Part One of "BEST DERP AWARDS" can be found here: [link]
Part Two of "BEST DERP AWARDS" can be found here: [link]
Part One of "WORST DERP AWARDS" can be found here: [link]
And Part Two of the Worst Derp Awards and the finale of this four parter. Whew!
AS ALWAYS, SPOILERS
12. THIS WAS NOT NECESSARY AWARD: The existence of Project Iacon…
…Or plot justification to set the Autobots on a massive fetch quest to retrieve more of Cybertron's loose change even though they've done that a few times in Season One without the extra baggage.
13. THE DERP AWARD FOR TERRIBLE STARSCREAM MOMENT: DID YOU KNOW HE KILLED CLIFFJUMPER?
I'm putting this here just to remind you of that one time he killed Cliffjumper because did you know he killed Cliffjumper and he has to remind everyone about the time he killed Cliffjumper for the 45th time of the pivotal day he killed Cliffjumper.
Also, relevant Shortpacked! comic that criticizes this, too: [link]
14. WASTED PLOT POTENTIAL: Or why status quo negatively affected Season Two and did not give the Autobots the consequence that was needed
I apologize. I apologize for thinking you were at one point worse than Season Two. While your brethren has the better plot arcs and revelations—there's some seriously awesome shit that happened here—you had one thing going that Season Two does not: consistent continuity. I apologize for not seeing it earlier beyond Arcee and Starscream's arc, but you do have it. Some are minor that came out in a big way like Megatron and Optimus' relationship. Others were foreshadowing for epicness such as the Dark Energons. The rest were arcs that consistently grew over the course of the season; notably the kids and their bond with their Autobot partners and Ratchet slowly respecting humanity.
Now let it be known, Season One that I'm not against status quo. I've enjoyed a variety of series that usually did not rely on character growth or story expansive because I know story arcs aren't always a necessity to make a good show. However, it is clear that you did have continuity and things did happen. This is why I apologize for doubting you so much, Season One because your dumbass cousin, Season Two screwed it the shit up.
It introduced new plots and situations for our heroes and villains to get into, but usually solved it three-to-five episodes. Insultingly, none of these revelations stuck. Bulkhead's supposed "death?" Nope. All the emotional drama and he suffers a coma for ONE episode, than gains consciousness offscreen in the next. He slowly recovers, yes, but afterwards, he's back to normal with none the worse wear. Nemesis Prime AKA the evil Optimus attacked an entire army base and that could have opened up plot potentials on how much the government is willing to trust these alien robots, but no, they solved everything in a cheap clip show. Remember when Season Two briefly gave Bumblebee a personality? Yeah, what happened to that? Airachid had an entire army of Insecticons that pulled the impossible and clipped the Nemesis' wings. How will the Cons deal with this—oh wait, it's back up again in the next episode. And I could go on and on.
Don't be too angry at Season Two, One. The characters DO suffer consequences, but my problem is that it never sticks. It's not that this kind of plot structure is awful by any means, but in comparison to how they paced their stories and characters in your saga, it suffers. It is clear Prime is attempting to delve deep into the characters and their situation, but it fails because none of them are permanent. Season Two dives even deeper into the issue of war and its ramifications, but the Autobots—our heroes, the viewpoint cast, the ones we're suppose to sympathize—will never suffer for so long before everything is back to normal. Oh, they ramble on and on about how war has affected them and people were lost, but they speak in past tense and largely off-screen. After a certain point, this method is no longer effective. We need to see them enduring shit NOW. But no, they're the "heroes", they can't suffer. It doesn't matter how many times the Autobots think or say they're outnumbered, they will mull down 40,000,000 Vehicons per day.
It was a story structure I wouldn't have any issue on if it were handled with better grace. Let's hope your kid sibling Season Three will fare better.
~Sincerely, a Disgruntled Fan
PS. Where's that 50 bucks you owe me? Come on man, I can't pay off my gambling debts at this rate.
16. EMBARRASSING SCENE EVER: Megatron exceeds his daily HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM moment in "Alpha/Omega"
I'll let him speak for yourself.
"Run, Optimus, RUN! Those trinkets from Iacon will not save you, not when I now possess the power to…
...TEAR THIS WORLD APAAAAART!"
Runner-Up is…geez, there's too many to list. Let's go with Arcee throwing her arms in anguish and loudly groaning the equivalent to Vader's "NOOOoooooooooOOOOO!"
17. CRACK PAIRING I STILL DON'T CARE FOR: Breakdown/Knock Out
*check heart* Nope, still cold and empty.
18. STUPIDEST STUPID AWARD: Dark Star Saber
Lamest sword name ever.
19. OH YEAH THAT PERSON: The absence of June
I remembered when I was actually excited when "Crisscross" aired. Back then, I was hoping they'd do something to June since she's such a different character concept in the Transformers franchise. They had a chance in "Metal Attraction", buuuuuuuuuut Miko overtook the role I think should have been meant for June. But hey, maybe she'd have another chance to shine.
Yeah. Those seem like the good ol' days. June is mostly a cameo in the first three episodes of Season Two, gets one good scene with her son, then disappears until the season finale. Boy, they sure didn't waste your character, now did they? Hur HUR HUUUUR.
20. DUMBASS AWARD FOR VILLAIN WHO PULLS OFF SOMETHING STUPID: Megatron lets Starscream live. AGAIN
"Patch" is a good episode, but this is what happened in a nutshell.
Megatron: I will spent the next 22 minutes explaining in details and flashbacks why you're a traitor.
Starscream: And I'll spend the next 22 minutes meekly attempting to justify myself.
Megatron: Shit, we have thirty seconds till this episode ends. I instantly forgive you because of reasons.
21. WORST TOY: Airachid
If anyone plans to get themselves an Airachid toy, I suggest only for hardcore collectors or huge fans of her (I'm not a huge fan, but damn it I like her despite her detractors) because let's face it, she is not a good toy. She can barely stretch her own limbs out, giving her a stiff pose no matter how much you attempt. She's mostly black with little paintjob (the Japanese version comes with stickers that makes it more palpable), and dear GOD, why does she have man hands?
It's an awful toy.
From the moment I saw that scene, I knew I would have a difficult time deciding what category it would go in. It was the best moment because of its absurdity and sheer stupidity. It made me laugh so hard that at one point (either the first time watching it or a repeat); it lasted a minute...non-stop. That doesn't happen often. It is barnone, one of the greatest things I've ever seen from this franchise (even if my experience with it is still a small pond). At the same time, it's the worst thing I've ever seen because it truly captures the current situation the character was in. For all the pathetic points he has scored before or since, he would never sink as low as he did here. This is the bottom of the barrel and really did not endear me to him for the majority of the season.
After careful consideration, I decided I can't bring myself to put this scene in either the Best or Worst Derp Awards. This needs its own category. This needs to be immortalized forever for its sheer gloriousness. I'm sure you've all seen this coming by now, so I shall dally no longer. I present this highly dubious award to this single grand moment:
And that's the end. See you in Season Three.
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