The title is no lie. At a certain point in the episode Super Ginrai will get blown away and in a desert. So strap on your godmaster engines, we’re about to finally see Ginrai face a threat he doesn’t defeat in two seconds flat! That does mean that it’s yet another episode focusing almost exclusively on Ginrai, but we also finally get to know the Decepticon field commanders Lord Giga and Lady Mega. That helps balance it out a bit.
The episode begins with Hawk escorting the Headmaster Jrs through a factory of some sort and taking them down to a deep sub-basement. Before they even know what they’re there for, Shuta is really excited to be underground. This kid gets excited over just about everything. I guess losing his father and getting to live with the Autobots was the best thing that ever happened to him.
Let’s hit the jump and dive right in!
The other Autobot Pretenders are down in the basement, hard at work on some mechanical monstrosity. It looks like it would definitely be a final boss on an NES game.
Hawk finally explains that this is the Godbomber project. A few episodes back, they were given plans by one of the Autobot commanders battling the Decepticons out in space. This will eventually enable Ginrai to go from Super Ginrai to God Ginrai, flying into space and having more weapons than he will know what to do with. All of this is in preparation for some big Decepticon threat coming from deep space. Maybe they should just go ahead and build a few more power ups for everyone.
We the audience get to see the plans for the first time, which show what God Ginrai will look like when he merges with the Godbomber. Gotta say, Godbomber does not sound heroic. It sounds like something a terrorist would use. The Autobots really need a marketing guy. I’m available.
So that’s that. Oh, and they’re building it in Canada. Not sure why it’s Canada. Their headquarters is in Japan and they visit America a lot because all sorts of crazy shit goes down in the big cities and Diver lives in California. But the only thing in Canada is Lightfoot’s auto manufacturing company and I thought the Decepticons blew that up a while back. Wherever they are it was plenty busy. Oh well. The Decepticons would probably never bother to look in Canada for… anything.
Now here’s a plot point I can’t explain. The Decepticon leader/god, Devil Z, tells the Decepticons that the Autobots are planning to interfere with their coming weapon by creating the Godbomber. How does he know this? He’s never shown the ability to know the Autobots’ plans before. They don’t have a spy. He just… knows. And if he knows, why not send the Decepticons to blow up the factory before they finish the job? I really can’t explain this one to you. If you can make sense of it, you win.
Devil Z does get one sick insult in. He says that if the Bomber project was just something the Pretenders were working on, it’d be no big deal. Ha! However, because the plans came from Grand Maximus, they should nip this in the bud. So I guess Grand Maximus is a big deal. But how does Devil Z know about this? Maybe they’ll explain it in a future episode. The show is very serialized, so it’s possible.
Lord Giga assigns the job of stopping the Bomber project to Hydra and Buster. Which is not a great idea seeing as how their success ratio is around zero percent. He orders them to kill Ginrai to stop the project. That’s the worst way to approach this! They can never beat Ginrai. I say go after the Bomber before it’s built. Or at least try to isolate Ginrai and all team up on him. Anyway, Lord Giga sends just Hydra and Buster. The Decepticon Pretenders, Headmaster Jrs, and Seacons sit around doing jack shit.
Ginrai is driving around in America. He’s apparently not on a mission for the Autobots. Maybe he kept his truck delivery job? Either way, he drives up to his favorite truck stop diner and orders his usual (steak) and tells no one that the food there always gives him the most stamina. Whatever excuse you need to tell yourself, Ginrai. Enjoy the cholesterol, which will probably finish him off long before the Decepticons do.
While there, a pedophile—excuse me, a movie producer—comes up to Ginrai and says he wants to hire him. The job offer and mustache should scare Ginrai off, but his curiosity is piqued!
The producer says that he needs someone with Ginrai’s driving ability to do an elaborate stunt sequence in his movie. Yeah, drive this guy’s cock into his butt I bet. I just don’t trust this guy. Also, Ginrai should be depressed that strangers know to find him at this diner. That means he’s eating there wayyyy too much.
The chef and truckers there all pester Ginrai to do it. The chef gets especially close. Take a look at that. He’s comfortable just leaning his head on Ginrai’s shoulder and yelling in his ear. Perhaps to simply extricate himself from this miserable situation, Ginrai agrees to do the movie. Oh, and the movie is already filming right then and there. So I guess they would have been screwed if Ginrai didn’t agree. What a first class production.
The director is a fat, sweaty guy with a big beard. He’s also wearing a headband for some reason. Ginrai should know to turn and run but I guess he really wants his shot at fame.
The director tells Ginrai what he expects him to do. He’s playing a friend of the main character who is on the run from a crime syndicate. He’ll have to drive a truck through a desert valley and avoid five explosions that he’s put on a giant map. You’d think he could narrow it down a bit more. Oh well, Ginrai readily agrees to do the stunt.
Then the producer starts acting extra weird. Instead of driving the truck they have for the film, he suggests to the director that Ginrai would do a better job in his own truck. The director, apparently not concerned with continuity issues, agrees that this is a cool idea and Ginrai agrees it will be easier for him.
