Thirty Five Years-Thirty Five Thoughts #27: Childhood’s End Part 2

Last week, we covered the stunningly high body count in the 1986 animated feature Transformers: the Movie. Familiar characters were dying at an alarming rate, but the worst was yet to come.

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This was the scene that scarred an entire generation of children. This was the scene that broke hearts.

This is when we lost Optimus Prime.

In my case, I already knew. The terms ‘spoiler’ or ‘spoiler bombing’ didn’t exist then. I wouldn’t learn the first one until 1996; the second one was a more recent invention. But my mother was more than happy to ruin that key moment for me.

In retrospect, she almost seemed to gloat about it.

As I’ve said before, I didn’t cry. I refused, simply to deny my mother. But in the years following, I have. Multiple times. Because that scene hurts. Because I felt–and still feel–as though I had lost a parent. I loved him, because Bumblebee loved him, and he was a better role model than my own mother.

Losing him hurt. To this day, it still does. Even the music breaks me when I hear it.

About Silverwynde

I'm a Transformers fan, Pokémon player, Brewers fan and all-out general nerd. I rescue abandoned Golett, collect as many Bumblebee decoys and figures as I can find and I've attended every BotCon--official and non--since 1999. I'm also happily married to a fellow Transfan named Prime and we were both owned by a very intelligent half-Siamese cat, who crossed the Rainbow Bridge on June 16, 2018. We still miss him. But we're now the acting staff of a Maine Coon kitty named Lulu, who pretty much rules the house. Not that we're complaining about that.
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1 Response to Thirty Five Years-Thirty Five Thoughts #27: Childhood’s End Part 2

  1. DeviceDude says:

    I listen to that theme as little as possible as it’s just too depressing.
    ~daiAtlas

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