I was trying to give my girlfriend a rundown of the old G1 Transformer history and I found myself comparing it to The Matrix movie in reverse. In The Matrix, Humans create robots in order to help with chores and tasks that were dangerous, etc etc. They were made for pleasure and to serve. After developing a soul, the robots began rebelling on us and sent us into hiding in a city beneath the earth. Rewind 13 or so years, to 1986-87. Season 3 of Transformers. The Quints built robots to help in the creation of factories to mine a rock. The factories eventually grew into what became Cybertron. The Robots developed personalities and the notion of rebellion, and eventually drove away their creators from Cybertron. To us, the Robots from The Matrix were the "guilty/innocent" culprits and we are trying to take our home back. The quints were bad guys in the old show, so in The Matrix, while we may cheer Neo and Co. on, we kinda deserved what we got, especially if you see the Animatrix and how the robots were being treated. I know a lot of people hate the Quint storiline, but to me, especially when a movie paralleling it came out over ten years later, I think the history of the Transformers in Season 3 reveals deeper thought on the writers of the show than the typical "Skeletor is just bad." Megatron and the decepticons were programmed as warriors to fight in battle arenas for the Quints, while the Autobots were creators and manufacturers, so it was in their nature to create. When the Quints were driven off-world, the Warrior clan needed to continue with their programming, despite their desire for freedom, so they sought conquest. This little history is, imo, what separates Transformers from other 80's cartoon, and I remember as a kid, and even now, thinking that this was when Transformers became more than just a 22 minute commercial: when the writers decided to give them a true history. 13 years later a movie came out with the same story in reverse, Organic vs. Machines that rebelled (yes I know there were other movies like this before, but The Matrix really reminded me of TFs). So for a 20 year old cartoon to have a history basis that would later become a popular movie says a lot about Transformers. I like Primus, and I like that "creation" story, but the Quint storiline will always be my favorite because it has more substance, and in a strange sort of way, is more viable. Perhaps if the bots from the Matrix had eventually finished us off, they would have gone to war with eachother, and invaded another planet and met an alien boy named Spike. Face it....we're Quintessons. Some might say we even have Five Faces of Darkness.