This episode begins with Blackarachnia, alone in a cave that she
had discovered. She was hooking herself up to a machine similar
to the one in episode Feral Scream. She had the transmetal two device
attached to it, which she had retrieved from Depth Charge as he
threw it over the cliff into the lava pit in a previous episode.
Waves of power started to shoot through Blackarachnia's body, as
she was changing. That night Silverbolt was on patrol, flying
above the woods where the cave was located. He saw surges of waves
emitting from the cave, so he decided to investigate immediately.
Once he saw what was happening to Blackarachnia, he feared the worst-
that she was being injured. He stopped the machine while it was
in the process of changing Blackarachnia into a transmetal. “Great
going Bowser, and I’m still the same old me,” replies the let-down
widow. Suddenly, Blackarachnia has a violent spasm, with waves
of energy spreading over her body, as she passes out. Silverbolt,
then quite worried for her well being, flew her back to base.
At the ark, the Maximals were scanning Blackarachnia to see what
damages had been done. Optimus, not sure what to think, questioned
the widow sternly as to where she had gotten the transmetal driver
“I kind of borrowed it…” She said, looking downwards, as she was
referring to when she had stolen it from Depth Charge.
When the scanners had completed their task, they had showed that
her internals were beyond repair. They would have to remove her
shell programming and turn her into a Maximal, or else she would
As you can imagine, Blackarachnia was not too pleased with her options.
She was a bad girl – not a Maximal. She was not into being heroic,
or doing things for the sake of good. She liked the way she was
and she didn’t want to change. Silverbolt, trying to convince her,
said that he knew her heart, and it was filled with no evil and
only love. At that moment, they leaned in for a tender kiss, but
to be interrupted by another violent spasm.
Right before the procedure, after Blackarachnia had awakened, she
decided it was best that she’d give the Ark's access codes to Optimus
in case she didn’t come back alive. She was now ready to begin the
process of elimination of her shell programming. Blackarachnia was
strapped in a machine as Rhinox was about to search her body for
“See ya boys, if you’re lucky,” Blackarachnia said just as she was
put into a sleep.
In Tarantulas’ lair, the spider lay asleep at his computer. He was
suddenly awakened to the computer. It was alerting him that Blackarachnia’s
shell programming was being tampered with. He radioed Megatron and
explained to him his discovery. He said to Megatron that “there
are a few safe guards” and that the Maximals would not succeed without
killing her. Megatron still decided that they should take extra
precautions, and had a plan of his own to stop this.
Back at the Ark, Rhinox was still working on Blackarachnia’s shell
programming. Inside her, two balls of energy appeared in her body.
They shot up and tried to get to her core. If they reached it, she
would die. “This is Tarantulas’ work!” Rhinox exclaimed. He used
the device he was scanning inside of her with to shoot the energy
balls. They were destroyed. Only a moment later, the base was under
an ambush by the Predacons. All the Maximals left the base to engage
them in battle, except for Rhinox and of course Silverbolt who wanted
Right outside the Ark, the Maximals had their hands full with keeping
the Preds' fire power away. Optimus distracted Inferno. As the ant
turned to face him, the Ark's weapons locked on to him and shot
off one of his propellers. As this happened, he went crashing into
the ground. Rattrap hid behind a rock as Rampage, tank mode, passed
him. “Here tanky-tanky-tanky,” Rattrap chanted as he slapped a bomb
to Rampage’s backside and it exploded. All was well, except that
no one could see a hidden Tarantulas.
The deadly spider grabbed his horrid gun, and aimed it straight
at the Ark, whose shield was now down. “Goodbye my treacherous creation,”
he sang as he fired three missiles at the Ark. As he did this, two
more energy balls were heading for Blackarachnia's core again. “Gotcha
now….” Said Rhinox as he locked onto them. Right then and there,
the missiles that Tarantulas had shot hit the Ark. All the power
had gone out. Rhinox scrambled to get the machine back online, but
it was too late. The energy balls had reached Blackarachnia's core.
She was dead. Silverbolt stared in disbelief, as he looked down
at his beloved’s corpse. Suddenly his eyes turned a blood red. He
knew who was responsible for this. “Tarantulas!” he growled…his
voice sounded one of a murderer.
The Maximals were circled around Blackarachnia's still body. “I
never thought I’d say it but, I’m gonna miss her,” said a solemn
Rattrap. “She was something special,” replied Cheetor, his eyes
glued to the lifeless spider. Then, the Maximals realized something
they should have noticed long before. Silverbolt was gone; gone
to avenge his Beloved's death.
Silverbolt, flying in the air, spotted Tarantulas alone. “She’s
gone, and it’s all because of you!” he yelled as he maximized.”
"Aww the avenging hero,” Tarantulas taunted. Silverbolt flew
down and attacked Tarantulas with all his might. He had never felt
so much anger towards anyone, so Tarantulas went down fast. Silverbolt
stabbed his sword into the ground, lifted Tarantulas up and howled
as he was about to throw him over a cliff and end his life. “That’s
not very Maximal of you!” he heard from behind him. He turned around
to see Rampage. The crab shot several bullets at him, but Silverbolt
quickly put Tarantulas's body in front of him, and it acted as a
shield. He than began his battle with Protoform X.
At the base while Blackarachnia's body lay still, the transmetal
two driver came to life. It was full of power, healing powers. It
floated over to the widow’s body and shot energy throughout her.
She started shaking violently, as her eyes shot open.
Silverbolt was loosing to Rampage. He was much too strong for the
poor fuzor. He was down, as Rampage pointed his gun to his
“This will hardly be fun at all.”
“Yeah, for you creepazoid,” shouted an all too familiar voice. Behind
them stood Blackarachnia, as a transmetal 2. She was now mostly
blue. Her chest plate was red, and she had a gold helmet. She had
a softer look now, as she was a Maximal. Although she looked soft,
doesn’t mean she was! She threw some hard kicks at Rampage, which
caused him to drop his gun. She then turned to beast mode, shot
a web at him, and spun him around and around until the web broke
and he fell into a cliff.
“Blackarachnia?” Silverbolt asked in astonishment.
“You’re not gonna quit on me now Bowser, not after I’ve had my nails
done?” Blackarachnia was back.
Back at the base, all the Maximals are curious as to what happened.
Blackarachnia says that she remembers being in the dark, and suddenly
there was a bright light and she knew that Silverbolt was in trouble.
She quickly adds “Even if I’m good I’m still bad,” as her and her
true love share their long awaited kiss.
Author’s comments: Well I found this episode to be done fairly
well. The script was amazing, but I was quite disappointed in BA’s
new look. She just isn’t the edgy spider anymore. She looks more
like a beetle. And I’m sorry, but I mean where did her chest go?
She just wasn’t the same girl after that. I did do some research
into this episode though and I found the results to be quite interesting.
Meaning of Rubicon: A limit that when passed or exceeded permits
of no return and typically results in irrevocable commitment
The boundary in ancient times between Italy and Gaul; Caesar's crossing
it with his army in 49 BC was an act of war
I believe that the writers chose the title “crossing the Rubicon”
because of the inner battle Blackarachnia had to face. She had to
battle her inner demons to become the true Maximal she always was.
Review written by author: Blackarachnia
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