Last episode ended with Ginrai apparently clinging to life after being thoroughly defeated by Overlord. It was a real cliffhanger. This episode picks up shortly after that ends and we learn that Ginrai…
Got his arm banged up? Huh? The Headmaster Jrs, Lightfoot and Ranger are all escorting him to a hospital. And he’s admiring the scenery. I guess… he wasn’t as injured as it appeared. Well that’s weird. This episode the Autobots are racing to complete Ginrai’s powerup before the new Decepticon weapon arrives from space. They don’t know when it will arrive but it’s supposed to be soon. And Ginrai, their most powerful asset, is not in fighting shape. Hit the jump to see how it plays out.
At the Decepticons’ base, their leader, Devil Z, is in communication with BlackZarak. Apparently this is the weapon headed from space to help them. We only see glimpses of his form so I’m not sure on whether it’s the same as Zarak/Scorponok from last season or not. It sounds like it might be an upgraded version of the former Decepticon leader, whose transtector body was destroyed in the finale of Headmasters.
At the hospital, Road King arrives after the others and basically just lusts after nurses. It is arguably a bit over the top. I would not have been surprised if his face turned into a wolf and he howled while stomping one foot.
Visiting Ginrai, Road King really lets him have it. Why? He was worried that he almost didn’t have a chance to rescue Ginrai. That’s some confusing crap. Road King has issues.
Road King is also surprised that Ginrai got tricked by such an “obvious” Decepticon plot. He says only a kid would fall for it. Ouch! Was the writer of this episode angry at the writer of the last episode? Or are we supposed to think that the Autobot leader is kind of a dumb dumb?
Ginrai admits that he should have been more careful and that he’s learned his lesson. Then Lightfoot really kisses his leader’s ass by saying that Ginrai’s humility is just one of the good things about him. Hand Lightfoot some chapstick!
They all loosen up and have a laugh and then Ginrai turns on a dime and tells them all to knock off all the laughing. The four Godmasters discuss how the priority for the Autobots needs to be finishing the Godbomber project before the Decepticons’ plan is enacted. I guess that’s his orders. Keep working on what you’re doing while I heal my broken arm.
Their meeting is eventually, mercifully ended by a nurse that wants to take Ginrai’s temperature. She convinces him he has to heal. Broken arms take quite a while, right? She tells him he just needs to rest up. Something tells me Ginrai won’t be out of action for too long.
Back at the Decepticon base, Gilmer and Blood are running to share some intel with Giga and Mega. Of course they run like morons and are out of breath. Why show the antagonist monsters as scary when they can look like big goofballs?
They bump into the Decepticon Godmasters, Hydra and Buster, but act like there’s no big rush. Within about 2 seconds, they’ve been coerced into telling them they found out the Godbomber project is being completed up in Canada. How did they find this out? My best guess is that last episode’s writer had a grudge and shared the info with these two.
Devil Z tells Giga and Mega that BlackZarak is heading for the moon and he orders them to meet him there. I assume they are the party committee.
Hydra and Buster inform Giga and Mega about the Godbomber project. Giga tells them to use any means necessary to destroy the project. So the Godmaster brothers take all the other Decepticons to back them up. Just kidding. They only take Blood and Gilmer. The other 10 regular Decepticons get to chill out at headquarters.
The Autobot Headmaster Jrs visit Hawk at the factory in Canada and let him know about Ginrai. Hawk says they’ve entered the final and most delicate stage of completion. Personally, I think Hawk is making this up as he goes along. He’s more interested in nice, clean suits than war.
The Headmasters tease each other because of course they do. It’s not funny or interesting. Just letting you know I have to sit through stuff like this to do these recaps. Just then an alarm goes off. The Decepticons have been spotted approaching the factory!
The Headmasters go to check it out and Lightfoot joins them as well. Their goal is to keep the Decepticons from the main factory long enough to finish the project. They do this by setting an elaborate series of hilarious traps with the toys and tools they have lying around, leading to a hilarious crippling of their enemies. Oh wait. That was Home Alone. The Autobots just fight the Decepticons with punches.
The Decepticons immediately begin tearing the factory apart and lots of workers flee in terror. The usual.
The Decepticon Pretenders face off against the Headmaster Jrs. Their fight isn’t very interesting. We’ll just skip that back and forth.
On the other hand, Lightfoot takes on both Godmaster brothers by himself. He jumps up and catches a jet, which is pretty impressive. Have YOU ever seen a car sized robot jump up into the sky and catch a plane? I think that’s worth the price of admission for this episode. But wait, there’s more!
Lightfoot delivers a belly to back suplex on one of the Godmasters! Now that’s some cool fighting! Of course, he’s barely holding his own since it is two on one. And I think this is a no disqualification match.
Diver suggests they go help Lightfoot but Hawk argues that they have to hope he can hold the Decepticons back alone and they should finish their work on the project. What engineering project can’t be paused? They don’t explain. Just like they don’t explain where Hawk gets his awesome suits.
While all of this is going on, Overlord (Mega and Giga) basically launches himself into space like a rocketship. So that happens.
Some workers at the Canadian factory really start panicking when they see that the fire from the wreckage is getting close to a fuel stockpile. Guess what? The fire never spreads there. The Decepticons never approach it. The Autobots put the fire out. It didn’t seem too hard.
Road King and Ranger finally arrive from their busy day of doing nothing and Road King heads down to Hawk to ask for help on his secret plan. I really hope his plan isn’t to hit on the nurses. That can wait, Road King!
Ginrai thinks about getting up to help but his arm hurts so he stays. He’s really upset about it. But that’s just the way things go.
Apparently Dauros also joined the Decepticons on this mission. I don’t remember him earlier but there’s a quick montage of Lightfoot and Ranger kicking and punching a limb off of each of the Decepticon Pretenders. They seriously never have a chance. They all hobble off together, pathetically. That leaves just Hydra and Buster but they’re actually doing pretty well.
Suddenly, a big truck leaves the factory. It has a tarp covering its load and Hydra and Buster… run after it. They assume since the Autobots were protecting it, that’s the Godbomber Project. And that’s fine. But they’re jets. And they run after it.
Eventually, the tarp comes off and it’s Road King. The Decepticons realize they’ve been tricked (pretty easily) and turn to head back but they’re blocked by Ranger and Lightfoot. Hydra and Buster merge into Darkwings to try to escape so all the Autobots jump up and ride them. That’s twice we get to see robots jump up onto jets. That isn’t easy you know! Each of the Autobots tears off a piece of Darkwings as they fall to the ground and the Godmasters spiral off, smoking but still barely aloft.
Ginrai drives up to help, way too late. He just couldn’t sit around doing nothing but when he sees the Autobots won the battle without him, he’s really proud. He promises to stay quiet until he’s healed up. Road King begins flexing because I guess he thinks he deserves all the credit. Maybe he does. Maybe he does.
Then Phoenix talks! He says he got a report from his friend on the moon. Uhhhh… ok. His friend says that something just landed on the lunar surface. On the moon we see Overlord land. That must mean BlackZarak is nearly there! But we’ll have to wait to meet him and probably the Godbomber project thing next week. This week mostly just featured fighting. No real twists. Not much bizarre dialog either. Sorry. It was just an episode setting the pieces for the future.