True, they could have utilized the base idea much better. The entire series, despite being so short, feels long and repetitive to the point where I can barely distinguish between the episodes. I know they hada budget, but I'd really have loved to see them explore other parts of Cybertron, liven things up a bit with some variety. Delve deeper into the culture Megatron has deleted from history, maybe even bring back those part-organic monsters that lived under the surface in one of the G1 eps.
The no-nonsense philosophical aspect was hard to swallow to begin with, but it could have made for a good, unique show if done right. But they halfassed it.
I sometimes wish it was a standalone unrelated to previous shows, but the setup and the Maximal drama depended a lot on the ending of Beast Wars. It's a lose-lose situation either way, the series (toy line included) was just screwed from its planning stage.