The Transformers' war continues in an older time, through a new generation. On pliocenic Earth, the heroic Maximals and the evil Predacons battle for survival against each other and against a violent planet.
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Series cast summary:
Scott McNeil ...
 Rattrap / ... (52 episodes, 1996-1999)
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 Optimus Primal / ... (51 episodes, 1996-1999)
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 Cheetor / ... (50 episodes, 1996-1999)
Richard Newman ...
 Rhinox / ... (50 episodes, 1996-1999)
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 Megatron (49 episodes, 1996-1999)
Venus Terzo ...
 Blackarachnia (40 episodes, 1996-1999)
Alec Willows ...
 Tarantulas (36 episodes, 1996-1999)
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 Inferno (27 episodes, 1997-1999)
Don Brown ...
 Scorponok (25 episodes, 1996-1997)
Doug Parker ...
 Terrorsaur / ... (25 episodes, 1996-1997)
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Two spaceships, one manned by benevolent Maximals, the other by evil Predacons, crash-land on a pre-humanoid planet while en route to Earth. Their crews assume indigenous animal forms to protect themselves from an overabundance of natural energy, transforming into robots to do battle. Thus, the Beast Wars have begun... Written by Aaron Teitlebaum <arteitle@engin.umich.edu>

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The Transformers story continues in the acclaimed sequel!


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Transformers: Beast Wars  »

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(52 episodes)

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Trivia

At the beginning of the show, a series of protoforms were deployed into the planet's orbit. However only a few (Blackarachnia, Tigatron, Airazor, Silverbolt, Quickstrike, Transmutate) fell to Earth and were seen throughout the show, so it's possible that not all of them were recovered. This premise serves as a loose inspiration and backstory for Beast Wars II: Super Life-Form Transformers (1998) and Super Life-Form Transformers: Beast Wars Neo (1999). See more »

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At the end of the second season, the Tripredacus Council members talk in private about "their" Decepticon ancestors. Yet in the third season, we learn that they are not in fact descendants of the Decepticons. See more »

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Blackarachnia: Another insect? How depressing.
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Followed by Beast Machines: Transformers (1999) See more »

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Performed by Leslie West and Joe Lynn Turner
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Excellent, yes...
27 August 2003 | by (Decatur, Georgia) – See all my reviews

Peace has returned to Cybertron after millennia of fighting, the Great Cybertronian Wars were over. Three hundred years later, a new Megatron emerges to command new troops, the Predacons, to conquest. Using transwarp technology, Megatron and his soldiers travel through time to a familiar blue green planet with Optimus Primal and his Maximals in pursuit.

This well written series paid homage to the Generation One series, both the comic and the cartoon, and still managed to stand on its own. The characters grow and mature, cowards become heroes, villains prove their honor, and heroes die protecting the innocent.

I grew up with Generation One, I love those characters, but Beast Wars was unquestionably the best written series that ever existed in the Transformers series.


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