Transformers: Victory Episode 37 Recap – “Showdown! The Fortress vs the Victory Unification”

Ground control to Major Tom

Ground control to Major Tom

Gentle reader, we’re here. It’s the last episode of the last full season of Transformers. We had three U.S. seasons and then three continuing Japanese seasons. Here we are. We kick things off with the Multiforce, Jean Minakaze, and the Rescue Patrol hanging out in their base. All around them is devastation from the meteors Deathsaurus shot at Earth from his newly-powered up fortress. The Autobots are stressed out because they can’t get a hold of their leader, Star Saber. Now, every single episode the tiny Rescue Patrol guys do nothing but help fix up cities or evacuate people. This is the most destruction the Decepticons have ever caused and they’re not doing anything? Well, that’s how much they care about their boss.

Good thinking putting a towel on a robot's forehead

Good thinking putting a towel on a robot’s forehead

Inside the base, the Decepticon Dinoforce are all gathered around their injured leader, Goryu. Don’t worry, he’ll probably be feeling fine since they laid a towel on his metal head. Hey wait a minute… all six of these guys were hit by a meteor. Why is only Goryu feeling so bad?

That Autobot can-do attitude

That Autobot can-do attitude

The Multiforce notes that one more meteor is heading for Earth. They throw out some bad suggestions like evacuating the area, something that a) would take too long and b) is a bit unnecessary since it’s already been ruined by a meteor.

Landcross being melodramatic

Landcross being melodramatic

Then they remember that they can all merge into Landcross, a gigantic robot. So they do that and fly up into the sky with their big gun. They talk about how they’ll stop this particular meteor even if it costs them their lives. Well, that’d be a lot more noble if you did it for one of those last meteors that killed thousands of people. Anyway, they do in fact shoot the meteor with their big gun and stop it. Whoops, guess all the Autobots should’ve tried that last time.

Jean doesn't know what to do with a 3.5" floppy disk

Jean doesn’t know what to do with a 3.5″ floppy disk

In the base, Goryu realizes Deathsaurus has abandoned him and his men and he makes the decision to give Jean a disk that shows a weakness in the fortress. Jean is utterly confused. At first I figured he was stumped over the wildly obsolete media format. But no, it’s because he doesn’t know what to do with the info since Star Saber isn’t there. None of these guys can make a decision.

That Autobot has mud on him. Better clean him up.

That Autobot has mud on him. Better clean him up.

The Brainmasters are all returned from their deep space attempt at stopping the fortress last week, but they’re all bruised up and healing. And they don’t even mention Greatshot who was with them. So I guess all of these guys are just… out of commission for the time being. I mean, the Rescue Patrol and Multiforce should still be okay to fight, but Jean sort of decides they’re not.

Autobots need first aid supplies?

Autobots need first aid supplies?

Jean’s pal, Stakeout is running around the base with first aid kits, like robots use. When he can’t find Jean, he runs around looking for him.

What is a cluse?

What is a cluse?

Jean is in Galaxy Shuttle. Oh yeah, there’s another Autobot that could help in this fight. He’s the massive space shuttle that can transform into a huge robot. Well, he doesn’t help this time either. In fact, Jean flips the “Auto Cluse” switch to fly into outer space to the fortress. Yeah, that’s a mistranslation by the Japanese who legitimately have trouble differentiating R and L sounds. It’s supposed to be “Auto Cruise”.

He may be using teeth whitener

He may be using teeth whitener

Surprise! Stakeout guessed at where Jean was and snuck on board, too. And Galaxy Shuttle actually speaks up, asking “Who’s on me?” So that’s weird. Jean admits he’s flying to Star Saber to let him know about the fortress’ weakness.

No robot has ever thought more slowly

No robot has ever thought more slowly

Stakeout announces he’ll go with Jean. Well, nice decision buddy since you are already in outer space. You’re along for the ride no matter what.

Like Unicron but... not

Like Unicron but… not

Deathsaurus’ fortress arrives at Earth because outer space isn’t really that big.

What is he trying to say?

