Last night, while killing time on the internet and chatting with Adriana (who is hilarious by the way), I accidentally let my remote control stop on The Hub, a channel which is partially owned by Hasbro and seems to be used primarily to sell my childhood memories back to me a half-hour at a time. I mistakenly started watching the proffered Transformers episode and was dismayed to find half a dozen things in the first few seconds that bothered me about it. Bumblebee’s scale was inconsistent, going from 12 feet to 6 feet and anywhere in-between, while Optimus Prime went from throwing jet planes with one hand to standing only twice as tall as Sparkplug Witwicky in the finale. And you probably don’t even want to get me started on Jetfire, who was not much taller than Prime in robot form, but able to carry ALL the Autobots as passengers in jet mode. Usually I try to be kinder to vintage material, but the Transformers cartoon simply does not hold up for me, and I am left with the certainty that 11-year-old me was simply not paying all that much attention.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) reminds you that both of the robots in today’s image are meant to be the same character, asking: What pop-culture delights of your youth fall short of your grown-up expectations?