written by: Greg Johnson
episode starts off with a nice view of a very stormy sky with
lots of lightning and thunder. The camera comes down to circle
around a mountain, with a brief shot of Optimus in beast mode
squinting before the shot switches back to lightning striking
the mountain. The rock crumbles to reveal a ton of energon, which
Op, from his point of view, zooms in on. He tries to call in to
the base to tell them to "scrub the mission", but the
interference from the storm is too bad.
at the Axalon, Rhinox is putting some finishing touches on the
new survey posts. Rattrap comments that the storm is trashing
the comm.-links worse than usual. Dinobot's messing with a bomb,
and growls in Rattrap's general direction that the mission is
too critical to be interrupted by some bad weather. He then yells
"Who took the synchro-laser?!" Cheetor replies "allow
me!", pulls out the missing tool, and proceeds to put his
own finishing touches on the device. He drops the bomb, however,
and as Dinobot tries to strangle the cheetah-'bot for his mistake,
the bomb rolls towards the edge of the lift and falls over. Optimus
catches it. Dinobot drops Cheetor, and Cheetor tells Optimus that
the bomb's ready to blow the Predacon's ship "back into orbit
as space debris." Optimus tells his crew that the mission's
stalled due to the storm. Cheetor insists that he can beat the
storm, but Optimus tells him that "as much as you prefer
to think so Cheetor, this isn't about you". Frustrated, Cheetor
tosses the bomb to Dinobot and leaves. DB and OP argue a bit,
and then Dinobot transforms and leaves.
scene switches to Cheetor sulking in his quarters. Dinobot comes
in and tells Cheetor that he thinks the cat can beat the storm
and plant the survey posts. The raptor messes with Cheetor's ego
for a bit, and finally convinces him to take on the mission without
permission from Optimus. Cheetor runs out of the base just as
the storm starts to get worse.
runs for a bit, transforms, plants the first post, transforms
back to beast mode and just barley misses being struck by lightning.
He yells up at the sky "was that supposed to scare me?",
and in response, another bolt of lightning strikes beside him.
With a gulp and an acknowledging "yep!", Cheetor jumps
up and runs off to plant the next post.
is about to plunge the next post into the ground when more electricity
strikes the raised makeshift lightning rod and sends both the
post and Cheetor flying. The post lodges itself into the ground
and starts splitting the earth to reveal a vein of energon.
we see Cheetor trying to pull the super-charged rod out off the
ground without much luck. We switch to the Darkside, where Terrorsaur
is staring at a monitor. The radar picks up a maximal signature,
but then the screen turns to static, and Terrorsaur grumbles about
it just being "storm interference" and "no Maximal
would be stupid enough to try anything on a day like this."
The camera switches back to Cheetor taunting the electrified survey
post about wanting to "play rough". He grabs the post,
and with another bolt of lightning Cheetor is zapped to the Predacon
base, right under Terrorsaur's nose!
battle scene follows, in which Cheetor eventually knocks Terrorsaur
onto the "Transporter" console. Terrorsaur is zapped
away, and Cheetor flies off on a hover-pad just as Scorponok and
Waspinator arrive. The transformed Predacons chase Cheetor around
the command center for a bit before a missile blasts open a hole
in a vent shaft. Cheetor escapes through the vents while Scorponok
and Waspy argue about who'll report the incident to Megatron.
a fancy light show and some awesome sound effects, we return to
the Axalon just as Terrorsaur materializes on the Maximals' communications
console. Dinobot appears in Terrorsaur's view of the room and
sarcastically welcomes the pterodactyl. As the two former comrades
prepare to fight, Dinobot notices the electrically supercharged
console and reflects on the possibility of "technology and
nature" accidentally creating a "transporter".
a truce, and Terrorsaur comments on how the transporter must be
how Cheetor got in to the Pred base. The two start scheming and
agree to an alliance.
at the Darkside, Cheetor is dashing through the vents as Waspinator
shoots missiles after him from outside the vent. Scorponok scans
the vent and sees Cheetor, shooting his own homing missile into
the shaft. Cheetor slides to a halt and considers his options:
"Shredded or sizzled; what a choice!"
pulls a fast 180o and jumps over Waspinator's shot
with Scorponok's missile right on his tail. Scorponok's and Waspinator's
missiles collide and create a fireball, which explodes through
the vent shaft after Cheetor, also blowing the two Predacons away.
