Two spaceships, one manned by benevolent Maximals, the other by evil Predacons, crash-land on a pre-humanoid planet while en route to Earth. Their crews assume indigenous animal forms to protect themselves from an overabundance of natural energy, transforming into robots to do battle. Thus, the Beast Wars have begun
Last Episode03x13 Nemesis (2) Aired: May. 07, 1999
The Decepticon battleship, Nemesis, has taken to the air with the Predacon Megatron at its control. The firepower at his control is completely …
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- When the series was released in Japan, certain changes in characterization/plot were carried out (some of which did not go down well): - Foolish questions would be asked at the beginning of…
[show]When the series was released in Japan, certain changes in characterization/plot were carried out (some of which did not go down well): - Foolish questions would be asked at the beginning of each episode - an infamous instance reports the robot Optimus Primal asking "Where is my banana?" - There was plenty of fourth-wall humor and over-the-top and in-your-face jokes, even at the most inappropriate of moments. - Clip shows would feature the characters interacting in silly game shows and contests (e.g. in the episode "Other Victories" Megatron acted as a judge in a celebrity impersonation contest); - Megatron was rendered a bumbling fool who often made high-pitched screams (which replaced his "Yeesss" and "Nooo" exclamations); - Cheetor would almost always end his comments with a long, stressed "Ja-n!" (which denotes a feline growl) - Rattrap would often break the fourth wall, sniffing in the viewer's direction and commenting on what food he could smell; - Tarantulas had a higher-pitched voice, shrieked constantly and had his trademark cackle altered to be more feminine; - Blackarachnia carried a "bipolar" voice, switching from a sultry flirtatious drawl to a blood-thirsty maniacal scream; she also became less independent (though still a strong character) and was occasionally prone to begging for mercy from her enemies; - Tigatron was made a samurai-inspired warrior, acting and speaking in a formal tone; - Airazor was made a male to increase sales, and his relationship with Tigatron was established as a relationship between a protective guardian and his young apprentice (where certain unavoidable scenes were featured that presented otherwise, the viewers were gently informed that "these things sometimes happen between people") - Silverbolt was made a rigidly cheerful and polite character. - Depth Charge would sing a fishing song ("Ito Maki-Maki," or "Wind the Thread") whenever he transformed. While this version of the show was reviled by many Transformer fans and was seen as a disgrace (especially considering TransFormers had originated in Japan), it remained a hit with young children and created the sequels "Beast Wars Second: Chô seimeitai Transformer" (1998), "Chô semeitai Transformer: Beast Wars Neo" (1999) and "Toransufômâ: Bîsuto uôzu metarusu" (1999). Years later, the English version was released in Japan with subtitles, affording viewers a proper viewing of the show.
- Goof (factual errors): At one point, it is hinted at that Dinobot's beast mode is a Velociraptor. Although he does resemble the genetically engineered "Velociraptors" from Jurassic Park, he…
[show]Goof (factual errors): At one point, it is hinted at that Dinobot's beast mode is a Velociraptor. Although he does resemble the genetically engineered "Velociraptors" from Jurassic Park, he barely looks like a real-life Velociraptor. Some of his erroneous features could be attributed to him being a robot, however there are still a number of legitimate errors in his appearance: his skull is the wrong shape, for one. He also lacks feathers, though at the time this series was made, evidence of feathers on Velociraptor had not yet been found.
- Since the Transmetal toys featured very few ranged weapons, the animators had to come up with ways to make use of their close-combat equipment for fire-fights. They turned Megatron's clawed…
[show]Since the Transmetal toys featured very few ranged weapons, the animators had to come up with ways to make use of their close-combat equipment for fire-fights. They turned Megatron's clawed whip into a blaster, gave Cheetor the ability to combine his two hands to form a gun, and reconfigured Optimus Primal's back armor to make it function as a missile rack. Tarantulas' shoulder "lights" also became missile launchers and machine guns, his spinning slicer received a firing ability (even though it had no barrel of any sort) and, in one instance, he even used his spider legs as guns.