Last episode, the Autobots were in bad shape. Their leader Star Saber was too injured to fight and so was his second in command, Blacker. To top it all off, God Ginrai, leader of the Autobots out in space came to help them and got critically injured. Permanently crippled, he decided to engage in a risky operation that would turn him into a new being that would be able to power up Star Saber. So basically, this kid’s show is nothing but fun and games. The episode had ended with God Ginrai dying as the operation took place. As we start this one, the procedure is ending and somehow their base is in Hawaii now. The base is on tank treads so I have NO idea how it moved to an island. Read on to see how the Autobots handle the death of God Ginrai.
While the Autobots understandably worry about the operation, Stakeout pretty much shouts them down, arguing that Perceptor is the Autobots’ greatest technician. I think they should still worry since, you know, Ginrai DIED during the operation.
To make matters worse, the Autobots realize that they’re being spied on by Hellbat’s breast animal or, as they call it, his Brestar bat. Gotta say, as far as spying goes this is only an average job. Because he pretty much always gets discovered!
Before easily escaping, Hellbat does his really silly dance that hypnotizes people and shouts out the most overused phrase in Transformers: “Eat this!” There are certain elements of this show you could set your watch to, they’re so consistent. He hypnotizes Machtackle and Dashtacker, two of the MultiForce, but the third one, Wingwaver, engages him in aerial combat. Hellbat then flies into the ocean. He does not crash, like a normal jet would. Instead he flies through the ocean and enters the Decepticon spaceship, The Thunder Arrow. So the Decepticons beat Captain Kirk to the idea of putting a spaceship underwater by almost 25 years!
Hellbat reports the news to boss Deathsaurus and they’re both understandably stoked that God Ginrai is pushing daisies. Can you imagine how much fun it would have been to see Megatron learn that, say, Prowl was killed? Not in the animated movie where things started to get dark, but back in season 2 of the show. I bet that he and Starscream would have started dancing. Soundwave would’ve kicked out some jams and they would’ve raised their arms up over their heads and hopped back and forth.
Hellbat has even more good news. He heard about a huge payload of energy that’s being transported in the Western part of America (vague) and with the Autobots undermanned, now would be a great time to steal it. Deathsaurus is sitting in his chair like Capt. Picard all like, “Uh YEAH. Make it so, bitch!”
They even show a drawing to us (must be a lot cheaper than animating EVERYTHING in an animated show) of the energy transport. They describe it as being moved by a monster tractor trailer, but it doesn’t actually transform into a monster or anything. It just drives through the animated show’s version of the desert which has lots of rocks instead of sand.
Meanwhile, the Autobots gather as the operation is completed and it worked. God Ginrai looks 100% different and gets a new name: Victory Leo. Victory seems like a pretty big step down from God, doesn’t it? He doesn’t even get to name himself. Star Saber’s just like, “this is your new name.” It reminds me of the Dr. Smoov YouTube video where Optimus Prime renames Bumblebee and Kup as Goldbug and Shitpiece, respectively.
Star Saber can always make a weird situation more awkward. And he does so here by telling Victory Leo congratulations on getting born. That’s probably not the first thing you’d want to hear after an operation. Maybe something more like, “Dude, it was a success. You’re alive!” or “You made it through. Take a rest and when you’re ready, we’ll talk.” Nah. Just “Congratulations on your birth.” I’m sure he was ready to follow it up with “You look different! Wow, you’re so weird now!”
Fortunately, Perceptor and Wheeljack help Victory Leo exit and give him his own room. Stakeout and Jean want to visit him but are told that he’s not stable. Like, mentally. Yikes! Do you think that makes them think twice? Or do they barge in on Leo?
They barge in on him! But when he responds to Jean and Stakeout by name, they’re really psyched because he remembers their name so they believe their friend is still alive even if he’s totally different. They are completely oblivious to the fact that the dude obviously wants some quiet time by himself and are just cheering and hopping around all happy.
