Duke of Luns wrote:To an extent, yeah, but to another extent, not really. Cybertron blew up....they spent most of their time on Athenia anyway.
Yes, but considering that that was the prize both sides had been fighting over for millions of years, and with an outsider coming in and removing it from the equation, that forced the Decepticons to utterly change their ultimate goal since they lost the very thing that they had desired for so many years. And with their leader lost in the crossfire, that gave Scorponok his opportunity to seize control with ease.
Duke of Luns wrote:Mars blew up...nothing came of that until Victory referenced it.
It showed that Scorponok (now MegaZarak) was a force not to be trifled with and upped the stakes for the Autobots having failed to save not one but TWO planets they were trying to protect.
Plus, it gave the Decepticons the victory they needed in acquiring Mars's plasma energy and making Scorponok appear worthy enough to remain in command. It was only Galvatron's sudden return that put things on hold afterward.
Duke of Luns wrote:The Space Bridge was rendered unusable...yet Chromedome still managed to go through it in an episode(granted it may somewhat factor into the relatively small scale of the Decepticon/Autobot war in Masterforce).
It rendered travel from planet to planet much more difficult, but yeah, Chromedome somehow getting through felt like a cheat to me.
Duke of Luns wrote:Ultra Magnus died, fine except he hadn't been seen in at least a dozen episodes and his "rivalry" with Sixshot was them shooting at each other in the first episode.
His death was a dramatic shock that brought motivation to both sides, with the Decepticons feeling more confident than ever in conquering Earth and the Autobots feeling more determined to protect the planet and its inhabitants than ever before.
While, yes, it doesn't come across as being quite that clear, that does still seem to have been the intention (aside from the real-world reason of removing old toys).
Duke of Luns wrote:
Final example, Galvatron was thought to have died when Cybertron blew up. That could have mattered! Instead, he came back and the Decepticons toured the Universe for the middle part of the season, stealing energy...for a wacko plan that...never came to fruition.
Well, his absence did give Scorponok a chance to shine as the leader, giving us a taste of his permanent status to come.
Galvatron's return was also a dramatic shock but not as good as it really needed an explanation beyond "I actually survived and chose to lay low for a while, watching and observing you all from afar until the right moment."
But, yeah, that his whole plan ultimately went nowhere was blah, but consider that that whole planet-hopping arc also did give MegaZarak enough motivation to finally have enough with being Galvatron's chauffeur and decide to get rid of him. MegaZarak wasn't the kind of villain who'd just overthrow someone on the spot like Starscream. He was willing to serve Galvatron at first back when he deemed Galvatron competent enough to work with. But after seeing Galvatron fail so many times, that settled things for him to have Galvatron removed from power once and for all. He hadn't intended to kill Galvatron back when he blew up Cybertron; he just took Galvatron's apparent demise as a convenience to his plans.
Duke of Luns wrote:So while I will agree it does have a flow as opposed to G1, it did not age very well, though the last third of Headmasters was marginally better than the first two-thirds.