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Transformers: Beast Wars is a American/Canadian CG animated television series that debuted in 1996, serving as the flagship of the "Transformers: Beast Wars" franchise which also included the follow up series Transformers: Beast Machines. The series was set in the future of the "original" Transformers universe as a sequel to the first Transformers series.

The series was produced by Mainframe Entertainment of Canada. The show's CGI, though somewhat primitive by today's standards, was revolutionary by television standards of the time (and puts some later shows to shame). Mainframe's animators took pains to ensure their characters gestured and emoted in great detail, and the "camera" work often took creative advantage of the format's flexibility.

Though at first the show seemed to be in an entirely separate continuity, by the end of the first season's 26 episodes, viewers had been treated to a number of classical Transformers references, such as Unicron and even the reappearance of Starscream, last seen as a ghost in the third season of the original cartoon. These ties to the original story increased as the second season progressed and the planet was revealed as prehistoric Earth, the characters having been thrown back in time. The third season was entirely structured around the Maximals defending their dormant Autobot ancestors aboard the ancient crashed Ark.

Beast Wars premiered on Cartoon Network's Toonami block in 1998 replacing The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest for just one week. Only the last 5 episodes of Season two aired from March 9 - 13, 1998. These 5 episodes had never been shown on any American cable channel before this event.

All episodes of Transformers: Beast Wars have been released on VHS and DVD most recently as "Transformers - Beast Wars: The Complete Series" which was released by Shout! Factory in 2011.

Series OverviewEdit

Color Season Episodes U.S. Season Premiere U.S. Season Finale
1 26 April 22, 1996 April 1, 1997
2 13 October 26, 1997 March 13, 1998
3 13 October 25, 1998 May 7, 1999

Season 1 (1996-1997)Edit

No.

