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Recap / Beast Wars S 2 E 13 The Agenda Part 3

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Backed into a corner, Megatron takes the ultimate risk to win the Beast Wars.

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  • Accidental Misnaming: Megatron calls Teletraan-1, "Teletrron-1". This name continues until the finale where Rattrap irritably corrects Blackarchnia.
  • Artistic Licence - Geography: Hardly the first instance in the series but one of the more notable ones. It's heavily implied that the Beast Wars takes place in Africa yet the Ark crashed in America. The Maximals chase Megatron across the entirety of the Atlantic in a little under an hour with the sun's position in the sky changing accordingly. Maybe Pangea split up late in the Transformers universe.
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  • The Bad Guy Wins: Megatron has shot Optimus Prime and history is changing to create a Decepticon victory.
  • Big "NO!": Optimus when he sees the Predacons enter the Ark.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Optimus turns to the camera to comment on how die-cast construction is a lost art.
  • The Cameo: Aside from Optimus Prime, we get to see several prominent G1 characters. During the flashback, we can see Prowl, Ironhide, Jazz, and Ratchet. As Megatron moves about the ship, we can also see Skywarp, Starscream, and Soundwave.
  • Captain Obvious: Silverbolt comments on the geological instability of the Ark's crash site. As Blackarchnia retorts, it's a volcano, of course it's unstable.
  • Cliffhanger: "Say goodbye to the universe, Maximals. The future has changed, yessss. The Autobots lose! Evil triumphs! And you... YOU NO LONGER EXIST!"
  • Continuity Nod:
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    • Blackarchnia says that the Ark crew is due to awaken in 1984. Teletraan-1 is still projecting a forcefield around the ship.
    • Megatron mentions Blackarchnia downloading his backup copies of the Ark's access codes.
    • As the Maximals are being erased from existence, Optimus flashes back to his original body.
    • It's never been confirmed but it's likely the discussion Optimus and Dinobot had about the Golden Disk's contents was the location of the Ark as Optimus seems to know exactly where the ship is located.
  • Darkest Hour: Optimus Prime has been shot (point blank) by Megatron and history is now changing so that the Decepticons are the victors of the war and the Maximals are phasing in and out of existence. Doesn't get much darker than that.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: For all that he wanted power, even Megatron thought it risky to kill the stasis locked Optimus Prime given that even he could be wiped out by the time storm. He even calls it "the ultimate risk for the ultimate prize."
    • The trope is also downplayed when he rants about his motives. He genuinely thinks Predacons got a raw deal and were made subservient to Maximals. He wants to change that, though he notes that he wants to be the one in charge when it's all over.
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  • Eviler Than Thou: Megatron to Blackarchnia.
  • Famous Last Words: "DECEPTICONS FOREVER!"
  • For Want of a Nail: All that stood between the Decepticons and galactic conquest was Optimus Prime leading the Autobots. Without him, the Decepticons would have won.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Megatron crosses it with gusto.
  • Hidden Depths: Rhinox has Acrophobia (a fear of heights).
  • Hope Spot: For a brief moment it looks like Rhinox will open the Ark...then the time storm hits them.
  • Hostage Situation: Megatron holds Silverbolt hostage so Blackarchnia will open the Ark.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Megatron points right at the camera when he says "You...you no longer exist!" reminding the audience that if the Autobots had lost the Great War, the Decepticons would have killed all of humanity.
  • Lost Technology: The technique behind the Ark's die-cast construction.
  • Ludicrous Precision: Assuming he's not using shorthand, Megatron apparently travelled back in time to a point very recently after the Ark and Nemesis crashed.
  • Made of Iron: The Ark. Rattrap lampshades this.
  • Make Wrong What Once Went Right: Megatron's ultimate goal is revealed to be this. By killing Optimus Prime, the Decepticons will win the Great War and the Predacons will be the rulers of Cybertron.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The Ark is the obvious one and it's still packed full with the 1984 cast.
    • Optimus swears by Primus.
    • The Ark is said to be made from die-cast construction as the G1 toys were.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Optimus notes that Megatron isn't heading back to the Darksyde after Ravage's ship was destroyed deducing that he's headed for the Ark.
  • The Power of Love: Megatron exploits this to get Blackarachnia to play ball.
  • Retcon: This is the first piece of media to name the golden Autobot starship from the original series as the Ark, taking the name of the Autobot ship from the Marvel comics.
  • Shoot Out the Lock: Rattrap tries to hack into Teletraan-1 but the power surge caused by the fusion cannon's destruction jammed the door controls. Rhinox just shoots the mechanism and the doors open. It's probably why the Ark had such bad security in the original cartoon.
  • Shout-Out: The Ark takes design cues from the Defiant.
  • Tempting Fate: After avoiding being crushed by Ravage's ship, Rampage laughs. Then the missile activates and hits him point-blank.
  • Wham Line: "So, we are now face to face, Optimus Prime."
  • We Have Reserves: Unsurprisingly, Megatron is totally prepared to sacrifice most of the Predacons to ensure victory for himself; Blackarachnia, Inferno, Quickstrike, and Rampage were all originally Maximal protoforms, so they would have been erased from existence along with the Maximals had his plan succeeded.
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