This episode answers what was perhaps one of the biggest unanswered questions of the Waking the Dragons arc. It is stated that in the Battle of Atlantis neither side was victorious. Somehow, even with Timaeus, Critias, and Hermos sealed away, Ironheart and his monster army somehow managed to seal away the Great Leviathan, but in the process, Atlantis was destroyed. Of course, in this timeline, the knights were still there to help, but it is to be assumed that Ironheart could have done it alone in the original timeline. The funny thing about this episode is I thought it would be fairly short at first. I figured that if the entire episode was going to be just fighting the Great Leviathan, then I couldn’t make it last that long. However, things just kept on popping up that I felt I had to elaborate on, turning this into one of the longest episodes of the season.
The Battle of Atlantis is an interesting topic, because it was so crucial to the Waking the Dragons arc, and yet there was so little information given on it. Obviously the purpose of this episode was to help give some story to this barely known event. The original show almost seemed to infer that the entire War of Atlantis was simply this one battle. As I’ve already shown, the war has been going on for much longer than that. One thing to note is opening scene when Ironheart summoned the Knights of Atlantis. My scene was almost directly taken from what we see in one of the episodes in the original series. I tweaked it slightly to fit the situation, but that can be attributed to any changes made to the timeline by Otto and Yuni. The point of showing this scene was to help explain one of the biggest contraindications made during the Waking the Dragons arc. If when Ironheart first asked for there help, the Knights of Atlantis were already dragons, then why did Dartz have to seal them away to turn them into dragons later? I made it so that they can be in any form, as they wish, and Dartz merely trapped them in one of those forms.
This episode was the start of my attempt to retcon and fix the Waking the Dragons arc of the original series. In my opinion, Waking the Dragons was one of the best arcs in all of Yu-Gi-Oh, but it was full of so many flaws, contradictions, and errors. One of the biggest is the Knights/Dragons. First off, why would you seal away a knight as a dragon? Isn’t a dragons more powerful than a knight? Also, if the Legendary Dragons were originally knights, sealed away by Dartz’s curse, then why do we see them as dragons when Ironheart first asks for their help. The purpose of this episode was to explain the origin of the Legendary Dragons/Knights, and hopefully explain a couple of those problems. By making the knights and the dragons separate entities originally, I think managed to allow the story to fit together a little bit better, The next few episodes will continue to this trend.
Believe it or not, the most important part of this episode was probably not the time travel, but the exposition before it. The part where Cosmo explained how Yu-Gi-Oh and Seto came to be reincarnated. That explanation is the very reason for the existence of Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium. The first seeds of an idea for the series came to me back when I first watched the Waking the Dragons arc (which was only a couple of years ago, since I never saw it or the Dawn of the Duel arc as a child). When the Legendary Dragons where revealed to actually be knights who look like Yugi, Kaiba, and Joey, that got me thinking. Timaeus existed 10,000 years ago, and Atem existed 5,000 years ago (since I watch the English version, not the Japanese). That means that Timaeus existed 5,000 years before Atem. This seemed like too big of a coincidence. The original series never explained why there just happened to be yet another incarnation of Yugi and Kaiba, before even Ancient Egypt. So years later, I decided to take a crack at explaining this odd coincidence, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium was born. Speaking of the origin of the series, originally, the story arc we’re in now included no time travel at all. It would have just been duels with each of the incarnations. Time travel allows for a much better plot though. It’s also worth noting that this is the first time I’ve ever done more than one episode without a duel in it in a row. Of course, Yu-Gi-Oh is all about dueling, but the story I’m telling now require less dueling than normal (don’t worry though, there will be more dueling than there was in Dawn of the Duel).