Transformers: Victory Episode 22 Recap – “Battle Up of Wrath!!”

Lucasfilm endorses this episode.

Lucasfilm endorses this episode.

Anyone know what a “Battle Up of Wrath” is? I guess it’s just how some of the Japanese translations end up. I think they sometimes turn a verb phrase into a noun. I can’t explain it. Another thing I can’t explain? Why did we just see R2 D2 and C 3PO pass Braver, Jean, and Stakeout? No clue. They’re not in a robot factory. They are visiting a power plant. But I guess the animators just thought the episode needed a little more Star Wars. Can’t argue with that. Let’s see what else happens. This’ll be tough to top.

I want a vacation to Mars.

I want a vacation to Mars.

The Autobots are on some sort of a field trip. They’re observing a power plant and I guess they’re really stoked about it because they keep explaining every aspect about it to one another. It’s powered by ore mined from Mars. Guess they forgot that Scorponok destroyed Mars two seasons ago. Continuity? That’s a four-letter word around these parts.

It even got mentioned on Buzzfeed!

It even got mentioned on Buzzfeed!

Braver claims that the energy they’re making at the new plant is called Schaeffer energy and it’s the most famous kind of energy. So if you’ve been curious what the Academy of Famous Energy will put on their ballots this year, bet on the realistically named Schaeffer energy. Then Braver says he has to leave to go to a conference about the energy. I suspect he’s just trying to get away from Jean and Stakeout. I don’t know why they’d need this random robot in their energy conference.

Whocaresville?

Whocaresville?

Stakeout wonders where the mining shuttle could be headed next. Perhaps his home planet of Micro? Bet he can’t guess how his “friend” Jean will react to him mentioning his home…

And bad impulses!

And bad impulses!

Jean demands that Stakeout not mention Micro because the Autobots kinda got beaten up real bad there the last few episodes so it gives him bad memories. Gee, sorry that Stakeout didn’t realize that thinking about HIS home planet was all about YOU, Jean. I mean, it was only his comrades that got their asses whupped and his girlfriend he had to leave behind. But how does it all make YOU feel?

Or maybe they'll take a break.

Or maybe they’ll take a break.

Meanwhile, back at the Autobot base, leader Star Saber is about to drop some knowledge on his troops. Because the Decepticons now know that they can reactivate their fortress, they’ll probably be more aggressive about stealing energy. More. Does this mean he has a new plan? No. Just wants everyone to worry. Your job is to be scared, troops!

Decepticons believe in hell.

Decepticons believe in hell.

Let’s go to another location. The Decepticons are hanging out at their base and Leozack tells Deathsaurus that his team will kill Star Saber. They don’t have a new plan or anything, either. Just reminding their boss that they are eager to kill the leader of the Autobots. Still. Nothing has changed from the status quo. Nothing.

Did Hellbat come from hell?

Did Hellbat come from hell?

Even though we can all guess that the Decepticons will have a plan to steal that Schaeffer energy, we have to go through the motions of them explaining all of this. For whatever reason, Hellbat knows all about it. I guess he’s sort of the spy character this year. I miss Soundwave and his tapes.

Yes, those ears are devilish, we must agree.

Yes, those ears are devilish, we must agree.

As Hellbat tells them about how great a spy he is (he has devilish ears folks) we transition to the Breastforce’s merged form, Liokaiser, beating up on Star Saber. Don’t remember this happening? That’s ok, just stick with it for a second.

Shot through the heart, and you're too late!

Shot through the heart, and you’re too late!

Liokaiser immediately impales Star Saber. Wow. So much for him. Who should be leader now? I’d even be okay with them bringing back Rodimus Prime.

Nightmare, really.

Nightmare, really.

Surprise! It wasn’t real. It was just Jean having a bad dream. You can tell because he says he’s had a dream.

Great tip!

Great tip!

Jean wakes up in the middle of the night, gets dressed, hops on his doofy hover disc and finds Star Saber sitting by the ocean. He begs Star Saber to NOT lose in his next battle with Liokaiser. Star Saber acts like that’s good advice and promises he won’t lose the next time they battle.

And in their Voltron cosplay, the humans.

And in their Voltron cosplay, the humans.

