US Agent wrote:
Yeah I don't get why Prime dies but Galvatron who looked like he bore the brunt of the blast walked away.
Well, Galvatron is nigh indestructible. In Transformers terms, he's made of "sterner stuff." That whole Unicron recreation means he can basically take a bath in lava without being too bothered. He's also a lot more sane in the Japanese version but his plans are a whole lot worse. When Cybertron gets all exploded, Galvatron is right at the center of it and walks away. Sure, he takes a vacation but he's back just five or so episodes later (I haven't GOTTEN to his return episode but he looks fine for the experience).
The Japanese series could have saved some time by just not airing the return of Optimus Prime episodes. They kill Prime off pretty quickly and recharge the Matrix by... connecting it to Earth, I guess. The thing is, Optimus doesn't even have to die. They could have just rebalanced Vector Sigma by using the Matrix but Prime flat out refused for no good reason. It's like he was bound and determined to not appear in any more episodes than he had to.
And it's not like Rodimus sticks around for much longer. He holds out until Cybertron blows up and then decides that his work is done, leaving Fortress to ineffectually lead the Autobots for the rest of the series.
I mean, I'm not saying that he should have put Ultra Magnus in charge because we all know where that leads but Fortress? This is a guy who left Cybertron during the war because he didn't want to be involved and didn't come back for four million years. He hasn't shown himself at all capable of leadership and his basic military tactic begins with the question: "Do we REALLY want to get involved?" when the Decepticons have attacked Cybertron.
Which I guess will lead to a prosperous future so whatever.