Would this show really kill off Ginrai, like the title says? When last episode ended, Decepticon leader Deathsaurus had dealt him a critical blow and it looks like things are very bad. I mean, check out how the episode starts, with Deathsaurus giggling. That doesn’t happen much. In fact, Ginrai lies on death’s door while leader Star Saber and 2nd-in-command Blacker are also severely wounded. This is a crap time to be an Autobot. And the Decepticons, for once in their existence, do something smart and exploit it by planning at attack on TWO locations. If it all sounds bad, what if I told you that you’d get to see two original series stars make their return? Read on to see how this one shakes out.
First, the Decepticon Breastforce takes over a solar power station. It’s not too hard for them without any Autobots around. We all knew solar power would be the end of us and we should rely on big oil companies, right?! But hey, the Autobots may be undermanned but they still have the three Multiforce rookies, the diminutive Rescue Patrol and two Brainmasters so they should be able to handle six Decepticons, right?
Uh oh spaghetti-o, six more Decepticons attack a second energy location. The Dinoforce invades the New Cheyenne Airport. We all know how popular a Wyoming airport is (I’m being sarcastic). The Multiforce members Dashtacker and Machtackle are there for some reason and call in the bad news to their base. If neither of these attacks sound especially interesting, that’s ok. Believe it or not, this episode has an A-story and the two Decepticon attacks are B and C-stories.
Here’s the bravery of the Multiforce in action. They determine they can’t possibly stop the Dinoforce, even though that team is comprised of morons and is always played for comic relief. So basically, they’re cowards and they need backup. So not even the airport location that has Autobots is safe. Star Saber has to do everything himself.
Star Saber is still not at full potential because he’s been beaten up the last couple of episodes. His fellow Brainmasters, Laster and Braver, try to convince him not to go fight but he pretty much insists that he has to or innocent lives will be lost. I just realized I don’t really know why he cares. He’s just good. Star Saber decides to take Braver and Laster to the solar energy site and sends the Rescue Patrol with Wingwaver to back up the rest of the Multiforce.
Star Saber’s method of travel is kind of crazy. He flies off as a jet and has Braver and Laster drive off a cliff, transform, and catch little hook handles. And then he apparently drags them through the sky and hopes they don’t let go.
Blacker is left to guard the base but he decides if his leader can fight injured, then so can he. Of course, he’s so injured he has to wear an arm and leg cast but he doesn’t let that stop him. He takes them off and probably holds back tears that none of his friends signed his cast. At least this episode he’s wearing some sort of robot cast. Last time he had cloth bandages and a blanket. Not the kind of thing that usually helps robots. Blacker joins Wingwaver and the Rescue Patrol in Galaxy Shuttle and they fly off. So who’s left at the base? Only the awesomest characters!
Ginrai was roughed up BAD by Deathsaurus and is in critical condition. So the Autobots called in their medical guys who apparently have been fighting Decepticons in outer space. Now, that means that all the characters we love from the original show, the Headmasters season AND the Godmasters season are all hanging out having adventures in space. While I appreciate that the cartoon has tried to ground itself somewhat by mostly staying on Earth, I can’t help but think the other characters are having a much more exciting adventure if none of them can afford to come and back up the main characters of THIS show. Anyway, Minerva (from last season), Wheeljack and Percepter are hanging out at Shuttle Base, trying to figure out how to save Ginrai. Why is Wheeljack alive when he was clearly killed in Transformers: The Movie? Well, the short answer is that the movie didn’t air in Japan back in ’86 and hadn’t aired by this season in ’89. So mostly, no one knew he was supposed to be dead. But then again, this show blew up Mars and then forgot and it returned so I guess Wheeljack being back isn’t too big of an issue.
Ginrai is living in an iron lung, more or less. He’s just a head and he can’t really move or do anything. He’s kind of mopey, too. He knows he’s going to die and tries to resign himself to that fact. By the way, if Ginrai dies it does not count as one of the many times Optimus Prime has died (and returned). Ginrai looks like Optimus Prime because his body was built in some sort of plan to bring him back but ended up housing a Godmaster, a type of alien intelligence. If that isn’t clear, I promise you that digging into the story any more can only get more incomprehensible.