Episode Title

Writers

Directors

Original Airdate

1 "Beast Wars (Part 1)" Bob Forward Ian Pearson April 22, 1996
After traveling into the distant past via a transwarp drive, a band of benevolent Maximals track a pack of power-seeking Predacons to a mysterious planet. When they both crash-land, they establish themselves upon the planet and clash, commencing the Beast Wars.
2 "Beast Wars (Part 2)" Bob Forward Steve Ball April 23, 1996
After a battle between Optimus Primal and Dinobot for leadership of the Maximals, a large mountain containing the precious mineral Energon is discovered. This leads to a race between the Maximals and Predacons that culminates in a brawl between the two factions.
3 "The Web" Larry DiTillio C. Michael Easton September 18, 1996
After losing a prototype comm-link developed by Rhinox, Cheetor tries to redeem himself by sneaking into the Predacons' base. However, when he is lured into Tarantulas's net of deceit and torture, Rattrap is the only one who can save him.
4 "Equal Measures" Greg Johnson T.W. Peacocke September 23, 1996
While placing communication relay devices, Cheetor is accidentally transported to the Darksyde, while Terrorsaur ends up in the Axalon. Using Terrorsaur to discover how the transportation occurred, Dinobot goes to Optimus with a plan to beam a bomb to the Predacon base. Meanwhile Cheetor discovers an Energon vein running between both bases.
5 "Chain of Command" Jesse Winfield Andrew Doucette September 24, 1996
Optimus Primal is abducted by an otherwordly probe, leaving the Maximals leaderless. Amidst their bickering and squabbling over deciding a replacement, the Predacons prepare to launch an attack.
6 "Power Surge" Larry DiTillio Nicholas Kendall September 25, 1996
Terrorsaur discovers a floating mountain, rich with the mineral Energon. With a surge in his power, he scraps Megatron and takes control over the Predacons. Now the Maximals must destroy the mountain to stop his power-mad reign.
7 "Fallen Comrades" Bob Forward Steve Ball September 30, 1996
A stasis pod, containing the spark-soul of a robot, falls from orbit into an icy region of the planet and the Maximals and Predacons race against time to claim the spark as one of their own.
8 "Double Jeopardy" Jesse Winfield Mark Schiemann October 7, 1996
After being led into a trap and losing a stasis pod to the Predacons, Dinobot accuses Rattrap of working with the Predacons. To everyone's shock, Optimus agrees with this suspicion and sends Rattrap on a mission near the Predacon base to test his loyalty. When Rattrap is beaten by Terrorsaur in battle, he surprises all by not only begging for mercy but swearing allegiance to the Predacons, but is Rattrap really a traitor?
9 "A Better Mousetrap" Karen Willson & Chris Weber J. Falconer October 8, 1996
A prank from Rattrap causes the Maximal ship to turn on its residents with its new defenses. Determined to fix his mistake, Rattrap journeys into the malfunctioning ship to reboot the system.
10 "Gorilla Warfare" Greg Johnson James Boshier October 14, 1996
Scorponok plants a personality-modifying virus on Optimus Primal which will render him a cowardly, submissive weakling. But the virus malfunctions, and Primal gets very, very angry.
11 "The Probe" Craig Miller & Marvin Wolfman Ezekiel Norton October 15, 1996
The Maximals are elated to find that a Cybertron probe looking for their stranded ship has arrived. However, the Predacons don't wish for them to be found. To assure they are not found Tarantulas introduces a locking lens, which can trap the Maximals in beast mode, making the Maximals unable to finish their beacon to contact the probe. Are the Maximals stranded for good?
12 "Victory" Wendy Reardon Steve Ball November 1, 1996
A rebellion and subsequent explosion at the Predacon base leaves no survivors, and the Maximals assume they have scored a final victory in the Beast Wars. However, Dinobot makes a discovery that changes everything.
13 "Dark Designs" Ian Weir Owen Hurley November 4, 1996
Megatron becomes impressed with the Maximal Rhinox, capturing and reprogramming him into a Predacon. Unfortunately, an evil Rhinox ends up doing more harm than good within the Predacon ranks.
14 "Double Dinobot" Rowby Goren John Pozer November 5, 1996
Megatron introduces an evil clone of Dinobot, different from the original in that it can only stay in beast mode. With the real Dinobot incapacitated, the clone begins to run amok among the Maximals. When it comes down to Dinobot against Dinobot, which one will win?
15 "The Spark" Larry DiTillio Colin Davies November 11, 1996
When a stasis pod falls to Earth, a race ensues between Maximals and Predacons to collect it. But when it is discovered to be damaged, the Maximals attempt to protect it from a Predacon attack.
16 "The Trigger (Part 1)" Bob Forward J. Falconer November 18, 1996
In the aftermath of a Predacon attack, Tigatron comes upon a strange floating island, and settles down on it to lead a peaceful, content life. However, Blackarachnia and Scorponok are not far away.
17 "The Trigger (Part 2)" Bob Forward Michaela Zabranska November 19, 1996
A skirmish occurs between Maximals and Predacons for control of the floating island: the Maximals want it for its use as a base, while the Predacons want it for its destructive capabilities.
18 "Spider's Game" Larry DiTillio James Boshier January 6, 1997
Tarantulas and Blackarachnia team up to obtain the newest stasis pod. The pod births Inferno, a deranged Predacon who believes himself to be an ant rather than a robot. While Blackarachnia works with Inferno, Tarantulas takes the true prize he desired: the stasis pod. Maximal Tigatron manages to destroy the pod Tarantulas has taken, but finds himself trapped by the spiders and Inferno.
19 "Call of the Wild" Bob Forward Jonathan Goodwill January 7, 1997
A Predacon attack on the Maximal base leaves it malfunctioning, forcing the Maximals to remain in beast mode until it is repaired. However, the longer they stay in beast mode, the more their animal side starts to take over.
20 "Dark Voyage" Samuel Warren Joseph Steve Ball January 27, 1997
A Predacon attack blinds a Maximal squad and now Rhinox, Rattrap, Cheetor and Dinobot must embark on a voyage through darkness, relying on each other, to make it back to home base.
21 "Possession" Ian Weir Owen Hurley February 3, 1997
Waspinator is taken over by the spark of Starscream, the original Decepticon traitor, and Predacons use his new power and tactical knowledge to take over the Maximal base.
22 "The Low Road" Bob Forward J. Falconer February 10, 1997
Rhinox is contaminated with an energon depleting virus forcing Dinobot and Rattrap to put aside their differences and find the counter-virus.
23 "Law of the Jungle" Mark Leiren-Young John Pozer February 17, 1997
When a battle takes the life of an innocent, Tigatron questions his commitment to the Maximal cause and considers abandoning the Beast Wars.
24 "Before the Storm" Bob Forward Adam Wood February 21, 1997
Inferno brings Megatron an alien golden disk that causes him to offer a too good to be true cease fire to the Maximals. Reluctantly accepting the offer, the Maximals set out to peacefully discover just what their enemy has found.
25 "Other Voices, Part 1" Larry DiTillio & Bob Forward Colin Davies March 31, 1997
The mysterious aliens whose artifacts the Maximals and Predacons have been stumbling across finally arrive. Disappointed by the harm done to their experiments, they set out to destroy the planet.
26 "Other Voices, Part 2" Larry DiTillio Ezekiel Norton April 1, 1997
As the Planet Buster begins destroying the planet's energon, Optimus devises a desperate plan to destroy the alien device, but what does Megatron have in store for him?

