This episode sort of follows the same template the last few have but with the mild difference of the Autobots landing on the different side of the planet from the Decepticons. It’s called “Find MegaZarak’s Weak Spot.” MegaZarak is another translation for Scorponok. The episode begins with Wheelie and Arcee cornered by the Decepticon Headmasters. They plan to eat the Autobots, apparently.
Who will save them? Read on to be disappointed with the answer.
Uh-oh. Daniel shows up in the world’s laziest cowboy cosplay outfit and isn’t afraid. Therefore, this is either a dream or a game, right?
Yeah, it was a game. After Daniel shoots the three Decepticons, a tv screen goes off and we realize Daniel is just playing with a Nintendo Zapper. Wheelie, supposedly his best friend, says he doesn’t REALLY have any skills.
He challenges Daniel to prove his accuracy by holding a baseball in his hand and telling Daniel to shoot it. Daniel flicks a switch on the gun that turns it into a sort of bb gun/stun blaster. We hear the shot and see the ball drop… but he missed and just shot his friend in the arm. Something kids in the real world could never duplicate at home with a bb gun, right?
The Headmasters are flying around in Fortress, commenting on how they don’t see the Decepticons on their radar. Well, you are in deep space. Perhaps a radar isn’t your best option.
They do receive a distress call, however, and head for the planet, which they instantly judge to be pure crap. Despite the fact that last episode they did the same thing and it turned out to have an amazing city and tons of energy reserves hidden below.
They land and a bunch of human run out from behind a building and are gunned down and killed. It’s the Decepticon Headmasters and they ruminate on whether they should try to kill the Autobots as well, eventually settling on something close to “why not?” as their decision.
Hardhead sits on Skullcruncher’s back and Brainstorm plays Punch Out on Skullcruncher’s head. It’s very fun to watch.
After kicking the Decepticons around, the bad guys retreat and the Autobots surround the remaining 3 survivors who were prisoners. The prisoners say that they did not send the distress call, but another prisoner who is a Battle Beast was. I gotta admit, I never expected to see the Battle Beasts again. This show uses ongoing continuity but the characters’ personality and education seem to reset every week. It’s hard to get used to.
The Autobots bring the prisoners aboard Fortress where Cerebros offers them everything short of some hot cocoa with marshmallows. The Autobots DO know these guys were prisoners but don’t see too interested in finding out why.
Wheelie spies on them through a door, which should be annoying but since we don’t know anything about the prisoners, is actually the first reasonable thing an Autobot has done this episode. Of course Daniel is tugging away at him trying to get him to stop.
Wheelie casually shrugs Daniel away and he goes flying, which is funny. The sound gets the attention of the prisoners who open the door and ask to be BFFs with Daniel. Daniel, being incredibly stupid, walks up and the Autobots realize they should’ve installed metal detectors. He instantly pulls a knife on Daniel.
Wheelie asks Cerebros if he’ll help save Daniel. Like, he actually felt like he had to get permission. This tells me that either: a) The Autobots ignore Wheelie and Daniel whenever possible; or b) Cerebros insists on a strict chain of command and if you try to do anything for any reason without his okay, you’re in deep shit.
The prisoner demands that they hand over Fortress to them. They want it to get revenge on their captors. Cerebros explains that he’ll give it to them because Daniel is “precious” to him – which, “ew” – but that he won’t be able to control it. It’s mostly a stalling tactic.
Daniel simply bites down on the dude, and jumps to his toy gun, flips a switch, and it fires a burst of light that stuns everyone. Might have been nice to have established that the toy could do that, but that’s ok, the show’s about to take a bigger leap. Fortress blasts the three prisoners with a freeze ray. A freeze ray! Never before mentioned or used, never used again. Sounds useful!
With Daniel safe, the Headmasters don’t immediately kick the prisoners out or kill them. Instead, they hear them out. Why were they imprisoned? Well, they live on a world where one side is very wealthy with resources. The planet used to share them with everyone. Essentially, it was a communist paradise. Then the people that lived in the energy-rich area began hogging their wealth and apparently eating turds on a stick while dressing up in Hercules and Xena cosplay outfits.
They show starving children and pets. And a man drinking sewer water or something. The prisoners were some of these poor people that tried to steal and were put in labor camps on the crappy side of the planet. And the show has no qualms about showing us these starving children. Probably because it’s about to get much worse.
