Transformers: Headmasters Episodes 3 and 4 Recap – “A Dream is Born, Double Prime” & “Operation Cassette”

The Japanese continuation of the Transformers cartoon rolls on. First up, we have part 3 of the opening Vector Sigma trilogy, “A Dream is Born, Double Prime.” The episode begins with Hot Rod and the Headmasters checking the last area the late Blaster thought the Matrix could be hidden. Meanwhile, Galvatron checks in on how his new Earth base commander, Sixshot, is doing:

Manners are everything.

Manners are everything.

After this terrifying display of manners, what else goes down? Read on to find out.

Cyclonus decides to politely introduce himself but Galvatron shuts that shit right down.

Look how surprised Cyclonus is to be cut off.

Look how surprised Cyclonus is to be cut off.

Galvatron sends the Combaticons to fight the Protectobots and the Terrorcons to battle the Technobots. This show loves its combiner battles. Meanwhile, Hot Rod locates the Matrix. It has not fully recharged but he has no choice but to take it to Cybertron to try to stop Vector Sigma from going nuclear and destroying Cybertron. Unfortunately, Galvatron himself arrives to block him. Then the Autobot Headmasters show up (See? Lots of planet hopping on this show.) and help Hot Rod escape to Cyebrtron aboard the Trainbots. The Trainbots are these 5 trains that… fly through space. I bet Astrotrain feels like an idiot for even bothering to turn into a spaceship.

Back on Cybertron, Cerebros (the head/controller of Fortress Maximus) follows Optimus Prime’s trail deep into Cybertron and then uses telepathic powers to communicate with Alpha Trion’s ghost (!) and help guide Prime the right way. Prime beats up some energy leeches and giant rodents and makes it to Vector Sigma, the computer that controls Cybertron. Except Cyclonus and Scourge somehow beat him there. How? Who cares. They beat up Prime.

Is Scourge violating Prime?

Is Scourge violating Prime?

At this point all the main characters show up: Cerebros, Galvatron, Hot Rod and the Headmasters. Alpha Trion’s ghost then decides to merge with the Matrix and it charges it all the way up. Hot Rod was holding it at the time and he levels back up to Rodimus Prime. Then the two Primes beat the shit out of the Decepticons.

Epic moments like this help.

Epic moments like this help.

Optimus Prime is exhausted and beaten so Rodimus is about to use the Matrix to recharge Optimus. But then Vector Sigma flares up and Optimus heroically throws himself into it, which stabilizes the planet at the cost of his own life. Optimus Prime dies for the third time on this show (okay, the first time was in the movie, but still).

Dead. Again.

Dead. Again.

Cybertron is now safely in the Autobots’ hands and the Decepticons flee back to their base on the planet Chaar. Rodimus is the boss again. Adios Optimus, we hardly got to know you again!

Fight for peace?

Fight for peace?

Then the episode ends with its goofy-ass closing credits.

Stop. Please.

Stop. Please.

Episode 4 is called “Operation Cassette.” As you might guess, it follows up on the deaths of Soundwave and Blaster. This is one of the zanier episodes so I have lots of screencaps. Right off the bat, Galvatron brings Soundwave back to life with technology the Headmasters brought from planet Master. The life and death stakes on this show are instantly tossed out the window!

Soundwave finds the Lord.

Soundwave finds the Lord.

Galvatron says his name is now Soundblaster and I guess wants a thank you or something.

It honestly doesn't seem like it was THAT much trouble, dude.

It honestly doesn’t seem like it was THAT much trouble, dude.

Galvatron doesn’t waste any time celebrating the fact he can bring back the dead. He tells Soundblaster that they’ve invented a new weapon called the madmachine that looks like a horseshoe crab.

Very impressive.

Very impressive.

Galvatron’s plan is for Sixshot and Trypticon to attack an oil field so that Metroplex and the Autobots run into the Madmachine.

What's wrong with a cake and jumping out from behind the couch?

What’s wrong with a cake and jumping out from behind the couch?

His plan works. The Madmachine zaps Metroplex and works great. The news reaches Rodimus Prime and his crew on planet Athenia. Blurr thinks the Decepticons will try to use the Madmachine on Vector Sigma.

Good English, dumb dumb.

Good English, dumb dumb.

Arcee tells Blurr that he’s dumb for thinking that. He is. He reacts thusly:

It's not that harsh. You deserve it because you suck, Blurr.

It’s not that harsh. You deserve it because you suck, Blurr.

The Headmasters demand to go out and fight Galvatron.

Your heroes, ladies and gentlemen!

Your heroes, ladies and gentlemen!

Rodimus is a bit more cautious:

I sort of get what he's going for, but he should've taken a sec to think it out more.

I sort of get what he’s going for, but he should’ve taken a sec to think it out more.

In his first tactical leadership decision, Rodimus orders the tiny Autobot cassette tapes to investigate. We catch them sleeping. Yup, these robots sleep.

Steeljaw bravely takes a nap!

Steeljaw bravely takes a nap!

The cassettes and Daniel miserably trudge up to Rodimus and tell him they can’t follow his orders.

Ramhorn is ashamed of himself.

Ramhorn is ashamed of himself.

The cassettes walk away and Kup is colored wrong because their apathy affected the Japanese animators.

What will the Autobots do without these guys? Oh no!

What will the Autobots do without these guys? Oh no!

But then? Surprise. Rodimus announces he has the same technology from planet Master and he’s brought Blaster back. But now he’s blue and is named Twincast. There is much rejoicing.

Dance party!

Dance party!

Twincast heads to Earth to sneak into the Decepticon base. As a distraction, the Aerialbots and triple changers stage an attack and fight the Combaticons (MOAR COMBINERS PLZ!).

I know this is nitpicking, but it's just bizarre seeing a helicopter and space shuttle the same size going the same speed.

I know this is nitpicking, but it’s just bizarre seeing a helicopter and space shuttle the same size going the same speed.

Twincast learns that the Madmachine is being controlled by Soundblaster from the main Decepticon base on planet Chaar (MOAR PLANETS PLZ!). Twincast has a plan to sneak into the Decepticons headquarters on Chaar. Rodimus is easily convinced of this plan:

Oh. Okay.

Oh. Okay.

The Decepticons beam their Headmasters and the Madmachine to Cybertron to destroy Vector Sigma. The Autobot Headmasters and Throttlebots try to defend but are overmatched. And by the way, it’s kinda sad to see Goldbug, who was formerly Bumblebee, a main character, be relegated to a tiny supporting role. Regardless, Twincast blasts his way past the Constructicons to use the Decepticons’ space bridge to get to Chaar.

The Constructicons used to be feared.

The Constructicons used to be feared.

Twincast’s cassettes battle Soundblaster’s cassettes and Twincast interrupts the signal Soundblaster is generating. This makes the Madmachine go cuckoo and the Headmasters blow it up. Twincast and the cassettes escape and it’s all in a day’s work!

Next time, get ready for a crossover with the Battle Beasts toyline and an episode focusing on Daniel (sorry).

  • Lamar The Revenger

    Oh, I’m so dreading what’s coming up. It’s the worst moment in Transformer History. I won’t spoil it..