GE43: Optimus Prime Dies

Optimus Prime dies
Optimus Prime dies

OOPS! Looks like we forgot the spoiler alert. Well, it should be no surprise to any ’80s Kids out there that in 1986’s classic film Transformers: The Movie that Autobot leader, Optimus Prime, dies at the hands of the evil Megatron who leads the Decepticons.

This episode explains the importance of Prime’s death. Jonathan expands the discussion beyond Prime’s death as catalyst for the film. He touches on universal mythology, Star Wars, a bit of religion (not much…we promise), and our own mortality.

If you’ve never seen the film or if you don’t own it, we highly recommend you pick it up. Amazon has it at an affordable price.

Transformers: The Movie
Transformers: The Movie

The show winds down with Jonathan telling a story that ties Transformers: The Movie in with the rebirth of Geeks Explicitly! We hope that you like Geeks Explicitly and that you will continue to listen as we bring you new episodes.

 

Reasons Why Optimus Prime’s Death is Important

  1. Characters in kid’s shows/films normally don’t die
  2. Optimus Prime is Autobot leader, protecting and caring for them like a father
  3. Megatron vs Optimus Prime is epic battle of Evil vs. Good
  4. “One shall stand, one shall fall” results in glaring differences on value of life
  5. Death scene is one of the saddest in kid’s film/TV much like Vader cutting down Obi-Wan

 

Mailbag

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