History WesternAnimation / BeastWars

20th Jul '17 8:25:34 PM DrakeClawfang
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Thus the Beast Wars begin as Maximal faces Predacon for domination. Due to their trans-warp engines allowing them to travel through space ''and'' time, the hope for rescue from Cybertron is slim (they could be anywhere, any''time'', after all), but the Maximals hold onto it. Meanwhile the Predacons intend to harvest enough Energon to start a full-scale rebellion on Cybertron. At least, that's what Megatron told them while he works towards a secret, ulterior motive that concerns ''why'' he singled out this particular planet in space and time to travel to. The two sides much also deal with a third party, the SufficientlyAdvancedAliens known as the "Vok" that have a presence on this alien world and don't like the Transformers interfering with their plans for it.

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Thus the Beast Wars begin as Maximal faces Predacon for domination. Due to their trans-warp engines allowing them to travel through space ''and'' time, the hope for rescue from Cybertron is slim (they could be anywhere, any''time'', after all), but the Maximals hold onto it. Meanwhile the Predacons intend to harvest enough Energon to start a full-scale rebellion on Cybertron. At least, that's what Megatron told them while their goal is; in actuality he works towards has a secret, ulterior motive that concerns ''why'' he singled out for coming to this particular specific planet at this specific point in space and time to travel to. time, which serves as a big reveal at the end of the second season. The two sides much also deal with a third party, the SufficientlyAdvancedAliens known as the "Vok" that have a presence on this alien world and don't like the Transformers interfering with their plans for it.
20th Jul '17 8:22:52 PM DrakeClawfang
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A Predacon rogue, Megatron, steals a precious artifact from the Cybertronian archives and escapes into space with a small band of like-minded renegades. The only ship able to pursue is crewed by a small band of scientists and researchers led by Optimus Primal. Their ships crash on an unknown foreign world, similar to Earth but also different (the exact identity of the planet is a major plot point through the first two seasons). The planet is ripe with Energon, the fuel of the Transformers, but much of it is raw and unstable. Exposure to this much Energon for too long would short out their systems and send them into stasis lock. Thus the two sides adopt "beast modes" based on native lifeforms, which will allow them to move about outside their ships without fear of damage.

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A Predacon rogue, Megatron, steals a precious artifact from the Cybertronian archives and escapes into space with a small band of like-minded renegades. The only ship able to pursue is crewed by a small band of scientists and researchers led by Optimus Primal. Their ships crash on an unknown foreign world, similar to Earth but also different (the exact identity of the planet is a major plot point through the first two seasons). The planet is ripe with Energon, the fuel of the Transformers, but much of it is raw and unstable. Exposure to this much Energon for too long would short out their systems and send them into stasis lock. Thus To avert this the two sides adopt "beast modes" based on native lifeforms, which will allow them to move about outside their ships without fear of damage.
20th Jul '17 10:58:35 AM DrakeClawfang
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The series that [[{{Revival}} revived]] the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise after a years-long recession, ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' was a fully CG-animated series that premiered in 1996. It was produced by the now-bought-out MainframeEntertainment, hot on the heels of its predecessor, ''ReBoot'' (in fact, its' first season aired as part of the syndicated "Power Block" (distributed by Hasbro's Claster TV firm) alongside ''ReBoot'', ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeExtreme'' and ''WesternAnimation/VorTech''). Hugely controversial among the UnpleasableFanbase that are Transfans due to the [[{{Spinoff}} wildly different direction it took from the original series]], ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' was not based around the familiar Autobots and Decepticons, but their descendants, the Maximals and Predacons, who now transformed into Earth animals instead of vehicles or household items. Lumped with this series is the sequel, ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', although they are not considered a single story arc.

'''''Beast Wars''''' refers to the events of ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' as a mixture of history and legend; it never gives [[BroadStrokes enough details]] to figure out ''which'' Generation One ([[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers cartoon]], [[ComicBook/TheTransformers comics]] or something else) it comes from or what happened to everyone.

After stealing a precious MacGuffin from the Cybertronian archives, a small band of Predacon renegades (defying the peace that befell the planet after the Autobots won the "Great War" against the Decepticons) crash-land on a mysterious planet along with their Maximal pursuers. The planet is heavily seeded with a raw, crystalline version of the Transformers' fuel source, Energon, which proves so harmful to them that they need to convert into animal Alternate Modes to survive.

