Ben 10

Season 2 Episode 2

The Big Tick

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM May 30, 2006 on Cartoon Network



  • Trivia

    • Think Ahead: The Omnitrix recharges directly after the first transformation after an alien is absorbed by DNA. It is possible this is why Ben was able to transform 11 times in the episode.

    • Listen Carefully: When Grandpa Max says "Digest this", his voice sounds sort of like Wildvine's.

    • Man Of Action, the creators of Ben 10, say that Cannon Bolt is an Arburian Pelarota, although Bandai says he is a Vulpinic Tortugan. Man Of Action is correct, because Cannon Bolt's planet was destroyed, and Wildmutt's wasn't. In "Big Fat Alien Wedding", further proof is given that Cannon Bolt is an Arburian Pelarota.

    • Look Closely: When Cannon Bolt falls and struggles to get up, the shell on his back is gone.

    • Look Closely: Before Ben transforms into Cannon Bolt for the first time, he is wearing a portable radio, but when he changes back the radio is gone.

    • How could the "Great One" destroy Cannon Bolt's "home planet," when it was the only alien form that was able to kill it?

    • When Ben was attacking the Big Tick and used 9 of the 11 aliens, Grey Matter was not used, most likely because Ben figured he was too weak. That might have worked, however, because Grey Matter's knowledge could find the Big Tick's weaknesses and then when the Omnitrix powered down, he could use a strong alien to attack a weak spot.

  • Quotes

    • Gwen: You're like a bowling ball!
      Cannon Bolt: More like a cannon ball!
      (the aliens fire a blast at him, but reflects it back at them)
      Cannon Bolt: Actually, make that a Cannon Bolt!

    • Ben: (cleaning the RV) Me and my big mouth!
      Grandpa Max: Uh, Ben, you missed some tick goop over there.
      Ben: Oh, man!

    • Gwen: It looks like everything's going back to normal.
      Ben: Hate to break it to you, Gwen, but nothing we ever do is normal.

    • Leader Alien: Hail to the new Great One!
      Interpreter Alien: Hail, hail!
      Enforcer Alien: Whatever.
      Gwen: Not too loyal, are they?
      Cannon Bolt: Huh! I could get used to this.

    • Enforcer Alien: It's time for the final purification of your planet and you 3 along with it.
      Gwen: Please tell me we have a plan "B."

    • Ben: (trying to ride on the aliens' hoverboard) Oh, man. Where's an instruction manual when you need it?

    • Leader Alien: I have visual recognition on the elderly man and prepubescent female, but what are they riding on?
      Stinkfly: Two tons of putrid power! Now, move it or lose it!

    • Stinkfly: Time to tick off a tick!

    • Grandpa Max: Who are you guys?
      Leader Alien: Relax. We come in peace.
      Gwen: That's what they always say right before they blow you to bits!
      Enforcer Alien: Mm. An Earthling with attitude... I've heard they exist here in large numbers, or should I say "did"?

    • Grandpa Max: (covering his nose; about the alien) Whew! And quite aromatic.
      Gwen: I just thought that was Ben not taking a shower for 3 days.
      Cannon Bolt: 4 and counting!

    • Cannon Bolt: This alien's got to go. (rolls up in a ball)
      Gwen: Don't you mean got to roll?

    • Grandpa Max: And we can live right off the land. Mm! Grub worms! Full of protein. (eats a worm)
      Ben & Gwen: (in unison) Eww!

    • Grandpa Max: Never was much for tug of war!

    • Leader Alien: Let the digestion begin!
      Grandpa Max: Digest this! (hits alien)

    • Stinkfly: Oh, yeah! Who's bad? Oh, yeah!
      (Omnitrix begins to power down)
      Stinkfly: Oh, no! (reverts back to Ben)
      Ben: Help!

    • Gwen: (to Stinkfly) We really need to get you some underwing deodorant. Ugh! (covers her nose)

    • Grandpa Max: Grub worms. (picks up a grub worm) Full of protein. (eats grub worm)
      Ben & Gwen: (in unison) Ew!
      Grandpa Max: You grill 'em up with a sun-dried tomato paste, they are--
      Gwen: (after Grandpa Max eats worms; to Ben) Maybe I can help. I'll take my burger with chili.