Victory Leo has to explicitly explain to them that he wants to be alone. The lights off and sitting quietly weren’t obvious enough social cues for these two dimwits and they’re instantly surprised and grudgingly leave. Pretty much instantly, Victory Leo transforms into a lion, smashes through the door and corners Star Saber. He looks angry but Jean stands between them and Leo wanders off. The Autobots… let him.
Of course, this show prefers to move at a glacial pace and really drive home what has just happened again and again. So we have to sit through scenes of Perceptor explaining to Star Saber that Victory Leo isn’t stable. He shouldn’t be in battle right now. He’s a little crazy. Perceptor and Wheeljack don’t really have any treatment. They’re just ready to leave and wish the Autobots stuck with Leo the best of luck.
And Jean wastes more of our time reminiscing about how he was pals with God Ginrai. He does so by looking through a scrapbook of photos. Remember, Jean was raised by Star Saber. You’d think he’d have holograms or video screens if anything. No, the Autobots are still way into paper.
So Hellbat and Leozack go to steal that energy along with the Dinoforce. The Autobots get an alert because they are totally worse than the NSA and they know everything that’s going on everywhere. With most of the Autobot’s heavy hitters out of action, it’s up to the three Multiforce members to intercept them. The Autobots pretty much always respond like so: How many bad guys are there? Send slightly less and then have some backup sent out a few minutes later. Never send everyone at the same time.
The Multiforce imemdiately merges into Landcross but then the Dinoforce merges into Dinoking. Leozack and Hellbat ambush the energy convoy to steal it. Fortunately, Brainmaster members Braver and Laster show up to fight Leozack and Hellbat. Around this time, you might be wondering where the rest of the Decepticon Breastforce or Deathsaurus are. The answer is… we have no idea. The Decepticons figured they just wouldn’t need ’em? Oops?
The Autobots are really not able to mount a proper defense. Dinoking even taunts them by standing on the energy transport. He’s really rubbing it in.
Brainmasters leader Blacker prepares to join his allies and help them out but Star Saber won’t let him. Even though he was able to fight last episode, Star Saber really wants him to keep resting. He says that he probably couldn’t merge with his teammates into Road Caesar anyway. Christ. Thanks boss. Why not tell him he can’t get hard without robo-viagra while you’re at it.
Star Saber realizes he also can’t fight. So does he send the Rescue Patrol? Does he call Greatshot, the six-changer? Does he remember that Wheeljack and Perceptor have plenty of fighting experience? Or does he send Captain Crazypants? Obviously he decides sending the newly born Victory Leo into battle is the best option. Even the other Autobots look at him like he’s crazy but he tells Victory Leo to go help the Autobots and Leo silently runs outside, grows wings on his lion form and flies away.
Victory Leo shows up and the Decepticons take a polite moment to note that he’s new. Then they pretty much just get their asses kicked by Victory Leo for a few minutes.
Dinoking sees that the tide of battle has turned in a big way and decides, in desperation, to throw the energy at the Autobots. But instead, Victory Leo just shoots it while it’s still in his hands and it blasts the six Dinoforce members apart. The Decepticons retreat. The Autobots don’t finish them off or anything.
Back at the base, the Autobots have a big group meeting where Star Saber tells everyone how great Victory Leo is. This is one of the less subtle toy ad episodes. Victory Leo is basically the Wolverine of the team. A tough loner that somehow sticks around and saves the day whenever needed.
Star Saber also called Greatshot to stop by. He couldn’t have helped a few minutes ago? Well, Star Saber asks Greatshot to step up and be the leader of the Autobots in space now that God Ginrai/Victory Leo isn’t really up to the whole leading task. Or really even the task of not eating your allies.
Greatshot is a total loner and doesn’t think he even has what it takes to be a leader. But he grudgingly accepts. Good call, putting the majority of your army under the leadership of the new guy that obviously doesn’t want the job.
Aaaand Greatshot closes the episode out by proving his fantastic leadership abilities by demanding that he should be allowed to quit anytime he feels like it. The Autobots after this episode: still alive but not really in better shape.