Beast Machines: Transformers (1999–2001)

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The Maximals awaken on their home planet of Cybertron and are chased by mindless Vehicons created by Megatron. The Maximals must free the planet from Megatron and restore it to its real way of living.

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 Optimus Primal / ... (26 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Cheetor (26 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Rattrap / ... (26 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Blackarachnia (26 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Nightscream (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Thrust (20 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Tankor / ... (13 episodes, 1999-2000)
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 Jetstorm (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
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The Maximals awaken on their home planet of Cybertron with no memory of how they got there and instead of being greeted by there own kind they are chased by mindless Veicons created by Megatron(II). The Maximals must free Cybertron from Megatron and restore it back to its organic life. Written by Anonymous

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Reportedly, most of the voice actors didn't like working on the show due to how their characters had been rewritten compared to the previous series. Scott McNeil (voice of Rattrap, Silverbolt and Waspinator), who was one of the few returning voice actors not to hate the series, at times mentioned how his colleagues, for instance Garry Chalk (Optimus Primal) would flip out in anger between recording sessions. See more »

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In numerous episodes, lights, laser bolts, explosions, smoke and fire behave like solid objects. In some cases, light rays even cast a shadow which would of course be impossible. See more »

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Thrust: We've got places to go, things to see! Heh, and destroy.
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Follows Beast Wars: Transformers (1996) See more »

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Phat Planet
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Very disappointing
20 September 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The original show Transformers from 1984 is still the jewel of the franchise, and Beast Wars was the best Transformers series since it. Beast Machines is not without its merits but it's a disappointing follow-up. The animation is very good, richly textured and detailed, at times a little more refined in this regard than Beast Wars. The music underlines the drama beautifully, simple while never being simplistic, haunting while never being lifeless and beautiful while never being jarring in tone. The voice acting is also fine, Scott McNeil, Garry Chalk and David Kaye are the ones that stand out. The writing is lacking in focus and sophistication, often taking an overly-serious approach. There is occasionally attempts at slapstick but they fall flat. The stories have some good ideas that are rarely explained enough. They lack depth and soul as well, and the episodes later on in the show gets preachy which gives the feeling of a completely different show. The characters are nowhere near as interesting and their development is next to nil, Optimus Primal is too prophetic and the whole regret angle is out of character, Megatron comes across as downplayed and far too whiny, Silverbolt is an obnoxious jerk and Cheetor and Rattrap descend into dumbed-down stereotypes. Overall, not a terrible show but very disappointing. 4/10 Bethany Cox


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