I've been reading through some TF books (like Prime Targets) now having finished the final season of beast wars a while ago. I feel that I have watched everything enough times now (gen1 and bw twice through on dvd alone) to reflect on all that is glorious with the series.
So here's my Top Ten pre- tf: the movie stories:
(air-date order, not preference)
10. Enter the Nightbird - one of my favorites when it first aired. Ninja robot = beast. A nice stand-alone story
9. Changing Gears - gears had a shitty character design but his personality was great and I always laugh during this episode
8. A Decepticon Raider in King Arthur's Court - I love the cheesy 80s fantasy stuff - merlin, the owl, etc.
7. The God Gambit - mature storyline for TF and a good one. very memorable.
6. Make Tracks - tracks was my favorite autobot so his two stories rate up there for me. Raoul > Chip
5. Auto Bop - the other tracks episode, this time complete with great cheesy 80s breakdancing and Blaster vs Soundwave!
4. Prime Target - enjoyable riff on "The Most Dangerous Game
3. Starscream's Brigade - My favorite episode of all when it originally aired. Bruticus was tight as hell and the attitude of the Stunticons was great.
2. Trans-Europe Express - You wonder why they didnt think of this story (autbots in a cross-country race) earlier
1. Hoist Goes to Hollywood - was never a big Hoist fan but Tracks does some good stuff in this episode and it is very funny. Its also in Hollywood, nuff said.
Top 5 post-tf: the movie stories:
5. Webworld - another favorite when it first aired. Galvatron as really, really crazy
4. Ghost in the Machine - starscream trying to put Unicron back together was mind-boggling when I was a kid and brought back all of the horrible memories from the movie
3. Only Human - COBRAAAAAAAA!
2. Grimlock's New Brian - I always liked COmputron and the Flowers for Algernon-esque ending put a little
in my eye...
1. The Return of Optimus Prime - ya damn right.
Top Ten Beast Wars Stories:
10. Beast Wars - sets up the show masterfully, introduces Dinobot and his complexities
9. Power Surge - always liked this one, Terrorsaur shines
8. Gorilla Warfare - I would have gone nuts for this one when I was a kid. Balls-out action
7. The Trigger - Floating island stuff was great, made you want to play it as a video game or something
6. Possession - one of several G1-heavy episodes.
5. Before the Storm/Other Voices - setting up the grand plot that was BW, the season finale really amps things up and gives us a great cliffhanger.
4. Coming of the Fuzors - I loved the Sergio Leone touches throughout both of these episodes. Lots of good violence too
3. Code of Hero - my only complaint is that I would have liked this to happen in the midst (or end) of a 2 or 3 parter but still the greatest.
2. The Agenda - Even better than the first season's finale, this is perhaps the single best storyline in Beast Wars or G1 Transformers. Megatron's speech at the end as he is about to blast Optimus still gives me chills.
1. Nemesis Part 2 - season 3 finale threw in everything and the kitchen sink. Although it wrapped up way too quick, it was still very rewarding, especially Waspinator's fate.
So yeah, use this thread to talk about whatever.