Welcome to the third of a four-part arc about Ginrai getting upgraded to God Ginrai (disclaimer: not actually a god). This Ginrai kid, I don’t know if you know this, but he’s the main character. It’s kind of a big deal.
Last episode, the Autobots learned that a manned weather station on the moon (!) lost contact with Earth. The Autobots suspect it could be a Decepticon weapon that they heard is coming from space. One of the interesting things about this season of Transformers is that all of the Autobots have human forms, so these meetings are a bunch of people talking instead of robots. The Pretenders are simply disguising themselves as humans but the rest of the team are actual people that armor up and control transtector bodies. I don’t know that I prefer it to seasons one and two of the Autobots hanging out at the Ark but it is relatable. Credit where it’s due.
Hit the jump to see what’s going on up on the moon.
So apparently there is a moon base up there. Humans monitor the weather from their station and wear mech-type suits. I question how well you can monitor the weather on Earth all the way from the moon. Satellites seem to do a pretty great job in low orbit. Anyway, these guys have all been locked away in one room by Lord Giga and Lady Mega, who are waiting on the moon to meet BlackZarak, who has been called from space by the Decepticon god, Devil Z. The astronauts are trying to either escape or establish communications with Earth. Barring that, they plan to set up a really great game of Parcheesi.
Giga and Mega are watching them on a security camera. The astronauts don’t seem to know this even though this is their base. They cut their way out of one of the sealed doors with a welding torch of some sort.
Lord Giga has some sort of freeze gun. Or maybe it turns people into crystal. I’m not sure. I don’t even know if it’s permanent or temporary. He freezes half a dozen of the astronauts that make a run for it, but sadly we don’t get any brilliant ice puns.
However, two of the astronauts stayed behind in the room and were able to get an emergency signal out to Earth. Phoenix picks it up and now the Autobots know that the observatory has been attacked. By the way, I’ve been fascinated with Phoenix’s outfit. He seems to be in some type of military gear but they never explain what his job is. Like, what does the “S” on his shoulder stand for? Shoulder? Apparently in the comics they made about this season, it is explained that Phoenix is a tech soldier stationed in Germany! So either his bosses are very liberal about when he works or he’s abandoned his post but wearing his uniform. Either way, Phoenix chose a terrible day-job.
The Autobots contact Grand Maximus, the Autobot warrior who has been involved in fighting the Decepticons in space and who warned them about an approaching Decepticon threat. Grand tells them they need to finish the Bomber Project quickly, which will allow Ginrai to power up and fly into space. I thought the whole point of last episode was a race against time to finish the project but I guess they’re still working on it. Come on guys, maybe put in some overtime!
Grand sends the Autobots a bit more info and they learn that BlackZarak is more powerful than even Overlord (Mega and Giga’s combined robot form that defeated Super Ginrai). This leads Shuta to imagine what would happen if BlackZarak got to Earth. Basically, he rips apart each of the Autobots. Shuta is horrified by what he daydreamed about.
Then Hawk says they’ve been delayed too much on the Bomber Project (no shit) and starts listing all the amazing advantages Ginrai will have when he powers up with it. For instance, he will now be able to receive both AM and FM radio stations!
Other advantages include being able to fly and blah blah blah. Even Ginrai can’t pay attention to his list of power up abilities. He’s lost in thought, remembering how he was beaten by Overlord. He knows a rematch is inevitable and that he’ll have to be stronger. I wish this cut to a Rocky-eque training montage but that doesn’t happen.
While Ginrai waxes neurotic, Shuta proclaims Ginrai has an awesome transformation. Lightfoot basically has a computer simulation showing what Ginrai will look like all powered up. Dudes, maybe a bit less time on the simulations and a bit more time finishing the project!
Ginrai punches the wall in anger and of course it hurts because it was broken by Overlord just two episodes ago. Unfortunately for him, Minerva sees this and worries (that’s pretty much all she gets to do). Ginrai makes up an unconvincing lie about his arm falling asleep. He continues to explain that if he jerks off like this it feels like a stranger is doing it. Minerva backs away slowly, never losing eye contact. Or maybe that stuff didn’t happen, who can say?
If you thought the Autobots were stressed about completing their project, I guess you thought wrong. Because Diver is grinning about getting to leave soon for some din-din. Wow.
Ginrai is next seen leaning against his truck and doing standing pushups. At first I was gonna call him lazy, but then he starts doing one-armed pushups when Shuta and Cab walk up. Actually, he pretty much just does one then falls on his face. He tells them it’s not serious and that they should spar with him so he can prove he’s ready to fight again.
