QUOTE(Smokescreen @ 15 July 2010, 20:56)
Okay, so I'm watching Beast Machines when I have some spare time. So far it's been a rather interesting ride with horrible, horrible character designs. The only thing actually holding it together is the voice acting.
I'm up to part 4-5 and I have some questions. Is there an explanation why the crew reverted back to their original BW forms instead of the Transmetals, or just a case of recognizability? They reuse the later models at some flashback scenes so they can't have been completely gone.
Well, there is an explanation for it, albeit a weak one. The story says that Megatron wanted to "devolve" the Maximals or something, and the four surviving Maximals survived because they had already gone through multiple forms - the de-evolution gas wasn't able to bring them further back than their original forms thanks to the extra "layers" in the form of the Transmetal forms. This sounds forced and silly (and completely unnecessary as the Maximals were soon reformatted by the Oracle anyway), but it does
explain the disappearance of both Rhinox and Silverbolt, who were both only on their first form.
Also, is there anyone as interesting as Dinobot, Airazor, Inferno or Silverbolt later on? Right now it's just the characters I never really liked, racing around. Jetstorm is proving rather interesting though.
Unfortunately not, at least not on the Maximal side. It is the Vehicons that get to shine a bit more in this series.