've been up since three and when sheepish I was hallucinating something knocking twice against my bedroom door.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 December 2019 - 06:58 PM)

Then repaint Apeface and Snapdragon as Transmetal Optimus Primal and Megatron. It's crazy enough to work.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (07 December 2019 - 05:32 PM)

Moral imperative.

@  Nevermore : (07 December 2019 - 05:13 PM)

Wishful thinking, rumor or leak?

@  Maximus Ambus : (07 December 2019 - 04:48 PM)

Snapdragon for Earthrise.

@  TM2-Megatron : (04 December 2019 - 10:22 PM)

Still not the weirdest thing a Nic Cage character has done in a film

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 December 2019 - 04:00 PM)

Couldn't be worse than him pissing fire as Ghost Rider.

@  Rycochet : (04 December 2019 - 03:38 PM)

The Tim Burton Superman Movie is the DC movie we deserve. It would have Nic Cage in a technosuit punching polarbears.

@  Paladin : (04 December 2019 - 02:59 PM)

Wonder Woman was great. Shazam was amazing. Aquaman... exists.

@  RichardT1977 : (04 December 2019 - 01:54 PM)

TBF, Aquaman and Shazam! were pretty good.

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 December 2019 - 01:00 PM)

Not a difficult feat.

@  Benbot : (04 December 2019 - 11:50 AM)

You just put more effort into telling a compelling story than all of WB's execs.

@  Cybersnark : (04 December 2019 - 11:41 AM)

Cue the flashback to Jonathan, reassuring a terrified child: "What you are is never as important as who you are." Cue Superman's response to Brainiac: "I already know who I am."*John Williams fanfare plays*

@  Cybersnark : (04 December 2019 - 11:38 AM)

I don't think we even really need to see Krypton. I'd start with Clark growing up in Kansas, thinking he's normal, and follow him through the development of his powers. There've been enough alternate takes on Krypton that it could actually work as a mystery; is this the pre-Crisis utopia, the sterile science world, or the relic of a fallen empire? Brainiac was there, and he tempts Clark with the knowledge of what he really is.

@  Otaku : (04 December 2019 - 11:12 AM)

First, a Krypton film, ending with baby Kal-El being found on Earth.  Then Supe's early career film, establishing his values... and if Jonothan Kent needs to die, it happens because of something like a heart attack while Clark is savnig folks on the other side of the world.  After we know Clark minimizes property damage and never kills, have Zod & Company show up and force him to make tough choices.

@  Otaku : (04 December 2019 - 11:07 AM)

Man of Steel seems like someone came up with a Superman trilogy and then the execs said "We've got to catch up to Marvel, make it one film!".  I don't mean that based on the film's actual pacing, but because various story beats make more sense to me if they weren't all squished together.

@  Cybersnark : (03 December 2019 - 07:44 PM)

I've been wanting to write a Superman movie trilogy for years; "Man of Steel" (featuring a Terminator-like Brainiac) was going to be first, with "Last Son of Krypton" (featuring the Eradicator) as the sequel and "Man of Tomorrow" (in which Luthor makes his face-heel turn) as the conclusion. Thanks to Snyder I have to re-arrange my titles.

@  Nevermore : (03 December 2019 - 06:15 PM)

I still wish "Man of Steel" had instead been an adaptation of both the John Byrne miniseries of the same name and the Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale miniseries "Superman For All Seasons".

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (03 December 2019 - 04:42 PM)

A take I just read: Man of Steel is shot with such a lack of lighting that it is easier to discern what is going on in a porn film.

@  Maximus Ambus : (03 December 2019 - 12:20 PM)

Making Soylant is harder then it looks, it's not like the movies, you have to keep whacking and hacking at the ingredient, it'll scream and fight, maybe bite but eventually it will go down.

@  Paladin : (03 December 2019 - 11:48 AM)

varies from person to person.

