I always wondered about this.... First let me rant that killing of Optimus and Starscream, to me, marked the beginning of the end of G1. I continued to watch the show, but with them gone, it wasn't as much fun to me. Prime for obvious reasons, it sucked he was gone. But Starscream kept the decepticons on edge, provided comedy relief, and gave Megatron a reason to watch his back. My favorite season 3 episodes were the ones Starscream and Optimus Prime appeared in. That said, did they try to combine Starscream and Megatron when they characterized Galvatron in the cartoon? They gave him the whiny voice, backstabbing attitude (to me it always seemed Megatron was sorta honorable, whereas Galvatron would shoot at his own troops ANYTIME) and the complete inability to be patient enough to bring any plan to fuition. Do you think they did it because the realized that the decepticons were kinda boring without the Screamer, and tried to have some of his character live on? They realized that killing prime was a bad idea and bought him back.