Transformers: Super-God Masterforce Episode 42 – “A Battle… And Then…”

Here we go, gentle reader. The finale of this season of Transformers. Basically, Devil Z is a Decepticon god of some sort and he’s possessed BlackZarak and begun using his “Devil Power” to destroy major cities in an attempt to wipe out humanity. He and his Decepticon troops have decided to do this from The Matterhorn for some reason that’s never really explained. God Ginrai and his Autobots are about to confront him. Here we go!

Hope you love Ginrai 'cuz you're gonna get a lot of him.

Hope you love Ginrai ‘cuz you’re gonna get a lot of him.

Got yer tail!

Got yer tail!

The first thing Devil Z does is shout “Big Transform” and then transforms into a scorpion and flies away. I guess he just has better things to do. God Ginrai grabs him by the tail and tries to keep him from getting away.

Same plan as last season.

Same plan as last season.

Then, for no real reason at all, Devil Z explains his plan to Ginrai. He isn’t even gloating while the hero is tied up. He just acts like he’ll eventually shrug Ginrai off and says he’ll go to Antarctica where he has an amplifier that’ll make his Devil Power kill off all of humanity. Devil Z, it needs to be said, is a jerk.

Hey, why not "chill" out? Get it?!

Hey, why not “chill” out? Get it?!

Meanwhile, at the base of the mountain, Minerva has patched up Hawk who took down King Poseidon last episode. He wants to get back into battle, but the Headmaster Jrs tell him to just relax. They don’t seem to have a very good grasp of what’s at stake here.

Still tugging on his ass.

Still tugging on his ass.

Devil Z calls on Overlord and the Hydra brothers to help him shake Ginrai loose, but he forgot that he himself knocked out the Hydra brothers in an angry fit, and also tortured Overlord and told him he was not needed. So all in all, a pretty terrible time to ask for any help.

Ewwww.

Ewwww.

But then Devil Z remembers that he’s a scorpion and raises his tail to zap Ginrai. “Eat this!” he shouts. The current record for that phrase popping up in an episode is 5 times. Will this episode beat it? Spoiler: nope.

Ha ha. You missed.

Ha ha. You missed.

So Devil Z tries to zap Ginrai who dodges out of the way. This happens, I kid you not, three times in a row. It’s not played for laughs but I could help but giggle by attempt number 3. How did this guy ever recruit an army?

"Ice" to meet you!

“Ice” to meet you!

Ginrai then grabs Devil Z and flies at the ground, attempting to ram him into the ice but Devil Z pulls up and they both skid across the mountain. Then Devil Z blasts an avalanche of ice down on top of Ginrai. Normally this is not the worst thing in the world to happen to a robot, but then you have to remember that last season, that’s how Galvatron was finally defeated. Galvatron, who earlier that season was standing on Cybertron when it exploded and survived, but was gone for good when the Autobots brought some ice down on top of him.

He needs abuse counseling.

He needs abuse counseling.

Hydra and Buster wake up and Buster wonders if they’re dead. Hydra says they can’t die now that Devil Z turned them into purely robotic lifeforms. Wow, that’s a pretty big step up. I didn’t realize they were immortal. Anyway, he also shrugs off the torture saying they deserved it for failing to kill Ginrai. These guys need help.

It's just not possible.

It’s just not possible.

The three Autobot Godmasters run up and Hydra and Buster shoot at them. It’s a big generic shootout but Lightfoot argues that they can’t possibly expect to win since they’re not at peak condition. That really doesn’t seem to do the trick and everyone keeps shooting.

Cool helmets, guys.

Cool helmets, guys.

Cut to the four former Decepticons, Clouder, Cancer, Bullhorn and Wilder. Devil Z took away their ability to control their Transtectors and gave the Transtectors life. But these guys want to help save humanity so they all got in something that looks like a GI Joe AWE Striker. They’re driving up to the Matterhorn to help. Guess what? They don’t get there in time to help. Enjoy this cameo.

Your joke left me "cold."

Your joke left me “cold.”

God Ginrai punches his way out of the ice. I’m sure you’re completely surprised. He and Devil Z begin trading their “witty” banter which is absolutely painful.

The chilling sound of Ginrai's doom!

The chilling sound of Ginrai’s doom!

