I've always wondered about this. I see that disliking season 3 is a popular opinion, but I've been watching it recently, and aside from the absence of Optimus Prime, there is some decent storytelling in there (with the exception of Carnage in c-Minor). Not only do we see Rodimus dealing with his inability to meet his own standards when comparing himself to Prime, but also some classi-ish episodes like Grimlock's new brain. And while this one definitely doesnt bode well with a lot of people, I find the Quintesson past to be a very interesting take on the Transformer's History, a hellova lot better than the traditional god floating around creating life. As a matter of fact, the parallels between the Transformers Season 3 History, and the movie The Matrix, are very interesting. Organic creatures create robots to do their bidding. The robots develop feelings, the Robots rebel against their masters and drive them away from their homes and the Organics rebel. It's like, in The Matrix, we are the Quintesons. And this was a back story developed for an 80's kid's TV show. Not bad if you ask me. The cast was solid, with the sception of Wheelie (and I particularly loved Magnus' wise guidance of Rodimus and Springer's relationship with Arcee). While I don't think it's the best season of G1, I don't think it was a bad one either. So why is it hated so much?