  • Notes

    • Omnitrix Malfunctions - XLR8-Cannon Bolt

    • In the original version of the show, Cannon Bolt was one of the original 10 aliens, but was replaced by Diamond Head in production.

    • This is the second time that Ben has become the same alien twice in the same episode, namely Cannon Bolt. The first time being in "Hunted" when he became Diamond Head twice.

    • Cartoon Network (UK) airdate: Saturday, June 10th, 2006.

    • Main Villain Bio: The Great One - A huge insect-like creature. It travels the galaxy finding planets with organic life and drains it. The process also mutates the planet's water and plants. Its three followers are a four-eyed warrior, a humanoid-being in a white robe, and a tiny centipede-like creature who can understand him.

    • Ben gains the ability to turn into the new alien form, Cannon Bolt, in this episode.

    • The alien home world the Cannon Bolt form is from was reported by one of the worshippers as being destroyed just a week before showing up on the Omnitrix just as the creature that destroyed that world was arriving.

    • The Great One has the ability to absorb a planet's energy by penetrating its roots to reach the core. Once this process has started, it immediately takes in energy, like drying up bodies of water, or destroying healthy ecosystems, until the planet crumbles.

    • Grandpa Max demonstrates his odd taste of food in this episode once again by unexpectedly picking up a dead log to find live grub worms. He shows his grandkids how nature can provide such a food source when rational supply is scarce.

    • The three alien worshippers' names are not mentioned in anyway throughout the episode.

    • Cannon Bolt's form was first activated while Gwen had her hand on the Omnitrix. This is the first time she has touched the device, leading to the possibility that her assistance released the dormant form.

    • Main Transformation(s): Cannon Bolt.

    • Unlike the other aliens, Cannon Bolt seems to be completely covered in the Omnitrix's design.

    • New Alien Form Bio: Cannon Bolt is an Arburian Pelarota, an alien species whose planet was destroyed by the "Great One." Cannon Bolt is a hulking, broad-shouldered alien covered in extremely tough armor plating that can cover his entire body, turning him into a fast-moving, semi-invincible ball. When not in ball form, however, Cannon Bolt is clumsy and slow.

    • Main Villain(s): The Great One & his Worshippers.

    • Running Gag: Ben's new alien form always falling on his back.

    • Alien Form(s) Used:
      All forms are used (excluding Grey Matter), as Ben attempts to use them in a manner to try and attack the "Great One."

      1) Cannon Bolt.
      2) Stinkfly.
      3) Four Arms.
      4) Heat Blast.
      5) Wildmutt.
      6) XLR8.
      7) Diamond Head.
      8) Ghostfreak.
      9) Upgrade.
      10) Ripjaws.

    • This episode features a new alien hero, which was not featured previously. This ultimately leads off its main show title, which refers to the first ten aliens. It's also not made clear just how this transformation was made available in the first place.

    • This episode premiered on a special day and time: Tuesday, May 30th, 2006 at 7:00 PM EST/PST.

  • Allusions

    • The Great One: DBZ
      The Great One was just like the Tree of Might from the Dragonball Z movie.

    • Ben: Oh, man!
      "Oh, man!" is a phrase that Ben says multiple times in this episode when something unpleasant or bad happens. This is a reference to the catchphrase used by Jake in American Dragon: Jake Long, which he says in the same type of situations.

    • Cannon Bolt: Appearance
      Cannon Bolt's appearance looks and moves like a Goron from the Ledgend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.

    • The Great One: Appearance
      "The Great One" bears a striking resemblance to Galactus of the Marvel Comics universe. Both are giants that try to wipe out organic life through feeding off of a planet and have aliens that follow and worship them.

    • Cannon Bolt: Ability
      Cannon Bolt's primary ability is a lot like Sonic the Hedgehog's. Both curl up into a ball and can smash when they build up speed.

    • Cannon Bolt: Peter Parker
      When Cannon Bolt is trying to see if he can fire magnetic pulse blasts, he begins making strange hand signs. Many of the hand signs he makes match those made by Peter when he is trying to fire webs in the live-action movie, Spider-Man.

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