Transformers: Super-God Masterforce Episode 38 – “The Ultimate Combination!! BlackZarak, the New Lifeform”

This is a weird episode but not always for what’s said. More for the mistakes in relation to previous episodes or decisions that aren’t explained well. Also, for about the first 9 to 10 minutes, it’s nothing but fighting. Hardly any dialog. So this recap is slightly shorter than some. The episode begins with some of the Autobots racing to the Angor Wat temple in Cambodia. Why? Because they are using it as their temporary base to plan on how to destroy the Decepticons’ base. Very respectful.

I'm curious where this is going...

I’m curious where this is going…

Oh, I should have guessed.

Oh, I should have guessed.

A coherent argument! What's that doing here?

A coherent argument! What’s that doing here?

The Autobots meet and gather intel on the Decepticon base from Cancer, the former Decepticon. Why are they all in Cambodia? Because supposedly the Decepticon base is in the ocean nearby. Uhhh… last week the Autobots found the base in the ocean near Hawaii. Those areas aren’t close AT ALL. I’m more and more convinced the writers on this show have never seen a world map. The Autobots agree to take former Decepticons Cancer and Clouder along but refuse to let them battle. Not because they don’t trust them. No, instead Ginrai isn’t sure he can promise to keep them safe. Pretty sure he can’t promise to keep his Autobots safe in battle either, so that fails the logic test and we’re off!

We keep all our great stuff in the base.

We keep all our great stuff in the base.

At the Decepticon base, Devil Z, the god/energy blob tells Lord Giga and Lady Mega that the Autobots will almost definitely attack them soon now that they know where the base is. But he plans to allow them to do so. Giga is worried about the base sustaining damage but Devil Z says he’s got a plan. He cannot confidently chomp on a cigar after saying that because he is an energy blob.

Crappy radar.

Crappy radar.

The Autobots fly up in Grand Maximus, who they’re using as their temporary base. Cancer points out where to hide behind some rocks because it’s a blind spot for the Decepticons’ radar.

You could go home?

You could go home?

However, the Decepticons were waiting for them and the Autobots are not able to surprise them. Ginrai says that since they’ve been seen they have no choice but to attack. I would argue that they could regroup and form a different attack plan. Regardless, lots of Autobots and Decepticons begin shooting at each other. It’s a great big fight for quite a while.

The Autobots can all fly now. Try to keep up.

The Autobots can all fly now. Try to keep up.

Oh, and we clearly see an extended establishing shot of the Godmaster Autobots flying in. How? They aren’t wearing jetpacks and they explicitly had to when they had a space battle a few episodes back. None of the Autobots except the Pretender jets and God Ginrai could fly before now. And this is going to get frustrating because this flight ability is never used again.

Unlikely.

Unlikely.

God Ginrai disengages from Godbomber for inexplicable reasons and fights the Decepticon Pretenders as Super Ginrai. It’s just a thing that happens that makes no sense and that’s why we like Transformers.

They keep using up valuable minutes of tv time!

They keep using up valuable minutes of tv time!

The other Autobots mostly fight off massive waves of Seacon drones. And those things are DELICATE. They blow up by the dozens. It’s pathetic, really.

Rolls off the tongue.

Rolls off the tongue.

Eventually, Super Ginrai powers back up to God Ginrai when Overlord makes his appearance. God Ginrai shoots his God Cannon and Overlord… shouts “Chokon Daemon Brasher.” Your guess is as good as mine on this one.

Also, are my hands cold?

Also, are my hands cold?

Cab and Shuta jump down onto the raised Decepticon base platform and engage in a fist fight. Bullhorn begins choking out Cab (does that even work on a robot?) and Cab apparently forgets that he’s a Headmaster who could disengage his head and transform into a truck. While strangling him, Bullhorn asks if his old friend Cancer is ok but doesn’t bother to stop fighting to get an answer.

Fair point.

Fair point.

Devil Z accurately assesses the situation, calling them all worthless. It’s true. None of them are really gaining any traction in this battle. And his Decepticons are extra inept this time. Devil Z calls on the Decepticons to retreat into the base and it retracts beneath the ocean.

Glass: the best material for your base.

Glass: the best material for your base.

