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Writers: Mark Leiren-Young

After an innocent is killed, Tigatron questions his commitment to the Maximal cause.

Major Characters (in order of appearance): Dinobot, Cheetor, Inferno, Waspinator Terrorsaur, Optimus Primal, Snowstalker, Tigatron

Original Air Date: February 17, 1997

Summary

Frogs eat bugs, snakes kill frogs, birds kill snakes. Things are mercilessly killing each other, as nature intended. But nature didn't intend for a giant robot fire-ant like Inferno to attack Cheetor and Dinobot. As the crazed Predacon gleefully attacks the two, Terrosaur brings out some heavy explosives to take out Dinobot (and slightly harm his team mate, Inferno) and Waspinator just hangs back. After getting blasted a good distance, Terrosaur signals for Waspinator to attack. Cheetor radios from back-up.

Waspinator plans an attack on Cheetor using another heavy explosive, but under-estimates his own strength and can't keep himself elevated when he's holding the weapon. While trying to kee airborn, Waspinator sees a tiger which he naturally mistakes for Tigatron - who is actually a few feet higher on the mountain, ready to pounce the Predacon. Tigatron holds on and guides the bug to a crash.

Inferno, switches his weapon to a flamethrower to cook the cats. Tigatron transforms and blasts Inferno away. But a stray shot from his own gun passes Inferno and heads towards the mountain both Snowstalker and the Predacon's weaponry cache was on. The entire supply of explosives detonates in a single blast, and Tigatron's animal friend is caught in the rock slide. Concerned for his companion, tigatron huries to unbury the wild tiger, but it's too late.


Later, as the sky darkens, Tigatron finishes constructing a marker for Snowstalker's resting place. Surveying the damage to the landscape from the fight, Tigatron resolves to quit being a participant in the Beast Wars. Dinobot argues the destruction is part of the nature of war, but Tigatron remains with his decision to stay out of the Maximal/Predacon conflict. After Tigatron leaves, Dinobot follows him, making it clear he has a sort of plan. Cheetor is relieved when Primal arrives to make sense of the situation.

The three Predacons meet to plan their next move.

In the dark of night, in thick foliage, Dinobot shows Tigatron an example of nature in action, a tiger killing some gazelles. Slaughter for survival, just like the Maximal's battle the Predacons for the survival of peace on Cybertron. Tigatron still disagrees, and Dinobot gets agressive, lukcily before Dinobot gets carried away, Primal arrives to take his turn in reasoning.

The three Predacons attack Dinobot, overpowering the Maximal despite his inhumanly flexible neck. Primal arrives soon after, and the Predacons hope for another victory. Optiums puts up a better fight, blasting away both Terrosaur and Waspinator with one blast, but Inferno hits Optimus from behind with a strong blast. The two maximals are too damaged to fight against the killer fire ant, when to their rescue comes Tigatron, who can't sit passively while his friends are close to death.

Inferno's flamethrower ignites a bush, adding to Tigatron's fury. The cat blasts Inferno into the distance, ending the Predacon's campaign. Tigatron estinguishes the fire and is welcomed back to the Beast Wars. Although he still hates the collateral damage, Tigatron now understands he can do more good as a warrior than a bystander.

Quotes

Inferno: The royalty demands your wreckage, destroyer of the colony!
Tigatron: Gives my regards to the pit, Predacon!

Tigatron: In my lust for battle, I caused the death of an innocent.
Dinobot: Hrah! There are no innocents. This is war! and this.. well this is simply a battlefield.
Tigatron: WE MADE IS SO, and every time we do, this world suffers. But I will have no more of it. From this moment on, I am no longer part of the Beast Wars.

Dinobot: You have the instincts of a warrior. You know when danger's approaching.
Tigatron: Why do you stalk me?
Dinobot: To... talk.

Dinobot: A Predacon wouldn't miss.
Uhm.
Yes they would.

Dinobot: Hrah! Sentiment. The more time I spend with you maximals, the more I wonder how you survived so long.

Notes

  • Snowstalker had previously been seen in the episode Fallen Comrades. Whose the Fallen Comrade NOW?
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