This episode is all over the place. It begins with the Autobots celebrating their victory last episode but mainly focuses on two disparate threads that mostly connect at the end: Minerva and Cancer’s feelings for one another across enemy lines and where Sixknight’s loyalties will ultimately lie. Of course, it begins with the Transformers version of a-ha’s famous “Take on Me” music video with stills of Road King racing.
Eventually we see that the stills are some sort of video package that the Autobots are watching, reminding themselves that they just recruited Road King and that he races cars. It’s meant to bring new viewers up to speed, I suppose, but it has the effect of making the Autobots seem like they have no short-term memory.
The meeting is comprised of the Pretenders and Ginrai. While leader Hawk leads the conversation, Diver is playing some sort of inexplicable card game with himself. He picks up a Joker and is really upset. I would care if I could figure out what the game was.
The Autobots pop the cork on some alcohol but every time Ginrai goes for a sweet, sweet sip of liquid courage one of the Autobots interrupts with some bit of conversation about leadership. The poor guy just wants to drown his sorrows! Eventually, the Pretenders tell Ginrai that they all decided they want Ginrai to be their leader.
Ginrai is pretty shocked and so am I. Why would Ginrai, a trucker who has been involved for a few weeks in their ongoing battle, be a better leader than Hawk, who has had the job for thousands of years? Not-Wolverine tells him to relax because it’s not like they expect him to be a general. But… that’s exactly what they’re asking him to do!
Ginrai expresses his doubts on whether he’s the right man for the job, so Diver flicks a card at him. Ginrai notes that it’s an Ace and apparently takes that as a sign that he should go ahead and accept the position. Who is in charge of printing the playing cards for the Autobots? I bet Diver is. Do you think he puts the Autobot symbol on all of their stuff? I wouldn’t be surprised. He seems like the kind of guy that wants to have branded giveaways.
And then Diver tries to shuffle cards and drops them all over the place. Because he’s a dumb dumb. This episode has a good amount of physical comedy, too. Hope you like it.
Hawk closes out the conversation with his attempt at a poetic summary, telling Ginrai that it’s a command from the gods of peace. God gets thrown around a lot on this show. Ginrai is a Godmaster, he’s got a job from the gods of peace and Road King says the gods must walk among them to grant such amazing powers. The show hasn’t really explored what it means by “god” but the Decepticon entity, Devil Z, that leads them is called a god. I hope they explain it before the end of the season.
Now we cut to Cancer, the Decepticon Headmaster. He’s daydreaming about Minerva, still hung up on how she was mildly kind to him when he was captured by the Autobots. I guess it’s sort of Stockholm Syndrome, actually. He’s fallen for his captor.
Somehow his teammates, Wilder and Bullhorn, know about what he’s thinking and tease him relentlessly for having feelings for a girl. For pretty much the only girl on the show. I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel about this. On the one hand, what’s so strange about having feelings for the only girl? On the other, she was technically one of his kidnappers.
Bullhorn teases him, asking if Cancer is going to join the Autobots (Cybertrons) to be with Minerva. This just makes him freak the hell out like a baby having a seizure.
So Bullhorn drops him and when Cancer lands on his butt he must land on his keys or something because his eyes go super cartoony. Before this hilarious slapstick can go much further, they get a call that it’s time for dinner.
Yes, the Decepticons are having a formal dinner and apparently even have a nice dining room complete with a server robot and Decepticon banner on the wall. Lord Giga graciously gives them permission to eat dinner while he lectures them. Cancer is depressed and isn’t eating with the rest of them, which Lady Mega notices.
Lord Giga explains that yeah, they’ve lost the race to recruit the last four Godmasters but they shouldn’t give up. His moral is that they shouldn’t rely only on sheer power like Sixknight, the warrior who just wants to prove himself the best in battle. These are the bad guys, right? Because that sounds like a really good moral!
Later, Lady Mega gives Cancer a therapy session. Their base looks fantastic. It has couches and drapes. Every other time we’ve seen it, it’s been a gloomy cave. What happened?
Mega notes that Cancer is getting teased by his teammates, so she gives him his own personal ally – Browning, a tiny Decepticon. He is adorable. It’s really getting hard to dislike the Decepticons. They’re total underdogs and they have cute allies and complex emotions!
Browning speaks in a silly accent apparently, but since the show is in Japanese, I really can’t tell. Look at how cute he is!
Browning transforms into a Browning pistol. Cancer’s first instinct is to look down the barrel and he gets shot in the face. Fortunately, Browning can only shoot stuff like water or silly projectiles. Cancer is really lucky that Browning is useless.
Now it’s time to cut to the Autobot Headmaster Jrs. They’re hanging out in a field talking about how great Road King is. It sure is nice to be told that Road King is great instead of seeing him do something great. The point is this: Road King is great.
Minerva is in her own world, thinking about Cancer. She refers to him, unfortunately, as “that Cancer boy.” I’m sure that’s flattering to him, Minerva. She’s curious what he’s up to and Cab and Shuta are like, “Uh, who cares? He’s our enemy.”
Minerva is offended and insists that Cancer is a good guy at heart and was tricked into being a Decepticon. This is based on absolutely nothing. Cancer has never explained how he joined the Decepticons. Regardless, Minerva has at least sympathetic feelings towards Cancer.
