Because this can't be stated enough, here is a list of long-term plot points established prior to or early in season two that were hastily truncated in favor of the long-running relic arc: MECH creating their own Transformers Starscream as a rogue entity Airachnid (and Insecticons) as a rogue entity Jack and the humans becoming more important; MECH as their foil Megatron's posession of Dark Energon Dreadwing being a high-ranking Decepticon with a code of wartime honor Ratchet and Bumblebee/Bumblee's voice box More than a seasons' worth of conflicts and developments all ignored or dealt with wholly in the span of one episode, with few real consequences to be seen. For example, save for a single plot point (the Decepticons learning the humans' location), the entire MECH storyline could be removed from the series. What we got from the eight-plus episodes of the relic arc: The Autobots' base was destroyed; the Decepticons have a tower Optimus sacrificed the restoration of their planet Those are all well and good, but the first point could have been achieved any number of ways -- in fact, the Decepticons were already searching for the base independent of the relic hunt -- and the other major element of the arc -- the relics themselves -- seem to be destroyed as expected. So we lost a lot of character-centric plot arcs with painstaking setup in favor of a half-season arc that resulted in little more than a destroyed base and a tower, which could have been achieved any number of ways. Why? Why did the relic arc need to happen? Better still, why was it a better idea than the things it prematurely ended? Prime fanatics, convince me. I'm honestly willing to listen.