The Film contains examples of:
- Hilarious in Hindsight: Dr. Edward Luttwak spends a lot of time balking over the fact that the Air Force is still using the B-52 Stratofortress as its primary bomber—which by then had been in service for about two and a half decades. "No airline would ever use an airplane for this long!" And yet ...
- ... As of 2013—citing the bomber's ability to remain airborne for very long periods of time, its reliability, and its usefulness in supporting ground operations where opponents have limited air defense—the Air Force plans to continue using the B-52 well into 2045, almost a century after its first flight.
The Comic Book contains examples of:
- Ass Pull: Garrison Kreiger actually being Merklynn wasn't alluded to at all in Revolutionaries, the series where he debuted; and while there were some small hints in First Strike's prologue and backup stories note it was so minor that to most it came across as a Shocking Swerve that had little to do with the plot of either Revolutionaries or First Strike.
- What an Idiot!: Starscream gets visited by a group of humans, who tell him all they know about the villain's plan. Instead of acting upon it, He has the humans imprisoned and sends one man to deal with the threat. It goes horribly.