Maybe I do stand alone but Beast Machines is far superior to Beast Wars, in my opinion. The series really matured over the course of five seasons and this series is just great. The story is a creative and unique one, and much darker than the light hearted kiddy moments of Beast Wars' first season. It's interesting to see the Maximals always on the run in a world overrun by Megatron and his Vehicons as opposed to the ol' "Megatron tries to steal energy and Optimus has to stop him" story of the older days. So it's nice to see an environment where the Maximals are always on the run from the overseers in power. It's also a good story, consistant with itself and Beast Wars, mature themes.. Great showdowns and awesome battles.
It's also interesting to see Optimus Primal changed so much from the great leader character he once was. After returning home and discovering that he is responisble for the death's of all life on Cybertron he is consumed by guilt and slowly starts to depend on the Oracle rather than himself. It makes for great story, and it seems realistic. He thought he won the Beast Wars, but Megatron killed everyone.. don't you think Optimus would change on the inside with all the guilt? Yes, he wouldn't be the same way he was in the Beast Wars, the events over the course of the show would've changed him (or anyone in his shoes). Some people are just dumb and like to complain about because they.. have no imaginations and can't accept change.
Note: Megatron does not wear a skirt! His wings cover over his body to form a cloak. And I have to say, I love the design for Megatron in Beast Machines. That cool helmet with the muzzle, the cloak, everything. He just looks so cool and menacing, and damn right evil.