So with the recent news today about cutbacks and the truncated Season Three, this sort of had me thinking about past TF shows. Is it possible for a Transformers show to actually survive and thrive beyond a third season, without running into problems? 1. Generation 1 had three full seasons. The fourth was so short and only three episodes, it almost didn't count, and it's been thrown on every Season Three box set. 2. The Takara series had three seasons. Zone was only one episode, and is more questionable than Rebirth. Sure you could say Headmasters was Season Four and continued from Season Three, but it was done by a completely different creative team. Headmasters, Masterforce and Victory were it's own shows. (Not to mention, different country, different audiences, different standards. But I wanted to include them onto the list anyway.) 3. Beast Wars also went three season. One could say Beast Machines was basically Season Four, but it had different writers, producers and in general is a different show. 4. The Japanese Beast Wars series was only two seasons. Three if you're one of the people who count Car Robots/Robots in Disguise as a continuation, with that whole dimensional time traveling stuff theory. (Once again, Japanese show, but included for the sake of being complete.) 5. The Unicron Trilogy was only three seasons. Long seasons, but still seasons. (While an anime, it it was a co-production of both Hasbro and Takara.) 6. Animated was three seasons. We would have loved a fourth, but it got cut at three. 7. And now Prime is going into it's third season, and with all the problems, I'm sure there's more than a couple of us wondering if this is the last season, before the show's production gets heavily reworked. Each one of these groups of shows, by the time the third season comes around, it does something drastic, to "shake things up": Generation 1 (American) jumped to the future with the post movie stuff. The Takara Trilogy, victory was completely different in tone and setting than Masterforce. Beast Wars Season Three was the least drastic, but it was still very different from the previous two seasons. The Unicron Trilogy's third season was a completely different show, that was post-inserted in. Animated third season focused far less on any human ally or villain, and concentrated mainly on the robot conflicts, becoming darker. In it's own way.) And now Prime is undergoing a cosmetic change with Beast Hunters, that sounds like a drastic enough change. What this bears for Rescue Bots, I do not know. I'm not saying Prime will not have a fourth season, but if the old saying of history repeating itself is to be believed... It may indeed be cause for concern for the fans of it. (Or cause for celebration for the show's detractors.) Either way, it always seems like it starts strong and then fizzles out by the third. Maybe 3 is just a bad number for Transformers.