Last episode, the Decepticons successfully blackmailed the Autobots into getting blueprints to make a shield capable of defending against the Autobot’s greatest weapon: the master sword. They were on the planet Master which had the metal needed for the shield. This week, are they still there? Or will they move on to their next plan? Find out in this recap of “Operation: Destroy the Decepticons.” The episode begins with this exciting opening:
The Autobots are having a quiet conference. But if you read on, I promise there will be punches and blasters.
While the Autobots debate whether the Decepticons are still around or what they could be up to, Wheelie and Daniel play a videogame. They both lose. This show really has no problem letting the good guys lose.
At the conference room table, Highbrow suggests that the Decepticons will need energy so maybe they’ll blow up Earth to harvest the plasma energy that would create. Everyone acts like this guess makes all the sense in the world.
The Targetmasters act like that shield the Decepticons got last week isn’t that big of a deal. They want to lure the Decepticons into space and pick them off until Scorponok and his shield is the only one left. It makes some sense. I really like that the other Targetmasters and their gun allies just sit around or fold their arms casually to back up their leader, Point Blank (who I almost always start typing as Point Break).
Cerebros is interested in this “luring into space” plan but the Headmasters really try their best to cock-block it.
Chromedome’s big argument is that in space the Decepticons will escape. Point Blank is like, “no, we’ll crush them, not let them escape.” It’s just a bunch of cross-shouting. Maybe Cerebros should just start dictating plans like Optimus Prime used to do. Shit got done back then.
Cerebros gives the Targetmasters the go-ahead to set up their plan and the Headmasters run away in a huff. Chromedome tells his comrades to follow him. The Headmasters are reallllly into showing the Targetmasters that they’re better than them. I think it’s what they care about the most.
Chromedome takes them to their old allies, the tiny Transformers that live on planet Master. He took them there right from that meeting so I guess he already had a plan and whether it got approved or not, he was gonna do it. So here we go. Also? Why doesn’t Hardhead remember their allies? The Headmasters are FROM planet Master. Chromedome remembers them. I’m worried about Hardhead.
Far from being concerned about his friend’s almost-definite learning impairments from battle, Chromedome tells him to stop fooling around and listen to his great plan.
Meanwhile, the Decepticons are hanging around somewhere or other on the planet and Zarak tells his warriors to conserve energy because they’re low. Also, I hear the gas prices are through the roof and I doubt Sixshot is very energy-efficient.
The Targetmasters climb a mountain in hopes of finding the Decepticons. They forgot that they can fly. And on top of that, we see the Decepticons spying on them from the ground the whole time. This show has no problem making the heroes look a bit dumb.
Sureshot ends up falling all the way off the cliff like Wile E. Coyote. But don’t worry. He’s fine. Galvatron was defeated by an iceberg falling on top of him, but Sureshot can fall for a damn mile and just shake it off. It’s a sliding scale.
Chromedome explains his plan to lure the Decepticons not into space (which would be ridiculous) but into the clouds (which is much more sensible). His planet Master allies, including the robot named Kirk, are behind him on this. Yup. Chromedome’s ally is named Kirk. There are other tiny robots that I can only assume have names like Hank and David.
To illustrate his plan, Chromedome opens some delightful colonial-style window shutters to show the other Headmasters where they’ll lure the Decepticons.
His plan is to take them into clouds where he assumes the Decepticons will lose their bearings and be helpless. So it makes a lot more sense than outer space, as long as the Autobots have some sort of cloud-cancelling radar. The Autobots never mention such a device, but this is their plan so I’m sure they have one.
The Autobots haven’t heard from the Targetmasters in a while but a scout ship piloted by their allies updates them on what happened to the Targetmasters. Chromedome guesses the Decepticons must be based near there so they prepare to enact his cloud-plan.
Meanwhile, the Targetmasters are fighting back against the ambush. In the best moment of the episode, all 3 of them drive over Mindwipe.
The Headmasters are extra confident that their plan will work because the Decepticons are low on energy. It makes sense. So… get going guys. You have your plan. Let’s not waste much more daylight.
