Wish I could say, HA! I told you so! to all the haters at the time, but I dont remember who was where when.
Anyway, my view on it hasnt changed, in that it was a maturing of the Transformers story in a way that was way ahead of its time that was under-appreciated and much more intellectual than people were used to seeing so they hated it whereas at the time I loved it. It was my favorite TF show.
Now, I think its not as fun as BW, but I still find it really nifty.
One thing that I remembered back then was getting into constant bickering matches with people online regarding the changes in characterizations that most found jarring or out of left field, but for which I thought were completely natural and people thought me insane for thinking so. Now, I can point to The Walking Dead. Beast Machines is literally The Walking Dead for Our Heroes from Beast Wars. Their home literally overrun by massive maurading hordes of mindless zombies. When youve lost everything, that level of despair changes you. In Beast Wars, the Maximals were in their element. They were cock-sure and full of bravado. They were explorers on an alien planet. They are literally living the dream of their professional careers. Except for the whole roving band of criminal pirates they were also marooned with. But when they got home, after all of that, only to arrive to the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse right after all they had to go through to save the universe, thats got to be a devastating, soul-crushing thing. So Primal became a religious zealot. Rattrap was just done with everything and wanted to hide. Blackarachnia just wanted to live out the rest of her remaining moments with her one true love. Cheetor lost his innocence permanently. Rhinox went completely off the deep end and Silverbolt became permanently disillusioned with his outlook on life. All of these very NATURAL and NORMAL responses to the trauma of completely losing everything youve ever known and loved. Its one thing to have the hope of coming home to constantly lift your spirits up for the next wink and a quip; its a whole other thing to go home, and realize there is nothing left; no hope any longer, and for that to utterly break you.
Anyway, Ive always loved and always will love BM. Its a fantastical if not tragic sequel to BW. If anyone has anything to say about its major departure for characterizations, I simply point to the Walking Dead. Rhinox becoming a megalomaniac makes as much sense as a gym teacher becoming one. It makes sense given their circumstances.
Even this early on in the series you can see Primal beginning to deteriorate. Hes constantly losing his monkeyshit and the loss of Cybertron and the Beast Wars is weighing heavily on him. Its no wonder he becomes an extremist.
Rattrap too is deteriorating. He was always cocksure(if pessimistic) and first to grab a gun in a fight. Now hes crippled, helpless, stripped of weapons and desperate - its no wonder her acts the way he does in Weak Component.
The only person who seems incongruent is Megatrons sudden organic hate. But after being torn from the ship in transwarp space, it never states how long hes been gone - it must have been a very long time for him to set his plan in action. What happened to him? How did he do it? Now theres a prequel Id live to see