Beast Machines

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (113)

  • Blackarachnia: Oh, it's you. I was hoping I could take some of those tanks with me. Cheetor: Blackarachnia! Boy, am I glad to see you. Blackarachina: (sarcastic) Yeah! Isn't this cosy? Now we can all go offline together!

  • Everyone: Maximals, MAXIMIZE! (nothing happens) Rattrap: Say, boss- do these new bodies come with a warranty?

  • Oracle: Remember that the seeds of the future lie buried in the past. And to unlock the warrior within, you must tame the beast without.

  • Blackarachnia: You can teach an old ape new tricks.

  • Rattrap: Rattrap pretty please Maximize!

  • Optimus Primal: Megatron... What have you done with the Council of Elders? Megatron: Alas, they are no longer with us. You may bow before your new lord... and master.

  • Cheetor: Easy, buddy! You're never going to transform with that attitude. Rattrap: Oh, I'll transform, all right! And when I do - watch out!

  • Optimus Primal: You must find your center, focus and become on with yourself. Only then can you say...I am Transformed. (transforms) Cheetor: I am, Transformed (transforms to robot mode) Whoa! Check me out! Blackarachnia: I am, Transformed, (transforms to robot mode) Cheetor: Whoa, check you out.

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Notes (18)

  • Beast Machines premiere.

  • Starting with this episode, the opening credits end with someone actually saying Beast Machines when the logo appears instead of it just showing up.

  • The writers' originally intended Nightscream to be female but Hasbro overruled them.

  • With this episode, Nightscream joins the cast.

  • Rattrap is finally able to transform.

  • In the original script, Bob Skirr wanted Rhinox to sound remorseful when he said Goodbye to Optimus, not angry. Sadly, the actor and other writers missed the thought.

  • Season one finale.

  • At the end of season 1's finale, it cuts to the credits after Primal's fingers dissolve. Here in the recap footage, he continues with, "If this is the will of the Matrix, then so be it!"

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Trivia (45)

  • Optimus Primal, Rattrap, Cheetor and Blackarachnia are all reformatted into new bodies by the Oracle.

  • Cheetor and Blackarachnia first transform.

  • Blackarachnia discovers that there are two Maximals missing from the six that landed on Cybertron, leaving the question, where are Silverbolt and Rhinox?

  • Jetstorm, Thrust and Tankor each have their own transformation phrases (respectively "afterburn", "overdrive" and "pulverize"). In contrast to their Maximal opponents and the other Beast Wars characters, they say these phrases in robot mode then turn to vehicle mode.

  • Megatron creates 3 Generals, one for each type of Vehicon- Jetstorm for Aerodrones, Thrust for Cycledrones, and Tankor for Tankdrones.

  • We see Rattrap's Robot Mode for the first time, though he still can't control his transformation abilities.

  • Blackarachnia is shown eating the fruit from Nightscream's tree; however, all spiders are carnivorous, so she shouldn't even be showing interest in the fruit, technorganic or not.

  • Cheetor said that they never ate food before, they just fueled up on Energon. However, several episodes of Beast Wars showed both Maximals and Predacons injesting organic materials.

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Allusions (18)

  • Rattrap: Ground Control to Major Optimus! This is a parody of "Ground Control to Major Tom," a song by David Bowie.

  • Megatron's descent from above echoes that of the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact. His 'robes' and mechanical collar are similar to that of the Vorlons in Babylon 5.

  • Megatron: Desperate times call for desperate measures. Megatron's reluctance to give any of the Vehicons a spark and free will stems from the Beast Wars. Most of the Predacons were traitors (Dinobot, Blackarachnia), slaves (Rampage/ Protoform X), had their own secret agendas (Tarantulus), or just wanted to usurp Megatron and become the Predacon leader (Terrorsaur). They only allied with Megatron because they were power-hungry and/or hated the Maximals.

  • Nightscream: Get your hands off me you dirty, stinkin' ape! Nightscream's first words are a paraphrase of a famous line in the original Planet of the Apes. The main character, played by actor Charlton Heston, utters a similar phrase when he is captured by the gorilla warriors.

  • Megatron: So, this is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but with a simpering rodent.
    This line, to Rattrap, is a variation of T.S. Elliot's line "So this is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but with a whimper," from the poem, "The Hollow Men."

  • Jetstorm: Gotta catch them all!
    "Gotta catch 'em all" is the slogan to the Pokémon games and TV show.

  • Vector Sigma and its key first appeared in the two-part story, "The Key to Vector Sigma," in the second season of the original Transformers series.

  • The Plasma Energy Chamber first appeared in the three-part story, "The Rebirth," the final three episodes of the original Transformers series.

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