The Decepticons have their old leader back. Want to see what he does first now that he’s back? Don’t form high expectations. It involves a lot of sitting. Episode 17 is called “SOS from Planet Sandra” and involves an emergency request from somewhere new. The first people we see receive the signal are Scourge and Cyclonus. I guess they spend every waking moment together.
Read on to learn about exciting planet Sandra.
They report to Galvatron. Zarak overhears and says to ignore someone else’s problems. Galvatron agrees. Oh, and the computer receiving the signal says it’s from an unidentified planet that is named Sandra. Everyone should be afraid of the fact that the computer knows the name of an unidentified planet.
Galvatron then sits down in his empty office, where he’ll stay for pretty much the entire episode and sends Ratbat to see if the Autobots will act on the SOS.
The Autobots have heard the SOS and don’t know the planet it comes from but look at star charts showing the signal’s origins and Cerebros points out it’s a perfect duplicate of Earth’s solar system and that the new planet, Sandra, matches up with Earth.
After claiming it’d be a parallel that he’s “heard of” Daniel wonders if the people there would be like him. Cerebros, being a robot who was created and not understanding how evolution works, says that it’s a certainty.
The Autobots then debate how to respond to the SOS. I actually like this. They want to help these new people who say they only have a year’s worth of energy left before their planet is doomed. The Autobots have some reserves on Earth and Athenia but not much. During the debate, almost everyone wants to just give the energy away but Spike reasons they should consider their own stockpiles, apparently forgetting that he’s human at the same time. He points out they only have enough to last about 7 years after this donation.
Cerebros goes outside to consider what to do. Counterpunch reports to him that the Decepticons have heard but are ignoring the SOS. Cerebros is shocked – SHOCKED – at the Decepticons behavior.
He determines they will send an amount of energon cubes they can spare from their reserves on Earth and dismisses Counterpunch, who bows to his leader. Hey, a bit of discipline. How about making Chromedome do that once in a while?
I can’t even remember the importance of this, but Arcee goes over some planning info and of course it’s held on a VHS tape. My favorite part of this show has become the moments the Transformers give each other paper reports or watch info on VHS tapes.
Fortress is flying around in space and Wheelie, Daniel and some of the Headmasters are cleaning their robot/vehicles. Wow. Actual maintenance work. It gives the slightest impression of reality. Of course Daniel and Wheelie ruin this by calling each other names.
It leads to a hose fight and they spray one of the Headmasters. This is the “comedy” portion of the episode. Load up on your yuks:
The Autobots on Fortress get the news about the mission to bring energon cubes from Earth to Athenia and Daniel begs to go along (as well as Wheelie). Since the Autobots figure this is a peaceful mission with no threat of Decepticons, they say Daniel can go. He’s very excited because it will be his first space trip. What? He goes to planet Athenia all the time. He’s been to Cybertron. He had to blow up a meteor earlier this season. For a show that calls back to previous continuity, these moments stand out as either lazy or crazy. But definitely something that rhymes with “-azy.”
Ratbat was spying on all of this so he reports this back to Galvatron who is still sitting in his unadorned, dull office. He is offended that the Autobots are giving away the energon cubes because he says the Decepticons have the rights to all of Earth’s resources. He orders an attack on the Autobots on Earth.
On Earth, Ultra Magnus is overseeing the energon cubes getting loaded onto the Trainbots by the Technobots and Protectobots. Maybe the Arielbots are there, too. Who can keep track. Suddenly, Twincast runs up to Ultra Magnus and… Twincast.
Twincast comes to warn Ultra Magnus that he’s heard the Decepticons are about to attack but his warning isn’t in time. Galvatron flies in with the Horrorcons and Combaticons. And probably the Constructicons, too. Maybe the Combaticons. Let’s just say they’re all there.
There’s a big fight as the Decepticons struggle to prevent the Trainbots from leaving with the energon. Ultra Magnus has a pretty rad flying choke hold he tries out:
Computron kicks Abominus so hard with a flying kick that the animation itself transforms into a painting:
And Devestator uppercuts Defensor straight out of the viewing area.
The Trainbots try to make a break for it in all the confusion but Sixshot shoots them down. The Autobots aren’t getting that energon off of Earth anytime soon.
Cerebros hears about the fight on Earth and makes the tough call to send Athenia’s energy supply instead, hoping to later divide up their reserves on Earth. Chromedome is too stupid to follow along but pretends he gets it, fooling no one in the process.
Somehow Galvatron figures out that the Autobots are no longer trying hard enough so he sends Scorponok, left behind on Chaar, after Fortress Maximus. It’s a decent game of planning and cat and mouse for a kid’s cartoon. I kinda like the strategic moves in this episode.
Cerebros has a plan and Chromedome approves!
Cerebros is just happy his plan is working out.
Eventually, Fortress is blocked by Scorponok and the Decepticon Headmasters. The Autobot Headmasters head out to battle them, while a shuttlecraft is prepped on Fortress. Daniel, Wheelie and Spike are aboard.
Chromedome and Hardhead disconnect from their robot forms (transtectors, if you wanna get technical) and join the shuttle as it takes off while Fortress and the other Headmasters hold off the Decepticons. The energon is on the shuttlecraft and they escape! Good plans!
The Autobots go through a dimensional rift and approach planet Sandra. They respond to the SOS and we get to meet the aliens. It’s a huge disappointment. They just have elf ears and bad hair.
On Fortress, Highbrow takes time out of the fight with the Decepticons to let everyone know he hopes Chromedome does a good job. His timing needs work.
The Autobots land and deliver the energy. Sandra’s leaders explain that their planet used energy too fast back in the day and now they’re running out. They have done research though and should have new energy in about 7 years. Spike makes a comment along the lines of how it was worth helping after all which struck me as very self-centered but overall, the metaphor of conservation in this episode does not hit you over the head. I admit, this is a decent episode. I am recapping these out of a love for Transformers so it doesn’t take much.
Scorponok surprises everyone by showing up, and the Sandra…ians? are scared but Chromedome and Hardhead sneak behind him since they’re in their small forms and put bombs on his butt and blow him up so he has to retreat.
And with that, we close out another recap. Next time, we get another Daniel episode. Start drinking now so you’ll be ready.