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@  Donocropolis : (27 October 2020 - 11:51 AM)

Not sure if it's news or not, but I'm at Ross right now and they have Masterpiece Movie Ironhide for $24.99

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 October 2020 - 12:45 AM)

Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s Best Buy exclusive deluxe version is available for $10 as one of today’s daily deals

@  PlutoniumBoss : (26 October 2020 - 08:50 PM)

We can play the "Is it a real headline or an Onion headline" game.

@  Steevy Maximus : (26 October 2020 - 08:22 PM)

It's weird to see how much of Larry Hama's "satire" from the old GI Joe comic has no longer become satire in the past few years.

@  Maximus Ambus : (26 October 2020 - 11:29 AM)

Funny how 2020 gave me new appreciation for Dawn of the Dead 1978.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 07:43 PM)

@Fenix Twilight Sure. Just not a good one.

@  Fenix Twilight : (25 October 2020 - 04:02 PM)

@Sukoshiko Well his clothes left an impression on you didn't they?

@  TheMightyMol... : (25 October 2020 - 06:09 AM)

I just read "Tesla Cybertruck" like AC/DC's "Thunderstruck", now it won't get out of my head, so I inflict it on all of you as well.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 12:25 AM)

Tesla Cybertruck: amazing or just silly looking? I can't decide.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 12:24 AM)

Weird question: I had to deal with a guy today... I'm not exactly up on modern fashions... or even archaic fashions... But this guy... Tuxedo Jacket and shirt, studs in all the button holes except the bottom one, blue jeans, and cowboy boots... Take a moment to imagine that get up. And this was to a business meeting, trying to impress someone. What look is that? Who on earth would dress that way? (I mean on purpose)

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 06:04 PM)

I think the few up here were lost to bad placement, poor weather, and the usual language trap.

@  TM2-Megatron : (24 October 2020 - 04:25 PM)

There are 5 spread around southwestern Ontario, all run by the same company. I've only been to the one in my area, but it seems to do good business even in non-pandemic times. On long weekends, when they do triple features, there's a normally a lineup to get in Friday and Saturday nights

@  Telly : (24 October 2020 - 01:51 PM)

there been one outside of my town for as long as ive been alive at least. its gone through its share of owners and periods of being closed down, but its been open for the past decade at least

@  Otaku : (24 October 2020 - 12:08 PM)

Bias from personal experience, but drive-in theaters are nearly extinct.  I grew up near one but it went out of business in the late 80s, and was torn down and replaced with some other business by the early 90s.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 07:47 AM)

Out here, I mean. Couldn't comment on their popularity in place where they actually exist.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 06:44 AM)

I wouldn't know. They've only come back into vogue with the social distancing from the plague, and while some places have made an effort to shoestring the places together, it's all largely too distant to be accessible.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:46 PM)

I'd hate to see ours replaced by condos. They're a great way to spend an evening, whether with family or on a date. And they've never been as common in Canada as the US, so we cna't afford to lose as many

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 09:45 PM)

Largely they were either poorly placed or bought out and torn down to be replaced by something other than over priced short term parking. Mostly condos.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:14 PM)

I guess your winters are worse, so they have a shorter operating season. Drive-ins in the Toronto area can usually operate until early or mid-December; maybe even into early January if there's no real snowfall, and open up again sometime in March.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:13 PM)

THere's really only 1 left in the entire province?

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 09:03 PM)

Ha! It's probably faster for me to drive to your drive in than to make my way to the only one left in quebec.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 06:57 PM)

Fortunately we still have a drive-in theatre that's exempt from the closures about a 10 minute drive away

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 06:57 PM)

Theatres around here are closed again for at least another couple weeks (wouldn't be surprised if it's extended by another month or so, either), but that's what they've been doing here as well. Playing the old classics

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 October 2020 - 02:36 PM)

I got Earthrise Megatron, he's better then I thought he'd be though Netflix Megatron is still tops.

