Season One, Episode 23: Law of the Jungle
Reviewed by Blackjack
A nice spotlight for Tigatron. He’s basically like Beachcomber, but at least he has a proper reason for leaving the war. While getting all crybaby over an animal is a little emo for him, we must take into consideration that Tigatron’s Beast Mode influences his thoughts greatly. Besides, it’s not like there are any humans to kill yet. It’s a nice tragic touch that Tigatron’s stray shot was the one which ultimately killed Snowstalker, not the Predacons. It’s also nice to see Inferno get some screentime. Inferno’s probably one of the best Transformers characters ever, and he could not exist outside the context of Beast Wars. I absolutely adore Inferno. While he’s of the same character archetype as Scorponok (dumb soldier, loyal to Megatron, has powerful weapons) he’s made much more interesting with his excellent voice actor and his tribal cries.
Tigatron himself manages not to be a dick in this episode, and Dinobot confronting him is simply well-scripted. The dialogue is amazing in this episode, and the plot is rather mature, exploring the destruction of nature and innocents during war. This episode is one of the emotional highlights, while still being entertaining. Primal’s exchange with Tigatron is a little cheesy, sure, but it gives Primal some characterization beyond the ‘I’m a good guy leader and I kick the bad guys’ asses. I love peace, goodness and all that stuff.’ Plus, the little scene with Waspinator and Terrorsaur is just precious. Reccommended.
As foreshadowing to the endgame of Season One, Cheetor and Dinobot are on the search for more alien sites at the beginning of the episode.
Snowstalker was last seen in the episode ‘Fallen Comrades’.
Inferno calls Tigatron ‘Destroyer of the Colony’, after the events of his debut episode, where Tigatron blows up Inferno’s stasis pod/colony. This, added with the fact that Inferno is one of the causes of Snowstalker’s demise, adds fuel to their rivalry. Although it’s a shame that the duo’s hatred is never explicitly shown like Depth Charge/Rampage.
It’s particularly noticeable in this episode that Dinobot pulls his sword and rotary blade thing from his back. While there’s no apparent sheath, he could’ve stored his weapons in subspace or dimensional pockets.
Dinobot said that the Great Wars began three centuries ago, when it actually ended
three centuries prior to the Beast Wars.
The wild tiger that Dinobot and Tigatron see is coloured completely orange with black stripes. A real tiger should have some white fur on its underbelly and other miscellaneous parts. Of course, this is because it’s a straight repaint of the Tigatron CG model.
When blasting the Predacons with his optic beams, Dinobot’s neck is abnormally long.