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MUNKY NOT TRUKK!! Let's Watch Beast Wars!

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121 - Possession
Our episode opens in space, a spark flies towards the planet.

At the Axalon, a storm in brewing, lightning causing a tremor that makes Cheetor fall. The Energon storm is bad, managing to damage the shields and shut Sentinel offline. The Optimus orders spare weapons and ammo to be moved under the armored floors.

The Spark hovers over the Darksyde, before plunging into an antenna. Waspinator is at a radar console when it shocks him. Megatron asks Waspinator for a damage report, and he replies that it hurts but he's fine. Only Megatron was inquiring about the console. No one cares about Waspinator. Megatron is called by Scorponok, the storm is also making a number on their base, and they have a fire on the lower deck (where all the magma is? You'd think they'd have run out of things that can catch fire there fast!)

The Maximals store their ammo, and Rattrap reports that there's bad news and worst news. Waspinator returns at the computer, but it is frozen. He doesn't understand why... and the computer taunts him before it shocks him again the Spark flies into him. Terrorsaur observes.

Rattrap informs Rhinox and Optimus that the storm caused a large breech in the ship: they might as well roll out a carpet for the Predacons to wipe their feet off on their way in. And the worst news is, they also lost sensor coverage in that area, meaning the gaping hole is also a blind spot. Optimus hopes the Predacons have their own problems with the storm and can't capitalize on this.

You look different Waspinator... Did you get your hair done?
Indeed, the Darksyde's lower decks are filled with smoke. Waspinator arrives, and a crack of lightning briefly makes him take a familiar appearance. He speaks in the same voice as the computer.

Scorponok: So there you are!
"Waspinator": Yes! Here I am. At very long last!
Megatron: What happened to your voice?
Starscream: Allow me to present myself: Air Commander Starscream of the Decepticon Battle Fleet!

The Predacons convene and Terrorsaur confirms he saw "the entity" come out of the computer and possessing Waspinator. Blackarachnia says Starscream should be ancient history, she explains the Decepticons were the ancestor of the Predacons, and the Autobots that of the Maximals. She says the chronicles of Cybertron says Starscream should be dead. But he says he did die, defending Galvatron from the Planet-sized Transformer Unicron. His body was vaporized and his spark left adrift in space, beyond the reach of time. Megatron seems suspicious and wonders what does the Air Commander want. Starscream offers his allegiance (as Megatron's lieutenant), and to back up his offer to an incredulous Megatron, mentions the damage to the Maximal base, he's seen them as he was flying over the planet.

Scorponok's cyberbee rapidly confirm Starscream's intel, though Cheetor is guarding the sensors' blind side and shoots at the bee. The hole in the core leads to Sentinel's core, and Rhinox mentions it will take time to fix. Megatron points out to Starscream that the Maximals will expect an attack there, which would be suicide to follow suit, but Starscream proposed to capitalize on this by attacking the Axalon's undamaged side, left unguarded. And the plan works, the Maximals are caught off-guard.

The Predacons breach the ship, and the Maximals transform and fight, but with the disadvantage of being caught unprepared and Starscream's excellent flying skills (who introduces himself to them) the Maximals have no choice but to retreat and abandon their base as Dinobot takes serious damage, after recognizing the name.

Airazor sees the retreat and opts to find Tigatron. Megatron celebrates his victory. Megatron sends half his forces with him to the Darksyde, leaving Blackarachnia & Scorponok to secure the Axalon, under the command of Starscream (to Terrorsaur's jealousy). Starscream mentions he was just happy to help, but Blackarachnia seems dubious. Megatron orders Scorponok to keep an eye on Starscream.

It seems Dinobot will recover, though he feels they should not have retreated in his account. Optimus ponders the whole Starscream thing, but he knows little: The Maximal Elders classified his files. But the Predacons have no such issue, and Dinobot tells them: Starscream was one of history's most notorious of all traitor, ever deceitful and scheming. Optimus sees an opportunity. Airazor finds Tigatron, filling him up on the Axalon being taken over by Predacons, seemingly led by Waspinator.

Starscream confronts Blackarachnia, and she tells him she knows he did not die by Unicron's hand, but by that of his own commander Galvatron, after he betrayed him. Starscream goes into a rage, yelling that Galvatron was a fool and he deserved to lead. He calms down, and asks what does Blackarachnia plan to do with that knowledge, since she didn't tell Megatron. She says he could make her a better offer, and he approves. Scorponok reveals the Maximals are approaching. Pretending Dinobot is too damaged to recover, the Maximals surrender, but to Starscream himself. Starscream is at first distrust full, but Optimus promises to serve Starscream. He accepts, and takes Dinobot to the CR Chamber. Starscream has Optimus disarmed and restrained. With Dinobot and Optimus as collateral, he has the Maximals, as his army, attack the Darksyde. Blackarachnia disposes of Scorponok before he can take out Starscream.

Optimus reveals he planned for Starscream to double-cross him and take him prisoner. And he breaks his restraints (guess he knew Starscream would go for the cheap ones!). He transforms and opens the cache of weapons they stored under the floor during the storm. The Maximals hit the Darksyde as Optimus storms the control room of the Axalon, freeing Dinobot to turn this into a 2 on 2 fight. Starscream, ever the coward, immediately GTFOs, leaving a surly and abandoned Blackarachnia to find her own way out. Interference prevents Optimus from contacting Rhinox.

Cheetor and Dinobot are creeping onto the Darksyde but are spotted and the autoguns turn on. Rhinox covers them as they flee, ordering a retreat, when Starscream arrives ordering them to fight, till Optimus arrives. Optimus intends to trash Starscream himself. Megatron sees the traitor and is displeased to say the least.

Why didn't my Optimus figure not come with the cool Terminator shades?
Starscream is blasted down, and realizes he's landed on an exposed Energon vein. He begs Optimus, offering to serve him instead, but Blackarachnia shoots a missile at him, still surly over the whole betrayal and abandonment thing. Optimus looks at Starscream as the latter's body siezes due to the Energon surge, and says:

"Hasta la vista, Starscream"

As sunshades appear over his eyes and he flies off, Waspinator's body explodes with the Energon, blasting Starscream's spark into space.

At the Darksyde, Waspinator is being rebuilt. Blackarachnia explain she had to play along with Starscream to figure his intentions, and Megatron is rather incredulous, calling her smooth, too smooth, it does not inspire confidence. Waspinator's head is reattached and he complains:

"Oooh, Waspinator has a headache in his whole body"

At the base, the Maximals clean the control room and repair the damage, while Cheetor sits on the roof, looking at the star, muttering "Twinkle Twinkle little Starscream". In space, Starscream's spark still floats helplessly.

"I'll be back! Even if it takes a thousand years, I'LL BE REVENGED ON YOU ALL!"

This episode, though filler, is great. And while I must admit bias because of my familiarity with Starscream, I think that even without that baggage, it holds up very well. Starscream is explained well enough for new viewers to understand, and his smoothness and ego make him way more interesting that Terrorsaur. His interactions with Blackarachnia as he gives her his "lessons" are fun. Plus it has great scenes and doesn't waste time or feel padded out.

13th Feb '12 1:25:14 PM flag for mods
Did they ever explain why Starscream's head colors were fucked up when showing his body? XD
nomuru2d 13th Feb 12
I don't have any firm answer. My best guest? They went for a comic colorscheme (as per his white legs and feet) and made the head a mix of the g1 head (which was blue or grey depending on the page) and g2 head (which was white).

Or they based it off some of Marvel's promo art, that made it kinda look like this
Ghilz 14th Feb 12 (edited by: Ghilz)
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