@  Benbot : (03 December 2019 - 11:34 AM)

It's an acquired taste

@  CORVUS : (03 December 2019 - 11:17 AM)

Soylent? Its pretty awful.

@  unluckiness : (03 December 2019 - 02:49 AM)

Depends on your denomination of Christianity

@  Patch : (02 December 2019 - 05:52 PM)

@Benbot Do they have a soy-free version? Like maybe just "Lent?"

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 December 2019 - 02:03 PM)

Just occurred to me 'Autobot' Megatron happened in Target 2006.

@  Benbot : (02 December 2019 - 11:48 AM)

have you tried Soylent? It's pretty good! https://soylent.com/

@  Paladin : (02 December 2019 - 10:01 AM)

i prefer free-range human usually. pain in the ass to hunt though...

@  TheMightyMol... : (02 December 2019 - 09:42 AM)

If your human is all bones, you may have purchased a skeleton by accident. Contact your grocer to inquire about exhange policies.


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Machine Wars Interlude: Prowl & Mirage

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Posted 21 October 2019 - 06:45 PM

“Why are we here?” 
 
The words hung in the air, an accusation over what they had been doing for the last two days. 

“We're here because Prime ordered us,” Prowl said. “What else do you need, Mirage?” 

The blue and white Formula 1 race car sat there next to Prowl’s similar vehicle mode. Prowl could almost see the boredom and frustration and anxiety rolling off of his companion. 

“We've been stuck out here for two days with nothing to show for it,” Mirage said. “All Prime said was that ‘something was amiss’ out this way. After hiding in plain sight, the only thing amiss is us wasting our time looking for something that doesn't exist!”

The outburst was far from unexpected. Mirage was far from enthusiastic about their circumstances. Had Prowl been in his position, he would probably act no differently. A civilian passenger pressed into military service by bad luck and circumstance, with no end in sight? Prowl was impressed that Mirage had gone this long on their scouting mission without complaint. 

Still, he could not in good conscience echo the very same thoughts that he'd been having about their excursion. Feeding Mirage’s deteriorating morale would do nobody any good. 

Two days in this city had succeeded in yielding less than nothing except for wasted energon and a sense of inevitability. With their numbers as low as they were, scouting missions more often than not turned up nothing. It was enough to wonder if they were actually doing any good. 

“Whatever it was that brought us out here, we still haven't found,” Prowl said. “That means our target is still at large. We have no idea what the extent of Megatron’s forces are on this planet. Before we can devise any sort of effect counter strategy, we need to know more. Otherwise, we end up like Blunderbuss and walking into an ambush.” 

Mirage responded with an angry silence. The loss of Blunderbuss, had been traumatizing to everyone leftover from the crash, but particularly Mirage since he had been the one to find the body. 

“I know it's frustrating to wait and watch. Most people aren't cut out for surveillance work because it takes more patience than any sane person should have. But we don't have a choice right now. If we don't learn more about what the Decepticons are up to, we'll never figure out how to take them down and return to Cybertron.”

“Do you really think we will?” 

“What?” 

“Return to Cybertron. Do you really think Prime wants to go back?” 

“Of course he does. We all do.” 

“Does he? Ever since we crashed on this rock, he's been more obsessed with hiding and tracking down Megatron than finding a way back home.” 

If Prow had a head he could shake, he would. “What would be the point of getting back to Cybertron if we all go to prison for violating the Tyrest Accords? Leaving Megatron and his thugs would get us all thrown in a cell for the next thousand years. I'll pass, thanks.”

Mirage snorted. “I’m pretty sure we've got extenuating circumstances on our side. A war criminal escaped because of a convoluted ingenious plan involving a solar flare, a software glitch, and a patch of dirt on a sensor pad. That's something a squad of reconnaissance scouts isn't equipped to deal with. You call in the Primal Vanguard for something like that.” 

“Doesn’t matter,” Prowl said. “Me, Prime, Sandstorm — we're all military. That means Megatron was entrusted to our stewardship. It's our responsibility to recapture him and return him to Cybertron for his trial.” 

