Odd Girls Out: What Happened to the Original Female Autobots?

L to R: Moonracer, Firestar, & Chromia

L to R: Moonracer, Firestar, & Chromia


Elita One

Elita One

 Hello, Transformers Writers!

Yes, I know that by now most see me only writing to Marvel Comics with complaints.  Thing is, I’m flexible.  So this letter is for you guys.  Don’t worry, I’ve still got plenty to talk about with my friends at Marvel Comics, but that doesn’t mean that I have to ignore you guys.

This letter, therefore, concerns the often forgotten Female Autobots.  In the original series we saw five Autobot Amazonian warriors: Elita One (Optimus Prime’s counterpart and romantic interest), Chromia (a veteran lady who was a match for Ironhide in combat and in dating terms), Firestar, Moonracer, and Arcee. 

Of these five, however, Arcee alone has had the most screen time (and the most positive rap in both the comics and the TV shows).  Elita One last appeared on television in Transformers: Animated, and in that series she was an Autobot in flashbacks only.  The rest of the time viewers saw her she was the Decepticon fem fatale Blackarachnia.

On that point, there have actually been fewer Decepticon females than there have been female Autobots.  Think of all the missed plot points there, fellow writers!

Why, if I may, has Arcee been the only member of this quintet to return to the screen in a favorable light?  Wouldn’t it be, as one young Autobot likes to say, “Epic” to have Elita One and Optimus Prime fighting side by side onscreen again?  And what about having Ironhide (if he ever returns to television in the near future) and Chromia fight back to back while trading veteran banter?  A cool exchange of quips with Decepticon flak flying overhead would be both tension-relieving and testaments to their long careers in the field.

And what about Firestar and Moonracer?  The latter Autobot was an inexperienced fighter in the original series, with an aim that would make Hawkeye proud.  Little else is known about her except that she and Powerglide were an item at the time, and years before.  Even less is known about her compatriot, Firestar, who was partnered with the Autobot firefighter Inferno.  As he fondly recalls at the Female Autobots’ new base in the original series, “We put out a lot of fires together.”  Wouldn’t that be a relationship to explore?

I’m not saying that Arcee needs to be dropped from the show line.  Far from it.  I’m suggesting that she should have female equals on the team.  Arcee’s a fine character (especially when she’s not PINK), and she deserves her screen time.  But don’t the other girls deserve a good showing on the television screen, too?  After all, they came to the scene first.  Shouldn’t they get the same amount of viewers’ attention as Arcee, their ‘younger sister’, if you will?

Odd girls out or girls’ day in.  I, for one, vote for Girls’ Day In.

Sincerely,

Mithril (A Tired Fan)

Arcee (1986)

Arcee (1986)


Arcee (Present)

Arcee (Present)

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About The Mithril Guardian

I like stories.  Whether they’re on film, in song, or in print, I always remember a good story.  They remind me of paintings.  People cannot see them without learning something.  So it’s a good idea to look at a story from as many angles as possible.  I can watch the same movie a million times and still I will learn something that I did not know before.  Thoughts on the Edge of Forever is where I get to focus on what I learned from stories; what was not obvious the first time, the second time, or the umpteenth time. Earlier posts are written in the form of letters, usually to specific characters, to point out what I saw in a particular story or heard in a piece of music. Some of those letters, though, are like letters to the editor. Why did someone write a story this way and not another? Would the story have turned out better if the writer had done something different? These ‘letters to the editor’ will probably never be answered by the writers - the characters certainly will not answer anything - but their contents are still up for debate. After all, unless you ask a question, you will never get an answer. Still, civil ground rules apply. Any foul language or other form of abuse will not be tolerated in Thoughts on the Edge of Forever. I mean, who wants to be around the guest at the dinner party who is being nasty? Practically nobody, since people go to a party to have fun, not to hang around a grouch. So let’s have fun! The Mithril Guardian
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