Name_Violation wrote:*slow clap*
Hearing about the Dinobots pre-season 3 always makes me nostalgic.
Thanks! And yeah, the Dinobots were pretty badass and cool before season three...
And now... the followup to the three-part Ultimate Doom.
Countdown to Extinction
Gee, there's a cheerful title. We open with scenes of devastation. Smoke rising from a plain, a wrecked city. Victor Caroli narrates. "By bringing Cybertron into Earth's orbit, and harvesting the unleashed energy, Megatron leaves the world in ruins." More destroyed cities and volcanic eruptions. "But Optimus Prime and the Autobots fight back and destroy Megatron's starship, releasing enough energy to knock Cybertron out of Earth's orbit. And now the Autobots begin the repair of the shattered planet."
Wheeljack's leading the Dinobots in construction. Prime's acting as a support for Ratchet as he repairs a bridge. Ironhide's filling in holes and others are helping with a dam. It's excellent to see this! Consequences of what happened.
At the Decepticon base, it's not much better. There's major damage that has to be fixed. *Looks at crew* Not gonna happen any time soon. Skywarp and Rumble fight, the latter being tossed into a console. Thundercracker tries to mediate... or argue. Then Soundwave joins in for the pit of it. "Look who's talking, Thundercracker!" We also get our first onscreen appearance of Frenzy! "I didn't volunteer for this geeky assignment! I want Skywarp's job!" Is 'geek' the highest form of insult on Cybertron? He emerges from a pit and Skywarp tries to step on him, but Frenzy tosses him aside and Rumble... jumps on Skywarp's face in a totally wrong manner.
Megatron walks in, looking a lot better than last time we saw him. "Silence!" They all fall into line, Skywarp thinking he was dead. "I've only lost a starship, not the War!" He's looking for Arkeville, but he and Starscream are gone. Laserbeak flies in, transforms and slides into Soundwave's chest. It's Starscream's voice. "Now that Megatron has been destroyed, I am leader of the Decepticons. Understand, Doctor?" He wants Arkeville to take him to a secret lab. Megatron rallies the troops... leaving behind months or repair work. We cut to the Atlantic... and them just flying above.
Back at the Ark, Teletraan-One is back online. Just in time, as it or a Sky Spy spots Megatron. Prime rallies his own soldiers-probably on a short break from repair work. Or just rotating shifts so no one gets worn out. We then cut to Arkeville and guiding Starscream to his lab. Nice bit where Starscream transforms, ejects Arkeville and grabs him with his arm. It's a large, obvious-looking boulder with actual steps craved in the front. Real hidden. "My lab is an impenetrable fortress until I activate the front portal with a voice command."
"Then activate your mouth!"
"I Doctor Arkeville, genius of science, say open sesame!"
"How original..." Okay, a thousand points for them pointing out how dumb the password is. The boulder moves aside slightly, but Starscream grabs it and chucks it down the side of a cliff. So much for impenetrable... "A small example of when anyone tries my patience. Especially you!" Inside, the lab is huge. One wonders how long Arkeville's been operating. Starscream finds an exponential generator.
It's apparently the ultimate power source. Arkeville's scared stiff. If the generator goes, so goes Earth. Starscream... doesn't care.
Back a ways, the Decepticons are flying overhead and Rumble just spots the Autobots rolling out below. Skywarp and Thundercracker attack. How long were the two groups not noticing each other?!
Back at the lab, Starscream's rigged the generator with a timer. It'll explode and blow up Earth. In seven hours, fifty-eight minutes and twenty seconds it'll blow up. Arkeville's horrified, but Starscream doesn't care. He'll be on Cybertron, ready to collect the resulting energy. Arkeville volunteers to... stay behind to make sure nothing goes wrong. Screamer's not a fool-this time-and takes Arkeville with him. Arkeville boards and Starscream takes off for interplanetary flight. He tries to talk him out of it, but Starscream brushes him off. "Compassion, from you? Spare me your concern!" it's kinda true, actually.
Starscream then goes on a major rant. "Once we're on Cybertron, nothing will interfere with my plans! Before long, I shall be Lord Starscream, tyrant of the firmament!" And he flies up to Cybertron, still close enough to Earth and possibly settling into an orbit around the sun.
Holy shit we've gained a tenth planet here!
Back on Earth, Bumblebee's buried. Brawn digs him out as the Autobots take cover. Wheeljack is.... itching for a fight. "I wanna fight in the clear!" He fires off a missile and takes out Skywarp. The Decepticons land... Megatron sneaking up on Prime from nowhere. One toss and Megatron... calls it quits. "These Autobots are too hero-programmed to know when to quit." The Autobots follow.
Back on Cybertron, Starscream talks to Shockwave. Arkeville's banned from Headquarters, per Megatron's orders. Starscream informs him Megatron's dead and flashes a badge... and that's enough to get him leadership?