But all is not lost! Cancer proves it was a good idea to bring him along when he tells them how they can get in. Apparently there’s a glass tube they could break into. Seems like a completely unnecessary design element, doesn’t it? Well, the thing is Devil Z fancies himself a brilliant architect and he takes great pride in the visual design of his base, not just its functionality. The Autobot Godmasters, Shuta and Cab all swim down with God Ginrai who blasts the glass open and they all get swept inside. At some point the base must seal itself back up because in the next scene they are walking around in the base.

Get your Instagrams ready.

Get your Instagrams ready.

Devil Z tells the Decepticons to observe. He is about to reveal his actual true form! Don’t get excited. It isn’t much of anything. Seriously, set your expectations low. Here we go.

Oh, it's like a lame version of 2001.

Oh, it’s like a lame version of 2001.

Some translucent alien fetus thing floats across the screen, full of crackling energy. You can barely make it out and it’s gone very quickly. Then he turns into gas and goes right into BlackZarak’s chest, taking over his body. This would have felt a lot more important if BlackZarak had the personality he did last season. But he’s been a nearly mute soldier in the handful of appearances he’s had this year.

Focus group time!

Focus group time!

BlackZarak shows up and things get… weird. The ceiling starts to look like a red void. The ground beneath the Autobots (and Bullhorn and Wilder who decided to confront them) collapses and they all fall somewhere. Everything looks like a red organic space. Did he teleport them? No. I don’t know why the background changed. It doesn’t really make any sense. After landing safely (the ground broke their fall), God Ginrai holds a quick focus group asking what people think about BlackZarak’s big change. No one has any strong opinions.

And their grades are deplorable.

And their grades are deplorable.

Meanwhile, Devil Z tells Overlord to get the Decepticons to evacuate the base. He’s set a series of time bombs (what else) and he plans to blow up the Autobots inside it. Overlord asks what about Bullhorn and Wilder but Devil Z does not care, calling them delinquents. Overlord is shocked, but obeys.

I will take my cool staff.

I will take my cool staff.

And with that, the Decepticons begin their evacuation and they begin a 20 minute countdown.

What was your first clue?

What was your first clue?

God Ginrai now comes up with a plan that doesn’t make sense and he never explains. He takes Cab and Shuta to the wall and flies them up to the main level they fell from. He tells them to get the jet packs from Grand Maximus.

Understatement.

Understatement.

Shuta and Cab start to leave but see some Decepticons talking about how the timebombs are about to go off and it’s too bad about Bullhorn and Wilder. Shuta and Cab decide they have to tell Ginrai about this instead of getting the jet packs, but simply radio Grand Maximus to bring them! They go back and tell him while he and the other Autobots are ducking from the shots Bullhorn and Wilder are taking at them. They try to reason with Bullhorn and Wilder that they’re abandoned, but they don’t trust the Autobots and keep holding them off with gunfire. Lightfoot says he’ll try to reason with the Decepticons and Ginrai then flies Ranger and Road King up to the top of the trench where Cab and Shuta update Ginrai on the bombs.

The Autobots can't fly without boosters anymore, got it.

The Autobots can’t fly without boosters anymore, got it.

Clouder flies in to give the Autobots the jetpacks that they don’t seem to have ever needed. Ginrai’s already flown half the team up. Clouder flies down to help out instead.

That's a big meatball.

That’s a big meatball.

Bullhorn and Wilder are being stubborn but at least Bullhorn shouts out my favorite Masterforce catch phrase, “Eat this!” They are told about the time bombs but don’t believe it.

Because all dogs die in misery.

Because all dogs die in misery.

Clouder tries to reason with them that they’ll die a “dog’s death.” Uh, what dogs have you been killing, Clouder? Most dogs get a pretty good life with families that love them. Anyway, with time running out, Ginrai has Clouder fly Lightfoot out and says he’ll stay behind to save Bullhorn and Wilder. Why he’s willing to risk his life for them is anyone’s guess. I mean, obviously he values life but these are some pretty evil dudes he’s trying to save.

Maybe a good time to turn into a race car.

Maybe a good time to turn into a race car.

At least the rest of the Autobots aren’t as dumb. They book it to Grand Maximus and escape with very little time to spare. They probably could have escaped faster if they bothered to transform into cars, but I guess they really like running around as robots.

Who da man?

Who da man?

Ginrai eventually wades into the gunfire and bonks Wilder and Bullhorn’s heads together, which renders them unconscious. The Autobots in Grand Maximus see the base explode and worry, but sure enough God Ginrai flies out of the ocean carrying the two Decepticons. Everyone cheers wildly as though he’s done something great instead of risked his life to save two idiots.