TRANS­FORMER THE LAST KNIGHT

The Trans­form­ers sto­rys so far.

HWM (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE - by Ian Chee

At the end of the month, Trans­form­ers:

The Last Knight, would have pre­miered in cin­e­mas. This is the fifth film in the Michael Bay-helmed se­ries, and 2017 also hap­pens to be the 10th an­niver­sary of the film se­ries. With three more se­quels hav­ing been con­firmed by Has­bro, it seems as great time as any to talk about the Trans­form­ers story so far, just be­fore the start of what is seem­ingly the sec­ond half of the se­ries. Of course, we’d like to talk a bit on what’s to come in the se­ries as well – at least, what lit­tle we know any­way.

PRE­VI­OUSLY ON…

Since the se­quence of events can be a tad con­fus­ing if we were to put every­thing in chrono­log­i­cal or­der, we’ll go with a short re­cap of the films in­stead.

In the first Trans­form­ers (2007) movie, we were in­tro­duced to the Trans­form­ers alien species as two fac­tions – the Au­to­bots and De­cep­ti­cons – were wag­ing civil war against each other, dev­as­tat­ing their home planet Cy­bertron. The leader of the Au­to­bots, Op­ti­mus Prime, sent the Al­lS­park, a pow­er­ful ar­ti­fact that brings life to the planet, into space. Megatron pur­sued the ar­ti­fact, only to crash in Earth’s Arc­tic Cir­cle. Au­to­bot scout Bum­ble­bee also ar­rives on Earth, thus be­gin­ning the race to find the Al­lS­park be­tween Bum­ble­bee and the other De­cep­ti­cons. At the con­clu­sion of the con­flict, the Al­lS­park was pushed into Megatron’s chest, which ex­tin­guished his spark, leav­ing the De­cep­ti­con leader pre­sum­ably dead. The Trans­form­ers went into hid­ing once again, each call­ing more al­lies to their side for a pro­longed con­flict on Earth be­tween the two fac­tions.

Of course, that’s not the end of Megatron, as Re­venge of the Fallen (2009) in­tro­duces the en­tity that he sup­pos­edly serves: The Fallen. Fur­ther re­vealed was the fact that The Fallen was once one of the Seven Primes who trav­eled the galaxy, cre­at­ing En­er­gon us­ing star-ab­sorb­ing ma­chines called Sun Har­vesters. The Seven Primes de­cided that no Sun Har­vester should be set on a planet with abun­dant life, but The Fallen in­sists on plac­ing one on Earth. He was stopped by the Seven Primes, who im­prison him us­ing the Ma­trix of Lead­er­ship, which they then hid by sac­ri­fic­ing them­selves. The present then shows a Megatron, res­ur­rected us­ing a small All-Spark shard, killing Op­ti­mus Prime in an am­bush. Near the con­clu­sion of the con­flict, Op­ti­mus Prime is later res­ur­rected us­ing the Ma­trix of Lead­er­ship that the Seven Primes man­i­fested. Op­ti­mus Prime then pro­ceeds to kill The Fallen and dis­able Megatron, who re­treats vow­ing vengeance.

Dark of the Moon (2011) then de­tails a Cy­bertro­n­ian Ark that crash landed on the dark side of Earth’s moon. The Au­to­bots set off to ex­plore the Ark, and find a co­matose Sentinel Prime, the pre­de­ces­sor to Op­ti­mus Prime as leader of the Au­to­bots and the creator of Pil­lars that could es­tab­lish a Space Bridge – es­sen­tially tele­por­ta­tion from one point to an­other. But as the Au­to­bots rush Sentinel to their base for Pro­tec­tion, Sentinel be­trays them, re­veal­ing that he made a deal with Megatron to en­sure Cy­bertron’s sur­vival. Un­der the threat of war, the Au­to­bots agreed to be ex­iled from Earth, but the space ship sup­pos­edly car­ry­ing the Au­to­bots was de­stroyed by De­cep­ti­con sec­ond-in­com­mand Starscream just as it leaves Earth, seem­ingly killing the Au­to­bots. The Au­to­bots later re­veal them­selves to have not been on the de­stroyed space ship, and they work with the hu­mans to de­stroy the pil­lars as Op­ti­mus Prime con­fronts Sentinel Prime and Megatron.

The fourth film, Age of Ex­tinc­tion (2014), re­veals the Di­nobots. Th­ese Trans­form­ers who had di­nosaurs as their sec­ondary forms in­stead were cre­ated in the age of di­nosaurs as an alien race known as the ‘Cre­ators’ used de­vices called Seeds to ter­raform Earth to har­vest an al­loy known as Trans­formium. Back in modern times, rogue CIA black ops di­vi­sion, Ceme­tery Wind, have been elim­i­nat­ing Trans­form­ers re­gard­less of fac­tion. They are aided by Lock­down, a Cy­bertro­n­ian bounty hunter work­ing for the Cre­ators. Op­ti­mus Prime, with re­main­ing Au­to­bot al­lies Bumm­ble­bee, Drift, Hound and Crosshairs, later dis­cover that K.S.I. In­dus­tries, a com­pany that uses ex­ca­vated Trans­formium to build Trans­former drones, is in­volved in the at­tacks on the Au­to­bots. De­stroyed Trans­form­ers – Au­to­bot and De­cep­ti­con alike – were also dis­cov­ered to be melted down to man­u­fac­ture Trans­former drones, as well as pro­to­type Trans­former sol­diers Gal­va­tron and Stinger, us­ing tech­nol­ogy ex­tracted from a de­cap­i­tated Megatron head from the pre­vi­ous film. Megatron’s con­scious­ness from his sev­ered head in­evitably takes over Gal­va­tron. The three-way con­flict be­tween the Au­to­bots, Ceme­tery Wind and the K.S.I. drones – de facto De­cep­ti­cons at this point – would con­tinue un­til Op­ti­mus Prime wins the alliance of the Di­nobots. Op­ti­mus fi­nally de­stroys Lock­down, be­fore fly­ing into space in search of the Cre­ators.

WHAT’S NEXT?

So what comes af­ter The Last Knight? It’s safe to say that there will be a lot more films to come, con­sid­er­ing the num­ber of se­quels that are still in queue. And se­quels are not the only thing that the Trans­form­ers film fran­chise has to of­fer, con­sid­er­ing that a Bum­ble­bee spin-off movie is con­firmed to be in the works. It’s slated to ar­rive on June 8, 2018, and so far few else is known about it. There is also word that it will be a pre­quel movie, and that there will not be a lot of other Trans­form­ers. If this is true, then there is a chance that we’ll be get­ting an ex­pla­na­tion as to why the Au­to­bot is un­able to speak, among other things, about his past that we might want to know about.

As for a di­rect se­quel to the film fran­chise, it is sched­uled for a June 28, 2019 pre­miere. We can’t tell for sure if

Trans­form­ers 6 will be a ti­tle for this film, or will it be rel­e­gated to the Bum­ble­bee spin-off with the new film be­ing

Trans­form­ers 7 in­stead.

Trans­form­ers: The Last Knight is com­ing to cin­e­mas na­tion­wide on June 22, 2017.

The logo that the U.S. Pa­tent & Trade­mark Of­fice granted to Has­bro for the Bum­ble­bee spin-off movie, ten­ta­tively called The Bum­ble­bee Movie.

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