I'm a life long G1 fan and I can truly say Transformers Prime was more of a love letter to G1 than this abomination. I didn't really care for a lot of choices that series made, but I could at least respect them. It was well acted and it's own complete story. There's nothing complete about this show. It assumes you've watched G1, The 86 Movie, and Beast Wars. You need that knowledge to enjoy this show. And I guess that would be fine, IF they followed through on that premise. But they don't, because they completely change the characterizations and the overall story. So this show expects you to have liked the previous shows well enough to have watched them, but not liked them well enough to really care about how the characters are presented or how the canon shakes out. So... I don't know. That's a really weird place to put the fans.