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24 thoughts on “This Is The Place…

  1. Hi ! I’m new to your website. I would like to start off by saying that I love your work & all that you did for the Transformers franchise. I know how you answer fan questions & comments, so if you don’t mind, can you answer some
    these questions ?:

    1. What happened to the members of Team Prime ? (Excluding Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Ratchet, & Bulkhead)

    2. Did Predaking die alongside SkyLynx & Darksteel ?

    3. What happened to Shockwave after the events of Transformers Prime: Predacons Rising ?

    4. Did Steeljaw eventually get arrested ?

    These are all the questions I have for now. Thanks for your time if you answered them !

    • 1. They were discredited, like everyone else, during the Decepticon Impostors’ takeover of Cybertron. Once the Decepticons were overthrown, the Team Prime members were restored to their previous heroic status and continued serving the population of Cybertron.

      2. Unknown.

      3. Unknown.

      4. The last we heard, Steeljaw was at large on Earth, probably planning to cause more trouble.

  2. Hi i’am big fan i have some questions if you would like to answer.
    1.What happened with Soundvawe in RID 2015 after he got in shadowzone.
    2.Are you heard about projects Transformers Prime Season 5 and Transformers Prime Galvatron’s Revenge movie.
    3.What happened to Bulkhead in RID 2015.
    4.If Bulkhead is live are any other characters live from Prime.

    • 1. He augmented himself with debris and other material he found in the Shadowzone. He was contacted by the Council, who offered to free him if he would eliminate Bumblebee and his team.

      2. No, I haven’t heard about either.

      3. He came to Earth and assisted Bumblebee’s team when they returned to Cybertron to expose and defeat the Council.

      4. I’m sure there are.

  3. Hey, my name is Joshua Hearn and I am a huge transformers fan. I would like to know why Megatron was not in Robots in Disguise(2015). Also, what was the point of mentioning his name throughout the series if he wasn’t attended to be in the show?

    • Hi Joshua – Megatron was never part of the plan for RID. Having left for parts unknown during Prime, it seemed to soon to bring him back. But we mentioned him because we wanted to make it clear he remains an important part of the Transformers universe, and there are characters waiting for him to return and wondering when it will happen. When will it happen? I couldn’t tell you – I’m not involved with the franchise these days. But I’m sure he’ll be back sooner or later in some form.

  4. Hey Mr. Beechen, this is Joshua again. And this is my last question(s). Why do Bumblebee and his teammates follow the same power ranger-esque format, and why there’s no character development. They just do the same thing as trying to capture the Decepticons, bicker among themselves, learn a lesson, and achieve at capturing the Decepticons at the end of the day. I feel like they do the same format in every episode.

    • Well, I disagree with you that there was no character development… Bumblebee learned how to be a leader, Sideswipe learned to trust and count on others, Strongarm learned living by the spirit of a rule, rather than the letter of a rule, and so on.

      I also disagree with you that the show had the same format every episode. Some episodes were two-parters, and we even did a three-parter. Because our show was intended for a younger audience than the series that preceded ours, we didn’t want to be too experimental, and we chose to vary our episodes according to the different personalities of our villains and their plans. Our series was intended to be more light-hearted and less continuity-based than the series that preceded ours, so we focused on our heroes and villains more than in putting together complex plots that ran through entire seasons.

      Capturing the Decepticons was our heroes’ mission… The crash of the Alchemor freed Decepticons to cause chaos around Crown City and elsewhere, and Bumblebee’s team chose to make it their purpose to round them up before they could create too much damage.

      Characters on all manner of shows bicker and learn lessons – That’s how you get character growth and development.

      Sorry you didn’t care for the choices we made. I hope you enjoy the next Transformers series better than the one we produced, and as much as you enjoyed the ones that came before ours.

    • Originally, it was meant to kinda, sorta be a Pittsburgh-like kind of town, so maybe somewhere in the Rust Belt. But as the series went along, and we needed to send the Bots to different terrain (mountains, desert, rivers, etc.), it sort of became a place in America that doesn’t really exist, a place close to all of those kinds of locations.

  5. What was the process of developing the new Decepticons that you and your team did for RID?

    There are so many different villains in this series, so many more than any other Transformers show, and a lot of them were so out-there and that helped them stick with me. RID is almost like the “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” of the Transformers canon in my mind. A broad majority of them are “OCs” which I say to mean they were conceived for this show and not taken from previous stories like Soundwave, Megatronus, Starscream, Cyclonus, or Menasor were.

    Steeljaw is what most fans in the fanbase at large would consider to be the surprise star of the show. Such an enamoring villain. It was interesting to see him get grimmer and more sadistic over time. The family friendly atmosphere of the show really made Steeljaw’s absolute powerlust have all that much more impact since it was such a subversion of expectations.

