I wasn't anxious to watch this show, as I didn't care for Prime (heavy emphasis on cartoon design and writing emphasizing the kids, especially Jack who I just didn't like) so a sequel show wasn't interesting to me. I only watched it because they put the whole thing on Netflix and I wanted to put something on. While I didn't like Prime I have seen it all through Beast Hunters and will admit that it did get better overall (though treasure hunting arc was weak). The plot got better and the action was at least good. But RiD doesn't see that improvement at all and feels like a big step back. Netflix lists it as three seasons. I am aware that this is two seasons, with a miniseries and that the next season for this year hasn't started yet. I also know that fans prefer to think of the miniseries as part of the second season rather than being the third, calling it 2.5. Personally don't think that matters at all. Call it what you want. The second season is much shorter than the first, which was an average 26 episodes, so that's a marked decrease in content. Second season is a measly 13 episodes. Miniseries is 6 episodes. Why does it feel like the next season, whether you want to call it season 3 or 4, feel like it's going to be a "Rebirth" situation all over again? People say the plot doesn't move much. More like it doesn't move at all. Series is so syndicated it could be the modern day, preschool equivalent of the original Star Trek. You get maybe, sometimes, one or two lines at the end of an episode that actually hint at a plot. The only time that plot is relevant is the season finale and the next season opening. The rest of the season is entirely irrelevant. Instead we are 'treated' to character plays, of the same handful of characters, over and over. "Look how unique this character is! Watch as they interact with the other character that they have already interacted with in this same exact way for many episodes!" Characters aren't developed at all. They are given no history, and they don't evolve over time. They are locked in these preadolescence stereotypes; the pretty boy, the girl that always follows the rules, the big dumb guy, the small, smart, quirky one, and the leader who always takes everything too seriously. Oh, and the samurai. Can't forget the samurai. If he isn't a Ninja with magic powers (Animated, Prowl, dear God) he's a samurai. "But it's a kids show, pal! Y'know, fer kids!" So was Prime, but it still had a plot. Same for Beast Wars, Gargoyles, Spider-man, X-Men, DCAU, Avengers Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Ninja Turtles (4Kids), certain seasons of Power Rangers (In Space, Lost Galaxy, RPM, etc...). Just because a cartoon is kid friendly, doens't mean it has to be stupid or can't have a progressing plot and character development. You can make a show "for all ages" that is clean and morale for the kiddies and still doesn't insult the intelligence of the viewers, then there's "cash in" shows that target the lowest common denominator hoping to appeal to the biggest audience, often failing in the process. I'm 33 years old. I'm a nerd and I like to watch cartoons, and I like transformers. I can still Marathon Beast Wars from the beginning to the end without loosing interest, I can tolerate Prime even though I don't like it. RID is just plain bad. And while an episode of RID compared to an episode of any Unicron Trilogy show, RID looks much better. However while the Unicron Trilogy was very poorly written, it at least delivered in a ton of content. Each show had 50 episodes for a total of 155 episodes covering a large number of characters over a number of story arcs. It was stupid, but it was a lot of stupid in a short time that at least amounts to a good amount of content. RID is a slightly better show, with a fraction of the content. If it wasn't for Prime being decent, Unicron Trilogy > Aligned Continuity IMO. tl:dr - Watched the show. Didn't like it. Only show that I would consider worse by comparison is Combiner Wars, and that's all Machinima's fault. sidenote: Fixit needs to get fixed. That stutter got real old after 30 episodes.