I was in the process of posting something slightly more on-topic in the tfa thread when I was locked out of it, so rather than get the hump and go back to posting about how much I love michael bay's work, I stuck it here instead. Feel free to merge it into the other thread which I can't read. For me the only problem with animated was the lack of chatacterisation - not of the autobots, who all had a well-furnished history complete with nice little nods to their g1 heritage, but with the virtual absence of any backstory for the decepticons. (Lockdown doesn't count, he's freelance!) Lugnut and blitzwing rack up an impressive amount of screen-time, but we never learn anything about their pasts, their relationship or what drew them to megatron's cause in the frst place. It may simply be that they were pencilled in for character development at a later date, and the premature death of the show prevented that, but I was always disappointed we didn't find out a bit more about shockwave or starscream, both of whom had the potential for so much more. All said and done, tfa is arguably the most consistently excellent tf cartoon we've been given and in it's short life it hardly put a foot wrong - I get the impression that many of the people who have critisised it's storytelling were so put off by the visual style, they didn't watch enough of it to fully appreciate the slow-burning, multi-episode spanning, story arcs that revealed the character's pasts. Shame, it really was superb compared to the more episodic g1 toy commercials.