    Additionally, Thunderhoof, Clampdown, Springload, Bisk, Quillfire, Vertebreak, Groundpounder, Fracture, Rage Byte, Zizza, Pseudo, Shadow Raker, Ped, Crazybolt, and many more (there’s a lot as you know lol) all made a lasting impression on me, even though some of those characters were only a single episode affair.

    I can imagine a room full of three hats. One full of animals. One full of alt modes. One full of personality traits. Pull one out of each:

    “Okay uhhh this week we have ahhh gorilla, who turns into uhhh *shake shake* construction vehicle who is ahhhhh…GLADIATOR. Gladiator. Okay so what do you guys think, John DiMaggio.”

    That’s a joke, of course. Although if it was actually like that I would be really amused. Was it a lengthy process? How much freedom did Hasbro give you? Were some characters yours and some theirs? Did they hand you guys each one or did you and your team have the agency to create the week to week Decepticons? Was Steeljaw Hasbro’s idea or the production teams’?

    Do any characters original to your show stick out to you as personal favorites or work that you’re particularly proud of? Thank you for your time.

    • It’s a great question. I wish I could tell you there was a formula. But what you imagine is probably, at least in part, true.

      Hasbro gave us a pretty free hand in creating villains. Occasionally, they’d come to us with a toy idea and ask us to build a character around it, but many times, they created toys out of characters that were made first for our scripts.

      Keep in mind that all of this was a couple years ago now, so my memory may be a little hazy on how, when or why characters were created. But as I recall it, Steeljaw and Underbite were created before I was brought on (most likely by Duane Capizzi, perhaps with input from Jeff Kline, Marsha Griffin and/or Steve Melching), so their personalities were pretty much set. Once I came aboard, their voices and motivations were fleshed out a little more… I’m pretty sure it was our idea to make Underbite an egotistical bodybuilder. Steeljaw’s desire to build a homeland for Decepticons was always integral to who he was, but I know I wanted to make him super-charming and sly, with a real, savage mean streak beneath. His ego was always as big as his desire to “help” his fellow Decepticons. The idea was to give Bumblebee a worthy “arch-villain” who would assemble a squad to mirror and rival the Bee Team.

      So we had a wolf Decepticon and a bulldog Decepticon. I can’t recall if Hasbro wanted to make their toy line follow animal designs or if it was a suggestion from us, but it made sense to make further Alchemor prisoners animal-based as well. We didn’t come up with any explanation as to why this seemed to be a ship of animal-based Decepticons… We just went with it. And it was different from what had gone before in previous series. So yeah, we’d try to think of animals we hadn’t used yet. We ran out of traditionally dangerous animals fairly quickly, so we expanded to other kinds of animals that we could somehow make dangerous by giving them special abilities. Quillfire, Springload and Zzizza are good examples of these.

      It then became a matter of thinking about what kinds of other criminals would be on a prison ship supposedly housing Cybertron’s worst criminals. Since our show was intended to be more light-hearted than Prime and also targeted to a slightly younger audience, we obviously weren’t going to come out and say any of them were murderers (though we could obliquely suggest, sometimes). Their crimes were going to be lighter in nature, yet still serious and dangerous. Theft. Organized crime (whatever counts for that on Cybertron). Sabotage. Espionage. Incitement to riot, and so on.

      Personalities is where it got fun. Sometimes, those were suggested by the kinds of story in which a character would be involved. I wanted to do a “Crazy Treasure Hunter” story set in a jungle, and that led to Springload. We thought a nutball anarchist would be funny and silly, and we all thought porcupines were silly, so boom, Quillfire. We had a notion of doing a story about an ancient Decepticon who hadn’t been told the war was over, and thought that might pair nicely with an “ancient” (and mythical) creature like a dragon – Flamesnort. Armadillos are armored… Lets bring in a military-styled villain – Stockade.

      In other cases, we thought it would be fun to hear voices in the styles of some of our favorite characters from old TV shows or movies coming out of the mouths of our bad guys. So we’d hear Paulie Walnuts from “The Sopranos” when we were writing Thunderhoof. Making two of our Combiners in the last season takeoffs on Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton from the Honeymooners also fit well, because it suggested a partnership between them, which makes for good character conflict. Basing another on snobby Gazoo from the Flintstones also made us laugh. We were looking for distinct voices that indicated distinct attitudes.

