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Old 2011-07-27, 11:16 AM   #39
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Default I'm back and finished the series, and after Animated and Prime this ****shit just pisses me off.

Peril from the Past
Airdate: 17 November 2001
Written By: Tadashi Hayakawa
Adapted By: Michael McConnohie
Japanese Title: The Final Key? Farewell, Ai

Synopsis: T-AI informs the Autobots that she will be able to extract the information they need if she merges with the O-Parts, despite the danger the procedure would posess. The O-Parts form into a glowing sphere identified as the key to the Orb of Sigma, and T-AI interacts with it. T-AI founds that the orb in question is hidden in the Sahara desert, but she finds that she cannot extract herself from the O-Parts. T-AI says that the sphere must be taken to the Orb to get her out, and the Autobots make their way there. A worried Koji rides in Side Burn. Through the desert trek X-Brawn rescues Kelly and drops her at an oasis. However, Movor sees them and reports this to Megatron, who insists that he lead this mission due to the feelings that this battle will be a great one. The Autobots find a bunch of ruins. Optimus is not happy that Koji had tagged along, and leaves both Koji and Side Burn outside the ruins.

Optimus, Prowl and X-Brawn explore the ruins. In the surface the Predacons and Decepticons attack, causing a cave-in that leads Side Burn and Koji plummeting into the subterannean ruins as well. Optimus' group reaches a pyramid and finds the Orb of Sigma on a pedestral. T-AI's voice tells them to get the Orb back to base, before contact with her is lost. The Predacons and Decepticons choose that moment to attack. The supercharged brothers battle the Commandos, but Megatron knocks Optimus Prime off the pyramid and grabs the Orb of Sigma. Upon contact with Megatron's hand, however, a bolt of lightning from a booby trap tears through him. Side Burn and Koji arrive through a series of tunnel acrobatics, to see what is happening. As the cavern begins to collapse, Side Burn snags the Orb of Sigma from the still-convulsing Megatron and makes his way to the surface, the Decepticons in hot pursuit. However, the other brothers and Ultra Magnus stop the Decepticons. Scourge and the Decepticons retreat, despite Sky-Byte telling them to wait for Megatron. Megatron and Optimus burst out of the ground, locked in combat. Omega Prime forms, and after a show of attacks, Omega Prime blows up the pyramid, leaving only smoke and rubble. The Autobots return to the base and extract T-AI, who reports that the Orb shows the location of Cerebros, the key to Fortress Maximus. The Autobots wonder what that means. In the ruins of the underground pyramid, the Predacon trio digs themselves out of rubble, finding that the pyramid's energy is still present. Suddenly, they find their power being drained by an unknown force, and the trio collapse and Megatron rises out of the rubble, declaring that he is... Galvatron.

Featured Transformers: Prowl, X-Brawn, Side Burn, Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, Movor, Slapper, Gas Skunk, Dark Scream, Sky-Byte, Scourge, Megatron/Galvatron, Armorhide, Mega-Octane, Rollbar, Ro-Tor, Omega Prime
Notable Others: T-AI, Koji Onishi, Doctor Onishi, Kelly

Review:
Terrible. A lot of time is wasted on the whiny bitch Koji speaking about how he'll never see T-AI again and stuff. Nevermind that T-AI is not even remotely living (the thing is a computer program!) and Koji's voice actor is really unexpressive, it's not like anyone would believe that T-AI would really be killed off in a show like this. Besides, killing T-AI may be the best thing that happens to the show, she's got absolutely no personality at all. Likewise, throughout this episode most of the characters, human or otherwise don't do shit. It's not that I'm being mean or anything, it's just that, you'd think that after 32 episodes at least one or two of the main characters would be... characterised, you know? So far the closest thing we have to a fresh character that's not another cut-and-paste trope is probably only Sky-Byte, and he's getting tiresome each episode. And action scenes are particularly terrible and are dragged on for a long time. How long does Megatron have to scream like a blithering idiot while holding on to the orb? Yes, T-AI is trapped in the orb, don't need to repeat it seven times before you get into the space bridge.

And what is it with Galvatron anyway? While it's a dramatic thing, sucking the energy out of your goons to give yourself an upgrade, any drama or tension is cut short by the fact that the Predacon trio is fine next episode. This is a very gimmicky and forgettable episode filled with the ever-tiring 'OMEGA ARSENAL BLAST' or 'super whatchamacalit flying donkey spray punch' or whatever they have to say every time they open fire. Or punch. They need to say something long winded every time they do something, even if it's just throwing a single punch. Another thing I really hate is that Kelly and Ultra Magnus always wind up in whatever magic location that the Autobots are at, Kelly to get 10 seconds of banal sceraming and Ultra Magnus just to pop out and become Omega Prime. Poor Magnus has lost all of the rebellious characterisation, and is reduced only to pop out near the end of the episode to combine. Poor sod. And he still isn't part of the Autobots' secret clubhouse.The only good thing about this episode is that it indicates that Fortress Maximus is near, so we're already at the last legs of this series.

(Two out of Ten)

Notes:
First appearance of Galvatron, or Devil Gigatron as he's known in Japan. Galvatron gains six new alternate modes, and the one we see here is the 'griffin' mode. No, it's not the jet mode with the dragon limbs deployed. You're bluffing yourself. This is the first Megatron other than the original who is upgraded into Galvatron.

Optimus Prime says 'transform and roll out' for the first time in this series.

Goofs:
Movor used to need help to get into orbit, if 'Attack from Outer Space' is anything to go by. Here he pops from orbit into the desert in short order.

Sky-Byte's teeth go AWOL at one point during the battle.
 
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