This episode is cool because it features a direct connection to the last season, Headmasters. So it ties the continuity together a bit. It is not cool because it’s mostly about little kids getting to play Transformer and doing a pretty bad job at it. It also starts with an educational lesson from main character Hawk, explaining that volcanoes and UFO sightings throughout time have all been because of Decepticons messing with humanity.
After the jump, meet the new generation of Transformers!
After the lesson, we see Hawk standing in the woods, explaining to Shuta and Cab that the Decepticons are bad. Cab seems stunned, forgetting that they had captured his people to turn them into zombies not long ago. His bird helpfully perches on his finger to distract anyone from taking Cab seriously.
Cab then throws a tantrum which is sure to convince Hawk of his maturity.
The boys begin begging to help Hawk and the Autobots. Shuta claims to be great with computers which is actually kind of vague. Does he mean he’s good at building the hardware or programming? Both? Probably neither.
Not to be outdone, Cab says that with computers he “can’t do anything” but he does have the magical ability to talk to animals. We’ve all seen how much that helps Aquaman. Oh…
Shuta then explains his motivation. He wants to avenge his dead parent!
Annnnnd Cab says he’ll do anything. Ohboy. Let’s leave that one alone seeing as how he’s a minor.
Then Minerva wanders in. She doesn’t have any skills or motivation. Your heroes everyone!
Minerva says she also wants to help the Autobots because she’s seen how terrible the Decepticons can be and she wants to help their victims. Hawk agrees to show them all something at Autobot headquarters.
But first, he needs to shoot down Minerva’s attempt to join because she is a girl. It may seem harsh, but keep in mind that the ratio of male to female Transformers is along the lines of 10,000 to 1 and you can understand how gender equality has not yet become a key issue to these beings.
Minerva convinces Hawk that she has her parents’ blessing and he gives the three kids some nice jewelry to put on, called Master Braces. I half expected Cab to stuff it in his mouth but no such luck.
Hawk takes them through the steps. Step one is to cross their bands and say “Masterforce.”
Again, step one is to cross their bands and say “Masterforce.”
Finally, step one is to cross their bands and say “Masterforce.”
They finally do step one and are encased in mini-Transformer armor. Shuta and Cab are complete idiots with their new strength and keep jumping up and crashing into the ceiling. It’s not an auspicious debut.
The Autobots let Cab and Shuta demolish a few trees with their new powers and then Diver tells them that using violence is NEVER the right choice. So why give these kids Transformer suits?
But that’s not all the kids have won. Lander shows them three vehicles that the kids lose their minds over. They are a fire engine, a police cruiser and a sedan that has an ambulance symbol on it but is not an ambulance it is a sedan.
And with that, they are all given the cars and given permission to try them out. Cab and Shuta race each other down the highway while Minerva remembers to stay dull and boring.
The Autobots call the kids back to base and let them know that the cars are also Trenstectors, which transform into robot bodies they can control. Before they can learn more, we cut to the Decepticon base.
Gilmer wanders up to three jerks that are sitting around in a cave. These humans are apparently aligned with the Decepticons but we’re not really told why. They all act like violent assholes, though.
From left to right, we meet Wilder, Bullhorn and Cancer. Wilder is a sort of goth biker pretty boy. Bullhorn is the big guy with terrible orange hair. Cancer jumps around doing karate kicks constantly. Gilmer tells them to go up to the city and cause trouble. How will they do that?
Because Gilmer gives them the same abilities as the kids with the Autobots, including giving them monster Transtectors.
Back at the Autobot base, Hawk says they have more info to share. He explains that when he and his fellow Autobots and Decepticons came to Earth, the Autobots decided they liked humans so they “pretended” to be humans. Meanwhile, the Decepticons thought humans were weak so they decided to “pretend” to be monsters.
So where did these Transtectors come from? It turns out they were actually somehow shipped to Earth from the Headmasters, who are currently still battling the Decepticons in space, following the conclusion of last season. And it also came with a helpful pre-recorded video from Chromedome!
Chromedome’s short video is hilarious because is shows him in his car form avoiding laser blasts and explosions, then transforming into a robot and talking directly to camera. He explains that he sent the Transtectors to Earth because he and the other Autobots are busy fighting in space and can’t protect Earth right now. So his video was either filmed during an actual battle or, more likely, he and the other Autobots decided to stage the explosions to make Chromedome look cool.
Meanwhile, Blood sends his Headmasters to cause chaos in the city. They begin bashing stuff and the Autobot Pretenders hear about the emergency and all go to town to stop the Decepticons.
Hawk tells the kids that they are the Headmaster Juniors and that they are only to use their powers to defend other people, not to attack. Then he instantly demonstrates he’s the kind of leader that wants people to do as he says not as he does.
Metalhawk and Lander tear a Seacon (a Lobclaw, I think) limb from limb and blow it up.
The Decepticon Headmasters play baseball and teach us about the Japanese word “kei.”
Then, a mildly stressed-out woman runs up to the Headmaster Juniors, worried about her baby who is still in a building that the Decepticons have engulfed in flames.
Minerva knows what to do. She instantly freaks the fuck out.
The Decepticons stand in the way of the Autobots from rescuing said baby.
Shuta (known as GoShooter in his robot form) wants to bash the Decepticons but remembers Metalhawk’s orders not to engage in fighting. So he stands there and takes their taunting.
Metalhawk intercedes and beats up on the Decepticons telling Shuta to get his head out of his ass and save the baby. Blood instantly retreats and the other Pretenders point that out to the Decepticons and then stand there and LET them flee as well. Somewhere in all this confusion, the Autobots also mention three of their Transtectors were stolen and they see that the Decepticons got them. So does that mean Shuta could have been a bat monster as easily as a police car?
Cut to the hospital where the mother is in tears and Shuta stands ashamed while Hawk shuns him. Did he completely fail? Did they actually kill a baby on this show?
Nope. A nurse comes in and they all see the baby got rescued after all. Everything’s fine.
What’s the moral of the story? Hawk spells it out to Shuta. It’s that he should learn things one at a time. Whatever that means.