As Burntout said, IT IS a sequel dude! Including the Predacon/Starscream scene, there were other instances of adressing the fact of that connection. And YES, I did watch MULTIPLE episodes of the series so I'm not saying just because Einstein. The characters DON'T progress at all, they always reset at the end of the episode and it's annoying at best. To me, the few good things of 2015's RID were the "Season 2.5" arc of the weaponizer minicons and somehow succesfully combining Soundwave's Prime desing with his more classic one. That's it, so back off. And one more thing, I find it unforgivable what they did to Grimlock. Yes, many past versions were brutes and even stupid, but at the very least were badasses and had the power compensate. The RID version DID NOT.