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126 - Other Voices, Part 2
Megatron: Oh, you Optimuses do love to sacrifice yourselves, don't you? Well, fortunately, this time your foolishness will destroy you and your Maximals. The Beast Wars are over, Optimus. You lose.
Optimus: No... Nooo! MEGATRON!!!!!!!!We hear the sound of Optimus' gun and glass shattering, as the planet buster explodes in a massive shock wave. Debris flies by the camera as we see the Explosion from many angles. These include Optimus' head (only visible on repeat viewing) and more recognizably Optimus' chest plate. The End?
Other Voices form a very good season finale, building up on several things dropped during the latter part of the season. Optimus' sacrifice and death and Megatron's taunts pretty much guaranteeing the viewers would return to see how things would play out next seasons. Though there's a few continuity errors between both parts, it still forms a riveting two parter, that flows well without annoying padding or slow downs.
- Megatron references Optimus Prime's many deaths.
- The script originally called for Megatron to project Prime's head as he said the line.
- For one of only two times in the series, Inferno calls Megatron by name rather than "royalty" or "queen".
- Other Voices begin a pattern for all future alien episodes. From now all, they are all titled "Other" followed by a word starting with V.
- The Alien's line in the first episode: "That which does not become part of the one—shall become void" mirrors a line given to Unicron in the Marvel Generation 1 Transformers Universe comic: "That which does not become a part of me shall become one with the great void.".
- The Aliens having forms we cannot understand is a lie, as we'll see in future episode.
- The nature of their project is never expanded upon. In fact, both Larry DiTillio and Bob Forward have different visions of the Vok and their project's goal. I'll go into details at a later time.
- The first season of Beast Wars cost $18 million, according to Bob Forward.
- Since season 1 is over, I figured we'd celebrate by recapping some of the highlights. Mainly, each time Waspinator got hurt!
It took so much guts to end the season this way, with no idea if they'd get renewed. Maybe a little gambit to get the fans in torches and pitchforks mode if the studio dithered on renewal.
Ending in cliffhangers even if you don't know you will be renewed isn't new. In fact, it is pretty common (Doubly so nowadays, look at how many shows end on a cliffhanger). That said, what impressed me the most is putting debris of Optimus clearly visible. Guess they didn't want us to spend the summer wondering. I am actually not even sure if they did not know they'd be renewed for season 2. I know this was true for season 2 to 3, and 3 on (they weren't renewed), but for season 1 I do not know for sure, so I didn't comment on it. Not that it'd surprise me. The reduced episode length for season 2 probably hints that Hasbro wasn't crazy about the show.
Megatron had gotten so used to having traitors and idiots under him that he failed to take into account what a competent, loyal minion like Inferno might do. It says something when the loyal minion is the one nearly screwing up Megatron's plans by preventing the traitors from getting as far as he needs them to. Optimus died, although even the first time through everybody knew that wasn't going to last. So ends the first season. It had some really good episodes and some not so good ones. Season 2 is where it really starts picking up, I rewatch a lot more of seasons 2 and 3 than season 1. Anyway, good job so far, I've really enjoyed your liveblog.
...I'm tempted to make a reference to the TF wiki's The Many Deaths of Optimus Prime here. And how Primal didn't see it coming, when by all rights he should have...
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