Aug 2, 2011
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) (part 5 of 6)
Sam and the Gang break into the Smithsonian, and use the Allspark shard to find one of the old Transformers. We see various old WWII bomber planes and NASA space vehicles, giving me hope that we might see something really cool.
Instead, we get Jetfire.
Jetfire, the toy, was originally a Veritech fighter from the anime Robotech. Hasbro liked the design and turned it into a Transformer, who had a backstory where he started out as a Decepticon, and was friends with Starscream, but then set aside his evil ways and became an Autobot. He was one of the few multi-dimensional characters on the Transformers TV series (where he was called Jetstorm), and when I heard he was in the movie, I was pretty psyched.
Then I saw the character.
First, his vehicle form is an SR-71 Blackbird. It seems an odd choice, but it doesn’t really matter, since once he turns into robot mode, he stays that way. But secondly, and most annoyingly, he’s played as an old man robot, complete with a “get off my lawn!” attitude, a cane, a long beard, and at least one incontinence joke. Yeah, that’s Jetfire, alright.
He stomps around sounding pissed off, and then blows open the doors to the hangar. He stomps outside where it’s suddenly (a) broad daylight, and (b) an airplane graveyard in Arizona. Yes, apparently when you walk out of the Smithsonian’s back door, you travel through time and space! Well, I guess you actually do, but only in a metaphorical sense.