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Recap / Beast Wars S 2 E 12 The Agenda Part 2

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Captured by Ravage, Megatron lets the former Decepticon warrior in on the secret of the Golden Disk.

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  • Be Careful What You Wish For: None of the Maximals want to work with Ravage. Then Ravage (and his powerful ship) joins Megatron.
  • Continuity Nod: Ravage mentions the Golden Disk's destruction in "Code of Hero".
  • Continuity Snarl: Megatron's history lesson of the Great War has some errors, namely that it started in 1977 or that the war on Earth was fought in secret. Possibly justified due to most data on it being barred from people of his time but one wonders why Ravage doesn't correct him.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
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    • The original Megatron's time travel gambit.
    • The Predacon Megatron as well. He knew Ravage would send the Maximals to the Energon mine so he had Inferno lying in wait for them.
  • Enemy Rising Behind: As Rattrap is informing Optimus that Ravage has switched sides, Ravage's ship and Megatron are rising behind him and Cheetor, the two not noticing until after Rattrap is finished.
  • Fangs Are Evil: The original Megatron displays these in his message on the Golden Disk. It's odd considering he lacks them in the flashback that shows him inscribing the message into the Disk where he's identical to his G1 self.
  • Fling a Light into the Future: A villainous example; the original Megatron sent secret instructions for any Decepticon descendants to travel back in time and rewrite history.
  • Foreshadowing: The mission Megatron sent Waspinator on continues to be this. It's got something to do with a mountain and a cave Megatron found but later sealed up.
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  • Good News, Bad News: From Rattrap at the end of the episode. The good news? The Maximals don't have to take orders from Ravage anymore. The bad news...he's switched sides.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: This episode introduces the original Megatron as this. He recorded instructions onto the Golden Disk that should be followed in case he lost the Great War.
  • Handwave: Exactly why the original Megatron chose the Golden Disk (very primitive technology by Cybertronian standards) to inscribe his message is never stated nor is it explained how the Disk made its way to Cybertron or why it's coveted by Cybertronians.
  • Leave No Witnesses: Megatron knows Ravage is going to do this to the rogue Predacons and the Maximals. Ravage doesn't bother hiding it from him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Megatron goes from being Ravage's prisoner to his superior in a few minutes.
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  • The Mole: It turns out Tarantulas has been the Tripredacus Council's mole on Megatron's crew the entire time.
  • Mythology Gag: At the end, Ravage transforms into his G1 cassette mode with the G1 transformation noise.
  • Not Quite Dead: A fragment of the Golden Disk survived Dinobot's Eye Beam.
  • Oh, Crap!: Megatron when it looks like, regardless of any knowledge he might have, Ravage is just going to carry out his execution.
  • Pretender Diss: Megatron gets one by Ravage, who says "I served under the original Megatron. You have his name, but not his army."
  • The Reveal:
    • Tarantulas is a Predacon government agent.
    • Megatron's real reason for stealing the Golden Disk from Cybertron and traveling to prehistoric Earth: the disk contains a message from the original Megatron, instructing any future Decepticons (i.e. the Predacons) to use Transwarp technology to travel back in time. To what ends? See the next episode for details...
  • Shown Their Work: Assuming the Voyager probes were launched in 1977 in Transformers, then the flashback is spot on showing Voyager 2 passing Saturn in 1984.
  • Undying Loyalty: Ravage has this towards the original Megatron. A message from him revealing that the Predacon Megatron is acting on the Decepticon's instructions moves Ravage to aid the new Megatron.
  • What Could Have Been: The crew desperately wanted Frank Welker back to voice the original Megatron but scheduling issues prevented this. Likewise, Ravage was going to play the theme song of the original cartoon but rights issues prevented this.
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