of the Wild
Summary: The episode begins with Cheetor having a nightmare
where he hunts an antelope in the jungle but falls into a fiery
pit as the ground opens up underneath him. He wakes up just in
time to hear the alert for a Predacon attack. Outside, the Preds
take out the Auto-guns and gains access to the roof, where Waspinator
and Terrorsaur manage to remove some sort of device. Optimus Primal
tries to stop them but is promptly shot down; first he takes a
shot in the chest at point blank, courtesy of Terrorsaur, and
later Megatron caps his jets. The Predacons then retreat.
As Optimus is plummeting toward the ground, Airrazor stops his
fall and gently puts him on the ground but not before she got
hit, also. She's out cold and put in the CR-chamber and the rest
of the Maximals soon discover just what it was that Megatron stole,
as they all get energon surges.
Rhinox explains that the Preds have taken the Rectifier coil and
that without it the Maximals will have to stay in Beast form even
inside their base.
Primal voices everyone's concern when he states: "That could be
Meanwhile at the Darkside, Megatron says that the operation was
a success and that the Maximals soon will discover the consequences
of their situation.
Two days have passed since the theft and the Predacons have launched
repeated half-hearted attacks on the Axalon. Because of that Optimus
and his crew haven't got any time for sleep or re-charge for the
last 48 hours. The sleep-deprivation is making them all testy
Rattrap wants to maximize but is ordered not to by Optimus. He
then retorts that Primal is 'chicken', at which Optimus loses
his temper and is about to clobber the rat over the head with
a chair, when Rhinox breaks up the fight by flinging the holo-table
across the room.
He tells Optimus and Rattrap that they have been in Beast Mode
too long and that their animal instincts are taking over. He also
says that he has sent a message to Tigatron for help.
Soon afterward, the Predacons draw back and the Maximals decide
to get some much deserved rest.
That doesn't last very long, though. After having vivid dreams
of hunting or being hunted, the Maximals strays away from their
base and out into the night. They have all succumbed to their
Beast forms and acts just like any other animal would.
Megatron gloats about how his studies and theories of Maximal
programming have proven to be correct.
Then the hunt is on. Colonial big game-style.
All hope now lies on Tigatron and Airrazor to set things right
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Steelmare's thoughts: I like this episode a lot. Maybe that is
because I like the idea of robots having beastly urges. *head-chorus
hands out brain-scrub to all in need*
Optimus: *warningly* Keep within the limits.
Don't mind the Boss Monkey, *glare from Op*, he's got one those
moods that comes with living in my head. ;P
Now, where was I...? Ah, yes...beast urges. :) The idea of the
Maximals falling victims to their Beast Modes is a great idea
and I find it believable
that stress and exhaustion brings forth the animal in them; the
final nudge to primal ( no pun intended) behaviour, being the
dreams in their sleep.
Memorable scenes: Cheetor had a 'blonde' moment where he
forgot to Maximize; no offence to the blonde-haired population,
of course. How in blazes can you forget to transform?
For no other reason than it's ability to turn me into fangirly
mush, the scene where Optimus lets go of the lift and cautiously
ventures out into the jungle.
'Bwana' Megatron in his 'hunting chair' and sporting an Elephant
rifle. That made me laugh out loud.
Optimus' swing-attack at Megs, transforming in mid-air. Real Tarzan
Rhinox's and Rattrap's coordinated fighting-style. Cheesy, yes,
but oh so entertaining.
The wish-list: But even as I sing the praise of this episode,
I can't but feel that it could have made an even better two-parter.
I wanted to see them team up with their animal counterparts. Okay,
so the only one to join a group would've been Optimus ( if we're
going by real facts). Err...scratch that, I meant: he would've
claimed a group of his own. Then there's also the fact that this
is a show aimed at kids (sorry, Op). In other words: no stumbling
over some female cheetah or rhinoceros.
It is at times like these that I thank Primus or whoever responsible,
that there is fanfic in this world. Now, if I could only find
a fic based on this episode, then I'd be the happiest fangirl
in the world. ( Especially since I can't get my own plotbunnies
to survive for more than a week. :P Even the scenesquirrels keel
over and die within a couple of days.)
Anyway...this is my humble opinions on "Call of the Wild". ( And
if you happen to have a fanfic on this ep, please send it over
to the mare.)
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