|The More Things Change: Part 1|
|Original broadcast||August 1, 2012|
|Series||Ben 10: Omniverse|
|Written by||Charlotte Fullerton|
|Story by|| Dwayne McDuffie|
|Directed by||Dan Riba|
|Previous episode||The Ultimate Enemy: Part 2|
|Next episode||The More Things Change: Part 2|
The More Things Change: Part 1 is the first episode of Ben 10: Omniverse.
Five years ago, Four Arms is fighting a red Galvanic Mechamorph called Malware. While Four Arms appears to have the upper hand, Malware manages to grab the Omnitrix and forces the Omnitrix 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 recharge and 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.
In the present day, 16 year-old Ben, along with Gwen and Kevin, are 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 to work. Realizing that he will be left all alone, Ben shares an emotional goodbye with Kevin and Gwen. As they leave, Zombozo begins to mock 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.
After driving past Mr. Smoothy because "it wouldn't be the same", Ben drives to Max's Plumbing store. Using the secret entrance in the store's bathroom, Ben descends into the Plumbers Base beneath Bellwood.
Ben meets up with Grandpa 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 attempts to transform into Humungousaur, but he transforms into Spidermonkey instead and Crabdozer pins Spidermonkey to the wall of the crater.
Spidermonkey tries to use web against Crabdozer, but fails. He brings down the rest of the building, freeing himself from Crabdozer. Crabdozer charges him and he flees as Khyber watches. Spidermonkey webs Crabdozer's eye, causing it to fall. As it is about to kill Spidermonkey, Khyber calls it back and it retreats, transforming back into Khyber's pet.
After 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 and Mr. Baumann reluctantly allows him to stay after Ben outlines a plan. In order to disguise himself, Ben transforms 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, the trio of alien criminals arrive.
The alien criminals (Bubble Helmet, Liam, and Fistina) have arrived with their 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 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.
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, causing Cannonbolt to transform back into Ben. As Mr. Baumann inquires Ben to 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.
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.
- The team disbands and Gwen leaves for college along with Kevin.
- Rook makes his debut and becomes Ben's new partner, in place of Gwen and Kevin.
- Feedback makes his first appearance as one of 11-year old Ben's primary aliens.
- Spidermonkey, Lodestar and Cannonbolt make their Omniverse debuts (by 16-year old Ben).
- Four Arms makes his flashback Omniverse debut (by 11-year old Ben).
- Malware makes his flashback debut.
- Bubble Helmet
- Blukic (cameo)
- Driba (cameo)
- Solid Plugg (cameo)
- Rook Blonko
- Molly Gunther (cameo)
- Jerry (cameo)
- Lillimusha DiForestini (cameo)
- Alien Kid (cameo)
Omnitrix Alien Debuts
- Lodestar (Omniverse debut)
- Spidermonkey (Omniverse debut)
- Cannonbolt (Omniverse debut)
Nemetrix Alien Debuts
- Crabdozer (first appearance)
- Ben Tennyson (16 and 11 years old; first re-appearance)
- Rook Blonko (first appearance)
- Max Tennyson (first re-appearance)
- Gwen Tennyson (first re-appearance)
- Kevin Levin (first re-appearance)
- Mr. Baumann (first re-appearance)
- Pakmar (first appearance)
- The Plumbers
- Solid Plugg (first appearance; cameo)
- Lillimusha DiForestini (first appearance; cameo)
- Khyber (first appearance)
- Zed (first appearance)
- Liam (first appearance)
- Bubble Helmet (first appearance)
- Fistina (first appearance)
- Zombozo (first re-appearance)
- Malware (first appearance)
By 11 year old Ben
By 16 year old Ben
- Lodestar (first re-appearance; accidental transformation)
- Spidermonkey (first re-appearance; intended alien was Humungousaur)
- Cannonbolt (first re-appearance)
- Bloxx (first appearance)
- Crabdozer (first appearance)
Naming and Translations
|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|
|Portuguese (Br)||Quanto Mais as Coisas Mudam, 1ª Parte||The More Things Change, 1st Part|
|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|
- The title of this episode is based on the saying "The more things change, the more they stay the same."
- When Ben says to Rook: "Just call me Ben, Dude", with Rook responding: "All right, Ben-Dude", this is similar to how Reinrassic III refers to Ben as Ben-Ben Tennyson after Ben tells him "My name is Ben, Ben Tennyson".
- 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."