Can you guess what will happen in this episode? I hate how their titles are so literal. It’s not like the first 3 seasons had good titles (“The Girl Who Loved Powerglide” anyone?) but at least they didn’t explicitly state what would happen in the episode. Anyway, the episode gets off to a decent start by focusing on the Decepticons who are always more proactive than the Autobots. They’re hanging around in their mobile base, the Thunder Arrow spaceship. The spaceship is a strange choice in that the toy wasn’t very big. It looked almost exactly like it does in the cartoon and transformed into a base. It wasn’t a robot or sentient. The toy in Japan was mail-away only and came with a little Micromaster car. It’s just a strange thing to advertise so prominently when it wasn’t for sale in stores or even very big.
Inside, the Dinoforce is standing at attention. Except for Kakuryu, of course, because he’s extra dumb. These guys are completely inept and by the fourth episode, yeah, we get the joke. But we’ve got about 28 more episodes of them to get through so it’s best not to sweat the small stuff.
Their leader, Deathsaurus asks for an update on the Autobots and there isn’t one. So he gives the floor to Leozack to come up with a new plan. That’s a lot of faith to put in the dude who got his ass kicked last week but I guess when you only have about 10 soldiers, your options are limited. Leozack has 4 of his fellow Breastforce members with him this week. But I’m more interested to know who’s in charge of the Decepticons’ branding. Look at them. Logos everywhere. You have no doubt you are hanging out with the Decepticons.
Before he begins his presentation, Leozack takes a moment to insult Goryu and his Dinoforce troops. They are stupid, Leozack calls them stupid, and he does so with a decent metaphor. I’m always up for a good put down.
Deathsaurus has a different opinion than me. He basically tells Leozack to get on with it. Also, for reasons that are never explained, he only has one of his two chest pieces with him. His tiger is by his side but his eagle is nowhere to be seen. Does that happen because of animation budget issues or did someone just forget?
Leozack begins droning on about his plan which is sort of to steal energy but it’s also to lure in the Autobots and destroy them but really it’s to give them a tactical advantage over the Autobots. I’ll let this scene play out and break down his dumb dumb idea.
First, he says that the Dinoforce will initiate an attack on a power plant and he and his fellow Breastforce members will also be there to oversee everything. He introduces them and their names are fine except for one. Jallguar. What kind of a name is that? He transforms into a speed buggy that has a missile launcher on top. But his breastplate transforms into a jaguar. So that should be his name, right? Sorry. His name is Jallguar. Something’s lost in the translation and we’re not getting it back.
So the target is some energy plant that’s offshore. It’s basically a futuristic drilling platform. Remember in the very first episode of this show when Megatron just flew up to an oil platform and attacked it and it was just that simple? Now we have to listen to them strategize and talk first. Not an improvement. Anyway, Leo tells the Dinoforce to destroy everything they can EXCEPT for some big cylinders in the center. They produce energy and if the Decepticons can get that, they figure they’ll have the war against the Autobots locked up.
So why does Leozack need his Breastforce team? Because he plans on the rampage attracting the Autobots at which point they will ambush them. So he sort of has two goals. Any writer worth his salt will tell you that when a villain has more than one motivation the story gets muddled because you don’t know what they REALLY want.
Goryu has a pretty good zinger, commenting on how number crunching has no place in battle. Of course, this is number crunching BEFORE battle, but it’s still kind of funny seeing him stand up to Leozack.
Meanwhile, the Autobots are being productive, too. The Multiforce (Machtackle, Dashtacker, and Wingwaver) are all cheering on Jean as he tries to move a rock.
Eventually, Jean DOES move the rock. Then Wingwaver starts blabbing about how he did it thanks to the principle of levers. Jean learned about levers. Levers. Levers are what Jean learned about in act one of this story. Are you sure you know what he learned? It was levers.
Over at the power plant, two workers are talking about work junk and then the goofier looking guy interrupts and says he’s gotta go because it’s milk time. Is this guy super into how much calcium his body has? Let’s find out!
The goofy guy was actually giving milk to a puppy. I’ve heard of giving milk to cats but I honestly didn’t realize it was considered a thing you’d do for dogs, too. Just never encountered that, but maybe it’s a thing. Either way, you should probably give them water instead. I bet the milk gives them diarrhea. Oh, and he flashes back to when he first found the dog, which is a typically happy scene for Transformers – he came across the puppy nudging its dead mother. Lovely.
