I just can't pick a favorite anything from this series. There's just too much good about it to pick from.
Honestly, Beast Wars: Uprising is everything and so much more than what Transformers: Prime and Machinima's Combiner Wars wanted to be but were incapable of being. Unlike those two, Uprising wasn't so obsessed with trying to be as epic or as hardcore as possible. It ended up being epic and hardcore in the end, but did so in a more humble way that allowed it to earn that epicness and hardcore feeling along the way. As dark, grim, and serious as Uprising could get at points, it never felt so much so that it became boring or dreadfully depressing. Even in the story's darkest moments, there was always some kind of glimmer of hope on the horizon that enabled the characters (and even the readers) to keep on going and never give up, no matter which side of the war the characters in question were fighting on.
And that's another thing that made this series so good. The characters were really well handled, even some of the most minor ones. A TON of characters from all walks of life in this story were able to be explored in an up close and personal manner that really gave the readers a genuine feel for each character that the readers needed to feel for (and even for some characters that the readers didn't need to feel for). Thus, when characters died, their deaths left a meaningful impact. And when characters survived, there was great joy and much relief. Very few moments (if any at all) felt like a cop-out or a cheap attempt at shock value, while many other moments resonated very well as legit moments of greatness.
For the first time in my 20+ years as a TF fan (1996-Present), I feel like Uprising is not only one of the few official TF works that actually feels like an actual war story, but is also the very best of those war stories. This is a war in the fullest sense, examined on a thoroughly deep and personal level from the reader's perspective. It isn't merely a recounting of turmoil and slaughterfests, nor is it a glorification of beat-em-up combat scenarios. It is instead a masterful work that explores many concepts and tackles numerous subjects both on and off the battlefield. No amount of praise can simply do this series the proper justice.
Edited by Sabrblade, 19 January 2017 - 09:10 AM.