Okay. In part 1 of this entry, I went over only a few steps on how I would do my own Transformers series. But it was an incomplete list. So I wanted to go over it again, and this time give out more ways on how I would go about with my own Transformers series, and how I would explore its characters, story, and lore. And keep in mind, while the first few things listed here are basically the same as last time, some of them have been modified and revised. But I have also made a few additions. Read carefully for certain details I will point out. Enjoy.
1. First and foremost, I would have the focus be on the Transformers. Not the humans. Granted, there can be human characters in a Transformers series. Because let's be honest here people; ever since the franchise's inception, the transforming alien robots somehow always end up on Earth. And their encounter with humans is inevitable. And there have been human characters in almost EVERY SINGLE Transformers series (with the exception Beast Wars and Beast Machines). Some human characters are more likable than others, and some are more despicable than others. But anyway, the focus in my series would be primarily on the robots because they're the main stars of the show. Not the humans. But to balance it out, I would have the humans interact with the Transformers and give them some importance to the story. But I wouldn't have them almost completely overshadow the robots to the point where the robots are almost nonexistent and the story has almost nothing to do with them in the live action movies. Instead, each character would be fleshed out reasonably well, and their interaction with each other would be more realistic and mean something. But since this is Transformers we're talking about, I would give most of the attention to the Transformers and their age old war that has gone on for millennia. But I would also have some characters (robot and human alike) be killed off or just put in their place in some way shape or form (be it for dramatic purposes or to vent my hatred for certain characters). But there will also be instances where characters will get a chance to shine and have defining moments. The franchise has a whole lot of characters and a whole mythology and lore that's worth exploring. Something that Michael Bay has failed to do each and every time.
2. I would create my own Transformers universe, but I would derive influences from G1, Beast Wars, Armada, Prime, and to a lesser extent, the live action movies. Granted, the live action movies, while mostly crap, do have some elements that I actually liked that could have worked if they were handled better. And G1, while no doubt flawed, it too has its share of interesting elements, materials, and storylines which I think can be explored again. Even though nobody has bothered to touch those said elements in decades. My series would kind of be a re-telling of the original cartoon, but set in present day instead of the 80s. Because you know, times change and its all about adapting. I would shine the light on some of the most popular characters like Optimus Prime, Ironhide, Ratchet, Jazz, Bumble Bee, Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave, and others. But I would also shine the light on characters who haven't been touched in decades. Like Rodimus Prime, Blaster, Blurr, Springer, Kup, Scourge, Cyclonus, and others. Because like I said, we haven't seen those guys in ages. And its a wonder why nobody has bothered to touch them since their debut. Now, like I said before, Transformers has TONS of characters. Both old and new. And obviously it would be difficult to give attention to everybody if they were all crammed into one story. So if this was a series that went on for multiple seasons, I would first use one group of characters, and flesh them out before I'm ready to focus on another group of characters. Some may return, and some may die or just disappear. But I would make proper use of each character and flesh out their personalities and their stories so that the audience can relate to them. Because if there's one thing I know about storytelling is that character development is VERY important. Same goes for plot development and continuity. Some people may not think continuity is that important, but I beg to differ. But, I also liked how the live-action movies tried to recreate human history by having the Transformers visit Earth prior to the events of the films. But if I were to do that in my own way, I would give a better explanation, and not stray away from the main story with little to no continuity whatsoever. Focus and consistency is the key.
