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Recap / Beast Wars S 2 E 8 Bad Spark

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The dark secret of the Axalon's voyage wakes up.

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  • An Arm and a Leg: Rampage dismembers Tarantulas. Initially, Silverbolt and Blackarachnia think nothing of seeing his severed arm—even laughing it off. Then they see the rest of his torn apart body and are freaked.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: After Dinobot suggests they abandon searching for Silverbolt in favor of attacking the Predacon Base:
    Optimus: I'll remember that... the next time you're missing in an energon storm.
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  • Berserk Button: Silverbolt explains his to Tarantulas while standing up for Blackarachnia.
    "Though threatening your own comrade is no doubt business as usual in the Predacon guide to villainy, it is simply unacceptable behavior in my book!"
  • Big Damn Heroes: As Rampage tortures Silverbolt, Optimus and Cheetor arrive.
  • Black Comedy: When Silverbolt and Blackarachnia find the first piece of Tarantulas.
  • Call-Back: Say hello to the reason the Maximal Elders sealed the records on Starscream.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Rampage delivers them throughout the entire episode.
  • Enemy Mine: Blackarachnia and Silverbolt team up to escape the jungle and the Energon storm. The former joins the Maximals in shooting Rampage. They let her go afterwards.
  • Emotion Eater: Rampage revels in this.
    "Is that fear you're feeling, Maximal? Mmm...yes. My spark, it feeds on terror. Let it grow! Let it consume your circuitry! Feel it! Yes, feel it! Feel the fear!"
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
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    • Inferno and Megatron are disgusted by the blossoming romance between Silverbolt and Blackarchnia.
    • Blackarchnia is horrified when she sees Tarantulas' dismembered body.
  • Evil Is Bigger: Rampage's stasis pod is huge.
  • The Exile: While on their mission of exploration, the Axalon crew was ordered to dump Rampage's stasis pod on some barren moon.
  • Flashback: Optimus's recollection of Protoform X being sealed in a stasis pod.
  • For the Evulz: There's absolutely no reason for Rampage to do anything to the cast aside from getting a few yucks.
  • Foreshadowing: Dinobot is backing up his mind to the Axalon's main computer. This would've been followed up in Season 3, but that episode was dropped.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Maximal government wanted an immortal warrior who would never stop? They got one. It's also hinted that they may have done too good a job recreating Starscream's Spark as Optimus says Protoform X was very treacherous.
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  • He Who Fights Monsters: After getting a tease back in "Possession", we get more evidence that the Maximal government has succumbed to this as they conducted an experiment to replicate Starscream's immortal Spark.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: An inversion of how it usually works. Silverbolt tries to appeal to Blackarachnia's "inner Maximal goodness". She shoots him.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: Blackarachnia claims she only saved Silverbolt because there might be other creatures out there that could attack. Megatron (listening in) doesn't buy it for a second.
  • Just in Time: The healing of Silverbolt's wing.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Cheetor wasn't informed about Protoform X and it's hinted that neither was Rattrap. Weirdly enough, Silverbolt (who came online a few months ago at most) knows about him.
    • Silverbolt was likely briefed on Protoform X's history by Optimus en route, and his prior discomfort was just a natural reaction to seeing Optimus and Rhinox so unnerved.
  • Meaningful Rename: Megatron dubs his new servant "Rampage" at the end of the episode.
  • Mythology Gag: Rhinox swears by Primus. While commonplace now, this is the first instance where it happened outside of Marvel Comics.
  • No Man Left Behind: Optimus and Cheetor won't abandon Silverbolt while Dinobot has no problem with it. Blackarchnia also averts this by leaving Tarantulas' body behind.
  • Oh, Crap!: Tarantulas when Rampage looms over him.
  • Police are Useless: The Maximal Police may have locked Rampage in a stasis pod but they apparently didn't think it necessary to relieve him of his weapons. Then again, he may've been granted new weapons by the DNA scanners (presuming he didn't have a beast mode before the crash).
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Dinobot suggests abandoning Silverbolt and assaulting the Darksyde since Megatron has lost two warriors. Optimus will keep that in mind...next time Dinobot is lost in a storm.
  • Soul Jar: Megatron carves out a piece of Rampage's Spark and puts it in a cage to torture him into submission.
  • Reality Ensues: Due to the damage they took, Cheetor and Primal have to head back to base for repairs.
  • Tank Goodness: Rampage.
  • Tempting Fate: As Rampage climbs back up the mountain:
    Rampage: Your persistence is futile! I rise again.
    Silverbolt: In that case, let us give you farther to fall! [throws a missile at Rampage's tank treads]
  • Title Drop: "Welcome, my new servant, yes. Welcome... to the Beast Wars!"
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Waspinator is forgotten about after the energon storm begins. That was probably to be expected.
  • "X" Makes Anything Cool: Protoform X.
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