It must be said, I'm a Beast Wars fan, a BIG one. I talk to fellow fans and I like to get their perceptions of Beast Wars. A lot say "It's not my thing" or "I never got into it" and that's fine, but I do try and understand why. And I think it comes back to the old adage - a little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. I think there are several points that have given non-BW fans a warped idea of the franchise and what that continuity has done to their beloved Transformers. The first point is the name - Beast Wars. A fan with no knowledge of the story could assume that all the Transformers are now animals, but this couldn't be further from the truth. The second point - The Faction Names. No longer Autobots and Decepticons but Maximals and Predacons. This isn't helped by the new faction symbols/insignia. They're clearly bestial. And again to a non-knowledgeable fan it's another sign that Cybertron is now covered in animals for some reason. A third point is the legacy of Beast Machines. Beast Machines posed the idea that it was Primus' will that initiated the Beast Wars in order to bring the organic back to Cybertron. I believe this has altered people's view to now seeing the adoption of Beast modes as the next logical step in the Transformers' evolution. This, however, could not be further from the truth. The Beast Wars was a flash in the pan. The period from which the characters originated, some 300 years after the end of the Great War, saw Cybertronians venturing out into space in peace. Exploration of other planets called for an ability to be versatile. An adaptability to a new climate. They are, after all, robots in disguise. When on a new planet, a new form was chosen that would best suit the conditions of said planet. This may very well have been achieved by their normal Cybertronian forms. However, at some point in the 300 year past, an ability to take on a synthetic skin, created by scanning organic matter, was required, for whatever reason. Therefore, the adoption of a 'Beast' form is not 'Option 1' on the response form, but one of many options available. The conditions of pre-historic Earth called for such an option, but other planets may not have. This is what I mean about BW being a flash in the pan, a momentary adoption of a Beast mode, but not a permanent change. I believe that it was the belief that Cybertron was now covered in animals that scared fans. The old 'Truck not Monkey' fear is still alive and well, but only because people don't realise how insubstantial the actual 'Beast' part was. I think I've made my point. It was clearer in my head last night and I should have gotten up and written it down.