Re: Digimon FC
it might seem like ordering them around like dogs, but in the first and second season the strength of the digimon has intensified by the support and will of their digidestined. It was found time and time again that the love and friendship in the team and between the digimon and digidestined was what made it possible for evolution and to maximize the fighting capacity of the digimon.
the point is, it was a partnership
i see your point though. perhaps I'll give season 4 and 5 another go, and try to think of it, not in the same frame of mind that i had watched the first seasons in, but as thinking of them as a totally separate entity from the former seasons