Last episode’s big plot was about Leozack and his Breastforce team breaking Guyhawk out of prison. This episode, we learn why he’s such a big deal. Except, the show undercuts his importance immediately and unintentionally. The episode, and you can probably guess what it’s about by its title – “Unite! Liokaiser”, begins with the Decepticon Breastforce all having a big get-together. Oh, but here’s a weird thing. A few episodes ago, Hellbat went by himself to Planet Micro to steal energy. It failed miserably, of course but we saw that he traveled there in the Decepticon spaceship, the Thunder Arrow. Now, all the Breastforce is there having a meeting on the ship. So how did they get out there? And where’s their leader, Deathsaurus? Because the spaceship is kind of his base. The show does not want us asking these questions because there are no answers. Let’s move on.
So, it actually isn’t ALL of the Breastforce greeting Guyhawk. Turns out Leozack asked Hellbat to wait for them in another room. Why? None of them trust him. But first, handshakes!
Nothing makes an enemy appear hate-able like having them walk down a line, giving out handshakes and compliments.
Hellbat, meanwhile, is freaking out. He sees the writing on the wall. Now that the team has Guyhawk, he’s worried that he’s about to be fired. Although, would Decepticons really fire someone? Wouldn’t they just kill someone they didn’t want anymore? I can’t imagine getting fired would be THAT big of a deal. Hellbat could just live a permanent vacation as a jet or something.
He suddenly runs around the room punching buttons rapidly. He looks like an absolute maniac, but apparently it takes hitting TONS of buttons to turn on the intercom between rooms. Leozack asked Hellbat to wait in another room because he doesn’t trust him but he never DREAMED that Hellbat would be so low as to actually eavesdrop on them.
A black disco ball drops from the ceiling and allows Hellbat to listen in on the conversation. Leozack explains that he’s asked an old comrade to come meet them. One of the other team members asks if this means they’ll be up to seven members. I think the bigger issue here is that they spent all that effort breaking Guyhawk out of prison when all they had to do was just call this other guy. Because Leozack makes it clear they need exactly six people on the team.
So yeah, they say that Hellbat will be fired. And he is devastated by this. No word on what happens to his Decepticon pension or Decepticon 401K.
Leozack announces that once this new member meets them, they’re leaving Planet Micro (finally!) and heading back to Earth to steal more energy. He makes a big deal out of it, too. He uses an exclamation point and everything.
Guyhawk doesn’t want to leave until he has a chance to take on Autobot leader Star Saber one on one. Wow, what an ego on this guy. Star Saber has had pretty much zero trouble handling any of the Decepticons but Guyhawk actually wants to fight him. Apparently Star Saber was responsible for putting him in prison. That sounds sort of interesting. So they’ll never show us that, I guess.
Deathsaurus must have some sort of other base somewhere on Earth ‘cuz he calls in to the Breastforce on a pretty huge monitor. He gets his update and orders them to hurry home as soon as they’ve recruited the new Breastforce member.
Meanwhile, the Autobots are in this episode, too. Star Saber is talking with the planet’s governor, Riker. He explains that the Decepticons are probably still on the planet but they’re looking for them. How? They’ve sent little Micromaster Stakeout to look around. One police car to search the entire planet. Oh, and they allowed Jean to go with him. So they’ve made a decision to send a preteen to help search for a small army of Decepticons. Smart.
Riker makes himself useful by worrying that something bad will happen. Maybe he should send out some of his own troops? No, that would actually make sense. Although he apparently did allow Stakeout’s girlfriend, Clipper, to tag along. Great.
Hellbat is really freaking out, imagining all of his teammates laughing at him. It’s very psychedelic.
Imagining getting laughed at is just too much. It makes Hellbat come up with a plan. He’ll meet up with this new member before he arrives and beg him not to take his job. That always works in the real world, right?
Hellbat flies right over Stakeout, Jean and Clipper. That’s convenient for them!
And somehow Hellbat flies right up to the new Decepticon. His name is Deathcobra and he’s a helicopter. That’s kind of weird, right? That he has an alternate mode based on an Earth vehicle even though he’s never been to Earth? Come to think of it, it’s kind of weird that all the Transformers on Planet Micro seem to have Earth vehicle modes. Especially Seawatch who turns into a boat and was unable to be useful a couple episodes ago because Micro didn’t have any convenient waterways.
They hang out in midair and greet each other. Helicopters can do that. Jets… can’t.
Deathcobra is shocked and appalled that Hellbat would ask him to leave.
