Special Sub-Topic: Episode 8: Double Jeopardy
|Another stasis pod had crashed on Earth, and Optimus and Dinobot were sent out to find it. However, during their search, the Predacons ambushed the Maximals and took the pod for themselves. Who was not part of the Predacon recovery party?|
Tarantulas. Optimus and Dinobot were out searching for the stasis pod at the beginning of the episode, with Rattrap directing them from the base. They were within a few feet of it... Horizontally. It was up on top a frozen cliff, and Optimus and Dinobot were down in the boxed in canyon. Before they had a chance to do anything, though, the Predacons attacked. Waspinator and Terrorsaur from the air, and Scorponok from the canyon's opening. The Maximals were outnumbered, surrounded, and without cover. Optimus tried to chase after the fliers, who had the pod, but was shot down. In the end, the Predacons had a new member, and the Maximals were left with their suspicions of a rat in their midst.
|Who was the new Predacon that emerged from the pod?|
Blackarachnia. With a new member for the Predacon force, the teams were again even (six against six). Blackarachnia was the first female transformer of the Beast Wars, and her alternate mode was selected by Tarantuals (and thus, her transformation sequence mimicked his). While Megatron had his suspicions about Tarantulas' choice for her alternate mode (he now had two spiders on his team) he decided to trust Tarantulas for the time being. Blackarachnia would prove to be less of a scientist than Tarantulas, and more of martial arts specialist. However, being a spider, she would still be prone to cunning, deceitful plans and power grabs.
|It turns out that Rattrap had planned the last three missions, and that for all three, the Predacons knew exactly where the Maximals were going to be. Rattrap's loyalty to the Maximal's was brought into question during the debriefing. To prove his allegiance was to the Maximals, he was ordered to search for Energon in Sector 12, the lava pit. Just as Rattrap was finishing up his rounds, however, he was attacked. Who ambushed the rat and took him prisoner?|
Terrorsaur. Rattrap was busy walking around the lava pit, which was devoid of Energon, and was just about to return to base when Terorsaur suddenly swooped in from behind. He easily defeated the rat, and to save himself, Rattrap surrendered and offered to become a Predacon.
Terrorsaur would then make Rattrap his personal lieutenant, who would only take order from Terrorsaur himself. Terrorsaur used the fact that he aided the recovery of the stasis pod and the capture of Rattrap to convince the Predacons that he would be a superior leader than Megatron.
|Later, Terrorsaur made a grab for the title of leader of the Predacons, and succeded. He had Megatron thrown in a holding cell to keep him out of the way. How did Megatron escape his prison cell?|
He used a special voice command. Terrorsaur presented Rattrap to his fellow Predacons in a cage, and made his bid for power. As Megatron calmly approached Terrorsaur to argue, Rattrap slipped out of his cage (it wasn't locked) and disabled Megatron. The rest of the Predacons decided to discuss the matter in private, away from Megatron and Rattrap, and the two were placed in separate, adjacent holding cells. Megatron commented to Rattrap that "a wise tyrant always ensures that his prisons are designed for his personal escape," as he used a voice recognition command to open the sell and summon a platform (hovering platforms were needed in the Predacon base, as much of the lower levels were flooded with lava).
|Once Rattrap was inside the base, and free of his cell, he had no idea where to go. How did he decide which direction to take?|
He followed a rat. Rattrap, being a stealth and demolitions expert, was able to successfully pick the lock on his cell, and then jumped across the lava to a corridor. Then, as he wandered the lower levels, he had no idea which way to go, but heard the Predacons arguing above him. He looked down and saw a rat who seemed to know the right way to go (he motioned for Rattrap to follow him).
|It turned out that it wasn't Rattrap who was responsible for leaking information to the Predacons after all. How were the Predacons able to spy on the Maximals?|
They had a Maximal decoder. Rattrap eventually came to a terminal and found the Predacon's ability to listen in on Maximal transmissions. They had a Maximal decoder! He removed the decoder and then went to return to his cell before any of the Predacons knew he was missing.
|While wandering the Predacon base, Rattrap accidentally activated a booby trap. Whose trap was this?|
Tarantulas'. Rattrap was walking back towards his cll when he walked through a laser sensor, which activated a concealed web. Tarantuals was just about to feast on a rat (probably the same one that helped Rattrap earlier) when he was notified that one of his traps had been sprung. Rattrap cut through the web and was just about to close the door on his cell when Tarantuals caught up to him. Tarantuals was just uttering "Terrorize" when he was blasted by Rattrap.
|Soon after Rattrap had discovered the Predacons' ability to spy on the Maximals, the Maximals attacked the Predacon base. Rattrap, as a new Predacon, was ordered to help defend the base to prove his loyalty. One of his first orders was to shoot down Optimus Primal. Did he actually shot Optimus?|
Yes, with a full blast that knocked Optimus from the sky. Rattrap got a few bad shots off, bet eventually hit Optimus, who dropped out of the sky like a brick. This confirmed the Maximals' worst fear: Rattrap had become a Predacon. This sent Cheetor into a rage and just as Blackarachnia was about to destroy the grounded Optimus, her weapon was shot from her hands by a charging Cheetor. Cheetor managed to also shoot off all her spider's legs, but being a poor shot, never actually hit any vital components (although he did manage to hit Scorponok with one of his stray shots). Blackarachnia took him out with a single kick to the face, and then departed the battle.
|Dinobot made a run at Rattrap, but Megatron managed to catch him, and ordered Rattrap to shoot the traitor. Terrorsaur then joined the party, and ordered Rattrap, as the current leader of the Predacons, to shoot Dinobot. What did Rattrap do?|
He shot Terrorsaur. Rattrap hesitated for a second, but ended up shooting the Predacon he'd sworn his allegiance to. He ended up blowing Terrorsaur's head clean off. Megatron was stunned, and Dinobot used that moment to whirl around and deal some heavy blows to Megatron.
Waspinator had been chewed apart by Rhinox's chainguns (again), Scorponok had been blasted by one of Cheetor's stray shots, Blackarachnia had run off, and was missing, Tarantulas was lying on the floor of the Predacon base after being shot by Rattrap, Terrorsaur's head was missing, and Megatron had had his circuits beaten out of him by Dinobot. With the Predacons forces in complete disarray, the Maximals were able to make a quick and easy retreat.
|It turned out that the plan was to let Rattrap get captured so he could infiltrate the Predacon base and discover the secret behind their espionage abilities. Who was in on the plan, apart from Rattrap?|
Optimus. Only Optimus Primal and Rattrap knew of the plan to let Rattrap get caught by the Predacons. This was to keep his cover safe, considering the Predacons could listen in on Maximal comminucations. Rhinox and Cheetor did not believe that Rattrap would really betray the Maximals (until they saw the Rat shoot their leader), but Dinobot was convinced from the beginning that Rattrap was the rat in their midst, and was looking forward to dealing rather brutal justice. Optimus held him back, though. After Rattrap had retrieved the Maximal decoder, and was back in his cell, he had sent a message to Optimus to attack the Predacon base. Optimus said, later, that Rattrap didn't have to make it *that* believable, but Rattrap claimed that he "tried to miss".
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