I have a question about the Godmasters and Headmaster Juniors. The show doesn’t answer it so it’s really just me rapping with you, Dear Reader. When the humans that become the heads or engines shout “Masterforce” and turn into their armored forms, are they turning into robots or are they just wearing suits? The reason it confuses me is that their human faces are still visible and they even seem to wear visors. But if they were still human under that armor, they’d break their legs every time they transformed into heads and engines that control their transtector bodies. Oh well, let’s just get started.
Lord Giga is really upset that God Ginrai defeated BlackZarak, the new Decepticon weapon, last episode. He’s especially upset because he believes Decepticons should be better at fighting in the air. This is a cool idea that has been lost over time, but originally the Decepticons could all fly, even if they weren’t jets, and their air superiority was one of their few advantages. Anyway, Giga pounds on his console in frustration. I hope he doesn’t damage his weirdo cosplay outfit. Let’s see, organic vegetables hanging around his neck, a sword he never uses, flimsy gauntlets and a Decepticon symbol on some cardboard hanging over his crotch. Yup, he’s a badass.
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Lord Giga wants to destroy Ginrai. What else is new? Does he have a new plan on how he could defeat Ginrai? Eh, sort of? He wants to turn his new strength, flying, into his weakness. At this point I’m ready for Giga’s great new plan to be sticking a banana in Ginrai’s tailpipe, but failing. Let’s continue to find out his specific plan.
His plan is to have Hydra and Buster fight him. Well, that’s only been tried about half a dozen times and failed spectacularly each time. Giga reminds the Godmaster brothers that they really want to bring BlackZarak back. Again, a vague wish. Last we saw him, he had to retreat because God Ginrai blew his head off, literally. Do they think he’ll come back if Ginrai is gone? I have no idea.
Giga then puts down his entire Decepticon army while complimenting Hydra and Buster on their best ability – their ability to fly as big jets. So his plan is essentially “fight Ginrai, but this time with more flying.” That’s about as helpful as “go into a boxing match but this time use more punches.”
Before the Godmaster brothers depart for their mission, Giga tells them they should be willing to sacrifice their lives this time. I think it’s to make us assume Hydra and Buster won’t retreat in this battle. They’ll either fight or die. It sort of raises the stakes, although I have a hard time believing anyone will die in the middle of the season. Once they leave, Giga tells Mega that he’s willing to die for the Decepticon cause. Well, he’s a believer. Gotta give him that.
Hydra and Buster head to an oil refinery in the middle of the desert. No clue exactly where, but apparently it’s the Middle East. Why? Because as the Decepticon jets approach, some alarms go off inside the plant and a few workers look up surprised… and then a woman in a burka pops into frame! The men are in boiler suit uniforms so it’s a bit of a non-sequitur. The Decepticons blast away at the refinery and then we cut to a shot outside where some men, women, and children all run away from the devastation. It’s an oddly animated scene, because the kid looks especially cartoony. Then the jets rise up in the background, but they look like they’re hovering almost sideways and mashed up against one another. It’s a mess.
Hydra tells Buster he’s not sure if Lord Giga was serious about needing them to be willing to die for the mission. Buster thinks to himself that it’s strange to see Hydra act cowardly. I agree. Hydra is afraid Lord Giga wants them to “die like dogs.” If you’re worried about where this fear is going story-wise, don’t. Nothing really comes of it. It’s just a piece of reluctance to die that really leads to nothing.
The Decepticons continue to blast away at the refinery and the workers inside panic. Here’s the weird part. They specifically call them Destrons (Decepticons). So they know about the Transformers. This continues a strange inconsistency this season where some people need to be told what Transformers are and other people act like it’s public knowledge. They play it both ways, fast and loose.
While all this destruction is going on, the Autobot Headmaster Juniors are running around in their transtector robots. Just having a great time, not a care in the world. Cab runs past Shuta and Minerva and claims that he’s “Ichiban” (number 1). Sounds pretty important! Let’s see what this race is all about!
The trio runs into the Canadian factory where the Autobots recently built Godbomber, a power up for Ginrai. Somehow the robots are able to run down stairs that were ostensibly built for humans. Can you imagine a car sized robot running down the stairs at your office? Well they push it further when Minerva slides down the railing to beat Shuta and Cab. That is one industrial strength set of handrails!
The Headmaster Juniors run into the main factory and Ginrai is apparently horrified to see them in robot form. I think they did this just to act silly and surprise Ginrai, but it has the effect of terrifying the workers. The same workers who just helped build Godbomber. None of this makes sense.
Cab walks up to the Godbomber trailer and tries to crawl into it, claiming he wins. He barely fits inside and Ginrai says that in his robot form he’s too big but it will fit at least three of them in vehicle mode. So if their robot forms are even bigger than cars, I’m even more impressed with that handrail on the stairs.
Shuta climbs into Godbomber, too. So Minerva really laughs it up and says he’s treating it like a mobile home. Or he’s treating it like it’s supposed to be treated – as a transport.
