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Old 2011-05-07, 06:28 AM   #29
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A Test of Metal
Airdate: 29 September 2001
Written By: Kazuhiko Godo
Adapted By: Richard Epcar
Japanese Title: Targeted Buildmasters

Synopsis:
The Commandos attack the East Power Station, and Team Bullet Train arrive to stop them. Both teams combine and battle, but Ruination does not notice the Build Team taking the energy away. The Autobots escape through the Space Bridge, and the Commandos are chewed out by Megatron and Scourge. The Commandos are pissed at the Autobots' ability and decide to destroy the Space Bridge, and do so by destroying the Build Team. The Commandos attack random construction sites to draw out the Build Team and threatens to keep doing so until the Build Team shows up. Optimus Prime wants the Build Team working on the Space Bridge so he sends in the Brothers and the Bullet Trains. However they fail to stop the Commandos. Wedge finds out about the attack on construction sites, but Optimus Prime orders him not to attack. The Build Team can't take it, and disobey Optimus' orders and sabotages the Space Bridge so they can fight the Commandos without interruption.

The Commandos find the Build Team not much of a challenge in battle. Landfill and Ruination both form, but Landfill finds himself outclassed against Ruination. The Brothers try to help them but the Space Bridge deposits them in a random desert thanks to Heavy Load's tampering earlier. Landfill digs a pit to bring the fight underground and finds a series of underground caverns. The two combiners exchange weapons fire, and the cavern fills with oil up to the combiners' chests. Ruination calls a truce not to open fire because it will ignite the oil. Landfill fires anyway after a Mexican standoff. The Commandos are blasted away, while the Build Team are set on fire. Optimus Prime arrives and puts the fire out, and the Autobots tsake a dip in the remaining oil pools. Wedge apologizes.

Featured Transformers: Armorhide, Rollbar, Ro-Tor, Movor, Mega-Octane, Optimus Prime, Wedge, Railspike, Rapid Run, Midnight Express, Rail Racer, Ruination, Heavy Load, Hightower, Grimlock, Megatron, Scourge, Prowl, X-Brawn, Side Burn, Landfill
Notable Others: T-AI, Koji Onishi

Review:
It's not that it's particularly bad, but it's a dreary retread of the same old plot. There's absolutely no creativity, no plot twists, you know Landfill will win out at the end. The whole 'Decepticons seeking for revenge while planning vague ambush' is not at all unpredictable. Instead of focusing on the more interesting Scourge, the main villains this episode is the Commandos... who have as much character as five bricks. Really, where is the fun Movor we had before? Combine that with the sub-par voice acting and action sequences makes watching this a long drag. Does anyone honestly believe a random oil explosion will kill either Ruination or Landfill? Honestly, how many times must they show stock transformation footages? Even by the standards of RID, this episode obscenely doubles the standard fare of streaky anime lines. I honestly can't bring myself to say anymore other than this episode is dull.

(Two out of Ten)

Notes:
Apparently the Autobots consider oil pools the way we humans consider hot springs.

T-AI is voiced by another voice actor this episode, which makes T-AI's already bland and dry voice sound even more bland and dry.

Goofs
Why didn't the Commandos attack the control bunker thing from last episode and blow it up?

The entire power plant appears to explode after the first shot but remains intact (if charred) in all subsequent shots.

After Ruination battles Rail Racer, the scene transition is Predacon-Predacon, even though when Scourge and company are involved the transition is usually uses the Decepticon symbol.

When Landfill and Ruination has that Anime pushing contest in a fight, his eyes are tiny compared to his face.
 

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