Beast Wars

(ended 1999)
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  • show Description
  • Trapped on a primitive planet, two opposing factions, the Maximals and the Predacons, of Transformers, a race of sentient robots, fight over its precious Energon. Soon they discover that there are other forces at work on the planet - a powerful alien race that does not approve of their presence. And as they delve deeper into the planet's history, they uncover a terrible secret, one that must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands, or their entire race's very existence could be threatened. Beast Wars was a spin-off from the 80s Transformers cartoon. It was later followed by Beast Machines, which continues this show. Another interesting series to note that Beast Wars may have started is Beast Wars Neo, completely done in Japanese and yet to be dubbed; it is vaguely reminiscent of Gundam Wing, and many other popular mobile suit animes.moreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 13

    Nemesis (2)

    Aired 5/7/99

  • S 3 : Ep 12

    Nemesis (1)

    Aired 5/6/99

  • S 3 : Ep 11

    Other Victories (aka Closure)

    Aired 5/5/99

  • S 3 : Ep 10

    Master Blaster

    Aired 3/15/99

  • S 3 : Ep 9

    Crossing the Rubicon

    Aired 2/22/99

  • Cast & Crew
  • Garry Chalk

    Optimus Primal

  • Scott McNeil

    Rattrap / Dinobot / Waspinator / Silverbolt

  • Susan Blu

    Other Voices

  • David Kaye


  • Ian James Corlett

    Cheetor / Sentinel / Maximal Computer

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    User Score: 207


  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (417)

    • DinoBot: Attention Maximals, my name is DinoBot. I have left the Predacons to join your group... as leader. Cheetor: What? Did I hear the word 'leader?' Rhinox: This guy's got bearings of chrome steel.

    • (While Optimus Primal and Rattrap are riding Rhinox) Rattrap: Heads up, Roadblock! Optimus: Veer left, about a hundred meters. (Rhinox smashes through rocks) Ah, yes, silly me.

    • Rattrap(After Cheetor runs off, ignoring Primal's command to stay): So, this your first day on the job? Optimus: Shut up, Rattrap.

    • Rattrap: We're all gonna die. (This is Rattrap's most used phrase.)

    • Optimus Primal: Well, that's just Prime. (This becomes Prime's favorite phrase as the series progresses.)

    • Rattrap: We were supposed to be doing deep space exploration; galactic patrolling was nowhere in my job description, you know what I'm saying? Optimus Primal: You wanted exploration, and here we are on an unknown planet. What more do you want? Rattrap: Well, call me picky, but a working spacecraft might be nice. Optimus: Just no pleasing some people.

    • Cheetor: The way those two reacted, that's no natural life form. And if we're talking unnatural life forms, we're talking about just one thing! Robots in disguise! Cheetor, Maximize!

    • Megatron: (To Dinobot) There's more to being a leader than simple courage. Well, there's cleverness and cunning as well.

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    Notes (167)

    • This is the only Megatron (to date) whose name was not changed to Galvatron.

    • In Beast Wars Season 1's extra - interview with writer Bob Forward - he confessed he didn't really know anything of the previous Transformers sagas. Primal's intial throw-away line about "The Great War" was meant to emphasize that there had been a war between the two forces in the past. It wasn't until later that the writers started reading the TF newsgroups and other sources that they started incorporating original TF storylines in later episodes, and the Great War become the conflict between Autobot and Decepticon.

    • Several of the figures in the toy line had an extra head, or "mutant head" as a gimmick. While initial animation models had these heads, the final animated versions lacked them, as the limitations of CGI technology made them cost prohibitive. However, at least two of the characters, Tarantulas and Waspinator, use the "mutant heads" as their heads in robot form.

    • Originally, Optimus Primal and Megatron were to have four forms, two beasts and two robots. In addition to the forms seen in the series, Optimus was also to have the form of a bat while Megatron was to have the form of a crocodile, their forms that were sold as a basic two-pack during the first run of the Beast Wars figures. However, the limits of CGI technology at the time meant that the characters were ultimately given the forms seen in the show.

