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Season Three, Episode 8: Go With The Flow
Reviewed by Blackjack [image][image][image][image][image][image][image][image][image][image]

Episode Review

One of the lousy gag filler episodes, and this one isn't particularly a good one. There are some funny moments, like Depth Charge snarling at a butterfly, or Waspinator being dismantled by Una, but the main problem is Una herself. The Protohumans are ugly and uninteresting, and the plot — another 'Giant Cannon' — is hardly original. The protohumans are irritating, the Predacons are treated like jokes, and the ending is all too predictable. Stuff like protohumans studying is also boring. The river rapid chase is well animated, though.

Also, the 'time cheat' — in this case Una hammering one panel in, and when the scene changes the entire thing is complete — is rather unprofessional in my opinion. And why the hell is Tarantulas working with Megatron? This feels like a rogue season one episode, with Depth Charge subbing for Dinobot. It probably is supposed to be a 'fun' episode, but it falls completely flat on its back.

Notes

Cheetor teaches the kids how to beat people, as well as using pulleys and levers. Cheetor's power of premonition (unseen since season one) makes a comeback in a smaller extent, with his spark chamber opening moments before the alarms sound.

Megatron's creation of a giant cannon is very reminiscent of similar-looking giant cannon weapons-of-the-week from the original G1 cartoon.

This episode is used in place of the planned episode 'Dark Glass'. In that cancelled episode, Rattrap would've happened on a copy of the original Dinobot's memories and found a way to inject them into Dinobot II's mind in a heroic attempt to bring bad his friend. In the unproduced script, the old and new Dinobots would vie for dominance, with the new Dinobot winning out and Rattrap finally accepting Dinobot's death and mourns. something that would explain the otherwise unexplainable reason why Dinobot II would do what he would do in 'Nemesis Part 2' (yes, I'm being vague for the benefit of those who hadn't watched that episode yet). Depending on who you asked, reasons range from a substandard script, a too-dark storyline or lack of action, or a combination of the three. Shame, really.

Goofs

Tarantulas is back with the Predacons for some reason, when nominally he has betrayed them since the end of season two.

During the battle with Dinobot II, Rattrap's tail-sword is slice into two. Several scenes later it is back in full length when Rattrap uses it as a makeshift oar.

When they crash into the forest, Depth Charge's mouth is also moving when Rattrap says his line.

During the river rapids scene, just before Dinobot says 'target immobilized', Depth Charge's fin clips through a rock.
 
 
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