3. I would start from the very beginning, and focus on the Transformers' origins on how their ancestors were a line of worker robots who were created for slave labor by the Quintessons. They endured constant abuse and oppression from their cruel masters until one day, they decided to stand up and revolt. And so they exile the Quintessons into deep space and claim planet Cybertron as their home world. But the worker robots and warrior robots had completely different beliefs; the worker robots believed that all people of Cybertron should work together to rebuild their cities and industrial facilities, and to find recourses that would benefit the planet. But the warrior robots, who are more violent and bloodthirsty, believed that the strong should thrive while the weak should serve. Thus starting the first Cybertronian war. And throughout the ages, one leader of Cybertron would carry the Matrix of Leadership for a certain length of time, until its ready to be passed onto a successor. And on and on it goes as the Matrix is passed on from one generation to another. Until eventually, some millions of years later, Sentinel Prime passes the Matrix to Optimus Prime, who leads the remaining Autobots to war against the Decepticons. I believe that there should be more Decepticon leaders besides Megatron. Because in every continuity, Megatron has always been the main villain. And yet, Optimus Prime has had many predecessors but few successors. So my series would explore not only the legacy of Autobot leaders, but Decepticon leaders as well. And I have created some of my own OCs to go along with this. While humans can be present in the Transformers series, there are some stories where the focus is strictly on the Transformers with no humans present whatsoever. Remember, the Transformers are basically human but in robot form.
4. Some elements from the movies and from TFP would be explored. For instance, I do like the Allspark from the first live-action movie. Even though its origins and how it works was never truly explored, I think it can work if handled properly. And same goes with just about everything else. I believe that Cybertron would be a powerful empire in its distant past, with rulers and leaders governing the planet. The series can have its share of goofy and comedic moments (as long as its not overdone like in some other TF shows), but I would also incorporate a darker atmosphere like from the 1986 movie and Transformers Prime to balance it out. In my series, Cybertron is not only a planet, but its also a kingdom. And the empire would be called the "Kingdom of Cybertron". And Optimus Prime (as well as his ancestors and successors) is one of its knights. And when someone becomes the next Prime, they also become a knight of the Kingdom of Cybertron. For the first few chapters of my story, I would focus on Optimus and Megatron's ancestors. But eventually, I would move onto focusing on Optimus Prime and Megatron, and how they started out as friends on Cybertron until Megatron became greedy and bloodthirsty. But once their story has concluded, I would shine the light on characters who are just as deserving of love and attention as well. And Rodimus Prime is no exception.
5. Whereas most TF series have mostly male Transformers, I would try to balance it out by having a variety of female Autobots and female Decepticons (especially since there were no female Decepticons until recently). Arcee is a prime example of a female Autobot who has remained prominent throughout history. But I would also incorporate some other popular and obscure characters, and make use of some of my own OCs to fill in the blanks. Because come on, there's not one superior gender. Females are just as capable of many things as males are.
6. I would also incorporate elements from Beast Wars and Animated. And yes, even though I don't like Animated very much, there are some things about it that I actually kind of liked. And that was the exploration of the idea of Protoforms, the very thing Transformers are born from. Granted, both series explored this concept. But I think this would be worth exploring in my series as well. And along with ancient artifacts like the Allspark and the Martix, I would also explore Vector Sigma, and incorporate ancient Cybertronian weapons like the Sword of Judgement from the live-action films, the Star Saber from Prime, the Magnus-Hammer from Animated, and some of my own weapons. Like the Sword of the Primes. The Transformers would have their share of close range and long ranged weapons, ranging from plasma blasters, plasma rifles, missile launchers, grappling claws, maces, swords, axes, spears, halberds, power whips, etc. The list goes on and on. Springer would retain his sword, and Wreck-Gar would retain his axe. For one, I would give Cyclonus two plasma arm swords, and Scourge can have a Chinese halberd. But I would have Scourge and Cyclonus be formidable. Not push overs like they were in season 3 of the cartoon or in Headmasters.