Hellbat gets on his knees and really humiliates himself, begging for this. It’s pathetic.
Deathcobra is not moved by his pleas and calls him weak-willed. Deathcobra is kind of super honorable about all this, considering he’s a Decepticon.
Deathcobra announces that he isn’t tardy. He’s a MAN.
Desperate, Hellbat pulls his gun on Deathcobra. Deathcobra isn’t afraid of anything and dares him to shoot.
So Hellbat shoots him! Jeez, what’d you expect? Deathcobra calls him treacherous, forgetting that they’re DECEPTicons.
Deathcobra is tough, though and doesn’t go down. He pulls his own gun and blasts at Hellbat who cowers behind some rocks. Hellbat begs him to stop shooting while returning fire blindly.
Things get quiet, Hellbat pops his head out and Deathcobra drops dead. One of Hellbat’s shots found its mark and Deathcobra tumbles back in a cartoony manner. Death played for laughs. Very strange.
Hellbat panics but then sees that Stakeout is up on a hill and oversaw everything. He rushes back to his teammates and lies that the Autobot killed Deathcobra. Leozack and team don’t question why Hellbat was there and they instantly believe that a tiny Micromaster killed Deathcobra. Because they are all stupid.
Leozack makes the call that they will stay and get revenge on Stakeout. Guyhawk is psyched ‘cuz he thinks he’ll get a chance to beat up Star Saber. This dude’s dreaming.
The Autobots all stand around Deathcobra’s dead body, doing nothing. Clipper stares on Deathcobra’s crotch.
Stakeout reports what’s happened to Star Saber who says he’ll come out to investigate. Maybe he should bring some backup, right? The Autobots seem to figure that the other Decepticons won’t be back. The Decepticons immediately show up.
There’s some generic shooting back and forth but basically the Autobots have to hide behind some rocks because they’re tremendously overpowered. They don’t bother to transform and just drive away.
Leozack is kind of choked up about his dead ally. He seems to almost be ready to cry while he stands over the corpse of his old teammate. Deathcobra, we hardly knew you.
Star Saber pops up and kind of happily engages in battle with the remaining six Breastforce members all by himself. He just has Stakeout “protect Jean.” That’s code for “get lost.”
The Breastforce toss their spears around Star Saber but he cuts them right down and pretty much kicks all of their asses without much trouble. He doesn’t even bother to power up into his largest mode. Nothing is a challenge for Star Saber!
Jean, Clipper and Stakeout uselessly cheer him on. They could shoot at the Decepticons, retreat, or call in reinforcements. Instead, they stand around cheering like morons.
And then the Breastforce reveal why they needed Guyhawk. They are a combiner team. With all six, they merge into Liokaiser. Star Saber is screwed.
Stakeout decides he’ll help. He shoots at Liokaiser and hits him and obviously does zero damage. He’s just a complete waste.
Liokaiser shouts a bunch and has a weird weapon where his spear grows a spiked donut that he throws at Star Saber. One or two of them hit their mark. Star Saber is having the first challenge of his life.
Liokaiser is pretty cool, everyone. Buy all six Breastforce members to build your own! He knocks Star Saber down and is about to finish him off.
Instead of just killing a defenseless Star Saber, Liokaiser offers him a choice on how to die. He asks where he wants it: in the chest? In the head? Dude, stop wasting time or else…
…Yup, he wasted time and all of a sudden Ginrai shows up. He’s back from his outer space mission. Apparently he left all his troops behind, though, because he’s the only one that shows up. Ginrai looks like Optimus Prime because his body was originally built to upgrade Optimus, but he is not Optimus. He’s a Godmaster, basically a dude that was run by a human that could transform into an engine. At the end of last season, he “woke up” and became sentient and no longer needed his human. He was assigned to guard Sector Two, which essentially means outer space.
Star Saber and Ginrai together are able to use their punches to break even with Liokaiser’s might. Liokaiser eventually just sort of decides he’s done fighting. So much for revenge for killing Deathcobra or sending Guyhawk to jail. He just sort of gives up and leaves.
Stakeout accurately points out that he wasn’t any help at all in that battle.
Instead of agreeing and telling him to just stay behind on Planet Micro (Stakeout’s home), Star Saber lies and tells him that it’s okay. Does he just keep that little guy around to bolster his ego?
Star Saber then suddenly declares that it’s time for them all to get back to Earth and stop the Decepticons! Sure, Deathsaurus and the Dinoforce have been a threat there the whole time but NOW it’s extra important to get back there. For reasons!!!