Beast Wars

Crossing the Rubicon

Season 3, Ep 9, Aired 2/22/99
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  • Episode Description
  • Blackarachnia attempts to use the transmetal driver on herself, but all it accomplishes is to disrupt her Predacon programming, making it deteriorate quickly to the point that it will make her mindless unless it is removed.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jim Byrnes (I)

    Inferno (1997-1999)

  • Venus Terzo

    Blackarachnia

  • Scott McNeil

    Rattrap / Dinobot / Waspinator / Silverbolt

  • David Kaye

    Megatron

  • Richard Newman

    Rhinox

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Introducing the new Blackarachnia.

    By redace5row, Apr 21, 2006

  • Good work!

    By vincentx915, Feb 26, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Rampage sees a grieving Silverbolt Rampage: Ah such pain, I must help...deepen it.

    • To Silverbolt, about to scrap Tarantulas Rampage: "Now that's not very Maximal of you!"

    • Blackarachnia: "Some crabs never know when to let it go."

    • Rattrap: "You couldn't pay me to let that spider into my processor." Cheetor: "Shut up, Rattrap." Sliverbolt: "Listen to him, rodent, if you value your spark!" Rattrap: "Was that a threat?" Cheetor: "Count on it!"

    • About Silverbolt's attack on Tarantulas Silverbolt: When I thought you were gone I... Blackarachnia: It will take a lot more than that to get rid of me Jojo. But when I have to come and rescue you when you're rescuing me my future may be in doubt so KNOCK IT OFF!

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    Notes (4)

    • Not only does Megatron have his rubber ducky in this episode, but he also has a slushie in his right hand before hiding it from Tarantulas.

    • The appearance of Megatron's rubber ducky during the communication with Tarantulas marks the last appearance of the Predacon leader's much beloved toy in the series. It presumably was vaporized when the Predacon base was destroyed two episodes later in "Other Victories".

    • D.C. Fontana is an accomplished novelist and screenplay writer who is probably best known for her work on the Star Trek series.

    • Blackarachnia becomes a Transmetal 2 and now uses the "Maximize" transformation command.

    Trivia (4)

    • Like Depth Charge, Optimus uses 'MAXAMIZE' to transform into his flight mode.

    • Tarantulas does not make a sound when he transforms into robot mode.

    • How could all of the Predacons (except Rampage because he wasn't there, strangely) have survived the destruction of that massive weapon in 'Go With The Flow'.

    • Blackarachnia is damaged when she is being brought back to the base. She's fine when she's being scanned by Rhinox, but she's damaged again when she's outside.

    Allusions (1)

    • Title: Crossing the Rubicon The saying "crossing the Rubicon" is an old and popular idiom that refers to taking a risky and often irreversable course of action, a "point of no return." The phrase originates as far back as 49BC, when Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon River with his army, a blatant violation of Roman law and thus sparking a Roman civil war.

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