Last episode, the Decepticons gained a powerful new ally – Clouder, who can transform into two Godmaster forms (and then he’s called Doubleclouder). One is a Decepticon falcon of some sort and the other is an Autobot robot. When I say Autobot and Decepticon all that means is it has that insignia, but that seems to be enough to fool the Autobots. Lord Giga assigned Clouder the task of joining the Autobots as a spy to find their base. He accomplished this by saving Minerva on the battlefield. This episode starts with her showing him around. The Autobots do not believe in background checks. For some reason, Clouder calls Minerva “sir.” Not sure if he’s trying to be respectful and is an idiot or if he really can’t see too well.
Clouder is none too subtle about asking where things are controlled from but fortunately for him, Minerva is a bit of an idiot and just gives up the info without a second thought.
Minerva is so clueless this episode that she wanders down the hall talking about how she makes cookies, assuming Clouder is beside her. But he actually snuck into the control room they just passed.
Minerva tells Cab and Shuta that she can’t find Clouder and they are shocked – SHOCKED I SAY – that he would disappear on her. The three Headmaster Jrs go to check the base for him.
Clouder is in some control room snapping photos on an antiquated camera. The Headmasters come up behind him but he pretends he was just fascinated by the equipment. They buy this because they aren’t very smart.
Then they all go watch cartoons and eat cookies. It’s a weird cartoon about a turtle and a rabbit and the rabbit runs off a cliff but then pulls it towards him. Hope that’s entertaining, because the show spends some time just showing us the cartoon while the kids talk about how good Minerva’s cookies are. That is not a metaphor, perverts. They are literally eating cookies.
They also talk about how much they like their Transtectors. That’s what they call their robots that allow them to become Transformers. Shuta tells Clouder that their Transtectors aren’t ordinary mechs. To which I would ask: what’s an “ordinary” mech?
Clouder uses this as a super flimsy excuse and says he’s gonna drive around in his Transtector so that he can really get to know it. He’s actually planning to hand off his old-school photos to the Decepticons. Fortunately for him, there are zero security measures to prevent this. And he does have an Autobot insignia on his robot form, so he must be trustworthy.
The Decepticon Headmaster Jrs meet him in the woods near the base. They are hilariously all crammed into a small shuttle from Giga and Mega’s base mode. The Decepticons may not have invested enough in their travel budget but they have the base plans.
Clouder then transforms into his Decepticon bird mode to depart. Why he doesn’t simply stay in his vehicle mode is anyone’s guess. But it was a dumb move because Metalhawk is patrolling the skies and sees the falcon mode off in the distance. He loses it right away but does spot the Decepticon Headmasters below as they leave. This makes him suspicious. He’s the only one with half a brain.
Hawk goes back to the base and tries to log in to the system to identify what he saw. But he’s locked out, thanks to Clouder’s tampering. He reacts to this in abject terror, claiming it’s impossible. How can this be? At least he doesn’t just shrug and walk away.
Instead he asks the Headmaster Jrs if they know who is responsible for messing with the computer. Minerva takes the blame to cover for Clouder because she’s really trying to set a record for stupid things done in a single episode. Hawk doesn’t really seem to believe her.
Back at Overlord’s base, the Decepticons are pleased to have found the location of the Autobot base. However, Lord Giga cautions that that’s only one step in their plan. Now they need to wait for Clouder to give them information on the security and defenses of the base. Based on what we’ve seen so far, I’d guess none?
Clouder isn’t wasting any time. He plants explosives around the base so that he can get into their main control room. Apparently one that’s locked or something? I thought he just did this but there must be another level to all this.
Minerva is walking around the base and thinks she sees Clouder turn a corner at the end of a hallway (she does). She starts to head there but Clouder has snuck up behind her and uses a flashlight to act scary. But as a joke, I guess? He doesn’t menace her or anything and she brushes it off.
The explosives then detonate. Hawk and the Headmasters run around to investigate the damage and what could have caused it. Clouder uses the distraction to enter the control room and download info on the base’s defense measures. Hawk doesn’t believe this was an accident and immediately suspects sabotage. I’m glad at least one person is so suspicious. Because he’s right.
Ginrai and the other 3 Godmasters leave Canada and are there at the base in Japan within moments. You have to just roll with how fast these guys can travel the globe. Hawk pulls Ginrai aside and explains he suspects sabotage so they head back to the group and Ginrai says he doesn’t think they should be suspicious of anyone.
The Headmaster Jrs overhear that conversation and Cab and Shuta agree that while they like Clouder he is acting a little weird. Minerva goes for the hat trick and defends the obviously guilty perpetrator, insisting he must be innocent.
