I apologise if this topic was made before, but this forum is pretty quick and so many like-titled threads it's easy to miss if it exists. Hell, there are threads about what you'd change about the films, but I want to specifically "rewrite" TLK alone to be functional. Take the same basic story, and as many aspects as possible, and reconfigure it into an actual movie. For the sake of time I'm not going to rewrite the script or anything, but just give a big ol' summary-style plot rundown. Plus, posting this giant synopsis is easier avoided in it's own thread should you choose than having to scroll past it in another. Get ready for a long, LONG post. ---------- I'd start the movie similarly with the battle in the dark ages, and similarly have Merlin tracking down the Cybertronian knights for help. He'd be less of a comedic drunk and more of a sad drunk, lost in a stupor over their dire situation and personal inadequecies. He pleads with the knight, whom we see clearly but with his face concealed by a mouthplate, and similarly is gifted the staff, which doesn't control Dragonstorm, but instead can control life energy itself (which ties into its function at the end as a siphoning device to steal Unicron's energy) and Merlin takes it. He thanks the knight and says he'll do anything he can to repay him, but the knight cryptically says that taking the staff is payment, and the twelve knights charge from their ship to the battlefield. They fight bravely, but the twelve knights can't keep up with the shear numbers of the opposing army, and so Merlin holds aloft the staff, and a wave of "magic" shoots out, obliterating the opposing forces. The day is one, and all cheer, save for Merlin who's horrified by the power he just witnessed and what the knights intend by giving it to him. Cut to a far more visually impressive title scene than what we actually got. Optimus drifts through space, eventually crashing on Cybertron like in the film, and is at first perplexed by where he is, but as he scour shis surroundings he picks out ruined structures and landmarks, deducing that this is a dead Cybertron. He despairs, realising he's far too late to save his home, until Quintessa's voice leads him down into Cybertron's core. He meets her, and she introduces herself as his creator. Optimus is aprehensive, and says that she wanted him back so bad, well here he is. He's immediately bound and shocked in a longer and more nuanced torture scene, Quintessa again slapping him and causing the red mark, which grows with every twisted word she uses to sway him. Optimus visibly resists, albeit fruitlessly, making it more clear she's brainwashing him and he's not in control. Once successfully turned she releases him and he stands there, zombified, pledging his allegience and asking her what he's to do. Cut to Cade rummaging through the restricted area of Chicago, looking for robot refugeees that have shown up since AOE and taken shelter in the ruined city. All the while he's being silently stalked by Barricade in alt mode. He's looking for a ship they saw crash land, and talks with Hound over the radio about where they think it went down, until Cade finds it. It climbs the smoking wreckage and sees the knight inside, radioing to Hound about the weirdly ancient robot inside that doesn't look like any of the TFs that have arrived since. The knight awakens, and Cade tries to help before seeing his mortal wounds. Cade is solemn much like in the film where the knight attempts to give him the talisman, but he refuses it saying the knight should keep it. The knight places it on his arm and it forms a band Cade can't remove, and in his panic falls off the ship and is quickly set apon by Barricade who reveals himself similarly to TF1, and says Cade has something he needs. Cade fires his alien pistol but is only saved when the Knight detonates the ship, engulfing barricade and letting Cade escape. Barricade emerges unscathed but is saved when Bumblebee arrives, Barricade taunting Bee with a "remember me?" style quip, and the two have a fairly even fight with Barricade gaining the upper hand until Hound arrives, and he retreats. The three return to the junkyard where things proceed about the same as in the real film, save for Drift who comments of the recklessness of bringing a "mere child" on such a delicate misison. Bee gets indignant, and Drift mocks that he hasn't got leadership potential like Prime does. As Bee storms off Cade tells him not to let it get to him, that they all miss Optimus and are just dealing in different ways, which segues into Cade calling up Tessa like in the movie along with