The director then says that the scene will be better if they don’t rehearse. I’m not sure what type of logic that is. He could have been concerned about losing light or something but no. He just wants the scene to be unrehearsed and therefore, better. You know, like when you have to give a speech or a presentation and instead of rehearsing and going over the details and you just wing it. It always comes out better.
The producer walks up to a cliff and starts talking to Buster, who says he put some extra explosives at the end of the stunt. If you haven’t guessed yet, the producer is Hydra in a mask. This guy loves his masks. So that means his plan to take out Ginrai had him becoming a movie producer, or at least renting out an office and getting business cards and money, getting a film started up and then waiting at the diner, hoping that Ginrai would show up. That had to take a few weeks at least. I suppose there’s a chance he murdered an existing producer and took on his identity. But even that would take a lot of planning to take over his role and get the movie up and running.
The film crew gets their cameras and stunt explosions ready. The director then declares that he will only do one take. Brilliant. Scratch on the camera lens or dirt trapped in the film gate? So much for their big stunt number. They can only do it once.
Ginrai maneuvers around the pre-determined explosions but just as he’s driving back to the film crew, he drives over a mine and is blown away in the desert. I told you the title was accurate! He really goes flying, too. The trailer goes one way and the cab goes another. Big explosion. It doesn’t kill Ginrai, though, but it does dent everything up a bunch.
Ginrai drives up to the director and really lets him have it, asking what the hell just went down. The director just gives a confused shrug and says he doesn’t know. I almost feel bad for the film crew but it is kind of funny seeing Ginrai lose his temper at the wrong people.
Hydra and Buster choose this moment to fly in and start blasting away. The film crew scatters and Buster begins pounding on the trailer. He’s really mashing it up good. Seems to be having fun, even. Oh, and when he transformed, he actually made the classic transforming sound that they used on the U.S. seasons of Transformers. That was awesome to hear again.
Ginrai isn’t finished, though. He transforms and even heals up a bunch, thanks to being a Godmaster. Then he strikes some martial arts pose and tells Hydra and Buster that he’s gonna beat them up. He probably will, too. He usually does.
However, this time Lord Giga and Lady Mega are watching on some magic viewscreen and they decide to get involved. Good idea! Lord Giga gets in his badass tank which we saw very briefly last episode. It’s called the Gigatank. Guess he named it. I like it. It’s big!
Lady Mega gets in her jet, the Megajet. We also saw this for a brief moment last episode but we see Giga and Mega a lot more in this one. I gotta say, the Megajet looks bad. It doesn’t really look like a jet. It looks like a lump of meta with tiny wings and an upside down canopy. Yuck.
Oh, and as they leave their ocean base, the tank flies too. The tank latches on to the underside of the jet, but I kind of think, “why bother?” It was doing pretty well flying on its own.
Hydra and Buster merge to form Darkwings and fire their combined Godmaster power at Ginrai’s trailer. If they can destroy that, Ginrai can’t become either Super Ginrai or God Ginrai. But as they shoot at it, Ginrai merges with it to form Super Ginrai. So he’s faster than a laser blast and also the trailer repairs itself. This guy can’t be beat!
Super Ginrai gathers the three Chokon powers of heaven, earth and man and fires his Super Fire Guts blast, severely injuring Darkwings. He’s just a total mess. However, Giga and Mega fly in and tell him to retreat and that they’ll finish he fight.
First, they politely introduce themselves to Ginrai.
Then, they transform together into a gigantic robot form called Overlord. He’s taller than Ginrai and loaded with weapons. Overlord is a badass!
And just to cement my admiration, Overlord shouts my favorite Super-God Masterforce phrase, “Eat this!” Give me a spoon, I’ll gobble it up!
Ginrai gets to punching but Overlord is more powerful. At one point he shouts Mega Child which sounds dumb but is actually pretty awesome. The top half of the Megajet is a large shield on Overlord’s left arm. When he shouts Mega Child, it flies off as a smaller jet and shoots Ginrai in the back! That’s the kind of devious stuff I expect from a Decepticon!
Meanwhile, at the Autobot’s Canadian plant, Minerva starts worrying that they haven’t seen Ginrai in a while. Nice of Ginrai to think of checking in with them when he decided he’d be in a movie. Cab tells her not to worry. She does. They don’t do anything else.
Overlord releases tons of missiles and really blasts Ginrai apart. He has tons of exposed paneling and then Overlord kicks him and stomps on his head. Ginrai drops to the ground completely still as Overlord stands over his apparently lifeless body. Finally, an actual challenge for the Autobots!
Overlord leaves and after a long while, Ginrai begins moving a bit. He struggles to lift himself and Ginrai ejects his engine/robot self. He’s smashed up and bleeding but he’s still (barely) alive. And that’s the end. This one actually had a real cliffhanger. Join us next time to see if Ginrai survives (he probably will, but how?).