Season 2 (1997-1998)Edit

No.

Episode Title

Writers

Directors

Original Airdate

27 "Aftermath" Larry DiTillio Colin Davies October 26, 1997
After the destruction of the Planet Buster and the death of Optimus, the remaining Maximals are left to pick up the pieces and fend off the Predacons.
28 "Coming of the Fuzors (Part 1)" Bob Forward Steve Sacks November 2, 1997
Dinobot breaks into the Predacon base and steals the golden disks, meanwhile two stasis pods give birth to a new breed of Transformer: the Fuzors, robots with two animals mixed together in their beast form.
29 "Coming of the Fuzors (Part 2)" Bob Forward Cal Shumiatcher November 9, 1997
Vastly outnumbered, the remaining Maximals must defend their base from a Predacon assault while Rhinox takes a dangerous journey. Will Silverbolt's wavering allegiance and a surprise return save the Maximals?
30 "Tangled Web" Len Wein Craig McEwen November 16, 1997
Blackarachnia, Quickstrike, and Tarantulas are sent to a cave full of energon to build a new fueling station. Tarantulas has his own plans for the energon, however, and tries to persuade the other two Predacons to turn against Megatron.
31 "Maximal, No More" Patrick Barry Trenton Carlson November 23, 1997
With the contents of the Golden Disks weighing heavily on his mind, Dinobot must decide which side of the conflict he truly belongs to.
32 "Other Visits (Part 1)" Larry DiTillio John Pozer February 8, 1998
A new alien ship is discovered by Tigatron and Airazor, which abducts them. Meanwhile, Megatron intends to capture the ship for himself.
33 "Other Visits (Part 2)" Larry DiTillio Colin Davies February 15, 1998
Megatron boards the latest alien ship, using the golden disc to chart a destructive course back to Cybertron and with Optimus captured, the Maximals stand little chance against Megatron.
34 "Bad Spark" Greg Johnson Steve Sacks & Jonathan Goodwill February 22, 1998
The discovery of an oversized stasis pod reveals the dark secret of the Axalon's original space mission, to dump Protoform X, a Transformer with an indestructible spark. Now Protoform X has awakened, taking a new form.
35 "Code of Hero" Ian Weir Bob Forward March 9, 1998
When the Predacons proceed to annihilate humanity, Dinobot fights the entire Predacon army single-handedly to preserve history. However, this battle, while his greatest, proves to be his last.
36 "Transmutate" Christy Marx J. Falconer, Sean Osborne
& George Samilski
March 10, 1998
A damaged stasis pod reveals a deformed, monstrous robot - dangerous to both Maximal and Predacon. Nevertheless, both Rampage and Silverbolt cultivate a friendship with her. However, the Maximal/Predacon war soon tears the lifeform apart.
37 "The Agenda (Part 1)" Bob Forward Cal Shumiatcher March 11, 1998
The Tripredacus Council sends an agent to Earth to bring back Megatron and his band of criminals.
38 "The Agenda (Part 2)" Bob Forward Owen Hurley March 12, 1998
Captured by Ravage, Megatron lets the former Decepticon warrior in on the secret of the Golden Disk, and gets him to switch sides.
39 "The Agenda (Part 3)" Bob Forward Asaph Fipke & Colin Davies March 13, 1998
With his plans crumbling, Megatron takes a final stab at winning the Beast Wars and changing history.

