What happens when you take the best character from the Headmasters show and pair him with the worst character? Does one drag down the other? Does one bring the other up? Do they meet in the middle? You’ll have to decide. This episode is called “My Friend Sixshot!” and it begins with the Autobots chasing the Decepticons through outer space in a race to Earth. The Decepticons get held up by a massive asteroid belt. Sixshot suggests taking some extra time to go around the asteroid belt but Zarak insists on going straight through it.
Read on to see how that goes for them and how the Autobots handle the same problem.
The Autobots soon reach the same asteroids but Cerebros opts to go around. In a funny bit of animation, Fortress flies up to the asteroid path, turns, and drives parallel to them.
Meanwhile, Scorponok gets pelted with astroids so badly that Zarak falls out of his high chair/command throne. Sixshot helpfully catches his leader.
Aaaand is promptly yelled at for his obvious good advice earlier.
Back on Fortress, Wheelie and Daniel waste time not helping. On top of that, Wheelie is goading Daniel to check out an off-limits area: one of the laser emplacements. Guys, at least not now. Just… stay out of trouble for an hour.
Daniel is reluctant but Wheelie offers him the reassurance that he’ll protect him. I’ve never seen Wheelie do a single thing to help protect Daniel. I’ve seen the opposite a handful of times. Daniel, stop listening to this walking nightmare.
Daniel walks into the laser area and an asteroid hits Fortress, causing the area to seal itself off. Wheelie fails to do the one thing he JUST promised to do.
Zarak wants to capitalize on this but he does it in a strange way. Instead of using Scorponok’s powerful weapons, he orders Sixshot to fly over there and continue to attack. Sixshot reluctantly obeys, because that’s the kind of ninja he is.
As Sixshot attacks Fortress, both ships are caught in space tornadoes. What’s that? There’s no such thing? Why? Just because it’s an airless vacuum without moisture and temperature changes that create such a thing? Well, you’d be wrong because as you can see in the animation there IS such a thing.
Highbrow points out that there’s a damaged laser emplacement. Cerebros has to make a quick decision. It’s a great one.
The laser room and Sixshot are both sucked into those tornadoes. Zarak makes the odd decision to just give up on his best warrior, the guy he trusts with any important job.
The Autobots are about to continue in swift pursuit when Wheelie runs in to tell them that they just ejected Daniel. Even though Earth and its billions are in danger, Cerebros knows what their priority is. Saving Daniel who got himself into this mess.
The Targetmasters show the only brains, suggesting they fly ahead to continue pursuit of Scorponok. So the cars with guns fly after bad guys through space, which on the sliding scale of reality this show uses almost makes sense.
Those tornadoes pull Sixshot and Daniel to a planet, which we’re told is a living being. A living planet! That has some potential. Get your hopes up!
They both land a-ok because entering a planet’s atmosphere is no biggie for someone as cool as Daniel. And would you look at that, Sixshot even knows who he is.
Daniel is understandably hesitant to trust him, but Sixshot assures him he doesn’t kill kids. You see, Sixshot is the honorable Decepticon (seriously). Didn’t Sixshot try to kill Daniel’s father a handful of episodes ago, during that fake peace treaty?
Daniel ignores this olive branch. It’d be a more accurate metaphor to say that he snapped it and threw it on the ground and stomped on it. I dunno, Daniel. Your options are pretty limited. Maybe not the time to smack away a helping hand. To Sixshot’s credit, he’s not going to waste any time trying to convince Daniel and walks away.
But then the ground spits out a rock monster that attacks Daniel and Sixshot turns around and blasts it. He puts together that if this planet has rock monsters it has to be the famous planet Daira that we’ve never heard about. That famous planet.
Sixshot decides to fly away but he crashes into a forcefield. A forcefield that looks like a pretty rainbow. I guess the planet can make those.
Sixshot and Daniel decide to just sit. Sixshot asks Daniel if he has any food and Daniel glumly answers that he has space food. That’s what he calls it. It wasn’t made or harvested in space but it was meant to be eaten in space so to him it’s space food. I bet he calls his allowance “future monies.”
Sixshot advises him to eat up because he needs to be strong to survive on this planet. So Sixshot is either thinking they’ll be hear for a VERY long time or he doesn’t understand how humans work.
Staring at his food, Daniel flashes back to the time he got the food. His mom made it and offered it to him. Obviously a really important memory to dwell on right now.
Daniel makes a small effort to bridge the gap and tells Sixshot that he’s a good person because he saved Daniel from the rock monster. Sixshot seems pretty shocked by this.
But before we can get into any real character development, more rock monsters decide to attack! Maybe they were listening the whole time and got bored. They don’t like any awkward silences.
Meanwhile, the Autobots have been following the trail of the space whirlwind and then decide that instead of continuing to follow it, their best option is to enter it and let it take them wherever Daniel might have been taken. They acknowledge that this would be super dangerous and still decide it’s their best option.
Wheelie is worried about his friend so Cerebros commands him to pray.
Speaking of bad plans, Sixshot has one. He thinks that to escape the planet, maybe they’ll have to destroy it. That’s like thinking the best way to escape prison would be to set off a nuclear bomb in your cell because then the prison wouldn’t be there anymore.
Daniel resorts to his usual crying. He’s learned nothing about toughening up. This week, it’s Sixshot’s turn to tell him to man up a little.
Daniel sucks up his sniffles and thanks Sixshot. Sixshot is so touched by this, he has a change of heart for the rest of the episode.
But then things are getting a little too talky so some more rock monsters pop up for Sixshot to smash.
Meanwhile, the Autobots are getting battered in the asteroid tornado thing. They point out that they need to get out of it if they want to survive. Guys… you just got in it and now you want to get out. I swear, they’re like cats with no pet door. They always want what’s on the other side.
But don’t worry, Fortress displays a new power: the freeze ray. It turns everything into a wall of ice (in space) that they smash their way out of.
The rock monsters realize they keep getting their ass kicked and merge together to form a bigger rock monster. Sixshot gets knocked around by this one a bit.
He uses his ninja abilities to form his multiple forms and blasts away, but he’s not really making any progress. Daniel shoots one small rock monster during all of this.
Sixshot finally blows up the big one and Daniel hogs equal credit. Sixshot keeps shouting “transform.”
Now that the danger has passed, the Autobots finally show up.
Sixshot has zero interest in sticking around and flies away. Now that the big rock monster is defeated, apparently the rainbow has gone away. Bye rainbow.
The Autobots pick up Daniel and return to chasing the Decepticons. But it is Daniel who has the most salient observation: war is bad.
Tune in next time when there’s more war! Explosions! Punches! RARRGHHH!!!