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:
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
Then the episode ends with its goofy-ass closing credits.
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!
Galvatron says his name is now Soundblaster and I guess wants a thank you or something.
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.
Galvatron’s plan is for Sixshot and Trypticon to attack an oil field so that Metroplex and the Autobots run into the Madmachine.
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.
Arcee tells Blurr that he’s dumb for thinking that. He is. He reacts thusly:
The Headmasters demand to go out and fight Galvatron.
Rodimus is a bit more cautious:
In his first tactical leadership decision, Rodimus orders the tiny Autobot cassette tapes to investigate. We catch them sleeping. Yup, these robots sleep.
The cassettes and Daniel miserably trudge up to Rodimus and tell him they can’t follow his orders.
The cassettes walk away and Kup is colored wrong because their apathy affected the Japanese animators.
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.
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!).
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:
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.
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).