Meanwhile, the Decepticons attack the Schaeffer energy base. The employees are all dressed up like they’re heading to a 1960s sci-fi convention.

That's some bad UI code.

That’s some bad UI code.

Their computer monitors helpfully alert them to the attack, also telling them such useful things as “Seeing is believing.” That’s a helpful piece of advice to receive when robot monsters are attacking your place of work.

Obviously.

Obviously.

The Autobots head out to help. They’re always so close to the attacks. Kind of makes you wonder. Anyway, the Rescue Patrol gets their usual dull mission of being told to evacuate all the people while everyone else shoots their lasers.

What a plan.

What a plan.

The Breastforce is waiting for Star Saber and they tell each other that they’ll beat him up. Everyone tells everyone else anything that crosses their mind.

Explain everything you're doing to us.

Explain everything you’re doing to us.

While Star Saber fights the Breastforce, the Dinoforce begins stealing energy. They do it in a very inefficient way, handing things back and forth. Here’s my advice: have the dumb dumb Dinoforce do the fighting and use the Breastforce to transform into their cars and jets to transport energy faster. Oops, I gave this show five seconds more thought than any of this show’s writers ever did.

Kakuryu, you scamp.

Kakuryu, you scamp.

Adorably Kakuryu gets up to his usual hijinx when he wonders aloud if he should try some of this delicious energy. This show really does its best to make you like Kakuryu, even though he’s ostensibly a bad guy.

Uh, gross.

Uh, gross.

His leader, Goryu, yells at him. At least he doesn’t hit him on the head this time. But he does have a pretty gross insult, basically asking him to breathe in some farts.

They're back to "eat this."

They’re back to “eat this.”

Meanwhile, Star Saber is fighting the Breastforce members some more and they shout out their usual insult: “Eat this!” I wonder if this is something Japanese people are just saying to one another all day long like we say “cool” or “like” in our everyday conversation? They sure say it a lot on this show.

Who cares?

Who cares?

The Decepticons blast away at the energy plant’s massive tower and it begins to topple. Star Saber props it up to prevent it from falling and killing tons of citizens below. Of course, this leaves him exposed to enemy attack. What a dilemma. An actual problem!

Tell me each step.

Tell me each step.

The Brainmasters are also there, zapping and punching. When the Breastforce merges into Liokaiser, they realize they have no choice but to merge into Road Caesar to try to keep Star Saber safe. Of course, Road Caesar is only comprised of three Transformers, while Liokaiser is made of six. Six is stronger than three! The show teaches us stuff like that. They should get lots of public funding for teaching kids stuff like math, that sucking farts is gross, and that nightmares give you good advice.

Right. Good one.

Right. Good one.

There goes Liokaiser, shouting “Eat this!” I estimate the show averages out to saying it twice an episode. That’s over 60 “Eat this” phrases a season. Maybe the show is sponsored by Food.

Witty retort.

Witty retort.

It’s not just the bad guys that say it either. There’s Road Caesar demanding someone chow down.

Are you even trying to communicate?

Are you even trying to communicate?

Road Caesar is able to keep Liokaiser off of Star Saber just long enough for the Rescue Patrol to evacuate everyone. So Star Saber lets the energy plant fall down and blow up, then he beats the crap out of Liokaiser. Bonk bonk bonk.

And Paul Schaeffer, too!

And Paul Schaeffer, too!

but the Decepticons have what they came for so they retreat. The Autobots have had enough fighting for one day, or something, and let the Decepticons get away. Looks like evil wins today.

You will be sorry.

You will be sorry.

Road Caesar apologizes as though it’s all his fault. Star Saber lets him know that they saved everybody’s life and that’s more important than the energy. I guess, although now the Decepticons are way more powerful. Will there be consequences? Guess you’ll just have to keep watching to find out. Hint: there probably won’t be much in the way of consequences.

  • Shawn Padraic Murphy

    The image where Star Saber is trying to hold up the tower; the perspective is all wrong, and I can’t get it to look right. Look at that image again. The building is going inward instead of outward, so instead of holding it up, it looks like Star Saber is actually inside a tube.

  • Chris Piers

    True. But to be fair, the animation in Victory is often very good. It’s wayyy better than Headmasters.