List of Beast Machines episodes

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Beast Machines was an animated television series produced by Mainframe Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures. It was a direct sequel to Beast Wars taking place within the continuity of the original Transformers series.


The following is a list of the Beast Machines episodes[1] along with a short synopsis of the episodes as well as the creative team responsible for the episode:

Season 1: 1999[edit]

This season picked up a short time after the events of the third season of Beast Wars. Four of the six main characters from the previous series/season, Optimus Primal, Rattrap, Cheetor and Blackarachnia, are on Cybertron with no memory of how they arrived there and why they are being pursued by hostile Transformers. These characters try to discover what happened to themselves and to Cybertron and what the ancient computer the Oracle has in store for the characters. There are noticeable information gaps and characters missing from the previous series that are addressed throughout the season. New characters are brought into the cast.

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1 "The Reformatting" Marty Isenberg & Bob Skir 18 September 1999
The Maximals awaken on their homeworld of Cybertron, with no memory of how they got there. Unable to Transform, they are hunted down by mindless vehicle Transformer drones.
2 "Master of the House" Steve Sacks Marty Isenberg & Bob Skir 25 September 1999
The Maximals learn how to transform and gain access to the Council Citadel. There, they learn that Megatron has taken over the planet and intends to wipe out all organic life.
3 "Fires of the Past" Marv Wolfman 2 October 1999
While searching for clues to their missing memories, Blackarachnia and Rattrap encounter Jetstorm, Thrust and Tankor – three deadly new Vehicon Generals created by Megatron.
4 "Mercenary Pursuits" Michael Reaves 9 October 1999
As the Vehicon Generals continue to hunt the Maximals, Rattrap discovers a counter-virus that helps him Transform – but once he starts, he can't stop.
5 "Forbidden Fruit" Steven Melching 16 October 1999
The Maximals discover a new Beast Mode Maximal – a bat named Nightscream – and a mysterious fruit tree, neither of which should exist on the machine world of Cybertron.
6 "The Weak Component" Rodney Gibbs 23 October 1999
Rattrap finally learns how to Transform, only to discover his Robot Mode has no weapons. With nowhere else to turn for protection, he strikes a deal with Megatron.
7 "Revelations, Part I: Discovery" Brynne Chandler Reaves 30 October 1999
The Maximals discover a junkyard facility where the robot shells of the missing Transformers are stored. Meanwhile, Blackarachnia is utterly convinced that Thrust's spark is Silverbolt's.
8 "Revelations, Part II: Descent" Marv Wolfman 6 November 1999
Cheetor leads a dangerous mission to try to bring out Tankor's old Maximal personality. In doing so, Rattrap discovers a major clue to the Maximal's missing memories and discovers that Tankor has Rhinox's spark. Jetstorm removes Blackarachnia's spark.
9 "Revelations, Part III: Apocalypse" Steven Melching 13 November 1999
Nightscream fights to retrieve Blackarachnia's stolen Spark. Meanwhile, Optimus is able to contact Rhinox's Spark, but Rhinox deals him a major surprise.
10 "Survivor" Brynne Chandler Reaves 27 November 1999
Megatron sends his Generals and Diagnostic Drone into the catacombs to kidnap Nightscream and learn the secret behind his Beast Mode. Nightscream is forced to relive a painful memory from his past.
11 "The Key" Marv Wolfman 4 December 1999
Tankor uncovers an ancient weapon with the power to turn organic material into cybernetic metal. Nightscream gets hit by the weapon and the Maximals race against time to save him from going off-line, while Tankor's circuits overload for using the Key of Vector Sigma and permanently deactivates. While Megatron and the Maximals are unaware of his schemes, Tankor staged his own death by establishing a double before confronting the Maximals.
12 "The Catalyst" Marty Isenberg & Bob Skir 11 December 1999
Rattrap uncovers a catalyst program that speeds up the growth of Cybertron's newfound plant life. Meanwhile, Blackarachnia discovers that Thrust's spark is actually Waspinator's and that Jetstorm's spark is Silverbolt's.
13 "End of the Line" Steven Melching 18 December 1999
Megatron prepares a doomsday weapon that can wipe out everything organic on Cybertron – including the Maximals. Meanwhile, Optimus discovers his own doomsday weapon...

Season 2 – Battle for the Spark: 2000[edit]

This season was subtitled Battle for the Spark. Season two picked up right where season one ended in a cliff hanger. The season saw the exit of Rhinox, the return of an ally, a bug bot, the appearance of new Transformers from Cybertron's history, and the ultimate demise of not only Megatron, but Optimus Primal as well.

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
14 "Fallout" Raul Sanchez Inglis Robert N. Skir & Marty Isenberg 5 August 2000
Optimus destroys Cybertron and realises that the oracle sent them to Earth to bring back organic life, for there to be a balance between technology and organic.
15 "Savage Noble" Greg Donis Len Wein 19 August 2000
While trying to recruit the Vehicons, the Maximals discover themselves being stalked by an all-new threat.
16 "Prometheus Unbound" Sebastion Brown Marv Wolfman 26 August 2000
The Maximals attempt to infiltrate Megatron's former fortress, only to have their mission threatened by their supposed new ally!
17 "In Darkest Knight" George Samilski Steven Melching 2 September 2000
Blackarachnia finally revives Silverbolt, although he is not happy with his new form.
18 "A Wolf In The Fold" William Lau Brynne Chandler Reaves 9 September 2000
The Maximals are infected with a virus that turns them against each other. Optimus has second thoughts about his plan for harmony.
19 "Home Soil" Dennis Heaton Meg McLaughlin 16 September 2000
A seemingly empty spaceship crashes onto Cybertron. When Optimus re-formats the transformer she joins the Maximals. Her name is Botanica.
20 "Sparkwar Part I: The Strike" Steve Sacks Brooks Wachtel 23 September 2000
Megatron unleashes a new set of generals – who are not exactly as they appear!
21 "Sparkwar Part II: The Search" Gino Nichele Michael Reaves 30 September 2000
Desperate to thwart Megatron, the Maximals search for the missing Sparks.
22 "Sparkwar Part III: The Siege" Luke Carroll Steven Melching 7 October 2000
Having discovered the location of the missing Sparks, the Maximals race against time to stop Megatron from achieving his ultimate Ascension.
23 "Spark of Darkness" Greg Donis Nick Dubois 28 October 2000
In the wake of Megatron's demise, something horrible haunts the planet Cybertron.
24 "Endgame Part I: The Downward Spiral" Angela Stevenson Michael Reaves 4 November 2000
Banding together inside Megatron's floating fortress, the Maximals must protect the Sparks from the depraved tyrant.
25 "Endgame Part II: When Legends Fall" George Samilski Steven Melching 11 November 2000
Horribly outnumbered, the Maximals make their final stand in a desperate attempt to protect the sparks.
26 "Endgame Part III: Seeds of The Future" Robert N. Skir 18 November 2000
With the others Maximal's sparks taken by Megatron and now having the body of Optimus Primal's "Optimal Optimus" from the third season of Beast Wars, Optimus has to face Megatron alone. Megatron absorbs the sparks and then Optimus pushes him into the planet's organic core, reformating Cybertron and destroying both Optimus and Megatron.

DVD Releases[edit]