i know this may bring up some stupid arguments but i felt l,ike i had to say it. i feel that DOTM needed more autobots. i am not so keen on the recent trend of the autobots being this week depleated small group thing. i mean in G1 they really had numbers on their side. I am now speaking from a neutral point of veiw. the magority of the audience of the movies arnt in depth fans like us who know back stories and thing sin between the movies, they know only what is shown on the screen. so for characters to be introduced, are not openly killed and disappear the next movie is what i call a "cinamatic redundacy". its like if the new batman movie coming out didnt have alfred or commissioner gordan. so i feel that jolt and the twins should have at least been background characters in DOTM. since a general movie goer could assume that the arcees died due to their condition in battle and them not being shown again. jolt and the twins had no such situations. the reason i first started thinking about this was at the end of DOTM when the the autobots and soilders were chargeing sentinal and the piller and there are like 30 humans with just bumblebee and ratchet with them. sideswipe and mirage were kinda just "there". they both only had one spotlight moment each in the movie. the wreckers were alright, serving a few good moments that had impact on what was going on. a further reason for my beleif of autobot shortage is how all the autobots are shown at the end of the battle(the first image below) but then in one of the closing shots, half the bots are missing(second image below. would it have been so hard to add them into the background and battle scenes. the movies, and transformers in general, have never had a problem with space fillers. they sure would have lookd cool running through that gauntlet scene with the other bots and soldiers. so as a director, i think it was down right stupid for micheal bay to eliminte charcters in between movies simple because he didnt like them or such. it is over all i consistant ind illogical for someone as experienced in cinema to make this choice. as a service to the general audience of the films he should cover all the bases of his movies.