Watch: The Transformers movie series explained in 2 minutes

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Mar 25, 2021, 7:00 PM EDT (Updated)

Once upon a time, there was a boy and his new car ... which was actually an alien robot named Bumblebee!

From that touching, seemingly idyllic premise sprang a billion-dollar franchise chronicling the ages-old war between the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, a conflict peppered with Americana conspiracy theories, revisionist history, and lots and lots of explosions, courtesy of director Michael Bay.

Yes, the Transformers movies are loud, militaristic, and more than occasionally obnoxious ... but they're also often delightfully weird and almost always bonkers insane.

Here's where we're at with the series on the eve of the release of Transformers: The Last Knight. Enjoy.