Transformers: Victory Episode 25 Recap – “A Deadly Battle”

Operation. Fun game.

Operation. Fun game.

Last episode ended with the Decepticons luring the Autobots into an obvious trap and beating up on Star Saber. They also mauled Blacker, severely damaging his arm and leg. This episode? The Autobots basically fall for the same thing twice in a row. But first, we catch up with the Autobots licking their wounds back at their Shuttle Base. For reasons I’m sure no one can fathom, they’ve bandaged Blacker up with gauze and seem to be letting the Rescue Patrol micromaster team play Operation on him.

We can't either.

We can’t either.

Even though he’s the second in command, Blacker really throws an immature pity party for himself. He apologizes for getting beaten up by the Decepticons, as though he let it happen. Well, I guess he did fall for a really obvious trap. But still, don’t make this all about you, dude.

A stupid, stupid child.

A stupid, stupid child.

Fortunately, the Autobots don’t really feed his ego and basically make fun of him for acting like a baby. Terrible friends, but he really should snap out of it.

Wazzup?!

Wazzup?!

God Ginrai calls them up to essentially pass on his good wishes to Blacker. Also, he says that his team out in space have driven the Decepticons back so he’s not too busy. Star Saber says he appreciates the offer but they’ll be fine (they won’t).

Barely.

Barely.

Still on their little interstellar Skype call, Star Saber says that the Multiforce team have been getting better at fighting so they should be fine. Side note: we don’t see the Multiforce at all this episode and they will need backup. Very strange.

Anything to make Jean happy.

Anything to make Jean happy.

Jean tells God Ginrai to come visit sometime. You know, in between all the war and stuff.

Sweet flat screen.

Sweet flat screen.

Over at the Decepticons’ base, Leozack is looking at a map and trying to decide where they should try to steal energy from next. It’s kind of like pin the tail on the donkey. He’s just staring at a global map going, “hmmmm…” Guyhawk interrupts to tell him he’s assembled the rest of their teammates to hunt down Greatshot, his archenemy in the Autobots.

Ow, my neck!

Ow, my neck!

Leozack tells him that that isn’t their priority and they argue about stuff that really isn’t important. I guess it’s supposed to reinforce Guyhawk’s characterization. He hates Greatshot. But I can barely focus on their inane conversation because the animators have drawn Leozack turning his head way too far around and it just looks weird.

We forgot you existed.

We forgot you existed.

Then Jallguar (or Jaruga in this translation) pops up to tell Leozack that their leader, Deathsaurus, has summoned for him. Leozack was so engrossed in his stupid argument that Jallguar walking up to him in a wide open room surprised him.

Now that's manners.

Now that’s manners.

Check out the fancy door knocker that Deathsaurus had installed.

Pouty McSadface.

Pouty McSadface.

As soon as Leozack enters, Deathsaurus’ breast animals tackle him and pin him. Deathsaurus puts his sword to Leozack’s neck and reveals that he knows Leozack has been secretly trying to undermine him. He gives him a choice: pledge his unwavering loyalty right now or he can die. Leozack pledges himself to Deathsaurus 100%. I kinda like that they revealed that Deathsaurus was aware of Leozack’s treachery. Deathsaurus reveals he has a plan.

When did the Autobots hire this army?

When did the Autobots hire this army?

Cut to “Asia” where the Decepticon Breastforce (that’s what they’re called! They have animals that transform into chest shields!) attacks an Autobot outpost. What the what? These sort of pop up every once in a great while on the show and they’re never explained. The Autobots have generic army guys but they never use them in battle. Their only purpose seems to be to get attacked from time to time. Anyway, they call the real Autobots for help.

Well, we're all just sitting around doing nothing.

Well, we’re all just sitting around doing nothing.

Star Saber fields the call and fortunately for him, his troops aren’t on a patrol or recon or anything interesting. They’re actually literally standing around waiting for something to do. The Autobots are going to Asia!

Preposterous.

Preposterous.

Star Saber is actually smart enough to remember, I dunno – yesterday?, and says it could be a trap. Will he take backup? Or send a second squad from a different location?

Another flawless plan.

Another flawless plan.

No, he just says he’ll take the Rescue Patrol (who only get to pull injured people out of harm’s way every. single. episode.) and if there’s trouble, he’ll call the Multiforce. The Brainmasters are told to stay behind and guard Blacker and the base. Cool jobs for everyone.

Hi buddy!

Hi buddy!

Blacker instantly wonders what’s going on (he was in another room) and Laster pretends like nothing’s up. But he’s a really terrible liar and Blacker only gets more suspicious. I’m suspicious as to why a robot needs to have a blanket on?

Free will isn't for robots.

Free will isn’t for robots.

Star Saber flies in to Asia with the Rescue Patrol aboard Galaxy Shuttle. He commands them to… basically do nothing unless he explicitly tells them to. Not much trust there.

Badass moves.

Badass moves.

