I’m endlessly fascinated by the side of the Cybertronian civil conflict and the choice of Optimus or Megatron.  On the one side of the fight, the weapons of war and/or boom boxes, looking to conquer and rule; on the other, the land vehicles, dinosaurs and a talking microscope, who just want to live free and eat energon.  It’s usually easy to see which side is considered right in the fight, but the Decepticon faction nonetheless seems to welcome weirdos, freaks and shrieking lunatic fighter planes, which makes you wonder how they became so alienate from Cybertronian society.  Is Megatron more egalitarian than Optimus?  It’s the kind of thing that leads us to today’s mass-shifting query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) thinks that Soundwave’s relationship with his cassettes implies that the Decepticon side has nuances that aren’t immediately obvious, asking: You’re a giant robit looking for a side: Do you follow Optimus Or Megatron?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. Gotta be Optimus Prime. At least he isn’t trying actively to get his subordinates killed in his paranoia of possible coup.

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