Well, about those Insecticons largely being putties in this episode, I've had a few theories, many of which it seems I wasn't alone with. In short, lets take a rundown of the 3 we've seen, those being the one on Cybertron, the one that Megatron bested, and the ones that served as cannon fodder. Cybertronian Insecticon: To me, a couple of rather important points for this one could have to do with it not only being in its natural habitat, but also that it was possibly left behind specifically. Granted, maybe it was also fresh outa statis or whatever, but it also had a pretty clear objective with minimal distractions. Airachnid's 1st Pet: This one wasn't in its natural area (it was on Earth oppose to Cybertron), but it shared the element of having a clear objective, and it could possible have even been enhanced with Airachnid's influence. Plus as Hypershock mentioned, both this & the one on Cybertron were fighting while grounded, which could also favor them. The swarm: These were outa their traditional habitat, being shot in the air, farther away from Airachnid, and to UltraPrimal's point, likely quite confused & mentally stretched thin in general... so even if we ignore the plotpoints, I can logicate (for the sake of this point, "logicate" will be a word) why they were dealt with so easily in this episode. ... moving to Grill, I'm gonna be quite disappointed if the camera battery cutting out at the end (right before the phonecall about Prime being cleared) gets completely dismissed, but other than that, I think the episode did well by me.