The battle then begins, with Optimus Primal dubbing this conflict [[TitleDrop "the Beast Wars"]]. The reasons behind the Predacons' theft of the MacGuffin grow in importance, and both the inclusion of a third party (the SufficientlyAdvancedAliens known as the "Vok") and a mythology twist really clinch the story.

Despite the cries of "[[TheyChangedItNowItSucks TRUKK NOT MUNKY!]]" from the purists, ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' was actually quite innovative for its time, not only because of the aforementioned CG, but also because of the tight, involving storyline, significant character development, and revolutionary ball joint technology. This latter aspect not only made the toys much easier to play with, but also provided more complex transformations, more realistic alt-modes and much more poseable figures. Unfortunately the toyline also possesses some of the worst examples of 'Shell-formers', coming to mean toys with a particuarly poorly integrated alt-mode - basically you could remove most of the alt-mode and have a functional robot.

On the plus-side, the show made attempts to push the boundaries of contemporary children's shows via [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar witty wordplay]] and graphic violence that was let slip because [[SymbolicBlood flying robot parts]] [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman have been permissible]] since time immemorial.

The expense of CG animation at the time required a limited cast of characters, unlike the 1984 series's cast of dozens. Although this, too, was decried at the time, it meant more time was spent with each character, and hence deeper characterization. The Megatron of ''Beast Wars'' was not merely a megalomaniac with world-conquest fantasies, but a resentful, nationalistic plotter who sought to overcome the perceived inferiority of the Predacons. Beginning as a fairly standard femme fatale, Blackarachnia went on to become a TropeCodifier of {{Dark Action Girl}}s [[spoiler:, eventually joining the Maximals and besting some of the most powerful villains (Dinobot II and Rampage) in combat]]. One of the show's generally acknowledged high points is the character of [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Dinobot]]: An honourable Predacon who [[DefectorFromDecadence deserts his side]] but still feels some fealty to Predacon ideals, he is constantly torn in his allegiances.

Say what you will of the quality, this show set the standard for all other ''Transformers'' franchises from then on. Even now, it just won't die; a "10th Anniversary" release of the original toys was created (with new figures for Primal and Megatron), and fan favorites Blackarachnia and Waspinator were carried over into ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. [[BrokenBase To some fans]], ''Beast Wars'' is the best ''Transformers'' incarnation of all time due to its high quality and production values. It isn't uncommon for longtime ''Generation 1'' fans to claim that the show is their favorite ''Transformers'' series.

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The series that [[{{Revival}} revived]] the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise after a years-long recession, ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' '''''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''''' was a fully CG-animated series that premiered in 1996. It was produced by the now-bought-out MainframeEntertainment, hot on the heels of its predecessor, ''ReBoot'' (in fact, its' first season aired as part of the syndicated "Power Block" (distributed by Hasbro's Claster TV firm) alongside ''ReBoot'', ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeExtreme'' and ''WesternAnimation/VorTech''). Hugely controversial at the time among purists for the UnpleasableFanbase that are Transfans due massive changes to the [[{{Spinoff}} wildly different direction it took Transformers formula, most prominently the change from the original series]], ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' was not based around the familiar Autobots and Decepticons, but their descendants, the Maximals and Predacons, who now transformed into Earth animals instead of vehicles or household items. Lumped with this series is and electronics to animals. "[[TheyChangedItNowItSucks TRUKK NOT MUNKY!]]" was a common cry of its detractors of the sequel, ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', although they are not considered a single story arc.

'''''Beast Wars''''' refers to
time.

''Beast Wars'' takes place in
the events far future of the ''Franchise/TransformersGeneration1'' as a mixture of history and legend; franchise, though it never gives [[BroadStrokes refers to enough details]] specifics to figure out ''which'' Generation One ([[WesternAnimation/TheTransformers cartoon]], [[ComicBook/TheTransformers comics]] or something else) it comes from or what happened to everyone.