Just then, the Dinoforce begins attacking the plant. Yokuryu, the pteradon, drops hundreds of bombs. I don’t know where he was hiding them all, but he just carpets the place and dozens of workers are blasted to smithereens. This show is very casual about its violence.
Goryu rides up and asks his team who the leader of Dinoforce is. The other 5 members all hug one another and sing that it’s Goryu. Seriously, the all smile and sing and the background becomes musical notes. It’s quite silly, one might say, especially after they just murdered dozens of innocent men. Goryu announces that it’s now time to start the party and the whole team begins smashing stuff.
Meanwhile, the Autobots are having fun. Or at least Jean is. Jean is going for a ride in Wing. Just to be clear, Wing is one half of Wingwaver. The Multiforce all form one robot from two vehicles and just mash their names together in that form. I believe the toys each transformed into a robot as well. As in, Wing and Waver each transformed from jet and boat to robot and then could also merge into a taller robot. So far, they haven’t done that on this show. I’m not sure how you’d address which personality is in charge.
Anyway, sorry about the tangent. Jean is going for a ride in Wing and has him do loops and shit. There’s no way this kid could stand that gravity that would put on his little body but the show has rarely shown an attention to physics. The Multiforce have been sent out on patrol by Star Saber and Jean begged to go along so they let him. So when you think about it, flying around in a jet is the least dangerous aspect of Jean’s activities. He’s begged to go along while the Autobots actually look for trouble.
The Autobots finally take a break and land on a beach. Time for a huge coincidence. The beach happens to be right by the offshore power plant and they notice the Decepticons attack. Now, the Decepticons were trying to draw the Autobots to them, but they couldn’t possibly be ready for them to discover what’s going on within a few minutes, right? I’d think this gives the Autobots a big advantage. They don’t radio for backup. They watch what’s going on.
Since the Autobots aren’t quite in a hurry to get over to the power plant, the Decepticons basically do a terrible job on their own. Goryu starts yelling at his troops. The show contrasts the horrible devastation and death with the presumably hilarious image of Goryu’s head getting really large the angrier he gets. And then things start getting REALLY silly.
Goryu blasts Yokuryu and burns him up. He’s horrifically burned and his eyes bulge out in a way that creeps me out. Thanks for the nightmare fuel, say children everywhere.
Not to be outdone, Kakuryu breaks a pipe and gets oil all over his face, blinding him. THEN he accidentally sets his face on fire. He runs away screaming and jumps into the ocean to save himself. The lesson of the episode could be fire safety but it seems to be played for laughs.
Eventually the Autobots decide they should do something. Wing drops Jean off on the beach and the Multiforce decide to stop the Dinoforce by themselves to prove how strong they are. They don’t call for any backup. Wing declares he’ll take on Yokuryu in the air while the other two head to the plant to save people. No word on what Waver, the boat half, is supposed to do. Sit around and not sink?
Dashtacker and Machtackle fly in and confront the Dinoforce. Machtackle is especially strident with his introduction, to the point which Dashtacker actually tells him to calm it down a bit. That was funny.
The Dinoforce starts getting beaten up and one of the Dinoforce (I can’t tell them apart most of the time) asks whatever happened to Leozack anyway? He calls them Chestforce here which is the first time I’ve seen the group named. I had one of the toys and it was called Breastforce so that’s what I’ve been calling it. Same thing.
So it turns out Leozack and his teammates are at the beach. Or more accurately, under the beach. Not sure how they do it but they pop their heads out of the sand to acknowledge that the Autobots have arrived, then they sink back down into the sand. Pretty awesome move.
While Wing engages in an aerial battle with Yokuryu, the Dinoforce member tells him he’s 100,000 years too young to beat him. I don’t even know where to begin parsing that one out. He’s too young to win? Does that mean the Dinoforce has been around hundreds of thousands of years? If so, they seem to have learned nothing in that time. At first I wondered if he meant it in reference to dinosaurs being from the past but that would be a difference of millions of years, not thousands. Basically, the Dinoforce are all complete idiots. That’s our takeaway.
Oh, and eventually Wing just shoots him down and he crashes headfirst into the ground. This doesn’t really cause any serious damage. Instead, it’s a slight benefit. He crashes near the rest of the Dinoforce so they all decide to beef up to Dinoking.
