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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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)
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 Rhinox / ... (50 episodes, 1996-1999)
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 Megatron (49 episodes, 1996-1999)
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 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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Story editor Lawrence G. DiTillio originally envisioned the Vok aliens as the ultimate lifeforms that had planted Energon deposits on Earth to help advance the evolution of the human race. This idea was never brought up in the show, though it, along with Tarantulas' never-explained secret origin, would probably have been featured in the fourth season, however the show was canceled after three seasons. See more »

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There is an odd rendering error related to Dinobot's rotating shield in some episodes. When the shield is spinning in front of him, the shield's blur effects somehow blot out the shiny metal textures on Dinobot's robot body, making him look dull. See more »

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Megatron: Good work, Inferno. Now go repair yourself
Inferno: Yes, my queen.
Megatron: ...I wish he wouldn't call me that
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Beast Wars Theme
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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