Wait! Before you point out how many times this has been beaten to death, just....hear me out. I promise to try make this somehow relevant or at least interesting. The first thought of course, was the typical "jeez, why can't the new show just be a direct continuation of G1?" whahwhahwhah I started formulating actual thoughts, then came to the quick conclusion that switching over to "the future" in the 86 movie & S3 screwed it all up anyway, and it'd be pointless...besides, all the work involved getting the writers up to speed, etc. I decided not to post. But then, I stopped and thought, now wait just a minute. This is 2010. S3 was supposedly in 2006 if I'm not mistaken. The whole point of S3 being in "the future" in completely null and void as it's now later than even that in real time. Then, I stopped and thought about the concept of getting the writers up to speed enough to actually continue to story, and realized what the hell? Actually it wouldn't be any big deal at all...all we keep doing is reusing the same names and archetypes for characters anyway, all that's really done in these new separate continuities is a restart of the story and some slight shuffling of ideas or characters, ultimately it's just the same story retold with a different flavor each time. You don't have to be a slave to the continuity either, just use it as a rough reference like GI Joe Resolute. Hasbro wants the popular names like Prime and Starscream, tons of fans want a direct G1 link, why NOT do it? It wouldn't be any massive undertaking. I don't see why it would require ANY more effort than launching any other TF show. It seems like the suggestion is that it would take more effort to continue it, but I don't see why it would. Just pick up the story, start it in 2010 or 11, and have it just be the autobots have refocused on protecting earth, and the decepticons are scavenging and attacking for resources. Prime was back, we keep getting reintro'd to Rodimus and Bumblebee anyway...I know there was Rebirth, but that could be left out as far as I'm concerned. It could feel like a fresh start, but simply lightly reference the past. If we are just recycling names and personalities anyway, I just don't see why it would matter to them. Wouldn't it be easier to manage a streamlined singular continuity anyway instead of taking the time to reinvent it each time? It's like the DC shows that were so good, there was a loose continuity all the way from the early 90s batman show all the way through to Justice League unlimited. They didn't feel the need to take all the members, shuffle up the names and costumes, and restart every 2 seasons. They treated the original characters with respect. G1 is like the Justice League, they are the original characters, they should be treated the same way. Prime is like Superman or Batman at this point, there's no need to jump around and change him up every two seasons. It's like Hasbro got it into their head that they just were not going to return to a G1 storyline, no matter what, and never really stopped and actually realized how easy it would actually be. If they need names like Ratchet or Ironhide, its way too easy to work around it. I guess it just came to me that "wait a minute, now just why the heck NOT directly pick up the story?" I always wrote it off as too complicated a process, but no, I don't think it would be. You could even slowly start to move the designs into something more modern by simply saying anyone just reformatted. Again, we use the same names and personalities anyway...WHY NOT? Look at the Tron Legacy trailer. Did they feel the need to scrap the past and re-make the movie? No, it's a direct continuation, and it looks way more awesome thusly.