The last episode I recapped was 33 but you didn’t miss one. Episode 34 was just a clip show. We kick things off this week with Jean floating around on his disc and Stakeout chasing after him. What are they squabbling about? They’re always squabbling over something. This time, Jean is going to check on Braver, who is sort of a scientist and has been locked in his lab for weeks. For some reason, Stakeout thinks that if Jean checks in, they’ll be yelled at. What a fun start.
There in fact IS a sign that says not to interrupt, but Jean goes in anyway and gets screamed at. Stakeout is horrified. What is he afraid could happen?
But then Braver says that he’s not mad after all because it’s Jean. Everyone loves Jean (sometimes called Jan).
Back in episode 10, Braver had created a scanner that was basically a radar that detects Decepticons. Turns out he’s rebuilt it and it now scans much further. Not only that, but he’s built five of them. Too bad it took him 25 episodes to build but it’s a good thing they have the scanners now, eh? The Autobots are acting proactive, by the way, because there are only 3 episodes left. So this is when they finally stop letting the Decepticons run away and try to actually kill them.
Star Saber calls for a meeting and says that it’s the perfect time to use these scanners because the Decepticons have been quiet for a month. So instead of just patrolling and waiting for a problem to arise, they’re going to track down the bad guys and end them. It’s slightly hard to take the leader seriously while he sits in what looks like a salon perm station, but what can you do? The Autobots are warriors, not interior decorators.
Star Saber assigns various Autobots to patrol the oceans because they supposedly have data that the Decepticons are in the ocean. Which, wait, what? How do they know that? That implies they have some sort of scanning technology already. I guess it doesn’t help much, though, since the vast majority of the planet is the ocean so it doesn’t narrow things down much. I’d just love to know how they know the bad guys are in the ocean.
Meanwhile, under the ocean, Deathsaurus is having his minions pitch him ideas on how to steal energy. And by that I mean, he’s just yelling at Leozack that his ideas are crappy. And to be fair to him, the only idea we hear is that maybe there’s some energy under the pyramids of Egypt. That ain’t much of a plan.
In fact, Deathsaurus just loses his temper and just grabs Leozack by the face, lifting him up and beating him up. I kinda feel bad for Leozack since he’s pretty much the only one who comes up with any plans to steal energy each week. And to be fair, they only fail about half the time which isn’t as bad as ALWAYS failing. But Deathsaurus is out of patience because, as I noted above, there’s only 3 episodes left.
Hellbat, always a sneaky opportunist, and also the only other person present in this scene for some reason, takes this opportunity to mention to Deathsaurus how he has a plan. Deathsaurus stands with his crotch at Hellbat’s face-level and bellows out a question of whether Hellbat came to make him happy. Very unfortunate. I guess the Decepticons don’t have a sexual harassment policy in place.
Hellbat mentions that he found out there’s a ton of energy in Atlantis. Yes, mystical Atlantis, which, if you’re a fan of Transformers, you’d know has been visited twice in the past but each time it’s a completely new place. Who even knows? Deathsaurus likes the plan and Hellbat walks down the hall singing and dancing. He’s a child. The Decepticons are legit children. I… kinda don’t want to see them killed by the Autobots now.
So now it’s Leozack’s turn to finally lose his temper. He wails on Hellbat. Like, just smashes the crap out of him. The animation is actually really good in this episode. I just sort of feel bad for Hellbat, who I normally find slimy and unlikable, since he was just singing and dancing like a little kid. Leozack reprimands him for making him look bad and going over his head in front of their boss, instead of telling Leozack, Hellbat’s direct superior, about the Atlantis energy first.
But Hellbat finally gets a chance to speak and says that he told Deathsaurus that he found Atlantis on Leozack’s orders and he’ll make sure Leozack gets proper credit. So… problem solved I guess.
I thought the plan was decided upon but Deathsaurus has his guys come back into the throne room to check that Hellbat is sure about his info. He is. But in order to access the energy, they’d have to use up all the energy they have accumulated (stolen) so far. It’s a big gamble. All or nothing. No one seems all that concerned about the fact that Atlantis exists.
Even though Leozack has only just heard about this plan, he stakes his entire reputation on the line for it. So Deathsaurus decides they’ll go for it.
The Autobots are all bombing around the world, looking for trouble. Keep in mind, there’s only about three teams covering the entire planet. For instance, Mach and Tackle are both on one beach but confidently declare that the entire Indian Ocean is free of Decepticon activity.