Okay, it is a nice badge. Shockwave's incredulous, and can't get through to Earth. Starscream orders him to not contact Earth, then shoots at him. He wants energy collectors set up. In less than three hours Earth will blow up. Hey, passage of time. Good to see. He gloats over Arkeville. "You will be the only member of your species to survive the end of your world!" Arkeville has a moment of redemption for his crimes and tries to stop Starscream's energy collection, but the controls electrocute him. Harsh. Some Reflectors take him to 'repair bay'.
Back on Earth, Megatron is leading the Decepticons to the 'valley of no return'. I'm guessing that's not the real name. They lead the Autobots into an area of instability. Quicksand. Obviously formed by the geological and meteorological catastrophes that happened. They transform, but can't pull themselves out. Megatron, in a moment of genre savvy, has Laserbeak stay behind to make sure they sink. He mentions they've wasted time on them.
Ironhide tries to get an arm free to fire some nitrogen into the quicksand. Laserbeak attacks, but Mairage nails him with a missile and he transforms into cassette mode. Jazz catches him while Ironhide's arm gets free and his hand retracts. He fires super-cool nitrogen at the quicksand... freezing it, I guess.So they can climb out of the holes. I have no idea if that would work.
Jazz holds up Laserbeak. "Hey, Optimus. How'd you like to hear number one on the Decepticon hot cassette chart?" Ah, Scatman. I miss you. Prime is... groovy. "As the Earthlings say, lay it on me man." He transforms and plays back the message Laserbeak played for Megatron. Prime has them roll for Arkeville's lab... How do they know where it is?
Megatron arrives and finds the generator. "Your destiny is to serve me, my potent beauty." Creepy as all hell closeup of his eyes as they're lit by the generator, too. Rumble comes in to inform Megatron that the Autobots arrived... and the Decepticons show up out of nowhere. They exit the lab as-the hell?!
Prime's fist comes out of the bottom of the screen and pops Megatron in the chin, knocking him into the cliff. Megatron grabs a rock up there and chucks it at Prime. "Here! Have a ton of fun!" Oh, that hurt. Prime dodges and it nearly kills Rumble. Prime laughs, which is disturbing in its own right. "Your aim's improving, Megatron!"
back at Cybertron, we see the horror as Arkeville's been worked on in the repair bay. He's been Borged, basically. "You've turned me into a mechanical freak!"
Yeah, sleep tight folks.
"Be grateful you exist at all!" "But I can't move!" Ooh, that is just wrong.
On Earth, Prime's found the generator. Megatron tries to stop him, but Prime stands near the generator and taunts Megatron. He also informs him that the generator's unstable. Megatron has the others leave, but Shockwave finally gets through. "Call back later. I'm busy!" Shockwave tells him about the generator, Prime overhearing. Megatron finds the timer and crushes it. "Everything is under control, Shockwave." He asks where Starscream is and learns the plot. Speaking of which, Starscream realizes there was no earth-shattering kaboom. He thinks it's a malfunction in the timer. "You will go back to Earth to check it, Doctor." "And how do you propose I get there, on my roller skates?!" He plies Starscream with some flattery, getting him to go to Earth.
Megatron's disconnected the exponential generator... and acting kinda weird. It turns out the generator's melted his armor plating! He orders Prime out of the way, but Prime grabs the generator. They fight over it. And it bounces a bit. Megatron grabs it and runs out, followed by Prime. And we get the first-but not the last-bit of cooperation between them.
Megatron hands the generator to Prime and transforms into gun mode, letting Prime fire it into... space. Wow. It explodes... just as Starscream crosses paths with it. He crashes and Megatron looms over him, backlit and looking scary as all hell. "Welcome home, noble voyager." Starscream oils himself.
The Autobots drive away and contemplate what's gonna happen, laughing at the imminent pain. Ah, the good guys!
It was great seeing that first bit, the destruction. Well, good in the whole 'continuity' sense. We do get the sense of massive loss of life and damage.
So, Arkeville. Methinks his fate on Cybertron is not a happy one. I... wish I could feel sorry for him, but I can't.
We see the ABC news logo once more. The same anchorwoman is sitting there, still no makeup but her hair is done up a bit fancier. She clears her throat and looks to the camera
"Good evening. We've just received word that President Reagan has announced a massive rebuilding and recruiting program for the United States. Soviet Premier Konstantin Chernenko has issued a similar call.
"Across the world, anti-Transformer protests have sprung up, mostly around city ruins and devastated areas. However, in areas not heavily damaged, counter-protests have begun. Authorities urge calm, but it's not known if either side will listen.
"In other news, Delta-Six leader General Clay Abernathy and Oktober Guard leader Colonel Ivan Brekhov have pledged to work together and merge their respective teams under a new international command, unnamed so far. They held a press conference in Geneva to announce their goals."