I've got the last episode in season 1 to finish, but I think I've been pretty patient, so here are my problems: 1. TFA producers said they hated the fact that Megatron and the 'Cons always lost in battle, and that they posed no real threat in the '80s cartoon. Their answer: fewer battles with the 'Cons (who still lose every battle), and lots of uninspired human villains. 2. "Character development"- please someone tell me when this happens. Prime is aloof, Bumblebee is annoying, Bulkhead is an idiot. I find Prowl and Ratchet to be the most tolerable, but even then they are still caricatures, as are most of the 'Cons. Blitzwing is a disgrace. Black Arachnia is the only interesting character, and she was relegated to just about a single episode in the first season. 3. Overall tone-- and this is a complaint I have about most cartoons of the day. I know I'm watching a tv show for kids, but do I have to be reminded of it every second? There are shows like Justice League that don't talk down to their audiences. I think the second half of TF Armada even had a better (IMO), more serious tone, even if it did eventually become bogged down in its own melodrama with Unicron. If a show won't take itself seriously, why should I? And if not, why not strike a balance with the humor? Beast Wars did this perfectly. Sari epitomizes all that I dislike about Animated, and she needs to go. Now yes, this may be a rant, but I can't be the only one feeling like this. I think Animated does a lot of great things-- it brings TF to a new generation, it's a great marketing tool for kids to give them something to watch between the movies, its animation style (while I am not a big fan) is quite colorful and inspired. Let's also not forget the fact that it pays TONS of lip service to the old school fans. But I want more. I was born in '86 and wasn't even alive for the original airing of G1. My earliest memory of TF was with Tommy Kennedy and Powermaster Optimus. The bots of those days were the bots I fell in love with. Beast Wars and Machines were great too with deeper plots and characters than the original. They continued and expanded the original G1 universe rather than reboot it. RiD should never have happened. Armada as I said before had a compelling story, although the animation was severely lacking. The remainder of the Unicron trilogy was a bad joke or an abomination depending on your mindset. While Animated has a few perks, I think it doesn't hold a candle to the good 'ol days. Since everything is getting a reboot now, I would love to see something based more on the current Furman/McCarthy comicverse. But now is a good time to be a TF fan with the movie and all that jazz. I just expect a little more from the powers that be. Thanks for reading and I'd love to hear other opinions.