Dylan Gould is portrayed rather differently in the comics/novel and the film. In the former, he is more comfortable with being Decepticon agent, as well as being an ambitious maniac: he believes his service will be rewarded with the position of Earth leader, which he desires greatly (never mind an alien invasion, human losses or that he’d only be a puppet). The film has him more rational and fearful (perhaps realistically): he is very aware that he’s working for evil robotic aliens, but is too cowardly and selfish to care beyond preserving his own hide. Anyway, he made some serious blunders (I refer to the events in the film): - On the first viewing, I was confused as to why they didn’t kill Dylan after the Xanthium was destroyed; I was under the impression that he’d extended his usefulness to the Decepticons by literally selling out the human race, with the proposal that he rule them as slaves. I was wrong: the enslavement was always Sentinel’s plan, and Dylan was kept alive for the slave-leader post. This would mean he had nothing to offer his clients; his life was in their hands to do what they would, as soon as his usefulness ends or they were tired of him he’s dead. He probably would have found nothing to use as a bargaining chip, but still if you were working for guys who’d kill you (family connection or not) wouldn’t you try to look for one? - Keeping the hero’s girl for yourself is a great plan, unless you consider the fact that “she is very smart.” Right after this compliment, Dylan proceeds to tell Carly the Decepticons’ plan, including how it’ll work. He warns her not to jeopardize things (“Don’t jinx me. You want to survive, you listen to me!”), but of course that didn’t really stop her from deliberately provoking him (“I guess they didn’t tell you about this part, did they?”). It’s probably me, but I got a really inept vibe from Dylan that he couldn’t keep control over the girl he stole. - He didn’t notice the transfer of Decepticon leadership. Of course the situation hadn’t really change that much (his main contact was Soundwave), but still it seems he wasn’t aware of it and things might not have gone well for him under the new leader (Sentinel Prime is a mostly unknown factor with humans, but as he himself has stated he does not take orders from them). - When he confronts Sam at gunpoint, he says there’s only one future for him. Apart from the fact that he could have made a getaway from Chicago and be free of his masters (with his wealth he could have become the next Mengele), he’s fighting for a future that was non-existent: his contacts were gone (Starscream, Soundwave) or out of commission (Megatron) and the other Decepticon troops would not have known or cared what he did and would gun him down for the fun of it. - He fights Sam off and reactivates the pillar. I’m figuring that from his POV all he had to do was keep the pillar working till Cybertron was fully through the space bridge, and that the Decepticons would handle the rest. Great idea, except the battle is going on around him; right around the time he got electrocuted Megatron was BFRing Sentinel, the Wreckers took Devcon’s head off, and NEST along with Ratchet and Bumblebee were on their way to the pillar. So with the tide of battle having turned, what was he going to do then? - When he faces down Sam, he does nothing; not even a defensive posture. He lost his gun and his adversary’s got a rebar, and yet he does nothing but taunt him, riling him to the point where he strikes him down. A apt fool’s end right there. What is interesting to me is that these could have been deliberately written into the script; kind of emphasizing that Dylan would have been nothing without the Decepticons. It’s more likely these were more plot elements though.