recently did a big re-read of much of the UK run of comics. found myself doing little more than skimming the US-originated stories so I could get to the good stuff. And some of those books were marvellous.
But, there are some awesome episodes of the cartoon as well. The Bruticus/Combaticons 2-parter, as well as the Aerialbots and Stunticon's being built, then the 'bots getting sent back to the start of the war, the whole thing with Silverbolt becoming the leader of the team? great! Some eps are enjoyable because they've got great animation, and some are enjoyable because of the story and in spite of terrible animation.
I like a lot of the Season 3 stuff, maybe because those were the ones airing on Sky after school at a time when one of my friends had satellite tv, so I got to see them. The rest was really reliant upon VHS tapes, and I must have rented those from the shops so many times, I still don't know why my parents didn't just buy me them. Would have saved them a lot of money in the long run! Only Human, where Magnus, Rodimus, Springer and Arcee become sort of human and get conveniently colour-coded dungarees is actually a lot of fun. Rodimus totally gets it on with a gangster's trophy wife/girlfriend off-screen.
Basically, I think both comics and cartoon probably have an equal proportion of terrible stories, as they do good stories. But, I can't imagine why anyone would hate on the toon, because for all the bad stuff in it, every episode (or near enough) has Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave and some other guys, all with their iconic voice acting. And that theme song! I honestly don't know what to think if you're hating on something that gave us those voices and that music!
(never mind that the animated movie is one of my favourite films of all time!)
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