Voices Part 1
in a nutshell: “Other
Voices Part 1” was designed to give basis for the next episode- the
fact that the aliens wish to destroy the
Beast Warriors, their responses
to this fact, the
establishment of a median range in intensity between “Before the
Storm” and “Other Voices Part 2”, etc. And it does
just that. But, in the process, it provides
some entertaining scenes.
picks up an alien signal in “grid Trion”, and analyzes it. This
confirms that the signal is of the same type that has been witnessed
in previous alien establishments on Earth. Optimus decided to send
Airazor and Rattrap to the source of the signal and heads off to
meet them there. Rhinox warns him before he leaves that the
Predacons would have picked up the signal by now as well, but Primal
relies on the fact they still have a truce.
recognizes the alien signal and calculates when the next Maximal
stasis pod will fall out of orbit. Tarantulas
decides the estimated time is be too long, and admits he has to find
another way to escape Earth. Blackarachnia appears in his lair, and
when Tarantulas tells her to leave, she threatens to tell Megatron
about the transwarp cell that Tarantulas stole (although we, as the
audience, already know Megatron is aware of Tarantulas’ theft, and
for some odd reason, has been encouraging it behind the scenes).
Blackarachnia continues to tell Tarantulas that she can get past the Axalon’s shields
so they could acquire a stasis pod there.
then see that Megatron has been watching the whole conversation on
surveillance, but merely notes to himself that the spiders’
treachery will serve him in the end. He then orders Waspinator to go
to the location of the alien signal and secure that area. When
Waspinator protests, Megatron reminds him that “the current
ceasefire applies only in reference to Maximals.” Waspinator relents,
and leaves for the signal.
and Rattrap approach the signal’s source, to Rattrap’s apparent
chagrin, and when they land, they discover a pulsating crystal in
the center of some circular, flat formation. Airazor decides to scan
it, and announces it’s a field generator. She begins speaking
about how it’s making a large amount of energy when an electric
bolt emits from a sort of leaning pillar, and knocks her over. The
crystal lowers until its supports are completely in the ground. It
knocks Rattrap clear away from the circle with an energy pulse and
then begins shooting more pulses, which grow closer and closer to
the edge of the circle.
the last pulse finds the circle’s edge, a transparent energy
begins forming upwards into a mushroom-like building. When it’s
fully constructed, it becomes a solid, plant-looking material.
gets on his comlink and tells Optimus that they’ve reached the
signal’s source, but it was “some sort of nutty alien
bungalow”, and Airazor is trapped inside. Waspinator arrives on
scene and knocks Rattrap over.
Airazor gets up and hears alien voices around her. She explains that
she means no harm, but is soon shocked with an energy bolt similar
to the one that hit her earlier. She is raised into the air with it,
and the shocking continues.
Outside, Rattrap, fights
Waspinator off (without weapons, of course- there is a truce,
arrives on scene. He asks Rattrap if there is any way in, and after
Rattrap tells him that there isn’t Primal suggests using a cutting
Airazor is still being shocked. She transforms into beast mode, and
the shocking ends, while she falls to the ground. The alien voices
continue speaking and end their speech with the word
laser is not working, and Megatron arrives with Scorponok and
Terrorsaur. Megatron suggests using a biological method to get in
the alien building. Scorponok fires a toxin into the wall, and a
gaping hole opens up. Primal goes in with Rattrap and they find
Airazor on the ground. Primal
tells Rattrap to get Airazor outside, and as Rattrap begins dragging
her away, she wakes to tell Optimus not to stay inside. Optimus
refuses to leave, explaining that the aliens
deserve an explanation for the destruction that has been caused on
after, Optimus is brought into the air with metallic coils, and
scanned by the aliens.
Tarantulas and Blackarachnia make it to the Axalon.
Blackarachnia reveals a contraption of her own, and uses it to open
a small rectangular hole in the ship’s shield. They walk in, and
Inferno is seen to have followed them (without their knowing). He
tries to walk in the same way they did, but the contraption was
apparently timed, and short circuits as he makes his attempt.
Unfazed, he begins to dig his way under the shield.
makes it out with Airazor, and as soon as he does so, the Predacons
hold him and Airazor at gun point. Rattrap notes that the truce is
the aliens finish scanning Primal, and when they announce that they
have run into the same ‘bot they scanned before, Primal asks who
they are. An optical illusion forms in the air above Primal to show
Unicron. When Primal notes his own confusion at this, the aliens
explain that they can not be physically comprehended by him, and so
they chose to look like Unicron to communicate with him.
begins to debate with the aliens, saying that they, having scanned
him, must now know that he and his crew didn’t come to the planet
by choice. The aliens contend that, regardless, they Cybertronians
are there. Primal says he means no harm, but the aliens are not
happy, because the harm has been done. Their “project” has been
ruined, and must be voided. Primal says that the Beast Warriors can
fix any damage that was done. But the aliens are only interested in
sterilizing the experiment. Primal argues that they have no right to
do that because of the life on the planet.
aliens note that they have no choice, arguing cryptically, that
“there is more danger” than Primal knows. They
then initiate a “termination sequence,” and the Unicron illusion
disappears. Primal breaks the metal coils and goes into beast mode.
