funny i see this thread after that videos has been curculating around. in transformers 1-3, we only see ninteen total minutes of transformers related action/combat in 7.5 hours of movie.
Transformers 4 attempted to explore an interesting scenario, though it was milking a premise that started all the way back in 2. "we don't need the transformers anymore". This premise of course comes back and bites them in the face., this time courtesy of their own hands. IF you want a good example of how human interaction in a transformers series should be, go look at Transformers Prime.
Michael Bay tries to build up these deep, detailed stories for the humans working close to the autobots this time, so much so that we go through almost thirty minutes of movie, more or less, before Optimus interacts with them at all. The unfortunate state of 4 is brought on by the other good autobots they outright offed either in 3, or off screen thanks to the CIA. One of my more pissed off moments about the series is how they bitched off Ironhide. I understand that Bumblebee and Optimus are apparently all that matter to hte movies but..cmon man.
I'm also pissed at how Megatron/Galvatron was portrayed. Megatron isn't just on par with Optimus, historically he has been a horrific master mind and tactician. Michael Bay has effectively reduced Megatron to being a bitch, first for "The Fallen" and then for Sentinel Prime. Galvatrons appearance in 4 is "oh look i can corrupt robots", and then proceeds to do absolutely nothing in the entire final act of 4. According to the movie, at least on earth, there are only those 5 Autobots left. Galvatron could've killed minimum two of them, or at least imposed a huge threat. his only lines in the last act are "bring me the seed!" "They're ruining everything" and lastly "we'll meet again Prime"
I also was highly amused by the misadvertisement of the Dinobots involvement. Even though they were only present for fifteen minutes of the movie or so, i was pissed at the "fight" between Optimus and Grimlock. once again, Grimlock is someone that is very much on Par, and on occasion higher, than Optimus. I really pray they get justice done for them in the next installment.
The story arcs you mention from Transformers history would be incredible to watch. Raw plains transformers still brings tons of plot/story, plenty of action, and giant fighting robot goodness, without pointless human story that frankly, none of us really care about. we dont care that Tess isnt allowed to date more than the factoid. etc.
I'm likely not going to see another Michael Bay film. at least not in theaters. For the quality of movie we got with T4, i couldve looked for a decent pirate copy or redbox. Same will likely apply with TMNT