Dead serious. The idea that the Transformers movies are bastardizations of the source material is one of the biggest myths in the fandom. Autobots coming to Earth and befriending the Witwickies, Megatron as the tyrannical Decepticon leader whose maniacal plans get defeated every episode (film in this case), Optimus Prime as the noble leader of the Autobots (sure, he kills his enemies, but so did G1 Optimus, and the Movie universe is a much more violent place than the cartoons), Transformers being built by the Quintessons to be a race of slaves, and so much more are right out of the source material. Dark of the Moon is like The Ultimate Doom mixed with Megatron's Master Plan, and like CKPRIME pointed out Megatron "dethroning" Abraham Lincoln is straight out of Atlantis, Arise! Age of Extinction has alien bounty hunters capturing the Autobots for the mysterious Creators, just like in Five Faces of Darkness Part I alien bounty hunters are hunting the Autobots for the Quintessons. The fifth film has Optimus seemingly being controlled for evil purposes, perhaps by the Quintessons, just like Dark Awakening had the Quintessons control Optimus Prime for evil purposes. It also has Arthurian legend and wizardry, just like a few different episodes and comics. I could go on and on and on. "Playing dumb?" "Willfully dense?" LOL there's a wide variety of designs in the movies. We've had the skeletal, alien designs which people bitched for years about. We've seen the more human-like robot modes of more recent films, which people have been bitching about. There's the futuristic, sleek designs of the KSI robots, which people bitched about. There are cartoonish designs, like the Stupid Drones and now Sqweeks, which people also bitch about. There are primal designs like the Dynasty of Primes and Dinobots. Again, have you seen the film yet? Because this is the summary of what we know specifically about the Knights 1)They were crusaders who (some at least) once used Lockdown's ship to travel the universe. 2)Lockdown was capturing the Knights ALIVE to bring back to the Quintessons, and he had captured every Knight known to be alive in the universe except for Optimus before AOE (but see this thread http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/threads/theory-time-megatron-is-a-knight.1000698/ ). 3) Megatron, as I predicted in that thread over two years ago, appears to be a Knight. 4) Steelbane is the "First Knight." 5) Dragonstorm is at the very least connected to the Knights if not the Last Knight himself. At the very least let's watch the movie first before jumping to conclusions about the Knights being a rip off of anything. Have you read any of the set visit reports from Collider and other websites or the synopsis that came with the Super Bowl spot? Because that's literally what it sounds like. More about the Quintessons and Transformer origins. Humans and Transformer conflicts having escalated. Cade being a friend to all Autobots. More about the Knights. Optimus in space. Which is funny, because while I do like all of the films, I think at this point in time the first film is the one that has the least stuff I like in it. The score is great, it does the robots in disguise stuff well, it has a small robot cast, and the Sector 7 stuff is cool, but as a Transformers fan for a few decades it is certainly not the film closest to what I want in a live action Transformers film. If other people think differently there's nothing wrong with that. We all have our preferences. It's not "drinking the kool-aid." It's more like seeing a trailer and getting legitimately impressed. I was not expecting that at all. I'd expect either something along the lines of the 2007 or DOTM teasers or generic action scenes with few robots. What we got was something different altogether with TONS of robots. We had never gotten something like that at that point in post-production. It was actually better than I thought it would be.