Their conversation is interrupted when Sixknight randomly flies in. Shuta and Cab transform and prepare for battle but Sixknight insists that he isn’t there to fight (despite wielding a massive gun while he says all this). He says he just wants to talk to Ginrai, who defeated him in one-on-one battle when Sixknight first arrived.
The Autobots get the alert that Sixknight wants to talk to Ginrai and Ginrai agrees to meet him. Of course, Diver can’t be bothered to so much as sit up and remove the book from his face. Ah, nothing like relaxing with a book on your face, am I right?
The Headmasters relay to Sixknight that Ginrai is on his way and he’s coming alone. Sixknight is very impressed. I don’t think it takes much to impress Sixknight.
The Decepticon Headmasters are going for a ride in a big helicopter. Wilder and Bullhorn are surprised when they see that Cancer has flown them to Japan, but that surprise is relative. They’re pretty chill. They continue to tease him about liking Minerva, obviously the worst thing in the world. By the way, being a teenager that is both a martial arts whiz and a helicopter pilot is pretty cool.
Browning tells Cancer to ignore the taunts and that he’s happy to be his pet. What kind of life did Browning have beforehand if he’s so content to now be somebody’s pet? What was Lady Mega doing with him? Probably don’t wanna know.
Ginrai meets up with Sixknight, who wants to talk about their last fight. He can’t come to terms with the fact that a weak little human was able to defeat him. Ginrai cops a squat and is bored as all hell with this discussion. That’s a really awkward position to sit around in. He must have quads of steel. Oh. He does.
Ginrai says that he shouldn’t be so upset and that their previous battle was a draw. But Sixknight sees through that and tells Ginrai not to patronize him. Why are we forced to listen to this when we could see robots punch one another? Michael Bay got some of it right.
The Decepticon Headmasters jump out of the helicopter and Cancer tells Browning to pilot it. When they land, Cancer reveals his plan. He’s taken them to the area where he had been captured by the Autobots. They will cause destruction and lure Minerva. When she arrives, he’ll prove his loyalty by destroying her. It’s an actual plan!
Right away, Browning struggles with the controls because he’s so tiny and says this isn’t something he can do. Cancer may have had a plan, but he didn’t think this part through. Browning instantly crashes the helicopter and it cuts to commercial. The episode literally gave us a cliffhanger over whether one of the bad guys would survive his pilot error. I swear, they’re our protagonists this episode!
Ginrai and Sixknight are still having their philosophical debate about what makes someone strong. Ginrai admits that humans are small and weak compared to Transformers, but they have a unique willpower that allows them to fight on even when the odds aren’t in their favor.
Sixknight finds this concept completely ridiculous.
Before the chit-chat can go on any longer, Ginrai gets the word about the Decepticons causing destruction in the nearby city and says he has to leave to handle this. Sixknight says he has something to prove and transforms into his (lumpy) jet mode and gets a head start.
Bullhorn is probably having the most fun, claiming that the destruction is actually a great workout. It’s no Insanity or P-90x, but I bet it has its advantages. Let’s all give it a try.
Sixknight arrives and lays down the law: the Decepticons should knock it off and go home to… drink milk? Cancer takes supreme offense at this and says even if Sixknight is their ally, he won’t put up with such an insult. Then Sixknight tells them he’s not their ally and begins blasting them with his six different forms. They should’ve checked for a Decepticon logo.
While Sixknight easily mops the floor with them, a theme song erupts. First time I’ve seen that happen on this show. I guess Sixknight gets his own theme! It’s very generic, all about being brave and doing what’s right. It is amusing to see a heroic song with shots of pure violence.
The Headmasters come up with a tactic to turn the tide. They all get on their knees and beg for mercy. Sixknight walks up to them and tells them to leave and that’s when Cancer basically just says “Surprise” and punches Sixknight in the face. That was their plan. Play possum and shout “Eat this!” And the plan worked.
Ginrai and the Headmasters arrive at the battle in progress and Ginrai tells them not to get involved, because it would only hurt Sixknight’s pride. Ha ha. What a jerk.
Minerva instantly ignores the orders of the new Autobot leader and runs up to argue with Cancer. Of course, she doesn’t even bother to go in her full robot form because that would potentially make sense.
Cancer really lets her have it. He tells her he WANTS to be a Decepticon and then to really drive a stake into her heart, tells her that he likes Lady Mega and Lord Giga. Minerva is floored, probably because the Autobots have no idea who Lord Giga and Lady Mega are. They’ve never met.
Sixknight flashes back to Ginrai’s talk about how human don’t give up against overwhelming odds and uses this motivation to turn the tables. He’s about to kill the Decepticon Headmasters when Browning runs up to Minerva. Guess he didn’t die in the helicopter crash. He tells her to shoot him, and she does. He fires tear gas, which enables the Decepticons to retreat because apparently Sixknight can fly through space but cannot see through smoke very well.
Sixknight says maybe beating them was enough and he didn’t need to actually kill them. Ginrai offers to let him join the Autobots and Sixknight tells him not to trust him so easily. Sixknight is complex, man. You just don’t get him. He flies off to probably listen to some emo music on his own or something. The end.