Transformers: Super-God Masterforce Episode 23 Recap – “Expose the Decepticons’ Dark Deception”

Ah, they went with some alliteration for this episode’s title. Feeling pretty artsy, I suppose. And why not start off with this artistic composition:

Can you get your bearings?

Can you get your bearings?

We’re seeing things from Cab’s point of view, hanging upside down at the school jungle gym and talking with his friends. Apparently there was something great on tv last night. A fortune teller that predicted some disasters. Why would this capture anyone’s attention? Also, we’ll soon learn that it’s a U.S. tv show but for some reason everyone in Japan is talking about it. I don’t think the writers thought this through. But that’s ok. The plot is pretty much a copy of episode 14!

Let’s just get through this. Together!

Kids love tv!

Kids love tv!

Shuta and Cab’s friends all say the show was great and it’s got them interested. Well, Shuta’s interested. Cab’s still hanging upside down, pretty bored. I guess recess isn’t too exciting when after school you get to be a transforming robot that fights a war against other evil robots.

Or is it the MOST scientific?

Or is it the MOST scientific?

They ask Minerva if she heard about the show but she has zero interest in it. It isn’t scientific, you see. I swear, Minerva’s never happy about anything. Anyway, she thinks it’s morbid to dwell on predictions of mass disaster, which leads us to…

Adios to the Arc de Triomphe, as they say in France.

Adios to the Arc de Triomphe, as they say in France.

Actual mass disaster. We witness asteroids smash through what looks like the Empire State Building, the Amazon rainforest and the Arc de Triomphe. Completely gone, mass casualties. Cut to the Autobots all sitting in their nice plush couches at their headquarters casually watching all this on tv. Emotionless, like the robots they are.

Maybe it was Skeletor.

Maybe it was Skeletor.

The Headmaster Jrs are disappointed. Not in the loss of life, but in the fact that they don’t think the Decepticons did it. Why would they think that? Because the asteroids came from space. For some reason, they think that’s beyond the abilities of a transforming robot army.

Miss Manners has her priorities.

Miss Manners has her priorities.

As they dwell on the disaster, Shuta gets a call from a classmate that the fortune teller is about to make another prediction. Apparently her new tv show can go on whenever she feels like it! Cab and Shuta run to the tv and Minerva gets to yell about that being bad manners. I think Minerva just likes to complain.

The best lies have a bit of truth in them.

The best lies have a bit of truth in them.

Who could the fortune teller be? She’s predicting another disaster and talking about two warring factions that didn’t come from Earth. She’s basically describing the Transformers. The show is keeping her identity a secret but since there’s only two female characters on the show, I think you can make an educated guess on her identity.

I want a crystal ball!

I want a crystal ball!

She predicts more disaster and specifically says her crystal ball will reveal who is causing it. It shows Ginrai. The tv host and production crew are stunned at her abilities. But seriously, she made an image appear in a crystal ball. I think we could all come up with a way to fake that and we don’t have a tv crew or access to the money and resources this lady seems to have. Anyway, she’s obviously turning public perception against Ginrai, like in episode 14. Which didn’t work.

Oh, wait, she's just pointing at Guam.

Oh, wait, she’s just pointing at Guam.

She asks the host to spin the globe and she’ll point to where the next disaster will occur. She points to Japan. Everyone is absolutely stunned. Look, her first vague prediction could be considered true but she’s not giving any specifics. No one would give this tv show the time of day. It’s a big hurdle to overcome to enjoy this episode.

Jesus Christ!

Jesus Christ!

Right after her show, a passenger plane explodes. The news says 450 people died. Good lord, Super-God Masterforce. Talk about dark. The Headmaster Jrs were watching the tv news and run to tell the other Autobots as the show goes to commercial. This is your opportunity to cry and mourn those dead fictional characters that you didn’t get to meet.

Fan favorite Cerebros makes his dramatic return.

Fan favorite Cerebros makes his dramatic return.

Ginrai and the Autobot Pretenders share with Shuta and the Headmaster Jrs a recent communication they received from the Autobots that are fighting in space (the cast from last season, Headmasters). Cerebros warns them that the Decepticons are moving something powerful to attack them. The footage they use of the Autobots and Decepticons fighting is the opening credits from Headmasters. So that’s a disappointment.

The heroic Bomber project. Great name.

The heroic Bomber project. Great name.

Ginrai comes up with a two-part plan. The Pretenders will stay in Japan working on their secret Bomber Project. Meanwhile…

Specifically, we're going to Delaware.

Specifically, we’re going to Delaware.

He and the Headmasters will take a trip to America. Cab and Shuta instantly start dancing around like idiots. These guys love to travel.

Hydra's still rocking the arm bands.

Hydra’s still rocking the arm bands.

Oh, and here’s the reveal of the fortune teller’s identity. She leaves the tv studio and gets in a limo that’s being driven by Hydra and Buster. Who is she? Lady Mega, obviously. The Decepticons gloat about how they’re tricking people into blaming Ginrai for the disasters that they’re causing. Bet you didn’t see that reveal coming, eh?

That's an accurate cross-section of America all right.

That’s an accurate cross-section of America all right.

They drive past an angry mob who’ve made some pretty fantastic anti-Ginrai signs. Everyone in the crowd is white and middle-aged. One bald guy could possibly be considered “old.” There’s no kids or anyone of any other ethnicity. As you can see, Japan believes we are a roving band of racists.

Stop signs have 8 sides. Water is wet.

Stop signs have 8 sides. Water is wet.

Ginrai calls up the tv station to ask who the fortune teller is. Guess the Autobots wisely figured plane fare was cheaper than making a long-distance phone call. Anyway, the tv station says they don’t know who the fortune teller really is, explaining that fortune tellers are ALWAYS mysterious. I’ll tell you what’s mysterious: that your human resources department didn’t bother to get her to fill out some paperwork for tax purposes.