However, Devil Z has a plan aside from just punch and shoot. He uses his abilities to turn Ginrai into a purely robotic lifeform like he did to Hydra and Buster. I can see why that would upset Ginrai, but wouldn’t it also give him more strength? It did for Hydra and Buster. It’s about as good a plan as shooting yourself with your own tail three times.

A shocking turn of events!

A shocking turn of events!

However, Ginrai fights off Devil Z’s powers by willpower alone. He’s wracked with pain but struggles not to give up his humanity. Or in his words, “let his flesh be taken away.” Because Ginrai is gross.

Ginrai will win the hula hoop contest.

Ginrai will win the hula hoop contest.

Fortunately for Ginrai, Grand Maximus remembers that he can help and shoots Devil Z, distracting him. Would’ve been nice of the other Autobots to help out but they’re busy relaxing.

That's a bad way to get "ahead."

That’s a bad way to get “ahead.”

God Ginrai then punches Devil Z so hard it knocks his head off! The Autobots all start cheering and celebrating. But we’re only about 2/3 of the way through the episode so you know there’s more to come.

Maybe you should've asked his plan on day one.

Maybe you should’ve asked his plan on day one.

Meanwhile, Lord Giga and Lady Mega agree that they no longer want to follow Devil Z because they don’t want to kill all of humanity. Good for them for getting a backbone, but why did they sign up for the Decepticons in the first place? The whole season has been spent blowing up cities and trying to kill the Autobots. It’s not like they signed up for the Decepticons to get a personal loan and follow their dreams of opening a pizza place.

Uh... it's getting hot in here... ?

Uh… it’s getting hot in here… ?

Devil Z may not have a head but apparently that doesn’t matter and he reveals a third transformation mode. It’s sort of a serpent with two heads. So I guess he’s still a threat but he looks like a total goofball.

This is his rock star pose.

This is his rock star pose.

Giga and Mega form Overlord and come to Ginrai’s aid, being sure to shout out another “Eat this!” before the season ends. It isn’t enough.

I bet no one buries them.

I bet no one buries them.

Devil Z shoots them so bad they die. Well, they kinda had it coming, even if they did have a last minute change of heart. Maybe their ghosts will hang out at a bonfire later on.

Too... many... chimichangas...

Too… many… chimichangas…

Devil Z begins using his Devil Power to separate all of the humans from their Transtectors. They all sort of writhe around in pain from the invisible energy thingy stuff in the air.

I have the powerrrr!

I have the powerrrr!

But Ginrai rallies. He can overcome pretty much anything by showing his resolve. He’d be a fine Green Lantern. He was a fine trucker. Can he be a fine savior of humanity?

Really? You don't seem to be laughing.

Really? You don’t seem to be laughing.

Ginrai rallies and… begins speechifying. It’s the same stuff you’ve heard a million times about humans having indomitable spirit. Devil Z throws out a good snap by saying his sides are splitting but forgets to follow it up with a sarcastic laugh.

Oh, it was you? Yeah, you're the only god so we kinda guessed that.

Oh, it was you? Yeah, you’re the only god so we kinda guessed that.

Then he says he has a huge revelation. The one who resurrected the Godmasters as Transtectors was… him! Literally no one ever wondered about this, but of course it makes sense. Devil Z is the only one seen to have some sort of metaphysical powers. So yeah, he bonded the other Godmasters to humans to wake them up or something.

It's a little late to win Devil Z over with a speech.

It’s a little late to win Devil Z over with a speech.

But Ginrai argues that it doesn’t matter because he underestimated how strong humans are and how beautiful the world is. It’s a long ways from a debate club match. They’re just each spitting out their usual nonsense and acting like it’s an argument.

You better hope it's final or you'll look like a tool.

You better hope it’s final or you’ll look like a tool.

Ginrai then uses his Chokon Power to call on his most powerful attack, God Fire Guts. He does it twice and Devil Z is still standing. So then he does it a third time as though he’s pulling out his finisher for a pro wrestling match. But without an announcer team he takes it on himself to name his move “Final Fire Guts” which is a terrible name but the final part is accurate because it blows Devil Z up. Ginrai did it. Pretty much on his own. Because nothing else is even close to powerful enough to beat him. He’s like Superman without the kryptonite.

Not my jewelry!

Not my jewelry!

