I just got home from the midnight premier of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Which for some reason, I had been looking forward to. Not that they were high, but I did have small hopes that Michael Bay might be able to redeem himself after Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Well, he didn’t. My following opinions and criticisms are out of order, but extremely relevant. In Revenge of the Fallen, Michael Bay had the same characters as the first, minus Jazz (Rest In Peace) and added a few too many new ones. However, one of these characters from the first one was Megatron, who was absolutely and one hundred percent dead. Don’t make a huge climax about killing him by uniting the Allspark with the spark in his chest, then dropping him to the deepest part of the ocean where he would forever be crushed and entombed, only to bring him back immediately. YOU’RE RIDICULOUS. Starscream, I was fine with, because he had explicitly shown him returning to Cybertron, fully alive and intact. But Megatron, definitely could not have come back. Even with the help of the shard of the cube from Sam’s sweatshirt. (which was a lazy stretch) Also, you CAN’T kill Optimus Prime, just for the hell of it, then bring him back with the Matrix. Bullshit. Revenge of the Fallen was riddled with too many ideas that were not fully committed to, or explained; and was a wasted 2.5 hours of everyone’s life. Now, on to Dark of the Moon; I liked the new blonde chick for the most part. Good move making her a new character, rather than having her replace Mikaela completely. Though, the fact that Mikaela was no longer in Sam’s life was barely explained, other than the fact that she dumped him… Bravo on the NASA aspect. Bringing back legitimate heroes and footage was killer. But the shit with Chernobyl was also, barely explained. If you have a bit of general knowledge you could pick up on the concept, but still, lacked in essential detail and was poorly done. I loved that Optimus had a flight pack, nice touch. Onto the biggest complaint; Sentinel Prime— (Voiced by Spock…WTF?) The Prime who was basically commanding officer for the Autobots during the war on Cybertron, before Optimus was. No prime would ever make a deal with Megatron. No prime would ever go bad, and especially not to that extreme. Also, what are you thinking, killing off Ironhide before the battle in Chicago even occurs? Now about the battle— How dare you tangle up Optimus in those stupid cables for half the fight? Those would have taken him a fraction of a second to cut through and free himself from. Then once he gets to the battle he gets his entire arm cut off? Not gonna lie though, him schooling Megatron with only one hand was pretty badass. But, blonde chick with the huge lips bitching at Megatron about how Sentinel Prime is in charge and how he should go take back control, was completely unnecessary. He would have figured that out on his own. She’s there for her sex appeal, not to tell the bad guy he’s being overthrown. Not to mention the fact that Megatron wouldn’t have bothered to listen. He would have brushed her aside. Also, no one ever mentioned any reason why Chicago was relevant to the pillars, and taking over Earth by bringing Cybertron to it. Just a random thoughtless choice? Not good enough for me. Another detail that was forgotten was Sam’s parents. After Washington D.C., when Sam tells them to get out of the city, we never see them again (Unless it was in the credits, which I didn’t stay for due to the fact that I was unimpressed) Also, the two little robots who had been staying with Sam, under ‘witness protection’ would never have been able to disable the huge ship in Chicago completely unnoticed and unchallenged. Oh! We barely even saw Ratchet, other than when he was in Emergency vehicle form. However, aside from all of this, my biggest problem with the movie was when Optimus killed Sentinel. Optimus just wouldn’t do that. He wouldn’t. Not another Prime, I don’t care how bad he was. Optimus would have seen some goodness in him, and taught him the goodness of humans. It isn’t the nature of the Primes to be power seekers, enslavers or killers. This movie displayed all of those things and therefore it was just not what I had hoped for. Overall, glad I gave it a chance and went to see it. Shia’s acting was as superb as ever. And Peter Cullen’s voice portrayal of Optimus could be matched by none. Michael Bay truly should have just stopped after the first Transformers. It stands alone as the only of the three that stay true to the characters and morals, while remaining endearing, action packed and entertaining. Cheers—and please, don’t make a fourth one.