With the studio series out and doing well and and the bayverse pretty much done bar a bb movie that may be connected its time for an honest look at Michael bays impact on the tf franchise. Okay well to start with I was a fan of TFS since the beginning. So a g1 fan. I read marvel UK watched Sunbow, loved the animated movie and got a few figs. In 1990 feeling I was getting too old I decided to quit the franchise and got into music sport and girls 17 years later a live TFS movie by the director of the rock Michael bay is announced. Interested to see how a live tf movie would be done I went to the first movie with my fiancee. I loved the updated optimus prime look but hated Megatron and starscream. But I was interested in seeing more. I felt the franchise calling me back. I bought some titan tf movie comics and found myself becoming invested in characters I thought I had outgrown. There were some good moments in the first movie. Good new characters like barricade were introduced plus the allspark. When rotf happened I was back to collecting. I bought some figs like mixmaster stratosphere and voyager optimus. My first prime fig in 23 years. Despite its shortcomings I loved the forest battle in rotf. One of my fav sequences involving prime. I was back. I didn't hate or even dislike bay for the designs of these characters I had grown up with. Becausecwhat I realised is bay isv"just the director" What is easily forgotten is these movies were written by Robert orci and Ethan kreutzman or something like that. Bay to my mind didn't write them and even if he had a hand in it it wasn't all him Dotm followed. My fav bay tf movie. By then i was reading IDW and collecting figs like a good thing. I loved a lot about this movie. We had Leonard nimoy back in TFS. He even quoted a Spock line or maybe misquoted a Spock line as sentinel. Bay did a good job. Yes some of the action sequences were hard to follow but again its not all strictly bay. Yes he directed the scenes but other designers played a part. Aoe brought my favorite version of movie prime....evasion mode optimus. Suddenly the Autobot leader was an angry bot. Tbh I didn't blame him. He had been betrayed by the humans. He was pissed. I didn't hate how he was written. It made sense to me. We had movie dynos. I wasn't impressed with the grimlock look or lack of character but his action sequences were great. Prime had some great lines. The last knight was my least fav because they brushed aside Galvatron and didn't explain how megs returned. It felt like a retcon in a way. Barricade was back and we had nitro and prime briefly became nemesis. It wasn't perfect. There are a lot of issues with all the bay movies but without them I'd have never returned to the franchise. I have a lot to be thankful for. So becausevof that I say Thank you Michael bay From a ,g1 fan. Long live transformers.