Beast Wars

The Web

Season 1, Ep 3, Aired 9/18/96
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  • Episode Description
  • While out testing a communicator adapted to the energon interference, Cheetor takes on Scorponok alone to prevent the Predacons salvaging a powerful cannon. But he is ambushed by Tarantulas and ends up knocked out. Overeager to make up for his failure he sneaks into the Pred base to take out the cannon, and once again stumbles right into Tarantulas fangs.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Scott McNeil

    Rattrap / Dinobot / Waspinator

  • David Kaye


  • Richard Newman


  • Alec Willows


  • Garry Chalk

    Optimus Primal

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Tarantulas: I hate that rat.

    • (as Cheetor's energy is drained) Cheetor: This is a dumb plan, you know. I don't have any real blood, just mech fluid. Tarantulas: My filters will adjust. It's the act I enjoy more than the nourishment. Rattrap: (offscreen) You know, you're one sick bug, eight eyes!

    • (After Tarantulas and Scorponok double team Cheetor) Tarantulas:(offscreen) Better grab that weapon while you can and get it back to base. Optimus is coming! Scorponok: Don't give me orders, I'm second-in-command!

    • (about Rhinox's latest invention) Optimus: Good work, Rhinox. Rhinox: Still needs a field test. Cheetor: (offscreen) Test? (runs in) I'm your bot, whatcha got?

    Notes (5)

    • 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.

    • The jet with the Decepticon symbol seen in Cheetor's dream is Starscream. Starscream would later appear in "Possession", as a disembodied spark.

    • This is the first episode in which a unique trait of Cheetor's is displayed. As the series progresses, Cheetor will display a strange ability to predict certain events in the future, especially when he is dreaming. In this episode, he saw Rattrap slicing at him - the same maneuver Rattrap performs when he frees Cheetor from the stasis web.

    • First mention of the Inferno, which, according to Bob Forward was the name of the facility where Predacon protoforms were forged. It would later be changed to "the Pit" after the introduction of the character Inferno.

    Trivia (3)

    • When Rattrap is holding the apple, look closely and you can see a black worm move through it very quickly.

    • The mega-cannon doesn't seem to make an appearance in any future episode where the Maximals are near the Predacon base. Maybe the cannon wasn't functioning as well as Scorponok though it did.

    • Whenever the screen showing Cheator's vital signs is part of the background, the bars are always full.

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