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The More Things Change: Part 1 is the first episode of the first season of Ben 10: Omniverse, and the first episode overall.

Synopsis[]

Now on his own, Ben sets out to be a solo superhero, with new alien heroes at his disposal, but Grandpa Max has other plans.[CN 1]

Plot[]

The More Things Change, Part 1 (14)

11-year-old Four Arms vs. Malware

Five years ago, Four Arms is fighting a red Galvanic Mechamorph named Malware. While Four Arms appears to have the upper hand, Malware manages to grab the Omnitrix and forces it to time out, which leads Four Arms to revert back into Ben. Malware confronts Ben and taunts him about his defeat, which allows enough time for the Omnitrix to activate again. Ben transforms into Feedback and uses his energy absorbing and redirecting powers to quickly defeat Malware. Feedback then celebrates through jumping and pretending to play basketball. The Omnitrix times out, causing Feedback to revert back into Ben and violently fall back onto the ground. Ben gets up from the ground and shouts to the fleeing Malware that he should be running.

The More Things Change, Part 1 (119)

The team parts ways

In the present day, 16-year-old Ben, along with Gwen and Kevin, is in pursuit of Zombozo, who has stolen a brain from Bellwood's brain bank. After Zombozo manages to slip away several times, Ben transforms into Lodestar and uses his magnetic powers to launch steel Kevin at Zombozo, and then magnetically pulls Zombozo's brain case. Once Zombozo is tied up, Gwen and Kevin reveal that they are leaving Bellwood. Gwen is skipping several grades of high school and going directly to college. Ben is surprised to learn that Kevin won't be coming back, as he has found a place near Gwen's campus. Realizing that he will be left all alone, Ben shares an emotional goodbye with Kevin and Gwen. As they leave, Zombozo mocks Ben, claiming that he would have never captured him without his friends' help. Ben fiercely responds that he is a superhero and does not need help to get the job done. He leaves to find something to eat.

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Spidermonkey vs. Crabdozer

After driving past Mr. Smoothy because "it wouldn't be the same", Ben drives to Max's Plumbing. Using the secret entrance in the store's bathroom, Ben descends into the Plumbers Base beneath Bellwood. Ben meets up with Max, who tries to inform him about something important. Before he can, an alarm goes off and Ben goes off to find the problem. When he arrives, he is shocked to see half of a building destroyed, with a giant crater left. Watching from the shadows is Khyber, who attaches the Nemetrix to his pet and lets it run into the crater. Khyber whistles, and his pet transforms into Crabdozer, going after Ben. Ben tries to transform into Humungousaur but transforms into Spidermonkey instead. Spidermonkey tries to fight it but is no match for Crabdozer's strength. Just as Crabdozer is about to finish Spidermonkey, Khyber whistles again and calls it back.

As Spidermonkey transforms back to normal, an alien named Pakmar comes out of a nearby toilet he was hiding in. Pakmar reveals that this was his shop, a toilet emporium. Unfortunately, he was confronted by a gang of alien criminals. The criminals force all of the alien shops in Bellwood to pay them Taydenite for "protection". If the shop owners refuse, the criminals destroy their shops. With this information, Ben goes off to Mr. Baumann's alien grocery store. He asks him if he has had any demands from the alien criminals. While Mr. Baumann originally denies that he has had any meetings with them, he eventually admits to it. At first, he does not want Ben to interfere, Ben manages to convince him to let him observe quietly. In order to disguise himself, he turns into Cannonbolt and immediately attracts attention. After accidentally dealing some damage, he settles down in the store's food bar.

Remembering how hungry he is, Cannonbolt asks the customer next to him if he can have his food. Just as he is about to begin eating, a trio of alien criminals, consisting of Bubble Helmet, Liam, and Fistina, arrive with a bomb. Mr. Baumann quickly pays them Taydenite so that they will leave, but Cannonbolt interrupts. While both Bubble Helmet and Mr. Baumann try to convince him to stay out of it, Cannonbolt still confronts the criminals. Bubble Helmet begins to attack and the Cannonbolt rushes into the fight. Ducking behind his counter, Mr. Baumann expresses his disapproval of lasers and the damage that Ben always does to the store.

