What’s Sqweek’s Function?
Moner clearly wasn’t the only one excited about Sqweeks’ performance, both on set and in the overall story. While there is a history of crowd-pleasing characters like Sqweeks from the past, there is also a precedent for adding cute characters who don’t add to story, beyond comic relief. It seems that the creative team behind the movie is aware of this and has given Sqweeks’ a definite function in the overall narrative. Bonventura shared his enthusiasm for how the new Transformer is fitting into The Last Knight narrative.
“It’s actually kind of amazing how well it works already. Sqweeks is going to be–it’s an Autobot that you can’t figure out how to transform at the beginning of the movie, and/or has a physical limitation that they can’t figure out how to get around, and during the process, we have some real fun with the sort of malaprop attempts to form.”
This wouldn’t be the first time that a Transformer has had to overcome a perceived disability. In the first movie it was established that Bumblebee was mute, after his vocal processor was destroyed in a past battle. Much of the first movie’s charm stemmed from the the first act, when the Transformer’s world was slowly introduced through a car that only communicated through his radio.
In Transformers: The Movie (1986), a similar challenge was presented to Spike’s son Daniel. He was given an exo-suit that appeared to be merely a life-preserving pressure suit built for outer space survival. However, unknown to Daniel, it actually possessed the power to transform which provided a memorable character moment. Bonventura hints at what’s to come, as there is an equally, if not more thrilling scene awaiting Sqweeks in next year’s adventure.
“A pretty seemingly inconsequential Autobot is going to rise a really great fucking moment where it does this–first of all, it’s incredibly great, from a sort of story plot point of view, but you’ll laugh so fucking hard, because it’s such a great way for him to finally show his mettle. So it’s one of those sort of cheer laughs when he does it. That’s what I think is going to happen.
It seems that there will be great opportunities for comedy, as well as an emotional payoff for the most unlikely of Autobots in the upcoming movie. Judging from Bonventura’s quotes, Sqweeks has a purpose beyond melting hearts and selling toys, as he will fit into a crucial story beat in the movie. Ultimately, that will be the character’s biggest measure of success. The Transfomers franchise will release its fifth installment in the multi-billion dollar franchise next summer and it looks as if there are a lot of surprises in store. However, one of them is now out of the bag, as Sqweeks will be introduced as the newest face of the Autobots in theaters in 2017.
Transformers: The Last Knight opens in U.S. theaters on June 23, 2017, followed by the Bumblebee spin-off on June 8, 2018, and Transformers 6 on June 28, 2019.