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It's all true, the episode is utterly absurd, but MMP still has my favourite basic story of any episodes in the whole series. The manipulation of Berger, the framing of the Autobots and their eventual exile, and of course what we know happens in the next episode.
If this story had been given to a competent writer and given a sufficient time expansion, I would like to say it would have been one of the best Transformers stories of all time, simply because of how much happens and how it involves our planet, the various forces that get involved, and what becomes of Central City when the Autobots are out of the picture.
I hear that the new movie borrows from this heavily, though I have yet to see it. It will be interesting to see just how the two match up.
I agree. there's a core of a great story here. I could see this easily a five-parter like Five Faces of Darkness. But that's it. There's a good idea but bad execution.Megatron's Master Plan Part Two
We see a parade down Central City celebrating Decepticon Day.
God, this is so wrong on so many levels...
Shawn Berger declares it Decepticon Day as children born without brain stems cheer for them. Sparkplug and Chip are rather disgusted.
Starscream's rather perplexed. "Why waste time? Let's take the city now!" "I have my reasons, which are far beyond your meager understanding!" Beyond mine, too. Chip monologues that Spike's searching for evidence of the Autobot's innocence.
"And there I was, about to be tossed against a wall for sport when the Autobots showed up and saved me from death! I only wish my partner... Jeff... I'm sorry." *Sobs*
We cut to Spike reviewing the tape of the Decepticons faking the energy raid when Ravage shows up... again. Wait, didn't we do this? Spike ducks down and lets Ravage hit himself against a monitor, electrocuting the robo-kitty. He grabs a chair to... somehow fend Ravage off as he shakes the watts off and advances again. Spike demonstrates why he's the alpha-male of TF human sidekicks by knocking a rather heavy-looking shelving unit of tapes into Ravage, pinning him down and making good his escape.
We cut to... an admittedly semi-cool scene at a teen dance of Soundwave acting as the world's most awesome boombox.
Okay. That is
cool. And Laserbeak and Rumble's in on it, too.
Sorry, Starscream. You never had groupies IU.
And some moron
human asks Laserbeak, "Laserbeak want a cracker?"
I'll let you fill in the blank on what he's thinking at this moment...
In the spaceship Berger somehow
had lying around to take the Autobots offplanet, we hear Ironhide's voice. "Hey, we going anywhere, Cosmos? Or is this a tour of the stars?"
Hound defends the new toy
character. "Lay off him, Ironhide. He didn't cause our problems." Ironhide shows why he's hard. ""You're right. maybe we oughtta take it out on the one who got us into this mess!" Prime defends himself, sorta. "I did what was necessary." No, no you didn't. You did bubkus, Prime. Huffer complains-and I can't fault him for it. That's how much hate I have right now for this.
Cliffjumper jumps out of his seat and runs forward to the controls. Prime finally
realizes he screwed up and tells Cliffjumper to turn the ship around. But the guidance system's been jammed! Prime has Hound check their destination. Hound's missile launcher glows and... he finds out they're targeted for the Sun!
Wait, why not ask Cosmos who's outside and pointed in that direction?
Prime has Cosmos link up with Teletraan-One, but he can't interface. The ship begins glowing and the ship and Autobots are overheating. Cosmos transforms and flies into the ship. He tries his hand at the controls, but nothing. At the underwater base of the Decepticons, Berger reminds Megatron he was promised three cities. Megatron sees through the lies, though. "So, still trying to up the ante? How pathetic." His magic monitor shows the ship heading into the sun, and the Autobots sparking and shorting out. And then... destruction.
Megatron gloats, and then turns to Berger."I believe we have a press conference to attend." Oh, oh
! Making sure they were out of the way! Okay, clever. The docking tower rises up and they fly out.
Back at the Mayor's office, Spike shows the videotape to the Mayor. "How could we have been so stupid?" Must... resist... Spike says they gotta bring the Autobots back, but might not be possible. We cut to a farmhouse and some kid needing a metal-colored crayon for his Megatron.
Hey, I think I had that coloring book! His parents point out the real Megatron's on TV. Yay! Wait, what? Megatron announces himself and asks for questions. One reporter speaks up. "Now that the Autobots are gone, what are your plans here on Earth?"
"I'm glad you asked-Earth germ! My plan is to conquer this mudball of a planet, and suck it dry of energy!" The reporter states the blindingly obvious. "We've been had!" NO SHIT, SHERLOCK!
Megatron gloats and the crowd turns on Berger, who has the decency to look somewhat contrite. His security guards comment they've been working for a traitor. The guards storm the Decepticons, but their weapons are taken out by a single flick of Starscream's fingers. Megatron sums it up. "This city is under martial law-and I am the marshal!"
Outside, Dirge, Thrust and Ramjet decide to do some basic terrorizing. "Let us teach them a lesson in sorrow!" Ramjet plows
through a building, collapsing it... and folks, aside from some cracks that might
indicate it was abandoned... screw it. I think he just killed a lot of humans. He transforms, lands on the top of a skyscraper and fires indiscriminately at the streets. Thrust sideswipes another skyscraper, killing probably hundreds of people inside and dozens of people on the streets below as we get a Gory Discretion Cut to him again shooting down below. Dirge lands and just shoots.
