At Pred HQ Megatron is in the middle of an experiment, a new method
to refine energon.
But it fails! As the purple tyrant orders another energon crystal
to be brought to him, Terrorsaur refuses and calls him and incompetent
Even Waspinator seems angry, saying he wants to fight. Even the
loyal Scorpinok seems very discontent. Megatron says Terrorsaur
will regret the rebellion. They start to fire in his direction,
but he takes cover behind a container with a large energon crystal
Rattrap has put his fuzzy butt on the line as he so eloquently put
it and installed a spy cable at the Predacon base. The Maximals
are all gathered in the Axalon command centre to watch the current
events at the Darkside. Optimus and Dinobot notes that that's
dissention all right and that it appears serious this time.
The Predacons continue to shoot and hits the energon container!
A large explosion rocks the base and the immediate area, it can
be felt all the way to the Axalon. Whoa.
The Maximals head over to the Predacon base to check if the Predacons
have ultimately fallen victims to their own actions. Rhinox gets
no readings or any signs of life while they are outside the base.
Optimus notes that it looks they have won the beast wars. The gang
enters the Darkside and still no signs of life.
Rattrap suggests they "pillage and plunder" and that Dinobot should
go first but doesn't get the expected reaction or any insults from
Dinobot which is very unusual. The raptor just says that would be
logical and heads off.
Rattrap comments that he's pushing all Dinobot's hot buttons and
getting nada and wonders what's with him. Optimus testily comments
"Can't you figure it out," seemingly knowing what must be bothering
Dinobot leads them to the Darksides intact Transwarp drive and tells
them that is what they seek. Then he moves on to reconnoiter elsewhere
as he puts it. Rattrap has a paranoid moment wondering what they
should do with Dinobot. Optimus wonders why they should do anything
with the raptor and Rattraps responds that Dinobot is a soldier.
That with all the other Predacons gone who else is he going to fight.
Optimus and Rhinox ignores the continuing comments and move to get
the Transwarp drive they need to get the Axalon flight capable again.
Meanwhile Dinobot walks around in another part of the ship when
suddenly Tarantulas spider legs can be seen on the wall beside him.
He quickly turns ready to fight. But it turns out it was just Cheetor
joking. Not amused, Dinobot wonders where Cheetor found the spider
legs and laments over his former comrade Tarantulas. Cheetor mockingly
asks if he needs a hug but the raptor growls at him and looks menacing.
Just then Rattrap enters and tells them they have what they need.
As Cheetor and Rattrap heads out first, Dinobot looks downcast.
Rhinox busies himself with drive repairs as Cheetor, Rattrap and
Optimus help install the large transwarp drive. Rattrap notes that
they still can't trust Dinobot but Rhinox says that before they
decide where he's going they'd better decide where they are going.
Optimus says the stasis pods containing their comrades still in
orbit is the first order of buisness. Cheetor wonders if they'll
continue exploring, but Rattrap comments that if they even make
it to space the only place they are
headed is back to Cybertron. Optimus agrees with him. Rattrap is
excited over the thought of returning home.
Just then Dinobot appears at long last, dryly commenting Rattrap's
excitement. After some slight witty banter, Dinobot reveals he won't
be returning with them to Cybertron." On Cybertron I'll
merely be a Predacon criminal, but on this planet I have no equal.
I shall remain to conquer and rule."
Primal says he understands but that it will eventually lead to Dinobot's
destruction. Dinobot responds that eventually can be a very
long time then salutes his former comrades and leaves.
Fittingly enough there is dark clouds in the sky, even lightning
now and then as Dinobot makes his way through the barren landscape.
But all is not as it seems.
He stops by a large crevice and it turns out the Predacons are still
very much alive, one of Blackarachnia's new inventions have prevented
them from being detected.
It turns out they stumbled across the spy cable and thus learned
It's all a trick. They are just biding their time to attack
when the Maximals have prepared the ship for flight. Dinobot tries
to move away silently but falling pebbles hits the hiding Predacons.
Megatron sees Dinobot! The raptor is now being chased as he runs
to warn Optimus and the others at the Axalon.
At Good Guy Central, the Maximals have contacted Tigatron. The moment
stripes arrive they start the countdown for liftoff. Rhinox sees
that Dinobot is running toward the Axalon at full speed, followed
by the very much alive Predacons! So does Optimus. Dinobot
is hit in the back and falls! Though he's fully capable of using
his eye lasers while down. Concerned, Optimus prepares to go outside
to help him.
