Ok so I just took in the opening episodes of Animated. My overall impression is mixed, which I'm not surprised with. I am 26 and not really into kiddy cartoons such as Ben 10 and Teen Titans so it's all 'transformersness' that draws me in. I feel I can state some pros and cons from my perspective, I find the extreme/polarized arguments (where there is usually no substantive critical debate) over 'totally rocks' or 'totally sucks' to be of no use. Firstly, I read some others' reviews here and I think the props given for how 'G1-like' the show is are a bit overdone, or maybe I just read into them too much. Some reviews focused greatly on the opening scene where Prime is watching the G1 history clips, when really that is an isolated moment that they don't seem likely to connect to (G1 world) much in the show. There are a couple of G1 nods, but I lost the impression reviewers had given me about what to expect G1-wise once I watched it myself. That said, I do like how the series takes place in more of a 'normal' human world with a more classical cartoon environment. In that sense it reminds me a bit of G1, i.e. compared to Cybertron with its large blocky alien structures and never ending 'anime' style transformation/motivational-talk scenes. To make this shorter, I will now just list my pros and cons: Pros: -the characters have character (though we'll let time tell if they end up being too one dimensional, i.e. Prowl) -Liked Starscream's voice and character -liked the creative use of weapons, not just showing you what the toy gimmick is (and yeah to no cross-toyline gimmick!) -I like the autobots landing in the 'present' and being awoken in the future instead of the past/present. Enables for more creativity with the world. -quick but decent transformation scenes -overall I thought all the bot-only scenes were decent Cons: -I hate the humans! Especially the 'cry', 'yeah', etc. emotions expressed by them in very 4 year old cartoon childish ways (remember I said I'm 26 and not into kiddy-cartoons) that just annoy me and make me forget that this is a Transformers cartoon -following from that point, at times the Transformers don't seem like they fit into the human world, which is uber-hehe-sillytastic when they are not -I really dislike Optimus' voice -the animation style, though I don't dislike this as much as others, there are elements of its surrealism that are somewhat appealing and I might get used to it (far less of a problem that the humans' behaviour and annoyingness to me). I think that's mostly it. The plot itself so far rests in between a pro and a con for me (i.e. the slug thing was stupid, especially as an account of how the autobots get woken up, but the Starscream battle was very cool). I'll have to see more episodes to say more about that. Overall I am slightly more impressed that I thought I'd be. I will be watching all the episodes but maybe while doing other things at the same time (like my laundry...or transforming transformers!).