Last episode ended on a cliffhanger. The Autobot base was under attack by the full Decepticon army and their defenses were compromised. Clouder, the final Godmaster, had joined the Decepticons and has the ability to transform from a missile carrier to either a Decepticon bird or an Autobot robot. He used this to infiltrate the Autobot headquarters and sabotage it, although he was then captured and held in the base as it was attacked. Now, Decepticon field leader Lord Giga declares that it’s time for the next phase of their attack which he calls:
The episode picks up with Metalhawk and the Headmaster Juniors inside their base, desperately trying to keep the defense systems online. Overlord, in his base mode, constantly peppers the mountain housing the Autobot HQ with missiles. Fires break out everywhere in the base and the Autobots can barely keep themselves alive, let alone keep the base’s weapons online. This is actually a pretty strong episode. There’s a serious threat to the heroes, some much better-than-usual animation and a minimum of goofy gags. That being said, there’s still plenty of bizarre shit to point out.
For instance, the Decepticons are so happy that they’re doing a good job that the Headmaster Juniorss and Browning begin jumping around and dancing. Kinda hard to be afraid of bad guys that like to celebrate like little kids.
As the Autobots struggle to put out fires, Minerva realizes that their prisoner, Clouder, is being held in one of the blocks of their base that has one of the worst fires. She rushes off to activate the sprinkler system and save him. I bet Metalhawk is really kicking himself for not ponying up the extra cash for the automated sprinkler system right about now.
Sure enough, Clouder complains that the fire is hot.
Giga and Mega gleefully pick targets and systematically break down the Autobot base. They’re surprisingly competent this episode.
One of their missile strikes makes the main computer console blow up right in Metalhawk’s face and knocks him unconscious. The Autobot Headmaster Jrs are left with no adult supervision. They instantly turn on cartoons and eat candy.
Meanwhile, Autobot leader Ginrai and his Godmasters are battling the Decepticon Godmasters Hydra and Buster to protect the nearby city. There’s a lot of lasers and punches and chokon energy powers flying around. Ginrai swears he won’t forgive them for this. That’s just his kind of tough-guy talk.
Ginrai kicks a lot of ass, taking the time to name his moves, and Hydra and Buster eventually merge to form Darkwings. Ginrai then immediately shoots them down. Ginrai simply cannot lose a fight.
With Hawk hooked up to medical equipment or some sort of futuristic refrigerator for all I know, Minerva suggests the base is beyond repair and they should abandon it. This makes all the sense in the world but Shuta doesn’t want to because his late father built it. He never mentions his father, but leave it to him to play that card when it slows everybody down.
Lady Mega calls Ginrai (not sure how, she just sort of radios him without equipment) and lets him know that his base is about to be destroyed. This is presumably part of their plan and not her way of giving Ginrai a chance to defeat them, since the Decepticons are actually doing really well.
Ginrai orders Ranger and Road King to stay behind in case the Decepticons attack the city again and he and Lightfoot race back to the base to try to save the day. That’s their plan. Go back and shoot more lasers.
Ginrai arrives and transforms into Super Ginrai to defend the base. Mega and Giga transform into Overlord’s robot mode. There isn’t a lot of dialog this episode. It’s almost all fighting. So this is gonna be a quick recap.
Overlord radios (?) Turtler and his Seacons to begin the next phase of their plan. A huge army of Seacon drones burrow into the mountain. I bet you thought fish-based Transformers didn’t have such great digging abilities. Well, they do when the plot requires it.
Ginrai battles Overlord and has the upper hand but even as Overlord gets his ass kicked, he stage whispers that it’s all part of the plan. He’s obviously just distracting Ginrai until the right moment. Not sure what their next phase is but so far so good!
Some Lobclaw and Gufls break into the Autobot base and the Seacon drones begins swarming the corridors. Things look quite bad for the Autobots. Not Wheelie-and-Daniel bad, but pretty bad.
Turtler orders a Lobclaw to destroy the base’s central power core, which converts magma beneath the mountain into energy for the base. The Lobclaw rips into the core which destroys both it and the core. The base loses power and Clouder’s shackles open up but then he’s instantly buried in rubble, while the base begins to crumble.
Super Ginrai merges with Godbomber to become God Ginrai and beats up on Overlord some more, but then gets a message from Lightfoot that the core has been destroyed and the base will blow up in 10 minutes. Ginrai slowly realizes he’s been tricked.
The Autobots inside realize that not only are they surrounded by Seacons but Turtler has shut down all exits before killing the power. They’re trapped inside as the base is about to explode.
God Ginrai does a badass kick to Overlord’s head. I wish there was more to say. There’s not. It’s lots of kicks and punches.
Lightfoot explains to Ginrai that the base will explode in 10 minutes. Who knows how he figured out that he has that much time? Ginrai orders him to gather the other Autobots and head for their observation room at the very top of the mountain. Maybe he just wants them to have a nice view before they die.
Minerva finds Clouder and frees him from the rubble, and they all hurry to the top of the base. Like the ceiling can’t hold them!
God Ginrai does his “god punch” where his Godbomber fists fly off and do their thing. They punch Overlord then punch a hole in the mountain. Overlord thinks he’s lost his mind, but he’s actually just created a small vent which delays the mountain from exploding for a moment. He transforms to Super Ginrai and sends his Godbomber trailer flying through the air to the top of the base. It may be a truck but it has small wings on the back, so it can fly. You know, science.
Godbomber picks up the Autobots and flies them away as the mountain turns into an active volcano, violently erupting. I guess that is a risk when you build your base on a volcano. The Autobots are really happy to have survived and also to get a fun ride.
Then Super Ginrai picks Overlord up by his crotch. That’s already pretty awesome but then he throws him right into the mountain.
Overlord hits so hard that his head sticks into the mountain for a brief moment but then the pressure of the volcano explodes him out and he goes flying across the sky as though this was Inspector Gadget or Pokémon. It’s pretty hilarious.
A sappy song begins playing while the Autobots watch their base smolder. They take pleasure in the fact that they’re alive. Clouder sees what he’s caused and instantly has a complete change of heart. You’d think he’d be proud that he accomplished his mission, but apparently he grew a conscience while being shackled to the wall. He holds his knees and rocks while talking about the Decepticons using him. Jeez, harsh imagery!
Clouder tells Ginrai that he’s sorry for what he’s done and he wants to be an Autobot now. Keep in mind he’s betrayed them undercover once. Still, Ginrai’s response: “All right.” That’s it. A man of few words. He’s really blasé about the whole thing, isn’t he?