What is he trying to say?

Then Deathsaurus begins shouting at Liokaiser, the combined form of his Breastforce warriors, that he’s going to rule the universe. Of course he delivers this victory speech in the least coherent manner possible.

He's sitting up in the vacuum of space

He’s sitting up in the vacuum of space

Victory Saber (Star Saber combined with Victory Leo) was shot by the fortress last episode and went flying deep into space. We catch him floating unconscious, but he wakes up and sits up. Yup, he says he lost consciousness, not that he went offline or anything. Anyway, he flies right back to the fortress. This sort of lowers the stakes. The blast from the cannon is supposed to be able to destroy a planet, like the Death Star. But Victory Saber got hit and was pretty much fine. I guess it just wasn’t powered up all the way, although they certainly don’t say that.

Transforms from one gun shape to another

Transforms from one gun shape to another

Victory Saber gets back just as the fortress finishes transforming. Now, it always had a cannon at the front, but before it looked like a citadel. Sort of like Bespin in Star Wars if I can keep using those metaphors. Now it looks like an insect. But with the cannon still. Not the most USEFUL transformation we’ve ever seen.

That would make too much sense

That would make too much sense

Deathsaurus tells Liokaiser to fight Victory Saber but don’t kill him. He wants Star Saber to witness Earth’s destruction. Risky choice. Especially since Victory Saber EASILY kicked Liokaiser’s ass just moments ago in the last episode! Learn from your mistakes, buddy.

Don't let Galaxy Shuttle transform and help or anything

Don’t let Galaxy Shuttle transform and help or anything

Galaxy Shuttle shows up, too and Stakeout and Jean fly out to help. Jean is in his crappy car thing, the Illumina II (named after a girl he likes at school). Galaxy Shuttle just floats the rest of the episode, not helping at all.

I wish the info had been wrong

I wish the info had been wrong

Jean flies his truck into the fortress (I don’t know how it flies now). A laser grid prevents Stakeout and Star Saber from following to help. Jean says the info he had was right and only a human can pass. I guess it’s info he got on Goryu’s old disk. Strange that the fortress is programmed to allow a human inside even if he’s piloting a vehicle!

I think losing your car is gonna be okay in the long run

I think losing your car is gonna be okay in the long run

Jean arrives at the power reactor at the heart of the base and rigs his car to blow up to destroy the base and stop it from blowing up Earth. It takes a few minutes to power all the way up, which is lucky. Jean is really sad and apologizes to his car. Keep in mind, this is not a sentient Transformer. And Jean feels bad that he has to destroy it to save EVERYONE ON EARTH.

It's like they're trying to give one another piggybacks at the same time

It’s like they’re trying to give one another piggybacks at the same time

Meanwhile, Victory Leo does a great job beating up Liokaiser all by himself, without being combined with Star Saber. I mean, the Decepticons are really pitiful this season, all things considered.

He's dead, don't sweat it

He’s dead, don’t sweat it

In fact, Victory Leo tosses Liokaiser into the powering up cannon, which literally kills him. His body turns grey and lifelessly gets blasted into deep space. Pretty harsh!

Manners!

Manners!

Meanwhile, Jean’s car blows up and stops the fortress’ cannons and defensive guns. Star Saber now flies into the fortress throne room to confront Deathsaurus. Deathsaurus yells at Star Saber about how he’s rude for entering the fortress while wearing shoes. It’s a bit odd that he’d use SUCH a Japanese phrase. Especially since Star Saber does not actually wear shoes. He doesn’t wear any clothes. He’s a robot.

The good guy has pscyho weapons

The good guy has pscyho weapons

Apparently Star Saber has something called psycho missiles. At least, that’s what he shouts while firing them from his shoulders. Violent!

You'll shoot your eye out kid

You’ll shoot your eye out kid

It gets more violent. Star Saber shoots his guns and blows Deathsaurus’ eye out! Ouch.

Sounds impressive

Sounds impressive

And then he shouts “planetary impulse sword” and breaks his sword off in Deathsaurus’ chest. Deathsaurus drops to the ground, spurting oil like his heart was pierced. Somehow Star Saber doesn’t quite finish him off and we cut to another scene.