“And what about me and Hubcap and Hoist? Are we just stuck here until the greatest war criminal of our time decides to surrender?” 

“I don't know,” Prowl said. “Sandstorm has been working on getting a long range signal out. Once he has, reinforcements will come. All we have to do is wait and keep tabs on Megatron until then.” 

Even as he said the words, Prowl knew they were little more than wishful thinking. Sandstorm was no engineer. He could jury rig a communications device like any other field agent, but interstellar communication was well outside his wheelhouse. He was learning what he could from the remains of the Ark, but Prowl doubted it'd ever go anywhere. 

“I don’t get it,” Mirage said. “Megatron is supposed to be a genius. If he was able to plan his escape so far in advance, why would he still be on Earth? Shouldn’t he have had someone waiting around to pick him up?” 

That…was a question Prowl hadn’t thought of. 

It was obvious in retrospect. Megatron’s escape was typical of his track record: elegant, minimalist, and utterly unexpected. For him to have even conceived of such an endeavor put him as one of the top minds Cybertron had ever produced. 

But to have gone to all the trouble of orchestrating his escape and not had an exit strategy in place afterward? That didn’t sound right at all. 

“I don’t know,” Prowl said. “But it’s a good question. If your mission is to escape to fight another day, why hasn’t he?” 

“Makes you wonder what he’s really up to,” Mirage said. “And whether he’s as evil as the High Council says he is.” 

“Innocent people don’t go around blowing up space ports.” 

“I never said he was a saint, just that he’s not the embodiment of pure evil.” Mirage sighed. “Believe it or not, it’s possible for somebody to do bad things and still have a point.” 

“Which doesn’t justify the people he’s hurt and killed.” 

“Of course not. But does that mean we should ignore the legitimate problems he’s pointed out?”

Prowl would have shook his head again if he could. “Mirage, discussing the nuances of a war criminal’s ideology is all well and good when you're in a classroom or discussing it in the abstract. But when you're on the ground like we are, we don't have that luxury. Our job is to bring the bad guys down, then leave the nuances to the bosses upstairs. Anything else muddles the mind and puts your team at risk.

“I'm not saying it's right. I'm not even saying it's fair. This is how things work on the ground. The moment you start thinking that the other guy has some good points, the harder it becomes to do what needs to be done when the time comes. Is it fair? No. But it's how life's goes here.” 

Silence answered him. Prowl wasn’t surprised. Mirage was forced into a situation not of his choosing, stuck doing a job he was built or even trained for. More than eighty percent of scouts burned out on the position within a handful of years, and those were people who actually wanted to be there. Why wouldn’t a civilian be questioning the not so pretty side of the military? 

To be honest, Prowl was surprised it had taken this long for Mirage to voice his concerns about Megatron. There had been a reason the gladiator from Tarn had attracted so many to his cause. The issues facing Cybertron were apparent to anyone who bothered to think about them for more than a minute. Equally apparent was their political system’s inability to address any of them in a significant way. After decades of gridlock, the rise of someone like Megatron was inevitable. 

Such clear thinking wasn’t going to satisfy the average citizen, unfortunately. Cybertron had grown far beyond the city-state system that had served the planet for so long. What had started as mere cracks slowly but surely widened into chasms that many citizens had fallen into with no hope of rescue or justice. Merely identifying the problem was no victory, not to the people suffering each day from it. 

“Mirage — “

“Forget it, Prowl.” The blue and white sports car revved to life as a holomatter avatar appeared in the driver seat. “You can't solve all the problems in the world, even for someone as smart as you. I'll stick around for another day, maybe two, but if we don't find anything ‘amiss’ by then I'm out of here.” 

With that, Mirage took off for the race track. 

“Fair enough,” Prowl said. 

Hopefully they would find what they were looking for out here. Otherwise, they were going to be down a man before they knew it.


Edited by Slamdance, 21 October 2019 - 06:45 PM.




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