You know, this is something the Japanese episodes don’t do a ton of, that the U.S. episodes of Transformers did all the time: Episodes focusing on one main character and getting to know them. At least that’s the ostensible goal with this episode about Lightfoot. But there’s still plenty of Ginrai, so I hope you like him. The Japanese Transformers episodes also don’t use the iconic transformation sound, by the way. It’s always just some metal clicks and someone shouting: “Transform!” Let’s get started.
We first see Lord Giga and Lady Mega kneeling before their leader, the Decepticon god known as Devil Z. They’re really impressed because he thought to contact the Decepticons that were left in outer space back at the end of Headmasters. Apparently they never thought to ask for reinforcements themselves, so they’re amazed by his ingenuity. Lord Giga has an especially big shit-eating grin. I get the impression this guy would’ve been gaga over Reebok pump sneakers.
Meanwhile, the Decepticon Godmasters Hydra and Buster are having a really angry game of pool. Oh they’re just so mad that the Autobots recruited four Godmasters, they could just chill out to a calm game of billiards! Grrr! Hydra is so angry he actually misses a relatively easy shot! Where’s his Chokon power when he needs it?
Lady Mega enters and shows them how to play pool (and show off her impressive cartoon cleavage). She also tells them about their newest plan to defeat the Autobots. Instead of attacking them in a group, they should try to isolate one and pick them off. I love when they have these super obvious ideas and call them a plan. They probably wake up and announce dramatically that they have a new plan to conquer their hunger: Eat some breakfast!
Over at Autobot headquarters, Shuta enters and can’t find anyone else around except for Phoenix. Phoenix is cagey and says the others are busy, but they’ll be back soon and they won’t tell him anything else. Then Shuta completely changes course and pulls out a toy he and Cab made based on Ginrai. He really shoves it in Phoenix’s face and brags about how cool it is. Phoenix is speechless and I’m right there with him.
The rest of the Autobot Pretenders are hanging out on a mountain, awaiting the arrival of Grand Maximus. Previously unseen, they all agree that he’s a really amazing Autobot and very cool and great. He’s a war hero and a fellow Pretender and you know, you should really want to buy his toy. In real life, Grand Maximus was simply a repainted Fortress Maximus. When he shows up here, his fortress mode is only briefly seen but seems to be scaled down from how Fortress was presented.
Grand is visiting with a warning. A vague warning. He doesn’t know anything except that the Decepticons are sending something powerful from space to augment the power of the Decepticon forces here on Earth. Maybe Grand should just stick around. He seems pretty powerful. He doesn’t seem to be planning on staying though, because…
He instead tells them he brought plans to allow Super Ginrai to be even MORE powerful. The plan is to give him the ability to fly and fight in outer space. I thought Super Ginrai was already powerful enough, but no, they’re giving him something ELSE to combine with. Pretty soon he’ll be able to simply combine with the planet. I bet this is how Unicron got started. The road to ruin is paved with good intentions. But do you really want a beer guzzling trucker to be the sole guy with this much power?
No one else shares my concerns. Hawk is psyched. He gets the plans from Grand and he gives it to him on a sci-fi clear disc. Now that’s how you treat futuristic media. On Headmasters, they were always going through reams of paper. I like this.
Hydra and Buster are flying around because Lady Mega said it’s up to them to work out the details. That’s literally how she left it. Here’s the plan, you figure it out. Brilliant leadership. Hydra has an idea, hinting at exploiting family relationships. Buster doesn’t get it.
The Pretenders share the news on upgrading Ginrai, but Ginrai demurs and thinks he shouldn’t necessarily get such a great upgrade. Lander flips out on him, reminding him how awesome it is. It’s nice to be reminded how powerful and great Ginrai is, right?
Phoenix asks if they should tell the rest of the Autobots, basically just the Headmaster Jrs, about it. Hawk decides it’s better to keep this quiet for now. He’s either a jerk for not trusting them or figures they’d give up any secrets in a heartbeat in which case they might not be the best additions to the team. Or, maybe Hawk is just hoping to put together a rad surprise party and spring the news them.
Ginrai decides to step up and accept the awesome new powers, declaring that he’s a man. He instantly drops his pants and bangs Diver just to prove it.
