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Old 2010-03-28, 02:09 AM   #29
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The Trigger, Part 1
Airdate: 18 November 1996
Written By: Bob Forward
Japanese Title: "Flying Island Deathmatch Part 1"

SYNOPSIS
Tigatron investigates an earthquake nearby snowy peaks, and uses a Maximal outpost to file his weekly report to Rattrap. Just then, Terrorsaur and Waspinator attacks him. Rattrap, hearing the commotion through the comms console, tells Primal, who jets off to help Tigatron. Meanwhile, Tigatron is blasted off the cliff by one of Terrorsaur's missiles, sending him plummeting to the misty chasm below. The two Predacons follows the Maximal's fall to gather Tigatron's remains, but they are blasted by something from inside the clouds. Primal arrives to find the ruined watchpost, and radios base, saying that Tigatron is MIA.

Airazor, who is spying on the Predacon base, sees the Predacon fliers return to base, battered and beaten-up. They report their failure to Megatron. Terrorsaur and Waspinator say that they discovered that Tigatron had landed on a gigantic flying island concealed in the clouds. However, as they were about to fire, energy beams from a monolith blast them. Megatron dispatches Scorponok and Blackarachnia to claim the floating island for him. Airazor, not hearing the conversation, thinks that Tigatron might be still alive and reports so to her teammates. Cheetor also reports the movement of Scoponok and Blackarachnia, so Airazor flies off to trail them.

Exploring the island, Tigatron is amazed at the peaceful paradise, with pretty plants and butterflies, unlike the icy terrain around the island. However, things are more than meets the eye as deadly (yet primitive) traps are activated whenever Tigatron passes through rocks with glyphs on it.

Blackarachia and Scorponok arrive under the veiled floating island. Scorponok sends a Cyberbee to recon the island, but Tigatron plucks it out of the sky. Using Blackarachnia's web strand, the two Predacons climb up to the island. Scorponok sees Airazor trailing them and takes her out with a missile. However, the usage of weaponry prompts a response from the monolith/tower thing, which opens fire on Scorponok, narrowly missing him. Blackarachnia, meanwhile, plans to take over the island for herself.

Tigatron and the wounded Airazor regroup. Tigatron reprogramms the Cyberbee to carry a message to the Maximal base. After narrowly being blown up by Cheetor, Primal and the others receive the message from Tigatron, which explains the importance of the powerful weapons in the floating island.

To be continued...

Featured Transformers: Tigatron, Terrorsaur, Waspinator, Rhinox, Optimus Primal, Rattrap, Cheetor, Dinobot, Airazor, Megatron, Scorponok, Blackarachnia, Cyberbee

REVIEW
(Six out of Ten)
Not a bad episode. The scene with Tigatron fighting the Predacon duo is a wee bit too long, as is the scene with Tigatron playing around the island, so the pacing's a little slow. It reeks of padding. The 'floating island' plot is rather boring and, frankly, crappy. It's just like a re-hash of 'Dinobot Island' from G1, only instead of time-traveling mammoths and cavemen, we get a deus ex machina on the island. Yet another episode related to the mysterious aliens. The aliens, or the Vok, are a wonderful concept so much foreshadowing in season one, which is a good thing.

Still, as the first half of a two-parter, this episode doesn't deliver that well. 'The Trigger' might be overshadowed by the other more impressive and plot-heavy two-parters, like 'Other Voices or 'Nemesis'. It's true that with a little hacking off of some unnecessary parts it could be condensed into one episode, but it's still a decent, off-beat couple of episodes. It's a shame that Tigatron doesn't get much good lines, considering that he's in the screen half of the time.

NOTES
We get to see more of what Tigatron actually does. He reports his findings in the wild to the Maximals once a week through outposts, so his refusal to be a full-time Maximal is not due to laziness, at least... since letting a valuable and competent fighter laze around when he could be fighting is just daft.

First hint of a romance between Tigatron and Airazor. Unlike the Silverbolt/Blackarachnia pairing, the hippie duo doesn't have much chemistry going. There's no feel of love between the two. Fitting, really... considering in Japan, Airazor's a guy. They try to worm out of the romantic actions by making their relationship more like a big brother/little brother thing.

Rattrap answers Tigatron's call with the phrase "What's new pussycat?", a possible reference to an old comedy film of the same name.

Early in the episode, Rhinox observes that one of the moons is lighter than it should be. Remember this, kids... it's called foreshadowing!

GOOFS
When Terrorsaur blasts the watchpost tower, it takes a very long time for it to fall on Tigatron. There's at least enough time, about 30 seconds, for the Maximals to talk, and for Primal to jet off.

During the flashback sequence, when Terrorsaur transforms the shoulder cannons float above him.

Tigatron walks in beast mode and leaves footprints. He transforms and the footprints are gone.

Quote, Unquote
Waspinator: "Waspinator love victicms that are punctual!"

Waspinator: "Waspinator wants his heaaaad!"
Terrorsaur: "It's mine, bug face!"

Optimus Primal: "Good thing you didn't just blast this 'bee."
Cheetor: "Well I would've but it was carrying one of Airazor's feathers."
Rattrap: " 'Sides...he missed."
Cheetor: "Yeah. That too."
Optimus Primal: -beat- "Prime."
 

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