7. Whatever references I make to other series, I would usually be very brief about them and just have them appear in the background. But no more than once. I may reference Kelly from Car Robots, but I wouldn't keep her around since she was a pointless character to begin with. And if I ever make any references to Kicker from Energon, I would probably do something like have someone paint graffiti of him on the walls or have a few dolls of him get destroyed. I may reference Sari once, but only as a background cameo. But I would focus on my own human characters, plus the ones I would do my own takes on, like the Witwicky family and their friends. I could have the kids from Armada be Daniel's friends. But I wouldn't focus too much on them as this would be about the Transformers. After all, I want to keep in with the spirit of the franchise. Similar to the original cartoon, I would have Spike Witwicky start from adolescence and then grow into adulthood. Then he would marry Carly, and sire his son Daniel. Not like in the live-action movies where Sam's romantic relations go absolutely nowhere. But I would give a proper explanation to what happened to Sparkplug instead of having him disappear without any explanation at all. In fact, I think I would have Sparkplug die for dramatic effect. And this would be the first death that Daniel would experience. As for Daniel himself, I wouldn't have him just remain a kid. I would actually have him grow and evolve as a character as he transits from a child to a man. In the comics, we did see a brief shot of Daniel grown up. But that was very brief. In my story, I would have Daniel be more independent, but not an annoyance like he was in Headmasters or like Kicker from Energon. Similar to the original cartoon, Spike would be close to Bumble Bee, and Daniel would be close to Hotrod (the future Rodimus Prime).
8. I would explore Optimus Prime and Ultra-Magnus' relationship. Similar to Car Robots, I would have them be brothers, but I would not have Ultra-Magnus be the selfish arrogant bastard that he was in that show. Instead, I would have Magnus retain his humble and noble attitude, but there will be differences between him and Optimus. For instance, whereas Optimus is wise and fatherly, Ultra-Magnus is more strict and serious, and demands respect from everybody like his TFP incarnation. But like his G1 self, Magnus will sacrifice himself for the greater good if necessary. But when Optimus gains the Matrix of Leadership, Magnus doesn't become jealous. But instead, he is proud of his brother's success. And much like how Shockwave remains on Cybertron in most cases, Ultra-Magnus would lead his own team of Autobots and remain on planet Cybertron to guard it against the Decepticons headed by Shockwave.
9. I would treat Rodimus with respect. Instead of just having him appear in one scene only to be killed off, or push him to the side to never be referred to again, I would give him more importance and development. In my story, he would be the son of Optimus Prime. And Elita-1 would be his mother. Now I know what you're thinking; how can robots reproduce? Well, let's just say its not the same way how we humans reproduce. But let's not get into that. So anyway, Hotrod would be like he was in the 1986 movie; young, spirited, full of energy, vivacious, eager to please others, and longing for opportunities and excitement. He would be close to Daniel, and there would be a love triangle between Hotrod, Arcee, and Springer. In my story, Hotrod and Bumble Bee are brothers, and Springer, Jazz, Blurr, and Arcee would be their classmates. I would have him retain his tail-pipe guns and his razor blade that he used in the animated movie. But I would also have him use other weapons while he's at it like spears and swords for good measure. And when he becomes Rodimus Prime, he becomes more powerful, gains two flame swords on his arms, and his tail-pipe guns become stronger. But unlike in season 3 of the cartoon where Rodimus was whiny and incompetent, I would have him be a more capable warrior and leader. But I would also have him retain his uncertainty and insecurity from the show, without him being annoying and overbearing. Because that's the one thing that separates him from Optimus. Meaning that Rodimus is not perfect, but he still stands out on his own. And similarly, I would have Megatron become Galvatron again. But unlike the crazy, whiny, and incompetent leader as he was in season 3, I would have him retain his level of common sense that he had as Megatron, and have him be smarter, more calculating, and more reasonable, but still violent, ruthless, and bloodthirsty as he's ever been. And not only that, but I would have Galvatron be more formidable, and actually have him kill several Autobots and Decepticons (and humans) to show that he's no laughing matter, and that he actually poses a threat.
