Hey gang, what's shaking? I've been on the fence for quite some time now regarding whether or not to start watching this series. Now I have seen the Darkness Rising five-parter, and would rate it as "above average" [some interesting concepts here and there, disposable villains, humans are hit-and-miss, and I quite like the aesthetics]. So...do I take the plunge or not, in terms of making an investment timewise (show) and financially (toys)? While I realize what 99% of the responses will be by asking this in a TF: Prime forum on a Transformers site, what would really be helpful would be comparing the show in relation to other TF entities. My TF background: -G1 (American): tons of fun, can get REALLY stupid as it was a product of the 80s. But I still love it to death regardless of the nostalgia goggles. G1 toys are my main collecting focus. -Beast Wars: a gutsy change in direction for the franchise that paid off, I really enjoyed the storytelling and tight rotation of characters. I own zero BW toys though. -Animated: a lot of fun all around, while paying homage to the franchise's past. I only own two toys from the line (Arcee, Wreck-Gar) since I never cared for the show's aesthetic. -Bay movies: like many others, thought the first movie was great, hated the second one, third was ok (some great highs, but when it was bad it was awful). Felt the look worked for live-action, but not my cup of tea toywise as I only own a few of them. And as stated in the thread title, please refrain from any spoilers. Thanks in advance for your input!