It seemed to be a nice touch of black comedy in the film (in accordance perhaps with Jerry Wang’s package to Sam and his subsequent “suicide”). I don’t think I’ve ever seen ANY incarnation of Starscream bitch so much as this one, in the scene where he has a grapple hook (with two people as added weight) and an explosive in his eyes. Seeing him flail around screaming blue murder I couldn’t help laughing at how panicky he was, despite it being the worst death ever suffered by a Decepticon. The fight was inspired by GI JOE VS TRANSFORMERS (where Snake-Eyes cuts out Starscream’s eye and chucks in a grenade). Turning Sam into a ninja is not something to laugh at obviously (Lennox was the only one needed for that fight IMO), but that fight was I think a really clever tribute to G1 Starscream’s role as evil comic relief. Having him go from mean and sadistic (“I love it when your little insect feet try to run!”) to utterly incapacitated and incapable (“My eye! I can’t see! I am going to kick you!”) was a very nice move, even if he deserved a better end.