I don't know if any of you consciously realize this, but I have a feeling a lot of what we express and voice out, especially when pertaining to matters of personal taste such as, well, Transformers movies, is shaped a lot by your preconceived notions of what it is going to be like, as well as what your first impressions are. Let me illustrate with an example. Back in 2009, I was completely unaware of the hype going on about the michael bay movies. I was a fan of the old TV series as a kid, had watched the original '86 movie, and I had a few figures (namely Soundwave and a few others, that's beside the point), but I sort of wasn't interested in watching the first Bay movie that came out. Somewhere in summer 2009, my friends brought me to watch ROTF, and it reignited some of my interest in the new continuity and the old series. I eventually did end up watching the first movie after I was sufficiently interested to buy a Blu Ray disc of it. To drop a bombshell now - I didn't think ROTF was as bad as it is often portrayed to be. True, I think that some of the action sequences were overly long and mind numbing, true, I think that the human characters (or the transformers for that matter) weren't fleshed out enough, but at its face value I think the expansion of the History of the Primes, the addition of a greater power behind the Decepticon throne; these were all fascinating new dimensions added to the TF lore, and gave the storyline a twist of complexity that the first movie often lacked and was more reminiscent of the original series somehow. I also liked the addition of more characters, even if it didn't give some others enough screentime. Personally, I might even prefer watching ROTF to the first movie (don't lambast me). I believe this is partially influenced by my watching of ROTF as the first impression I had of this new continuity; similarly, this might be what compels others to criticize ROTF and DOTM but still tolerate the first film. I'm saying this not to defend ROTF but to make it clear that imo Transformers is a very multifaceted toy series, and different people might seek out different forms of satisfaction via watching the movies (Human connection, reappearance of old characters, fast paced action scenes, Megan Fox etc). I'm saying that these varied tastes can be shaped by our first impressions or preconceived ideas. Thoughts?