ausbot wrote:I'm in the "never again Transformers animated" camp. It is the only series I don't own a toy or DVD/blue ray of. I didn't enjoy the look, or story of it. I'm happy that others love it but I never want to see it again.
Understood. Not gonna take that away from anyone. I liked the series and the figures just fine though. I know that the chances of Hasbro taking it up again are remote. My only point is - if they REALLY want a show that appeals to both adults and kids - they got one already. TFA was left off at a perfect spot to pick up again with new storylines. (for example, Sentinel Prime (the Autobot version of Starscream) could work to undermine Optimus, jealous of him as the new hero of Cybertron. And his clumsy sabotage efforts wind up helping Megatron to escape and resume his war. The potential of showing Optimus having to deal with the newer, heavier pressures of true leadership are golden)
I can only say that I harbor the same aversion that some feel towards TFA to the look/toys/movies of all things Bayverse. The Bay figures just aren't any fun, they don't look good, and most of them are kibble-laden bricks. Maybe it's just resentment that they decided to make Megatron look like some kind of gay vampire, but I just don't like them, and I find the movies to be jarring, purile, juveline, crass, and emotionless. As a fan from G1, I had high hopes. But the first movie was a major letdown, and since then I have had no desire to see any of the movies in theater. To date, Movie 1 is the only one of which I have a DVD copy. And even that one has to be winced through. I've only caught snippets of the other films on TBS re-runs, though I've seen enough to know that they're not getting any better - quite the reverse.
And... I'm confused. Some say that Hasbro was planning '10 years' of TF prime, while others are saying the 'plan' was only 65 episodes (which is about the average life of a cartoon show, give or take). Has anybody got ANY proof of either allegation other besides 'oh it's just something I heard somewhere'? I don't think I ever said they cancelled TF Prime - I said they dumped it. (There's a difference. If the show had been cancelled for low ratings, that would be a crime. But it's even worse if they knew the show was great and popular, but they dumped it anyway for no other reason that some suit in some office somewhere said, 'Well, we hit 65 eps, that's it!') If the 'plan' was for only 65 episodes, when they had so much potential to do more, then it was extremely short-sighted of them. We never got any real insecticon figures, no decent version of Airachnid, no mass release of Breakdown... so much potential wasted.
And while I can't prove it, I'm still convinced that one of the major reasons why they're dumping TF Prime is to clear the field for the next round of Bayverse crap. When they started TF Prime, they were in Hasbro's inner circle, and they knew another movie was coming. They also knew the rough schedule for making it. Boom - we wind up with only 65 episodes of TF Prime - time to flush it and make room for Bay's next round.