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 …
Series Fun Facts
- Goof (continuity error): SPOILER: It's never clearly established which continent the two ships crash landed on. According to the animals they find, it seems the Maximals landed in Africa and…
[show]Goof (continuity error): SPOILER: It's never clearly established which continent the two ships crash landed on. According to the animals they find, it seems the Maximals landed in Africa and the Predacons in North America, yet several episodes show that the two ships are not all too far apart, and in one episode, the Maximal's ship is even covered in snow which wouldn't happen in the savanna. So depending on the episode, the story takes place either in Africa, where the first ape-men evolved, or in America, where the spaceship of the original Transformers, the Ark, has landed. However, the third season shows that the Ark is within walking distance of the ape-men's habitat.
- 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.
- The Tripredacus Council members are called Ram Horn, Sea Clamp and Cicadacon. These names would have come up in the show, but since the characters ended up looking nothing like the actual…
[show]The Tripredacus Council members are called Ram Horn, Sea Clamp and Cicadacon. These names would have come up in the show, but since the characters ended up looking nothing like the actual toys due to time constraints, the creators opted not to name them in order to avoid confusing kids. However their group name, Tripredacus, was kept.