Anyway I used to ~really~ dislike Satam until I watched it.
>Has an inconsistent tone so it tries to be both srs business and wacky cartoon hijinks
Correct, honestly the biggest flaw its the writing and the execution of its plot. It tries to stick Sonic in a world of generic funny animals who look and act like it and barely attempt to be faithful to the original material, however sadly this is a fault of all the Sonic cartoons except X. A lot of the subplots and character relationships are written stereotypically and are very rarely explored outside their archetypes at that.
But, it's refreshing at the same time, especially since if you bring into account sonic characters didn't show much personality during the classic era due to it being on a 8 bit or 16-bit game and the characters, no matter how Disneyified and generic their roots are have some charisma to them. Also the world was an interesting effort, and made you excited to what would happen next. Something that pretty much doesn't exist in Boom or pretty much any Western cartoon for the past.. 10 years. Same with japanese animation since it's so damn predictable now, honestly.
>Robotnik is a dull villain (complete with being a villain right out of Captain Planet) who's only memorable for having Jim Cummings voice him
Won't even deny you that, a lot of people hype it up because of their childhood and nostalgia (but I was always able to detach from that so I can't really sympathize with people on that aspect much, either). I found him incredibly dull and boring. Snively and Magnus was miles better of a character.
>Has a bloated crew of unneeded sidekicks before the games did it. Then do it again with that Cree Summer voiced dragon.
Eh, it was alright; though what bothered me the most was like only 2 characters got to do shit and the character with the most classic sonic-y powers and design is regulated to the background and one is a coward because of the extremely archaic stereotypes as typical with Disney shit.
>Rings do whatever the plot needs them to do
>>Hit and miss voice direction (Robotnik sounds okay enough but is too flat of a character to take advantage of Cummings' talent, Antoine is junk, Urkel Sonic, etc.)