1. the realisation of potential.
2. the supposed vital principle that guides the development and functioning of an organism or other system or organisation.
3. in the philosophy of Aristotle - the condition of a thing whose essence is fully realised; actuality.
4. in the system of Leibnitz - the soul or principle of perfection of an object or person; a monad or basic constituent.
Etymology: from Late Latin entelechia, from Greek entelekheia, from en- + telos (goal, completion) + ekhein (to have).
Again, that is where you’re wrong. Your caste is safe. You observe. You move data and put it in places where your betters decide if it has been put in the right place. My caste dies. We die in industrial accidents when molten alloys pour over us, or when energy leaks from a conduit and vaporizes our processors, or when liquid nitrogen shatters our limbs, or when a crane spills a kilounit of raw ore and crushes us to junk. We die. You watch. Do not compare the two.
Megatron to Orion Pax- Transformers Exodus, Alex Irvine (via kkalcollection)
And people wonder why he was pissed off when the Council went with the safe guy…
seriously and I’m supposed to side with Orion/Optimus and the council in that decision? To believe that Megatron was just throwing a jealous tantrum? It just stinks as savior ally. You have no right to tell those who are basically slaves that they should peacefully compromise with those who denied them right to even own names and just cross their fingers that they’ll learn the compassion they haven’t shown in millions of years.
It really feels like someone, maybe it was Irvine, maybe it was one of the ghost writers (I am extra convinced that there were at least a few pushing these books around), that wanted these books to really mean something. And it just got pulled around too much in order to please too many higher ups to actually make its point.
The thing that bothers me the most about Aligned is that one of its major messages is “history was written by the winners.” I’m sure that’s not intentional, and I kind of hate to even say it because there were some really pushy pro-Decepticon people in the fandom who I kind of cringe to be associated with, but it’s true.
You have this character who is from a social class where he’s not only poor and ridiculed but NAMELESS. He’s part of a culture where violence is celebrated and earns you status, at least with your own people. He uses this cultural framework, which is again, saturated with violence, to earn standing in his community and even takes a name (a really audacious, fuck you world I’m here name.)
He’s clearly intelligent and thoughtful, and becomes (or always was) political. His political struggle is violent, or always intended to become violent (I’m going with the interpretation that he was presenting a moderate face in public but actually was the one planning the terrorist attacks, bombings, etc. behind the scenes.) Even when he disavows violence (again, lying as an astute political move; he knows how the game is played), he stresses understanding its use and refuses to apologize for it.
Then he gets involved with someone who is appalled by violence but is also someone who is far less affected by the system AND someone whose daily life is not saturated by violence the way his is, who is more moderate.
Immediately the story becomes about how awesome Moderate is.
Once that happens, what happens to him? He becomes a caricature. He becomes crazy. He becomes One Of Those Violent Thugs.
And what’s everyone talking about by the time the show’s in full swing?
How mean he is to his boyfriends.
Honestly, part of me feels like I shouldn’t even say this because I’m white, but to me it reads like every Aggressive Scary Black Man From the Hood stereotype, with the added gross of that giving us reasons to question his politics/see it as insincere/see it as a product of his ego or his temper.
Like… again, I’m not saying that his character’s perfect, or that the interpretation that he is abusive isn’t valid, or that an abusive person being an activist or a freedom fighter or whatever would cancel it out.
I’m questioning how this character ended up set up this way. I’m questioning the choices the writers made and how and why they were so invested in making this character so unsympathetic, after giving him this rich and understandable backstory, that they basically ended up dismissing their own character in a way that really, really looks gross to me.
Don’t get me wrong, I love OP. I love the idea that if the show hadn’t lost its nerve or decided to be more friendly to (well off) kids (whose families have no reason to find meaning in a character like Megatron), there could have been real debates about the use and moral appropriateness of violence in overthrowing oppressive regimes. But it’s not what we actually got.
ALL OF THIS. Optimus made a choice to compromise with an oppressive regime, and it’s presented as if it were unquestionably the right choice. I think you could argue either way, but in reality, it was very definitely a moral compromise, and very definitely against the wishes of those who were actually affected most severely by that regime (Megatron and his supporters). I loved the way that scene played out; I loved that it made Megatron’s anger so understandable; and I don’t get why Exodus, and the Aligned narrative as a whole, immediately flipped to, “So Optimus was a hero and Megatron was All Teh Evilz!”
And here, right here, is where I realized that Aligned needed better writers. Because let’s be honest, folks: that’s the source of a lot of problems. Personally I took a look at the amateurish mistakes both books had and spared myself the migraine, but I know enough to wonder how exactly this thing got published.
And then the motherfucking Covenant of Primus makes it even worse by having everyone side with Orion because he’s Thirteen. Megatron was fucked before the starting bell. How fair is that?
I could go on about just how disappointed I am in Aligned, but I’ll leave off with this: I really do hope that the next reboot doesn’t make the same mistakes.
So I’m finished with RotDS. It’s meant to be a prequel to Fall of Cybertron and a tie-in to Age of Extinction. It’s a pretty ambitious thing to do, but one that could possibly work.