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‘Transformers: Prime’ and the Long, Ugly History of Zombie-Bashing by ‘Transformers’

I can’t say I’ve kept up on Transformers as much as my kid-self would’ve liked. (Man I loved that Sky Lynx toy. A part of me always will)

Still, via reading the webcomic Shortpacked! I still get a dose of Transformers from time to time, and indirectly, that’s how I discovered that the latest Transformers series, entitled ‘Transformers: Prime‘ involves the reanimated dead.

Well, reanimated dead robots. Zombots?

At any rate, they are not depicted favorably. In fact, they’re even called ‘Terrorcons’, which I feel is below the belt:

Born from dead Transformers infused with Dark Energon, the Terrorcons are Megatron’s greatest asset—an undead army under his thrall. Each is powerful and relentless in its own right; en masse, their persistence and Dark Energon they radiate can sap the strength of their Autobot prey until they can pull it down and tear it apart. Thankfully, they are not invulnerable. Energy blasts of sufficient force can deter them, though the best method is to use bladed weapons to slice them to pieces—the smaller the better—as the Dark Energon charge cannot sustain itself within the smaller, disparate components.

I am shocked and appalled at the grotesque violence and also the Anti-Zombie editorializing in the Wiki writeup. Really? ‘the smaller the better’?

For shame.

Apparently bashing the Undead in the Transformers universe/meta-universe has a long and sad history, which the Transformers Wiki goes over in great detail. For literally decades, ‘Transformers’ has been defaming and demeaning the Differently Animated, both human and sentient robot alike.

All this with shows that are primarily aimed at young, impressionable children.

Truly reprehensible.


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