Ive said it once, Ive said it a dozen times (in my head) and Ill say it again (out loud): G1 had its time and place in the early 80s. It was a time where we could appreciate what it brought to the table. Its charm was the result of its weird little microcosm of time and limited handdrawn animation. I dont see how making it more modern with the latest and greatest technology and having Idris Elba voice Megatron and Robert Dinero voice Ironhide and Beautiful CucumberSalad voice Optimus Prime or some shit like that is going to make it better or even palatable now. Its charm was in its imperfections and spontaneous weirdness. That weirdness only had its appeal in the early 80s. There is nothing it can offer today or even 5 years from now.
G1 had its time, and it was beautiful and great. Let it fade gracefully into nostalgia, preserved as is, and DIE with dignity rather than have all these awful, shoddy attempts to shoehorn G1 characters into the current storylines like was done with the likes of Bumblebee, Hot Rod, Jazz, and Soundwave. Just.... please.
It could be said... hell, it has been said.
Except, you know, the hundreds of comics and half a dozen G1 cartoon reboots and that have fleshed out, refreshed, rebooted, redefined, updated and made better G1 over many years in dozens of different ways that it’s barely recognizable as G1 anymore save for the designs and names. Within that process, it showed that it could be done. There’s a whole giant hugging history of the past 20+ years of it being done (it being G1 reduxed v350+). There’s a “track record”, if you will, showing G1 can be redone, and redone well
. And so it went into the movies; a rich body of fiction that can be drawn from. And though Bay hugged it up initially, when Travis Knight took the reigns, it became amazing.
So where’s Beast Wars’s rich history of being redone well?
All is to say: G1 has a history of being redone well, which means if its ideas are drawn from to be redone (again), I’m pretty sure it will result in something great.
And Beast Wars?
The last major “redo” of Beast Wars was Beast Machines, which caused like 80% of the fandom to have the most epic collective temper tantrum ragequit of the decade, like it was the end of life and civilization as we know it, and for some to be as extreme as to buy BM toys just to shoot video of themselves smashing and burning them. I loved Beast Machines personally, and still do, but I was definitely in the scoffed-at minority.
And then Animated, IDW, Combiner Wars, and now Cyberverse, plucks random characters from the BW universe to be... there.... in the shows and comics, to do... stuff. None of which were in any way as compelling as anything they did in their original depictions in the Beast Wars cartoon.
So you have a history of G1 redone countless times into gold, and Beast Wars redone like 1.075 times into what was widely perceived as on the scale of garbage to meh.
So given all that, I’m suddenly just supposed to think, “Nah, it’ll all be great!” and forget all that history just because Hasbro said so? Please.