Do the autobots do anything? I mean, they are stranded on Earth. They didn't even bother fix up the Ark or getting it out of the water. Sure, they use the key's power, but come on...they are repair bots. They could've done a lot more to get off the planet and away from the decepticons rather than laze about and dealing with the threat of more coming to them. Prowl is off with nature, Ratchet is sleeping, Bumblebee and Bulkhead are hanging with Sari...I know they aren't trained soldiers but they should have tried something, maybe like getting in touch with Ultra Magnus? Sure they help out humans, but who cares about them? They shoulda kept to themselves, after all they are robots in disguise. At least in Beast Wars, there was something to do. Maximals collect energon, contact Cybertron, scout missions, building little trinkets...even then, they would fail because preds would get in the way. Even now, the shards are out there. This is why the decpticons are so much better. Megatron is holding up Sumdac for technology and making a coup. There's planning. Even now, all the autobots do is wait until there's a shard or go off in one of their trips and stumble upon trouble.