The story of a show is the most important part of the show. If a show lacks in a story but has great acting, animation, effects, etc. then it will not succeed. Beast Wars had a great storyline. Beast Machines storyline lacked what Beast Wars had. It was interesting but not anywhere near Beast Wars. The animation was good but the look of the characters either grow on you or not. It is still a show that Transformer Fans should check out, because it is a direct continuation of Beast Wars.