So. It should be obvious that I've been waiting for this for nearly a year now, after the very first images leaked out and more details leaked out. I knew that as soon as I heard the theme song, I would love the show, as for whatever reason the theme song seems to go along with how the show does for me (RID = Meh, Armada = Great, Energon = Horrible, Cybertron = OK). But now we finally got to see everything in action. Let me first start off by giving a huge congratulations to the guys involved in the production at Cartoon Network and to my home slice Eric Siebenaler of Hasbro for putting together something that was more than just an entertaining hour and a half of television, but for bringing back the magic of the Transformers that seems to have been lost for well over 10 years (save this year's movie). For nearly a decade now we've been force-fed translated Japanese storytelling, so much that no one really cares much for the toys because no one really cares much for the characters. I also want to give huge props to Tom Kenny. Wow, sir, I bow down to you. Filling the shoes of the fan-created-legendary-staus of Chris Latta is not an easy thing to do, but you did it with spades. Not only did you channel Latta, but you even took the time to see how he pronunciated certain words (Autobot, Megatron, etc.) ... and you nailed it. You took what was familiar with the character (a raspy voice to go along with his raspy personality) and managed to make it your own at the same time. You've now become a favorite, and I hope we'll be seeing you at a BotCon sometime in the future. Now to the show. Yes, the animation style takes a little bit of time getting used to. But hey, Transformers is all about change, so I don't see the problem with having the animation change now and then to keep things fresh. There were a lot of things that I enjoyed - the colors and backgrounds were really well done, and there were a few points of animation where you can tell extra amounts of effort went in to it (Starscream vs. the human piloted jets). Overall, the show itself is a very high 9 out of 10. The characters: Optimus Prime - It will take time getting used to the younger sounding Prime, especially when everytime he grunts I expect to see Beast Wars Megatron's face in the background somewhere. David Kaye did an excellent job though, and the character is easily going to be a favorite. I especially like the wrap up of the "hero" storyline ... "So this is what it feels like to be a hero..." Ratchet - Did anyone else notice when he shouted "Come here, fly boy!" to Starscream, he sounded just like one of the (there was 2) voice actors for G1 Ratchet (the guy who also did Handy Smurf, or whatever!). After I made the connection, I could sense that it's almost like an aged G1 Ratchet voice. Very nice. Bulkhead - Also a nice touch. Kind of that "tough guy, but I don't want to be" persona. His interaction with Bumblebee and Prowl are great. Look forward to more Bulkhead stories. Bumblebee - Easily the second best character to Starscream. The humor, the witty remarks, the taking of Rattrap's persona but mixed with a Cheetor/Hot Shot/Bumblebee feeling works really, really well. You could almost feel the bond between him and Sari as the show continued on. Megatron - Too early to tell. Starscream - The best of the best. Everything I've wanted in Starscream since the days of G1 mixed with Armada. Lugnut - Meh. Black Arachnia - You're not Venus. Stop trying so hard to be Venus. Blitzwing - Oh how I cannot wait to hear more of this guy. Some details that we all heard, and some we didn't: 1) G1 Transformation sound! Except in the traditional "anime" transform scenes. Was backwards then. 2) Megatron's fusion cannon sound is back from G1. 3) Starscream's laser blasts have the "double pulse"/Decepticon sound effect from G1, just at a much lower pitch. Listen again as he fires his weapon. Overall, everything I expected and more. The humor works great. Can't wait to see how this show progresses. And I can't wait for more Decepticons!