When Devil Z dies, the Master Force bracelets on all of the humans disappears along with their robot armor. So it looks like Devil Z was definitely telling the truth about bonding humans to Godmasters. But that doesn’t at all explain why the Headmasters also lose their bracelets. They were explicitly giving Transtectors from last season’s Headmasters. Completely different story. Guess they just have to wrap things up fast and hope we aren’t paying attention.

Thanks for risking your lives. See ya!

Thanks for risking your lives. See ya!

The Transtectors don’t go away though. They are now full robotic lifeforms, apparently with memories of everything that’s happened and similar personalities. Not sure how that works and there’s no time left to investigate that question. God Ginrai explains how with Devil Z dead, the Transformers have separated from the humans.

Now the Decepticons can all fly in space? Ok...

Now the Decepticons can all fly in space? Ok…

Meanwhile, the Decepticons all fly into space to escape. Remember how a handful of episodes ago only Overlord and God Ginrai had that ability? Now all the Decepticons can fly. I understand wanting some closure but it does annoy me when they ignore explicitly stated rules from the show.

So have fun being regular people again. Bye!

So have fun being regular people again. Bye!

So the Autobots all say goodbye and that Earth is safe so now they’ll follow the Decepticons into space. It’s pretty much exactly how last season, Headmasters, ended. No one seems too upset about this but if I used to be able to control a robot body, I’d miss it. I’ll just put that out there.

It's so much fun to dance in space.

It’s so much fun to dance in space.

And just like that, the season is over. The Autobot humans all sort of smile and act like sillies because they won.

Next up is the last full season of the Transformers cartoon, at least as far as the original generation 1 continuity goes. We had the U.S. seasons, the movie, then three Japanese seasons that directly followed and then one single episode from a proposed fourth season that didn’t happen. But before we go to next season, Victory, there was a clip show for Super-God Masterforce titled “You Too Use the Masterforce to Transform,” using a framing device of Shuta watching videos and asking Grand Maximus questions. Here’s a b-b-b-b-bonus look at that because they answered some dangling plot points from this season:

  1. The first thing we learn is that Grand Maximus is both a Headmaster AND a Pretender. He tells Shuta that he was part of the Headmasters we new last season and that he is actually Fortress Maximus’ younger brother. This explains why he has the same look as Fortress but different colors and why is is scaled down. In his story he says he became a Headmaster on planet Master where the Headmaster technology was created and the Headmaster Jrs Transtectors were built, then came to Earth and joined Metalhawk and his Pretenders where he also became a Pretender, posing as a human.
  2. Grand next explains the origin of the Godmasters. He says that Devil Z stole them from G Nebula 89, some area in space. He planned to charge them with the Chokon power that’s found on Earth so he scattered them around the planet to soak that up. Grand tells Shuta that Devil Z’s big mistake was not realizing half of the Godmasters were intended for Autobots. This origin completely contradicts the one we heard earlier in the series. In that one, Lord Giga told the Decepticons that the Godmasters used to be one being that split into 7 when it crashed on Earth. Fans have reconciled this by figuring Giga was told a lie by Devil Z because the origin story given in this clip show makes a lot more sense. It explains them as robot bodies built by Transformers for later use which at least SORT of addresses why Ginrai’s Transtector looks like Optimus Prime. The question then becomes how the Transtector would have been used by Optimus Prime. Shuta says that “a hero from planet Master” was supposed to combine with the trailer becoming Super Optimus Prime. Eh? It doesn’t make sense. They didn’t think it through. Later, the Kiss Players radio dramas were created to try to retcon all of Transformers continuity together and they say that the body was created in an attempt to resurrect Optimus Prime.
  3. Grand then shows Shuta the end of the Headmasters season when Scorponok’s Transtector was destroyed. He then says that Scorponok had a new Transtector built for himself and that was BlackZarak. However, before he could bond with it and lead his Decepticons in space, Devil Z somehow captured and brainwashed him. We just never got to see any of this interesting stuff.
  4. Shuta then asks what Devil Z actually was. Grand calls him a “super-energy lifeform” from deep in space. That’s all the explanation you get, because then Shuta gets distracted and talks with Grand Maximus about how great humanity is. Grand says they are the noblest beings in the universe but Shuta thinks robots are cooler. Grand believes that if the two can work together then they can achieve any dream. He says this was exemplified in Godbomber who would respond to human thoughts and wishes.