The three Breastforce jets (Leozack, Guyhawk and Hellbat) fly around in a really silly circle which somehow seems to make Star Saber dizzy. Or maybe he can’t track them all at once? Either way, they fly in a circle and that’s somehow a good thing for them to do.

We got them at Walmart.

We got them at Walmart.

Then they put a bunch of bombs on him and transform and fly away. Oh, and these aren’t just any bombs: they’re living-metal-destroying time bombs. Also known as bombs.

Yum, full of fiber.

Yum, full of fiber.

Star Saber separates into his medium-sized robot form riding his “V-Star” in an attempt to remove the bombs. He fails. And the Decepticons throw out an “eat this” which is notable this time because this insult is used A LOT in this episode.

They used the good bombs this week.

They used the good bombs this week.

The bombs go off and do not destroy Star Saber. They do send him crashing down into the mountains below. These bombs are not very good bombs.

Why does a robot need a blanket?

Why does a robot need a blanket?

Blacker finally gets the story out of his teammates who try to keep him in bed. Ultimately, they make a compromise – Blacker continues to rest and Laster and Braver will go help Star Saber.

No no, it's just a place.

No no, it’s just a place.

Blacker pledges that he will protect their base by himself, even if it costs him his life. A) No one is interested in attacking the base. B) The base is not at all worth giving up your life for.

Everyone gets a turn.

Everyone gets a turn.

The Breastforce follow Star Saber into the mountains and into a cave. They merge into Liokaiser but Star Saber is able to disarm him and Liokaiser flees deeper into the cave.

Nice statue.

Nice statue.

Star Saber decides he’ll follow Liokaiser instead of helping the Autobots or just leaving well enough alone. He ends up coming across some ancient and apparently massive statues.

What the what?!

What the what?!

The statues begin exploding! The obvious trap was, in fact, a trap!

She's beautiful!

She’s beautiful!

Then things get really goofy. One of the stone statues, a lady with a mace, begins attacking Star Saber. She really knocks him around, too.

No one would have guessed you'd dress up like a stone lady.

No one would have guessed you’d dress up like a stone lady.

Then the rock falls away to reveal that it was Deathsaurus underneath. Yup. His plan was to dress up like a lady and attack Star Saber. That was his plan and he’s really proud of himself for how well it’s going.

Yum, sweet.

Yum, sweet.

There’s another “eat this” as Deathsaurus presses his attack. Star Saber is wounded, alone, and on the defense.

Yum, salty.

Yum, salty.

Then Liokaiser makes things even worse by saying “eat this.” He also drops some big boulders on top of Star Saber, trapping him.

Mr. Poet.

Mr. Poet.

Instead of instantly killing Star Saber, Deathsaurus talks a lot about how doomed Star Saber is. Star Saber responds back with some bullshit and they seem to want to talk one another to death. The show is stalling.

That won't happen.

That won’t happen.

Oh look. Jean and Stakeout see that Star Saber is in trouble. They put in an SOS.

In fact, why don't you just leave?

In fact, why don’t you just leave?

Within a few seconds, God Ginrai travels vast interstellar distances to respond to the SOS. Talk about ridiculous! He must have been sitting in a teleporter with his finger on the button just waiting for that call. Star Saber encourages him by telling him not to take on too much.

Yum, savory.

Yum, savory.

There’s a bunch of fighting and “eat this” and some stray laser blasts hit the ground beneath Stakeout and Jean who cling to the cliff while everyone else fights.

Yum, spicy.

Yum, spicy.

LOTS of “eat this” while God Ginrai goes up against both Deathsaurus and Liokaiser. He sort of holds his own. But he also gets shot a couple times by Deathsaurus’ big cannon. Star Saber pulls himself out of the rubble but is intercepted by Liokaiser and watches as Deathsaurus bears down on God Ginrai to finish him off.

Ugh, this tastes terrible.

Ugh, this tastes terrible.

God Ginrai is about to be blasted again and he seems scared so maybe a third blast kills him? Anyway, God Ginrai uses his cannon to blind Deathsaurus who fires wildly.

Taunting 101.

Taunting 101.

Braver and Laster show up and basically that’s enough to sort of even the odds. They all talk at each other a bunch instead of firing their guns.

No, don't kiss me!

No, don’t kiss me!

Star Saber slices Deathsaurus’ cannon in half and impales him on his sword, too. That’s enough for Deathsaurus to make the call that they should retreat. Presumably he goes home and cakes himself in cement and gives himself big cement boobs to feel better. No judgements.

What a helpful pair.

What a helpful pair.

Stakeout and Jean “hilariously” remind everyone that they’re about to die. Braver and Laster (grudgingly, one presumes) help them up.

Good to know...

Good to know…

Star Saber helps God Ginrai up. Even though God Ginrai has really had his ass kicked, he says that Godmasters (which is what he is) are immortal. He’s either Billy Badass or just kind of dumb. You decide.