Are you ready for an action-packed episode with deep character work and no logic failures? Then you’ve come to the wrong place. The Japanese Transformers episodes are weird. In this one, “At Full Strength! The Four Godmaster Gunmen”, the Autobots and Decepticons are on the hunt for the last of the Godmasters, powerful Transformers called Transtectors that can merge with chosen humans who control them. What are the Decepticons doing to find the last Godmaster? The ones we follow in this episode are hanging out in a completely empty bar. And Cancer is playing, and losing, a racing video game.
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Wilder tells Cancer to knock it off with those video games. I mean, you gotta get outside and see the fresh air, kid. He is reading a magazine about car racing, featuring an profile on a race car driver from France who was involved in plenty of accidents in his years as a racer but his car was never damaged. No one else ever found this strange, apparently, but Wilder guesses that the car may be a Godmaster, whose bodies can heal from normal damage. It’s so fortunate that he picked up that issue of F-1 with the all red cover instead of his usual favorite magazine: Mad.
Wilder then runs off all excited, telling his fellow Headmaster Jrs that they’re going to France! I hope you want an authentic look at French culture, because if any show can do it justice, it’s Transformers: Super-God Masterforce!
Meanwhile, guess who is already in France? The Autobots! The three Autobot Godmasters happen to be in France. Lightfoot is at the Grand Prix because his family company, British Motors (from Canada) are sponsoring a driver. He brought the Headmaster Jrs along because they’re big fans of racing this week. Meanwhile, the other two Godmasters, Ranger and Ginrai are just randomly driving around Europe, hoping to bump into the last Godmaster. Good luck with that.
Lightfoot says that while his driver is pretty good, there’s no way he could beat Road King, the greatest racer out there today. Way to support your company, Lightfoot. Minerva wishes him luck and says that his driver is great. Lightfoot’s response is bizarre. He says even flattery makes him happy. What does he mean “even?” That implies that nearly everything makes him happy, even flattery. I think Lightfoot has smoked the marijuanas cigarettes!
Lightfoot decides to introduce Cab and Shuta to Road King. And that’s actually what he calls himself. Road King. Not Danny or Bob. He calls himself Road King. Jesus, I almost want this guy to lose the race just to hear an announcer go, “Coming in fourth… Road ‘King’!”
Cab then embarrasses everyone by asking Road King to sign his chest. His chest! Is he going to get it tattooed to himself? Does he just want Road King to touch him? Fortunately, everyone laughs at Cab for “bad manners” and we don’t have to watch Road King awkwardly draw on a boy’s chest.
While this is going on, the Decepticon Headmasters are piloting their monster robots through France to a small town where the retired racer with the amazing car lives. Wilder cautions them to try to keep out of sight. You know how you might have accomplished that? By not wandering around in massive robot monsters.
The find the location of Germain, the racer who has the magic, undamaged racing car. He now runs a pub and looks just like Sean Connery. Wilder insists on getting to see the car without even having the decency to order a beer.
So Sean Connery puts Wilder in a wrist lock and kicks his ass right out of the bar for rude manners. This old dude is awesome!
Bullhorn charges him and gets flipped on his ass. Cancer goes for a flying kick and just winds up landing on his head. His eyes actually turn into stars in a brief moment of unrealistic silliness in a show that otherwise prides itself on its gritty real world vibe.
As this is going on, Road King is, unsurprisingly, winning the race. He’s doing so well that he begins to lap the competition. There’s no wonder such an amazing driver is sponsored by the hugely successful company Statned Statnless. That’s what he agreed to have written on his car.
As often occurs at these things, there’s a huge car accident. Road King crashes through the dumbasses, who should by all rights be dead due to a massive fireball. Instead, everyone is okay and Lightfoot witnesses Road King’s fender fix itself. No one else in the crowd of thousands, who are presumably staring at the world’s greatest driver, notice this, because that would make sense.
Lightfoot calls Ginrai, who is driving around doing jack shit in his search, and heads to the Grand Prix to see if Road King is in fact the final Godmaster.
Meanwhile, Road King wins the race. I’ll give this episode credit for one thing here – it moves forward pretty quickly.
Ginrai arrives at the race as the victory celebrations are going on, so I think he deserves a racing medal too. He hands Road King the last pair of masterforce bracelets and tells him to put them on. Road King should probably run the other way but the episode doesn’t have time for logic and he puts them right on.
Following Ginrai’s directions he is transformed into his Godmaster body. Ginrai gives him further instructions on how to Transform and Road King must be a follower because he just shuts up and does it.
He transforms into his new robot body and is really impressed with his new powerful abilities. This is about the time Ginrai probably wishes he did a background check and got to know about Road King’s character and whether he can trust him. Because the episode is about 2/3 over, of course he can.
Road King posits that God walks among humans if abilities like these exist. What a religious jerk. That’s called the “argument from ignorance.” He can’t think of any explanation for how Transformers can exist, so he fills it in with God. This guy needs to learn about Quintessons and Primus.
While they all get to know each other, things get serious, man. Road King hasn’t always been perfect. In fact, one time he lost some races! It took a nice guy who encouraged him to get out of his losing streak. Can YOU guess who did that for Road King? There’s so many characters I’m sure it’s tough to figure out.
Their talk is interrupted when Ranger calls in. He says that he’s spotted the Decepticons wrecking a small French village and he thought he should report it. Uh, yeah dude. You thought right. It’s the village where Germain lives and the Decepticons are causing chaos as revenge for him beating them up. Road King overhears and jumps in his race car and takes off ahead of everyone else.
Ranger tries to hold them off by calling them brats but his tough-guy talk can’t hold back three against one and the Decepticons continue to wreck the town.
The Decepticons ditch Ranger and head further into town. Road King swings by and also ditches Ranger. Then the Autobots show up asking if he’s seen Road King and apparently no one bothered to tell Ranger who Road King is. He’s like, “I dunno who Road King is but the Decepticons just went to smash that town. Maybe we could deal with that?” The Autobots do go deal with that.
Road King pulls up to Germain’s bar. He starts to warn the faux Connery about the Decepticons until he realizes they haven’t reached town yet. He’s just that fast. By the way, Germain gave Road King his car. Dunno if you read between the lines to figure that puzzle out.
Eventually the Autobots and Decepticons arrive and everyone fights. Nothing interesting except for Turtler shouting “Eat this!” which we haven’t heard for several episodes. Turtler isn’t able to get his Seacon drones to form King Poseidon, though, because the Autobots are just ruthlessly blowing them up left and right. That’s because they’ve got four Godmasters now. Add in the Headmaster Jrs and they really just kick the Decepticons’ asses mercilessly. In fact…
Yup, the Decepticons retreat and that’s Bullhorn holding onto his newly reamed ass. So far, the Decepticons have provided no credible threat this season. I think it’s a problem.
Germain congratulates Road King on winning a race. Seems less important than the fact that he just saved Germain’s life as well as the lives of everyone else in town, but sure, way to go driving the old man’s car.
Germain suggests they celebrate and on this cartoon, celebrating means drinking alcohol.
Which the Headmaster Jr kids go into some sort of apoplectic hysteria. Eh, it’s France. Guess they can have some wine. C’est la vie!