Last episode ended on a cliffhanger with Ginrai just barely defeating Hydra and Buster. Beaten but alive, he encountered his nemesis, Overlord. We pick right up with the two of them trading their usual quips and insults and it’s so generic I’m falling asleep. But hold on, because there are some plot twists and after this there’s only 2 episodes left so the show is moving into its endgame.
Overlord is able to pretty easily knock Ginrai down into the Grand Canyon but then patiently waits for him to climb back out. He kind of gloats at how Ginrai looks dumb in front of his troops. At first I thought Overlord was being his usual dumb self by not just shooting Ginrai in the face but pretty soon we’ll learn what his motivations are. Not that it makes much sense, but he does have a reason this time.
The Godmasters and Headmaster Jrs think they notice something different about Overlord. If they do, it’s just that Overlord is being real lazy about this battle.
See, everyone notices that Overlord isn’t using his guns and missiles and whatever other nonsense he normally shoots while screaming out his made up weapon names. Ginrai orders his troops to find and stop Devil Z while he handles Overlord. I bet he just sits down and “handles” him.
While Ginrai and Overlord engage in their rather bland fight, the Autobots decide to go climb up over a wall of rock. Minerva sucks at this and Cab jokes that she should spend more time practicing rock climbing. Maybe Cab should spend more time transforming into a truck and driving around the mountain.
At the top of the canyon, the Autobots notice a bolt of Devil Z’s Devil Thunder. They figure out that’s where BlackZarak/Devil Z (they merged) are and head off into the desert to stop him from destroying cities with his weird god powers. These powers are ill defined. We’ve seen him summon explosions that wipe out whole cities and he also upgraded Hydra and Buster to full robots and wiped away their humanity. I guess he still wants to destroy cities but it takes him a while to summon the energy? For unknown reasons, the Autobots split into two groups to head off and find BlackZarak.
Meanwhile, the four former Decepticons – Clouder, Cancer, Wilder, and Bullhorn – have also gathered in the canyon and plan to attack BlackZarak from behind. Clouder’s appearance is strange because he was completely absent from last episode with not even a mention. The other 3 were around but not him. Now he’s here, no explanation.
Clouder and Cancer are happy they are all on the same side and have joined the Autobots but Wilder stops them right there. He’s against the Decepticons for abandoning him for dead but he is definitely not up for joining the Autobots. Bullhorn just sort of agrees with Wilder. It’s interesting but it doesn’t really go anywhere.
Regardless, all four kids are real happy to be buds. Yup, they sure do confirm that they are all friends.
Oh, and Cancer’s little sidekick, Browning, falls in a little crack in the ground. That’s your joke for the episode. Enjoy.
Overlord and Ginrai keep punching each other in the face. Overlord uses the most common “Masterforce” catch phrase, “Eat this!’ while punching Ginrai right across his face. Oh man, there are a lot of punches this episode.
There’s also plenty of kicks. Including this awkward one where Ginrai stands on his hands and delivers a kick to Overlord’s face. Seems awfully tricky to pull off and it really doesn’t have a big result. I’m curious what he tries next. He’ll be hanging upside down on one leg and punching with one arm behind his back.
Overlord does a flying punch and throws out another “Eat this!” As long as they’re gonna do generic fighting we’ve seen a million times before, they may as well throw in the lazy, uninspired trash talking.
Ginrai finally draws his gun and has Overlord dead to rights but won’t shoot him until he draws his own weapon. So honorable. Overlord reveals he won’t draw his gun and that he wants to win this fight fairly based purely on strength. It comes down to Lord Giga wanting to prove (to himself?) that being a human gives him more power than if he were to shed his humanity and become purely robotic. Ginrai proposes that they settle their match after he takes out Devil Z but Overlord doesn’t agree to that. So… he wants to prove humanity is more powerful than being a robot but he also wants to help Devil Z destroy all human life. What a complex guy.
Meanwhile, Autobots begin approaching BlackZarak and he tells the Decepticon Pretenders to protect him. He needs to concentrate to summon his energy and can’t be distracted by any opponents. Maybe he should’ve picked a better place to do this than in the middle of nowhere.
The Pretenders are total goofballs, just shooting wildly down the mountain so that no one can approach. They are drawn extra cartoonishly so that we can’t take Devil Z’s threat seriously. Or something.
Road King decides he’ll use the skills he learned as a race car driver to take out Gilmer and Dauros. Remember, the only skill he learned there was driving in a circle really fast. Guess what? That’s pretty much all he needed. He drives up the hill and knocks the Decepticons down. But then Blood flies in and attacks him!
But then Lightfoot steps up and shoots at Blood, holding him off. He trades a witty bon mot – “Eat this!”
But THEN Hydra and Buster fly in and bomb the Autobots (and almost take out Blood, too) and the Autobots retreat to a cave. Hydra and Buster collapse the entrance, cutting them off from the battle. And you’d better believe they have a clever witticism – “Eat this!”
Ginrai actually tries to convince Overlord to join his side. He laughs that offer off. Ginrai pulls his gun again, and wants to shoot him so that he can get to Devil Z, but can’t quite bring himself to pull the trigger. I mean, it’s only all of humanity at stake here. How could he actually shoot his opponent?
Fortunately for all of Earth, Grand Maximus isn’t an idiot and he flies in with guns blazing, and blows Overlord out of the air. Ginrai feels guilty about this cheap win, because he’s a dumb dumb, and he and Grand fly off to take out BlackZarak.
The second team of Autobots approaches yet another rock wall to climb but bump into King Poseidon. Cab and Shuta each grab one of his arms and get shaken around for their trouble. The Transformers really need to remember that a) they have guns and b) they can transform.
King Poseidon is flailing around like a moron and Blood, Hydra and Buster fly in to back him up. He is a combiner and shouldn’t need backup but boy oh boy is he fragile so he totally needs the help.
Ranger shoots at King Poseidon while he’s distracted and we get a record number of “Eat this!” phrases used. Congratualtions, Super-God Masterforce. You did it.
Hydra pretty easily sidles up to Shuta and puts a gun to his head, forcing the Autobots to stop battling.
The four former Decepticons plan to sneak up behind and save Shuta but a blast of Devil Power strikes them and they all land to the ground without their Master Braces. Hmmm…
The Transtectors for Cancer, Wilder, Bullhorn and Clouder walk up, fully sentient. Devil Z has “woken them up” in a sense and they no longer need their human partners. So, the Decepticons just got four more warriors added to their side! I gotta admit, I didn’t see it coming and I love this twist.
Now that the Decepticons have a clear advantage, Hydra and Buster decide they should keep their momentum going and take the Master Braces from Cab, Shuta and Minerva as well. Is that just being greedy? Or is it smart? You decide!
The Autobots point out that even if they wanted to, they can’t take their Master Braces off. Even though this exact situation was addressed way back in episode 22, Buster acts like he has a great new idea – just cut off their arms.
But then Ginrai and Grand Maximus fly in, guns blazing and somehow no one is able to shoot Shuta in the head. Overlord flies in, ready to pick up his battle with Ginrai but then Devil Z says that he’s finished blowing up American cities and it’s time to leave. Overlord starts to speak up but eventually backs down like a little bitch and follows his leader.
Devil Z tells his Decepticons that they all need to fly to Europe with him. He also adds that he fears the human spirit. I wish the good guys heard that, but they don’t.
Ginrai flies after the Decepticons but is hit with a blast of Devil Power that holds him back. Grand Maximus and the other Autobots don’t even bother trying to follow the Decepticons. I sure hope next episode picks up with the Autobots following their enemies. Otherwise, they’re really lazy defenders!