Transformers: The Last Knight does a lot of work to set up the movie franchise for a great expansion of the cinematic universe by giving fans backdoors into Transformers adventure stories across human history, with new revelations fun games about iconic characters like Bumblebee and Optimus Prime.
However, while Transformers 5 indeed spends a lot of time and energy putting together the next Transformers sequels and a few prequels to come, it also has some great callbacks and connections to all of Michael Bay. Transformers saga.
In the pages below you will find some of the reminders and references that Transformers: The Last Knight made to previous films in Bay’s Transformers series including:
here’s how Transformers 5 Connects to the other four Transformers Movies.
The first one Transformers The film begins with Shia LaBeouf’s Sam Witwicky being tracked down by a Decepticon disguised as a police car. The name of this Decepticon was Barricade.
Barricade emerged from the events of the first film by avoiding battle in Mission City, where the rest of his Decepticon teammates were put down by the Autobots. He entered again Transformers: The Dark Side of the Moon at the Battle of Chicago, but was crippled by Autobot forces when they recaptured the city.
In Transformers: The Last Knight, Barricade again plays a central role in the Decepticon plot, as he is the main agent of the rebooted Megatron, which tasks Barricade with finding the talisman belonging to “The Last Knight” – which ultimately puts Barricade at odds with the Protector of Talisman, Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg).
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Cade Yeager’s daughter, Tessa, was the main reason he got involved in the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons.
After Cade found Optimus Prime, his farm was attacked by the secretive transformer slayer unit known as the Cemetery Wind. Cade, Tessa, and her boyfriend Shane were all forced to flee, but were eventually found by Lockdown, Agent Transformer from Cemetery Wind. Tessa found herself trapped on the Lockdown ship, and Cade ended up being drafted into the Great Transformers War.
In Transformers: The Last Knight, we find Cade on the run and away from his daughter, busy living her life at university. Cade makes routine calls to his daughter, but is unable to speak to her due to TRF surveillance. In a touching scene, Tessa gives a touching speech to her father, assuring him that she is fine and that he needs a girlfriend.
Captain William “Wild Bill” Lennox (Josh Duhamel) was one of the primary human military agents to work alongside the Autobots.
Lennox was one of the first to discover the intrigue of modern Decepticons on Earth. He encountered Optimus Prime and the Autobots in the trenches with them at the Battle of Mission City; he subsequently fought alongside the Autobots as part of a secret team, hunting down the Decepticons in Revenge of the Damned; and he was one of the human heroes who bravely fought in the Battle of Chicago during The darkness of the moon.
In The last knight we find Lennox trying to find his place in the new world order. He pretends to work for the TRF, stalking all Transformers are still hiding on Earth; in reality, he’s secretly working with General Morshower (Glenn Morshower), trying to stay focused on the real threat of the Decepticons and Megatron.
Battle of Chicago
Transformers: The Last Knight begins its story by revisiting the quarantined wastelands of Chicago, where the Autobots and Decepticons fought Transformer: Dark Moon. Young Izabella (Isabela Moner) saves three local boys from being wiped out by drones patrolling the quarantine zone – and she, in turn, is saved by Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), who patrols the area trying to hide and protect the arrivals of Autobot the Earth.
The Battle of Chicago has since become a landmark event in the Transformers the universe of the film – a world-changing event that lets humanity know with certainty that we are not alone in the universe.
Needless to say, in the years since The Battle, Chicago hasn’t quite recovered.
Starscream has become one of the trademark gruesome murders in Michael Bay Transformers movies during Transformers: The Dark Side of the Moon, when Sam Witwicky blew his head off with a pole stick in his eye.
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In Transformers: The Last Knight, Megatron makes a (temporary) deal with the Army’s Transformers Reaction Force (TRF) faction, led by Captain Lennox. During this partnership, Megatron can see some of the memories kept by the TRF. One item the military force keeps close at hand is Starscream’s head.
Megatron gives a beautiful Shakespearean ode to his former underling – at the same time succeeds in insulting him. Classic Megatron.
The fate of the Witwiccan
Fans of the Transformers movie wonder about the fate of Shia LaBeouf’s Sam Witwicky since he disappeared from the The Transformers: Age of Extinction character list, and Transformers: The Last Knight finally delivers and responds.
When Cade Yeager arrives at the home of Sir Edmund Burton (Anthony Hopkins), he learns that a secret order has been protecting the secret of Transformers on Earth for decades – an order that began with Merlin and the Knights of King Arthur. Among the many members of the Order of Witwiccans represented in the Burton Museum, one stands out: Sam Witwicky.
Yes, it turns out that Shia LaBeouf’s character from the Transformers The trilogy didn’t come out of nowhere for his heroism: he was meant to be that guy. However, the Burton Museum is sort of a memorial, and the implication is that Sam is one of the last members of the Order to fall into service. In other words: Sam may be dead.
Transformers fans were super excited when The Contstructicons and their combined form of Devastator were featured in Transformers: Revenge; then Michael Bay messed it up by barely starring the characters while still managing to give the Devastator robot testicles.
… Anyway, when Cybertron begins to suck energy from Earth into Transformers: The Last Knight, a site that is wiped out by the two colliding planets is the disfigured Egyptian pyramid Devastator opened to reveal the Sun Harvester weapon in Revenge of the Damned.
No more moon landing
The Transformers spacecraft crashed into the moon was central to the story of Transformers: The Dark Side of the Moon. However in Transformers: The Last Knight, we are once again seeing the franchise’s past literally fade away.
As Cybertron descends its home straight towards Earth, it passes over the face of the moon, knocking over a portion of the lunar surface that includes “The Ark”, that spacecraft that played a crucial role in the war. between Decepticons and Autobots.
As for the Pyramid of Revenge of the Damned, it was a symbolic cleaning of the painting, so that the future Transformers films have new ground to build on.
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Transformers: The Last Knight is now in theaters.
In Transformers: The Last Knight, the humans are at war with the Transformers and Optimus Prime has vanished. The key to saving the future is buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Now it’s up to the unlikely alliance of Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), Bumblebee, an Englishman Lord (Anthony Hopkins) and an Oxford professor (Laura Haddock) to save the world.
Transformers: The Last Knight is directed by Michael Bay. The film stars Mark Wahlberg and Stanley Tucci reprising their roles as The Transformers: Age of Extinction, with Josh Duhamel, and John Turturro reprising the roles of the first three Transformers movies.
Transformers: The Last Knight The voice cast includes Peter Cullen as Optimus Prime, John Goodman as Hound, and John DiMaggio as Crosshairs. Other Transformers appearing in the film include Bumblebee, Drift, Hot Rod, Cogman, Canopy, Sqweeks, Grimlock, Megatron, Barricade, Onslaught, Hooligan, and Mohawk.