We’re entering Victory’s final end-game. This is the second-to-last episode. So instead of the Decepticons trying to steal energy each week and the Autobots letting them escape at the end of every episode, the characters have clear goals. The Autobots plan to eliminate the bad guys and the Decepticons have quickly stolen enough energy to unlock a dangerous weapon. The episode begins with Deathsaurus and his Breastforce aboard the Thunder Arrow spaceship and Deathsaurus is… I dunno… eating a lot of energy for some reason? Or spitting it out? I really can’t tell.
Whatever he’s doing, he announces to his minions that they have enough energy to power up his fortress. This was somehow “locked away” in the Dark Nebula by Autobot Star Saber many years ago. Back in episode 21, it was vaguely implied that Star Saber had put some sort of device that drained the fortress of power and in order to use it again, it needs a huge amount of energy. Fortunately, the Decepticons now have enough because they made Atlantis rise and sink last week. Again, not sure how that works, but it did.
Back on Earth, Star Saber assumes Deathsaurus is going to power up his fortress. Now, he’s correct, but what a strange thing to guess. The Decepticons have stolen plenty of energy before and the Autobots never assumed they were going to power up that fortress before. And the Decepticons were said to be quiet for about a month in the last episode. You’d have thought the Autobots may have guessed this plan too early, if anything.
Star Saber also guesses that the Decepticons will come attack Earth. But again, that’s a big assumption. The Decepticons attacked planet Micro earlier this season, for instance, and we also know there are other Autobot and Decepticon forces battling in space – that’s why Star Saber appointed Greatshot to lead those forces back in episode 27. Let’s just say Star Saber is a fantastic guesser.
Then the Autobots take a moment to daydream about just how terrible things will be and we see the Decepticon fortress essentially nuke Earth into the dark ages. This cartoon can get so much darker than its first three seasons that were made for an American audience.
As usual, Star Saber takes the main job for himself. He announces he and Victory Leo will team up with Greatshot to attack the fortress. His plan is to take the three most powerful Autobots, and by the way, its entire leadership, in the main assault. Strategically speaking, his plan is “crappy.”
Meanwhile, at the end of the last episode, Deathsaurus abandoned his Dinoforce and they were swept away as Atlantis fell. Apparently they all washed up on a beach. Kakuryu, while an idiot, correctly guesses that they’ve been left behind.
Goryu bashes him on the head (if there’s such a thing as a Transformer concussion, Kakuryu must have the most of them) and berates him, saying that they haven’t been abandoned and they don’t get to rest while they wait for Deathsaurus to return.
This goes on for a while, with Goryu insisting that they all raid a nearby energy plant. Basically for the hell of it because it’s just what they do.
And in case we weren’t clear about the Dinoforce being abandoned, we cut to the Breastforce back on the Thunder Arrow where they are also discussing how they’ve been left behind. And this is played for laughs when Drillhorn tells Hellbat he’ll now have to do all the jobs the Dinoforce used to do and Hellbat doing the robot equivalent of a spit take.
The Autobots somehow get a report about the Dinoforce attacking the nearby power plant. So Star Saber decides that sounds more interesting and tells Greatshot to instead meet the Brainmasters in space (you know, how big could it be?) and to try to stop the fortress while he and Victory Leo deal with the Dinoforce. Obviously the fortress is the bigger problem. Why he’d send the Brainmasters to handle that instead of the Dinoforce is anyone’s guess.
The Thunder Arrow arrives at the fortress and flies into the massive structure. While it does this, it emits some sort of rainbow lightning. I’m not sure what that is. There’s no dialog to explain it. They are not powering the ship up yet, just flying into it. So, you tell me.
Eventually they stop and the spaceship shoots energy into the fortress. It begins lighting up. And this scene goes on for several minutes. It’s really redundant and boring. But the end result is that the fortress is active. It’s got a massive cannon along with lots of small gun turrets. It’s essentially the Death Star from Star Wars.
And then Deathsaurus says they’re going to attack Earth. I gotta admit, I really question this decision. His fortress, admittedly, should be powerful enough to stop just about anyone. But why first go to the ONLY place that the Autobots can mount a solid defense? Like, go to Micro or some other alien world, thus spreading the Autobot forces out to defend them, first. It’s a weird nitpick, I suppose. Deathsaurus says he’ll make the Earth look like Swiss cheese. Strange that he wouldn’t say something like “beryllium baloney” or “cesium salami.”
