Beast Wars lasted a long time - & even got Japan to make cartoon following on from it. This has never happened before [seeing G1 was all Japan/US] Then Japan never did anything with G2 redone stuff did they?
Would be nice to see a series 4 [more than 3 of them for a change - Headmasters rebirth]. But they should pace it better. There does seem to be parts where not much is happening then you get the rush at the end. X-men had a nice pacing with the whole series arcs while Spiderman [both 1990 series here] did slow down with the series arcs.
If the show ends after three, it would have felt like (for me anyway) that it had a short run, since the first and second seasons were practically fused together as one.
It doesn't help that before (or perhaps at the start of) the show airing there was that big list of episode titles that came out that initially had them listed (seemingly) as a single 20-odd episode season.
I thought the pilot was fantastic. I liked most of the designs. But I found season 1 bored me shitless and I could not figure out why for ages. It was well made, it was miles better than the last 3 TF shows, it wasn't written down to kids. Why was it not clicking for me?
Then it occured to me why. It's a pastiche show. It feels like overheated bits of older TF shows with not much original on top. Bits of Sunbow, Beast Wars, Beast Machines, RID, etc. It just felt like it was just reheated stuff in a slightly new form. Now of course the target audience (ie kids) won't know any of this, so the problem is mine. I never bothered with S2.
But of course that's just my opinion. I don't mind that it exists and I'm glad it makes people happy. It's given us some nice toys and a fresh design asthetic. I can certainly understand fans being annoyed at it being curtailed perhaps earlier than expected. I hope those of you who like it enjoy s3 when it airs.
I have only seen some of Animated - the opener and a smattering here and there of the first season. I think it is a very good show - production values are excellent, the production design is some of the most visually interesting we have had in a Transformers show in a while, great voice cast, the writing is surprisingly good. It didn't entirely grab me either though. I enjoyed what I saw of it well enough, but it didn't make me anxious to see any more of it.
I think it is a good show, and it has been nice to see it find itself a decent audience amongst the fan community. And although it isn't doing anything for me I can see why folk like it and I would say that maybe it is better for the show to go out leaving the audience wanting more than to limp along to an eventual mercy-killing.