I have watched and enjoyed The Transformers’ cartoon, created by Hasbro, from the first episode that aired September 1984 through the last episode that aired November 1987. I am even a fan of the animated Transformers: The Movie, Directed by Nelson Shin in 1986. I tried to watch the other animated Transformers such as, Beast Machines, Beast Wars, Energon, Armada, Victory, Zone, Animated, Prime and Cyerbtron, just to name a few, but couldn’t get into them.
Hasbro created the original Transformers cartoon to sell toys and action figures, so I was delighted when it was announced that there would be a Transformers live action movie from Universal Pictures, directed by Michael Bay in 2007.
Now I’d hoped that the movie would be a live adaptation of the original Transformers from 1984, but was I wrong!
I'm just saying… the movie was a total train wreck! Universal Pictures named some of the iconic Autobots and Decepticons and introduced some new ones. Just to recap the Autobots and Decepticons left their home planet of Cybertron, fighting over the "Allspark", that grants unlimited power to whoever possesses it. Autobots befriended mankind to assist them against the fight against the Decepticons. This story line was Okay “at best”. I could believe that Megatron crashed on earth and Optimus Prime wanted to stop him. It was a typical Michael Bay film with plenty of explosions.
The second installment in the franchise Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, directed by Michael Bay in 2009, where he tried to explain that the Transformers came to earth in 17,000 BC. The 3rd movie Transformers: Darkside of the Moon, directed by Michael Bay in 2011 was just as confusing (if not more confusing). The best thing about this movie was the actor’s consistency, even though Megan Fox was replaced by Rosie Alicia Huntington-Whiteley as Shia LaBeouf’s new love interest. Once again the Autobots try to protect a piece of Cybertron technology, as the US government enters into a conspiracy to hide the fact that they acknowledged the Transformers existence, by disguising the landing on the moon (one of NASA’s most historical events), when they were really there to discover more about the alien race of Transformers.
The Transformers: Age of Extinction directed by Michael Bay in 2014, starring Mark Wahlberg introduced the new installment of transformers, the Dinobots, with some more recognizable names such as Grim lock! No need to get too excited, because he doesn't transform into a robot and he does not speak, adding no real substance to the storyline. The Dinobots are nothing more than muscle and a way to sell more toys. I must admit everything looked cool, but that's it, just a little eye candy. I forgot to mention the Transformers Autobots and Decepticons are being hunted by the CIA, as the CIA tried to copy their technology.
The latest installment to the franchise Transformers: The Last Knight, directed by Michael Bay in 2017. I don’t have to tell you that I went to see this movie reluctantly. The best thing I can say about this movie was the iconic characters (Optimus Prime, Hot Rod, etc), and the huge fights and explosions, which I think is why Michael Bay was the perfect choice for the director for this franchise. Wow, another piece of Cybertron technology found on earth and concealed as an ancient artifact? Spoiler...The outcome of every major historical event dated back to King Arthur and the Knights of the round table was influenced by the transformers? Really… These facts were hidden for years by a secret organization that finally decides to reveal themselves. During this revelation, Optimus Prime goes rogue and begins fighting against the human race, because he was brainwashed by Quintesson as she attempted to destroy Cybertron. The Quintesson is a member of an ancient race, better known around the galaxy as trade entrepreneurs. We find out the earth is secretly Unicron, a large planetary robot who is able to transform into a mechanical planet.
The transformer franchise has taking us on a crazy roller coaster ride, I’m just saying.. if we had a little more explanation to assist the story line, we would all be a little more happy.
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