|Original broadcast||October 6, 2012|
|Series||Ben 10: Omniverse|
|Overall number|| 154 (U.S. Airing Order)|
156 (Production Order)
|Written by||Geoffrey Thorne|
|Directed by||Dan Riba|
|Previous episode||A Jolt from the Past|
|Next episode||Have I Got a Deal for You|
Trouble Helix is the fourth episode of Ben 10: Omniverse.
Late at night, Khyber appears at Max's Plumbing and manages to sneak inside the Plumbers' base after bypassing the security. Driba and Blukic are testing a new weapon against Ben as Chromastone. When it malfunctions and the two start arguing, Chromastone yawns and transforms back into Ben. Ben then asks Driba and Blukic about whether they are done testing the weapon on him in order for him to go home and says that he thought that Galvans were supposed to be the smartest beings in the universe, which he remarks through saying that being smart enough to quickly figure out stuff in order for him to be able to go home. Blukic pretends to laugh at Ben's remark and says that while they may not look it. Driba says that they are still smarter than any human and prepares to fire the gun. Ben responds through saying that he has yet to see any indication that Blukic and Driba are smart and he transforms into Cannonbolt and continues to block the weapon and then while blocking the weapon, Cannonbolt asks about the reason why that the Plumbers had hired Driba and Blukic. Meanwhile, Khyber sneaks past them and enters a file room, inserts in a device, and plays the helix file holo-display.
Once the file is played, it presents a flashback to five years ago on Galvan Prime where Azmuth and Albedo are working on something, Max comes barging into the lab, asking Azmuth to fix the Omnitrix which as it turns out has been malfunctioning so that Ben is stuck as a different alien every week.
Azmuth says that he is not concerned and it is low priority, telling Max to come back in two years, to which Max responds angrily that has not slept in a month. XLR8 enters the lab playing with Azmuth's inventions when he breaks one, Gwen arrives and tells Max that XLR8 insisted on seeing the lab. Annoyed, Azmuth reluctantly fixes the Omnitrix through climbing up to XLR8's chest and slamming the Omnitrix, causing XLR8 to revert back to Ben.
Max tells the kids to sit outside of the lab while he talks to Azmuth and leaves Gwen in charge. She then taunts Ben and Ben looks outside and groans. Suddenly outside, something crashes from the sky and lands in a swamp on Galvan Prime. Which as it turns out is a heavily mutated Galvanic Mechamorph.
He emerges from the swamp, absorbs a Galvan's jetpack and flies off to the city, and walks towards Azmuth's lab. Ben sees the explosion and transforms into Feedback. He then leaves to learn about what is happening, despite Gwen's threats. The Mechamorph is destroying buildings in the city when Feedback attacks. Max exits the lab to find Ben gone.
Feedback, backed up by the Galvan military, and the Mechamorph battle, with the Mechamorph insisting that he will see Azmuth. It tries to take the Omnitrix, but Feedback throws it off and attacks. Feedback starts absorbing its energy, but he reverts back into Ben. The Omnitrix recharges and Ben attempts to transform into Diamondhead, but he transforms into Four Arms instead and he and the Mechamorph battle again. Four Arms throws the Mechamorph into Azmuth's lab and follows it. The Mechamorph blasts him with an eye blast through the many stories until he lands in the actual lab.
After Four Arms reverts back into Ben, The Mechamorph enters the lab trying to make Azmuth give him an upgrade like he promised, Azmuth claims he needs more time. Albedo unfortunately picks the time to foolishly claim to be the only one, aside from Azmuth, who can complete the Helix which in turn is what the Mechamorph needs to fix himself. The Mechamorph, having no more patience with Azmuth, takes the incomplete Helix, kidnaps Albedo and flies out of the lab to go to Galvan B.
