Crowning Moment of Awesome: Optimus Prime's Patrick Stewart Speech in the first miniseries and the fire department of the city then proving him correct by slamming their fire engines into the Decepticons, buying Optimus precious time. Awesome.
Deader Than Disco: The series went through this hard. While never without its detractors, it still sold millions of copies, with the original miniseries cracking the top ten in sales charts. However, once word broke out of Pat Lee's criminal behavior, public opinion of the series flipped completely into hatred. Since then, aside from War Within, the series has pretty much vanished from the eyes of both the fandom and Hasbro (outside of the occasional Sunstorm toy), and many of the writers and artists who got their start there seem to regard it as an Old Shame. Even stylistically resembling the Dreamwave comics is enough to get alarm bells going in some circles.
Ensemble Darkhorse: This series portrayal of Sunstorm was beloved and has become the definitive depiction of the character.