MSTF 7: Generation Why?
The Annotated Script

Opening Credits and Skit

                       MSTF 7 - GENERATION WHY?
             Official Transformers Collectors' Convention
                          Chicago, Illinois
                           June 31st, 2004


-- THINK TRANSFORMERS - 20TH ANNIVERSARY --

-- DISCLAIMER --

                - AUDIENCE ADVISORY WARNING -

	The opinions expressed in this presentation are not
	necessarily those of 3H Productions, LLC. or Hasbro
	Inc, who claim no responsibility for its content.


	Though to be honest, the opinions expressed

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	Wait a second.  We've done this before.

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	Phil?

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PHIL: (offstage) Yeah?


	Couldn't you think of something original this year?

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PHIL: (offstage) Uh... no, not really.  Sorry.


	That's just great.  Y'know, this disclaimer is teh sukc.

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	Roll tape.


	[mstf]

[This disclaimer was done in the style of Cartoon Network's snarky, sarcastic
Adult Swim bumpers -- the white text on black backgrounds.  The initial
screen text was taken directly from MSTF 6's disclaimer.]

-- OPENING CREDITS --

OFFSTAGE: LIGHTS!

(Pause tape, house lights up)

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SKIT ONE : WHAT THE HELL?
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SIPHER: Wow. Twenty damn years. Twenty years of Transformers. Amazing.

PHIL: Who'd have thought we'd be having a twenty-year anniversary?

DOUG: It's like there's a party in my mouth and everyone's invited!

SIPHER: I guess calling it an anniversary IS appropriate, all things
	considered.

PHIL: You know what, guys... it is rather like a marriage, so an
	anniversary IS appropriate.

DOUG: I must own it. It taunts me.

SIPHER: (pauses in mild confusion but carries on) Because, really,
	collecting Transformers IS a lot like a marriage. It takes all my
	money, time and space, and I'm a total slave to it.

PHIL: What do you GET a toyline for its 20th anniversary anyway? Shelving?

DOUG: Still, that gold plastic was a bad idea in retrospect.

SIPHER: (confused) You're right about that, Phil. The parallels are
	astounding.

PHIL: I realize china is the traditional gift for twenty years, but the
	toys are MADE in China, so that's no good.

DOUG: Put that away, you don't know where it's been!

(They all exchange confused looks. Sipher's next line is spoken much more
deliberately, looking directly at Phil)

SIPHER: And of course, there's always the question of kids.

(Phil looks DIRECTLY at his script and reads aloud)

PHIL: But Sipher, you're completely forgetting about... (clearly annoyed at
	the script) the CHILDREN.

(Doug looks at his script.)

DOUG: AAAAAAAAAAAAA boom.

(All three look at their scripts and start arguing about who sent who what
version of the script, no I sent you THIS version, etc. After about thirty
seconds, they all huddle up around a single copy.)

SIPHER: RIGHT. And since it's vitally important to think about the children,
	for the future generation of Transformers fans, we present the Go-
	Bots video.

PHIL: (His expression and tone change to dour as he gets further into the
	line) Thankfully, someone HAS thought of the children, so with that
	we present... the Go-Bots video for your enjoyment.

DOUG: Triple kipper on the skin back, mister spoonmonger my teeth make the
	voodoo WHAT THE HELL IS THIS?!

(Arguments ensue again)

OFFSTAGE: LIGHTS!

(House lights down, unpause tape)

[Basically, this script was either 1) a spoof on how we seem to never get
our scripts done until just before the actual performance so there could be
some discrepancies, and 2) one hell of an easy script to write... or so it
was thought.  AT FIRST.  It turns out trying to write two halves of unrelated
conversations is more difficult than originally thought.

When Sipher said the line about marriage and slavery, Phil and Doug turned
to his wife, Kelly, who was running the camcorder, and waved.

Phil wants it to be known for the record that he did not receive his copy
of the final version of the script until 15 minutes before performance
time.  There he was, during the G1 panel at OTFCC, hurriedly underlining
his lines.

Doug wants it known he was in the same boat, underlining his lines up
through the time the lights went down for the very first bumper.

Sipher wants it to be known that the reason the script copies arrived so
late was because the Kinko's by the convention center closed before he could
get to it Friday night, was actually CLOSED on the weekends (a premise that
Sipher cannot fathom), and he then spent an hour fighting the machines in
his hotel's "office center", none of which worked and actually cost him
money to not work.  He had the front desk make copies.  He was not happy.]

Full Script
Opening Credits and Skit Episode 1 Second Skit Episode 2
Third Skit Episode 3 Fourth Skit Episode 4
Closing Skit and Credits