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Old 2011-08-12, 05:20 PM   #42
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The Human Element
Airdate: 23 February 2003
Written By: Junki Takegami
Adapted By: Tom Wyner
Japanese Title: The Mystery of Brave Maximus

Synopsis:
Galvatron is furious that Scourge had failed to control Fortress Maximus. Galvatron orders the Decepticons to find out what went wrong. Sky-Byte, trying to gain favour, spies on Scourge and Mega-Octane as they examine Cerebros. Scourge concludes that Maximus obeyed Koji because he is a human. With help from Movor and Cerebros they locate Fortress Maximus in some random deserted area. In the Autobot base, T-AI and Doctor Onishi try to figure out why Maximus obeyed Koji. After a lengthy (and pointless) discussion T-AI detects Decepticon activity. Optimus, the Brothers and the Onishis rush to the site. Scourge has found Fortress Maximus by the time the Autobots arrive, and Ruination holds the Autobot Brothers off. Side Burn babysits Koji and his father. Scourge announces that Fortress Maximus will only obey humans. Fortunately, when Scourge scanned the tanker truck and Optimus, he also scanned Kelly, giving him human bio-energy, which Scourge magnifies a hundred fold. Thus, Scourge is now able to enter his command center and control the giant Autobot. Sky-Byte sulks.

Ultra Magnus pops out of nowhere and merges with Optimus Prime, but Omega Prime is ineffective against Fortress Maximus. Koji manages to convince Side Burn and his father to allow him to try and talk to Maximus, but Scourge’s control is too powerful. Side Burn and Koji is knocked aside by Maximus, and Sky-Byte inadvertently rescues Koji. Doctor Onishi announces that he has the answer to the problem, and Team Bullet Train and the Build Team arrive, carrying a thousand children (WTF). The children shout for Maximus to stop, and he does. Omega Prime blasts Scourge away, and Fortress Maximus sinks into the ground. Galvatron pops out and snatches Cerebros away. Koji apologizes for endangering himself.

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

Review:
Marginally better than last episode, even though I still cannot stomach the ‘kids can control Maximus’ bit. It’s so cheesy that my eyes cringed when the Autobots arrive with the children army. Where did they find so many kids anyway? At least Sky-Byte and Scourge are back to normalcy with their power games, which is a good thing. However, a good chunk of this episode is devoted to Koji angsting, which is horrible, horrible, horrible. Koji is irredeemable; he is so uninteresting that peeling paint has more personality than him.

Fortress Maximus is handled slightly better, although the action scenes with him are clunky and, really, with guns up the wing-wong, you’d think that sand storms are the least of the Autobots’ problems. Galvatron is still, unsurprisingly, deathly ineffective. And as expected, Ultra Magnus has a knack of appearing anywhere without a bridge, even in the middle of a desert. And he appears only to form Omega Prime, not to do anything else. What a power mushroom. Sad life of Ultra Magnus. Sad life or Robots in Disguise as a series in general, because sadly the show does not show any sort of improvement as it withers onto its unspectacular death.

(Three out of ten)

Notes:
Again, the Insecticons are name-dropped. As in ‘going to crush you like Insecticons’.

Side Burn turns semi-transparent when he super-charge. While this could be passed as an inconsistency, it’s actually a reference to the clear redeco of Side Burn’s toy which is exclusive to some shops in Japan.

As in earlier episodes, X-Brawn’s head is visible in his interior.

Scourge paraphrases Neil Armstrong’s “one small step for a man, one large leap for all mankind”, except with Maximus and Decepticons instead of a man and mankind.

Goofs:
The fish that swims across the opening shot of the Decepticon ship is absurdly large due to a cell stacking error.

When Sky-Byte is buried in the sand, his exposed flipper is white instead of blue, and seems to be quite far away from his main body.

Ultra Magnus is definitely a stalker; he seemed to be in the middle of a desert in central Africa.

The children with the Build Team are out of scale. For that matter, all of the children are out of scale. And Fortress Maximus should technically be so much larger (taking G1 Fort Max as a comparison, the smallest unit in G1, Spike, is the size of a human while RID Fort Max’s smallest unit is Cerebros, the size of an Autobot).

How did the Autobots round up so many kids at short notice?
 
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