Hasbro was kind enough to allow us to ask a question to the creators of the Transformers Prime series a bit ago, and today they sent back their response. Our question was, thanks to input from you guys…2 main characters have non-speaking communication methods. Bumblebee who communicates with Raf, and Soundwave who repeats things back. What was the creative process which lead to that; could these elements change in future episodes?
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Duane Capizzi, Supervising Producer/Co-Developer
We inherited Bumblebee’s speech handicap from the Transformers films: that’s the Bumblebee that the new generation of fans knows. That said, our backstory for how he lost his voice stems from ‘Exodus’ continuity, though it will be a while before we see that in the series. We also felt it was an interesting variation on the (initial) relationships between the other Teen/’Bot units in the mini-series – i.e., Miko is instantly smitten with Bulkhead — who can’t get far enough away from her, and Jack and Arcee would rather not have anything to do with each other. But, with Raf and Bumblebee, there’s an instant mutual rapport.
As for Soundwave, we felt that if he were the “surveillance” ‘Con, it wouldn’t be necessary for him to speak – only to play back what he’s heard or learned. Similarly, he’s faceless in that regard (i.e., except for what he plays back). We think it gives him a unique and sinister presence, somewhat ninja-like – he watches, and listens. We feel that contrasts well with Starscream – the Decepticon who won’t shut up. If you listen closely, the “harmonic” element to Soundwave’s G1 voice is in the mix whenever he plays back – it was our nod to the original. By the way, we’re not necessarily saying Soundwave CAN’T talk – just that he chooses not to. Yet.[/INDENT]