One of our main heroes is about to die, so what do we cut to next? How about some hilarious physical comedy? The Dinoforce is stealing energy at the airport and Kakuryu drops a box on his foot. And I guess he doesn’t wear steel-toed boots, let alone metal feet. Because he really acts like that hurt.
His boss, Goryu, is mad at him for messing up so he punches him in the head. But don’t do this at home. If someone is hurt, don’t punch them for getting hurt. Only robots can do that.
Blacker and his squad show up to help and he jumps out of the shuttle, tries to transform into a car, is too injured to do so, and crashes into the ground. Very helpful. First Aid tries to help him since that’s about the only thing he can do, but Blacker refuses the help and everyone starts a-shootin’. Also, seriously, what’s up with the scale of things on this show? Blacker and First Aid both transform into cars that people fit in, but in this shot, Blacker dwarfs him. Because First Aid is supposedly a Micromaster. But how can they really be that much smaller if they all transform into cars?!
Meanwhile, Star Saber and pals show up at the solar plant where Deathsaurus supervises energy being moved into their space shuttle. Star Saber also crashes when he shows up and his teammates have to shield him as the Breastforce fire on them. Great showing all around, Autobots. Top notch decisions being made.
Back at the Shuttle Base, Seawatch stayed behind because I guess boats are pretty useless. He tries to comfort Jean who cries about the Decepticons being bad and makes it all about him. Jean is awful.
Ginrai tells Perceptor that he doesn’t have to lie – he knows he’s going to die. Perceptor does a pretty terrible job of consoling him by explaining that he’s only dead as Ginrai. Don’t follow that? Perceptor attempts to explain:
He uses an analogy, saying that he’ll only be brain dead like humans can be in accidents, but their organs keep working. Oh, that’s much better. Don’t worry, Ginrai. You won’t exactly die. You’ll just wish you had.
Ginrai then mopes and says he’s ready to die.
Then Wheeljack mentions to Perceptor that maybe they could tell him about their super secret redesign idea and Ginrai overhears and is like, “Uh, yeah. Tell me about that!” even though Perceptor really doesn’t want him to know. Perceptor really is into this whole brain dead idea instead.
Star Saber is doing such a terrible job fighting off the Decepticons that Deathsaurus totally calls him on it.
Jean calls up Star Saber and explains that Ginrai is about to die and he kind of needs to come see this. Okay, he actually tells him Ginrai MUST speak with him right away.
Star Saber isn’t sure but Braver tells him he should go back to see Ginrai and that he and Laster will handle things there. Unlikely! Star Saber actually leaves!
Star Saber gets to Ginrai who tells him that he’s made up his mind to use the experimental redesign process. Why? Because he can’t stand. He can’t even hold a gun. And in the world of Transformers, if you don’t have a gun you might as well be dead.
The redesign would basically turn him into a power up for Star Saber. Yikes! That doesn’t sound like a good way to live. Star Saber really is wishy washy on the whole thing and half-assedly tries to tell Ginrai he doesn’t have to do that.
Jean flips out when he realizes everyone’s about to go through with the process. You’d think it’s because his friend, Ginrai, is going to die, but he says he doesn’t want to see Ginrai in a different form. Hm. And this kid was raised by Transformers. Can’t accept someone looking different. Good job, writers.
Ginrai tries to comfort Jean (why bother?) by explaining he won’t really die. He’ll be reborn.
That catches Jean’s attention. Reborn? He can sort of latch onto that idea. The risks are high. Basically, they have to turn off Ginrai’s life functions first and then hope they can rebuild him fast enough to keep his spark alive. Actual stakes!
The medical Autobots start tapping buttons and Perceptor morbidly announces one more minute until they turn Ginrai off. He hits the button and…
Ginrai dies. Just like the title said. His color leaves and it’s very similar to Optimus Prime dying in the Transformers movie. And that’s it for the episode!