I feel that what the last trilogy did not offer was a sense of continuity. After the events of TFTM, the next film should have followed soon after, film-time wise. Maybe a couple of days, or weeks. I'm pretty sure RoTF was set 2 years after or something? The only reason we knew it as a sequel was because some of the robots were still there from the first. I use the word "some" because of course some were missing, Barricade being the victim here. Many of the cast were missing, the sec def, the hackers. Where on earth did they disappear too? RoTF was basically, to me, a separate film. The human race went back to not realising aliens existed, even after a full scale battle in the middle of a city with many MANY people watching or being involved. Ludicrous in my opinion. There are many things that can be done to avoid this next time around, if this is going to be another trilogy that is. I say these points as if we had TF4 and we are on TF5... 1) Use the same characters from the previous film. 2) Revisit locations from a previous film. 3) Use a long running gag that appears throughout the trilogy (similar to Ratchet in TFP saying "I needed that!". 4) Refer back to deceased characters from the previous film. These are some small ideas. Got any others?