Feral Scream- Part One
Megatron uses an alien transmetal driver in an attempt to shift
the balance of power, Cheetor is forever altered and is forced to
deal with the changes."
“The cat was tough… he went out
fighting.”- Depthcharge, Feral Scream Part One
When the episode begins we are greeted
with Megatron and his aid Waspinator slipping through the air with
a stasis pod in tow. The first thing I think is “Ahh… another newcomer
episode!” But boy was I wrong. Over the course of the Beast Wars
we have had episodes that take advantage of the orbiting stasis
pods crashing down upon the battlefield and bringing another player
in the war. After sometime, though, this repetition of the introduction
of a new character can become unspectacular. Yet, not this time.
The episode Feral Scream and its second part are an intriguing story
that takes a new spin on an overused concept.
After the first initial scene, we see
our beloved commander of the Axalon, Optimus Primal and Cheetor
searching the area for the transponder signal of a fallen stasis
pod. As they begin to question whether what they detected was in
fact a stasis pod or just a sensor glitch, Megatron and Waspinator
arrive with the before mentioned stasis pod in tow. Of course, Optimus
and Cheetor begin opening fire on the Predacons in an attempt to
retrieve their fellow Maximal. Soon enough a battle erupts between
the pair of Maximals and Predacons. As always, we are given an intricate
battle with visual graphics that is more than satisfying to this
fan! This show’s animation is just pure eye candy, but with some
great plots and characters to back it up! Anyway, back on topic!
Eventually, the pod is dropped and Cheetor races towards it. Unfortunately,
Waspinator fires on the sky cat and takes him out. The Predacon
insect retrieves the pod and quickly buzzes away. Recovering from
the hit, Cheetor then whips out a huge honking gun and fires upon
Waspinator. Unfortunately, Cheetor’s aim is off and he hits the
cliff which Optimus was standing upon doing battle with Megatron.
In effect, Optimus is sent plunging to the ground below and the
Predacons are allowed to escape with the pod!
Megatron and Waspinator eventually
end up on a mountain top, it would appear, which holds a large machine
which extends far into the sky. The atmosphere of this location
is all around spooky and ominous. Thunder crackles about them with
the occasional lightning strike to add even more effect. Megatron
stands before the tower-like machine and gloats, to who knows who,
about what he has in plan. He soon orders Waspinator to place a
small spherical device into the machine. Waspinator then responds
in a strange Egor-like voice. This scene is a cliché. It goes back
to the Frankenstein movie with Doc Frankenstein, Megatron, performing
his life bringing experiment with the aid of Igor, or in this case
As Doctor “Meganstein” continues his
little experiment, Cheetor tries to dig out his leader from a pile
of boulders from the crumbling cliff he fell from. Without any notice,
a pair of glowing “power pizzas” slams into the debris and frees
Optimus from his stone cage. Depthcharge, who fired the pizzas,
inquires if they’ve seen Rampage in the area and when Optimus answers
with the obvious no, the fish flies off after the signal of Rampage’s
spark. After he recovers, Optimus yells at Cheetor for endangering
the life of the protoform within the stasis pod by aiming such a
powerful weapon at it. This discussion between Optimus and Cheetor
is quite interesting. Cheetor argues that even if Megatron could
power up the protoform, that it’d just be a Predacon, so why let
Megatron get a hold of another soldier? Optimus then argues that
the protoform is innocent and its life should be protected no matter
what it could become in the future. The question is asked, is it
ok to take the life of someone innocent who will eventually become
an enemy that will attempt to take your life without question? Optimus
obviously answers no as the protoform is innocent still. Was this
a mistake on Primal’s part, letting Megatron get a hold of a potential
threat to the Maximals? Anyway, Optimus heads off to get repaired
and Cheetor goes after the Predacons.
At the tower-like machine, Megatron
and Waspinator continue to proceed with whatever they are doing.
Megatron reveals Rampage’s half spark and gives it to the protoform.
After a few switches and buttons, and a flash of bright light, out
comes a familiar, yet altered, face. Megatron welcomes the newcomer,
revealing to us that it is Transmetal Dinobot 2! Another clone of
our honorable warrior enters the Beast wars, yet this time with
an even larger twist. Dinobot 2 is impressive and fierce looking.
When Depthcharge arrives, we get a peak into the ferociousness of
the clone. We see that this Dinobot and the one who we came to love
and cherish are not at all the same. As the new Pred tears into
Depthcharge, Cheetor comes and begins opening fire on Megatron,
Waspinator, and eventually Dinobot. Dinobot, after dealing with
Cheetor, transforms and tests out his newly improved optic laser.
The newly formed Predacon fires his weapon which hits his finger
and blasts it off. What’s surprising is that he doesn’t even flinch
from the action! This moment only shows us how powerful he is and
that he truly shares the special qualities that Rampage possess.
After a bit, Cheetor hops onto the little hover platform which Waspinator
used and grabs the alien driver, passing it to Depthcharge. Megatron,
infuriated at the cat, fires at him, causing Cheetor to fall into
the energy beam that was created by the driver. Cheetor begins to
become electrocuted and the cloning machine shows signs of overloading.
After the energy builds, an explosion is caused and both Depthcharge
and the Predacons are sent flying from the area. After the explosion,
Depthcharge finds a torn piece of Cheetor’s armor plating. Finally,
we are shown a brief bit of emotion from Depthcharge. The scene
where he sees the torn piece of Cheetor lets us see and along with
him feel the shock of the previous events. This episode so far has
taken a far darker turn than any previous episodes, aside from Bad
Spark and possibly Transmutate.
