A few episodes ago, Scorponok battled Grand Maximus on the moon. Both of them have since departed, but the battle took place near a weather-monitoring moon base full of astronauts and somehow they recorded the battle and sent it to the Department of Defense. I think if you can get over the hurdle of having a moon base to monitor the weather, the recording getting to the DoD is nothing. But where the story goes from here is kinda bonkers.
So there’s a guy watching this video and others of Autobot/Decepticon battles. Who is he? We’ll get to know him. How did he get these recordings? We’ll never be told. Why does he have blue hair? It’s best to let stuff like that slide. His big question is why did the Decepticons always retreat. Apparently he isn’t watching very closely because the reason is they always get their asses kicked.
The guy then jumps on his motorcycle and races downhill through trees, does a massive jump off a cliff and goes through a waterfall into a cave. After wandering through it a bit, he comes upon a huge tank and it gets the traditional name text reserved for when we’re introduced to a new Transformer. Apparently, he came across this transtector and calls it Doubleclouder. I really couldn’t explain the name to you. At least not the Clouder part, although that’s apparently what he goes by.
He steps into it and talks to himself about how even just thinking about transforming it turns him on. Gross.
He then pulls out a pair of masterforce bracelets! He is in fact the final Godmaster. But he has different bracelets than everyone else. One has the Autobot insignia and the other has the Decepticon insignia. He wonders which one he should be but seems more interested in the Decepticon one because he thinks their forms are “cooler.” That’s one way to make life decisions.
Steven Seagal and Boobs McGee (better known as Lord Giga and Lady Mega) inform the other Decepticons that they’ll be moving to an advance base temporarily while they search for the final Godmaster. No one’s mentioned this for quite a while but it is now their top priority. Other priorities include dressing up like you’re going to the Renn Faire.
What kind of a reaction does this get from the troops? The Headmaster Jrs are less than thrilled. Cancer openly says it sucks. Can you imagine what would happen if one of the Decepticons told Megatron that his mission sucks? I’m imagining a gaping hole where their chest used to be.
Not everyone thinks the job sucks, though. Blood and the other Pretenders are excited for the opportunity to show off their skills. He plans to use his nose to sniff out the final Godmaster. I can’t tell if he’s serious. Does he really plan to smell around the world? That seems very time consuming.
The Decepticon army meets on a rocky island, waiting for Giga and Mega to show them their new base. Eventually something in the sky catches their eye. Cancer says it’s Giga and Mega. And it is, he is correct. But instead of appearing as Overlord, they reveal that they can also transform into a big base which settles beside a mountain.
Inside, Giga brags that soon they’ll witness the base’s firepower. Which is honestly a really strange claim. Their mission is to find the last Godmaster, not to battle the Autobots. So does he expect to be discovered right away or is he just planning on shooting at rocks?
Speaking of attacking rocks, that’s exactly what Autobot leader Ginrai is doing. But not in his transtector robot form. No, he apparently can now shatter boulders with his bare hands! We’ve never seen him do anything like this before but he’s smashing rocks on a clifftop and then jumps all the way down from it with no apparent effort. Ginrai started as a Godmaster, then got the Super Ginrai and God Ginrai power ups (trailers that he can merge with to get bigger). He was given the leadership. Now he can do superhuman stuff without even merging with his transtector. Dude is unstoppable.
Ginrai hears someone approach so he does the most awkward flip ever. Basically, imagine seeing someone drawn in a sitting position flying across your screen with speed lines behind him. He doesn’t rotate, just sort of hovers at a 90 degree angle. That’s his flip. But it isn’t an enemy attacking him, it’s just the Autobot Headmaster Jrs admiring his workout. It’s nice that Ginrai dressed up for his workout with his slacks, sleeveless t-shirt and suspenders. I know that’s what I wear to the gym.
The kids joke around about being his loyal troops but apparently Cab was being sarcastic about it so Ginrai playfully hits him on the head (be careful there Hercules or you’ll have pre-teen brains on your fists) and they all share a laugh like it’s the funniest thing in the world.
Meanwhile, the Decepticon Headmaster Jrs are wandering around in the forests of North America, looking for the last Godmaster. Bullhorn comments on how hard it is, and no shit. The continent is pretty damn big and you’re just walking around in monster robots with no clues.
So of course they just bump into Doubleclouder. At first they have no idea what to make of the giant bird with the dragon face, but then they spot his Decepticon insignia and leap to the correct conclusion that he is a Godmaster. Mission accomplished, they take him back to their new base to meet everyone. That… wasn’t a very tough search.
Clouder is brought before Lord Giga and Lady Mega and told that he is the last Godmaster. That makes him feel lucky. I’d say that was a coincidence, but whatever shines his car. He is then immediately attacked by King Poseidon. No one knows why.
