Chair Force Engineer

Monday, June 05, 2006

Transformers, More Than Meets the Eye

I was tipped off to the fact that two CV-22 Ospreys at Holloman Air Force Base recently took part in the filming forMichael Bay's Transformers: The Movie, scheduled for a 2007 release.

I guess that the CV-22 is a natural choice for the Transformers, as it transforms from an airplane to a twin-rotor helicopter and back. This uniqueness comes at a price, as the Osprey is more complex than a twin-rotor helicopter. While helicopters are more dangerous than fixed wing aircraft due to their complexity, the Osprey and future tiltrotors should be viewed as more dangerous than helicopters due to their even greater complexity. Of course, the Osprey's complexity is justified by the capabilities it brings to the battlefield, like its extended range and faster speeds when compared to helicopters.

On the subject of Transformers, I would definitely like to see a retro-80's approach to the character designs for this new movie. That means heroic Autobots based on American military equipment, while the evil Decepticons would resemble Soviet vehicles. That would force the treacherous Starscream to become a MiG-29 or Su-27 instead of the familiar F-15. The Autobot war-hero Kup should be the ubiquitous Humvee. Autobot leader Optimus Prime should take the form of a fire truck, as nothing screams heroism like a firefighter.

It would be desirable if the people who wrote the Beast Wars series of Transformers came back to write the script for the new movie. Beast Wars was one of the mature mid-90's childrens' shows that featured dark and realistic storylines. It played out much like a war movie, except that the soldiers were replaced with computer-animated robots.

One last note: if Michael Bay thinks he can kill off Optimus Prime yet again, he's sorely mistaken. The fans will never forgive him, much like how they never forgave the Transformers franchise when Prime was killed in the 1986 Transformers movie.