Article: "The Last Knight" Secret Past TV Spot Analysis

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"The Last Knight" Secret Past TV Spot Analysis

Earlier today a new TV Spot for "The Last Knight" was released, focusing on the roles that Transformers have played throughout human history. While there is definitely some creative license being taken with this concept, there are some fantastic images that flash on the screen in this video. Check out an analysis of some of the highlights below!

Wall of posters

  • Bumblebee is in a poster to the left in a different form, possibly an aerial mode given the poster's "Army Air Forces" logo.
  • Hound is seen on a recruitment poster for the army Medical Services, tying in to the look of the character in "The Last Knight". He looks almost like a stylized human in the drawing and his helmet features the Red Cross symbol.
  • Archibald Witwicky appears on the cover of "Explorers Magazine".
  • Grindor/Blackout's model is used on an ominous "It's Watching You" poster.
  • The "Enemy" poster on the upper right is the same one seen in the previous trailers when Canopy is destroyed by the military.

Ancient Japan
At first one could interpret this photo as a group of Samurai posing with a statue, but of course the "statue" is actually Autobot Drift! If he was training with Samurai, that would explain the appearance of his robot mode which resembles traditional Samurai armor.

Bayeux Tapestry
It would be easy to think that "Bayeux" is some sly reference to director Michael Bay, but it in fact references a real life tapestry. The Bayeux Tapestry is a work of art that is 230 feet (70 metres) long and 50 centimeters tall. According to Wikipedia, it depicts "the events leading up to Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings." Of course, in this supposed section, there are Transformers featured that resemble Knights! Transformers such as these were seen in an earlier trailer (and this spot), so it is fascinating to see them captured in this way. You will also see the words "Daemonia Apparvit" which roughly translates into the "Spirits (or devil) appear". This is interesting to note because it suggests that part of the reason Transformers were not just seen as part of human culture all along is that they may have been regarded as mythical/supernatural legends like ghosts and the Loch Ness monster.

The Order of the Witwiccans, 1901
An earlier trailer revealed that Sir Edmund Burton was the last of the Order of the Witwiccans. Sound familiar? It should. Sam Witwicky and his family figured into the adventures of the first three "Transformers" films and the name Witwicky goes back to Generation One. Behind this group shot of the order is Hot Rod. It is interesting that he would be so obvious in the shot (and not in vehicle mode or something) but if this was a secret society it is possible this photo was also secret, for the eyes of order members only.

Oddly, Hot Rod seems to have bits of his modern day Lamborghini vehicle mode on his chest. Of course, the real life answer is that this is just a quick reuse/Photoshop of the existing model into the photo. In-story it is simply possible his armor always looked sleek and resembled what we call a Lamborghini in the modern age. Given that this photo will likely not be featured in the film itself outside of a quick flash I'm willing to give this one a pass. Indeed, there is precedent for this in "Transformers" history. In "Generation One" the first few episodes of the Transformers series showed Autobots with very Earth-like car parts in robot mode before they came to Earth!

The March to Valley Forge
This is an alternative version of "The March to Valley Forge", a painting by William Trego, 1883. Depicting a key time in American history, this version incorporates a familiar looking robot with a cape on. Whether it is Hound or not is up in the air, but it is fun to speculate that Hound has been a veteran of both Cybertronian and human wars!

Megatron
This shot is rather ominous, and in a sense it also takes us out of the "reality" of the movie. Here we see a bust that clearly represents Megatron's new form - which he does not have until this film (as far as we know) so it is odd the Order would already have a bust.

The painting behind the bust is an "edit" of "The Triumph of Death" by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The real life painting is a bleak scene featuring skeletons in a scorched landscape with fires in the distance. Megatron and Shockwave have been inserted into this painting, which is perfect given what the two would symbolize to a terrorized population!

World War 2
While most of the artwork featured above will mostly be in the background (if at all) in the film, this brief sequence shows footage from the movie where a car sneaks Allied troops into a Nazi stronghold and then transforms and attacks! We do not get to see the robot from the front but based on his round shape, big arms and giant guns it is very likely this is Hound, which would be more than appropriate given his grizzled appearance and military motif.

Optimus Prime & Bumblebee
Two small statues are sitting on a table featuring Optimus Prime and Bumblebee in their current forms, which is kind of odd. It is possible Sir Burton commissioned these around the time of "Age of Extinction" but I think this is more of an artistic embellishment on the part of the production crew. While it may make more sense to show Optimus in his "Dark of the Moon" form, this is the form more recognizable as Optimus for the past few years so using it is understandable. It is also interesting how Bumblebee is in a thoughtful pose while Optimus is in more of a pose that makes him look like he is at guard, ready to fight. This seems to allude to Optimus being the aggressor as he is under the influence of the Creators in "The Last Knight".

In addition to the photos/paintings etc. above, there were three other images released via the official Transformers Facebook page that deserve analysis:

  • A lithograph of a big plume of smoke and a Transformer is an 1888 lithograph of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa.
  • A photo of two tanks with a robot that looks like he is Bumblebee in some type of tank form is an altered photo taken during World War I in Europe in 1917. It features British tanks in action while Germans shell them.
  • A line of human troops with an Ironhide-looking robot standing with them. This is actually an altered version of a photograph from World War I showing Supporting troops of the 1st Australian Division walking on a duckboard track near Hooge, in the Ypres Sector.