Oh my friends,
my friends forgive me
that I live and you are gone.
There is a grief that can’t be spoken.
There’s a pain goes on and on.
Phantom faces at the window.
Phantom shadows on the floor.
Empty chairs at empty tables,
where my friends will meet no more.
-“Empty Chairs at Empty Tables”, from Les Miserables
/sad robot time
Stronger Faster Triage - Or, Moral Messages Are Good When They’re Not Completely Textually Ignored
Today’s parallel review is Stronger Faster (01x22) and Triage (02x14), and those of you with a good memory for TFP might know where I’m going with this already.
That’s right, this is a pair of Ratchet-centric episodes, and I also have a love/hate relationship with Ratchet/his morality/the way he’s portrayed in general, so this is gonna be fun.
PS I’m not fond of Wheeljack either so if you like him a lot you might want to give this review a (swing and a) miss.
Thank you so much for this analysis. As much as I like Rachet and Wheeljack their actions in Stronger Faster and Triage irk me quite a lot. Breakdown’s line really irked me too and the scene where Arcee gets surrounded by vehicons in Stronger Faster is so awful and degrading. Did they really need to make a scene like that?