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Sam Witwicky

What would you do if you found out your car wasn’t what you thought it was? You’d take it to where you had bought it and either ask for your money back, or sue the car company of course. But let’s say your car is not what you thought it was because it’s not of this world? You could very well take it to its manufacturer, but that would mean you’d have to travel a few million miles to get there.

Megan Fox as Mikaela and Shia LeBeouf as Sam Witwicky
Megan Fox as Mikaela and Shia LeBeouf as Sam Witwicky

Joining my Wednesday Warriors series is Sam Witwicky, the high school motormouth who happens to come upon one of the greatest discoveries to ever hit earth.

Transformers opened to become one of the biggest box office draws of 2007. It spawned three sequels (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Transformers: Age of Extinction) and secured Hasbro‘s franchise as a guaranteed money cow for Paramount Pictures.

Based on the toy by the same name, Transformers introduced the world to Shia LeBeouf as Sam, the stress-induced teen, and Megan Fox as Mikaela, his love interest. The film is an assault on the senses. From the very first frame to the last, the plot revolves around explosions, more explosions and lots of explosions. The never-ending barrage of pyrotechnics is simply an amazing thing to watch.

Add to it a good helping of fast cars, stunts and tense moments, the film pulls off a brilliant show for anyone wondering what a big budget summer flick ought to look like.

Mikaela and Sam
Mikaela and Sam

In the midst of the damage is a teenage boy stuck in an alien car that has a mind of its own. Sam’s frantic nature propels the story forward by making every scene a snapshot into impending doom. The heightened energy he expels from his rogue dealings with the Autobots makes him a prime target of the Decepticons.

To boot, the geeky savior hooks up with his dream girl, Mikaela, who takes it upon herself to instill courage in her otherwise tormented friend. While he attempts to outrun and outfox the Decepticons, she acts as his sounding board for all his crazy ideas.

As neurotic as Sam appears, there’s a side of the young teen only Mikaela and the Autobots know. He would give his life for those he believed deserved saving. Through the mayhem of artillery fire and bombs blasting, Sam devotes his loyalties to a cause that would eventually save the world at the cost of almost losing his life.

Ultimately, Sam Witwicky is a hero thrown into a cause greater than himself. In the end, he’s an ordinary kid who turns around and saves Earth.

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Have you seen any of the Transformer movies? What do you like best about these sci-fi action flicks?

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Mikaela

She’s the chick every guy in high school has his eye on. She’s hotter than a rally yellow Chevrolet Camaro. And she’s the girl who ends up with the biggest prize of all—being part of the team that ultimately saves the world from annihilation. I am thrilled to present Mikaela Banes of the Transformers series for this week’s Women Who Wow Wednesday.

Mikaela Banes and Soldiers
Mikaela Banes and Soldiers

As a little girl, Mikaela (Megan Fox) learned about cars from her jail-prone car thief dad. She’d never admit her mechanical talents to her boyfriends though, why ruin a good relationship with their inferiority complex. But when she meets Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), who incidentally drives around in a piece-of-crap, broken down, 1977 Camaro his dad had purchased for him on his birthday, she feels compelled to help the kid out with his ride:

Mikaela: You got a high rise double-pump carburetor. That’s… that’s pretty impressive, Sam.
Sam Witwicky: Double-pump?
Mikaela: It squirts the fuel in so you can go faster.
Sam Witwicky: Oh… I like to go faster.

The next time we meet Mikaela is on her back, after Sam runs into her moped on the street.

You see, Sam’s not some ordinary kid. He’s what you call special. Not special in a weird way, but special in the sense his great-great-grandfather in 1935 had made one of the most awesome discoveries in the history of the world. He discovered frozen in ice, Megatron, the leader of the Decepticons, a race of robots sent to deplete the earth of its resources. This is a big deal ‘cause by the time the remnant of the Decepticons catch up with Sam, eBay username ladiesman217, in the middle of the street with Mikaela, Bumblebee, the piece-of-crap Camaro Sam owns, rides in to save the day.