You'll get over it.

You’ll get over it.

Meanwhile, the fortune teller’s made another prediction. Somewhat more specific this time, she predicted there will be a big accident involving water somewhere in America. And to ensure that it happens, the Decepticon Pretenders are being lead by Lord Giga. That’s right, the dude actually left headquarters to finally do something. The Decepticons hate hearing that “evil” beings will cause the disaster but then begin firing their guns at a massive dam. When they don’t destroy it on the first shot, Lord Giga transforms for the first time, powering a tank that destroys the dam in one shot.

Too late, slow bro.

Too late, slow bro.

A massive tidal wave smashes through the village below, taking out a farmer and his cows. He screams for help but none is to be found and he is drowned. Japanese cartoons are much more violent than America’s.

He calls himself Mr. Ginrai...

He calls himself Mr. Ginrai…

Ginrai splits up from the Headmaster Jrs, ordering them to help with the flood victims while he heads to the tv station to track down the fortune teller. He instantly sees her leave the building and get in her limo and follows her. No detective work for Ginrai, everything just falls in his lap. He’ll probably come across a power up as he tails her, with his luck.

But don't worry about the cow farmer. He's dead for sure.

But don’t worry about the cow farmer. He’s dead for sure.

The Headmasters drive up to the disaster and apparently the flood is still crashing through because a giant wave overtakes them. They transform and jump out of the water, then decide to jump right back in to try to save people.

But your 18 wheeler is so stealthy.

But your 18 wheeler is so stealthy.

The Decepticons spot Ginrai immediately and Lady Mega whispers a secret plan to Hydra. The car speeds up and Ginrai guesses they noticed him. Well, gee, Ginrai. You’re about one car length behind them in a massive truck decked out in Autobot symbols. What did you think might happen?

America's farmers want to know what a Decepticon is.

America’s farmers want to know what a Decepticon is.

While that’s going on, we cut to the Headmasters, having apparently already rescued everyone. These people have no idea what Decepticons are. OK, so people don’t know what Decepticons are. Got it.

Also, it's perfectly spherical and the size of a house.

Also, it’s perfectly spherical and the size of a house.

Over at the State Park, four helicopters are carrying in one of the asteroids, which apparently didn’t break up or anything. Why scientists would insist on it being moved to a State Park to research it instead of the original crash site? Your guess is as good as mine. I’m going to go with: “writers figured kids wouldn’t think it through.”

Ginrai wants to punch someone so badly.

Ginrai wants to punch someone so badly.

Ginrai follows the limo into the State Park and is ambushed by the Decepticon Pretenders. They then flee and he chases them. Sadly, no one dramatically shouts any of the usual catch phrases like “So-re!” or “Eat this!” Considering all the times the Autobots are usually content to let the Decepticons flee after a fight, I’m kind of surprised to see Ginrai following up on this one.

Why is Mega's disguise essentially a burka?

Why is Mega’s disguise essentially a burka?

As Ginrai approaches the clearing where the news and asteroid are, Hydra and Buster attack him in their merged Wing Cross mode and begin blowing up the forest. When everyone’s attention is focused on the explosions, Lady Mega tells them that Ginrai is causing more disasters and is coming this way. It spreads panic. Also, she stands on top of the asteroid and no one seems to think that’s a strange place to go.

And why is there a giant white penis behind me?

And why is there a giant white penis behind me?

Ginrai is blasted into the clearing, beneath an observation platform that has a group of small children and their teacher. The Pretenders beat up on Ginrai but the news wonders if they’re all together. The newsman is a dumb dumb.

Many women must.

Many women must.

Ginrai blasts the Pretenders away pretty easily with his Godmaster Chokon power. Lady Mega declares that it’s up to her to finish things. How? She can magically make the asteroid float. She rides it like a gigantic flying carpet and heads to smash the observation platform to draw Ginrai in. So I guess it really is an asteroid and Lady Mega can control them? It’s not clear at all how she can do this.

He's a GOOD robot! Twist!

He’s a GOOD robot! Twist!

Ginrai (technically Super Ginrai since he merged with his trailer) stops the asteroid from destroying the platform. That and catching a falling student convince everyone that Ginrai isn’t evil.

Stoning the woman dressed like a Muslim. Very sensitive, Transformers.

Stoning the woman dressed like a Muslim. Very sensitive, Transformers.

The students then hurl rocks at Lady Mega, distracting her and allowing Ginrai to hurl the asteroid away from the observation deck. Why did the observation deck have TONS of little rocks up there for the kids to throw? That seems dangerous. I’m surprised the student didn’t just trip over a pile of rocks right over the railing.

Wait, so people DO know about Decepticons now?

Wait, so people DO know about Decepticons now?

Lady Mega rips her fortune teller costume off (she is armored up underneath) and jumps in a jet, escaping with the rest of the Decepticons. And the newsman reports that. He knows what Decepticons are! So basically, in the world of Super-God Masterforce Autobots and Decepticons are public knowledge. But some people are wildly underinformed and have no idea what they are. That’s my best attempt to rationalize everything.

The beginning of Kiss Players.

The beginning of Kiss Players.

Oh, and Ginrai gets a kiss from the girl he saved. He says: “Aw shucks.” Everyone laughs as though he’s told a hilarious joke. Hopefully people know that the Autobots are around and are good guys. This was just all on the news!

  • tom david johansen

    nice recap…abit strange about lady mega’s fortunteller outfit that looks like a muslim

  • Chris Piers

    I can’t tell whether it’s a total coincidence or the animators just weren’t sensitive to issues like that back in the late 80s.