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Trailer Probe : Transformers Dark of the Moon
© Joe Crowe
December 14, 2010

Trailer Probe reviews nerd-related movie trailers. Geek explosion content is the good parts, dork disengagement level is the bad parts. Geek parts per billion is the total quality rating, one billion being the super-nerdiest.

Transformers Dark of the Moon

Dork disengagement level: No Shia LaBoeuf! How can you do a Transformers movie trailer with no Shia LaBoeuf?

He is in the movie. Just not the trailer. Everybody calm down.

This Transformers movie apparently happens after the moon landing. That is a hugely wasted opportunity.

If it took place a few years earlier, John F. Kennedy could say "Ich bin ein Autobot."

Geek explosion content: "No, sir. We are not alone."

The Transformers are on the moon. THE TRANSFORMERS ARE ON THE MOON!

The footage of NASA on Earth is priceless, with analog equipment, reel to reel tape drives, and white short-sleeve shirts.

Space mission jargon is already awesome, but this trailer sets a new bar with "You are dark on the rock."

I plan to work that into ordinary conversation as soon as possible.

"Hey, Joe. How are you?"

"I am dark on the rock."

The historic footage of the moon landing is at last put to its best use, as set dressing in a giant robot movie.

Geek parts per billion: 800,000.

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