Is the future of our race not worth a single human life?
This quote makes me kind of sad, and sums of one of many things I dislike about Bayverse. It’s so horribly human-centric; not just in terms of screen real estate, but on a deeper, more profoundly arrogant level as well.
That humans are so important to the universe that a race of magnificent, advanced alien beings would willingly allow their race to crumble to extinction, just to spare a few humans. That human lives are so much more valuable than any other life form in the universe could possibly be— that we must be preserved at all costs, while other races die off.
There’s never any explanation given for this. Megatron’s quote above doesn’t even sound particularly villainous. It sounds like a harsh reality, almost a plea.
And Optimus and the Autobots are supposed to be considered “heroic” for annihilating their own species in order to save every single member of ours. Again.. why? It simply doesn’t make sense.
well, to be fair, although the quote itself has great intentions, it is literally megatron talking out of his ass
the plan in ROTF was to harvest the sun. this would result in killing off any organic life on earth. megatron knew that plan, so him saying this to optimus is one big GUILT TRIP like he’s done plenty times before
i mean i would really love to empathize with megatron WITH you, man, i love him. i feel BAD for him. but this quote in particular is his usual, villainous and cruel attempt to make optimus feel BAD for him, to make optimus see that their race is far more important than the humans
yes, that is a GOOD intention. “prime, our race is BETTER than these insects, so stop being a jackass” is basically what’s being conveyed here, but at the same time it’s also laced with “do you feel bad yet? let me make you feel even worse”
optimus was most definitely right when he responded with “you’ll never stop at one,” because you should know deep down that megatron wouldn’t. he was held CAPTIVE by humans for CENTURIES. his MASTER, the fallen, despises humans and would happily watch them all die off along with their source of life. megatron wouldn’t stop at one. he would want to appease his master while at the same time getting his revenge on his captors.
it wasn’t just sam that pissed megatron off, it was everybody. it’s prejudice, racism, and a blatantly villainous personality that makes him hate the humans. they are lesser than him, and he will make a point to prove it. (or try to)
so while i do feel BAD for megatron, this quote was literally him talking bullshit in an attempt to make optimus feel bad. typical villainous banter. don’t let this maniacal cutie twist the reality! pls and thx
See, here’s the thing. Human lives aren’t any less valuable than Cybertronian lives. I know we tend to, as a fandom, like the bots better [I know I generally do] - but that doesn’t make them any more intrinsically valuable than the ones we don’t. They’re both people with thoughts and beliefs and hopes and goals and relationships and people who love them and would grieve for them if they were gone.
And our planet is not any more morally or inherently valuable than theirs - but neither is theirs any more valuable than ours.