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Recap / Beast Wars S 3 E 13 Nemesis Part 2

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With Depth Charge and Rampage destroyed, the Nemesis raises uncontested. Armed with the Decepticon warship, Megatron begins an attack on existence itself. The final battle of the Beast Wars has reached its climax, as Optimus and Megatron face off one last time, with the fate of all on the line.

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  • A God Am I: Megatron dives right into this once he has the Nemesis, proclaiming that his godhood is imminent and that all of time and space are his to control.
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  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: The Nemesis has a collection of drills and rotating blades that can reduce mountain rock to pebbles.
  • And This Is for...: As Rhinox pilots the shuttle towards the Nemesis:
    "For everything that ever was..."
  • The Atoner: Since he served Megatron, Dinobot II (now with the personality of the original) chooses to stay behind on the Nemesis as it crashes.
  • Awesome, but Impractical:
    • The main fusion cannon on the Nemesis. It's powerful enough to destroy Vok technology but needs to be at 100% charge to fire.
    • The coning tower as well. Sure it gives a great view but it's also a big target for enemies.
  • Badass Boast: Megatron gets one during the climax.
    "I am alpha and omega, Optimal Optimus. Now and forever, until the end of time!"
  • Beam-O-War: Tigerhawk vs the Nemesis' fusion cannon. The Nemesis wins.
  • Berserk Button: If you value your life, don't mention "honor" around Megatron.
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  • Big "NO!": Optimus after Tigerhawk sacrifices himself to distract the Nemesis.
  • BFG: The fusion cannon aboard the Nemesis.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Dinobot II remembers his final stand in his past life when above the caveman settlement.
    • The tractor beam of the Nemesis exposes the rear hull and boosters of the Ark. Which still begs the question of how no one noticed the Ark jutting out of the mountain for four million years.
    • The Nemesis flies over the horizon before it crashes, presumably to wind up in South America.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Optimus still isn't a match for two Megatrons in one body. "...But the hero would not prevail" indeed.
  • Deleted Scene: Two of them. One where Optimus rips out the Transwarp cell that Tarantulas installed on the Nemesis and the second where he restores the original Megatron's Spark back to his body.
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  • Despair Event Horizon: As usual, Rattrap proclaims they're all going to die. Rhinox's response? "Yup".
  • Determinator:
    Megatron: [quoting the Covenant of Primus] "And there came a hero who said, 'Hurt not the Earth, nor the sea, nor the trees, nor the very fabric of time.' But the hero would not prevail."
    Optimus: Finish the quote, Megatron. "Nor would he surrender!"
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • The Maximal's plan of Operation: Eternity. If the situation is dire enough, they'll move the Ark and its passengers out of harm's way to preserve the timeline or in this case, use it to fight the Nemesis. Shame they never thought to see if the Ark had enough power to fly or if it was mechanically able to do so following its violent crash.
    • Megatron's whole plan really. If he destroyed the Ark (something he was livid about Tarantulas doing before), he'd have been wiped out due to destroying the Decepticons as well. note 
    • Returning to Cybertron with Megatron strapped to the outside of the ship. Sure it's humilating for him, but it makes it really hard to keep your prisoner secure. If he gets loose mid flight, there's not going to be a whole lot anyone can do about it.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Waspinator gets to be worshipped as a god by the protohumans. He even lampshades it with "Waspinator happy at last". It doesn't last.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Dinobot II making his Heel–Face Turn at the last minute proves instrumental in assuring the Maximals' victory at the end.
  • End-of-Series Awareness: Sequel Series notwithstanding, there's this line.
    Megatron: [quoting the Covenant of Primus] And the stone of their protection shall rise upward forever and ever, as they who live and war as beast confront their final cycle!
  • Evil Is Petty: In Megatron's own words: "No score is too small to settle", said when he unleashes the full power of a Decepticon warship on one caveman.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Tigerhawk offers to stay behind and distract the Nemesis.
  • Honor Before Reason: Dinobot II sends schematics to the Maximals to give them a fighting chance as he finds the victory to be "a coward's victory" otherwise.
  • Irony: The Nemesis was raised from the ocean and wound up crashing into a mountain range in South America (as seen in The Transformers). Its sister ship from that series, the Victory, would be launched from a mountain range before crashing into the ocean.
  • Killed Off for Real: Tigerhawk, Inferno, Quickstrike and Dinobot II are definitely scrapped.
  • Mythology Gag: Optimus paraphrases his predecessor when he says that the Beast Wars has to stop "At any cost".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Whoever had the bright idea to tie Megatron on the outside of the shuttle really didn't do Cybertron any favours.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Had Megatron not opened fire on the caveman settlement, the Nemesis would have had the power to destroy the Ark without needing to recharge. Not only did the blast fail to kill the caveman (who hid in a rock formation) it killed Inferno and Quickstrike.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: Yes, even by the standards of a Decepticon capital ship the Nemesis is serious overkill in the amount of weapons it has.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Quickstrike panics when the Nemesis is about to fire on the valley.
    • Cheetor's jaw drops when he hears the rumbling of the Nemesis' engines above Mount St. Hillary.
    • Optimus realizes the danger when he realizes Megatron is using the Nemesis' tractor beam.
  • Rage Breaking Point: The death of Tigerhawk is the last straw for Optimus, who declares he won't let any more of his friends perish due to Megatron's insane ambitions.
  • Ramming Always Works: Rhinox rams the Autobot shuttle right through the coning tower of the Nemesis taking the ship down.
  • Revenge Before Reason: Megatron firing on the protohuman settlement is senseless, as Dinobot II points out. He just had to settle the smallest possible score in the most overdone way.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!:
    Megatron: Oh well, come on, let's have it. The usual "destiny and honor" speech.
    Optimus: Speech this! [POW]
  • Stable Time Loop: Blackarchnia notes that the history tracks never mentioned the Autobot shuttle. As Rhinox notes, history is still being made and the shuttle won't be around in 1984 because the Maximals are going to use it.
  • Takes One to Kill One: The Maximals eventually decide to use the Ark to fight the Nemesis. See Didn't Think This Through above.
  • To Absent Friends: Before the shuttle enters Transwarp, Optimus asks that everyone remember all those who perished in the Beast Wars in the name of preserving the past, present and future.
  • Tractor Beam: The Nemesis has a monumentally powerful one that lifts rubble from a mountain.
  • [Verb] This!: "Speech this!" (POW!)
  • What Could Have Been: Originally the Ark was going to be launched and it would destroy the coning tower on the Nemesis before it itself was to crash again in what would become Oregon as a way to explain the many uses of Artistic Licence - Geography in the series. The three Coneheads (Thrust, Dirge and Ramjet) would also have been launched possibly explaining their absence from Season 1 of the original show.
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