The Decepticon Headmasters are sent back to the forest to get Clouder’s spy info. These guys seriously need a good wifi signal instead. At first, Cancer turns on a jamming signal but Wilder screams at him that the Autobots could trace it. I don’t get that at all. The jamming turns off all the Autobots’ communications equipment. Shouldn’t they keep it on? Well, they don’t. So Ginrai sends out Metalhawk and Ranger to find the source of the jamming signal.
As Metalhawk and Ranger exit the base, Doubleclouder tags along in his missile launcher mode. Ranger chastises him that he shouldn’t do that without being told to do so by Ginrai but Doubleclouder simply says Ginrai told him to follow along and Ranger is okay with that! What’s the point of pretending to have discipline if you just make the rules up as you go along? Ranger, you are challenging Minerva for dope of the week.
Doubleclouder immediately and easily ditches Ranger and meets up with the Decepticon Headmasters again, giving them the base defense schematics. I don’t know whether Doubleclouder is the world’s best spy, super-lucky or the Autobots are super dumb dumbs for trusting anyone with the right logo on their shoulder, but this had to be the easiest espionage mission ever. The Headmasters pass on the order to keep gathering intelligence. And why not? No one’s stopped him!
Whoops, spoke too soon. Metalhawk’s suspicions pan out and he catches Doubleclouder in the act. The Headmasters take off running and even do that cartoon thing where their feet turn into blurry lines and they can’t get any traction for a while. It helps add to the gravity of the situation.
Metalhawk is pretty brave or really dumb, because he goes right into battle with the far more powerful Godmaster. He rips out a tree and clobbers Doubleclouder but the tides quickly turn as Doubleclouder begins eye-blasting and shooting all sorts of guns at the Autobot.
Ranger and Lightfoot show up and Metalhawk fills them in. The tides quickly turn. Question: if Doubleclouder wasn’t supposed to follow along with Metalhawk and Ranger, how did Lightfoot get involved? Does everyone just do whatever they want now?
The Autobots overpower and capture Doubleclouder. In their base, they chain Clouder up. Minerva’s really upset to learn that he was a Decepticon. Jeez, how about worrying about whether Ginrai’s about to can your ass for covering for a spy?
The Decepticons plan an attack on the Autobot base. Their first step is to send Hydra and Buster to attack the city near the base. They figure this will draw out the Autobot Godmasters as a successful diversion and allow the rest of their forces to assault the base. And even though it’s obvious what they’re trying to do, Ginrai argues saving people comes first and does in fact take his 3 Godmaster troops with him.
Ginrai exits the mountain through a secret door by the woods. Lightfoot drives out another tunnel. Ranger exits through a drainage area. Why can’t they share a road? But then things get really weird. Road King bursts out of the water. Like, he came from underwater and somehow flew out of the water. This one’s beyond my best guess.
Clouder chooses this moment to trigger some more explosives he set throughout the base, ruining it even more and making his escape. The other Autobots try to assess the damage to the base and see what’s working. One thing that’s definitely down is their communications so they can’t get in touch with Ginrai and the others while they battle Hydra and Buster. I know this was 1988 when they made this but seriously, cell phones and army issue walkie talkies existed. It’s tough to buy how easily these guys can’t talk with one another. Ah well.
Metalhawk declares he will repair the Barrier System Room. Great. The show doesn’t tell us what the room is or what it does. Also, I’m starting to wonder what Lander, Diver and Phoenix are up to. This seems like the kind of thing that’s important enough to call in all the Autobots, right?
Meanwhile, Ginrai is facing down Hydra and Buster. They decide that the most effective way to attack him is for Hydra to sit on Buster’s shoulders. I haven’t seen a move this dumb since last season on Headmasters when all the Decepticon Headmasters tried to balance on one another and simply fell over. To be fair, the Hydra brothers use their Chokon mystical power to shoot a big laser at Ginrai. I guess that’s what happens when they form silly totem poles. It doesn’t do much. Godbomber jumps in front of Ginrai and just blocks it with his arms.
The rest of the Decepticon army crashes through the forest and begins laying siege to the Autobot base. As they get shaken and blasted, Hawk tells Shuta to put their defense systems on full. Kind of a move worth doing BEFORE getting attacked. Regardless, their missiles to very little to slow the Decepticon advance. They’re pretty screwed.
The episode ends on a cliffhanger when Giga and Mega form the Overlord base near the Autobot base and their ghostly superimposed faces laugh maniacally with delight. It seems victory for the Decepticons is a sure thing!