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Stumbled onto this while googling.
Beast Wars Episode 1

This is not what I remember the series looking like. But it's pretty fun, nonetheless.







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Yep, that is Beast Wars alright. Season 1, ep 1.

The CGI was nice but a bit rough in some places but they also laid the seeds for an interesting story arc.

What planet were they on? What time period? It sure looked like Earth but the continents weren't separated into 7 yet and there were 2 moons.

Answers would come as the series progressed, though not all were officially answered by the series end such as the origins of the Vok and origins of Tarantulas.


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I wasn't sure about it at first but by the end, I thought it was a great show. The CGI definitely gets better as the series goes. I remember they point our on the DVD that in season 1 no one casts shadows, but they were able to correct that by season 2. They didn't have enough processing power at first, I guess.

I wasn't as kind to the sequel series Beast Machines, although it did have great animation. The character designs for the Maximals were ugly though, and that can't be entirely blamed on the toys since the tv designs were a bit different. I did like that they stopped using stock explosions like Beast Wars and started animating their own explosions.


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    Yep, that is Beast Wars alright. Season 1, ep 1.



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    The CGI was nice but a bit rough in some places but they also laid the seeds for an interesting story arc.



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    What planet were they on? What time period? It sure looked like Earth but the continents weren't separated into 7 yet and there were 2 moons.



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    Answers would come as the series progressed, though not all were officially answered by the series end such as the origins of the Vok and origins of Tarantulas.


I liked Beast Wars and the continuation Beast Machines. I think Beast Wars had more characters but Beast Machines had the better plot and look.





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Beast machines CGI was the next step from BW's CGI. Nice rendering, shadows and explosions.

The storyline though at times I thought was getting a little too spiritual and mystic for robots in disguise. The only times the old cartoon did that was when Rodimus entered the Matrix for answers about the Quintessons and when Optimus briefly merged with Vector Sigma.

Also I had hoped BM would have given some answers about how the Great War ended and who had survived instead of wiping all TF history.

Also no explanation for how Megatron got back to Cybertron.


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Yeah the CGI in BW was rough but tech and budget advancements helped \:\)

as to the designs in BM, I give them points for imagination for how they made techno organic robots look.

Also what happened to Cybertron at the end of BM was similar to what happened at the end of the old cartoon. Though a techno-organic planet......


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    Also no explanation for how Megatron got back to Cybertron.

The Maximals were going back to Cybertron and also going forward in time. When Megatron jumped off the ship early I assumed he exited the timestream much earlier, maybe years earlier. So how he got back to Cybertron didn't bother me so much; he found a way and had plenty of time. What concerned me more was how he single-handedly deactivated every Transformer on the planet and took control.


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I think there was a rumor or explanation that Megatron's virus was derived from Nucleon, the substance that altered and poisoned many a Transformer and made Grimlock into an Action master in the old G1 comic.

Beast Machines had too many unexplained things.




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I haven't heard that one. Was that from "Alignment?" The official-unofficial fanfiction link between TF G1 and Beast Wars?



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Alignment was Simon Furman's unoffical wrap to the Marvel Series, yes.

Downsizing was talked about in it but nothing of Maximals and Predacons as I recall.

Nucleon was brought in i the marvel series as Grimlock sought a way to revive fallen Autobots to fight Unicron.

Nucleon was potent but unstable and had unknowable side effects. When they did the ReGeneration One followup comics they concluded the nucleon side story.


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