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Rook's debut

While the other customers run out of the store, the alien that sat next to Cannonbolt continues to calmly eat his meal. Bubble Helmet activates the bomb and signals his partners to run away. While Cannonbolt tries to breach the force field around the bomb, he ultimately fails as the Omnitrix times out. As Mr. Baumann inquires Ben when his friends will come to save the day, the alien sitting at the counter unveils himself. Using his Proto-Tool and agile gymnastics, the alien is able to defeat the criminals. He introduces himself to Ben as Rook, a Plumber sent by Max, and Ben's new partner. Ben is not happy to hear the news, trying to tell Rook that he works alone now. Rook insists that he is his partner and mentions how honored he is to meet Ben. While he likes hearing this, Ben still refuses to accept Rook as a partner. However, due to the events around them, Rook and Ben cooperate to disable the bomb and catch the escaping criminals.

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Bloxx throwing the bomb

Ben transforms into a new alien named Bloxx, and rushes to stop the bomb while Rook goes after the criminals. Seeing that he can't affect the bomb due to the forcefield, Bloxx and Rook switch places. Bloxx covers the criminals with a dome he builds his body into, as Rook evaluates the bomb. Rook states that he can't crack the force field in time and needs to get the bomb out of the current populated area. Blasting a hole in the wall with his Proto-Tool, he calls Bloxx over to help carry the bomb outside. After scanning a nearby abandoned building for sentient life, Rook deduces that there is no one for the bomb to hurt, and Bloxx attempts to throw it in. As he is about to, the alien criminals run outside and blast Bloxx's arms to bits. Bloxx tries to catch it, but the bomb breaks through him and falls back down. With little time left, Bloxx builds himself into a catapult under the bomb and launches it into the empty building.

The bomb detonates, destroying the building and leaving behind a large crater. The crater has exposed a hidden tunnel and the three criminals run into it. The Omnitrix times out and Bloxx transforms back to normal. Ben and Rook run after them and emerge from the tunnel into a secret, underground, alien city: Undertown. Ben is shocked by this discovery but remembers his mission as he runs after the criminals with Rook. Above ground, Khyber once again attaches the Nemetrix to his dog. Telling it to show no mercy, he releases it after Ben, and it runs into the tunnel.

Noteworthy Events[]

Major Events[]

Character Debuts[]

Original Omnitrix Alien Debuts[]

Omnitrix Alien Debuts[]

Nemetrix Alien Debut[]

Minor Events[]

Characters[]

Villains[]

Aliens Used[]

By 11-year-old Ben[]

By 16-year-old Ben[]

By Zed[]

Quotes[]


Kevin: Don't do anything I wouldn't do.
Ben: Count on it.
Kevin: Come to think of it, don't do anything you'd usually do, either.
(Ben frowns. Gwen and Ben share a warm hug.)
Gwen: Take care of yourself, doofus.
Ben: You too, dweeb.
(Kevin and Gwen drive away. Ben waves them goodbye.)
Zombozo: Oh, what a touching moment. Too bad you would have never caught me all by your lonesome.
Ben: Watch it, Zombozo. I don't need a team to get the job done. I'm a superhero! I can do this alone, no problem... Why am I telling this to a crazy monster clown? Time to put my money where my mouth is! (Ben's stomach rumbles) But first, time to put food where my mouth is.




Max: Wait for backup. I'll send Alpha team.
Ben: I don't need a team. I'm me!




Ben: Get ready to meet a friend of mine I like to call "Humungousaur"!
(Ben slams the dial of the Omnitrix and transforms into Spidermonkey. Crabdozer charges in to attack.)
Spidermonkey: YAAH! Huh? (Crabdozer pushes him against the wall) Why do you hate me, new Omnitrix? (screeches)




(Ben transforms into Cannonbolt and accidentally causes a few cans to fall.)
Cannonbolt: Oh! That was me. My bad. (Customers stare at Cannonbolt awkwardly) Hey! How's it going, fellow aliens? Uh, nice weather we're having here on Earth, huh?
Mr. Baumann: Ben, you're not fooling anybody.
Cannonbolt: Oh, yeah. Right.




Bubble Helmet: Pay up, Baumann!
(Bubble Helmet, Liam and Fistina walk into the store.)
Liam: You heard about Pakmar, hmm?
Cannonbolt: I heard he has great deals on toilets.
Mr. Baumann: I heard it was an accident.
Bubble Helmet: Accidents happen all the time. Maybe to you. (Reveals a shakedown machine. Cannonbolt tries to move.)
Mr. Baumann: Take it easy now, I don't want any trouble.
(Liam gets distracted by bird seed and starts eating it. Baumann opens a box and gives a piece of Taydenite to Bubble Helmet. Bubble Helmet takes the entire box.)