Star Saber gets a call from Wingwaver that he has a faint trace of Decepticons in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Spain. He dispatches the Micromaster Rescue patrol and Brainmasters to the coast because they anticipate trouble.
Underwater, the Decepticons set up charges around Atlantis to blow it up. I’m not at all clear on how their plan is going to work but the Dinoforce is tasked with putting energy all over the sunken city. Kakuryu sits on some sort of transport for the energy and declares it’s the only way to ride, forgetting that they all transform into vehicles and stuff, I suppose. It’s a really slow, lumbering brick so it doesn’t appear too luxurious. Then again, Kakuryu is functionally retarded.
Deathsaurus shoots his big gun and it begins setting off explosions all over Atlantis. Atlantis looks like ancient Greece, but empty, in case you were curious.
And for some reason, that makes the city dislodge from the ocean floor and begin to float upwards. I’m not clear on how this happens at all, but the Decepticons are ecstatic so I guess their plan is paying off.
As Atlantis rises, it causes an absolutely massive tidal wave. The first to see it are the people of a cruise ship. The Autobots aren’t there and it gets obliterated. That’s pretty dark!
Star Saber was about to fight the Decepticons but he realizes the massive tidal waves place Spain in danger and instead he and all the other Autobots race to the coast to save people. It’s nice but keep in mind he did already send a bunch of Autobots to save people there and he has no way to actually stop the tidal waves. I’m not sure this is a great plan.
Cut to a city somewhere in Europe where the Rescue Patrol is helping people. Sort of. They show Fixit the ambulance and Red Hot the fire truck carrying a dozen people and everyone else is running along with them on foot. Jean just stands and yells for everyone to run. What great help.
Looking at the destruction caused by the first tidal wave, Wingwaver bravely declares that he’ll never forgive the Decepticons. Uh huh. He’ll say anything to justify his hatred of them.
Leozack is gleeful at how busy the Autobots are saving people, preventing them from stopping their energy plundering. The Decepticons load up tons and tons of energy stockpiles onto their spaceship, the Thunder Arrow.
Then, just to be a jerk, Deathsaurus tells Leozack not to be so proud. Because once he’s able to unlock his fortress with all this energy, he alone will be unstoppable. Just a real dick move.
Star Saber and Victory Leo decide to hold up a bridge and persuade the train engineer to move across the cracked and crumbling bridge. Seriously? Why not just carry them across or tell them this isn’t the best time to complete their commute?
And the Decepticons prove how stupid this move was by shooting up the bridge while the Autobots are defenseless. They obliterate the train and kill everyone on it. It’s pretty depressing.
All of the Breastforce pop up out of nowhere and just to put icing on the cake, Killbison gives everyone the finger when he transforms.
Star Saber has a great plan. He suggest to Victory Leo that they do what they always do and merge into Victory Saber. Maybe they should’ve done that before everyone died.
The transformation sequence for Victory Saber has always been long, and kind of annoying because the animation is recycled each time. Well for the first time, as they do this, the Breastforce actually interrupt it (sort of). As the two are merging, Leozack has his Breastforce merge into Liokaiser. They merge much faster because the show cuts several of the transformation sequences.
The two have a decent fight, because the episode is well animated. Plus Liokaiser shouts out “Eat this!” which always amuses me. Still, Liokaiser really doesn’t accomplish much other than get his ass kicked.
Deathsaurs determines the ship is full of energy and takes off. He tells the Dinoforce to stay behind and gather more. I don’t know where they’re supposed to put it though. Basically, he just abandons the Dinoforce. In some ways, it makes sense. They’ve proven to be pretty much completely useless. But they also account for literally half of his troops.
Deathsaurus flies over Liokaiser and orders him to retreat. Again, reinforcing that he’s abandoning half of his troops, somewhat arbitrarily. The Autobots don’t shoot the bad guys down because there are still 2 episodes left.
Now Atlantis begins to sink again. I don’t know why. It plummets below the ocean and the Dinoforce are swept away in the waves. It also creates an even more massive tidal wave than before. Uh oh!
The tidal wave smashes over Victory Saber and demolishes the city. The Autobots stare over the wreckage and worry that Victory Saber is lost to them. They lost big time this week. I can’t even tell you how many people were implied to have died.
Then Victory Saber comes out of the water and he’s fine. So Jean humps Stakeout’s face in celebration. Stakeout is justifiably horrified by this.
Star Saber points out that they lost badly. They sure did! He declares that they will hunt down the Decepticons to make them pay for this. It would carry more weight if we forgot that that’s exactly what the Autobots were trying to do this time.