Mikaela Banes
Mikaela Banes

The chase is on. They hit the street leaving smoke behind. After several cat-and-mouse games, Bumblebee throws the kids on the ground behind him and transforms into an Autobot, a good guy from the planet Cybertron. A battle ensues, but the more interesting battle happens when a smaller, meaner Decepticon chases after Sam.

Mikaela darts to a tool shed to find her choice instrument of pain. She revs it up and goes after the puny, insignificant weasel that dares attack her friend, Sam. Brandishing the chainsaw, she makes meat out of the Decepticon.

When Bumblebee vanquishes the larger Decepticon, he confesses his identity to Sam, transforms back to a Camaro. Then Sam utters the words that I think makes the whole movie worth the cost of admission and then some:

Sam Witwicky: He wants us to get in the car.
Mikaela: [laughing nervously] And go where?
Sam Witwicky: Fifty years from now, when you’re looking back at your life, don’t you want to be able to say you had the guts to get in the car?

And right there is a lifetime of journeys.

I can tell you more about Mikaela, the glasses, of how she uses a tow truck to defeat the Decepticons with Bumblebee in tow, but I think I’ll end it here—with the decision of a lifetime. Mikaela had to make that decision, and at one point in our lives, we too have to make some major decision somewhere. We may have already made it. We may not know what it is, but at least we had guts enough to make it.

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Fifty years from now, when you’re looking back at your life, don’t you want to be able to say you had the guts to get in the car?

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Wonder Woman

Welcome back to Women Who Wow Wednesday. If you haven’t read my intro to the series, you can search for it on my site with the keywords Women Who Wow Wednesday or you can click on the Women Who Wow Wednesday link at the top of this post. Simple, huh?

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman
Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman

In my last WWW Wednesday post, I wrote about Wonder Woman in passing. Today, I would like to dedicate this post to her.

In the Seventies, Wonder Woman caused quite a stir among young men. Her most awesome costume and her raving beauty captured the imagination of male adolescents everywhere. I grew up in that era. I remember whenever an article about the stunner appeared in a magazine delivered to our home. I would hide it from my folks.

My father could never find the TV Guide that week.

When I look back, I stand by my words—the Wonder Woman of the Seventies stood as a symbol to eye candy. The series had great messages, mind you. To a growing boy, the message couldn’t be any clearer. But the show lacked a little something for women watching it. The message of empowerment. Women needed that message back then, yet TV did not conform to providing any impressionable example.

Fast forward to today. Warner Bros. tapped The Avengers writer Joss Whedon to work on the project sometime ago. He had some outstanding ideas. One of them:

“The whole idea of a woman who is basically more powerful than any man—and who will always be that, and comes from a society of women who are more powerful than men—is an interesting theme that I think can be very contemporary.”

The ideas weren’t enough to make the studio flip the green light.

In addition, Megan Fox, whose name floated around talks as the Amazonian goddess, had dissed the project:

“Wonder Woman is a lame superhero. She flies around in her invisible jet and her weaponry is a lasso that makes you tell the truth. I just don’t get it. Somebody has a big challenge on their hands whoever takes that role but I don’t want to do it.”

Megan Fox as Wonder Woman
Megan Fox as Wonder Woman

Thank goodness for that. I could never see Megan Fox as the statuesque crime fighter. What needs to happen is the studio has to attach a producer such as J.J. Abrams to the project. Then we might actually see a true, contemporary rendition of Wonder Woman. This superhero is much too important to candify again.

To me, Wonder Woman not only stands for truth but also inner strength. She’s the superhero most likened to Superman. She’s also an unblemished superhero. An incorruptible soul. Some call her naïve. I’d prefer to think of her as unpretentious. Her solutions to problems come in the form of truth.

I would love to see Wonder Woman on the big screen. Look how Captain America became such a success.

What about you? Any thoughts about a big screen debut for Wonder Woman? How about if she knew martial arts like Black Widow, would that seem like a good idea? Let me know below.