Crisis averted

Crisis averted

Stakeout and Victory Leo find Jean who was having a nightmare that Illumina and everything he knew was being blown up. It’s the cartoon version of Sarah Connor’s nuclear holocaust nightmare in Terminator 2. The three go to find Star Saber but get locked out by some automatic doors.

Is that a hologram or a ghost or what?

Is that a hologram or a ghost or what?

Deathsaurus has triggered doors to lock Star Saber in the throne room. He projects a hologram (I think) and tells Star Saber that he won’t let him win. He’s going to crash the fortress into Earth and kill everyone. Not a bad last-minute plan for a bad guy!

Deathsaurus takes a nap

Deathsaurus takes a nap

Deathsaurus barely manages to open a hatch and blows himself out into space. He appears to be unconscious but doesn’t turn grey so I guess he didn’t die. He’s close, but he does not explicitly die.

Doesn't Victory Leo always entrust his life to you?

Doesn’t Victory Leo always entrust his life to you?

Star Saber tells Victory Leo and Jean to stay outside the fortress and get some distance and that he’s going to self-destruct to stop the fortress if he can’t get out. Pretty noble. But then Victory Leo just breaks through the glass viewscreen into the room. Yeah, Star Saber didn’t think to do that.

Is that... a thing he can do?

Is that… a thing he can do?

They combine into Victory Saber and begin shooting and slicing the fortress up. They go outside and fly at the fortress and begin glowing like a meteor. I don’t know about this ability at all.

Use the Force, Star Saber

Use the Force, Star Saber

He flies down the cannon and blows up the whole fortress. What a tough guy.

Risque

Risque

Jean lands on Earth and happens to land near Illumina. She’s fine. She has somehow heard about how Jean saved the whole world. How? Jean says he did it to save her. But then Stakeout cock blocks him as usual by saying Jean really did it to save EVERYONE. The end. Oh, but then there’s an epilogue with still shots with fuzzy borders that Jean narrates:

Three guys to co-command?

Three guys to co-command?

He says that the Brainmasters jointly got to command Sector One. I’m pretty sure that was the Earth area of space. All three of them have to share leadership. Ha ha!

You just made up Vega Sector, didn't you?

You just made up Vega Sector, didn’t you?

It’s worse for the Multiforce though. Even though those guys each usually hung out in their duo forms, technically they are six individual Transformers. So they all got to “govern” Vega Sector. Not Sector Two. Vega. Where is that? Who knows?! It’s new!

Why do they have a soccer ball?

Why do they have a soccer ball?

The Rescue Patrol went back to planet Micro. Okay, that makes sense. They’re acting like dumb dumbs, but sure.

I don't SEE Greatshot

I don’t SEE Greatshot

Greatshot? He went back to being a mercenary and fighting in some war. Sounds interesting but we don’t get told that story!

A good boss is a yelling boss

A good boss is a yelling boss

The Dinoforce all got jobs. Jobs! They work construction now on Earth. That’s so weird.

Sounds dangerous

Sounds dangerous

Oh, except for Kakuryu who got a job at an amusement park. That’s cute, sort of.

Guess Jean got a better school, too

Guess Jean got a better school, too

Then Jean brags that he and Illumina still go to school together. That… doesn’t sound like a big deal compared to everything else.

Oh and also Star Saber survived bye now

Oh and also Star Saber survived bye now

Oh, and as a complete afterthought, he says Star Saber is still the leader. So I guess he survived. Victory Leo, too, since you see him in the background. The main character and you’re just TOLD that he survived and is still leader. No change in status for him. What a character arc.

Well, that’s it for Transformers: Victory, but it’s not QUITE over for our Transformers recaps. Because there was still one more episode produced, an original video called Transformers: Zone. It brought back a bunch of characters from the previous seasons, both U.S. and Japanese, so we’ll recap that one soon. Hope these brought you some pleasure. They brought me headaches.