Season 3 (1998-1999)Edit

No.

Episode Title

Writers

Directors

Original Airdate

40 "Optimal Situation" Bob Forward Steve Sacks October 25, 1998
The Maximals are sent into a time storm after Megatron attempts to destroy one of their ancestors. But help has come from a very unlikely ally who finds that she's in the same boat as the Maximals.
41 "Deep Metal" Larry DiTillio Owen Hurley November 1, 1998
A Maximal, named Depthcharge, crash lands on Earth continuing his obsessive quest to hunt down Protoform X (Rampage).
42 "Changing of the Guard" Evan Somers Steve Sacks November 8, 1998
The Maximal's try to recover the Sentinel program from the old base remains, but the Predacons have the same idea. Meanwhile, Rattrap finds himself caught between Depth Charge and Rampage.
43 "Cutting Edge" Ian Weir Trenton Carlson November 15, 1998
Megatron sends a new group of raptor clones to attack the proto-human tribe, and it falls to Cheetor and Blackarachnia to defend them.
44 "Feral Scream (Part 1)" Greg Johnson John Pozer January 31, 1999
Megatron uses a piece of Rampage's spark on a new blank pod in order to resurrect Dinobot as a Transmetal Predacon and Cheetor is caught in the blast as the device malfunctions.
45 "Feral Scream (Part 2)" Jules Dennis Steve Sacks February 7, 1999
Cheetor is behaving oddly after the accident, and a new Transmetal creature is stalking both camps.
46 "Proving Grounds" Arthur Sellers William Lau February 14, 1999
Blackarachnia discovers that removing a shell program could free her from Predacon control or wipe her mind entirely. Believing this revelation to be the latest in a long line of mistrust between her and the Maximals, Blackarachnia strikes out on her own, only to be pulled into a dangerous cat-and-mouse game by Dinobot II.
47 "Go with the Flow" Bob Forward Cal Shumiatcher February 18, 1999
Megatron and the Predacons are building a cannon that could destroy the "Ark" and the Maximals, but the cannon requires an organic life-form to finish the construction.
48 "Crossing the Rubicon" D. C. Fontana Trenton Carlson February 22, 1999
After experimenting with the Transmetal driver, Blackarachnia's core consciousness begins to crash and Rhinox has to perform emergency surgery to save her.
49 "Master Blaster" Eric Torin Steve Sacks March 15, 1999
One of Tarantulas' bugs is implanted on Optimus, which allows Quickstrike to control him remotely and capture the Maximals. Meanwhile, Megatron devises a way to increase his power.
50 "Other Victories" Larry DiTillio William Lau May 5, 1999
The Vok send their powerful new emissary, Tigerhawk to Earth to stop the continued disruption of the time stream caused by Megatron and the Predacons.
51 "Nemesis (Part 1)" Bob Forward Ezekiel Norton May 6, 1999
Down, but not out, Megatron discovers Tarantulas's secret tunnel network that leads to the Decepticon warship the "Nemesis".
52 "Nemesis (Part 2)" Simon Furman Cal Shumiatcher & Steve Sacks May 7, 1999
The end of the Beast Wars is approaching with Megatron in possession of the "Nemesis", and Optimus and the Maximals need a last-minute miracle to stop him.

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