This is the final episode of the Transformers: Headmaster season. It’s been a long ride. I hope it’s been as fun for you to read as for me to recap. I’ll have some news at the end of this post about what’s next in the world of Transformers for The Robot’s Pajamas. For now, let’s watch part 2 of “The Final Showdown on Earth.”
Last part ended with more “Death Towers’ sprouting up from the Earth. Somehow the Decepticons will use these to steal all the energy from Earth. The last one popped up in front of the White House and Metroplex tells Cerebros that the Aeriolbots are going to check that out.
Can the Autobots stop the Decepticons? Normally I’d say sure but keep in mind that this season the Autobots have lost Optimus Prime, Rodimus Prime, Ultra Magnus and more allies. They’ve lost Cybertron and Mars. They were blackmailed into giving Scorponok a shield that could defend against their most powerful weapon, the Master Sword. I’d say there’s a decent chance they could lose. Read on to find out what happens.
The Autobots know that there are “Death Towers” collecting energy and they’re nearly indestructible because they’re made out of a rare metal called “gliss.” However, they still don’t know where Zarak/Scorponok is so they feel they can’t stop the Decepticons. And that really sticks in Chromedome’s craw, I tell you what.
Highbrow takes the respite to let the Autobots know that gliss comes from Demonia, which is I guess what they’re calling Atlantis. I don’t know why.
There’s a bit of technobabble about gliss and then the Autobot spy Punch/Counterpunch checks in. He tells Cerebros that a new tower is about to emerge in Egypt. So off they go, instead of Cerebros’ usual speech: “No, let’s wait until we know if it’s a trap. You three go investigate.” No, this time they actually investigate en masse.
Except for Daniel and Wheelie that is! They get left behind, thank god. Not that they’re happy about it.
The Autobot force is spotted by Soundblaster who was just hanging out by himself in the Alps. Sure, it didn’t seem sensible when he asked to do that, but since the Autobots flew by it doesn’t seem so dumb now, does it?
As the Autobots fly to Egypt, the Decepticon Headmasters fly up to Fortress. Will this be some epic final showdown between each side of the Headmasters? If Chromedome has his way, then yes!
But the Autobots didn’t count on the Decepticons having a cool new tactic at their disposal. Weirdwolf announces… the TRIO FORMATION!
The Trio Formation hasn’t yet been shared with Skullcruncher and Mindwipe so the Autobots just kind of hang back and let him explain it to his allies. Bear with me, because it’s worth the payoff.
The Trio Formation consists of the three of them… standing on top of each other. It looks awkward and the Autobots stand there stunned. They seriously don’t know what to make of it. Skullcruncher says he thinks it’s great and Weirdwolf… well, I’ll let you read it because he says it better than I can:
However, the Headmaster triple-changers see it and decide they want to join in, forming a teetering totem pole of stupidity. It is glorious.
Cerebros takes that moment to really step on the gas and both Autobots and Decepticons alike cling to Fortress to keep from falling. No one tells anyone anything! The Death Tower emerges and Fortress barely avoids flying into it. Sixshot is wisely just hanging out below watching all this nonsense.
The Headmasters are all hanging onto each other in a row as they flap in the breeze. Weirdwolf actually suggests doing the Trio Formation again, showing he’s learned nothing. So much for an epic confrontation between the two Headmaster factions, despite the fact the show is called Headmasters.
Meanwhile, the survivors from the previous Death Tower attacks, as well as Spike and Carly, are all being gathered for medical care in Australia. Daniel takes the opportunity to swing by and check on his folks who say they’ll be okay. With that, they basically give him their blessing to go fight the Decepticons. Ai yi yi. Child protective services? Have I got a doozy for you.
Somewhere underground, Zarak announces they’re in great shape. He then pilots Scorponok and breaks up through the surface in the Autobots’ faces.
Cerebros wastes no time in transforming into Fortress Maximus and wielding his Master Sword. He charges Scorponok.
And immediately runs into the energy above from the Death Tower. Wow. You… you really should have been able to see that. Scorponok giggles and tells Fortress Maximus that he can’t die because he still has a part to play in his grand scheme and that he’ll see him in the Arctic. Scorponok then flies away and does NOT run into the energy beam in the sky.
Sixshot follows Scorponok who flies into the Indian Ocean. That’s going southeast, not north!
Sixshot gets sucked into a whirlpool and when he emerges, he’s in the sunken city of Atlantis/Demonia/Lebelia. Lebelia? Yeah, he gives it a new name.
He walks up to Zarak who doesn’t panic but acts like he’s glad to see him. I reallllly hope Sixshot is not falling for this a fourth time.
Zarak takes a moment to show off how much gliss they’re harvesting. Devestator is some sort of guard just standing around watching the gliss go by. You’d think he’d be more useful as the individual Constructicons, mining and moving the gliss. No. He gets to be a guard even though the Autobots have no clue where the Decepticons are.
