Transformers: Super-God Masterforce Episode 41 Recap – “Malevolent and Inhuman! The True Form of Devil Z”

Well, we’re almost at the end here. It’s the end game and you know what? It’s not that different from how last season, Headmasters, ended. The Decepticon leader has decided he wants to wipe out all of humanity. Last year it was Scorponok in the Arctic. This year it’s Devil Z but possessing Scorponok’s upgraded body, BlackZarak and it’s on the Matterrhorn in Europe. If anything, Devil Z is a lot more successful because he’s already wiped out a ton of major cities and he’s gathering his “Devil Power” to do even more damage as the episode begins.

This is an understatement, believe it or not.

This is an understatement, believe it or not.

The gang's all here.

The gang’s all here.

The Autobots are on their way to intercept the Decepticons. They’re all flying there in Grand Maximus. It says they “traced” BlackZarak. Sounds like it wouldn’t be hard to find him and in fact he JUST left the Autobots at the end of last episode saying he was going to Europe so that narrows it down a bit. Well, either way, good trace job.

But let's not run.

But let’s not run.

Meanwhile, the four former Decepticons that are now human are walking through a post-apocalyptic wasteland and are real grouchy at how Devil Z took away their ability to control Transtectors. But here’s a weird thing – we don’t see those Transtectors with the Decepticon army at all this episode. They’re just… not there.

Can Wilder even see that kid through his hair?

Can Wilder even see that kid through his hair?

Even though these guys don’t want to join the Autobots, they’ve come around. A little boy and his mom are trapped beneath rubble but Wilder saves the kid’s mom as even more debris rains down. It’s a decent character arc for the characters.

That's... depressing.

That’s… depressing.

Then we see hundreds of injured people gathered at impromptu shelters. The former Decepticons sit around talking about how a huge chunk of Europe is already destroyed. Jesus, Devil Z is actually really efficient. He’s kind of on the level of Unicron.

Teach that floor who's boss!

Teach that floor who’s boss!

Wilder loses his temper at how they don’t have their abilities any more and begins punching the concrete floor and screaming curses. Temper tantrums are a great way to take away any respect we’ve gained for him.

Serious stuff.

Serious stuff.

The shot pans out and they really are stuck in absolute desolation. The Autobots really got started late on that whole “stop the bad guys” thing.

And also, put on a tie.

And also, put on a tie.

The Autobots land at the Matterhorn and God Ginrai gives them a pep talk. After telling them to focus he reveals his plan: he will approach one side of the mountain while his three other Godmasters climb the opposite side. Grand Maximus and the Headmaster Jrs will do absolutely nothing so I really don’t know why he brought them along.

Well he's not so get off his jock, Gilmer.

Well he’s not so get off his jock, Gilmer.

The Decepticon Pretenders apparently also have very little to do. In fact, Dauros yawns with boredom. Way to excite the viewer! Blood actually pays attention and notices the Autobots climbing up the mountain.

So proud of his climbing abilities.

So proud of his climbing abilities.

As they climb, Ranger takes a moment to brag about how great he is at climbing mountains. Dude, all three of you are doing just fine. Don’t make everything a competition. Because I don’t understand the inflections of the Japanese, I can’t tell whether Road King is seriously complimenting his climbing skill or being very sarcastic. I can only hope it’s the latter. The Decepticons bring an avalanche down on top of them.

Good guys never die.

Good guys never die.

Ginrai hears about his three Godmasters getting knocked down and gives up on going up the other side. I guess he didn’t expect that it was a possibility they would be spotted. Ginrai goes back to Grand Maximus and asks him to help but has the Headmaster Jrs and Hawk stay just where they are, doing nothing. Hawk is there, but Lander, Diver and Phoenix are not even mentioned let alone seen. Guess they had some vacation time.

Ha ha, the old man is angry.

Ha ha, the old man is angry.

Suddenly, the Seacons break up through the ground below and form King Poseidon. The Headmaster Jrs and Hawk shoot back at him and this makes Poseidon call them brats. He things it’s “bratty” to fight back.

Crotch attack!

Crotch attack!

Hawk engages in one of the strangest attacks I can imagine. As a jet, he flies right into King Poseidon’s butt. This knocks him off balance and he falls backwards. Hawk is lucky he didn’t tear his wings off with that move.

Serving up some sushi, King Poseidon?

Serving up some sushi, King Poseidon?

King Poseidon captures Minerva and just sort of holds onto her while battling the men. Heaven forbid Minerva actually use her weapon.

Back and forth.

Back and forth.

Ginrai and Grand Maximus free the Godmasters from the rubble and then Ginrai decides that they should all stay put while he runs back down the mountain to help battle King Poseidon. Dude. Your life would be so much easier if you either trusted your troops to finish a mission on their own or went as one big group. Splitting up and then micromanaging is not doing you any favors at all.

Another crotch attack!

Another crotch attack!

