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Old 2010-04-03, 06:58 AM   #32
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Call of the Wild
Airdate: 7 January 1997
Written By: Bob Forward
Japanese Title: "Revive Beast Power"

SYNOPSIS
Cheetor dreams of being swallowed by the ground while hunting antelopes, before being woken up rudely by alarms, triggered by a Predacon attack. The Maximals battle the Predacons. However, the Predacon flyers manage to make off with a piece of machinery from the Axalon's roof. Megatron and Terrorsaur makes sure Primal and the newly-arrived Airazor are in no shape to pursue them, then retreat.

Shortly after, the Maximals are licking their wounds in their base, when they suddenly experience energon build-up. Rhinox theorizes that without the rectifier coil that the Predacons stole, the Maximals would be forced to stay in Beast Mode to prevent energon build-up. The Predacons, meanwhile, are pleased with their successful mission.

Several days later, Optimus gets dreams of being a real ape, before being awakened by Rhinox, who report of Predacon activity. Rattrap, who's frustrated with his Beast Mode's short limbs, get into an argument with Optimus Primal, with their Beast personalities taking over. However, Rhinox acts as the peacemaker. After the Predacons left, the Maximals rest. However, the Maximals dream of being beasts, which overtake their personalities, causing them to wake up thinking that they are truly animals, and exit their base. With the Maximals being nothing more than animals, Megatron declares the start of the hunting season.

The only Maximals not affected are Airazor (being in the CR chamber most of the time) while Tigatron, who's used to being in Beast Mode all of the time. Tigatron goes off to stop the other Maximals before they kill themselves, while Airazor flies off to the Predacon base to steal back the rectifier coil.

In the jungle, Tigatron meets the feral Maximals one by one, and convinces them to follow him. Tigatron speaks to the dormant minds of the Maximals, explaining to them that the gap between the personalities of the two modes is a programming block, and that they have to embrace the beasts within. The Maximals then are cured and go off to attack the Predacons. The Maximals prove victorious and the Predacons retreat.

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

REVIEW
(One out of Ten)
Oh, this episode's bad. One of the worst in Beast Wars, in fact. But I suppose it's an unavoidable one, since one of the episode writers are bound to use this plot at some point or other. That doesn't excuse the utter stupidity of the Maximals in their Beast Modes, though. Tigatron's corny speech about Beast Modes and stuff... sheesh. Even Primals' short speeches in Beast Machines aren't this bad. The dream and madness sequences are really dull.

While some pieces of the dialogue are charming (and Megatron being carried like a tribal king is hilarious) it's not enough so save the crappy plot. Being Technorganic is different than staying in alternate mode for too long and going crazy, after all. It's just stupid.

NOTES
The episode title is named after Jack London's 1903 novel The Call of the Wild.

Airazor's 'she stoops to conquer' references the 1773 play She Stoops to Conquer, as well as stoop, which is the dive of a bird of prey. The Beast Wars Sourcebook would mis-quote this (stoop is replaced by swoop) as her motto.

This episode marks the only use of the missile launcher in Megatron's right hand (the T-Rex head). Normally it's just laser beams.

A similar concept to this episode would have been touched on in the unproduced Beast Wars episode "A Greater Ape", in which Optimus Primal thinks he's an ape and falls in love with a female gorilla. Thank God it's not produced.

GOOFS
How does scanning animals give you animal instincts? Being reformatted in BM has the excuse that half of the Maximals' bodies are organic, but this...

Dinobot dreams of hunting a Parasaurolophus which fits in his mouth. Even if it's a baby or something like that, it should way too big to fit in a velociraptor's mouth.

Megatron says his plan is contingent on his research of Maximal programming, and Tigatron confirms that this weakness is Maximal-specific. So why is Dinobot affected?

For that matter, why isn't Tigatron? We know he's the hippie type, and that he spends most of his time in tiger mode wandering around, but that should've caused him to succumb to the same thing as the others, no?

Quote, Unquote
Airazor: -sees Predacons attack-"Trouble with the neighbours again."

Terrorsaur: "Hunting from the air with automatic weapons, now that's a sport!"

Airazor: "She stoops to conquer!"

Rattrap: "Rat. Robot. Rat. Robot. I'm a robot and a rat! Yeah, I like it!"
Dinobot: "Hrrf. I do not see why."
 

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