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Old 2011-08-12, 04:30 PM   #40
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Maximus Emerges
Airdate: 16 February 2002
Written By: Kazuhiko Godo
Adapted By: Tom Wyner
Japanese Title: Stolen Plasma

Synopsis:
The Decepticons track the Autobots to an old temple. The Autobot Brothers and Build Team are looking for Cerebros, and the Decepticons attack them. Build Team manages to dig a way out, and Ultra Magnus wipe out the Decepticons. However, Sky-Byte and the Predacon trio sneak in and steal Cerebros away. T-AI chews out the Autobots for letting Cerebros slip through their fingers. T-AI theorizes that Cerebros is programmed to ignore an enemy. Optimus Prime dispatches the two combiner teams to search for Cerebros, while the Brothers protect the apparently still-hidden Fortress Maximus. Prowl gets Tow-Line to tow Side Burn because he keeps getting distracted. In the Decepticon ship, Scourge and Mega-Octane revive Cerebros. Scourge tells those present that because he scanned Optimus Prime while taking an Earth mode, he has an Autobot signature. Cerebros activates upon Scourge's contact and they locate Fortress Maximus.

In Metro City, Fortress Maximus lights up as a beacon and the Decepticons spot him (really it's silly that they didn't spot him earlier, but whatever). Scourge has Cerebros turn Fortress Maximus into robot mode. Koji runs from the Autobot base, believing that he can help. An all out battle tears out. The combiners duke it out, and the Autobot Brothers supercharge. Galvatron arrives all of a sudden, reintroducing himself and congratulating his minions for gaining control over Fortress Maximus... only for Maximus to refuse to obey Scourge. Optimus Prime and Ultra Magnus form Omega Prime, but even he cannot stop Fortress Maximus. Koji arrives and shouts at the giant Autobot to stop, which it does. The Autobots drive off the Predacons and Decepticons. Fortress Maximus sinks into the ground, but Galvatron manages to take Cerebros. Scourge theorizes that Koji is the key to controlling Maximus. The Autobots are clueless to why Fortress Maximus stopped, though.

Featured Transformers: Ro-Tor, Movor, Armorhide, Rollbar, Mega-Octane, Scourge, X-Brawn, Prowl, Side Burn, Hightower, Grimlock, Heavy Load, Wedge, Cerebros, Sky-Byte, Dark Scream, Gas Skunk, Slapper, Megatron (flashback), Omega Prime (flashback and present), Ultra Magnus, Optimus Prime, Fortress Maximus, Tow-Line, Rapid Run, Railspike, Midnight Express, Emissary, Ruination, Landfill, Rail Racer, Galvatron
Notable Others: Koji Onishi, T-AI, Kelly

Review:
Horrible. Massive plot issues abound... why didn't the Predacon trio mention anything about Galvatron? Why didn't the Decepticons and Predacons see the giant robot city in the middle of not-Tokyo City? The one time the Autobots have to defeat the Decepticons and they let Cerebros fall into enemy hands? The episode is very banal, with not even a single redeeming line of nice dialogue. Even usual gems like Sky-Byte fail to impress.

Koji being able to control Fort Max is a stupid plot point which is, even by Saturday morning cartoons, a horrible idea. Worst of all, both Galvatron and Fortress Maximus' debuts are handled poorly and the two seem as stupid as breadsticks. Galvatron does not even have the same weight/threat as, say, the Commandos when they were introduced. Maximus is all scary with his stock footage, but fail to make much of an impact. A failure and a pain to watch.

(One out of ten)

Notes:
First proper appearance of Cerebros (Plasma in Japan), as well as the unnamed Emissary (Brave in Japan). It's also the debut of Fort Max's robot mode.

Fortress Maximus is referred to as a 'Headmaster' by Cerebros, a reference to the identical technology used to refer to robots turning into heads in G1.

Galvatron claims that Megatron is dead and he is a different person, just like his G1 counterpart. RID Galvatron isn't much different from Megatron, though. Galvatron's new alternate modes include one-winged dragon, hydrofoil, iron mammoth and griffin. I can't be arsed to track which episodes these new alternate modes pop out.

I mean, really. The Decepticons and Predacons can't find Maximus for so long? Good lord, it's a wonder they manage to find their own base when they go home in the night.

Goofs:
The recap section has altered dialogue, as usual with flashback sequences.

More importantly, the Predacon Trio are just fine after the events of last episode, and didn't mention Galvatron at all, and acts just as surprised as everybody else when Galvatron does show up.

Rollbar and Armorhide both shout 'Rollbar, transform' when they transform.
 

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