Transformers Fragments is a fan series created by TheLastPrime and co-directed by myself, Jasper Wu, creator of Transformers Unity. What sets this continuity apart from the others is the heavier emphasis on the political and mythological lore of the Transformers. The first episode of Fragments, entitled "Does It Explode?" seeks to prompt viewers to ponder the question proposed long ago by Langston Hughes: "What happens to a dream deferred?"
An extract from the screenplay describing his physical appearance:
"Hydrau is a red bot with a slightly aged look in his eyes. From his Cybertronian equivalent of "facial hair" to the scratched and worn armor, his presence alone conveys experience; his age is no indicator of dwindling might, but it is visible regardless."
Hydrau is a gladiatorial fighter who dreams of life outside the arena, where he is a teacher. He is as compassionate as you can get in the kind of job he partakes in and as aggressive as he needs to be around as long as he has.
0 "HYDRAU: ""A teacher."" Drixco turns to Hydrau. DRIXCO: ""Huh? What are you going on about?"" HYDRAU: ""In another life. What do you think you would have been? I think I would have been a school teacher."""
1 HYDRAU: "Oh, you've gone and kicked the spark-eater hive there, bucket-head."
2 "Hydrau whispers with a trembling breath. HYDRAU: ""Don't you see? The world's too cruel to hold back. If you want to survive, you gotta be crueler."""
Gladiatorial fighter. Ball Buster. Drisco likes to write poetry in his spare time.
Physical appearance excerpt from the screenplay:
"Drixco is a smaller blue bot; if they were humans, he would be considered a midget. He has a prominent chin and a commanding presence despite his stature."
0 "HYDRAU: ""In another life. What do you think you would have been? I think I would have been a school teacher.""
DRIXCO: ""I think you would have been put in an insane asylum. What would you even teach--how to blow out a gasket?""
HYDRAU: ""Hilarious! But seriously! What do you think you would be doing? You knowâ€¦ if we weren't all gladiatorial entertainers?
DRIXCO: ""Honestly? I don't know. Maybe I'd be a poet or a writer.""
HYDRAU: ""A poet? I like it! Maybe I would be teaching your poetry in the classrooms. Got any poems?""
DRIXCO: ""Iâ€¦ Uhâ€¦""
DRIXCO: ""Stupid! Said too much. Argh... "" Drixco facepalms."
1 "Drixco is mid-fight. His opponent is squeezing his head in similar to this scene from Invincible: https://youtu.be/TqxXVNejouM?t=65 (SPOILER ALERT) DRIXCO: ""Nnnnngggh! Nyuuuugggggh! Gyaaaaaaaaaahhh!!!"""
0 "LUGNUT: ""It's about to get a whole lot more painful for you lot."" DRIXCO: ""Three of us and one of you."" LUGNUT: ""You lot? Please... You're gonna need a whole lot more than that to take me down."""
1 "Drixco, in a last ditch effort, tosses his axe blindly directly at Lugnut's eye. LUGNUT: ""Wha-- AAAAAAAHHHHHH!!! I'LL KILL YOU!!!"" Lugnut takes Drixco and slams him into the ground."
2 "LUGNUT: ""Holy scrap! Are those your insides I'm feeling?!? That has got to hurt, but not as much as when I do this..."" Lugnut starts transforming as he is impaling his opponent."
0 CLOBBER: "Still alive? Good. You don't get off that easy."
1 "CLOBBER: (SOBBING) ""Lugnut?... LUGNUT!!!"" Clobber's friend was just assaulted in cold blood."
Senator Decimus is a lowlife politician who likes to make dealings with rich businessmen to make himself even richer at the expense of the poor. Imagine a Joe Pesci style of voice for him.
0 "OVERLORD: ""Well yes, Grimlock certainly is one of my top fighters."" DECIMUS: ""Precisely why I'm going to be his anonymous sponsor! He's won me hundreds of wagers. Haha! I love that bot."""
1 "OVERLORD: ""But these fights get expensive. You see? I'm afraid we're gonna need a little anonymous sponsorship all 'round, or the fights just can't keep up. You know what happens when the fights go away? I look incompetant. I look like an idiot. Do you think I'm an idiot, Senator Decimus?"" DECIMUS: (AWKWARDLY) ""Wouldn't dream of it"" OVERLORD: ""Then why are you treating me like an idiot!?"" DECIMUS: ""I wasn't... I didn't..."" OVERLORD: ""Yes you was, and yes you did!"" Decimus squeals."
Overlord is a rich businessman who oversees gladiatorial fights and a mining operation.
Character reference: Lalo Salamanca
Reference material: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oB5dctpeI0o
0 "OVERLORD: ""Look Senator. All's I'm saying is, let's make our own luck before our luck is written for us."" Overlord leans in and stares into senator Decimus's soul for 5 seconds. Overlord asserts casually. OVERLORD: ""Alright, get the hell out of here."""
1 OVERLORD: "Shortly afterward, a large wave of illness swept over my miners. Now, I'm not gonna lie to ya. My first instinct was 'what the slag am I gonna do to save my side hustle!?' My second instinct was maybe we got ourselves a disguised blessing from Primus! Now, I wasn't fool enough to go down there and make direct contact, so I promoted a few low lives to go down there for a 'special task.' Almost felt bad for them seeing how honored they seemed. Went
through a few more throw-aways to discover that compound d-16 is possibly the deadliest element on Cybertron."
2 "Overlord raises his hand signaling for Megatron to stop speaking.
OVERLORD: ""Dah, dah, dah... Bucket head... I wanna say Megatron. Aaaaaaand... That would make you Hydrau.""
OVERLORD: ""Is that right? Did I get that right?""
HYDRAU: ""Yes, Overlord. That's correct.""
OVERLORD: ""Please, please. There's no need to-- Oh wait, yes that is my name, isn't it? Pardon me. I am your boss so technically, I would be somewhat of an overlord figure to ya'll wouldn't I? Just fun to think about is all."""
Nurse. Informs Megatron of a friend's passing.
0 NURSE: "There's been a complication. Drixco's root hard drive overheated. I'm afraid he did not survive the event. I'm so sorry. He left these files. Legally I am unable to access the contents."
1 "NURSE: ""Are you Megatron? Megatron nods.
NURSE: ""You're the only medical reference he listed that I could get in contact with."""
0 IRONHIDE: "I ain't the one fighting you. That's the next guy."
Starscream starts off as a guard for Overlord. He eventually transitions to serving under the Seeker air force during the Cybertonian war; the squadron eventually merges with the Decepticons.
Starscream is an idealist who initially praises Megatron's cause but slowly loses faith as Megatron's sanity fades.
0 "STARSCREAM: ""It's really you! I just want to say. You are an amazing fighter.
Starscream simulates punching action.
STARSCREAM: (CONT'D) ""He's this way."""
1 STARSCREAM: "It's time for action, not words."
2 STARSCREAM: "You have failed us for the last time. You're unfit to lead. It's time for your reckoning."
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