Back to answer the original post - Animated all they way. It's not even a proper comparison. Prime should be compared to Beast Wars, probably. In that regard, it wins over BW season 1, but loses to Seasons 2-3.
Prime is the show of good ideas and squandered opportunities, padding, over-forced 'epicness' and underused characters (seriously, how many times did Ratchet even leave the base? Does it cost more to animate him?), and deus ex machina solutions and plots. I gave it a chance, but 1 and a half seasons later I just don't care anymore. I think the main problem is the creators of this series are not as much involved in it as the creators of Animated were - and it shows. On small things like Arcee getting nothing but revenge-motivated character development (two partners killed, two Cons to kill for them)... Generally, Animated had HEART. On Prime, I only like Arcee, and I feel a pity for Starscream for the same reason I pity Tom or Wile E. Coyote, I just want the poor guy to get a break from having the worst luck of the century. Megatron is just stereotypically evil (and the creators felt the need to make him look like a shark to emphasise this), and Optimus Prime is booooooring. I can see Cullen falling asleep at the mike. In contrast, Animated Prime was a refreshing new take on the character - no, don't compare him to Primal, that guy was never a young inexperienced officier, he was a captain of a science vessel. And Megatron, well, he is the best Megatron ever - charismatic, clever, unrelenting, manipulating, and utterly convinced of his own ideals.
Also, it has perhaps the worst intros a western TF show had - when just listening to it I hear nothing else but 'epic music, epic music, epic music "chee-kaa-koo-kooh-khmmm"
over and over again. Yes, we get it,. they are Transformers. Do you have to show them all transform so many times in the intro? Also, love the ending of the intro "yeah, there are Decepticons in this too! We swear!"
. And they top it off with WHOOOSH!
- we are executive producers too! WHOOOSH
- and series directors!
Sadly Prime is here to stay for the long run, just like Clone Wars... and I hope that like Clone Wars, it will become watcheable after a few more seasons.
Also, while others see things Prime is "hommaging" from Animated, I quite frankly see it as stealing ideas. You don't hommage a series that only ended a few years ago... Ratchet with his grumpyness and silly catchphrase is one thing, taking a spider-themed female character and making her be a 'third faction' apart from the other Cons (not for long, though as this show never heard of the word 'build-up'), or having Starscream clone himself... I'd have felt the same if Clone Wars would have used the storyline of "Holt Kezed" from the old Clone Wars. It'd not feel right.
The Iacon File relics hunt already bores me.
There's just something about being told by the show itself that the next four episodes (one of which has been shown already) will feature the Autobot huntings for something which turns me off. Its not just Prime, the same thing happening in any show would generate the same feelings.
See, that's one of those things Animated did so much better. Season 2 was all about the hunt for the Allspark fragments, yet none of the episode WAS actually about the hunt for them - rather, they used these macguffins to kickstart various totally different plots for these episodes - Constructicons, immortal Starscream, Wreck-Gar, Slow-Mo...
Edited by BB Shockwave, 11 May 2012 - 08:56 AM.