The passion of Prime Apr30

The passion of Prime

A wise man once called Optimus Prime “the greatest leader of his time,” and by wise man, I mean an 80s toy commercial announcer with the angelic voice of a hair metal singer. But that quote always stuck with me. What was it about Optimus Prime that made him such a great leader and such an icon for over 30 years across multiple generations of fans? Was it his design? His voice, provided by the great Peter Cullen? His amazing ability to summon his trailer from out of nowhere? No, it was the values he embodied and seeing those values passionately pursued and refined through repeated trials and tribulations. Optimus Prime began life as Orion Pax, a lowly factory worker who did his day-to-day work and took pride in it, but dreamed of something more. He encountered a group of robots one day who had done the impossible: they had gained the ability to fly. Optimus Prime was a perfect role model for a young geek like me. Orion was awestruck by these robots, and wanted to be like them. However, their leader saw him and his friends as nothing more than pawns to make an example out of. Orion befriended the leader, Megatron, and showed him the energy plant he worked for, but Megatron betrayed him. He stormed their factory and brutally murdered Orion and his friends, taking the energy from its machines and leaving the innocent for dead. This would have been the end of Orion, had it not been for the intervention of a group of time-travelling Aerialbots, who took young Pax to the wise one, who upgraded him into the mighty warrior, Optimus Prime. Optimus wasted no time in propelling Megatron’s forces back and gaining the upper hand in what...