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Season Three, Episode 11: Other Victories
Reviewed by Blackjack [image][image][image][image][image][image][image][image][image][image]

Episode Review

A veritable mess. The action scenes are amazing, granted — the Darksyde's destruction, as well as Tigerhawk's elemental battle against Megatron are superb. Dialogue is at its usual great quality, and that opening scene with Megatron holding a kangaroo trial, complete with a wig, is priceless. Megatron's reluctance and cold anger as he is forced to give the command to abandon base is perfect as well. However, the plot itself is messy. They try to resolve the Vok plot, the Tarantulas plot, place the characters where they are supposed to be for the finale, as well as introduce a new character. Now Tigerhawk, unlike most (read: every other) character in the show, is so bland and devoid of characterization. His addition and portrayal as a god-like superpowered being seems to be a desperate ploy by Hasbro to get the show to advertise a new toy in the final few weeks that Beast Wars aired. It's awkward, and Tigerhawk feels inadequate. Airazor and Tigatron's "return" doesn't even bat an eyebrow from me, and it seemed that the two forgotten Maximals are simply thrown in to make kids want to buy Tigerhawk.

The Vok is finally revealed as well after their two appearances in past episodes, and their conclusion and exit from the show is executed badly. A lot of lingering questions remain. Why seed Earth with energon? What is this 'experiment' they are talking about? Why kill Megatron? Why sterilize Earth? Who are they exactly? The Vok hasn't always been likeable. Interesting, maybe, but the show's insistence of putting them in the shadows constantly, not revealing much, ended up to be a downfall in terms of storytelling. Tarantulas' master plan, too, along with the whole inter-faction cloak-and-dagger stuff hinted throughout the series ends up unresolved and unsatisfying. Tarantulas' exit isn't particularly glamorous, although believable. It's a shame, though, that Tarantulas wouldn't play a part in the series finale. I love that crazy bug.

Notes

The first appearance for Tigerhawk and the Vok's true forms. Final appearance of Tarantulas, the Predacon base Darksyde, the Sentinel shields, Tarantulas' spider drones as well as Airazor and Tigatron.

After being mostly an unseen enemy until now, the Vok are finally revealed to be an extra-dimensional race of floating, transparent skulls with powers. They live in a place called Nexus Zero.

Quickstrike's trial is based on a real court-martial, with Megatron wearing a barrister's wig. You know, those white, curly stuff used by British judges? Inferno acts as the stenographer, complete with a typewriter.

Tarantulas states that he and the Tripredacus Council are not descended from the Decepticons. This is a bit of a glaring retcon, since in 'the Agenda' the Council was pretty adamant of sending Ravage to save the timeline. This could mean that Tarantulas and the Council are either created by Unicron (the option 3H comics use, based on a throwaway line in the second season) or descended from the second-generation Cybertronian Empire (a popular theory among fans).

Tigerhawk is originally a Vok-controlled Transformer, but by the end of this episode he has Airazor and Tigatron's merged spark (whatever that means). Tigerhawk's powers, at least those that we see, include: travel through space and time (though that might be because of the Vok rather than Tigerhawk himself), altering the weather and creating tornadoes, shooting light beams and lightning bolts out of his palms, splitting open the ground, powerful cannons and presumably all other kinds of cool stuff as well.

Cheetor has his precognitive dreams again, after being non-existent since the early episodes.

Note that Waspinator drops some angry retorts about getting blown up all the time.

The Nemesis, the original Decepticons' warship, is seen on Tarantulas' computer.

Tarantulas makes a symbol of the crucifix with his hands when the Vok come to attack him, a sign traditionally used to ward off ghosts.

Tarantulas blows up, leaving only his feet behind, in a manner akin to Starscream's death in Transformers: the Movie.

Tarantulas dies after the two Vok enter him and blew him up. 3H's unfinished Beast Wars/Universe comic would place Tarantulas as surviving his death, being revived in an undead-ish body by Unicron, and refer to the whole scheme as a deliberate plan to absorb the Vok's powers for himself. Um. Yeah.

Goofs

The Tripredacus Council mention in their conversation in 'the Agenda' that the Decepticons are their ancestors. Surely if it's really a charade they won't take it so far as in their private discussions? A popular fanmade assumption is that the Tripredacus Council is descended from the Second-Generation Decepticons from the G2 comic that aren't affected by the original Autobot-Decepticon war, which accounts for both parts of the story.

When the Predacons get ready for Tigerhawk's coming, Megatron's eyes are miscoloured green instead of purple.

When he fires at Tigerhawk, Dinobot II fires a green beam (like the original Dinobot) instead of his normal red lasers. Foreshadowing or animation error? You decide.

Why do the Maximals need to re-tell the story of Megatron having the original Megatron's spark to Rattrap? Surely all the Maximals would have been debriefed last episode.
 
 
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