excellent example of anyone forcefully changing his or her personality
without any magic spells. I loved it!
The beginning of the eleventh episode of season one is
a view of the waterfall, which is by the Maximal base. The camera
moves over to a boulder on the ground by the riverbank. Next to
the boulder, is a purple flower, which happens to be caught underneath
it and is barely seen at all. Optimus Primal then appears in the
scene, notices the specimen then has to call DinoBot out to the
area (apparently, he was supposed to be assisting). The Predacon
traitor then reluctantly comes out of hiding and began with: “Of
course. Pardon my lack of enthusiasm for a bunch or worthless
weeds” and finishing with: “You do realize we’re targets out here—TARGETS!
But nooo, you stop to smell the roses.”
Optimus explains to DinoBot (much to his detest of another
speech) that he signed onto the Axalon as an explorer and that
they didn’t need to act like the whole planet was filled with
Predacons. DinoBot argued by saying that he would give a song
and dance performance of ‘I told you so’ if the Predacons found
and destroyed them (ok, not exactly his words). After a few more
minutes, DinoBot said that he will blast the boulder away. Before
he transformed, Optimus showed DinoBot a way to free the flower
without violence. DinoBot insults the flower and walks away. The
Flower then leaned back and tossed some hard shell at the unsuspecting
transformer. After a freak out, Optimus got the shell off of DinoBot’s
neck. The shell moved and turned into a flower, thus revealing
that it was actually a seed. After a sarcastic remark from DinoBot,
he and Optimus then got into an attack by Scorpinok. During the
battle, DinoBot was crushed under a boulder and when Optimus went
to help him, Scorpinok launched his cyberbee and landed on Optimus’
chest. Ignoring the bee, Optimus fired a shot a Scorpinok and
sent him falling down a waterfall. The cyberbee then attached
itself onto the Maximal commander.
Back at base, Cheetor yelled at DinoBot in anger. The traitor
then retorted with: “Don’t tell me what my duties are, fur ball,
or you will be serving several recycling bins.”. After Rattrap
broke them up, Rhinox explained to his comrades that it was a
viral mind which was big trouble because 1, the mind fused with
Optimus’ net core and he can’t transform with the thing on him,
making it a big deal considering the amount of energon on the
planet, and 2, if anyone pulled the device off, Optimus wouldn’t
survive since his life support functions were transferred into
it. DinoBot used his Predacon knowledge to inform them that the
device was programmed to turn the Maximal commander into a coward,
causing the Maximals to suffer a horrific defeat. He also informed
them of the anti-virus which would cure him however; it is in
the Predacon base in Scorpinok’s lab. Before anyone could even
try to think of another way to get the trinket off, the CR Chamber
shuts down suddenly. The door is then busted down as an enraged
Optimus Primal steps out with murder in his optics.
Rhinox holds Optimus back before he could try and hurt
anyone. Optimus then proceeds to say: “I don’t fear you. I DON’T
FEAR ANY OF YOU!!!” which makes the others remember that Scorpinok
is an idiot and realizes that he must have screwed up with the
mind’s programming, thus making him into the opposite of what
it was supposed to make him—a Berserker! Struggling for control,
Optimus orders that he be disarmed and locked up.
Scorpinok reports his progress to Megatron, not knowing
how badly he screwed up. Megatron then announces his plan to us
When Cheetor visits Optimus in the lock hold, the Maximal
commander is trying to break through the bars. He then tries to
get through to Optimus, who then suggests that they use his disadvantage
to their advantage. DinoBot suggests the same idea: for Optimus
to be armed up and sent into the Predacon base, ready to mutilate
them. “If we want the anti-virus,” he said “then that’s the only
way we can get it.” Rhinox comments that Optimus would’ve been
killed before he reached the doorsteps. Optimus and Cheetor then
enter the room causing a commotion with Rattrap and Rhinox while
DinoBot only flinched in surprise. After a question of suspicion,
Optimus gets mad and begins to fire holes in the Axalon, causing
the others to hide behind anything that can withstand the blasts.
Finally, Rhinox tackles Optimus down. Then, and only then, did
Rattrap and Cheetor help him. Optimus Finally throws all three
off of him and stands back up saying: “Y-you don’t understand.