Meanwhile the entire alien structure is flashing vividly. In the
confusion outside, Rattrap grabs Scorponok’s arm and fires one of
his missiles at Megatron. Airazor shoots Scorponok, and Rattrap
transforms and shoots Terrorsaur. Primal flies out of the structure,
and orders the Maximals to get back to base.
watches the alien structure from a distance and notes that “there
is still another hand to be played.” The structure finally sends
one final, huge pulse, and then seems to melt upwards, sending a
powerful, constant stream of energon straight into space.
collides with the biggest moon surrounding the planet, and the
surface of the moon begins burning away, revealing myriads of the
pillars seen at the alien structure earlier. The energy also causes
the orbiting stasis pods to begin falling to the planet.
Rhinox attempts to use communications and track the falling stasis
pods. The energon surge from the alien device makes both impossible. He
uses all power to observe the surge, and when he sees what it is, he
is understandably confused.
hears a noise behind him, and looks to see that Blackarachnia is
hanging from the now open roof hatch. Rhinox reaches for his gun and
begins firing in an arc. Blackarachnia shoots him with Cyber venom,
and he falls over in pain. Dinobot runs in to see Blackarachnia and
Tarantulas coming in, but they combine their automatic fire power to
and Tarantulas drop to the ground, and Blackarachnia sees Rhinox’s
scan of the energon beam on the Axalon’s. She
asks what it is, and Tarantulas tells her it is the beginning of the
the alien moon begins shining from within with a powerful bright
light, illuminating the Axalon and
its surrounding region in
an ominous glow.
like the episodes before it, “Other Voices Part 1” tells a story
in more of a pensive, but noticeably dark manner (as opposed to a
one episode set up with an entertaining fight at the end). However,
“Before the storm” mentions the impending peril in a quiet
manner. Things aren’t quite right, but the idea of a truce brings
an unexpectedly light nature to the episode, if the audience can
just hold on to the hope that perhaps Megatron will actually play
fair and fight with the Maximals against a common enemy. And, after
all, the fight at the end is appreciably comedic. Because of these
factors, “Other Voices Part 1” is able to step the intensity of
the plot up a notch.
very mention of the aliens brings about the memories of the
Cybertronians’ past experiences with them. We, as the audience,
know by now that they are powerful, and Tarantulas’ previous
paranoia is once again brought into the light. The
fact that the aliens mention a “termination sequence” doesn’t
exactly brighten the mood. The
episode takes place entirely at night, something that thematically
assisted many other episodes, such as “Fallen Comrades”, “The
Coming of the Fuzors Parts 1 and 2” (right up until the end, but
then, the end wasn’t suppose to be tense anymore).
one of the factors that makes this episode tense (perhaps not the
greatest factor, but one of them), is the mere manner in which
Megatron conducts himself throughout the entire episode. He knows
what’s going on, and he’s got everything planned out, but still,
he acts in such a meticulous (borderline nervous) manner to make
everything goes perfectly. After all, if he messes anything up, he,
and basically everyone else, is dead. This fact, and the skill he
has at predicting outcomes and planning reactions, is most fully
revealed in the next episode. Therefore, his scheming may do more to
intensify the last three episodes for people who have actually seen
them before, than those who have not.
as it may be, I would argue that the real worries are reserved for
the next episode, and in that regard, this episode is intended
mostly for set up. Not that it isn’t a good episode anyways…
vs. Predacon confrontations are not as flashy in this episode as in
many others since this was intended to give more background to who
the aliens were, what they intended to do, and how the Beast
Warriors came to realize it all. However, there are some skirmishes,
and even then, the tactics and the thinking do not automatically
equate to “un-entertaining.” If you wish to watch this episode
for the explicit purpose of entertainment, you won’t exactly be
disappointed, but there are other episodes which are far more
direct. At any rate, watch
the next episode after this one. It
does, after all, give this one meaning (and is just plain awesome,
but… that’s for another review…).
like the rest of the episodes. I don’t mean that in a bad way of
course. Interestingly, a lot of the characters in this episode spend
a good deal or even a majority of their time in beast mode. Since
part of the appeal of Beast Wars is the unorthodox alternate modes,
it’s cool to see.
is meant to establish the premise for the next episode, and
generally, it Part 2 that I look forward to seeing. So personally, I
wouldn’t rate it as high as it successor. I would rate it 8 out of
10. It doesn’t have any glaring problems, it’s just, perfection
demands a lot, and this episode isn’t always on top of my list.
But, in its defense, it does exactly what is meant to do, and
undeniably holds its own for the 20 minutes devoted to it.
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