As Ginrai heads down to help his troops, Hydra and Buster form Darkwings and attack. They reveal a new power that they call Mach Power where they seem to disappear and reappear elsewhere. So basically, they traded their humanity away to get the power that Skywarp had back in season one of The Transformers. Ginrai gets smacked around a few times, including a jet to the crotch.

He named his new power.

He named his new power.

Then all of a sudden, Ginrai reasons out that they are simply moving so fast that they seem to be teleporting. He summons Chokon power and instantly masters the same maneuver. He then flies right up their ass and shoots them out of the sky. They appear to blow up into nothing but they show up later in the episode so I guess it wasn’t as bad as it looked. There’s nothing that Ginrai can’t do and if he can do something, he does it perfectly.

He probably did. He ain't smart.

He probably did. He ain’t smart.

Then Ginrai shows up and shoots Minerva free of King Poseidon’s grip. The Autobots all concentrate their fire and blast King Poseidon to pieces.

A few dirty lines? What a beating.

A few dirty lines? What a beating.

The drone limbs all explode and Turtler just sort of slumps to the ground as though he’s dead. Maybe he is and maybe he isn’t. It’s hard to tell on this show.

Just... stick to a plan.

Just… stick to a plan.

Now Ginrai decides he’ll go back up the mountain like he originally planned but now he’ll go solo. He tells everyone else to just hang out. He literally does not need his army.

Sure, pass the buck.

Sure, pass the buck.

At the top of the mountain, Devil Z begins berating Hydra and Buster and tells them they’ve ruined his plans. I don’t know what plans have been ruined. Did he expect Ginrai to appear and have Hydra and Buster intercept him? If so, did he really think that they’d finally defeat him? That seems… unreasonable.

You bet we'll eat it, Chef Devil Z.

You bet we’ll eat it, Chef Devil Z.

Devil Z shouts out the most common phrase on this show and tortures Hydra and Buster with his Devil Power. They writhe in pain until they are eventually knocked unconscious. What a jerk. On the other hand, this does elevate Devil Z beyond just a Decepticon leader and closer to the god he claims to be. Oh, but if you believed the title and thought we’d actually see his true form, guess again. I can only assume the title meant we’d see his true form metaphorically. In that he’s a jerk inside and out.

Overlord, are you growing a spine?

Overlord, are you growing a spine?

Overlord finally gets a backbone and stands up to Devil Z, telling him to stop torturing his comrades. He also says it’s his duty to defend them as a commander. Devil Z laughs and says Overlord is no commander. He’s just an insect that he doesn’t need anymore. Ultimate burn!

No good deed goes unpunished.

No good deed goes unpunished.

Devil Z then begins torturing Overlord and says he doesn’t really need any of the other Decepticons. And you know what? It seems like he’s telling the truth.

Trident for dinner.

Trident for dinner.

Ginrai flies in and helps Overlord escape the Devil Power. Devil Z fires back and it’s sort of a fight, but really more like the biggest Transformers just trying not to get killed by Devil Z.

It only took these guys the entire series to have one good thought.

It only took these guys the entire series to have one good thought.

Observing all this, the Decepticon Pretenders agree that Devil Z will probably kill them next just because he can. So they all decide to run away. Devil Z is very good at pushing away those closest to him.

To be fair, he loves robots, too. And trees. And rocks. Mold. He loves it all.

To be fair, he loves robots, too. And trees. And rocks. Mold. He loves it all.

Overlord asks why Ginrai would help him and Ginrai explains that it’s because he’s human. It is the most interesting aspect of this season, that more than half of the Transformers are actually humans controlling Transtectors.

Great timing, Dead Meat - I mean Sixknight!

Great timing, Dead Meat – I mean Sixknight!

Just then, Sixknight shows up. Who? Yeah, unless you’ve been reading all the recaps (and even if you have) it’s easy to forget this guy. He hasn’t been around in quite a while. He’s pledged to neither faction but just wants to test his fighting prowess against the best opponents in the universe. That said, he basically sided with the Autobots the last time they met because their philosophy won him over. He pops up here, literally out of the ground and tells Ginrai to retreat and he will hold off Devil Z. So he turns into 4 or 5 of his different forms and fights a bit while Ginrai escorts Overlord to the edge of the mountain.

Or just... save the world?

Or just… save the world?

But Devil Z actually kills Sixknight pretty quickly. Then the other Autobot Godmasters climb to the top of the mountain and Ginrai decides to finally go back to his very first plan: everyone gang up on Devil Z and finish him off. If Ginrai tries to take Devil Z on one-on-one next episode, I’m gonna be annoyed. Because so far, Ginrai has proven to be just barely better than Overlord and Sixknight and Devil Z took them out pretty easily. This is a situation where more firepower is called for! Next episode is the finale, folks.

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  • Shawn Padraic Murphy

    King Posidean returns in Transformers Zone as one of the Decepticon Generals (only to explode pretty spectacularly and really die this time). Zone take place after Victory and is a one-episode OVA that is the last animated tale set in the old Transformers universe.