I don't think Transformers Prime is a good show. Now, don't get me wrong, it's not terrible, and it's far from the worst Transformers incarnation. However, it's also far from being the best. Transformers is an inherently silly premise, and so it works best with a lighter tone and a sense of fun. In Prime, everybody is completely serious and grim all the freaking time, and this quickly gets wearisome. It seems like the writers noticed that the most highly-regarded episodes of Animated and Beast Wars were the dark and serious ones, and so tried to make the entire series like that, forgetting that in the earlier series, the serious stories made an impact because they stood out in contrast to the lighter episodes around them. When every episode is grim, there's no impact, because there's nothing brighter to compare it to; even Beast Machines did have some light moments to offset the darker tone. I'm not saying that Prime should have been an outright comedy like Animated often was, nor should it have been as goofy as Generation 1, Victory, and Robots in Disguise could get, but at the very least the writers should have remembered they were writing a cartoon about alien robots that turn into cars. Speaking of which, the series barely uses transformation. In most episodes, the characters transform into vehicle mode, go through the ground bridge, and then transform right back to robot mode. Only two fights in the series happen with humans present, thus forcing the Transformers to actually use their altmodes for the stealth they adopted them for. (OK, the Autobots were also using them to hide from the Decepticons at the start of series 3). I just think that a greater emphasis on remaining hidden among humans would have resulted in a strong and more interesting show, like what was done somewhat in Robots in Disguise, as well as to a greater extent in Cybertron and I feel is one of the things Michael Bay managed to get right.
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