The episode begins, gentle reader, with a city dealing with a volcano. But we’re talking post-apocalyptic levels of destruction. Just look at it. Skyscrapers are crumbling and the city is burning. Supposedly a volcano caused it. Well, that’s terrible but it’s a natural disaster, so I guess there’s nothing for the Autobots to do about that. Oh wait. Everything that happens is always the fault of the Decepticons on this show. You’ll have to read on to find out how they did this one.
Turns out the Decepticons did cause the massive disaster but it was an accident. They’re building a base (they call it an advance base) underwater and their construction blasts set off an underwater volcano. Well, that’s what you get when you have Turtler build a base instead of the Constructicons.
Lord Giga and Lady Mega are sure the Autobots will come to investigate but they feel confident that could work to their advantage because it’s being protected by an army of Seacon drones. What’s the point of the base? Who the hell knows?
At Autobot headquarters, their leader Ginrai gets a transmission from Lightfoot that he’s going to go investigate. Why send Lightfoot. He transforms into a race car. You know who just might be ok for this mission? Their one team member that transforms into a submarine, who is named DIVER. But he isn’t a Godmaster so I guess the cartoon isn’t as interested in trying to sell his toy.
Lightfoot jumps into the ocean in his robot mode and says he’ll use his sensors to figure out what caused the volcano. Does he have better tools in his arm for figuring this stuff out than the seismologists and other scientists that monitor this stuff for a living? Because if so, he should just share his sensor technology if he really wants to help. Also? He’s a good swimmer for being a robot. Also? The animation in this episode doesn’t really bother to put in any bubbles or anything to indicate that characters are underwater. It’s distracting. Even more than the fast and loose rules they used when Ginrai fought on the moon.
Lightfoot doesn’t make it very far before he bumps into the previously mentioned army of Seacons. And as easily as these guys blow up, there’s simply too many of them for any one Autobot. The Decepticons seem to have a nearly limitless supply of these. They should use them more often.
What happens next is easy to explain but there was no good image for the recap because it’s just weird and done in lots of tight close up shots. Basically, all the Seacons start swimming around Lightfoot in a circle. They blur together and I thought they’d create a whirlpool of some sort, but no. Instead they sort of shoot at Lightfoot while he stands there and takes it. After a while the blasts open up a fissure in the ground and Lightfoot falls in, apparently no longer able to swim. His communicator is damaged and he is pinned beneath a large boulder. Basically, it’s a rough start to his work week.
After losing the signal, Ginrai decides Lightfoot could be in trouble and he’ll go rescue him. He then tells the Headmaster Jrs that they’re coming with him. Now, do you think he actually needs their help? Or do you think he just wants them to be parked in his Godbomber trailer so that it justifies its existence? I’m betting on the latter, for the record.
Ginrai merges with his first trailer (he has two) and becomes Super Ginrai. Then he takes the wings from Godbomber and flies off, picking up Godbomber (his second trailer) that has the Headmaster Jrs inside. It looks more like Ginrai is humping his trailer through the sky. And who’s to say he isn’t?
Meanwhile, Lord Giga and Lady Mega get the update from Turtler that the Seacons have trapped Lightfoot. Lady Mega guesses that Ginrai will show up to save him. Lord Giga tells Turtler that he and the Seacons have a huge advantage underwater and orders him to kill Ginrai. Actually, he specifically calls him Super Ginrai. But how does he know that’s the form Ginrai is in? Might he be just as likely to show up as God Ginrai? Lord Giga should play the lottery tonight because he’s lucky!
I was just amused at the above screenshot because Ginrai seems so uninterested in what he’s saying. He just sort of declares it, to no one in particular that he’s going to save Lightfoot. But we already knew that. I dunno, it amuses me.
Ginrai orders the Headmaster Jrs to stay behind and help out in case there are more earthquakes. He really gives them the most boring job every time. I bet he makes them clean the bathrooms back at their headquarters, too. That’s what happens when you appoint a truck driver as your new commander.
Turtler merges with some Seacon drones and forms King Poseidon. I’m of the opinion that King Poseidon should be treated as a much bigger threat than he is. The Constructicons were always treated as the ultimate Decepticon threat, potentially more powerful than even Megatron. I think combiners in general should be big threats. But he’s always been beaten rather quickly in the past. I’m hoping that the underwater setting provides an advantage and a real obstacle for the heroes.