Back at Maximal HQ, Optimus is repairing
himself with the aid of Rhinox. (Why not use C.R. Chamber?) Then
Depthcharge arrives and he shows them the torn piece of Cheetor’s
armor and tells them “The cat was tough… he went out fighting.”
He leaves Rhinox and Optimus to deal with their feelings and goes
down to the lower portions of the base. He puts the driver in a
scanner and finds out it is of the aliens and that it has been enhanced
by Megatron. Depthcharge decides it best to destroy it and tosses
it down a crack to land in lava. Little did he know, that Blackarachnia
was snooping about, furthering that she is indeed still a Predacon
at heart. The black widow grabs the driver, before it was destroyed
by the lava, for her own purposes. Obviously this episode is being
used to introduce a new character, a new due for Cheetor, and to
set us up for the episode Proving Grounds.
Back to Optimus and Rhinox… Optimus
blames himself for the loss of Cheetor. Optimus claims that Cheetor
tried to prove himself after he had been rough on him. Rhinox offers
a subtle hope by saying he’s going to get the scanners on to search
for Cheetor, offering hope that Cheetor is still out there.
Off somewhere unknown, an extremely
damaged Cheetor limps onward towards home, but stops in an overwhelming
surge of pain. His leg begins to glow a green hue and he again screams
in serious pain. Poor Cheetor!
Back at the Pred base, we learn that
Dinobot is able to inflict the same spark-cringing pain on Rampage
as Megatron was, simply by squeezing his own spark. Why doesn’t
this hurt Dinobot? Anyway, we also learn that Megatron has a great
knowledge of Cybertronian physiology due to the fact that he claims
that a fusion between two sparks would require only the knowledge
he has. Anyway, Megatron orders the new Dinobot to find Depthcharge
and get that alien driver back.
When we come back to the Maximal base,
Depthcharge comes from the C.R. Chamber and gets a report from his
scanners that Rampage’s spark is detected. He runs outside, but
finds Dinobot. Meanwhile, Optimus Primal searches grid by grid fro
Cheetor and also the new Dinobot, but with little luck. After reporting
in, he hears an ominous screech and heads off in its direction.
Somehow, Dinobot 2 over took Depthcharge and bound him and took
the maximal to some unknown location for interrogation. Megatron,
Rampage, and Quickstrike are there as well and soon become the victim
of a shadowy creature. The creature tears Quickstrike apart and
unleashes damage on all but Depthcharge. When the Predacons are
dealt with by the creature, it circles Depthcharge. The detail in
this scene only increases the suspense and spookiness. I like the
heavy breathing from Depthcharge for some reason! Anyway, Optimus
lands and the creature races off, but not before making eye contact
with the Maximal commander.
Back at the base, Rhinox sends a warning
to the others about the creature. Optimus talks with Rhinox and
hints that he thinks he knows what or rather who this creature is.
Just as Optimus finished, though, Cheetor, heavily damaged and almost
lifeless, stumbles up to the base and falls unconscious at the front
To be continued… Don’t ya love two
parters! No? Well I do, but only when I can pop in the next tap
and see what happens right away! lol
Well it’s a great newcomer story. It
effectively introduces the newest addition to the Beast Wars, the
second clone of Dinobot. Yet, that is not what the story is really
about. This episode primarily deals with Cheetor’s growth as a character.
Cheetor has been the kid of the Beast Wars. He’s the young immature
bot who sometimes causes some trouble. This episode shows him mature
into a more adult-like character, yet still with his usual characteristics,
but this episode develops his character more. I mean… no matter
how much we love that old Cheetor… he can’t stay a kid forever.
It only made sense that he would grow up some during this war.
I also loved the prominent use of Depthcharge
in this episode. I like him and love seeing him in action! Another
favorite is the moment when all the Predacons actually tremble in
fear! You don’t get to see that often!
What’s not so good-
Well in the beginning when Optimus
and Megatron are exchanging fire, Optimus’ massive cannons rapidly
fire towards the hovering Predacon, managing to miss every single
time. This just isn’t totally believable. Out of all those shots
fired, that none had hit Megatron. Is our Predacon commander that
agile in the air to evade such a heavy amount of fire? This often
happens in Beast Wars where reality is compromised for the plot.
Again, in the beginning during the
opening battle, Cheetor, in an attempt to get back the stasis pod
from Waspinator, whips out a huge honking gun. Where and when did
he get this weapon? Why has he never used it before? Did he just
happen to back a huge weapon for no apparent reason? I suppose the
question of how did he carry the weapon without it being seen before
hand can be sort of explained away by the ‘subspace pocket’ idea.
Oh well… it was just necessary to give Cheetor a weapon powerful
enough to destroy a cliff edge and effectively damage Optimus.
When we are just introduced to Dinobot
2 and Cheetor and Depthcharge are there fighting the Predacons,
how does Depthcharge know of the original Dinobot? It doesn’t seem
to me that Depthcharge has become a close member of the team yet
and that this info would be shared, but oh well… just a little thing
that caught my attention.
Another small thing is the cartoony
way they had Megatron spinning on his tail gun when the transmetal
Cheetor attacks him. It was way too kiddish for an episode like
this one. Throughout Beast Wars it has grown and become more serious,
with only the best of stories, but here and there the occasional
cartoony thing plops in. Oh well… stupid people at Hasbro!
Anyway, I think overall this episode
is great! It’s only enhanced by its second half. It effectively
introduces a new character, gives Cheetor a new look, and sets things
up for the episode Proving Grounds. It has action, mystery,
and emotion which pushes it to one of my favorite Beast Wars episodes!
I give Feral Scream: Part One
3 ½ out of 4 stars!
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