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Beast Machines: Transformers 

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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Series cast summary:
Garry Chalk ...  Optimus Primal / ... 26 episodes, 1999-2000
Ian James Corlett ...  Cheetor 26 episodes, 1999-2000
Scott McNeil ...  Rattrap / ... 26 episodes, 1999-2000
Venus Terzo ...  Blackarachnia 26 episodes, 1999-2000
Alessandro Juliani ...  Nightscream 22 episodes, 1999-2000
David Kaye ...  Megatron / ... 22 episodes, 1999-2000
Jim Byrnes ...  Thrust 20 episodes, 1999-2000
Paul Dobson ...  Tankor / ... 13 episodes, 1999-2000
Brian Drummond ...  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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Canada

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English

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18 September 1999 (USA) See more »

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Beast Machines: Battle for the Sparks See more »

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(26 episodes)
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Trivia

When Fox Kids first put out an early description for the show as a part of its sneak-peek at 1999's fall programming, it featured a wholely different take on the basic cartoon outline, as well as some unfinished character designs. The description promised a story-telling very similar to that of its prequel, Beast Wars: Transformers (1996), with the two opposing factions being the Maximals and Predacons. The completed show differed quite a bit from this: for one, the Maximals faced off against Vehicons, and the ever-present humor of its predecessor was diminished considerably. See more »

Goofs

Optimus' reluctance to free the Sparks of Cybertron's people before Megatron is defeated for good makes no sense. He fears that if they gave the Transformers their bodies back, Megatron might rob their Sparks again. Actually, if they freed the Sparks and reanimated the Transformers, they'd have an enormous army at their disposal, who'd help defeat Megatron in no time. See more »

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Silverbolt: Luck had nothing to do with it. HE led us here.
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Not as good as "Beast Wars", but still pretty entertaining!
12 August 2003 | by NoArrowSee all my reviews

"Beast Machines" puts the remaining maximals - Optimus, Rattrap, Cheetor and Black Arachnia - back on their home planet Cybertron after the ending of "Beast Wars". Unfortunately, they wake up and find themselves with no memory, in their original forms (the very first ones from the first season of Beast Wars) and being pursued by fierce robotic drones. They find out that their nemesis, Megatron, escaped en route to Cybertron and conquered it before they could arrive. After escaping the drones they find "The Oracle" of Cybertron and are transformed into more organic transformers, who fight Megatron and his new team of henchmen - Jetstorm, Thrust, Tankorr, Obsidian and Strika.

There are quite a few mysteries at the start of the series, including how Megatron managed to conquer Cybertron and the true identities of the main villains henchmen. It is pretty exciting at times, especially with the introduction of character Noble at the start of the second (and last) season. I wont give away anything, just watch the show!

Of course, there are many faults that make "Beast Machines" not as good as "Beast Wars". First, it turns into a weird new agey, environmentalist show about three quarters the way through, because Optimus finds out that the planet's core has always been organic rather than metalich, so the maximals start fighting to bring plants and fluffy animals back. Also, Megatron often whines about how he wants to leave his organic form (a huge metal dragon) because instead he wants to be pure metalich. I have no idea why the writers put this development in, because in "Beast Wars" Megatron never complained once, and actually loved his dragon form. He basically becomes a metaphor for the evil logging corporation that's chopping down precious trees. And the introduction of Nightscream's naive character (a bat) takes away from Cheetor's conflict with Optimus for the same reason.

All in all, "Beast Machines" is a good show, but not a match for "Beast Wars", 7/10.


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