I…don’t really see the biology fail. [read more.]
I am thankful that you respect my intelligence and opinion. I also respect yours! However, I must disagree with the leniency you give the last episode. Allow me to defend my opinion that the “science” with these clones was faulty within the show’s own previously established rules.
If I may interject? This doesn’t necessarily give answers, but it seems like the information may be important to speculate on possible answers. Apologies if it’s not written out all that intelligently, but I’m not exactly feeling… Bookish right now.
This was a lot more long winded at first, but I think I’m cutting it back down to a quick list of bullet points to consider.
-I’m sure Starscream would have tried opening any doors he could have clearly seen before declaring his search futile. And on top of that, he was surprised by what he found when that door did open to reveal itself and its contents. Despite having seen and gone over the official schematics of the Harbinger. I doubt that lab was actually supposed to be there.
-Though the Aligned continuity doesn’t work like Hasbro wanted it to, it does carry common features and ideas throughout itself. So it’s presumable that the reason Cybertronians are going extinct is because the Well of All Sparks and Vector Sigma went into protest of the war and only made one final generation, Bumblebee’s. Those protoforms should not have been there. If viable protoforms still exist, they’re likely a very rare and very precious commodity. Further evidence that the lab was someone’s dirty little hidden secret perhaps?
-What if those weren’t even real protoforms? What if they were the lab’s owner’s attempt to artificially create a new generation without the Well of All Sparks? Maybe that has to do with why the cloning didn’t turn out quite so normally. Furthermore, the lab itself was strange and wasn’t supposed to be there. So it’s quite possible there were programs at work while Starscream did his thing that he didn’t even realize were going.
-Remember when Starscream mentioned “transference of binary bonding?” I don’t think he understood what he was doing completely. I think that lab was set up for a special purpose and he simply thought he was doing a normal procedure. Binary bonding is what it was called in G1 when a Cybertronian bonded with a headmaster or targetmaster. So there’s where that link came from. They specifically mentioned that there would be a link in the details of the data, and Starscream didn’t know the scientific terminology so he didn’t realize it was going to happen.
-In general I get the feeling that those cuts were intentional and denied us a view of much of what happened in that lab. I don’t think it was nearly as simple as it seemed, or that the writers were even sure on what to do for it. So it seems difficult to say with certainty what could and could not have been done.
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