Hound's "you're a hell of a father, Cade." During this time we're introduced to Daytrader just like in the movie proper, fulfilling the same role for identifying what the talisman is. Daytrader warns that it won't come off unless it "wants to." Cut to Sir Edmund Burton and Cogman, who discuss how late "he" is and that something's likely gone wrong. Burton is nervous because of their short time schedule and a call from Daytrader, who's secretly one of many of Edmund's contacts throughout the world, has Cogman off the America to retrieve Cade before anyone else does. Cue Barricade returning to Megatron, who have a similar exchange about Barricade discovering the Knight, and Megatron says it's just as "she" said, touching his red face mark. Megatron turns violent when Barricade explains the Knight is dead, meaning their only lead is gone with it, until Barricade mentions the Knight giving Cade something. Megatron deduces it must be a talisman he was told about, and almost trashes barricade before he reasonably excuses his failure by pointing out how they're outnumbered. Megatron cools down when he realises Barricade is right, and that they'll need more troops to even things out. This leads to a different kind of scene where Barricade and Megatron storm TRF (which isn't featured in prominence this time and is mostly just a holding facility instead of a Government task force) and threatens the humans to release his "crew" in a less Suicide-Squad-y intro scene where each 'Con is released with all their quirks and attitude. Megatron bemoans how this is all that's left, but they'll do, and immediately asks Barricade where they're going, who reveals he put a tracker on Cade's boot or something when they tustled. Cade and the Autobots are doing what they do, Crosshairs working on his little flying cart thing, Hound arguing with Daytrader over whatever, just generally character-stuff. Drift and Bumblebee butt heads more, until they hear the sound of approaching engines, and Wheelie points out the tracker on Cade, who crushes it. The Autobots all take up positions when they see that one of the approaching vehicles is an alien jet, i.e. Megatron. They retreat into the derelict town as the two forces fight, Crosshairs commenting on why Megatron isn't Galvatron. Megatron drops a line about how he was restored when "she" came to him, even though he thought is was a dream, and she gave him his new body and old name back. The 'Cons force the Autobots into retreat and they scatter. They manage to kill at least Dreadbot before the heavy hitters like Onslaught and Nitro force the Autobots into an empty building and the 'Cons follow, only for the building to be dropped on them thanks to Crosshairs planting sticky bombs around it. The Autobots plan to beat a hasty retreat when Cogman meets them, and all the Autobots, not just Bee and Cade, board the old flying wing Transformer and head to London. There they meet Edmund Burton and all the refugee Transformers. There Edmund takes an exposition dump, but instead of the Merlin descendant stuff, the actual backstory is this: the Knight Cade encountered was one of the twelve knights of the dark ages who fled with the talisman from Earth. See, the talisman "unlocks" Merlin's staff, which is the energy-sucking ket to draining the life from Unicron. The Knights were planning just this, intent on stealing Unicron's energy before the mad Goddess Quintessa could use it for evil, but when they saw life had evolved on Unicron's surface, they couldn't doom the whole planet of innocent creatures, and so seperated the two items so it could never be used, and bonded the staff to Merlin so no one but he could ever weild the power. Merlin, being mortal and all, took that power to his grave. But Quintessa has grown so strong in Godlike power ove rthe eons the Knights feared she'd be able to use the staff anyway, and called the talisman Knight back so they could retrieve the staff and hide it away again on another planet. Cogman, an ancient descendant of the Knights and lunatic Headmaster, intercepted this message centuries ago and has been working with the Burton family since to prepare for this day. Quintessa, with Cybertron, is coming, and the two planets growing closer is awakening Unicron. So now it' up to the Autobots and Cade to recover the staff before Quintessa does. The talisman is semi-sentient like the movie, and is compelled towards the staff, and so they use it to find on a map where the staff is. So it's off to the sea, where everything's better down where it's wetter, take it from me. But before they can get there, the Decepticons