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117 - The Trigger, Part 2
Blackarachnia makes her way to the control room, where the floor empowers her, giving her a new color scheme. She then sits on the control chair, and begins making the tower bombard the island and sends it towards the Maximal base. The Maximals attempt to close in on the Obelisk while the Axalon is evacuated. Tigatron makes his way inside the tower, and reluctantly, as the tower nears the Axalon, he fires on the island's generator, the island crashes while the Maximal fliers pull their comrades off in time. As the tower falls among the island's debris, it fires a blue beam at the moon, which bounces off an identical tower into Transwarp space. Tigatron mourns the loss of his incredibly lethal paradise, while the Maximals wonder who got that signal... and how will they react to the island's destruction.
This episode is... average. I'd almost call it bad. Even as a kid, I remember not liking it, but I couldn't put a finger on why till now, as I was writing this liveblog. This episode feels padded out. Like the script was too big for a single parter, but not big enough for two parts. So we get characters figuring out things we've seen happen, slowly. Characters explaining each other things they've figure out (Seriously, you could make a drinking game of how often a character figures out the marks trigger a trap, or tells about them to another character). The whole Optimus/Rattrap ark of part 2 is beyond pointless: Neither characters contribute anything once they reach the island. You could've made it just Tigatron and Airazor, and you'd have to change nothing! Heck, it would free time that could be used to have Tigatron and Airazor interact. Not that Airazor really contributes anything to the plot either after she leaves the Axalon. And then there's Tigatron's stupid Granola Boy eco-aesop he's constantly spouting about how the island is paradise despite the fact it's trying REALLY HARD to kill him. This gets grating and doesn't make the episode endear itself further.
- Part 2 is the only episode where Megatron does not appear in any form, including flashbacks or dreams.
- The response to the island's destruction would form the season finale.
- Rattrap's station in Part 1 has a toy submarine on it. He'd end up piloting the real thing in season 3.
- We get the first hint of Tigatron and Airazor's romance here.
- This leads me to talk about the Japanese dub... I shall copy this from the TFWiki, which explains it so well:
For whatever reason, the Japanese dub of Beast Wars notoriously chose to turn the series into a goofy comedy show with lots of fourth-wall humor and a relentless string of over-the-top and in-your-face jokes, even at the most inappropriate of moments. This was the work of Iwanami Yoshikazu, director of the Japanese Beast Wars series. Some examples include:
- The beginning of every episode would start with one of the characters asking a ridiculous question and receiving equally ridiculous answers (Optimus Primal asking "Where is my banana", for instance) before segueing into the opening rap theme by Banana Ice. (On that music note, "FOR THE DREAM" is the closing song, while "Hello! Toughness" was the ending song for the special "Clash! Beast Warriors".)
- An attempt was made to ensure that nary a moment went by in which at least one character wasn't talking. Dramatic silences and subtle jokes involving body language or facial expressions were killed with meaningless, prattling dialogue and corny jokes. Characters could even be heard talking when their lips were visibly not moving at all. Even in close ups. Perhaps worst of all, a "gag" that ran through the course of the entire series featured each character "making noises" every single time they fired their weapon. For instance, Rattrap would make a sound along the likes of "pikyuu!" every time he fired. Every. Single. Time.
- Rattrap would constantly break the fourth wall by "smelling" what the audience was eating and make gluttonous comments.
- Many characters received completely new personalities that were polar opposites to their Western interpretation (Depth Charge enjoyed singing folk songs while Megatron became a flamboyant madman that shrieked like a little girl at the sight of danger). A character had their gender altered (poor, poor Airazor).
- Clip shows would feature the characters interacting in silly situations such as game shows and contests (in one instance, Megatron acted as judge in a celebrity impersonation contest).
- Why am I telling you this? Well, you'll recall from "The Spark" that Airazor is a male in Japan. And the Japanese didn't want her and Tigatron to be homosexuals on a show aimed at young viewers, so their relation was changed to Airazor being the ward of Tigatron, who was already portrayed in the Japanese series as a Samurai retainer. This didn't stop the amount of Ho Yay due to their animations, and eventually a certain scene in season two caused the dubbers to back pedal furiously and make them "come out" of the robot closet, so to speak.
Re-wrote part 1, it's up again.
I kind of love that there's a Japanese singer/band named Banana Ice. It's like they tried to rip off a regrettably successful American singer and ended up making it even more pathetic. Boy, did Tigatron get on my nerves in this one. Even as a kid, I wanted to throw something at him at the end, when he's preaching over how the Maximals were given a paradise but couldn't help destroying it. You want to save some of your anger for the Predacons who forced you to shoot back, Birdemic wannabe guy?
Why would they do that to Beast Wars. Why would Japan purposefully choose to fuck up part of its own. Why.
nomuru2d: Revenge for all the times us westerners did it to an anime?
It's time for THE ROYALTY'S! Greatest servent to show up.
^^ I agree with Hunter XD
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