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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12 thoughts on “Mikaela

  1. How’d I miss Wednesday? These Wednesdays are popping up faster and faster as the year goes on. Megan/Mikaela’s so pretty. And tough. Worthy of your tribute!

  2. Love the Transformer movies. All of them, yes.
    Mikaela has a good name and some impressive skills. She was a little full of herself in the beginning, but that changed as the world started to fall apart. Nothing like alien robots to level the playing field.

    • It’s one of my favorite movie series, especially the first one.

      Her knowledge of mechanics makes her quite a catch for Sam. In the second movie, she’s ultra-agressive with one of the Decepticons, treating it like a dog on a leash. That has to be one of the funniest parts.

  3. good review Jack..I love transformer series as they continued with quality that I really appreciate …love the line ‘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? ‘

    • It’s one of my favorite movie quotes. There’s so much in that statement that I can write multiple posts dedicated to it. What it means to me is that everything we do, no matter how insignificant, will live on until one day we realize it actually meant something. It also means that we should treat time with great respect because there’s no way we’ll ever get it back. Now is the good ol’ days!

    • It’s my favorite as well. I love the atmosphere, the sunset feel it exudes, the whole movie is awesome! Love Bernie Mac in the movie. Man, I miss him. He was such a comic genius. I really hope you know who Bernie Mac is…

      • Of course I know Bernie! Loved him in Ocean’s 11 – that scene with Matt Damon when he’s pretending to be the casino employee – priceless!

  4. I haven’t seen Transformers, but it sounds great. And who wouldn’t love Megan Fox. I’ve not seen her act yet actually.

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