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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Enter the Nightbird...

MY FIRST ACTUAL TRANSFORMERS POST! This is epicendary! So, tonight I decided to watch some classic 1984 G1 Transformers. According to my reliable reliability, this is episode 10 of season 2.

The premise involves a Dr. Fujiyama creating a robot called Nightbird. Nightbird is kidnapped by the evil Decepticons for evil purposes! Gasp!

The first thing I'd like to talk about is the first few scenes, wherein Dr. Fujiyama, presumably of Japanese descent, contacts the Autobots at their base. Politely beginning the conversation with a bow, Dr. Fujiyama explains his creation of a female ninja robot. Fair enough, Mr. Japan-Man. Wheeljack and Ratchet, the team scientist and doctor, exchange jokes regarding the inefficient of human technology. Much to their surprise, the ninja robot turns out to be awesomesauce.

This plays against the Autobots, as the Decepticons reprogram Nightbird for evil purposes. HILARITY ENSUES!

Many great lines are had during these episodes. Optimus continuously restates the phrase "ninja-robot", much to my happiness. Optimus Prime also states, in response to Nightbird's feigning defeat, "SHE'S PLAYING ROBOTOPOSSUM!". That made me happy too. o.o

Megatron and Starscream later have a great exchange.

Starscream: She's not so hot!
Megatron: She's hot enough to replace you!

Seems Megatron found a new EFF buddy o.o

This joke continues later when Megatron states, "You're definitely on my replacement list, Starscream. Hehahaha! She's everything I ever wanted!" At this juncture, Starscream punches Megatron like a bitter unloved housewife. Megatron, in turn, puts Starscream into a cage. An insightful look to domestic violence of today's time.

Megatron later views Nightbird's status through a TV screen. Seeing Nightbird kinkily bonded in "electro-mesh", Megatron utters a strangely elongated, "impressiiiive"...


Now, onto Nightbird! Nightbird does not speak throughout the whole episode, characterizing herself as a true ninja. Despite her approximate 2 ton+ weight, she moves across the Autobot base without making a single sound. "Impressive. Most indeed impressive."

And with that Star Wars reference, let's talk about this episode's Star Wars reference. Nightbird, amongst her arsenal of sai blades, nunchuks and shurikens, also possesses a lightsaber, with authentic ILM lightsaber noises. After a certain amount of time, Optimus Prime consents to using his blaster on Nightbird in self defense, in spite of his promise not to do so. Nightbird, then holding her lightsaber, is defeated by the blaster, reaffirming Han Solo's statement that "hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side".


On a completely separate note, I'd like to point out that Cliffjumper is the only one who is unsuccessful at jumping up the cliff in the Autobots's pursuit of Nightbird. Juuuust saying. .__.

In conclusion, this episode was not great, but definitely fun. It's among the more memorable of the season 2 episodes, and Nightbird would kinda live on as one of the few female robots ever prominently featured during the first two seasons of the Transformers.

Granted that I am rating this episode in comparison to other cheesy Transformers 80's cartoons, I'd give this an 8/10.

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