Cheetor manages to just escape the blast and is knocked against
a wall, momentarily stunned.
to Dinobot and Terrorsaur now, we see the two "allies"
walking through the halls of the Maximal base. Terrorsaur is telling
Dinobot how the Transporter supposedly works, and then they stop
in front of the garbage disposal chutes. Satisfied that he has
learned enough to "duplicate the procedure" without
"Needle-nose's" help, Dinobot stuffs the Predacon into
the chute and ejects him from the base.
arrives and questions Dinobot about the missing survey posts and
cat-'bot. Dinobot plays innocent and tells Optimus that he overheard
a Predacon communication and that a lightning strike hit the posts
and accidentally transported Cheetor to the Darkside.
"Regrettable, yes," the raptor says, "he
has surely been destroyed by Megatron." Dinobot goes on to
insist that Cheetor's sacrifice has given the Maximals a way to
defeat the Predacons. Optimus, believing the raptor, agrees to
Dinobot's plan of teleporting the bomb into the "heart of
is hiding from Scorponok and Waspy when he decides to take advantage
of an unguarded console. He scans through the Predacon's data,
and finds a map showing a large energon vein running under both
bases. He notes that an explosion at either base would destroy
everyone, and decides to copy the information to disk and send
it back to the Maximals. The two Preds spot Cheetor and Scorponok
fires another homing missile. Cheetor manages to outrun the missile,
flip over Waspinator and Scorponok, and escapes as the missile
crashes into the Predacons instead.
is about to transport the bomb when Optimus asks him if he's sure
the countdown's long enough for the Predacons to escape the base.
Dinobot replies if it were any longer, they might disable the
bomb. Optimus gives Dinobot the O.K., and the bomb is teleported
to the Darkside just as Cheetor tosses the floppy disk onto the
Predacon communications console. The bomb appears in the Darkside
and the Disk at the Axalon. Optimus tells to computer to play
what's on the disk. Cheetor is trying to think of how to get the
bomb out of the base when Terrorsaur returns.
tells Terrorsaur to disarm the bomb, but as Terrorsaur is about
to do just that, he realizes the bomb's anchored down and will
blow in twenty seconds. Cheetor tells the Predacons that he can
release the anchors. Megatron agrees to let him try, and as the
counter reaches the last five seconds, Cheetor releases the anchors
and tosses the bomb to Terrorsaur, who flies it far enough away
to prevent both bases from being fried by the explosion.
transforms and jumps onto the console just as Megatron turns to
shoot him, and disappears just as Megatron's laser blast scraps
the "transporter". As the cat-'bot gets zapped back
through the sensor posts, the posts shatter, destroying the "transporter"
system. Cheetor lands grinning like a maniac on the Maximal communications
console just as Dinobot and Optimus start reviewing the data on
the floppy disk.
later, and all of the Maximals are gathered in the command center.
Rhinox tells Cheetor that they got the disk, and that Cheetor
had saved them from themselves. Dinobot gets fed up with the joking
around and leaves. Cheetor starts to apologise to Optimus, who
in turn lectures him for disobeying orders. Cheetor agrees to
"never do that again… until the next time" and runs
off as Rattrap and Rhinox burst into laughter. Optimus, seemingly
deciding if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, also starts laughing.
The episode ends with a view of a sunny day in the mountains surrounding
the Maximal base.
Despite the faint toilet sound effect sound when Terrorsaur is
"flushed", it supposedly really is just a garbage chute.
According to the guys that translated the text on the lid, anyways…
Really though, who knows?