Super Ginrai frees Lightfoot from the rubble but then King Poseidon drops a ton more debris on top of them. If you’re keeping count, that’s twice in a row Lightfoot has been trapped under rocks. This time, Ginrai is trapped too! Not much of a battle but they sure seem pinned down. Even if they can survive this, there’s the ticking clock of the volcano going off.
With Ginrai trapped, Lord Giga and Lady Mega gloat. And then Lady Mega creates a disturbing turn of phrase. She says beating the Autobots without Ginrai will be like twisting the arm of a baby! Christ! Sure, hurting a baby is real easy. But why would you even think of that? There’s wanting to take over the world and then there’s just being a sociopath.
So without the Autobots to stop the underwater volcano (how would they even accomplish that) the earthquakes begin again. This gives the Headmaster Jrs a little to do. It’s a brief scene. A little kid runs scared and instantly falls over and cries for his mommy. Overhead some building looks like it’s going to collapse. Shuta runs over and moves the kid to the side just before the building crashes down. It’s about as exciting as moving a wheelbarrow full of mulch across your yard.
Shuta then celebrates in a way I cannot comprehend. He either is picking his nose with his thumb, giving a thumbs-up sign right in front of his own face, or laying his finger aside of his nose like he’s about to go up a chimney. Your call.
Super Ginrai and Lightfoot blast their way out of the rubble. Then King Poseidon knocks them right back down into the fissure and it somehow closes up on them. For those of you counting, that’s three times in a row that Lightfoot has managed to get trapped under rubble. He’s really bad at this underwater stuff.
While trapped, Super Ginrai sends a mental command to Godbomber that he needs help. Up on the surface, the Headmaster Jrs are apparently done saving people for the day and are about to go swimming to find out what’s taking Ginrai so long. Just as they’re about to go, Godbomber transforms into robot mode and the kids are happy that they’ll have some backup.
But instead, Godbomber just picks them up and blocks their way. Shuta yells at him and calls him an emotionless robot. It says a lot when even the emotionless robot drone rejects the help of the Headmaster Jrs. Godbomber then dives into the ocean by himself. It’s a nice dive.
Down below, Lightfoot and Super Ginrai continue to shoot at the rocks, hoping to escape before the volcano fully erupts. They are not having good luck.
Lightfoot makes a sudden decision. They’re running out of time so he will self-destruct and blow the wall of debris away, saving his commander. He says that as lieutenant commander (apparently he appointed himself) his main job is to save his commander.
Super Ginrai conks him on the head to stop him from blowing himself up and tells him that if he is the commander, he has to follow his orders. And his orders are to keep trying to find a way to escape. And then Godbomber breaks his way in and saves them. Man, if Lightfoot had blown himself up, I bet Ginrai would’ve felt pretty bad. Ever see the movie The Mist? I would be interested in seeing that in robot form.
Ginrai merges with Godbomber to become God Ginrai and the Seacons all flee. Turtler yells at them for being cowards. I thought he controlled them all. He sure controls some of them when he uses them to become King Poseidon. He’s really crappy at being the leader of the Seacons.
King Poseidon and God Ginrai face off in an epic underwater battle. The water doesn’t really come into play at all. King Poseidon demonstrates literally zero advantages to being able to fight underwater.
Lightfoot helps out, too, displaying some new ability: an electromagnet rifle. The Autobots valiantly battle their titanic foe.
Meanwhile, the Headmaster Jrs sit around.
Below, the Autobots really gang up on King Poseidon, kicking his ass. Lightfoot pulls another new power out of his ass, spinning his body and glowing. It knocks King Poseidon backwards and he falls off a ledge into some lava. The drone parts of him all blow up and Turtler retreats. The Autobots blow up the base that the Decepticons were building and for some reason, the volcano and earthquakes stop. Remember, the volcano became active because of construction blasting. But the Autobots solved the problem by blowing up something even bigger. Science.
The Autobots all celebrate their victory as the sun sets and Turtler gets yelled at by Lord Giga and Lady Mega. The usual.