We pan in on the Predacons, who are grouping around Megatron
in the Darkside's control room.
Megatron says: "Ah, my happy little band! Ready to
start another glorious Predacon day, are we?"
Tarantulas gripes that he was busy doing important research on
their new transmetal forms. Megatron sarcastically says
he has no doubt of that, and then goes on to give orders.
He tells Tarantulas and the other Predacons that he has detected
a large store of energon cubes in grid Arachis. "You
will build a refuelling station there," he tells Tarantulas.
"Blackarachnia and Quickstrike will assist you."
Blackarachnia snickers at Megatron's distrust in Tarantulas, while
Quickstrike seems pleased to be going out. Inferno and Waspinator
ask what they can do to help. Megatron instructs them to
build a jamming station to disrupt Maximal communications.
When Tarantulas asks what precisely Megatron is doing, he replies:
"Planning for the future, now go!"
In the next scene, we see Tarantulas and the others collecting
their equipment. Tarantulas complains about doing such a
menial task. Blackarachnia states she has divided the load
into equal shares, but flirtatiously suggests to Quickstrike that
he probably could carry more than any of them, boosting his ego.
Meanwhile, Waspinator and Inferno leave with their equipment,
while Waspinator muses that they will finish their job first and
Megatron will be pleased.
"And we do live to please Megatron," Tarantulas muses.
"But perhaps the Maximals can throw a little hitch into Megatron's
plans..." With that, he takes out and throws a little
metal arachnid with a transmitter attached to it. It hits
a pile of metal pillars on a trolley-ramp and hides itself within
them, letting off a signal.
In the meantime, Rhinox is attempting to test the limits of the
new Transmetal forms. He puts Optimus through a rather unsuccessful
body agene scan, which electrocutes both of them mildly.
Just then, Cheetor comes on the screens and tells Optimus that
he is picking up a weird signal. "It's a Pred code
but it's on a Maximal frequency," he tells him. "I
can't get a fix. It keeps moving." Optimus asks
who is closest. Rattrap and Silverbolt are. Cheetor
passes on a message to the two of them to 'track and identify'
the signal. Rattrap comments that it sounds like another
wild Pred chase to him. Silverbolt says: "Perhaps so,
but I'll leader has charged us to learn the truth, my friend!
And Silverbolt for one shall prove worthy of his trust."
Rattrap watches him move off, muttering how he hates it when Silverbolt
talks like that.
On the way to the location, Quickstrike (who is in beast mode
beside Blackarachnia, who is also in beast mode) offers his help
to her if her load becomes too heavy. The two are pulling
their own trolley-ramps of heavy equipment. She says she
is managing while blinking her eyes flirtatiously. Quickstrike
moves off. Blackarachnia suddenly hears Tarantulas's voice,
but he is nowhere in sight. The transmetal is using his telepathic
link to talk to her. He warns her that she can play whatever
games she wishes with Quickstrike, (then he appears in vehicle
mode from behind a tree mound) but should she dare to cross him,
she will suffer for her treachery. He forces her to lose
control over the load and a heavy metal pillar falls on her head.
Quickstrike rushes over to her and pulls it off but she snaps
at him and tells him to back off. Quickstrike his surprised
and hurt. "Ain't no figurin' a female!" Quickstrike
moans. "A fact of life, fuzor," Tarantulas snickers
and they both head off. Blackarachnia vows under her breath
that she will get herself back under control, and then he'll pay!
The next scene shows them in robot mode in a cavern, with plenty
of energon hanging from the roof. While Quickstrike and
Blackarachnia talk, Tarantulas walks through the cavern musing
to himself. He comments to himself that Megatron chose wisely.
He also decides that he won't be needing the Maximals after all,
and with a stretch of his arm he beckons out the little robot
arachnid transmitter, which wiggles out of the pile and comes
over to him. He squashes it with his foot. "This
is indeed a perfect location...for my new lair!" he cackles.
Back with the Maximals, and Rattrap, in vehicle mode, stops short.
He tells Silverbolt that they've lost the signal. He then
asks what they should do now? Silverbolt says: "Follow
our noses, of course!" Rattrap replies with: "Well,
considerin' the honkers we got...it's worth a shot!"
They move off, sniffing.
Returning to the Predacons, and Quickstrike is complaining that
he hasn't yet had a chance to 'club' anything. Blackarachnia
thinks aloud that properly defended, this cavern would be an excellent
fortress. Tarantulas coyly agrees. She notices his
agreement, and asks him about it. "You're right about
this place! It would be a perfect new lair...for all of
us!" Blackarachnia says she knows he is upset about
his old lair being destroyed in the quantum surge, but what does
he mean by all of them? Tarantulas says all three of them,
an arachnid trio aligned against Maximal and Predacon alike.
She laughs at the idea of joining him, but he reminds her he still
has control over her, so she really has no choice. "Maybe,"
she growls. Quickstrike butts in and asks if he has to do all
the works himself. Tarantulas takes the opportunity to ask
him how he feels toward Megatron. Quickstrike says he has done
okay leading them so far, but his only complaint is that he doesn't
have 'enough keisters to wail on regular-like'. Tarantulas
advertises that if he sides with him, he'll have ample opportunity
to prove how tough he is. Quickstrike likes the sound of
that, but voices his concern that Megatron's still pretty tough.