    • The Maximal ship is called Axalon; the Predacons ship remains largely unnamed throughout the series (See Equal Measures for more info).

    • Introduces the Standing Stone formation which will later be used to introduce the alien species Vok.

    • Look closely when Scorponok fires his missiles in the first act, and you'll see Maximal insignias on the tips. The animators did this as an homage to the sterotypical western adage "This bullet has your name on it". The insignia would later be changed to reflect Scorponok's loyalties, as many views mistook the homage as an animation error.

    • This was the last episode to air on YTV before its cancellation.

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    Trivia (109)

    • Shouldn't Cheetor have begun suffering from Energon buildup before the Predacons? He was in Robot Mode the longest.

    • Throughout his entire existence in the series, Terrorsaur's name is pronounced more like Terrasaur (possibly meant to be Pterasaur).

    • When Cheetor gets attacked by Waspinator, the Maximals see the explosions in the distance...except the area where they see the explosions looks nothing like where Cheetor actually is.

    • Scorponok yells "Scorponok Terrorize" in an incorrect voice.

    • Nitpick: When Cheetor transforms, it sounds like he says "Cheater". Apparently, the actor had yet to learn to how to pronounce "Cheetor".

    • At one point, as Tarantulus and the Preds regard the duel between Optimus and Dinobot, Tarantulus' leg passes through his body.

    • When the Maximals and Predacons square off at the Energon mountain, Megatron emits a loud roar. The roar doesn't sound like it was made by David Kaye; instead, it sounds like Scott McNeil, the actor who plays Dinobot.

    • In a shot when Dinobot is in robot mode, ready to battle Optimus Primal, he is missing the white stripes on his legs.

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    Allusions (57)

    • When the Maximals are heading to Cheetor's rescue, and when they leave the battle, Optimus is riding Rhinox, similar to how DK rides a rhino named Rambi in the game Donkey Kong Country.

    • Cheetor: "Robots in Disguise!"
      This was the tagline to the original Transformers series

    • The Standing Stones The design for the Standing Stones was heavily influenced by the famous stone monument known as Stonehenge, located in Scotland. It should be noted that at no point does the series suggest that the Stones are Stonehenge. At this point, the writers weren't even set on Earth being the location of the Beast Wars.

    • Rhinox: "Man, I gotta be a miracle worker!" The title "miracle worker" was originally given to another sci-fi character known for pulling off nearly impossible engineering feats, Star Trek's Montgomery Scott, better known to fans as "Scotty".

    • Rattrap: "Who died and made you Prime?"
      In the original series, the overall leaders of the Autobots were called "Prime", as the was the case with Optimus Prime and Rodimus Prime.

    • Transformation Lock Lens Tarantulas' transformation lock lens functions in a similar manner to the device the Decepticons used in the original Transformers episode "The Autobot Run".

    • Various: Is it a bird? Maybe a plane.
      The next to last scene, in which Optimus saves the Axalon, is a subtle nod to the classic Superman series of comics, TV shows, and movies. Dinobot, Rhinox, and Rattrap even quote what is arguably the most memorable statement of this series. Also, the music that follows with Optimus setting the ship down is an allusion to Superman.

    • Dinobot: "Alas, poor Tarantulas, I knew him Cheetor"
      Dinobot's quote is a paraphrase of one of the more famous lines in the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare. Not familar with the act and scene, but the line goes, "Alas, poor Yorick, I knew him, Horatio."

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  • Fan Reviews (76)
  • One of the lamest shows on G4 & a realy, realy, realy, realy, realy borning one too.

    By minimew2020, Jan 01, 2008

  • Good ole transformers receive an overhauling

    By twilightboy, Nov 26, 2006

  • Nostalgia

    By baskok, Jun 01, 2011

  • Three kinds of intention, two kinds of hope... no kind of peace.

    By Methane375, Dec 08, 2010

  • Glad it's gone

    By toadette2009, Jul 12, 2007