I view Cybertron as being in a separate continuity from Armada and Energon, so while I like your idea with Starscream, I'd rather just give Armada/Energon Starscream the Transmetal 2 Dinobot treatment. Also, I've come to accept that I will be unable to solve all of Energon's flaws, I just want to make something that's watchable on paper.
As you wish but... I thought I just described the TM2 Dinobot treatment?
Well, I guess not technically. If you're not going to go for the original planned, then scrapped, then retconned back in Unicron Trilogy out of these three series, and just cut Transformers: Cybertron, I can respect your decision. The thing is... all that means is you have your Starscream revenant/cursed clone die a hero, rebelling one last time against Galvatron.
Oh, and re-reading my last post, if it wasn't clear, I saw very little of the animation for these series. Not even a full episode of Energon, maybe two to three of Armada, and 20 or so of Cybertron. I read episode synopsis, and even an interesting thread reviewing and discussing the entire series titled "Revisting Energon" (or maybe "Revisiting Transformers: Energon" or something like that) by Mako Crab.
Anyway, last night was a wash but I've got a tiny bit of time to read some of your stuff now so... I'll go do that.
Addendum: Since it came up in that TFW2005 thread, I thought I'd mention that, while I completely understand the idea of trying to divorce Cybertron so that the Unicron Trilogy isn't actually a trilogy, I think the better but much more challenging thing is to embrace Unicron's double destruction warping space and time. Simply put, Transformers messed with such things often enough that it isn't a foreign concept to fans and there are some fascinating story options it enables.
Of course, I'm biased because of that Velocitronian Stunticon fic I never finished. The idea was to expand upon the Cybteron setting, and in doing so, encounter more areas (and people and Cybertronians) facing dire consequences from the space/time distortion. Like having some humans - via Autobot technology - colonizing an alien world during the events of Energon (assuming that even worked out with Energon canon) but suddenly finding themselves cut off from Earth and Cybertron because their personal histories suddenly never happened.
Edited by Otaku, 20 May 2020 - 07:58 PM.