For future reference…
If you ever hear me talking about how much I love TFP, keep this is mind:
I ignore Season 2 (and now probably Season 3)’s existence. I heavily employ the concept of personal canon, and in my personal canon the series ended after Season 1.
I had to do this because I literally had three emotional breakdowns over Season 2, and for the sake of my mental health had to rip myself away from it.
I feel you. There was so much in season 2 that just let me down, from Starscream’s really ridiculous back and forthing and inability to develop (it felt executive driven, it really did) to how disgusting and abusive his relationship was with Megatron to the point I couldn’t even believe they were getting away with it in a kids’ show, and Dreadwing’s really forced ~honor~ that didn’t jive with how he actually behaved and Breakdown dying in a really bullshit way and TRIAGE motherfucking triage was a shitty episode all around ugh
and the season finale was just. balls. Really really bad.
Season 1 was still flush with promise, there were really strong storytelling opportunities, “bad guy” good guy teamups and cloudy ambiguity in morals and.
Basically I didn’t have any breakdowns of my own but I got really fucking angry that I had invested so much time and good faith into a series that was meandering stupidly and running into walls and breaking narrative promises left right and center
There are still things I like about it but I will never stop referring to it as wasted potential, overall.
For me the bad points are so glaring that the good points barely even register anymore.
Also, the whole fucking ToxEn thing was complete BS. It had no fucking relevance to anything, and it cost us a really cool character for the sake of ‘character development’ for Miko.
I freaking hate when people pull crap like that. If you have to kill of a character to give another development, then you have really shitty story making skills.
I’m hesitant to blame the writers though, since as far as I know it’s the same staff as Season 1. The whole thing just screams Executive Meddling, to be honest. Especially when you see that one interview where the show runners are talking about everything we were supposed to see in Season 2. Maybe I’m wrong, but either way something just feels wrong about the whole thing.
To this day I don’t know why they gave Hardshell a personality and lines of dialogue if they definitely planned for Miko to kill him, it was so much more weighty than they clearly planned (I still like that she realized vengeance didn’t help but overall it was managed really …sloppily for what it was)
I’d most definitely blame the writers since Season 1 was …like basically if someone borrowed money off you and promised to pay you in March and you kept waiting and by May you were like “god damn where is my money he was so nice in March”
He wasn’t actually nice in March / season 1, it’s just you didn’t know he never planned to come through for you. Season 1 only seems good because we didn’t know at the time they were going to leave so many plot threads dangling or meander around like WUT like Airachnid kept changing her motivations to suit the plot and MECH didn’t go anywhere and Starscream x Breakdown’s alliance against Megatron didn’t go anywhere and the synth-en that Knock Out saved didn’t go anywhere and so many things didn’t frigging go anywhere that it was obvious from the start they’d written all their plots on napkins they then threw away, but I was optimistic that they would return to those points to address them, and they didn’t.
Like if the show were divorced from ongoing evolution I’d be okay with it but these characters were supposed to grow and change and from day one that was never in the cards. Everybody backslid and it was really annoying because I trusted them to do better.
That is a very good point.
Also, all of that=why I ignore everything post-Season One. I like to live in my magical little fantasy land where I fix everything and leave it at that. Yeah, I’m in denial, but it’s easier for me that way.
Personal canon keeps me sane. @_@