To make sure the drama is undercut, Phoenix then pulls out the Ginrai doll and dances like an idiot. Everyone laughs as though this is brilliant. Ginrai feels bad because the doll is ugly. No respect for anyone to be found here.
While all of this is going on, Lightfoot is having a TV commercial shot for his auto company. Ranger is hanging out doing nothing and Road King will be the star. This is kind of weird, because just a few episodes ago, Road King was sponsored by a different auto company racing against Lightfoot’s company. Did he just walk away from his contract because these guys are teammates? I guess so.
Nearby, at Lightfoot’s company, the president is working. This is Lightfoot’s father, Leftfoot. The reason he’s named that is the writer of this episode thought Lightfoot was named Rightfoot, because the Japanese don’t distinguish between L and R sounds. In other words, it’s a pun based on a mistake. Hope you got some big giggles out of it.
Two reporters come in to take his picture and he passes right out. The goofier reporter brags about his awesome hypnosis ray in his camera. The other guy rips off his mask and we see that it’s Hydra.
Then Buster takes his mask off and sticks his tongue out like a damn moron. Why they didn’t just grab him in their robot forms is beyond me. Guess they just enjoy putting on masks and building hypnotic cameras.
Lightfoot is instantly given a ransom note. The Decepticons order him to come alone to save his father, being held at his factory, or they’ll murder him. Even though he knows it’s a trap, Lightfoot insists on going alone to save his father.
Ranger and Road King fill the other Autobots in on what’s going on, which the Autobots agree was a “cheap” thing to do. Ginrai decides he better go up there and save the day anyway, father safety be damned!
He still takes a moment to pose giving a peace sign or something to the other Autobots. I like to think they all burst into laughter the second the door closed.
Lightfoot shows up at the factory and it’s crawling with Seacons as well as Hydra and Buster. I gotta admit, I don’t see how he’s going to outmaneuver the Decepticons. This is about as tense as an episode gets, which is to say low-to-moderate.
Hydra tries to convince Lightfoot to join them but he doesn’t even consider that. Then Hydra tells him that they want his Master Braces. Nice job upping the stakes here.
And to further elevate the threat, Hydra pulls out a knife and says he knows Lightfoot can’t take them off, so he better let him cut his hands off or he’ll kill his father. Lightfoot is conflicted about whether to save his father or to sacrifice him for the good of the overall battle against evil. Not bad. While all this is going on, Ranger and Road King sneak up and try to decide whether to intervene. They are just about to when Ginrai drives up, too. None of the Decepticons hear any of this. Ginrai comes up with a plan to distract the Decepticons.
Ginrai announces his presence and Ranger uses the opportunity to rappel down and grab Leftfoot and run away before the Decepticons can stop him. So far, there’s really nothing to make fun of. This is the most sensible the show has ever been.
Lightfoot transforms and leaps into battle, angrily demanding that Hydra “eat this.” He eats a punch or two but Hydra and Buster team up to beat up on Lightfoot while the Seacons move in to back them up.
Road King and Ginrai hold the Seacons back. Or they ride them like ponies. I’m not quite clear on what their moves are. Either way, it keeps the Seacons from joining in. While all of this is going on a cheesy song begins playing but I am not transcribing it. It essentially says that “you are the chosen one so you are the most powerful one ever and can’t lose.” Yeah, that sounds about right.
While his Seacon drones are blown up left and right, Turtler decides to retreat. He digs a hole in the ground and ditches everyone. He’s pretty smart.
Lightfoot tells Ranger to let him handle this fight alone, but since he’s losing, Ranger says he’ll just help a little and tickles Hydra. When Hydra laughs (yeah) he gets punched in the face. Lightfoot turns the tables on Buster and smashes his face a bunch.
After getting beaten for a while, the Decepticons elect to retreat. Oh, Buster’s arm got ripped off by Lightfoot. But he didn’t seem to care that much. As they leave, they blow up the factory just to remind everyone that they are dickheads.
In the end, the Autobots apologize to Leftfoot for not being able to protect the factory, but he insists that saving his workers and him was way more important. Still, the Godmasters insist on making it right by appearing in his company’s commercial. The commercial features each of the race cars jumping over Ginrai and then the words “Just for you.” Man, I don’t know about you, but I wanna buy a British Motors car now. They’re just for me!