Tarantulas toys with Quisktrike's ego by saying: "I
see. You...fear him." Quickstrike objects immediately
to that, and agrees, but warns Tarantulas that if he finds out
he is lying, his will be the 'first keister I drop-kick!"
Tarantulas gloats that now there is nothing to stop him.
Rattrap has in the meantime sniffed some scents. Silverbolt
finds tire tracks on the ground and sniffs too. He concludes
that it is the spiders and Quickstrike carrying some kind of heavy
equipment. "With my luck it'll be a mega-blaster,"
Rattrap sighs. The two of them follow the tracks.
Blackarachnia is muttering about how she will get revenge when
Tarantulas interrupts her, asking her what's on her mind.
She plays dumb, which irritates him. He tries to scan her
mind, but is surprised to see she has blocked a segment of her
circuitry to him. She pretends not to know what he is on
about. He demands she open her mind to him, and she struggles
against his telepathic will, managing to throw something heavy
at him and knock him off his feet. She transforms to beast
mode and scampers off. Tarantulas sits up and says:
"Of course you realize this means...war."
Back at the Darkside and Megatron is having a bath.
Waspinator's face comes up on his computer screen in front of
his bath. Waspinator reports that he and Inferno have finished
the job. Megatron commends them and closes the connection.
He tries to open another to Tarantulas to see how they are doing.
He can't get through to them. In frustration, he cries:
"Blast those arachnids! What are they up to NOW?"
Tarantulas is busy hunting for Blackarachnia in the cavern.
She appears in front of him and kicks and energon cube out from
the wall. She places it in-between the two-prongs
of a blade. She declares she is tired of being his slave
and that he either terminates the link between them, or she'll
crack the cube, and he knows what will happen then. He reminds
her he can stop her with a single thought. She retaliates
by saying the energon radiation will interfere with their link.
He tries anyway and it doesn't work properly. She screams:
"I warned you!" and begins to crack the cube.
Her body is wracked with blue energy waves, and she screams.
Tarantulas urges her to stop and throw the cube away. "Never!
I will be free, one way or another!" she yells. "Fine!"
he retorts. He moves closer to her, talking when suddenly
a blue energy wave shoots out from her forehead and hits his.
He reels back screaming in pain. "Cyberlink works...both
ways... I-I share...your pain!" he gasps. She
tells him to severe the link and save them both. He refuses.
"Then we go offline together!" she shouts. Tarantulas
cannot take the pain anymore and gives in, breaking the link.
She throws away the cube and the resulting explosion knocks them
both off their feet. When they both get up, Blackarachnia
says: "I told you, I'd be free." She is
in much pain and is holding her head. Tarantulas threatens
to tear her apart, but Quickstrike comes in and stops him, alerting
him to the fact that there are Maximals outside.
Silverbolt and Rattrap arrive outside. Quickstrike dives right
into battle. Silverbolt warns Rattrap to be cautious
as they don't know what they are getting into. Quickstrike
shoots at Silverbolt and hits him. Blackarachnia attacks
Rattrap, who is travelling in vehicle mode. He leaps up
and transforms in mid-air to robot mode, shooting at her as he
falls down. Meanwhile, Silverbolt has recovered and is shooting
at Tarantulas. Rattrap tells him: "You take out
da spiders, I'll handle da fuzor!" Blackarachnia tries
a high-leap-and-roll-in-mid-air trick but lands funny and falls
on her rear, just a few feet away from Silverbolt, who braces
to shoot her. He wavers and Rattrap asks him what he's waiting
for. Silverbolt sighs and tells him it is not right to strike
a female, even a female Predacon. Rattrap exclaims:
"That widow is about as female as a piston!" This
upsets Quickstrike immensely and he shoots at Rattrap paralysing
him with cyber venom for the moment. Silverbolt reels on
Quickstrike, snarling: "You claim to be the toughest of us
all, snake, but you have done little to prove it!"
The two engage in battle and it looks as if Silverbolt is about
to win as he towers over a fallen Quickstrike, when he is suddenly
blasted off him by Tarantulas, who urges his fellow Predacons
to keep fighting and protect the cavern at all costs. Rattrap
picks up on that (having since recovered) and wonders aloud to
Silverbolt about what might be in there. They decide to
The Maximals move toward the cabin while the Predacons bicker
over Tarantulas's mysterious absence from the most recent part
of the battle. Blackarachnia points out the Maximals are
getting close, when suddenly there is a big explosion. Everyone
is knocked flying. Tarantulas gets up and exclaims that
the Maximals must have destroyed the cavern, and they should return
to base. Rattrap praises Silverbolt on a good shoot, but
Silverbolt tells him he didn't do it. Rattrap wonders who
did, then? The Predacons retreat, and the Maximals go home,
The next scene opens to an irate Megatron, who demands of the
three what took them so long. Quickstrike informs him that
the Maximals 'ruined just about everything'. "Everything?
The energon station?" Megatron asks in a brewing rage.
"A total loss," Tarantulas says sadly. "The
energon cubes as well. I'm afraid we'll just have to start
over again. Somewhere...else." Megatron is furious
and shouts at them all to get out of his sight before he turns
them all to slag. Tarantulas leaves, giggling to himself.
The final scene shows Tarantulas in the cavern with a variety
of new machines and tubes around him. He turns away from
his computer. "Amazing what one well-placed charge
can do, isn't it? Oh, be it ever so humble, there's no place
like home." He then erupts into some hysterical laughter,
and the camera pans up to the energon-covered roof with eerie