I've always maintained that RID is of much lower quality than Transformers: Prime, without any of the aims to invoke grander themes that that show (and, indeed, other recent works of Transformers fiction) have had. And one of the reasons is the portrayal of the Decepticons. They're billed as "Cybertron's most wanted criminals"; whilst bots like Steeljaw (sedition), Nightstrike (a possible serial killer) and Thunderhoof (a crime boss) I can understand, I don't get how bots like Chop Shop (a petty thief) or Quillfire (a mere anarchist, who's only possible crime is vandalism) are considered Cybertron's most wanted. And then there's Springload. Springload (for those who don't know) is a Decepticon obsessed with a mythical Cybertronian city. He's prone to uncontrolled and random fits of violence towards those around him, talks to inanimate objects as if they're living beings, has conversations with voices in his head and appears to be rather unstable and erratic towards those around him. Does this sound like a deranged criminal to you? Or someone who is seriously mentally ill? A friend of my father's, who runs a residential care facility, after watching his introductory episode, commented that Springload is probably schizophrenic. From his portrayal, I seriously doubt that Springload is even aware of the crimes he has committed; I honestly think that Springload does not think he has done anything wrong. He’s apparently unaware that he's on the wrong planet; he clearly believes himself to still be on Cybertron. He’s clearly unable to recognise the two Autobot police officers following him as being any other than equally obsessed treasure hunters; he doesn't give any hints that he understands that he was arrested or recognise the Autobots symbol as the same as those who arrested him. Whilst he is a dangerous individual, the guy clearly does not belong on a prison ship with mobsters and thugs; Springload is more a mental patient than he is a criminal. This fact, which is obvious from his actions, doesn't make the Autobots come off as very sympathetic; there was no attempt at contact or middle ground with Springload before they started beating him up. The reason why I'm so hung up on this? I'm filled with questions about how this guy ended up on the Alchemor; what were the circumstances of his arrest? What was his trial like; how could you give a fair trial to someone who doesn't even understand he's committed a crime? These questions will never be answered, both due to the "villain-of-the-week" format and RID's attempt at a more light-hearted tone. If this had been done on TF: Prime or Barber and Roberts' IDW run, it could have been used as commentary on the treatment of people with such illnesses in a court of law; which does happen, sadly too often, in real life. What do you think?