The Decepticons don’t chase the Targetmasters because they are low on energy and return to a cave to report to Zarak. Sixshot assures him that they can still “repulse” the Autobots.
Zarak announces his plan is to strike at the center of the main city on planet Master. I don’t see how that helps him conserve energy or get to planet Earth to blow it up. I… I think Zarak might be making this up as he goes along.
On the way back to Fortress, the Targetmasters notice a lot of gun emplacements manned by planet Master Transformers and guess that Chromedome is up to something. They tell Cerebros who decides to communicate with Chromedome telepathically. The Autobots should really invest in some cell phones.
Chromedome lets his boss know that, yeah, he’s hanging with his allies elsewhere. As in, he’s not ON YOU, Cerebros/Fortress.
Scroponok bursts up through the city and the Decepticons back him up. Sixshot tells the Decepticon Targetmasters to chill out with the shooting and to conserve energy. They pretty much ignore him completely.
Chromedome and the Headmasters show up at the city to help out but it’s already ruined. Chromedome mutters about how he did everything he could to defend the city. Yeah, except for stay on Fortress so that you were by the city to defend it. Aside from leaving it to do your own thing, you really helped.
Everybody gets in a big fight and Mindwipe accidentally hypnotizes Skullcruncher. It seems to give him the robot version of Bells Palsy.
In your token slapstick moment, Weirdwolf walks over and kicks Skullcruncher for falling asleep on the job.
The Decepticons seems to have the upper hand but the planet Master Transformers are pecking away at Scorponok in their little planes. Weirdwolf acts like a 50s tough guy and tells those Autobot punks that they’ll finish them later! The Autobots presumably start panicking and leaking oil everywhere.
Now that the planes are luring Scorponok into the clouds, Chromedome’s plan is in full effect. The Headmasters gang up to tackle Sixshot so that he can’t help Scorponok. He doesn’t bother to transform but rather laments that he has been held back at such an inopportune time. I think he could struggle harder so I think Sixshot’s heart isn’t as into the fight as it used to be. I hope he gets the help he needs.
While the little planes corral Scorponok into the clouds, Daniel and Wheelie stand on Fortress and cheer Chromedome on. That’s their contribution this week. At least they didn’t actively get in the way or get kidnapped.
Scorponok then decides to fly into thick cloud cover and the Autobots lose track of him. Congratulations, Autobots. You just let Scorponok use your own plan against you. The one you took all that time preparing for. What exactly were they doing during that prep time? Painting the window shutters?
Scorponok emerges from the clouds and lays waste to all the planes. It’s such a holocaust of annihilation that the animation transitions to paintings, something they only do when shit gets serious.
Cerebros’ plan of counter attack? “Big mode” which probably means something more innocent than where my dirty mind goes.
Cerebros transforms into Fortress Maximus but this time his master sword is met by the Zarak shield and Scorponok gets the upper-hand, knocking him down. But then Fortress Maximus remembers that he’s COVERED IN GUNS and shoots Scorponok in the groin with his knee guns. Knee guns, everyone. Get on that.
Scorponok then just sort of gives up, most likely because the episode is almost over. He even helpfully tells Fortress Maximus that he’ll see him on Earth! I understand taunting, but you aren’t obligated to tell your enemy what your next move is.
Point Blank confronts Chromedome over his (terrible) strategy, pointing out that hundreds of planet Master citizens are now dead. The planes were shot down (even poor Kirk) and the city is in shambles. Chromedome argues that his plan was a sure thing but we’ve all seen how it played out so I don’t know why he’s lying to himself about this.
Point Blank strangles him and tries to knock some sense into Chromedome that he needs to consider everyone. Chromedome forgets that he can detach his head from his body.
But then Kirk walks up. He survived! And he defends Chromedome saying that he knew what the risks were and they made their own adult decision to go along with Chromedome’s plan. Oh! In your face, Point Spanked!
If that isn’t worth a handshake, I don’t know what is. Kirk? Chromedome?
The Autobots should REALLY be getting to Earth, though.