Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Great Villain Blogathon 2019 - Unicron

Here at Old School Evil, we watched a lot more than just Saturday morning cartoons - we watched a ton of movies too. And 80s movies had some of the greatest villains, ranging from high school bullies to international terrorists, to mystical monsters.  And I loved to hate all of them, no matter how realistic or ridiculous they were.

However, there is one villain in 80s movies that literally terrified me, whether it could exist or not. Imagine, if you have to, that you're a kid that loved the Transformers.  You find out there's a movie coming out and you wait in line to buy a ticket.  You're dying to see the Autobots battle it out with the Decepticons on the big screen.  The movie starts and you see this:

In just two and a half minutes, you witness this ginormous planet eat an entire world and its whole population (save one).  A world full of men, women, and children, who you saw playing and talking a few moments before, is summarily devoured and digested to power this cosmic monster.  And we learn the planet's name is Unicron.  Next time we see Unicron, we learn that it feels - it bursts forth with a howling rage at seeing the Autobot Matrix of Leadership.  Shortly after, we find out that this planet does more than screaming, it speaks!  With Orson Welles's legendary voice, no less.  
Unicron summons a dying Megatron and grants him and his fellow Decepticons new bodies and a mission to destroy the Matrix.  When Galvatron (the reformatted Megatron) fails Unicron, his master sends a searing hot pain into his brain to correct him.  Incredulously, Galvatron plots against Unicron once he steals the Matrix, even trying to open it on Unicron's surface.  Unicron retaliates, revealing himself to be a Transformer and setting his sights on destroying Cybertron after having eaten two of its moons.  After taking a few shots to his face from his former servant, Unicron pinches Galvatron drops him in his maw.
Scale issues aside, Unicron is a truly monstrous villain, unrivaled by anything I had seen in my youth. Yes, I admit it, I don't think I saw Star Wars as a kid.  Anyway, the writers of Transformers took something already imposing, the Death Star, and made it even scarier.  Since this movie, Unicron has become a fixture in Transformers lore even 30 years later. But here in his initial appearance, he blew the minds of a whole generation.  As if they weren't traumatized enough after seeing Optimus Prime die.

This post was originally written as a part of a Banzai Reto Club crossover post and changed to be part of the 2019 Great Villain Blogathon.  Make sure to check out the rest of the posts on the Speakeasy and Silver Screenings!

9 comments:

  1. Great entry into the topic! There were many more new villains added in the movie like Galvitron which you mentioned and the Quintessons. Unicron was still the best.

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    1. I thought about adding Galvatron and the Quintessons! Especially since both of them continued on through the series. But you're definitely right - Unicron's the best!

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  2. Welcome again to the 80s League, great to have you join us xx Not heard of this villain x But great that you brought a cartoon bad guy to the blogathon x

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    1. Thank you! I watched more cartoons in the 80s than anything else, so I felt it was fitting to bring it up here.

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  3. Good stuff here. Love when the League members take different approaches to the same topic. Jumping into the 80's League with some cartoon awesomeness.

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    1. Cartoons is what I do best! Glad to see what everyone else picked as well.

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  4. I'd forgotten Orson Welles had done this. I've not seen it, but it's often mentioned when discussing his filmography.

    If I were a kid seeing that opening sequence for the first time, I would be instantly riveted. A giant planet that eats other planets? Bring it on!

    Thanks for joining the blogathon, and thanks for bringing Unicron to the party!

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  5. The Unicron sounds like quite the villain! And voiced by Orson Welles? I'm in!

    Thanks so much for contributing to the blogathon!

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  6. Nice choice, love to see animated stuff covered for this event, thanks for joining us for the blogathon!

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