|Who came first? And who are two the extra guys?|
Megatron had high ambitions. As I said last week, he wanted more than world domination. He wanted galactic domination, at the cost of blowing up the Earth. Megatron's best plans included taking over the human race with controlling microchips, pulling Cybertron into Earth orbit to syphon the energy out of the ensuing natural disasters (both from The Ultimate Doom), dressing up as the Autobots to trick the humans into forcing them off the planet, and then sabotaging their rocket to fly into the sun (Megatron's Master Plan), and creating a clone of Optimus Prime to lead the Autobots into a chasm of explosive crystals (A Prime Problem).
|Someone flushed a Kre-on down the toilet.|
For two seasons, Megatron lead the Decepticons in a fruitless war, with only a few instances of revolt. Almost half the episodes had his second-in-command, Starscream openly plotting his hostile takeover of the Decepticons, something Megatron foolishly allowed to continue with no more repercussions than knocking Starscream on his ass. Starscream and the triple changers, Blitzwing and Astrotrain, on separate occasions were able to wrest control of their faction away from Megatron, though their reigns were extremely short lived.
As Megatron is my favorite villain, I admit it's difficult to rate Megatron fairly against the bad guys from other shows, but I'll do my best. I'm scoring all villains based on effectiveness (how many episodes he bested the good guys or how close he got to it) and coolness (overall look, abilities, voice, and behavior), each on a scale of 1-10 with ten as the best. For Megatron, it breaks down like this:
Effectiveness - 6. I'm giving Megatron a high score as his earlier schemes came pretty close to fruition. Yeah in the second season, they faltered, but originally, his plans were world-threatening. In the end, though, a lot of his plans were miserable failures and he ran away at the first sign of defeat.
Coolness - 9. From Frank Welker's incredible voice work and the gunmetal gray color scheme to the giant cannon strapped to his arm, Megatron bled coolness. He looked and sounded awesome and the placement and prominence of his weapon has become a hallmark for the character for almost every iteration of the character.
|The source of many boyhood tears.|