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Reviews by SkyShadow
A look into how successful the only recurring G1 female transformer really was.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Arcee (G1,TFU)
Genre: Essay
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 8734 - Hits: 3246
Complete?: Yes - Published: 28/05/02 - Last Updated: 28/05/02
Reviewer: SkyShadow Signed star star star star star
Date: 15/01/03 Title: Chapter 1: Arcee: Token Female Makes Good

A riveting and intelligent thesis on the quintessential female Transformer. As a child I assumed her name was RC, as in 'Remote Controlled,' which, even at the time seemed a rather reprehensible and anti-feminist title for the only distaff Transformer in the Movie, while more recently I have heard it argued that her name was supposed to stand for Race Car. It's rare that I learn anything new about G1 Transformers, but in reading this article I discovered that Arcee's name was in fact supposed to be a contraction in homage to Artoo-Deetoo and Cee-Threepio from Star Wars. This essay by Velvet Glove is a truly enlightening look at Arcee's relationships, character, colour, physicality... and what it might be like to have a teenage boy in one's head.

featured story Quintesson creates woman, and I theorise on the origins of the species.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Alpha Trion aka A3 (G1/TFU), Beta (G1), Quintessons (G1)
Genre: Drama
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 20461 - Hits: 2919
Complete?: Yes - Published: 30/09/02 - Last Updated: 30/09/02
Reviewer: SkyShadow Signed star star star star star
Date: 16/01/03 Title: Chapter 1: Pygmalion

An instant classic: just when it seemed like every aspect of the Transformers' origins had been covered, Velvet Glove comes up with *Pygmalion*, a new take on an old myth. This is a three-dimensional story, miraculously constructed with what were previously only two-dimensional cartoon characters (A3, Beta, the Quintessons and Guardian robots). A philosophical look at gender, society and what it means to be alive in the Transformers' world and our own, *Pygmalion* is one of the shining lights of fanfiction that makes all that trawling through not-so satisfying fanfics finally seem worth it.

Sequel to "Requiem For A Decepticon". The Decepticon warrior sentenced by the Autobots to spend eternity in unconscious oblivion accidentally awakens and escapes with two goals in mind: vindication, and vengeance.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: None
Genre: Drama
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 29633 - Hits: 2353
Complete?: Yes - Published: 09/11/02 - Last Updated: 09/11/02
Reviewer: SkyShadow Signed star star star star star
Date: 23/12/02 Title: Chapter 1: Absolute Zero

This bulky novella won a bronze medal in the “Best Fanfic Story of the Year” category of the 2001 Trannies, in which it came equal third. Equal to such luminaries as Don Figuera and Simon-frigging-Furman, the team now responsible for the much praised *War Within* comic. Equal to James Roberts, the writer of the first full-length Transformers novel. And you don’t have to pay for *this* story, it’s absolutely free. You’re obviously here on Lexicon to read some good Transformers fanfiction, so stop right here and pull up a chair. There *is* no better fanfic than this. *Absolute Zero* scores an absolute ten.

Overload the Autobot Micromaster goes in search of a destiny worthy of the greatest of Autobot heroes, only to find that not everything--heroes included-- measures up to his hopes and expectations.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: None
Genre: Drama
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 18175 - Hits: 1308
Complete?: Yes - Published: 30/12/02 - Last Updated: 30/12/02
Reviewer: SkyShadow Signed star star star star star
Date: 01/01/03 Title: Chapter 1: Measuring Up

‘Measuring Up’ is the story of Overload, a Micromaster who looks a bit like Optimus Prime, but whose life seems to come up somewhat short in every other way. A street fighter from the Dead End of Cybertron, for whom a penitentiary is like a five-star hotel, and an orphanage is like. . . well, an orphanage, Overload gives us a never-before-seen look at how the other half of Autobots live. After declining to renew his commission as a thoroughly-bored transporter for the Autobot army, Overload finds a job with Countdown, the most famous Micromaster of them all, and there our tale really begins.