Ben: Call me Ben, dude.
Rook: Okay, Ben-Dude.



Naming and Translations[]

Language Name Origin
Arabic عندما تتغير اللعبة, الجزء 1 When the Game Changes, Part I
Bulgarian Колкото Повече Се Променяш, Част I The More You Change, Part I
French Plus les Choses Changent: 1ère Partie The More Things Change: Part 1
Hebrew ככל שהדברים משתנים חלק א When the Things Change, Part I
Hungarian A Dolgok Változnak, Első Rész Things Change, Part 1
Italian Più le Cose Cambiano: Parte 1 The More Things Change: Part 1
Japanese 新たなパートナー パート1 New Partner: Part 1
Polish Wiele Zmian: Część 1 Lots of Changes: Part 1
Portuguese (Br) Quanto Mais as Coisas Mudam, 1ª Parte The More Things Change, 1st Part
Romanian Schimbări cu Surprize: Partea 1 Changes with Surprises: Part 1
Russian Всё Меняется: Часть 1 Everything Changes: Part 1
Spanish (HA) Muchas Cosas Cambian, Primera Parte Many Things Change, First Part
Spanish (Spain) Cambiar Para Que Nada Cambie, Parte 1 Change So That Nothing Changes, Part 1
Turkish Daha Fazla Yapılacak Değişim Bölüm 1 More Doing Changes Part 1

Cast[]

Voice Actor Role(s)
Yuri Lowenthal Ben Tennyson
Feedback
Bumper Robinson Rook Blonko
Bloxx
Ashley Johnson Gwen Tennyson
Greg Cipes Kevin Levin
Dee Bradley Baker Lodestar
Spidermonkey
Paul Eiding Max Tennyson
Liam
Zed
John DiMaggio Four Arms
Zombozo
Bubble Helmet
David Kaye Cannonbolt
Khyber
Tara Strong Young Ben
Pakmar
Corey Burton Malware
Mr. Baumann


Continuity[]

Allusions[]

  • The title of this episode is based on the saying "The more things change, the more they stay the same."
  • When the exterior of Baumann's Store is shown, some graffiti is shown, including "Mordaci" and "Pops", which are references to Regular Show, the former being a misspelling of "Mordecai", one of the series' main characters.
  • Ben says to Rook, "Call me Ben, dude", with Rook responding, "All right, Ben-Dude". This is similar to how Reinrassig III refers to Ben as "Ben-Ben Tennyson" after Ben told him "My name is Ben. Ben Tennyson." in Alone Together.
  • Mr. Baumann alludes to the bartender in the cantina from Star Wars: A New Hope when he says "No lasers, no lasers!" This corresponds to the bartender saying "No blasters."
  • When Liam approaches Cannonbolt while he is holding bird seeds, the nursery rhyme Old MacDonald Had a Farm can be heard.

Errors[]

  • At the beginning of the episode, there is a big wildfire, but later, it is gone.
  • In some shots during the battle between Four Arms and Malware, Four Arms doesn't have the black stripe on his back.
  • When Four Arms hits Malware with a tree, his Omnitrix symbol briefly appears in his right shoulder instead of his left.
  • When Young Ben tries to activate the Omnitrix after Malware deactivated it, the activation button is on the wrong side.
  • Before Young Ben transforms into Feedback, his silhouette does not appear on the Omnitrix.
  • When Feedback is about to blast Malware, his fingers are square-shaped instead of circular.
  • Before Ben transforms into Lodestar, the Omnitrix's core pops up without Ben activating it.
  • Before Khyber sends Zed to attack Ben, the bones he wears on his back are missing.
  • Crabdozer's tongue is purple instead of red in this episode.
  • When Ben talks to Mr. Baumann, a Gloppenbeef sandwich table appears for a short time.
  • In some shots, Cannonbolt is shown without his back shell.
  • In one shot, Liam is missing his comb.
  • After Ben transforms into Bloxx, he makes two cracks on the ground with his fists. When he tells to Rook to switch places, the cracks disappear.
  • When Rook launches a net out of the Proto-Tool to catch Bubble Helmet, Liam and Fistina, they are laying flat, but in the next shot, they are on their sides.
  • The end credits misspell Mr. Baumann's name as "Mr. Bowman".

