Folks: I was thinking about this the other day, and I realized just how much this theme comes through TF07 as well as ROTF. What's the central thing about Transformers, really? It's the ordinary things turning into something extraordinary. Buy a car, and it turns out to be an alien robot. Who knew? This theme recurs all through both movies. Besides the physically transforming robots, you've got characters that start out ordinary, but become something more. Look at Sam, who takes on this responsibility that he never asked for, and then ends up standing with the ancient Primes themselves. Look at Mikaela, "evil jock concubine", who turns out to be hiding something much more heroic. Look at the soldiers who go against their superiors to do the right thing, the thing that has to be done. All through the movies, this keeps coming up. The spotlight isn't on the professionals, the people who should know how to get things done, but on the ordinary characters who can "transform" out of ordinary-mode. I think this must be intentional on the writers' part.