- Motto: "A man who wants nothing is invincible."
everything started with the G1 cartoon. its the basis of my entire obsession and ill always love it for what it is. goofiness, mistakes and all. season 1 and the movie being the ones i could watch over and over again.
and beast wars is what breathed new life into the franchise. it ties into G1, has amazing character development and an amazing story. megatron was brilliantly scheming, and primal grew to meet every challenge. dinobot, may be my favorite transformer ever and i shouldnt even have to explain why. im a sucker for a turncoat villain.
beast machines. i get really tired of the haters. it was beautifully animated. it was dark and gritty. probably the darkest TF show in my opinion. and it had some of the greatest character development yet. more so than beast wars. i even liked the morphy maximals. it was a neat direction to take things, and since theres still transforming robots (vehicons) in the show i dont see what all the anger was about. also the robot modes of the vehicons were awesome and the first time they truly felt "alien like" to me. still having wheels and treads for feet, or not having legs at all! really think about it: these robot modes make a lot more sense than the humanoid modes we're used to. for a super advanced alien life for, that can change their form, evolving past the use of legs is kind of a no brainer. my favorite characters were megatron, jetstorm and rattrap.
i loved rattrap in BW, he was a force to be reckoned with. but in BM he was stripped of everything that made him what he once was. he became very self involved and forced him to re-evaluate his own self worth. i know ill sound lame, but "the weak component" was a moving episode. right up there with "code of the hero" and prime dying in the movie for me. rattrap almost sells his soul to megatron to regain his lost power, only to realize his power lies in areas other than artillery.
megatron was brilliant and scheming as always. but he was particularly embittered due to the outcome of the beast wars. his failures must have created some incredible self loathing, thus wanting him to purge himself of his "accursed" beast form and ultimately his past. when he gets up on his soap box in "the darkest knight" and tries to convince silverbolt to rejoin him, he makes some maniacally good arguments. and his end game? using optimal optimus's body? not many villains actually use the body of their nemesis against them.
finally jetstorm. he was funny and cold. the ultimate "classic" villain. the revived silverbolt was ok... but a little to much angst for my liking. also the sleek look of him just screamed style. its a shame none of the toys matched the show model very well...
i enjoyed the mystery of "omg whats going on?!" for the first season. the setting was so dark and gothic, an empty conquered cybertron with the remaining maximals being hunted by an army of soulless drones. and i really enjoy an underdog story. like i said, the alien-like designs were very unique, and felt to me that thats what they should have been like all along... y'know being aliens and all. i wasnt particularly in love with the whole plant-ifying of cybertron. but that plot development didnt ruin the series for me. cybertron with technorganic trees doesnt infuriate me like it did others.
i should note, im attempting to watch TF armada at the moment. and watching this brain melting nonsense makes me long for beast machines. armada is juvenile and lazy... ugh.. compared to the brilliant animation and story of BM, who could hate it?