have tracked the plane they took to London and are in full assault. Many a chase between many varieties of vehicle and robot is had. Each Autobot demostrates their skills (such as Cogman's ability to rap 'Whoa bitch" whilst driving at breakneck speeds) against likewise unique and skillfull Decepticons, and only through cunning and temwork do they manage to take down Mohawk and wound Onslaught. Megatron almost grabs Cade and Bumblebee were it not for the timely arrival of Hot Rod, the youngets and most skilled refugee from Edmund's sancturary, who just barely manages to escape with Bee and Cade, who make it to the submarine Transformer who actually transforms and barrage steh Decepticons until they retreat. The old sub (lets call them Tidal Wave) takes Cogman, Cade, and BB and HR undersea to the old Knight's hiding place. There they at last find the staff, but oh no, that Megatron just won't quit, and he follows them. As he looms over the Autobots, the Knight reactivate, and Megatron is massively outnumbered until Prime arrives who, to Bumblebee and Cade's horror, stands side-by side with Megatron and attacks the knights. They knock them around as Cade and Cogman flee through the ship, now rising once the staff was taken, ready to siphon Unicron's energy as per its original function. Megatron and Prime both blast free of the ship, and Hound, Drift and Crosshairs watch from land at the impossibility of Megatron and Prime teaming up. Drift turns into a helicopter and flies up despite the frustrated pleas of Hound and Crosshairs to not go alone. But just as the two loom over Cade, Megatron attacks Prime, who's incredulous at the idea of anyone resisting Quintessa, while Megatron says his ambition is too powerful to be controlled. He wants Unicron's power for himself, and steals the staff. But when he does, Quintessa's influence grows with her anger at being betrayed, and Megatron is forced to take the staff to her. Optimus is left to fight the Autobots, who are easily overpowered. Hot Rod gets knocked right into the ocean leaving Bumblebee to fight alone, and he's almost killed via wrist-stabber when Drift jumps in between, taking the hit. This shocks Prime out of Quintessa's control, not that she cares with the staff in her possession now. Optimus is distraught, and Drift admits his respect for Bee's bravery before dying, and as Optimus realises all he's done, Bumblebee speak in his real, pained voice for Prime to keep fighting, and that they need a leader. The Knight Ship shows up thanks to Daytrader, manned by refugee Transformers from Edmund Burton's castle. Hound and Crosshairs momentarily mourne Drift aboard the ship. Unfortunately, Megatron's Decepticons have likewise regrouped with an army of demonic warriors of Quintessa, and the fight is on. Optimus leads his Autobots against Megatron's Decepticons once again, and eventually Prime and Megatron are at it again in Quintessa's chamber where Cade follows, intent of using the talisman. Big ol' fight, and in the insuing conflict, Megatron's ambition and hatred of Optimus -over-write Quintessa's control, and he turns on her. Cade find sthe talisman leaves his arm, and he throws it to Prime, who sues it to take the staff and break it in half. Quintessa freaks the fuck out and goes berserk, and zaps all the Autobots whilst the Decepticons look on. Cogman cheekily gets the jump on not Nitro, but Onslaught, and pops his head off (which keeps protesting even once disconnected) and hijacks his body for a sneak attack on Quintessa. This gives Megatron a chance to shoot her, but like the movie she just sort of vapourizes but everythign think's she's been destoryed. Everyone bails as Cybertron begins to shudder as it drifts away into space. The Decepticons (minus Onslaught's body, but his head being carried away by Nitro or someone) decide enough is enough, while the Autobots gather victorious, but saddened by the loss of Drift. They properly mourne their heroic friend, (Hound: "I'm gonna miss his fortune cookie crap.") and Optimus looks up to Cybertron, now at a "safe distance" from Earth, and he leads his Autobots to Cybertron where they can lay Drift to rest "at home." Whew. So, what do ya think? Better, worse? Does it create as many problems as it solves? What would you add or change? I tried to keep it less fanwanky and more just a good TF story where the TFs are just as much characters as the people, with the same basic plot of Knights and Unicron and Quintessa and shit because that's clearly setup for the future. Cut out everything useless and keep the movie's grand scale but without the grand mal it gave me.