I worry about the Dinobots. In a cartoon, the Dinobots make sense in a cartoonish way. In a live-action movie, mechanized robots that transform into dinosaurs are a bit of a stretch. Cars, pickups, trucks, planes, tanks make sense as robots as they are machines in the first place. In the cartoon, Wheeljack and Ratchet built the Dinobots, but that doesn’t make sense in a movie. For film purposes, I believe the origin story for the Dinobots should be that they are transformers that arrived on Earth during the Jurassic period. They lacked enough energon to leave Earth so they transformed into their surroundings, i.e. dinosaurs. They roamed the Earth until the last of their energon was used at which point they shut down and were buried by the passage of time. The Dinbots were warriors. Megatron, who had yet to betray the Transformers and establish the Decepticons, saw the Dinobot Warriors as a threat to his future plans. What the Dinobots lacked in intelligence, they make up for in strength and fearlessness when compared to the “newer” models. Megatron killed Alpha Trion, but framed the Dinbots for “intentional deactivation.” Some, including Megatron, argued that the Dinobots should be destroyed as punishment, but Optimus Prime, a young protégé of Alpha Trion, argued for banishment instead and the Dinobots were casted off Cybertron. Either way, Megatron had eliminated the perceived threat. Prime’s message at the end of TF1 to “the Autobots taking refuge in the stars” awakens Grimlock, whose energy banks have slowly replenished over millennia. Grimlock digs himself out from underneath layers of earth and goes on a rampage to attract Optimus Prime. A giant robot T-Rex attracts the attention of the Autobots to say the least. The Autobots arrive on scene and try to stop the metal T-Rex to no avail. The dinosaur is just too powerful. Optimus Prime recognizes Grimlock even though he is in his beast mode. Prime calls out Grimlock’s name and he transforms into the robot mode. “Me, Grimlock, kill him who exile me.” Grimlock, now in robot mode, attacks the Autobots and is about to strike a killing blow to Ironhide. Suddenly, Grimlock’s batteries die and Grimlock collapses. The Autobots recharge Grimlock, but with his motor functions disabled. Naturally, Grimlock has a chip on his shoulder that has been building for millions of years. Grimlock is none too pleased and blames all other Transformers for his fate. Prime apologizes as he realizes the Dinobots were framed. After Megatron started the Cybertronian wars, evidence was found of the Dinobots’ innocence and Megatron’s deception, but it was too late to exonerate the Dinobots as they were already gone. Prime: “Alpha Trion was a teacher to both of us. We dishonor Alpha Trion’s memory if we fight one another.” Moved, Grimlock asks to be released. Prime orders Grimlock’s motor functions enabled despite Ironhide’s warnings. Grimlock springs to life, transforms into the T-Rex, and lets out a mighty roar. There are rumblings in the distance and a screech from above. Swoop dives in and nearly takes Bumblebee’s head off. Snarl comes charging at the Autobots. Suddenly, all three Dinobots transform into robot mode and approach the Aubobots calmly. Grimlock: “Us, Dinobots, want Megatron.” The Dinobots never again trust any Transformers, Autobot or Decepticon, and as such, are difficult to control. They, however, have a strong desire to hurt Megatron and the Decepticons so the Dinobots become uneasy and temperamental allies of the Autobots. What do you think? What should the origin story for the Dinobots be?