Megatron declares this city Megatronia-One while Berger loses it, telling them of the destruction of the Autobot's ship. "They died in a cosmic funeral pyre!" Spike, Sparkplug and Chip are downcast, and Spike cries. But he decides to clear their names. He runs off, but Laserbeak and ravage are sent after him. Spike trips and loses the videotape. It's destroyed by Laserbeak.
Spike gets up as Berger... rushes, grabs a boom mike and knocks Lserbeak to the side! Spike turns on a lamp and blinds Ravage with it. Shawn asks if he's all right, but it's for naught as Megatron and the others surround them. Spike begs them not to be hurt. "And why should I want to hurt them? Healthy slaves can do much more work! And you, Berger. DO you still want your reward?"
Berger has... gone mental. "YES!"
Megatron responds in kind. "Then you shall have it-everything that you have earned."
We cut to humans working and the Decepticons running things. It's rather bleak, actually. Energon cubes are filled and even Soundwave shows off sadism. "Increase efficiency, or be terminated!" Chip and Spike are there, too. The Mayor is pulling and pushing levers for no discernible reason, too. "Megatron was true to his word. He rewarded Berger with everything he deserved." And we cut to the pathetic sop, doing the same job.
Spike is somewhat sympathetic to him, as he remembers Berger helping him. That's interrupted by Soundwave firing at them. We cut to deep space... and trailbreaker having a crowning moment of awesome.
That's him at the center, maintaining the force field. Cosmos is towing the group, but he's still locked into Teletraan-One. He can't turn from the sun! Back at the slave camp, Chip wants to make a break for it to Teletraan-One. Not sure what it can do, but hey. It's Chip. Spike runs off and pushes a large trolley of energon cubes into Rumble, giving Chip cover to roll for it. Rumble hits computer banks and is fried as the power's shut down.
Chip hits an alarm but keeps rolling. "Megatron! The immobilized human escapes!" Megatron waves him off and tells Thrust to bring him back. Chip spies a truck being loaded and rolsl up the ramp into the trailer. While rolling by he looks out a rent in the side and spots a familiar landmark. He opens the trailer up-which is actually impossible-and rolls off, waving to the driver.
So... what's the driver doing, anyway?
At the Ark, Chip accesses the guidance data and finds out that Megatron was the one to alter the flight plan and where it was sent to. He confirms the rocket's destruction. But Thrust breaks through the roof-how, I don't know. That's Ramjet's function. And even so.... all that rock and metal?
He transforms. "We miss you back at the power plant, human! Why are you here?" Thrust shoots Teletraan over Chip's anguished protests. Chip gets angry. "You... pile of reject parts!" Thrust kneels down and picks him up. "Reject part?" He then transforms and takes off. Back at the slave camp, Chip berates himself but Spike reassures him. Still, Chip's down. "Now there's no hope at all..."
And we cut right
to the Autobots and Cosmos. "Hey, I got control back!" He flies back to Earth, with the Autobots in tow. Back at the camp, the humans are working. Megatron is pleased, but Soundwave detects strong energy transmissions. "Of course! From these generators, Soundwave." "Negative, Megatron. From primitive jet engines." I love how he made sure to include 'primitive' in his report. Megatron begins to order Starscream, but, "I anticipated your order, Megatron." Somewhat non-screechy voice there, too. Subtle but effective.
Air Force jets fly in. a good twenty-three by my count. The seekers, coneheads and even Blitzwing transform and take off. It's a slaughter. Oh, and for the record? There were quite
a number of jets shot down with NO
parachutes coming from them. Seven survive to retreat. Megatron gloats to Sparkplug, Spike and Chip. Berger rushes him but is knocked aside. "Grovel for my amusement!" Ah, so this is what a power trip looks like!
But there's a rumbling from outside... the Autobots have arrived! Megatron has a short breakdown, then rallies his troops. A firefight breaks out. Between all
Spike, Sparkplug and Chip go to a hole in the wall to look out. "Who's winning, Spike?" "Guess!" We cut to the Decepticons laid low, outnumbered and outgunned. Starscream reads my mind with his next line. "It's no use. We're outnumbered!" Megatron calls for a retreat and they leave.
Ironhide frees Chip and Spike from the energon chains while outside, humanity eats humble pie in front of Prime. Berger... is a broken man. He says he'll make amends and disband his private army. Sparkplug rips into him. "Aww, that's real
big of you, Berger. They all quit when they foind out what a dog lunch you are!" Dog... lunch?!
"Ah, we-well... I said I'm sorry!"
Prime says his piece. "You are going to face justice, and may it be kinder to you than it was to us." He turns and tells the Autobots to roll for home. I should note he made no
gesture of forgiveness to the humans.Thoughts
There were some good moments here. Some. Moments. Note those. Hell, the first half of part one I loved. It's after that...
So, execution for Berger? That's what I think.