Jun 122014
Optimus Prime dies

Optimus Prime dies

OOPS! Looks like we forgot the spoiler alert. Well, it should be no surprise to any ’80s Kids out there that in 1986’s classic film Transformers: The Movie that Autobot leader, Optimus Prime, dies at the hands of the evil Megatron who leads the Decepticons.

This episode explains the importance of Prime’s death. Jonathan expands the discussion beyond Prime’s death as catalyst for the film. He touches on universal mythology, Star Wars, a bit of religion (not much…we promise), and our own mortality.

If you’ve never seen the film or if you don’t own it, we highly recommend you pick it up. Amazon has it at an affordable price.

Transformers: The Movie

Transformers: The Movie

The show winds down with Jonathan telling a story that ties Transformers: The Movie in with the rebirth of Geeks Explicitly! We hope that you like Geeks Explicitly and that you will continue to listen as we bring you new episodes.


Reasons Why Optimus Prime’s Death is Important

  1. Characters in kid’s shows/films normally don’t die
  2. Optimus Prime is Autobot leader, protecting and caring for them like a father
  3. Megatron vs Optimus Prime is epic battle of Evil vs. Good
  4. “One shall stand, one shall fall” results in glaring differences on value of life
  5. Death scene is one of the saddest in kid’s film/TV much like Vader cutting down Obi-Wan



On a scale of 1-10 how important do you think the death of Optimus Prime is?

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About Jonathan J. Reinhart

Jonathan J. Reinhart is an editor of Troll in the Corner where he writes about wargaming. Jonathan also is the owner of the Wargaming Recon podcast. He has been gaming with miniatures since 2000 and playing board games from a young age. He's played a myriad of games such as: Warhammer 40k, Warhammer Fantasy, Warmachine, Starship Troopers, Axis & Allies: War at Sea, Flames of War and Warlord Games' Black Powder rules. War at Sea and the Black Powder rules are his current go-to games. Jonathan enjoys casual, fast, fun, and group board games. Sitting Ducks Gallery, Zombie Dice, Guillotine, Pandemic, and Carcassonne rank high on his list. He is a retired local politician with a B.A. in Politics & History, which provides a useful background for historical gaming. A casual World of Warcraft player, he became a Kingslayer as Viktrious the Blood Elf on 4/23/11 and followed that up by slaying Deathwing on 5/9/12.

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