10. I would give a better explanation for the Junkion's story since they practically have no story at all. At least as far as we know. I was never very fond of Wreck-Gar's TFA counterpart, and I liked better the idea of him being the leader of his own group; the Junkions. But I think they need a better backstory to explain their presence. And the same goes for the planet Lithone (the planet that was eaten by Unicron at the beginning of the 1986 movie). And along with Optimus Prime and Megatron having their own story arc, I would also go over some of the other character's backgrounds. For one, I would have Drift (the samurai Autobot) be Springer's mentor and sensei. And Arcee would have been under the leadership of Elita-1 before she eventually is transferred to Optimus' group. I would have a few teammates on Optimus's group, but not too much so that way the focus is more consistent. Ultra-Magnus on the other hand will have more Autobots on his team to protect Cybertron from the threat of Shockwave and his own team of Decepticons. There will also be some room for some of my OCs, and some of my friends' OCs as well. But some stories will only focus on a certain number of characters for the sake of consistency.
11. I would make use of Unicron as he was in the 1986 movie. And like his 1986 counterpart, he is ruthless, diabolical, and manipulative. Similar to the 1986 movie, he grants Megatron his new body, and revives some of the other Decepticons as well. But I would add in some OCs to fill in the shoes of those who just disappeared without a trace. For instance, the second Cyclonus who disappeared will be given an identity. And some other Decepticons will have new names. I would give the Sweeps different designs and different color schemes so that they're not all just clones of Scourge. Unicron will be a force to be feared. But once he is defeated, I would have his soul possess Galvatron. In other words, Galvatron and Unicron would share the same body. Similar to how Hakon possessed Wolf's body in an episode of Gargoyles. With Unicron possessing Galvatron, the latter will become more powerful and more destructive. And when he gets out of control, the Autobots and the Decepticons have to figure out a way to get Unicron out of Galvatron's body, and destroy him completely. In addition to having Megatron fight against Autobots, I would have other Decepticon leaders challenge Megatron, and plot to take over his role of leadership. But Megatron will always stand his ground, and declare "Nobody will EVER replace me! My authority is absolute. And anybody who dares to oppose me shall DIE!"
12. I would explore some other materials from the comics and from season 3 of the original cartoon. From what I heard, Hasbro has acquired the rights to some of the characters from the Gobots toyline. So if I get a chance to use those, I would have characters like Leader-1, Turbo, Scooter, Cy-Kill, and Crasher into the mix. But Coptur would be replaced with Blackout since they already have a Decepticon who can transform into a helicopter. So Coptur won't be in it. I would explore the rivalry between Megatron and Cy-Kill, and their inevitable clash in the gladiator arena as a nod to an issue from one of the comics which I currently have. Megatron would win of course. But not without Cy-Kill putting up some resistance. However, I always had a thing for Crasher, because while Transformers didn't have any female Decepticons until YEARS LATER, Go-Bots pretty much beat Transformers to the punch nearly 30 years prior with Crasher, who could transform into a black sports car. However, only a few of these characters would be mainstays. Other materials I would explore from season 3 are the experiments that the Quintessons were conducting eons ago, such as the Dweller; a monster with tentacles that is part organic and part machine, and has the ability to spread a plague by turning living Transformers into undead zombie-like creatures called Energy Vampires. There's also the Cosmic Rust Plague, which was explored in the original cartoon, Animated, and Dark of the Moon. But while it was a plague that the Transformers had to deal with, it can also be used as a weapon (as shown in TFA and Dark of the Moon). Another concept I would explore is the Hate Plague, which hasn't been touched in SO LONG. The Hate Plague, as I have mentioned, is a highly infectious virus that infects both robotic and organic life forms alike, and causes uncontrollable murderous rage and insanity. I was thinking that in my series, the Hate Plague was a creation of Unicron's that was spawned from the very hate that resides within him. And prior to the main storyline, he unleashed the plague on Cybertron millions of years ago in an attempt to wipe out all of its inhabitants. Unicron would be immune to it however since its a product of his creation. He nearly succeeded. But nobody was able to destroy the virus. All they could do was contain it and sent it away into the sun. But eventually, a cure will have to be made for it should it somehow spread again. There can be different strains of it. Because truth be told, while the Hate Plague hasn't been touched in decades, Beast Machines explored the concept. But it was a less potent version of the Hate Plague from the original cartoon.
