Downbeat wrote:I thought the show had promise at the start, but it went downhill fast in my eyes and overstayed its welcome. I hope the next show is better, closer to Animated in writing quality.
Seriously? Animated was so obviously aimed at children, Prime is for a more mature audience.
You're talking about tone, not writing quality. Preference of tone is completely subjective, so if you can't stand the more kid-friendly bent of Animated I get why you like Prime better.
Writing quality, on the other hand, can be measured, and I think Animated was much better than Prime in that respect. I know there are reasons for it, but Prime frequently wrapped up potentially interesting ongoing plot lines before they could go anywhere, and did so in a way that was not satisfactory at all. It also failed to make the comparatively few characters really interesting, aside from the precious few like Knock Out and Starscream. Animated made much better use of the time that it had to work with. It had a better understanding of how to abandon a side story early, sometimes by not wrapping them up and just leaving us at a cliff hanger that wouldn't hurt too badly, and each of its many characters got to stand out in a way that left a lasting impression even if they only appeared in one scene.
I personally like the tone of both shows, but I know once Prime is over I will never go back and watch it the whole way through again, while I have watched the entire run of Animated from beginning to end three times so far, as well as individual episodes several more times.
Comparing Animated and Prime maybe isn't a fair test. Try comparing it to a different show with the same tone. There are much better shows than Prime in its category, but few that show the same level of careful crafting as Animated among shows aimed at that audience.