I never truly understood the "trukk not munkee" thing that happened during Beast Wars. Importantly for me, Beast Wars was something new. It wasn't the dusty old Transformers I had given up my fandom of in the past. If it wasn't something new, I almost certainly wouldn't be a Transformers fan now.
I was born into a time where Transformers were still a young thing. I adored The Return of Optimus Prime (and still do). I grew up loving Headmasters and Powermasters and such. But I was never anti-Beast Wars. I knew no one who was anti-Beast Wars. I fell out of love with Transformers during G2. When Beast Wars came out I was like "Nah, I'm done with Transformers now". My sister got Iguanus entirely because she loves lizards. Then I noticed how amazing Iguanus was compared to what I knew Transformers toys to be. I missed the end of G2 when they first gained the articulation. My dad must have picked up on my fascination because he bought me a Waspinator. I soon was watching the show (first episode was Fallen Comrades) and loving it. My exposure to Beast Wars was me seeing it with "new eyes" like I had with G1. I was surprised later when we got the internet and I learned being anti-Beast Wars was even a thing.
Then during Beast Machines my love for Transformers dried up again. I stopped watching the show halfway through and dropped the toyline. I tried to convince myself it was because the show was bad. In reality I was scarred from my time on the bwtf.com message board. I was an accidental troll there and people hated me. Then I turned to intentional troll behavior because of that hate until the stress became too much for me. My first exposure to a fandom weighed heavily on my mind, and I went through a weird "G1 or nothing" phase to escape from my experience. When that didn't work, I dropped Transformers altogether. I didn't know when Beast Machines ended. I didn't know anything about RiD except a few pictures I saw. It wasn't until I accidentally found Dave Van Domelen's site after a curious search that things changed. Seeing Dave's reviews for Transformers Armada toys made me excited for Transformers like I was a little kid again. Armada was something new, unlike what I had known before from Transformers. I saw Transformers with "new eyes" for a third time. I haven't dropped Transformers since. I'm running out of space to put toys, though.
For me, G1, Beast Wars, and Armada represent the three stages in my life where Transformers took hold. Beast Wars and Armada which were so NEW, such reinvention from what I knew, they were able to make me forget about having "grown out of" Transformers, regardless of reasons. And that way-too-long story of my passion is why I'd like a major re-imagining of TF again like we had with Beast Wars and the Unicron Trilogy instead of it always needing to be G1 evergreen. And also why I think there really should be a lot more Beast Wars and Armada characters in Generations.
Thank you. /New Noise
(Still itching to get my hands on that Refraktor pack in the above images regardless.)