The Decepticons launch a new scheme to clone an army of beasts.
- All There in the Script: According to the credits, the Insecticon that speaks is named Bombshock.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Bumblebee and Smokescreen engage in a tug of war with Shockwave over the Predacon fossil. They manage to get it from him, but a small fragment breaks off and falls towards Optimus, who quickly tries to grab it. However, Soundwave opened a ground bridge below it, causing the fossil to land in Megatrons hand.
- Conflict Ball: Magnus and Wheeljack get into a little argument just over Jackie being too playful with the exercise ball in the base. Magnus going into lecture mode wasn't exactly helpful, but thankfully, Wheeljack didn't leave due to his ship being damaged.
- Mythology Gag: "We could have Beast Wars on our hands."
- Shout-Out: According to Fowler, the truck hauled into the new base is from the M.A.S.K. division.
- Simultaneous Arcs: The next episode, Chain of Command, takes place concurrently with the back half of this episode.
- Trial Balloon Question: Smokescreen's now keeping the fact that he was almost a Prime a secret from the rest of the team. Apparently still having conflicting feelings he asks Bumblebee if he'd ever like to be a Prime himself. When Bee tells him he'd prefer the modest rank of warrior, Smokescreen can't help but agree.
- Visual Pun: The Conflict Ball example is triggered by Wheeljack lobbing a ball at a unprepared Bulkhead.
- The Worf Effect: The Insecticons, which were monstrously powerful in their first appearances, are child's play for the newly upgraded Optimus.