King Poseidon grabs Doubleclouder’s feet and jumps off a cliff, hoping to take him down into the ocean where he’d have an advantage. Doubleclouder struggles mightily to stay aloft but is slowly dragged downwards. King Poseidon can’t get a good angle at shooting him with his shoulder cannons and just hangs on.
Doubleclouder showcases a new ability: he can shoot energy out of his eyes. Shouting the popular Super-God Masterforce catch phrase of “eat this” he blasts free of King Poseidon’s grip and blows up the drones that form the limbs. Turtler and the drone parts rain down on a cruise ship that happened to be passing below. Seriously? That’s a bit close to the coast. They were asking for trouble. They begin to sink.
Clouder returns to the other Decepticons and Hydra reveals that’s how they welcome new recruits. Apparently Hydra put King Poseidon up to it to test how strong he was. Giga didn’t know about it but allowed it to see how Doubleclouder handled himself. Pretty dick move. But they are the bad guys so that makes sense.
Clouder shows how he has two special bracelets and how he can change into different engine/robot forms depending on whether the Autobot or Decepticon bracelet is on top. This is his big secret. He can transform into two forms from his missile carrier. One is a Decepticon bird. And the other?
The other is a big robot but with Autobot insignia. This is treated like a really big deal and I sort of pity the Decepticons that they never considered a simple paint job if they think the Autobot insignia carries this much weight.
Oh, then we cut to the Decepticon Pretenders who are still searching for the final Godmaster. Apparently, no one bothered to call them. They get surprised at a dark form behind a tree but then say, “Oh. It’s just a bear.” Cut to commercial break!
Back on the island, Wilder and the other Headmasters are trying to cozy up and befriend Clouder. Clouder seems to revel in the attention. Yup, just taking some time out of the episode to establish which Decepticons are and are not friends.
Lord Giga summons Clouder with a special mission. He is to use his Autobot form to infiltrate the Autobots. Clouder’s psyched about the mission because he has really wanted to see God Ginrai up close. He really comes off like a Transformers fan that gets a chance to join in. And then chooses the wrong side.
The Autobots have received the sinking cruise ship’s distress call and since no one else in the world helps with anything, the Autobot Godmasters race there to help. Lightfoot swims from California to the middle of the Pacific Ocean before it can sink, along with his allies. He then stands on the deck, takes a look at the base on the island and declares that it’s Overlord. How he figured this out is anyone’s guess.
Super Ginrai flies to the island with his Godbomber trailer and lets the Headmaster Jrs out. He tells them to work on rescuing the people on the cruise ship and he will fight ALL the Decepticons. I’d say he’s full of himself, but I’ve seen no reason to believe he can’t hold off the entire Decepticon army.
Overlord begins shooting missiles everywhere, Super Ginrai merges with Godbomber to become God Ginrai and begins shooting everywhere and basically there’s more gunfire than in any other episode. It’s pure insanity. The Decepticon Headmasters block the Autobot Headmasters and Cab and Shuta announce that they’ll hold off all 3 Decepticons and that Minerva should go help with the people on the slowest sinking ship ever. She doesn’t have any faith they can do it but Cab screams at her to do it so she does.
Minerva is instantly hit by an explosion and hurts her leg.
But then Doubleclouder runs in to “help” her. She doesn’t know who he is but when she sees his Autobot insignia, she instantly trusts him and he helps her off the open battlefield.
Cancer stands in Doubleclouder’s way, I think as part of a ruse to convince the Autobots that Doubleclouder is a good guy. Doubleclouder stage whispers to Cancer that he’s sorry and punches him in the face.
Meanwhile, Overlord in his base mode is firing off so many rockets and laser blasts that God Ginrai can’t get close to him. He realizes that the only way to attack is from behind but there is a mountain there. So he lets himself get hit by a missile and falls towards the sea, but then just flies along the ocean and up behind the mountain. He can take a direct hit with pretty much no problem! Then he announces his signature move and blasts away at the mountain.
Overlord is buried in the collapsing rock. The Decepticons decide to retreat and Overlord transforms into a robot form and gets out of the rubble and flies away.
The Autobots must have patched up the boat off screen because we next see it sailing along at sunset. People are perched on the Autobots, just enjoying turning them into their personal lounge furniture.
Doubleclouder tells the Autobots that he’s wanted to meet them but didn’t know where their base was. They are not in any way suspicious and I guess that makes sense. It’d be a bigger twist if, say, Lightfoot was revealed to have always been working for the Decepticons but whatever. The Autobots welcome their new ally.
And the episode needs to end on a ridiculous line so Cab and Shuta thank Doubleclouder for rescuing Minerva who they call helpless. Nice.