Cartoon Network had crafted an enthralling story around Ben Tennyson from yhe original series through to the end of Ultimate Alien that grew with its audience. I was nine years old when the first series began and I found it enjoyable. If they didn't eventually have the more mature tone shift that Alien Force offered I wouldn't have been able to stay interested but they did. Ultimate Alien further expanded on this and it was building it into a very promising franchise. That is until the geniuses at Cartoon Network thought it would be a good idea to force a shift back to the childish tone of the OS. All that did was take any potential they had created for the series and relentlessly destroyed it. It seems as though we have Dwayne McDuffie to thank for what could have been something great and his colleagues to thank for ruining it after his untimely departure. Just when I thought things couldn't get worse they announced a reboot that starts things over with another 10 year old Ben which is a very obvious way of saying "yeah we ruined this series, we'd better just try again before we make it worse".