      In a few instances, characters were written for specific actors. It’s just helpful to think of a voice when writing, and if the owner of that voice happens to be available – perfect! So Quillfire was written for Andy Milder, and Scatterspike was written for Robin Weigert, who made a big impression on me with the voice she brought to the character of Calamity Jane in Deadwood (our character was even originally named Calamitar). Story Editor Johnny Hartmann wrote the character of Nightra for Lori Petty (who definitely brought a unique voice to our show), and our Cyclonus was played by Harris Lennix because I thought his voice would really lend itself to a cartoon villain (and because we were once in a bowling league together and share an alma mater) in a way that wasn’t traditionally “cartoon villainous.”

      I love all of the villains we created. Writing Thunderhoof was a joy because his personality was so big, broad and clear. Our Honeymooners bad guys were a hoot. It was interesting building Steeljaw into more than a cardboard cutout of a scheming bad guy. Springload was fun because he was just so loopy as this obsessed zealot. Quillfire became a favorite largely because of Andy’s portrayal of him… It was a voice and a kind of character we hadn’t used that was very distinct. That was really the key – As much as possible, we wanted all of our villains to be individual voices, with different motivations. Then we could pair up two or team up four or five and watch them bounce off each other, and that could give us more conflict to play with in an episode. Quillfire and Springload teaming up to steal a tank? Yes, please. Steeljaw exasperatedly trying to wrangle these idiots he’s recruited for his “Pack?” (Steeljaw’s fatal flaw – He has terrible taste in allies) There’s lots we could do (and did do) with that. When you’re trying to come up with 70-plus plots, you look for any angle that suggests story or conflict, and the best ones come from character.

      Oh, and the lobster Decepticons, Bisk and Thermidor, hold special places in my heart. If we’d done another, she or he would have been named Newburg.

      I hope that kind of answers your questions. We had a lot of fun with our villains, and I hope it shows.

      • If Steeljaw has such a bad taste in allies, why did he set those particular ones free to help him? Thunderhoof, Underbite, and Quillfire are powerful, but I’m still skeptic of Clampdown and his potential, even though he’s super cool and seeing him argue with Thunderhoof is fun. If it were up to me, Steeljaw should’ve taken Cons like Stockade, Terrashock, Overload, Scowl, and the minicons Swelter and Glacius.

        You know, in most Transformers there is a designated stupid duo. In Transformers Energon it was Demolisher and Snow Cat. In Transformers Cybertron it was Ransack and Crumplezone. Would Thunderhoof and Clampdown be this series stupid duo?

      • We didn’t have an official designation for a stupid duo, but they’re pretty stupid, it’s true. I think there are probably multiple candidates.

      • Okay that’s a lot of great insight. I don’t know if you are aware, but Hasbro made a PHENOMENAL Bisk toy that they later redeco’d with a new head sculpt into Thermidor. It’s in a toy series called the “Warrior Class”. It’s a toy that cost $15 upon release in 2016 but is going for closer to $30-$50 secondhand, cause it’s just that good. Actually funny thing, the $6 Fixit toy released in 2015 is going for some CRAZY money on eBay these days. I thought maybe you’d like to know that despite vocal critics (negative nancies are always the loudest) that a lot of people enjoyed your show and by extension the figures based on your characters have held and even appreciated in value.

        If you’re as attached to the Lobster-cons as you say I feel like you’d get a real kick out of handling one of those toys, if not buying yourself one. Just don’t accidentally buy the one-step changer! You’d be disappointed lol.

        One more question, which is something a lot of fans have wanted a clarification on.

        Clearly, not all of these Decepticons are the “High Command” that we’re used to seeing (Soundwave, Starscream, Shockwave, Stockade, Overload) and seem to be not quite as “disciplined”. Some fans wonder if all of the RID Cons are “Decepticons” in the traditional sense.

        There’s two competing theories. The first is that in post-war Cybertron, or perhaps even before the war, that “Decepticon” meant “criminal” or “social degenerate”. Megatronus being called the “first Decepticon” supports this since he committed the first crime on Cybertronian soil when he murdered Solus Prime. Then, when Megatron started his movement he “reclaimed” the name as he rallied Cybertron’s lower classes and criminal individuals into the Decepticon Army. So, not every Decepticon in RID actually fought in the war. They’re just labeled “Decepticons” upon being arrested.

        Second is that the reason that not all of the Decepticons in RID seem to be “super-serious” is that a lot of them are just “rank and file” type individuals who fought in the war and were part of the faction, but not in the upper echelon that tends to be focused on, and found themselves engaging in criminal activity in the Autobot dominated post-war Cybertron.

