I'm always trying to make sense of the G1 cartoon in my head (it's a tough thing to do). I've never had much interest in the movie / season 3 characters, but my recent purchase of some third party Arcees caused me to start thinking about Hot Rod, Kup, and Arcee. Four million years ago, the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons left the former near extinction and the planet drained of resources (the narrator tells us this as the pilot opens). So Optimus Prime takes his remaining forces (minus Elita One's small team) on a mission to find more energy. Megatron takes a lot of the remaining Decepticons in pursuit (leaving behind Shockwave and at least some seekers, plus robot sentinels). Those guys disappear for four million years (yes, it's a staggering amount of time). Flash forward to 2005. Kup, Arcee, Hot Rod, and others suddenly appear. Kup's whole shtick is that he's some kind of grizzled veteran . . . except no war has been going on for four million years, right? There wasn't anybody left to fight on Cybertron (even Elita One kept her presence entirely hidden until a major blunder in 1985). Megatron and Prime and their companions were gone. Who has Kup been fighting? When did he cut his teeth? The four million year gap between Optimus leaving Cyberton and waking up on Earth causes a lot of problems, but it's especially problematical as new characters were introduced on Earth and in the movie.