While the first was my gateway into the mythos, and I owe it a great deal for that, once I really became involved with the franchise, what appealed to me most was the characters. There's just something about the library of Transformers characters that I think is so rich and enjoyable. I'm not sure hwat exactly it is, weather it's Starscream's underhanded trechery, Megatron's gigantic ego, or the noble aweinspiring figurehead that is Optimus Prime. I just love 'em. Therein lies the true potential of the franchise for feature films, to give audiences these characters in a way that they don't expect. They expect a movie centering around giant robots to be all action, and they end up with something surprisingly... human. Michael Bay and company have done nothing to tap that potential. They could have given Sideswipe a great arc, along the lines of what Cheetor went through in Beast Wars. They could have had Soundwave come down to Earth. This would allow them to build a rivarly between him and Starscream. Soundwave being loyal and Starscream being the traitor. They could have taken Prime's heartless bloodthirsty attitude and made it into a maddening desperation to end the war. No, instead, they give us The Wacky Adventures of Sam Witwicky at College! I'm willing to cut the first film some slack, considering they needed to set up the universe, but they had no excuse for doing it in movie 2. Even if they didn't do a great job, I would have liked if they at least tried.