I miss Grimlock. Who isn’t dead, by the way. The last time we saw the Dinobots, they simply got hypnotized into a nap. But I have to imagine someone woke them up at some point.
Dinoking makes up for last week’s missing “Eat this” exclamation by shouting it this week. He pins the Multiforce down with a barrage of laser blasts that they can’t equal. Who was your favorite combiner group and why?
Jean displays more brains than the entire Multiforce team by calling Star Saber and the other Brainmasters. He also does it on some cool Star Wars-esque hologram technology. The Brainmasters are just casually sitting around doing jack shit and take Jean’s call very calmly. Fortunately, they’re already sitting on their teleporters so they tell him they’re on the way.
The Multiforce are in danger of being overwhelmed by Dinoking and Dashtacker tells them to stand their ground. Dashtacker’s only moment before that line was yelling at Star Saber when he thought Wingwaver wasn’t going to get transferred to Earth along with him and then Star Saber pointed out that if he didn’t interrupt, they were all being assigned together. Then everyone laughed at Dashtacker. So now the laughingstock is telling everyone to stand their ground and I expect someone to get hurt with advice like that.
Jean didn’t stay put as he was told. He went and visited the power plant while stuff was exploding. That didn’t help. In fact, he bumps into Rairyu’s Pretender shell which licks him and then chases him around. It’s not important. Jean scrambles through wreckage and eventually one of the workers there pulls him aside.
At this point, Multiforce remembers that they can merge into the mighty Landcross. So that happens for the first time on the show. He’s a funny looking dude comprised of a bunch of vehicles that don’t really fit a theme. His arms are made out of a space shuttle and a boat. Oh, and he doesn’t seem to be as big as Dinoking for some reason.
Cribbing yet another piece of Star Wars fiction, Landcross has a lightsaber. But when Dinoking’s axe and Landcross’ lightsaber connect, they just bang against each other. Neither cuts the other one. Strange. Also, I think having big combiners fight against one another should be treated like a big deal. But it’s just your typical punching and kicking.
While that’s going on, Jean happily introduces himself to a group of workers who are hiding. They’re a little scared but as you can see in the image above, not so scared that they can’t smile and have some friendly introductions. It’s not like huge robots are firing lasers and destroying the place the work.
The gentle conversation is interrupted by that puppy. And just like Lassie, he’s trying to get their attention so they can save his master. That goofy guy is trapped under a big pipe that’s too heavy to move. If only there were a method to move heavy objects.
A method to move heavy objects…
A method to move heavy objects… Ok. It’s levers.
Star Saber and the Brainmasters get there and Star Saber just steps right in and tells Landcross to go suck on a rock while he solves the problem. But as he battles Dinoking, he finds himself pushed right to the edge of a precipice above the goofy guy under the pipe. Oh nos! If he falls backwards, he’d crush that poor dork! What could he possibly do? It’s not like Landcross could walk back and hit Dinoking in the head or something.
So yeah, the workers use a lever system and rescue the dude. Have you learned the value of levers yet? Have you?! Levers!!!
Jean shouts out that Star Saber can go ahead and win now. So Star Saber basically gives Dinoking a belly to belly suplex and that breaks him into his six component parts. Sheesh, what’s the point of being a combiner if you can’t hold yourself together after one hit?
The Dinoforce immediately gives up and retreats. And when they retreat, they really cartoon it up. I’m talking Fred Flintstone trying to run and not getting any traction until he moves so fast he leaves a cloud of dust in his image. The Dinoforce are so problematic. Sometimes we’re supposed to take them as a serious threat like when they killed the workers at the beginning or when they murdered Jean’s parents. But most of the time they’re busy running around like silly cartoons and bonking one another on the head.
Leozack and his men joined into the battle way too late, since I didn’t even bother screencapping them shooting and such. He shouts at the Dinoforce for fleeing like cowards until he looks behind himself and sees Star Saber and Landcross standing around waiting to be noticed. Then they quickly retreat, too.
Star Saber gives Landcross/the Multiforce a lecture about how when things are bad he’s supposed to tell his leader instead of trying to show off. But honestly, he doesn’t get mad and I think the Multiforce gets off pretty lightly.
Then the episode remembers that it’s almost over so a sunset pops up and the Autobots look at it and talk about how pretty everything is. Your typical quick wrap up.