Trivia[]

References[]

Derrick J. Wyatt[]

Cartoon Network[]

Ben 10: Omniverse Episodes

Arc 1 The More Things Change: Part 1 · The More Things Change: Part 2 · A Jolt From the Past · So Long, and Thanks for All the Smoothies · It Was Them · Trouble Helix · Hot Stretch · Have I Got a Deal for You · Of Predators and Prey: Part 1 · Of Predators and Prey: Part 2
Arc 2 Many Happy Returns · Gone Fishin' · Outbreak · Blukic and Driba Go to Mr. Smoothy's · Malefactor · Bros in Space · Arrested Development · Rules of Engagement · Showdown: Part 1 · Showdown: Part 2
Arc 3 T.G.I.S. · Tummy Trouble · Store 23 · Vilgax Must Croak · Ben Again · Special Delivery · Rad · While You Were Away · The Frogs of War: Part 1 · The Frogs of War: Part 2
Arc 4 Food Around the Corner · The Ultimate Heist · O Mother, Where Art Thou? · Max's Monster · Evil's Encore · Return to Forever · Mud is Thicker Than Water · OTTO Motives · A Fistful of Brains · For a Few Brains More
Arc 5 - Galactic Monsters Something Zombozo This Way Comes · Mystery, Incorporeal · Bengeance is Mine · An American Benwolf in London · Animo Crackers · Rad Monster Party · Charmed, I'm Sure · The Vampire Strikes Back · And Then There Were None · And Then There Was Ben
Arc 6 Catfight · Collect This · The Vengers · Cough It Up · The Rooters of All Evil · Blukic and Driba Go to Area 51 · No Honor Among Bros · Universe vs. Tennyson · Weapon XI: Part 1 · Weapon XI: Part 2
Arc 7 Clyde 5 · Rook Tales · Charm School · The Ballad of Mr. Baumann · Fight at the Museum · Breakpoint · The Color of Monkey · Vreedlemania · It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Ben World: Part 1 · It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Ben World: Part 2
Arc 8 From Hedorium to Eternity · Stuck on You · Let's Do the Time War Again · The Secret of Dos Santos · Third Time's a Charm · The Final Countdown · Malgax Attacks · The Most Dangerous Game Show · The End of an Era · A New Dawn

Season 1 The More Things Change: Part 1 · The More Things Change: Part 2 · A Jolt From the Past · Trouble Helix · Have I Got a Deal for You · It Was Them · So Long, and Thanks for All the Smoothies · Hot Stretch · Of Predators and Prey: Part 1 · Of Predators and Prey: Part 2
Season 2 Outbreak · Many Happy Returns · Gone Fishin' · Blukic and Driba Go to Mr. Smoothy's · Malefactor · Arrested Development · Bros in Space · Ben Again · Store 23 · Special Delivery
Season 3 Showdown: Part 1 · Showdown: Part 2 · Tummy Trouble · Vilgax Must Croak · While You Were Away · The Frogs of War: Part 1 · The Frogs of War: Part 2 · Rules of Engagement · Rad · Evil's Encore
Season 4 T.G.I.S. · Food Around the Corner · O Mother, Where Art Thou? · Return to Forever · Mud is Thicker Than Water · OTTO Motives · The Ultimate Heist · A Fistful of Brains · For a Few Brains More · Max's Monster
Season 5 Something Zombozo This Way Comes · Mystery, Incorporeal · Bengeance is Mine · An American Benwolf in London · Animo Crackers · Rad Monster Party · Charmed, I'm Sure · The Vampire Strikes Back · Catfight · Collect This
Season 6 And Then There Were None · And Then There Was Ben · The Vengers · Cough It Up · The Rooters of All Evil · Blukic and Driba Go to Area 51 · No Honor Among Bros · Universe vs. Tennyson · Weapon XI: Part 1 · Weapon XI: Part 2
Season 7 Clyde 5 · Rook Tales · Charm School · The Ballad of Mr. Baumann · Fight at the Museum · Breakpoint · The Color of Monkey · Vreedlemania · It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Ben World: Part 1 · It's a Mad, Mad, Mad Ben World: Part 2
Season 8 From Hedorium to Eternity · Stuck on You · Let's Do the Time War Again · The Secret of Dos Santos · Third Time's a Charm · The Final Countdown · Malgax Attacks · The Most Dangerous Game Show · The End of an Era · A New Dawn

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