TF2: ROTF What Does It Mean?17/06/2008
At the conclusion of Transformers, last summer’s mega-hit based on a line of dolls for boys, viewers were left with an abundance of unanswered questions. Fans demanded to know: Is it possible to make explosions that are even louder? Could someone write dialogue that’s sillier? Could the badass Autobots humiliate themselves any more than they did in that interminable scene where they tromped through Shia LaBeouf’s mother’s flower garden?
Fortunately, Transformers wizard Michael Bay has heard the cries of the people and decided to make a sequel. Or, more accurately, he has heard the sound of Paramount backing a dump truck full of money up to his house and decided to make a sequel. However it happened, a sequel is due on July 26, 2009, and filming is already underway. Last week we learned the title: Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.
Let’s have a look at this title, shall we? It’s obviously not the worst title ever conceived for a sequel, not as long as Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Attack of the Clones, and Electric Boogaloo are still floating around out there. And besides, it’s a sequel to Transformers. How can the title be any dumber than the movie itself?
Revenge of the Fallen has a certain ring to it if you don’t think about it very hard. If you examine it closely, you realize that it doesn’t quite make sense. If someone is “fallen,” that usually means he’s dead, which means he’s incapable of getting revenge. Lots of people and space robots “fell” in Transformers. Will some of them be returning from the dead in order to seek revenge? Holy crap, are we talking about ZOMBIE space robots?! If so, I take back all the bad things I ever said about Michael Bay. Zombie space robots would be awesome.
Maybe what the title really means is Revenge for the Fallen or Revenge on Behalf of the Fallen — you know, someone avenging the death of a fallen friend.
Or maybe “fallen” only means that someone fell down. Who fell down in the first Transformers? Perhaps the sequel is about that person getting up and seeking revenge on whoever knocked him down. That’s a pretty weak premise for an action movie, though. It doesn’t really lend itself to explosions and ill-fitting Megan Fox T-shirts.
The internets are simmering with speculation that it might be Megatron, the bad space robot who was vanquished at the end of the first film, who returns in the sequel. That would mean he didn’t really die, or that he somehow came back from the “dead,” or from whatever state of being space robots go to when they stop living. I’m not an expert in Transformers theology, so I can’t say for sure whether such a resurrection would be unprecedented. It’s entirely possible that Megatron’s return from the Great CGI Factory in the Sky would herald the dawn of a new age for Autobots and Decepticons alike. It might usher in a thousand years of peace.
Or it might just mean that Michael Bay realized it was dumb to kill off the bad guy in the first movie when he should have known he’d need him for the sequels. It wouldn’t be the first time a seemingly invincible villain returned from the dead for a follow-up. Which is why I think the sequel should be called Transformers 2: Megatron Takes Manhattan.