The Autobots go to see if they can save any other prisoners but the camera pans over hundreds of dead bodies. I think the Decepticons killed them? It isn’t clear. What’s clear is that it’s complete carnage.
Suddenly, the Autobot spy Counterpunch pops up to tell the Headmasters about the Battle Beast who sent the distress call. He’s in a cave and has a secret about Scorponok. This felt like a video game. Counterpunch is the non-playable character who pops up to give you your mission and the reward you’ll get if you take the mission on.
On the wealthy side of the planet, Galvatron and the Horrorcons drink energon wine with a pervy king and some passed out hookers. This episode probably made kids ask the most questions of any Transformers episode ever. The king is happy to let the Decepticons take as much energy as they want since they have so much, and in return, Galvatron says he’ll keep the Autobots out of his hair. It’s a strange deal. Why would the king guy care about the Autobots?
The prisoners want to help fight the Decepticons since it IS their planet but Cerebros won’t let them get involved with their own planet’s politics.
Meanwhile, Chromedome and maybe Brainstorm (maybe Highbrow, but who cares?) enter the caves and immediately bump into a dog that looks like Ghandi. He tells them he was a slave that helped build Scorponok. I don’t know how he got from there to here. We saw that when Scorponok was complete, he blew up the planet he was built on. But maybe the Decepticons took the slaves off planet before that and it all happened off-screen. But that doesn’t explain how he and he alone got to THIS planet. It’s a pretty weird choice. Anyway, he’s about to tell them about the secret weak spot on Scorponok but the Decepticon Headmasters show up and shoot him in the back! Chromedome says he’ll hold the Decepticons off and has Brainstorm (it is Brainstorm, I checked) rush Dogghandi back to Fortress.
The other Autobots show up on the energy-rich side of the planet but get kicked around by the Horrorcons. Highbrow is told to do an evasive maneuver but just straight-up flies into the sand. Apeface tosses Hardhead around like a toy. It’s kind of funny.
Chromedome and Brainstorm show up to help even the odds and in the process we get the episode’s sole intentional slapstick. Apeface threatens the Autobots with a boulder and says that they neither scare nor hurt him. He then tells them to die because they are creeps. It’s one of my favorite bits of dialog in a long time.
Highbrow and Hardhead announce they don’t have enough energy to transform. But they do still have enough energy to drive around and shoot. So that’s sort of strange. But not as strange as how the Autobots solve the problem. The Headmasters eject from their vehicles and float up into the sky and hold hands. This allows them all to go to full power! WHAT?!
But that’s not all! Their friendship also puts Cerebros in his zen state and he transforms into Fortress Maximus. He then tosses his gun to the Headmasters and tells them to take the “Master Shot.” Why can’t he take the master shot? It’s his gun!
The Autobots announce that Scorponok’s weak spot is the symbol on his chest. And I gotta pause again. First of all, Dogghandi has not told them the weak spot yet. They just announce this. Second? If you have a weak spot, is covering it up with your bad guy symbol really the most effective strategy? It falls somewhere between painting an actual target on his chest and clubbing himself in the head in terms of bad decisions that Scorponok has made for himself.
The Autobots actually don’t hit their shot, though. Scorponok defends himself from the Master Sword with a new shield that he suddenly has. But then the Headmasters shoot Scorponok from behind (they forgot to take Ultra Magnus’ chivalry class). With that, Galvatron says that they’re wasting too much energy in battle and to retreat. That… sort of makes sense.
The Decepticons board Scorponok’s hilariously off-model scorpion form, which looks like a long cargo train, and escape.
The king guy offers Cerebros all the energy he wants, but Cerebros says their political structure is gonna change and there will be no more slaves. He doesn’t really stay to see if that works, though. And I feel like it’s vaguely implied that the prisoner with the red headband will be the new leader. The guy who held a knife to Daniel’s neck so that he could steal a warship and kill half the planet in revenge.
Back on Fortress, Dogghandi passes away from his injuries before he can tell them Scorponok’s weakness. So the Autobots seem to not know what the weakness is despite shouting that Scorponok’s symbol is his weak spot. I watched it more than once to see if there was something I missed. I promise, there wasn’t. It’s weird. But then Highbrow says there’s microfilm on Dogghandi’s arm! MICROFILM!
The episode ends with the Autobots flying into space to track the Decepticons. Highbrow thinks there are secrets on the microfilm but that it’s very complex and will take him time to decifer. That’s all folks. Next time? More visiting alien worlds to chase off the Decepticons. I think.