Enjoyable both on its own and as another layer in the complex (and delicious) many-tiered cake that is Merytneith’s fanfiction, ‘Measuring Up’ is an ingenious expose of a depressingly inverse relationship between fame and intelligence, the power of the media and the many ways in which being a ghost writer can drive you insane. ‘Measuring Up’ truly lives up to its name before going much, much further.

A story which shows us that behind every good Autobot, there's a better one.

Prowl, favored son of the city of Vos, strategist and thinker, spins out the thin wires of his life in patriotic furore for his beloved home-- a paradise city where Decepticons and Autobots alike spend their days in peace, prosperity, egalitarianism... and complete ignorance of the lies and hypocrisy that prop up the city and its tyrannical leaders.  Caught up in the events that give rise to the great conflict that will tear all of Cybertron apart, Prowl's conscience demands he perform the unconscionable for the sake of a friend who is an enemy, for a lie that becomes the truth, and for the very salvation of a new Autobot empire facing the doom of global civil war.

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: Bluestreak (G1), Brawl (G1,G2), Hound (G1,Alt), Huffer (G1), Ironhide (G1,G2,Transformers Movie 2007), Jazz (G1,G2), Megatron (G1,G2,MW), Mirage (G1,G2,MW,RM), Onslaught (G1,G2), Optimus Prime (G1,G2,MW,RM,TFU, Transformers Movie 2007), Prowl (G1,MW), Ratchet (G1), Razorclaw (G1), Red Alert (G1), Sideswipe (G1,G2,Alt,TFU), Soundwave (G1,G2), Starscream (G1,G2,BW,MW,RM), Sunstreaker (G1,TFU), Swindle (G1,G2), Ultra Magnus (G1,TFU), Vortex (G1,G2), Warpath (G1), Wheeljack (G1, Alt)
Genre: Drama
Location: Library

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 79177 - Hits: 16744
Complete?: Yes - Published: 14/01/04 - Last Updated: 16/08/04
Reviewer: SkyShadow Signed star star star star star
Date: 06/12/03 Title: Chapter 1: Means of Persuasion

*Means of Persuasion* is perfect. *Everyone* has had life experiences that are so painful that they make you wish you could just switch off your emotions. This is a universal tale about a robot who could, and did, and the consequences of his decision. Yes, this is a story where Prowl does some stuff and learns some things. ;-) And, just because it deserves to be on Lexicon *somewhere*, here’s one of my very favourite lines from *Means of Persuasion* that didn’t make the final cut: “…and if there was ever an Autobot who showed more loyalty, or more friendship, or more courage today, it must have been *me*.” (Sunstreaker [of course] re: Prowl.). Heh heh. :-) 10 out of 10.

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Rated:
Categories: Orphan
Characters: None
Genre: None
Location: None

Series: Untitled series, Daria, Ionia , Aurora, Anna, ASWS, Aurora
Chapters: 0
Wordcount: 0 - Hits: 0
Complete?: No - Published: 31/12/69 - Last Updated: 31/12/69
Reviewer: SkyShadow Signed star star star star star
Date: 15/08/04 Title: None

I love this picture. Predominately black and white; two of my very favourite Transformers toys and you can just feel Hoist thinking, “damn, it’s raining. I must be stuck in a quasi-Frank Miller homage again.” ;-)

Recent USAF spy photo provides further evidence for the existence of Transformer life on Earth!

Rated: G
Categories: Generation One
Characters: None
Genre: Colour Illustration
Location: Gallery

Series: None
Chapters: 1
Wordcount: 0 - Hits: 1026
Complete?: Yes - Published: 26/09/04 - Last Updated: 07/10/04
Reviewer: SkyShadow Signed star star star star star
Date: 27/09/04 Title: Chapter 1: Starscream Spyphoto

There\'s something truly amazing and surreal about this image