The Autobots don’t exactly respond to crises that fast. They’re still at their headquarters telling one another what they have already agreed to do.
I mean, they really take their time. So the Brainmasters fly off in Galaxy Shuttle while Star Saber and Victory Leo slowly agree to eventually deal with the Dinoforce. The Rescue Patrol and MultiForce get to just sort of hang out at the base and do nothing.
Star Saber and Victory Leo fly in and call the Dinoforce “cat burglars.” This causes Goryu to flip out. He just turns into a total cartoon. They start fighting. Good animation, but no fancy moves or funny dialog, sorry.
The Brainmasters decide to unite into Road Caesar and bump right into Greatshot. The guy you see above is not Star Saber. It’s Road Caesar. Their heads are super similar. Greatshot, by the way, has six modes. We see him very briefly as some sort of jet but primarily as a robot. What a waste of his one interesting element.
While the two Autobot warriors shoot at the fortress, Deathsaurus awkwardly talks about attacking them. Basically the fortress just blasts away at them and Greatshot and Road Caesar accomplish nothing.
Also, the fortress shoots a bunch of meteors at Earth. Not lasers or anything. Big rocks. The Autobots back at the base note this in horror but I guess they don’t have anything to counteract this and just hang out, horrified.
Sure enough, the meteors land all over Europe and blow up several cities. Like, they are completely wiped out. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, are instantly killed. Like I said earlier, this show can be DARK.
Star Saber and Victory Leo combine into Victory Saber to fight the Dinoforce who unite into Dinoking. But when Victory Saber sees a meteor in the sky, even he hightails it out of there and hides in the Aubobot base. Dinoking doesn’t look over his shoulder until the last minute and gets hit by a meteor. Even though these meteors wiped out entire cities, it just breaks Dinoking into his six Dinoforce members.
Star Saber walks back outside where the Dinoforce are all laying around in soot, groaning in pain. Star Saber says Deathsaurus launched those meteors and didn’t care about the Dinoforce. Goryu at first assumes he’s lying. But… surely he knew that that was in fact Deathsaurus’ plan all along?
Goryu is devastated when he realizes Autobots don’t lie. They just don’t. Star Saber and Victory Leo fly off to deal with the fortress.
Goryu collapses from his injuries and apparently Fixit can do more than shuttle people around. He says he can apply first aid and begins helping Goryu. Sort of a weird move in the sense that the Decepticons were just minutes ago stealing energy and attacking people.
But Stakeout and Jean announce that it’s what they do. They’re the Rescue Team! This does not really impress the Decepticons or anything.
Kakuryu begins crying (Transformers can do that) and worries that Goryu will die. I guess we’re supposed to like the Dinoforce now?
All of a sudden, Jean realizes that the meteors could have blown up his school and killed his girlfriend, Illumina. I mean, by that logic, shouldn’t Jean have already been at the school as well, if it’s in session?
Jean literally duct tapes some rockets onto his crappy vehicle and shoots through the air towards his school. This, despite not having wings or any way to aim himself.
Fortunately, the school was not blown up and everyone there is fine. I’m not sure what the point of the scene was, actually.
More direct is Deathsaurus who keeps shooting up Road Caesar and Greatshot. The two try to attack the main cannon but that has zero results.
Victory Leo and Star Saber show up because I guess the Dark Nebula is just past our moon or something. He tells Road Caesar and Greatshot to head for Earth while he deals with the fortress. No, they are not to combine their power. He’ll handle it himself, dammit!
Deathsaurus orders the Breastforce to combine into Liokaiser and “play with” the Autobots, even though they have had their asses kicked every single time they’ve ever tried that.
And in fact, Victory Leo quickly defeats Liokaiser in about one move. It’s pretty pathetic.
But then Deathsaurus blasts Victory Leo with a shot from the fortress cannon, sending him spinning out into deep space. The Decepticons appear to have vanquished the Autobot leader and head to Earth to complete their victory. Hey, maybe that’s why the show is titled Victory. Perhaps the bad guys will win (I doubt they will).