Everyone (except Gwen since the ship was only designed to fit three people) gets on the ship to give chase to the Mechamorph. On the ship Azmuth tells how he created the Galvanic Mechamorphs, he was performing a terraforming experiment on the once lifeless moon known as Galvan B when it resulted in the creation of the Mechamorphs, who came to be when he shut down the helix experiment that made Galvan B habitable. Unfortunately, one Mechamorph came out of the process incomplete and corrupted and it absorbed technology, rather than mimicking it. Azmuth named him Malware for his perceived flaws. Azmuth tried many times to help him but there had been numerous complications with Malware's condition Azmuth intended to create a secondary Helix to be connected to the first. Ben is disgusted with Azmuth's refusal to correct his error in order to help Malware. Gwen appears as a hologram and says that if anything goes wrong, there will be an explosion.Arriving on Galvan B, the group discovers that Malware has sucked dry several other Mechamorphs, Azmuth says that he can save them using the ship. Max retrieves Plumber equipment from the ship to see that Ben has wandered off. Max tells Ben that they need a plan, and Ben transforms into Heatblast. In a building, Malware rushes Albedo, who is working on the helix. Albedo bothers Malware with his bragging and Malware threatens to end his life. Heatblast arrives and Malware tells Heatblast that the upgrade is his right and attacks Heatblast with an eye blast. Malware then runs up to and grabs Heatblast and slams him to the ground repeatedly, stating that the Mechamorphs outside deserved to be destroyed. Heatblast says that Malware's statement is backwards and he shoots fire at Malware, but his flames are ineffective against Malware and Malware forms sharp claws with his fingers and is about to stab Heatblast. Fortunately, Max arrives and blasts Malware away with his weapon, telling Malware to keep his claws off of his grandson, and Heatblast, after being freed from Malware's grasp, and fights with Malware, who has just recovered from the blast. Heatblast then creates a small fire board from a small section of the ground and rides on it in order to fly. While riding on the board, Heatblast shoots fire at Malware and Malware shoots an eye beam at him, but Heatblast manages to dodge the eye beam and crashes the fire board into Malware. Meanwhile, Max tells Albedo to stop working, but Albedo says that if he does, Galvan B will be destroyed with them on it. The Helix emits a red beam, and Albedo exits, claiming that even Azmuth would not have thought of that. Malware starts to absorb it, stating that he will be cured at last and knocks Heatblast away when he tries to wrestle him down. Heatblast reverts back into Ben and he is comforted by Max as Malware gets his upgrade and he is destroyed. Ben begins to celebrate their victory through saying that they rule, which prompts Max to say that they were lucky. Ben questions Max about the luck that they had and states that Malware is defeated because of him and the Omnitrix. Albedo reveals that he sabotaged the process to destroy Malware and taunts Ben, which prompts Ben to say that Albedo is getting on his nerves. But Albedo's plan backfires, and Malware transforms into a "Negative" Mechamorph, as he puts it, whereas other Mechamorphs upgrade technology Malware absorbs the technology and upgrade himself. Malware approaches the group and grabs Max's weapon and absorbs it. Malware then states that he shall upgrade himself with Azmuth's greatest creation, the Omnitrix. Ben states that he will not allow for that to happen and transforms into Cannonbolt and saves Max and Albedo from being blasted by Malware. Max tells Cannonbot that the building is collapsing, but Cannonbolt says that he has a plan just and goes off to fight Malware. But Malware blasts Cannonbolt with a weapon and pins him to a wall and tries to tear off the Omnitrix from Cannonbolt with a hand that he generates from his stomach. Before he can do anything, the Omnitrix times out and Cannonbolt reverts back into Ben. Ben manages to run away, But Malware blasts the ceiling and buries Ben in rubble. Secretly, Ben transforms into Diamondhead and emerges from the rubble unharmed. Diamondhead and Malware fight, but Malware blasts Diamondhead away with a weapon and tries to absorb the Omnitrix, but Diamondhead realizes that Malware can't get through crystal and creates the crystal in order to protect the Omnitrix followed by encasing Malware's body in it, paralyzing him. Malware says that he will be free and take over the universe, but Diamondhead encases Malware's head in crystal and reverts back into Ben. On Galvan Prime, a crowd of Galvan see the Tennysons off as they exit from the planet through flying in the Skipper.
In the present, Khyber copies and saves the file, along with all of the others, and exits from the base unnoticed. While outside, Khyber reunites with his dog and tells her that he has everything he needs and no secrets are safe.
- XLR8, Cannonbolt, Heatblast, and Diamondhead make their flashback Omniverse debuts with 11 year old Ben.
- Malware's and the Galvanic Mechamorphs' origins are revealed.
- Malware's name is revealed.
- Khyber infiltrates the Plumber's Secret Base and learns more about Ben's past and obtains data about him as well the helix files.
- Azmuth and Albedo make their flashback Omniverse debuts.
- Driba and Blukic make their first non-cameo appearance.
Omnitrix Aliens Debuts
- Chromastone (Omniverse debut)
- Ben Tennyson (11 and 16 years old)
- Gwen Tennyson (11 years old)
- Max Tennyson (61 years old)
By 16 year old Ben
By 11 year old Ben
- XLR8 (first re-appearance; off-screen transformation)
- Four Arms (accidental transformation; selected alien was Diamondhead)
- Heatblast (first re-appearance by 11 year old Ben)
- Cannonbolt (first re-appearance by 11 year old Ben)
- Diamondhead (first re-appearance)
Naming and Translations
|Hungarian||A Hélix bolygó||The Helix Planet|
|Portuguese (Br)||Problema Heliocoidal||Helical Problem|
|Spanish (HA)||Hélix Problemático||Problematic Helix|
|Spanish (Spain)||Problemas de Helices||Problems of Propellers|
- The title of this episode is an allusion to a Double Helix, a double stranded molecular structure of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid).
- This episode reveals Malware's origin.
- The Omnitrix problem where Ben is stuck as a different alien mentioned by Max is similar to what Ben went through in A Small Problem.
- Chronologically, this was the first time Ben met Albedo.