Manic Ramblings and Delirious Ranting re: Coming of the Fuzors part 2 1/19/99 Again, I had occasion to re-watch this ep a few nights back. Now that I've seen it enough times, I can look past the snappy dialogue and the mind-blowing visuals, and focus on what's actually happening in the episode. As it turns out, there's surprisingly little. It's definately not meant to be a serious episode, for the most part, despite several serious plot developments: Rhinox searching the Matrix, Optimus's return, the near-defeat of the Maximals. Even this last point is handled rather comedicly, with the "spagetti western" theme returning a second time. Those are most of the real plot points; the one other is Tarantulus vs. Blackarachnia, and BA grabbing the Golden Disk info, which is easily the highlight of the episode. Something hit me later: when Megatron plants his spy bug on BA in "Bad Spark", is it an attemp to get that data (including the Ark's codes) back? That would explain the almost knowing look when he says "spiders spin their webs..." He KNEW that Tarantulus would be listening in, would learn that BA was going on a mission, and would take the chance at capturing her -- and thus get the info Megatron needed FOR him. No, wait -- Megs had the disks during "Bad Spark". What WAS he after? Anyway, getting back to CotF2: One thing repeatedly bothered me in this episode: the fact that no-one manages to shoot anyone throughout the entire episode. Unlike BW's usual brutal fights, this one was plagued by a spate of bad aim. The only actual hits, for all the firepower being leveled, were Dinobot shooting Inferno down, Sentinal hitting Silverbolt, and... that's about it, till at the very end when the Preds suddenly acquire a load of smart ordinance. Worse, there were several inexplicable points when one side or another simply *stops shooting*. The first is after the initial round at the beginning; the Maximals hide for a good minute or two behind their rock, without a single shot being fired at them. I guess this is explainable by the fact that they were behind cover; in fact, when Rattrap tosses a rock into the air, the slowness with which the first shots come do kind of indicate that the Preds were kind of going, "whoa, hey, something's going on over there!" But, a few moments later when Tarantulus and Waspinator arrive (for the second time), it happens again! This time it's the Predacons who get to stand around arguing, wide out in the open, with no shots fired at them. You'd think the distraction of the Preds' infighting would be the perfect opportunity for the Maximals to strike, but they let it slip right by. Then... the Maximals seem to forget they can shoot! When Dinobot and Rattrap are under attack from the air by Megs and Inferno, all Dinobot does for a long moment is wave his fist and growl at them. Use those eye beams, Dinobot! Do that rotating head trick like in "Law of the Jungle"! Where's the aim we saw in "Victory"? Not in this episode! THEN... there's really no reason for the Maximals to run out of ammo when they do. Rhinox is fresh from a nap; his weapons should be fully loaded. As for the others, well, they've been firing just as much as the Predacons -- less, in fact, since the Preds had to break through the Axalon's shield. Yet, after only a few seconds of firing, all of them run out of energy (what about Cheetor? His guns are built-in! Ditto for Dinobot!) Furthermore, why didn't they use the base's autoguns? They handled Silverbolt nicely; no reason to think they couldn't do the same for the rest of Megatron's crew. And finally, why didn't anyone think to use one of the riot shields that Optimus so wisely brought along? The last showdown with Optimus was almost stretching it a bit too much. It's kinda like... Okay, they're saved! They're saved! Okay.. they're saved... Yoo hoo, hello? They're saved now? You can end it now? Hello? At least the VERY end -- Megatron almost blasting Primal, and Silverbolt bashing Megs instead -- was nice and quick. "I like your resume". Heh. One thing that almost no episode of BW can be criticized for is a lack of witty dialogue; CoTF2 abounds in it. Overall... this episode was a lot of fun to watch, but in retrospect there are a lot of plot holes as big as the one through Rhinox at the end of the final battle. But, hey, I don't think the episode ever claimed to be anything more than a big fun fest, and that it does quite well.
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