It’s like DinoBot said. (DinoBot looked at the others and shrugged
sheepishly) We have to hit the Preds the only way they understand.
Hard, Fast and right where it hurts.” With ammo and a sharp katana
sword baring, Optimus blatantly told them where to go, how to
get there and then left.
Cheetor, feeling guilty for all that happened, went straight
to the armour hold and prepared for combat. Surprisingly, DinoBot
entered and tried to talk some sense into the young Maximal saying:
“It is a doomed mission. There’s no strategy, just mindless aggression”
and convinced him to try and think what the old Optimus would
With that, Cheetor contacts the Predacon base and warns
them that Optimus is coming their way and it’s not about an invite
to a tea party. Megatron doesn’t sound scared when he tells the
young Maximal that no one will enter their base alive. The tyrant
then turns off the comlink and proceeds to harm Scorpinok for
his screw-up. Cheetor informs the others about what happened and
glares at DinoBot for the idea.
Optimus breaks into the Predacon base where Tarantulas
is ordered to stop the intruder. The psychotic spider then fires
a sharp blade at the Maximal commander, who merely catches it.
As he walks towards him, Tarantulas begins to batter Optimus with
the spider-legs missiles, who didn’t seem fazed by it; even as
the blasts began damaging his entire body. He slams Tarantulas
to the wall by the spider’s neck. He then shows his enemy the
blade that was fired at him, jammed it into the spider’s stomach
and moves on. Megatron orders Blackarachnia and Terrorsaur to
defend the perimeter and tells Waspinator to stop Optimus. The
Wasp is happy not to get a slagging assignment—until he hears
Optimus screaming and backed up into a wall. Hearing the footsteps
shaking the ship every step that is taken, Waspinator thinks that
he is safe when the footsteps stop. He is wrong. Optimus slams
through the wall and pulls Waspinator inside and slams him through
another one. He then proceeds to shoot him and moves on again.
Meanwhile, the other Maximals rush towards the enemy ship
as Blackarachnia and Terrorsaur run out, weapons flaring. Both
sides continue to fire against each other without showing any
sign of weakening. After a while, Rhinox sends Cheetor inside
the Predacon base to find Optimus before he hurts himself.
Optimus finally enters Scorpinok’s lab in search for the
anti-virus but only finds the stand that held it. As the condition
worsens, Optimus collapses to the ground in pain as Megatron,
in beast mode, comes out with what the Maximal commander has been
looking for. The T-rex comments on how well Optimus did with the
Gorilla Warfare on. Megatron then gives Optimus a proposition—an
allegiance with the Predacons for exchange for the anti-virus.
He then ends the proposition with ‘Join me or perish!’. As his
answer, Optimus rips off the Viral Mind in front of the tyrant.
The Predacon leader attempts to escape when the Maximal throws
the mind onto the back of Megatron’s neck, causing him to lose
grip of the anti-virus but continue to run.
Cheetor enters the room, jumps, transforms and catches
the Anti-virus. He was able to give it to Optimus just in the
knick of time. As the Maximals retreat back to base, Scorpinok
gets the mind off of Megatron’s neck and both watch as it explodes.
A few hours after the sun rises, Optimus wakes up in his
own quarters and notices DinoBot sitting next to him. They talk
a little bit, then the warrior gets up and leaves. As DinoBot
exits the room, Optimus notices the flower he saw on their exploration
trip earlier, chuckles and goes back to sleep.
I feel that this is a great example of an excellent series
such as Beast Wars. Gorilla Warfare shows that even the unexpected
Maximal can have a different personality as plan gets together.
Scorpinok being a reeeeeeeeaaaally bad scientist was excellently
proven when Optimus didn’t become a coward as planned (though,
I wouldn’t mind watching him cower in a corner. That would be
priceless to see). And Cheetor with all that weaponry, getting
ready to back up his commander… *does the Italian kiss with her
fingers*… excellent. DinoBot and Megatron’s reactions to when
they got hit in the one place they can’t reach—the back of the
neck, was priceless! LOL! I especially liked how it looked like
Optimus and DinoBot practically switched personalities in that
episode, with Optimus as the one who wants to fight fight fight
and DinoBot being the reasonable one. I dare someone to say otherwise
about this episode because I give this five thumbs up.