In the process of compiling my exhaustively comprehensive list of product placements in this particular movie [*ahem* http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/trans...duct-placement-shout-out-list-right-here.html ], I began to take notice of the STRONG connection this film (perhaps coincidentally) establishes between Sentinel Prime's Space Brige Pillars and Earth's water. First, my initial observation from that thread which started me down this path... I initially thought THAT was pretty much the extent of it, but now I believe there's potentially a bit more going on there. If you pay close attention, the Pillars/H2O connection is actually rather pervasive throughout the entirety of the film. For example: Sentinel Prime, upon retrieving the Pillars, takes them IMMEDIATELY to the Potomac River and spreads them out over it, perhaps appearing to "charge" them there before activating the Space Bridge to begin the Decepticon invasion. The site chosen for the charging and activation of the Control Pillar before its most enormous feat -- the transportation of an ENTIRE PLANET -- is RIGHT on the banks of the Chicago River, which is itself an offshoot of Lake Michigan, one of the 5 largest lakes in the entire world. All of the sites around the world where the Pillars are activated appear to be coastal locations beside LARGE bodies of water. Even the Angkor Wat temple, which APPEARS a bit landlocked in the footage shot for the movie, happens to be on a peninsular part of the continent, as well as being very near to the largest lake in that part of the country. Not to mention the fact that the temple site itself is surrounded by a giant moat. Pretty good start. And, yes...water covers the majority of the planet so obviously it's never really very far anyway no matter WHERE you go, but still. They could've easily filmed those scenes ANYWHERE. Plenty of dry spots to choose from around the world. And then there's the matter of the effects designed for the Pillars. All the Pillars glow BLUE (except for the Control Pillar) and project BLUE beams of energy, connecting them visually with water for the audience...just as the Control Pillar could be said to be colored red not only to distinguish it from the others, but ALSO as a visual cue to link it with Sentinel for the audience (he himself being primarily red, of course). Also, listen closely to the sound effects when the Space Bridge beams are transporting Cybertron to Earth. As the energy pulses and throbs in waves, there's actually a distinct "blub-blub" sound akin to that of bubbling water accompanying it. Every time. You've gotta admit, that's a DAMNED weird choice if they WEREN'T trying to draw some kind of connection there. Now, taken individually, any one of these things could easily be written off as coincidence. But ALL TOGETHER like this? That seems a bit much. The pillar-shaped water bottles. The rivers. The lakes. The oceans. The colors. The sounds. Goddamn, practically EVERYTHING about these pillars seems tied to water! It seems to me that the film was DEFINITELY working on an association there that just didn't QUITE get fully fleshed out by the script itself. Which is a shame, 'cause it's actually pretty interesting and would go a LONG way towards explaining a certain aspects of the plot. Did Optimus find Sentinel so easily in D.C. because he KNEW he'd be headed towards the nearest large body of water with the Pillars? Was the knowledge of Earth's overabundant water supply one of the reasons Sentinel Prime and Megatron decided to rendezvous on Earth in the first place? Apart from the human slave labor force, was water another of the rare resources available SPECIFICALLY on Earth, to which Sentinel referred and the Decepticons planned to exploit? And why was it necessary to launch the Pillars from around the entire globe if they were just going to converge together on one side of the Earth anyway? Did they first need to spread out and individually "charge" over separate bodies of water, perhaps? Hmm. Some interesting stuff to think about. Make of it what you will, I just thought I'd throw it out there.