Okay, gonna be spoilers folks. Look away if you haven't seen the movie yet. Going into this movie, nothing would've pleased me more than to have a calm, down to earth scene where all the Autobots were collected together and talking. It would've provided valuable exposition and also an opportunity to just hear them speak with one another and display character. Ironhide could return to that rough-riding cowboy motif touched upon in the first movie. Ratchet could be the brainy nerd who puts his foot in his mouth far too often. Bumblebee could be the shy, yet brave soldier, and so on and so on. The first movie did a pretty excellent job establishing characters and personalities. But in this one we get Sideswipe uttering two or three lines of dialogue, and nothing, no personality. The Arcee triplets? What's their motivation? Jolt? Seriously? Engineer Olsen was imbued more personality than Jolt, and he had three minutes of screen time. These characters had no character. I mean, yes, we got the Twins, but seriously, they were not sympathetic characters. They were simply an outlet used to spill stereotypical gangsta' ebonics and comic relief for 8 year olds. And if I had to sum up their personalities in a single word, it would be stupid. To me the best war movies are the ones where you care about the soldiers. You genuinely tense up when one of them gets shot because you really learn to love them. But in this one, I didn't give a crap for either side. I didn't care if the Decepticons won or lost, because ultimately Ironhide, Arcee, Jolt, Ratchet, and hell, even Bumblebee were painted with broad 2-dimensional strokes. And I didn't care about them. As a side note, yes, I felt sad when Prime "died", because he's the only one who really seemed to be fleshed out in this one. He had the heart, and unfortunately for the 60+ minutes where he was in stasis lock, I was bored stiff.