Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The Ark Addendum - Madman's Paradise part 2: Mara-Al-Utha
So, this week I begin Madman's Paradise! I've got a lot from this episode, so I expect it'll take three to five more installments to finish up. This is a pretty decent S3 episode. S3 is by far my favorite season of Transformers, due to the more complicated stories. Rodimus has a great line in this one. "Don't panic yet. Stay calm till we know what's going on. Then we'll panic." Classic.
The particular models for today are all (well except for the prisoner, but that was the template for his body) of Mara-Al-Utha, the rogue Quintesson scientist banished for practicing sorcery. It seems odd that a society advanced enough to construct a dimensional transport would mind sorcery. I'd think they'd just want to analyze and quantify it.
The small model, the Quint sans robe, showed up in Transformers: The Complete Ark (order it today!) already. I had room in the Quint section, so I figured what the hay? I duplicate it here in the interest of completeness. You can't really have a page on Mara-Al-Uthar without that model, can you? I find it very interesting that the Quintessons had individual models. This is a very similar body to the main Scientist model, but different enough to be distinct. We see other instances of this, with multiple Prosecutors too. We may even see an alternate Executioner, not sure.
Next week, expect more exploration of Madman's Paradise! Hope you enjoy.
5/16 Update -- I realized that this was supposed to be part 2, which is why it starts so abruptly. I'm renaming the post, and made some tweaks to the image itself to kind of pull it all together. Expect four more parts to Madman's Paradise.