Frank Welker

In 'Transformers: Age of Extinction,' things get Bayed — big time

After nearly three hours in the crucible that is "Transformers: Age of Extinction," a sort of shorthand might be helpful to discuss the fourth edition of the ginormous action franchise ruled by the iron fist of director Michael Bay.

To that end, let's say "Bayed," as in "being Bayed," is the core principle at work in the films. In general, being Bayed means being beaten, blasted, bashed, crushed, melted, morphed, reconstituted and remade over and over and over again.

The term can be applied broadly starting with "Extinction's" greatly expanded world of Autobots, Decepticons and Dinobots, all of which undergo the entire regimen many...