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Old 2010-03-31, 01:11 PM   #30
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The Trigger, Part 2
Airdate: 19 November 1996
Written By: Bob Forward
Japanese Title: Floating Island Death Match Part 2

SYNOPSIS
Tigatron resolves to protect the Floating Island from the Predacons, who want to abuse its power. Carrying the injured Airazor on his back, he moves off to intercept the Predacons. Blackarachnia realise that the markings on rocks and trees trigger the traps, while the obelisk/monolith/tower thing must be where to control the island’s power. Meanwhile, Optimus Primal, carrying Rattrap, flies towards the island.

Primal and Rattrap tussle with Waspinator and Terrorsaur. However, Primal couldn’t fight as effectively with Rattrap on his back and is blasted by the Predacons. Rattrap blasts Terrorsaur and rides him, while Primal blows Waspinator up. They meet up with Airazor and Tigatron, who gives Primal a sit-rep. Rattrap speculates that the Floating Island, with all the traps in it, might be a test of survival for them.

Blackarachnia and Scorponok reach the tower at the center of the island. Seeing Optimus Primal and Airazor arriving, Blackarachnia taunts them into attacking her, which in turn cause the tower to blast them. Blackarachnia enters the tower while the Maximals are distracted, marveling at the alien technology inside. She gloats of her plan to use the island’s power to win the Beast Wars by herself. Scorponok tries to stop her, but Blackarachnia tricks him into falling into one of the Island’s traps, sending him plummeting down to the ground. Blackarachnia walks into the control room, which bathes her in strange energy, giving her control over the island’s power. She causes the tower to rain energy bolts on the Maximals on the island, and causes the tower to enlarge as she directs the island towards the Maximal base.

Primal orders Rhinox and the others to evacuate the Axalon. While Rattrap distracts the tower’s energy bolts to free himself from some debris which pinned him down, Tigatron enters the tower and destroys the Island’s reactor, although he regrets that this would doom the island paradise. Without the energy source, the Floating Island crashes, narrowly missing the Maximal base. The fallen tower sends a pulse of energy into the sky, which bounces off another similar tower on one of the planet’s moons, before being directed into space.

Tigatron ominously declares that the beam was a signal, telling the alien creators of how the Maximals and Predacons ruined the island paradise. As if to emphasize Tigatron’s point, a butterfly dies at his foot. The Maximals watch in space, dreading the aliens’ next move…

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

REVIEW
(Five out of Ten)
Not terrible per se. However, the Floating Island deus ex machina is a little bland, with Blackarachnia not doing anything substantial with it other than 'blast Maximals'. This is a shame, since she could easily tear a few holes in the Axalon, which would've made for an amazing visual effect. Still, Blackarachnia and Tigatron undoubtedly steals the spotlight. Blackarachnia plays the smarter power-hungry Predacon, a stark contrast to the more Starscream-ish Terrorsaur. Tigatron is basically a Beachcomber-type character who can fight.

The suspense of the Vok coming, although it won't happen next episode, is handled nicely, with Tigatron's monologue at the end of the episode rather chilling. The 'romance' between Tigatron and Airazor, if you could call it that, is not handled well at all. It's too mushy. There are also some hilarious comedy moments in here, such as Rattrap pointing his gun at Terrorsaur's... privates, or Blackarachnia tricking Scorponok into launching a trap. Overall, an okay episode, although not up to the higher standards of the others.

NOTES
Tigatron’s pickup line for Airazor, “the lady shall ride the tiger”, is a reference to Frank Stockton’s story ‘the Lady or the Tiger’.

Blackarachnia’s line “Let there be light” quotes what God said when he creates the universe. Her line, “Just stop and aim, you idiot!” is a reference to a same line from Mystery Science Theater 3000: Space Mutiny.

Shown here is another hint of abnormality with the planet's second moon, as you could see with the second monolith tower in it. Foreshadowing yet again, people... it's a nice touch, these things. It's interconnected between numerous episodes, but not obstructive to the plot.

In a nice moment of character, Rhinox evacuates a potted plant when the Maximals go on red alert. This is very ironic (and sad as well) considering his outlook on organics in Beast Machines.

Blackarachnia’s golden parts (noticeably her helmet, her chestplate and her legs) gets turned silver when she was given power over the island.

GOOFS
Although Blackarachnia observes that the tower has a delay between blasts, when she takes control of it the tower fires barrages of energy beams non-stop.

Optimus Primal's shoulder armour is missing at one point when he's flying over the island.

What is the purpose of the Vok creating a floating island paradise with traps all over it, as well as a powerful tower which can blow stuff up? It seems a little overkill, even for an experiment. Even if they wanted to make it a test for the Beast Warriors, why even bother to make it so much of a natural paradise?

Quote, Unquote
Tigatron: "We should move. How are you feeling?"
Airazor: "Better. Still trashed... Uhrnnn. Can't fly."
Tigatron: "In that case, the lady shall ride the tiger."

Rattrap: -boards Terrorsaur- “Now fly, you featherless freak, or I’ll toast your tachyons.”

Waspinator: “Pterodactyl idiot!”
 

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