        There’s also conjecture that perhaps the prisoners on the Alchemor could be from all different time periods. Pre-war (such as Groundpounder being a gladiator when many assume post-war Cybertron wouldn’t have the gladiatorial pits that pre-war Cybertron did in its social decay), during the war (Overload and Stockade, who seem to have been captured in combat scenarios) and post-war (Steeljaw, Thunderhoof, and Clampdown, who all engaged in criminal activities post war through insurrection and subterfuge, conning and menacing, gangster stuff, etc)

        Of course, the show is vague enough that all of these is mostly speculative.

        So could you please clarify if the Alchemor prisoners were all “bonafide” Decepticons who were once commanded by Megatron and fought the Autobots, or just criminals who were labeled “Decepticon”. And the timeframe on their incarceration.

        Thank you so much for your time!

      • I don’t speak for Hasbro, so their vision might be different than mine, and their vision is what counts, so keep that in mind.

        I think the second scenario you speak of is closest to what I was thinking, that these guys are mostly really nasty “rank and file” types. Certainly no one as highly placed as the High Command.

        And the idea that the Alchemor prisoners came from different time periods makes sense to me. Groundpounder certainly could have been incarcerated for goodness knows how long before being placed on the Alchemor.

  6. Hey, Mr. Beechen this Josh once again. This will be my final FINAL question(s). I didn’t understand what you said about RID being “less continuity-based”. Is RID not a part of the Aligned Continuity, or not part a sequel to Prime. The reason I asked is that if RID is in the same fictional universe as Prime, the show coulda solved some loose ends that were left from Prime. Like what had happened to Knock Out, Airacnid, and Shockwave. Or least acknowledge the other Autobots like Arcee, Smokescreen, Ultra Magnus, Wheeljack or their previous human companions. I TRULY understand that you don’t know what happen to any of the characters in Prime, I get that. I just like that if people make a sequel to a movie or TV show, I like to have some loose ends carried over and explored even more instead of completely forgotten. If they don’t want to explain it, then what’s the point in all that built up. Some fans think that RID should be a separate show from Prime. Sorry for being long-winded like this, once again this is it. I won’t bother you again.

    • What I meant by “less continuity-based” was that each episode of RID was meant to stand more on its own than the episodes of Prime, which was more serialized and required some knowledge of what had gone before in order to fully understand any individual episode. We wanted new viewers to be able to tune in at any time, having never seen a Transformers show before, and be able to grasp the general concept of our series – alien robot heroes on Earth hunting down escaped alien robot criminals.

      All of the events of Prime happened in the universe in which RID exists (as far as I know, unless someone has decided they didn’t and never told me). Our characters are aware of what has happened in the events of that show, in so much as they would care (Sideswipe probably didn’t pay much attention until he hooked up with the Bee team, for instance). As I’ve said, RID was never intended to be a sequel to Prime, but rather a spin-off. Some of our characters, like Bumblebee and Optimus, may have crossed over, but our tone was much lighter than Prime’s was, and directly continuing the darker, sometimes grim storylines from Prime would have been inconsistent tonally with what RID was trying to achieve – a lighter toned series targeted and younger, newer viewers. If we’d tried, Prime fans wouldn’t have been satisfied, because the stories would have been told in our storytelling manner, not the way Prime would have handled them.

      I hope someday the Aligned Continuity fates of Arcee, Smokescreen, Ultra Magnus, Wheeljack, their previous human companions and all the rest are revealed. I’d like to know what they are, too. But RID wasn’t built or intended – ever – to do that. Hopefully, Hasbro considers those stories not forgotten or abandoned, but just on “extended pause.” I suppose we’ll see.

  7. Hi, Mr. Beechen. My name is Key’Shawn. This is my first time on the site, and I have to say thank you for all the work that you put into the Transformers franchise. I love Robots In Disguise; I thought it was a fun, action-packed, enjoyable continuation to the Transformers Prime storyline. It was sad to know that the show ended last year in favor of a new show called Transformers: Cyberverse, as I thought that there was a lot more things that they could do with RID and the Aligned continuity in general.

    There’s tons of questions I would love to ask you, so I will start off with this first question. With the exceptions of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Bulkhead, and Ratchet, why didn’t the other Autobots from Transformers Prime (Arcee, Wheeljack, Smokescreen, Ultra Magnus, and Knock Out) return for the sequel/spin-off, RID? I understand that RID was meant to focus on Bumblebee leading a new team of Autobots, but after Bulkhead and Ratchet returned, I wondered why other Autobots from Team Prime didn’t show up, especially Arcee since she was an original member of Team Prime alongside Optimus, Bumblebee, Bulkhead, and Ratchet since Season 1 of Prime.

    • Hi Ke’Shawn… There wasn’t a specific reason we didn’t use the other Autobots. If the series had gone on longer, we probably would have seen more of them sooner or later.

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