Just then the Autobots get an alert that the Decepticons are destroying the oil refinery. Ginrai says he’ll go and the Headmaster Juniors can come with him, in Godbomber. Ginrai’s fellow Godmaster, Lightfoot, also says he’ll come along and Ginrai tells him not to bother because there’s only a few Decepticons. Apparently he doesn’t think they’d ever bother to call on any reinforcements.
So Ginrai drives off with both of his trailers and the Headmaster Jrs all ride in the second trailer, Godbomber. So Ginrai’s fast-response plan is to drive from Canada to the Middle East. He’s hoping that the Decepticons continue their attack for a few weeks I guess. He must also be hoping the Bering Strait is frozen over so he can drive from Alaska to Russia and all the way through Asia to the Middle East.
The Headmasters are antsy and eager for battle. While they drive, Ginrai lays out the plan: Cab will put out fires because he’s a fire engine. Minerva will help the injured because she’s an ambulance car. And Shuta will help Cab because a police car doesn’t have much else of a role.
Cab is so excited that he has something to do that he turns on his sirens. Not to be outdone, Shuta turns his on, too. Minerva does not turn on her sirens, but instead complains about the noise. Poor Minerva. She rarely gets anything to do except complain and help people in the background.
Ginrai then drives up to the burning oil refinery and sure enough, the Decepticons are still there. Buster brags about how Ginrai is about to fall for their trap. I hope he doesn’t expect Ginrai to actually hear him. It would be pretty hard to hear someone insulting you from inside their jet as they flew overhead.
Ginrai combines with his cab and turns into Super Ginrai to fight the Godmaster brothers. Meanwhile, the Headmasters stand around gawking. He has to remind them that they need to go help people and that’s why they actually came out.
Hydra and Buster begin their attack on Super Ginrai, primarily flying up, transforming and delivering a flying kick, then transforming back into a jet and flying away. It’s effective and it’s made extra cool when Hydra shouts out “Eat this!” the most common trash-talking catch phrase on this show.
Super Ginrai combines with Godbomber to become God Ginrai and again has to remind the Headmaster kids to stop watching him and actually try to help people. They’re still just standing by in horror doing jack shit!
While Hydra and Buster keep God Ginrai occupied, we see that Lord Giga and Lady Mega have also secretly come to help defeat Ginrai. They stand off in the distance and Lord Giga does a weird thing where he spins his tank in a circle and buries himself underground.
Hydra and Buster knock God Ginrai around a little bit and at one point he crashes to the ground. Suddenly, Giga burrows up from underground and points his Gigatank barrel right at the back of God Ginrai’s head. There’s pretty much nothing God Ginrai can do and the Headmaster Juniors finally went away to help with the refinery, so they aren’t nearby to help him. I seriously can’t figure out how Ginrai is supposed to get out of this one.
Meanwhile, Shuta is helping put out some of the larger fires by firing freeze blast pellets with his gun. He’s down to only two more and there’s a raging fire coming out of a broken oil spout, throwing a massive flame into the air. Shuta fires one shot and it puts the fire out for a moment, but then it reignites. Cab runs up with a new plan. He jumps on top of the fire and contains it with his body and tells Shuta to shoot now. Shuta fires his last shot and it is able to smother the flames.
Then the oil pressure builds up and throws Cab into the sky and he crashes to the ground beside Shuta. This is played for big laffs. Transformers likes to have at least one weird slapstick moment per episode and doesn’t care where it puts it.
So how will God Ginrai escape the cannon to the back of his head? By waiting while Giga talks and talks about how he’s finally defeated him and then finally jumping up in the air. Well, if Giga wasn’t gonna pull the trigger, he might as well jump around. He then sheds his Godbomber power up. I can’t explain what Ginrai does any better than this. He just jumps up and doesn’t get shot, but then levels down to Super Ginrai.
However, something strange happens. Apparently reacting to Ginrai’s emotions, the Godbomber pieces reassemble into a robot form for the first time. He’s more of a drone but he’s just as big as Super Ginrai and he crushes Lord Giga’s cannon.
The Autobot Headmaster Juniors re-enter the battle, occupying Hydra and Buster. They aren’t quite a match for them physically but they do outnumber them and on top of that, Cab shouts “Eat this!” It’s hard to beat “eat this.”
Giga and Mega combine into Overlord but Super Ginrai takes a page from Cab’s playbook and tells him to “eat this” as he and Godbomber shoot at him. Overlord does not eat this.
Overlord begins spinning in a circle and causes a huge tornado. Ginrai combines with Godbomber again to become God Ginrai. He shoots at the tornado, but that doesn’t do anything. A weird Japanese song begins playing about how you’re great and perfect and can’t lose. Giga’s head comes out of the tornado to taunt Ginrai. Ginrai comes up with a revised plan. He fires his “god punch” at the ground. His fists eject and enter the sand, then go flying up through the tornado to punch Lord Giga, which disrupts the tornado.
Overlord decides to call it quits and retreats. So much for being willing to fight to the death! The Autobots celebrate their victory. Shuta is especially excited that Godbomber could turn into a robot. Once more, the Autobots easily overcome their opponents.