Ever since the first movie, there has been a paradigm shift in the roles of humans in Transformers. In series prior to the movies, humans were largely relegated to tag alongs, if they were present at all. Whilst budgetary constraints were probably a contributory factor behind the increased importance of human characters in the first movie, it nevertheless ushered a shift in the way humans and Transformers interact. Gone are the largely useless sidekicks, and in their place are partners, oftentimes emotionally, and sometimes even in the field of battle. The movies featured Sam and the NEST team as active participants in the war against the decepticons, whilst TFP and Rescue Bots both feature human/autobot partnerships as a key narrative feature. This change has even been reflected in the toys, through the Human Alliance line. So my question is this, what do you think of the increased importance of humans in Transformers? Personally, I love it. I've always been of the opinion that human/bot interactions allow for greater storytelling potential than simply limiting the focus to the bots themselves. And besides, current media has already shown the human/bot partnerships can be very well handled. Arcee and Jack for instance, have shown greater emotional depth than most bots have with each other, and whilst the series is still young, the human/bot partnerships of Rescue Bots play off each other very well, Dani and Blades in particular.