Rhinox says that the ship is barely hanging together as it is can't
be shut down. Optimus wants them to take off without him and
Dinobot if they don't make it in time. Rhinox refuses to do so,
but Optimus firmly says it's a priority order
and big green sighs, knowing what he must do.
Optimus maximizes, takes a riot shield and is about to leave when
Cheetor tells him to wait for him. Optimus and Rhinox says no, but
Cheetor insists he'll never get to Dinobot without backup and the
boss monkey has to agree.
Tigatron wants to charge out along with them, but Rhinox stays him
"Back in your seat! You heard the orders!" Stripes protests, but
Rhinox firmly orders him to sit saying he needs all of them to bring
"this bird" to Cybertron and
stripes does so. Then big green orders Rattrap to handle the astro
navigations and Tigatron to get the cannons online as Optimus is
going to need some cover fire.
Cheetor covers Optimus as he flies over to get to Dinobot. The raptor
tells him it was strategically unsound but Optimus saves him anyway
As Optimus lifts off with Dinobot, he's hit by Terrorsaur and goes
down. Cheetor growls with anger and starts to shoot wildly at Terrorsaur,
leaving himself open for a blast from Megatron! The cat is down.
Megatron orders all
Predacons to head for the ship. But they are greeted by a barrage
of gunfire from the Axalon as they charge. Everyone is hit and downed
for the moment.
Optimus slowly gets up but has to revert back to gorilla mode. Cheetor
drags himself to the entrance of the ship and notices that the ship
is slowly lifting. He alerts Optimus who is slowly making
his way toward the ship carrying
Dinobot. Optimus manages to get close enough to throw Dinobot to
the entrance platform, then leaps and grabs Cheetor outstretched
Below, Scorpinok has revived sees his chance to hit Optimus and
shoots! Optimus looses his grip and falls a long way. Cheetor yells
but it's no use. The ship passes a cliff and a revived Megatron
makes a run for it and leaps managing to grab the ship!
Cheetor and Dinobot get inside. Rattrap asks about Optimus but they
both sadly shake their heads. Dinobot laments that they should have
left him behind. Rattrap retorts that Optimus got left behind to
save his scaly butt and
that he shouldn't spoil the sacrifice.
Megatron has managed to get inside and says the sacrifice has already
been spoiled! He shoots Tigatron, Rhinox, Dinobot and Cheetor,
downing them! Only Rattrap is undamaged. Megatron notes that now
it's only him standing in the way of ultimate conquest. Rattrap
tries to transform but too late, Megatron grabs him in his T-rex
head hand and squeezes him hard preparing for the kill.
Rhinox has revived and charges to rescue his friend. Megatron throws
Rattrap away to face the rhino but it's not fast enough! Rhinox
socks him hard in the face and he sees stars a moment. The Maximal
doesn't waste time. He pushes
Megatron back then grabs him turns him upside down over the entrance
and stomps so hard on his aftplate
that the purple one falls down. it's quite a long drop height and
Megatron bellows all the way.
The danger is far from over though! Rhinox turns at an alarm and
sees that Megatron's tail weapon has buried itself in the console!
The alarm bleeps, the transwarp drive is gonners and thus they are
about to crash! Rattrap yells "We're all gonna die!" Dinobot
has revived enough to note he sees something "down in the sky".
A Superman reference follows as they see Optimus primal flying toward
He uses his jets to save them by lowering down the ship safely.
Later, Tigatron and Cheetor show their support as Optimus asks Rhinox
for a damage report.
Downcast, Big green notes that "In a word: busted. She won't fly
Cheetor asks if Dinobot and Rattrap are ok. Nearby the two exchange
insults in their usual manner and Optimus notes that "They seem
to take it well" Cheetor says he wouldn't want them any other way
and then laughs along with Optimus.
This proved to be a very entertaining episode, with a lot of great
character moments, a fair bit of action and intrigue. Dinobot's
reaction was spot on! The Optimus/Rhinox, Optimus/Cheetor
and lastly Rhinox/Tigatron moments were nicely acted out. It's small
moments like that that makes me like this show so much. The Predacon
bickering was interesting, BA's skills as an inventor comes to use
once more. Not bad! Rhinox quite literally kicked Megatron's butt,
once again proving what he is capable of in a fight.
Reviewed by Pacerpaw
must've really crammed Megs in there...
gonna do 'bout 'ol Choppuhface?
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