13. Along with having Optimus Prime and Megatron's rivalry, I would explore other rivalries and friendships as well. I would put Prowl against Barricade, Springer against Blackout, Bumble Bee against Deadend, Hotrod against Wildrider, Arcee against Crasher, Rodimus against Galvatron, Optimus against Galvatron, etc. As for relations, its kind of complex. Optimus would have a friendship with Megatron before their rivalry sparks. And Optimus would be the way he usually is with his troops, strict, serious, no nonsense, but also treats his men like they were his own children. I imagine Optimus and Rodimus having a father and son relation since in my series, they would literally be father and son. This would make Ultra-Magnus his uncle. Megatron will be as ruthless as he's ever been. And he will retain his relation with Starscream, who throughout history has always been a backstabbing traitor who tried to screw Megatron over every chance he got, only to fail miserably. I admit, Megatron and Starscream's relation has always been one of the most defining aspects of the Transformers universe. Megatron despised Starscream and saw him as nothing more than dead weight. But yet he'd still keep him around if he saw use for him. And Starscream, being the traitorous bastard he is, would always try to take advantage of any opportunity to screw Megatron over. But I think more dynamics can be made if one actually makes the effort to.
14. Depending on how far I go, each story arc will take place in different periods in time. For instance, there are chapters taking place in Cybertron's distant past. And there will even be stories set in Medieval times as well as the Wild West, World War II, 1950s, 1980s, Persian Gulf War, and more recent times. And if I can go further, I will even have stories that take place in the future. Not sure how far into the future, but I'll get to that once I reach it. If I do that is. Now you may be asking, if you're going to have Transformers visit Earth in different periods in history, what alternate forms will you use for them? Well, obviously, cars, trucks, tanks, and planes weren't invented in the middle ages. So if I explore stories that take place in medieval Europe or Japan, I may want to work my way around that by having them transform into different creatures of mythology like dragons, Cerberuses, and other kinds of mythological creatures. As for stories that take place in the Wild West, steampunk locomotives would be the best option. However, carriages are out of the question as I don't see that working for a robot's alternate form. World War II will be easier to work around since there were tons of vehicles during that time. From military cars to airplanes, to tanks, etc. Oh, and in the Wild West and World War II era stories, Kup would play an important role. Since he hasn't been touched in ages, he deserves some spotlight. In fact, I have decided that Kup would be a mainstay, and would be one of Optimus' closes friends during the war on Cybertron before and after the war broke out.
15. In addition to having Optimus and Rodimus having a relation, I always wanted to see Hotrod develop a bond with Bumble Bee. And since they would be brothers in my story, I would develop their bond and their relationship together. Similarly to real life siblings, I imagine they would have moments where they argue and disagree with each other, and there would be heart-warming moments where they actually bond as friends and as siblings. Especially since in the original cartoon, Rodimus and Bumble Bee never interacted with each other at all despite Bumble Bee being one of the survivors of the 1986 movie. Sad thing is, while Bumble Bee, Cliffjumper, and Jazz survived the movie, they were ultimately pushed aside and they just disappeared from the series. Unless you count the season finale where Bumble Bee gets his redesign and is renamed Gold-Bug (which I personally didn't care for). In my series, he will always be Bumble Bee. But his design will be partially based on his TFP design, mixed in with hints of his G1 design. Of course, while I am nostalgic about Bumble Bee being a Volkswagen Beetle like he was in the original cartoon, I have adapted to him being other sports cars like a Camaro. In my story however, Bumble Bee would be the older brother, while Hotrod/Rodimus would be the younger sibling. This would be a nod to the original cartoon since Bumble Bee has been around much longer, and Rodimus didn't debut until the 1986 movie.