And then Sixshot says goodbye. He doesn’t threaten him or anything. And Zarak lets him go. All in all, a pretty uneventful meeting. Maybe if there were some cocktails, it’d be different. But there are none. This date is over.
The Death Towers around the world activate and the globe is encircled with purple energy. Presumably it’s somehow being drawn from the planet. There’s no adverse effects shown, though. Remember in the first season when the Decepticons had that mad scientist bring Cybertron to Earth? It created natural disasters that they harvested energy from. But it also showed the stakes involved. Earthquakes and tsunamis that the Autobots had to stop. This just has purple energy in the sky.
The Autobots basically announce to each other that they should go ahead and go to the North Pole. So they do.
While the Autobot army flies north, Zarak tells his army to just basically go nuts until the “countdown.”
And here they are, ready to fight. It’s also said by the Autobots that Scorponok has become even bigger, but I don’t really know what they mean. Maybe something’s lost in that translation.
Everybody starts fighting. You don’t see anybody get killed or anything. And there’s no good one-on-one matchups or clever tactics. Just a few shots of everybody shooting and punching like spastic morons.
Fortress Maximus attacks Scorponok but his shield is plenty of good defense. Zarak is almost gleeful, believing he’s about to win.
Scorponok tosses Fortress Maximus to the ground and is about to crush him when Daniel and Wheelie show up and take pitiful little potshots at him. Of course it’s enough to distract Scorponok from finishing off his arch-enemy.
Scorponok is about to step on them but he’s shot by a powerful blast that again distracts him. Can you guess who saved Daniel (and Wheelie)? They sure can’t.
Shocker. It was Sixshot. He hasn’t exactly switched allegiances, but he’s had it with being treated like crap by the Decepticons despite the fact he was the only guy capable of getting anything done. He reminds his pal Daniel to stay safe.
Fortress Maximus and Scorponok fight some more but no one is really causing any damage. They may as well be sparring for an upcoming tournament.
Chromedome announces they should help with their miracle move, where they all fly in a circle and can shoot big bolts of energy. I was actually hoping for some form of strategy or a clever way to destroy the Death Towers. The episode is almost over. I think they’ll just shoot harder or something.
The energy all begins collecting on a giant disc at the North Pole and broadcasts it up to a satellite in orbit where it will be collected for the Decepticons. Announcing he has won, Zarak disengages from the Scorponok body and the Decepticons all fly up into outer space to get their energy.
It looks like the Autobots lost but Sixshot tells them they have a powerful weapon: friendship. You know, like when a bully would punch you at recess in grade school but you’d announce you have lots of friends so he’d be vanquished forever.
So the Autobots all link arms like the goddamned Whos of Whoville and announce that they’re friends.
The friendship creates energy that somehow solves everything. It forces it’s way against the purple energy even though the purple energy is also going up.
And the feedback makes the satellite blow up. It doesn’t finish off the Decepticons, but they decide to retreat. Like they’ve been doing for almost every episode.
Since no one is piloting Scorponok, Fortress Maximus takes the opportunity to cleave it in two. Might as well. I guess the Decepticons didn’t need it anymore. Although you’d think one of the Autobot Headmasters might want to upgrade.
And then the Autobots act like they’ve had their biggest victory ever. They tell Daniel that they’re no longer needed on Earth and that they’re going to chase the Decepticons down. I have no idea what makes this different than the last dozen fights they’ve had where some Decepticons either stayed on Earth or came back to attack it. Anyway, Daniel cries about it. So, when Arcee said that he’d really grown up last episode? Nah, not so much.
Cerebros announces that the Autobots still have a whole universe to protect. And they fly away. So that’s how this era of the Transformers saga ends. The Autobots and Decepticons seem to just decide to give up on Earth even though their battle will continue somewhere in space where we don’t get to see it. THANKS FOR ALL THE CLOSURE!
So that’s it for Headmasters. It was weird. It was frustrating. It was fun. But that’s actually not the end of the Transformers animated series. Nope. For the Transformers cartoon, there were the three US seasons and then this Japanese season. Then there was ANOTHER Japanese season, called Super-God Masterforce, plus two more seasons after THAT. Super-God Masterforce doesn’t have many direct connections to the previous seasons but DOES take place in the same continuity and there are a few references to the past. I’ve heard that it isn’t as bonkers and is more of a back-to-basics Transformers show. I was thinking of recapping that next.
But before that? Transformers actually created a toy and storyline in 2006 that they RETROACTIVELY placed between the Movie and season 3. In it, Optimus Prime comes back AGAIN. It’s called Kiss Players and involved the Transformers powering up from kisses from young girls. It was super pervy. That’s what we’ll recap next. Call it season 2.5.