Ginrai specifically tells Cab and Shuta to attack his arm. So I guess his human broken arm pain is somehow connected to his transtector body. I’ll go along with it. Let’s get some fighting in!
There’s a crap-load of kicking and punching. Sure enough, Ginrai’s arm is his weak spot and at one point he falls to one knee. Shuta really chastises him over it, essentially telling him to work through the pain. I’m not convinced this is a good plan.
Ginrai agrees with Shuta’s admonishment, however. He tells himself he can’t power up if he allows himself any weak feelings. So he steps on a puppy. No, he just gets back to kicking and punching. There’s LOTS of kicking and punching going on.
Meanwhile, Hawk checks his watch.
Back up on the ground level, Shuta and Cab continue to double-team Ginrai but he pushes through the pain and knocks the kids on their asses. Now that’s a real man!
Eventually, the Godbomber Project is complete! The Autobots and the crew of British Motors (Lightfoot’s company) congratulate each other. Lander is seen holding hands with a woman that looks a LOT like Scott Pilgrim. In my opinion. Your mileage may vary.
Ginrai wants to leave immediately, before it’s too late. By the way, if you thought anyone was still talking about the astronauts up there, you again thought wrong. I guess they get killed or starve or something.
Hawk won’t allow Ginrai to go without first being tested. I thought he just did that with Cab and Shuta while Hawk was looking at his sweet Rolex. I get what Hawk’s concern is, but do they really even have a choice?
The Headmaster Jrs drown out Hawk’s naysaying. They seriously turn into a cheering section more appropriate at a baseball game than in a war for humanity.
Even Lander and Diver kind of cheer Ginrai on. By the way, Lander apparently ties a toy ghost to his umbrella. The Japanese sure have unique ideas on what Americans are like.
Ginrai transforms and upgrades to Super Ginrai and then God Ginrai. The Headmaster Jrs begin their cheerleading routine for him. I hear the Army does this now whenever a battalion does a good job.
The now powered up God Ginrai fires up his thrusters and announces he’s taking off. He does take off. To the moon!
Giga and Mega spot Ginrai on some monitors and declare that they will destroy him before he lands on the moon. If I had a nickel for every time Giga and Mega declare something and then fail, I’d have a pretty big handful of nickels. Hey, it’s only episode 26 and these two didn’t get introduced right away.
God Ginrai flies up to the moon and is intercepted by Overlord. Overlord talks some smack about how he’ll destroy Ginrai but Ginrai isn’t one to be outwitted. He retorts: “Be quiet!”
Oh. I guess Ginrai isn’t that witty. Unless you find second graders at recess witty. But I don’t.
The begin having a big fight out there in space but this time, God Ginrai can definitely match Overlord. Neither side really dominates. Although at one point God Ginrai does do a pretty sweet flip to avoid a laser and lands it as a kick across Overlord’s face. It’s sort of a flying enziguri move. Probably a little less impressive in the vacuum of space, but it worked just fine. God Ginrai eventually manages to knock Overlord down to the surface of the moon.
However, at that moment, BlackZarak finally arrives and transforms from a scorpion into a gigantic robot. One who is even bigger than God Ginrai or Overlord. The Autobots somehow have a magical viewscreen of what’s going on (which they should probably have used to contact the astronauts but everyone’s forgotten about them) and they see BlackZarak. Cab observes that he’s “creepy.” I’d call a pervert creepy. This dude is a warlord. He should be more along the lines of “terrifying.”
Hawk announces that he’s a Decepticon that has been fighting Grand Maximus and the other Autobots. They haven’t explicitly said it yet, but I am working on the assumption that this is Zarak/Scorponok from last season. His transtector body was destroyed by Fortress Maximus but he probably built a new one. On the other hand, Grand Maximus looks just like Fortress Maximus but is pretty clearly not him. He’s just got a similar robot and fortress mode. But instead of being controlled by a Headmaster (Cerebros for Fortress Maximus) he is controlled by a Pretender. I hope they spell it out in a future episode but I’m giving you what the show gives us and what I’m assuming based on watching it this far.
The episode draws to a cliffhanger ending as God Ginrai is surrounded by Overlord and BlackZarak. He doesn’t try to run or anything, though. He says he wants to take them both on. Brave, stupid, or both? Guess we’ll both find out next episode!