I was pondering this: Did Optimus send Ironhide & crew on that "Special Run" to Earth as... a suicide mission? Did Optimus know that Megatron was so unreachable (heavily fortified on Cybertron) that he had to dangle a worm on a hook to get him out in the open? Was this a trap for Megatron that went horribly bad? Or was this a calculated risk? Did the Autobots on that shuttle know what they were getting into? Did they sign up for it, or were they picked for their ability to get the job done at any cost?