After stealing
everyone. Many centuries after the Great War between the Autobots and the Decepticons, the Transformers were reformatted into smaller, more energy-efficient bodies, and their descendants are known as the Maximals and Predacons. While tensions linger, an uneasy peace has existed between the two sides for many centuries.

A Predacon rogue, Megatron, steals
a precious MacGuffin artifact from the Cybertronian archives, archives and escapes into space with a small band of Predacon renegades (defying the peace that befell like-minded renegades. The only ship able to pursue is crewed by a small band of scientists and researchers led by Optimus Primal. Their ships crash on an unknown foreign world, similar to Earth but also different (the exact identity of the planet after is a major plot point through the Autobots won the "Great War" against the Decepticons) crash-land on a mysterious planet along with their Maximal pursuers. first two seasons). The planet is heavily seeded ripe with a raw, crystalline version of the Transformers' fuel source, Energon, which proves so harmful to them that they need to convert into animal Alternate Modes to survive.

The battle then begins, with Optimus Primal dubbing this conflict [[TitleDrop "the Beast Wars"]]. The reasons behind
the Predacons' theft fuel of the MacGuffin grow in importance, Transformers, but much of it is raw and both unstable. Exposure to this much Energon for too long would short out their systems and send them into stasis lock. Thus the inclusion two sides adopt "beast modes" based on native lifeforms, which will allow them to move about outside their ships without fear of damage.

Thus the Beast Wars begin as Maximal faces Predacon for domination. Due to their trans-warp engines allowing them to travel through space ''and'' time, the hope for rescue from Cybertron is slim (they could be anywhere, any''time'', after all), but the Maximals hold onto it. Meanwhile the Predacons intend to harvest enough Energon to start a full-scale rebellion on Cybertron. At least, that's what Megatron told them while he works towards a secret, ulterior motive that concerns ''why'' he singled out this particular planet in space and time to travel to. The two sides much also deal with
a third party (the party, the SufficientlyAdvancedAliens known as the "Vok") "Vok" that have a presence on this alien world and a mythology twist really clinch don't like the story.

Transformers interfering with their plans for it.

Despite the cries of "[[TheyChangedItNowItSucks TRUKK NOT MUNKY!]]" from the purists, ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' its detractors when it began, ''Beast Wars'' was actually quite innovative for its time, not only because of the aforementioned CG, but also because of the tight, involving storyline, tight storyline and significant character development, and revolutionary ball joint technology. This latter aspect not only made the toys much easier to play with, but also provided more complex transformations, more realistic alt-modes and much more poseable figures. Unfortunately the toyline also possesses some of the worst examples of 'Shell-formers', coming to mean toys with a particuarly poorly integrated alt-mode - basically you could remove most of the alt-mode and have a functional robot.

On the plus-side, the
development. The show made attempts to push the boundaries of contemporary children's shows via [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar witty wordplay]] and graphic violence that was let slip because [[SymbolicBlood flying robot parts]] [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman have been permissible]] since time immemorial.

immemorial. On the toy side, the toys integrated revolutionary ball-joint technology that made the toys much easier to play with; they had better articulation, more complex transformations, and more realistic alt-modes. The toyline was not without its problems, though, particularly the prevelance of "Shell-formers", basically Transformers where their alt modes just opened up and hung off their back and arms while the robot climbed out.

The expense of CG animation at the time required a limited cast of characters, unlike the 1984 series's cast of dozens. Although this, too, was decried at the time, it meant more time was spent with each character, thus they got lasting character development and hence deeper characterization. The Megatron were easier to keep track of for fans due to their distinct personalities as well as appearances. Dinobot would become one of the most famous Transformers of the ''entire'' franchise, a ProudWarriorRaceGuy who defects from the Predacons to the Maximals, but his love of warfare clashes with his sense of honor and thus his allegiances are still uncertain. Another Predacon, Blackarachnia, would be a TropeCodifier for the DarkActionGirl. Optimus Primal and Megatron, as well as many of the other characters, also became perfectly popular in their own right. Creator/GaryChalk, the voice of Optimus Primal, would return to voice Optimus ''Prime'' in the ''Anime/UnicronTrilogy'', making him the only man who can touch Creator/PeterCullen as the "iconic" voice of Optimus in his various incarnations.