16. This idea goes to
and here's what he writes. Autobots being led by Optimus Prime, with a few generals, each with their own quirks. Most important would be Grimlock, a mean-spiritied bastard who revels in any chance to attack the Decepticons and beat the slag out of them. Grimlock and Optimus Prime would barely tolerate each other since Optimus doesn't approve of Grimlock's brutality, and Grimlock hates Optimus pushing him around. The other Autobots would generally side with one or the other, (Such as Snarl or Blades siding with Grimlock, or Arcee and Bumblebee siding with Optimus) except for Ironhide, who both trust and is basically the glue holding them together. I admit, I do like the idea of Optimus and Grimlock having a rivalry together. Not just to show that Optimus has a lot of responsibility on his hands, but that he knows how to deal with certain rivalries within his ranks. And I could explore this idea that Cast-Irondonut shared with me. Or I might do something similar to this.
17. If I ever use Starscream's clones, Thundercracker and Skywarp, I would give them their own unique designs so as to not have them just be clones. I mean that was good for the 80s. But nowadays, since Starscream has had the most appearances throughout time, having Thundercracker and Skywarp as his identical clones would be rather redundant since the only thing that's truly different about them aside from their voices are their color schemes. Starscream is red and white, Thundercracker is blue, and Skywarp is black (no racial pun intended). Granted, they can still be similar, but not exactly the same. And besides, while I plan on shinning the light on them, Starscream will of course, receive the most attention and development. And speaking of Starscream, if I do decide to kill him off, I would later have his ghost possess Galvatron so that he can have a body again.
18. I would also explore the concept of Dark Energon which was explored in Transformers Prime. I admit, the Dark Energon has always fascinated me since the show first aired. As shown in the said show, Dark Energon has the ability to corrupt the minds of whoever uses it, and it can even reanimate dead Transformers, and turn them into undead zombies (like what happened to poor Cliffjumper). I really like this concept. And if I get a chance to, I would explore this somewhere along the line. Most likely in later chapters of the series. Dark Energon can be used not only to reanimate the dead, but it can also be used for forge weapons out of it; like blasters, swords, spears, axes, and maces. And just about everything else.
19. I might be able to squeeze in the giants; Metroplex, Trypicon, Fortress Maximus, or Scorpanok. But as of now, that has not been fully decided. So I'm not so sure at this moment.
20. As for the soundtrack, I would use a mix of orchestra, jazz (no pun intended on Jazz's name), classical music, 80s synthesizers, and heavy metal. Like I said before, orchestra music is incredibly generic and overused in most media today. However, that doesn't mean I don't have use for it. Orchestra is good in moderation. But that's pretty much the only kind of music that we use nowadays. And that's why I say that every style has its use. And yes, even techno music and country music has its uses. Your tastes may vary. But my soundtrack for this series would be a blend of those. Jazz for certain parts, orchestra for certain parts, dramatic piano tunes for certain parts, and rock music for others. You see, this is one of the reasons why I think the 1986 movie is very special; because it uses different music from what we normally hear nowadays. Sure, some people say that its cheesy and dated. But at least it sound original. It doesn't sound like generic orchestra and techno crap. And who could forget songs like "The Touch" by Stan Bush or "Dare to be Stupid" by Weird Al Yankovic? Anyway, the bottom line is all styles have their uses. And this is how I would do things if I could make my own Transformers series. Depending on whether or not I acquire the license, I could reuse songs like "The Touch", "Dare", "Hunger", and "Nothing's Gonna Stand in Our Way" just for the sake of nostalgia. But I think it also helps to include some fresh new songs to add into the mix. And not just licensed music.
21. I would omit the backstory about Unicron being created by Primacron (because admittedly it was kind of stupid to have a monster like him be created by some puny monkey-like alien), and give a better explanation for his origins. I like better the idea of Unicron being the brother of Primus, as the two of them represent everything that is opposite, light and dark, love and hate, good and evil.
22. If I were to do this series, I would put in the utmost sense of heart and soul into it. I would give Transformers fans something to remember for ages to come.