So I just saw my first episode of Beast Wars, courtesy of YouTube. It was...um...different. Optimus Prime as King Kong...I'm not so sure about that. I can see the appeal of having robots that transform into dinosaurs and insects, even rhinos and big cats. But being a child of the G1 cartoons and toys, this feels really weird to me, especially Optimus Kong. And what is up with Rattrap?? I sorta like the concept established in the first episode, that the energon on that planet is so strong that they can't stay in robot form very long, that they have to stay in their beast form most of the time for protection. That's interesting. But why the hell do they have to give themselves the command to transform, why can't they just do it? It wastes a lot of time! Megatron as a T-Rex is very cool, as is Starscream as a velociraptor. Did this series come out just after Jurassic Park? Megatron looks like he ought to be able to breathe fire in T-rex form; when he transforms, the t-rex's head ends up on the end of one of his arms and does fire. Why not in beast mode? (Granted, I've only seen one episode.) Now for some questions... 1. Presumably they did not have these beast forms before they crashed on the planet (it's not earth, is it?), and yet right away they're calling themselves Maximals and Predacons. Where did these terms come from? Are they from Cybertron? Were they "Maximals" and "Predacons" on their home planet? 2. Is this taking a blend of Optimus Prime and Rodimus Prime? Why does Rattrap keep challenging Optimus as leader, like he's new at it? 3. The Autobots' ship sent out a bunch of escape pods before it crashed, what happened to them? 4. Couldn't they have come up with a better name for Starscream than "Dinobot"? Especially given that we already have Grimlock, Slag, Sludge, Snarl, and Swoop--THOSE are Dinobots! (And a velociraptor is such a cool critter, and "Dinobot" is...well...underwhelming.) (Apologies to ILoveDinobot on these boards!) I don't know, it's like naming the giant 3-headed dog in Harry Potter "Fluffy." 5. Do the Maximals and Predacons have G1 counterparts/prior incarnations? Obviously Optimus Prime and Megatron do. Am I right in linking "Dinobot" *shudder* with Starscream? Is Rhinox Ironhide? Cheetor makes me think of a combination of Cliffjumper and Sunstreaker. And what is up with Rattrap? (I know, I asked that already!) The writers wanted to have a little more conflict among the Autobots? OK, those are my first impressions from my first viewing of Beast Wars. I'm trying new things... Input, explanations, and recommendations will be appreciated.