Okay cool, so I sounds like I don't need to wait until I watch through Beast Wars.
Beast Wars II was cell frame animated as opposed to the CGI Beast Wars show. It features a different Convoy (Optimus Primal) character who IMO is more reminiscent of G1 Optimus Prime as far as how he acts than the US Beast Wars Optimus Primal. The series takes place way in the future. Takara had Beast Wars II and Beast Wars Neo produced as filler between seasons of the main Beast Wars show. This series is my favorite version of Beast Wars.
Ah, of course! A season finale; I'm still wondering why I could never catch the next part. I don't think I was watching it during it's original run. Probably reruns 'n all that. Sometimes they show them out of order when they do that. Funny thing is that I wasn't watching the show during it's original run, but I was getting the toys! Maybe not a ton, but they were the first time I was really happy with a Transformer, at the time.
No, BWII and BWNeo were set in the future, although they never really specified on any specific ties with the original Beast Wars cartoon (or Beast Machines). And yeah, what you saw there was the last episode of season 2 of BEast Wars, it's a doozy!