The hero, uneasy, uncomfortable or unaware, is introduced sympathetically so the audience can identify with the situation or dilemma. The hero is shown against a background of environment, heredity, and personal history. Some kind of polarity in the hero’s life is pulling in different directions and causing stress.
But we have yet to even meet the hero. The movie instead starts with an ominous presentation of a strange, planet-like orb floating in space, then a peaceful planet called Lithone, inhabited by robots. One scene is very reminiscent of ’80s culture of the time: robots chatting, laughing, and playing in what looks like a mall. So what is this foreboding planet that descends on Lithone?
With shades of the Death Star and Galactus (see my Silver Surfer posts), it becomes apparent that this Unicron intends to devour the planet, and it does– leaving only a solitary survivor that will be introduced later.
After the credits, we learn that not even the Transformers world (from the animated series thus far) is the same, or even ordinary. The Autobots have lost their homeworld of Cybertron to the Deceptions, and have been forced to retreat to its moons.
In the next post of this series, we will find out what the Deceptions intend to do next, and meet Hot Rod, the hero of this tale, back at Autobot City on Earth.