Ironically, from the very first live action Transformers, I attempted to witness to many jaded Generation 1 fans that the new movies were cool and didn't shake things up too much. But as the series transitioned from Witwicky to Yaeger it went the way of the Resident Evil series and began to wonder aimlessly for, well, substance. I know some people would stop me here and say 'well wuddabout Fast & Furious?'. At least there's an immediate point to each Fast & Furious movie without it being the end of the world every.single.time. To put it another way, saving today goes a lot further than saving tomorrow for a series' longevity.
Despite the very bad scripted comedy and Transformers looking too human-like in the face, my two biggest gripes with the series is 1) balance: how strong/weak should the Autobots vs the Decepticons or humans vs Transformers, in general and 2) background: what's the point of it all?
|Alternate Transformers: The Last Knight poster|
Having no point is how writers stretch to tie Transformers to different ages such as Ancient Egypt and Medieval times. Having no point is how Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) supposedly comes from a lineage of Transformer guardians that wasn't mentioned for 5 movies. Having no point is how Cade Yaeger (Mark Walberg) is "the last knight" with an artifact that does absolutely nothing in the war between Autobots and Decepticons. And, finally, having no point is how big names like Devastator, Galvatron, Nemesis Prime, and Unicron get taken in vain by script writers. (Remember, Devastator was in Transformers as a tank then resurrected in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) Now, the story writers have made a bed that they have to lay in by introducing Unicron when all other elements of the Unicron storyline have already been introduced and forgotten in previous movies. Any rational person would say that this is an opportunity for the writers to create a fresh, new story. But fans are not rational, fans are rabid and I'm foaming at the mouth for blood. Steven Spielberg blood.
Primus help us all.
Disclaimer: Steve is an employee of Turner Broadcasting, a division of Time Warner, however the views expressed in this post are of my own.
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