For its flaws and strengths,
''Beast Wars'' was not merely a megalomaniac with world-conquest fantasies, but a resentful, nationalistic plotter who sought to overcome the perceived inferiority of the Predacons. Beginning as a fairly standard femme fatale, Blackarachnia went on to become a TropeCodifier of {{Dark Action Girl}}s [[spoiler:, eventually joining the Maximals and besting some of the most powerful villains (Dinobot II and Rampage) in combat]]. One of the show's generally acknowledged high points is the character of [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Dinobot]]: An honourable Predacon who [[DefectorFromDecadence deserts his side]] but still feels some fealty to Predacon ideals, he is constantly torn in his allegiances.

Say what you will of the quality, this show
set the standard for all other ''Transformers'' franchises from then on.on, both in toy and in cartoon format. Even now, it just won't die; a "10th Anniversary" release of the original toys was created (with new figures for Primal and Megatron), and fan favorites Blackarachnia and Waspinator were carried over into ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. [[BrokenBase To some fans]], some, ''Beast Wars'' is the best ''Transformers'' incarnation of all time due to its high quality and production values. It isn't uncommon for longtime ''Generation 1'' fans to claim that the show is their favorite ''Transformers'' series.
19th Jul '17 7:53:57 PM DrakeClawfang
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* RealityEnsues: Quite a few with regard to the war between the two factions.
** The extremely low character count -- five on each side to start -- means that any time a stasis pod shows up, it's a major priority to secure it and get a new comrade out of it, because with the numbers this low even a one-bot advantage is one neither side can afford to let the other get.
** Flying Transformers are a serious threat, because they can get around quicker and easier and are also tricky to fight. A lot of episodes in the first season have the plot point of Optimus racing Terrorsaur and Waspinator to some objective point or being the only one able to fight them on equal footing, so to speak. In the second season, Megatron becoming transmetal and able to fly himself was a ''huge'' equalizer in his battles with Optimus.
9th Jul '17 5:22:14 PM WillKeaton
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* TheyDontMakeThemLikeTheyUsedTo: Optimus and Rattrap conclude this when they try to enter the Ark.
21st Jun '17 12:31:41 PM Mikedem2
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* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: The first time the Vok speak to Optimus directly, they take the form of Unicron's head.
-->'''Vok:''' We have no physical form you could comprehend. We chose this figure of authority from your datatrax.
21st Jun '17 12:27:19 PM Mikedem2
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'''Terrorsaur:''' Like them?! They're trying to ''destroy'' us!

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'''Terrorsaur:''' -->'''Terrorsaur:''' Like them?! They're trying to ''destroy'' us!
21st Jun '17 12:25:44 PM Mikedem2
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** Probably the reason why [[spoiler: Rampage lets Depth Charge destroy his spark in ''Nemesis, Part 1''.]]
21st Jun '17 12:23:44 PM Mikedem2
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* AdmiringTheAbomination: Megatron ''really'' likes the Vok and their doomsday machines, even when they're trying to kill him and the other Cybertronians.
-->'''Megatron:''' Brilliant! They're causing a chain reaction which will rip this planet to atoms and destroy all traces of them, simply to deal with us! Such sheer ruthlessness. Such disregard for sentient life! ...I rather like these aliens.
'''Terrorsaur:''' Like them?! They're trying to ''destroy'' us!


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* PetTheDog: Rampage is a cannibalistic monster, but his treatment of Transmutate shows there's at least a tiny bit of goodness in him.


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* RevengeBeforeReason: Depth Charge only cares about one thing; destroying Protoform X/Rampage. Everything else, including protecting the ''Ark'' and preserving history, is secondary to that.


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* SoulJar: In his debut episode, Megatron slices out half of Rampage's spark and locks it in a small container full of energon crystals. Whenever the reluctant Predacon gets uppity, he squeezes it, causing Rampage to double-over and scream in agony.
3rd Jun '17 1:06:32 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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-->'''Optimus''': [[GenreSavvy When Predacons talk truce, it means they just want time to reload their weapons]].\\

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-->'''Optimus''': [[GenreSavvy When Predacons talk truce, it means they just want time to reload their weapons]].weapons.\\
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