@  Bass X0 : (23 October 2020 - 10:44 AM)

The original Rocky movie is also showing. May go next weekend. That’s how you get people back in the theatres - show the old classics every adult loves.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 10:35 AM)

They did a limited run showing of it up here too, back when the theaters were open... red zones suck.

@  Bass X0 : (23 October 2020 - 10:13 AM)

The original Back To The Future is showing in the Odeon in the UK now. I think I will go see it tomorrow.

@  Donocropolis : (23 October 2020 - 05:51 AM)

It was either the Bumblebee or Cliffjumper. Can't remember the colors.

@  Kalidor : (22 October 2020 - 06:43 PM)

What did it look like?

@  Donocropolis : (22 October 2020 - 01:34 PM)

I swear I remember getting the Happymeal G1 minibot as a child, but I live 2.5 hours from St. Louis, which is the only place they apparently came out. It's possible that I got it on a family vacation, though, as we went to Six Flags pretty often.

@  ▲ndrusi : (22 October 2020 - 01:07 PM)

Conversely, I had the Gobot helicopter from Wendy's and I was absolutely convinced it was an actual Transformer.

@  Donocropolis : (22 October 2020 - 08:13 AM)

I used to rubber-band Hot-Wheels style construction vehicles together and pretend it was Devestator.

@  Bass X0 : (21 October 2020 - 05:26 PM)

When I was about four years old, my parents bought me Bugbite and tried to tell me it was Bumblebee. I was not yet a fan of Transformers, but I knew that wasn't Bumblebee. I didn't even have the real Bumblebee at that time.

@  Maximus Ambus : (21 October 2020 - 01:39 PM)

It would come with two soundtracks: the eighties classic and one featuring dubstep and the VAs are popular Youtubers.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 12:13 PM)

But yeah, reading it: I came off as a bit of an ass.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 11:52 AM)

I just couldn't think of worse music than disco...

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 October 2020 - 11:35 AM)

What were you trying to imply with the mocking sarcasm, though? Nobody suggested that '80s music was any more "of it's time" than '70s music.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 11:18 AM)

I said that disco wouldn't fare much better with the same context: media is property of it's time; biases, culture and limitations are all inherent in that. Some stuff can be brought forward because of an inherently timeless nature or the simplicity with which it was made but lots of media is a time capsule of the period of when it was made.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 October 2020 - 08:46 AM)

I'm not sure what you're trying to imply, or what you even think I said.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 08:11 AM)

Yeah, cause disco would make the transition so much better...

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 October 2020 - 07:17 AM)

I feel the '80s music would be jarring when running over current-day CGI instead of well, '80s visuals.

@  Maximus Ambus : (21 October 2020 - 05:39 AM)

Not a remake, reanimated scene for scene, like that fan vid titled they were always real to me.

@  TheMightyMol... : (21 October 2020 - 04:37 AM)

Because we need more remakes these days.

@  Maximus Ambus : (21 October 2020 - 01:36 AM)

Be a hoot if these Studio Series 86 toys led to Transformers The Move Reanimated like Pokemon Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution.

@  Paladin : (20 October 2020 - 05:15 PM)

only takes three pounds to be a cereal killer.

@  Kalidor : (20 October 2020 - 04:54 PM)

5 pounds is a lot of cereal! /deadpan

@  Maximus Ambus : (20 October 2020 - 02:32 PM)

Seems the area near my work place is due to be gentrified. Electric car ports, fifty pound haircuts and five pound bowls of cereal in breakfast cafes I'll bet.

@  Steevy Maximus : (19 October 2020 - 11:31 PM)

@ZakuConvoy Lumines Electric Symphony. So still halfway interesting, and it’ll play on the PS TV

@  Demovere Xeno : (19 October 2020 - 10:36 PM)

@Maximus: I paired the Battle Patrol with Ironworks and they look good together, though the Off Road Patrol would probably fit best as vehicles you're likely to find at a construction site.

@  ZakuConvoy : (19 October 2020 - 09:39 PM)

So...was it something like Tearaway or Gravity Rush or was it just a FIFA or a Madden?


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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.