Did you enjoy last episode when the Decepticons tried to steal energy and the more experienced Brainmasters kept calling Multiforce team leader Wingwaver a “kid”? Because it happens again this week except there are no humans in danger so the stakes are a lot smaller. Also, the energy last week was said to be enough to blow up the planet but this week the energy is said to be enough to destroy South America. So basically, it’s the same as last week but with a lot less danger. Good call, show!
We start out with Decepticons packing gold boxes (presumably of some sort of energy) onto their ship, The Thunder Arrow, deep in the Amazon jungle.
Inside the Thunder Arrow, Leozack talks up how the Decepticons are harvesting tons of energy and everything’s going smooth. And check out his sweet monitor, embedded in what looks like melted dildos.
Deathsaurus instantly shoots him down and tells him he’s not gathering THAT much energy, all things considered. That’s his management technique: Inspire by belittling.
Turns out he needs a hell of a lot more energy than that. And he finally reveals WHY he came to Earth to steal all this energy. He has a castle that Star Saber had sealed away in the Dark Nebula. As far as the specifics of what kind of a castle, how Star Saber sealed it up and where the Dark Nebula is? We get none of that info. I hope they give it to us someday but I ain’t getting my hopes up. I am pretty curious about what makes his castle so special that he wants it back. I’m guessing it’s a weapon.
Leozack starts kissing Deathsaurus’ ass and really polishing his robotic rod. Deathsaurus’ reaction is pretty fantastic…
He doesn’t say a word. His chair just slowly sinks into the floor. He does not have time for fake words of flattery.
So back at the Autobot’s Shuttle Base, which is… somewhere… Machtackle and Dashtacker inform Star Saber that they saw the Thunder Arrow. They were patrolling the Earth and as we all know, the Amazon forest is really small, so they spotted the Decepticon base. Do you doubt them? You shouldn’t, because…
Machtackle says he saw it with his own eyes. Well I sure hope so. If he just heard someone say that the Decepticons were around and reported that to his boss, he’s just wasting everyone’s time. Great, you saw it with your own eyes.
Star Saber points out that it’s bad that the Decepticons are taking all that energy because if it explodes, it’d blow up all of South America. How they know that from one quick flyby is anyone’s guess.
Star Saber decides the best course of action is for a small team of Autobots to sneak in and locate the precise location of the Decepticons (which I thought Machtackle saw with his own eyes?) and then he’ll decide if more of them should come. He doesn’t want to risk a big fight that could blow up the energy. Wingwaver, the leader of the Multiforce team basically begs to go.
Last week Braver called Wingwaver a kid. This week, Blacker, the leader of the Multiforce does it. Wingwaver is really sensitive about it for reasons. Star Saber tells the Multiforce to go on the mission under the leadership of Blacker.
Wingwaver starts to argue they can do it on their own and Blacker shuts him up like you would a disrespectful toddler. You get treated by how you act, Wingwaver.
So the four Autobots hop in Galaxy Shuttle, their space shuttle, and zip over to the Amazon rainforest. Blacker tells them to just start chopping down trees and head to the Decepticons. First, remember that they were all just inside a space shuttle. It’s relevant in a moment. Second, Blacker sure doesn’t care about the environment that much. If the Decepticons blow it up, that = bad. If the Autobots clear a path, that = good. Oh, and Wingwaver whines that they could’ve gotten closer. Apparently he does not comprehend stealth.
The Autobots transform to obey and look at that. Dashtacker transforms into a jeep and… a space shuttle. So a space shuttle was just travelling in another, identical but apparently larger, space shuttle. The Autobots aren’t well known for efficiency.
Somewhere along the way, Wingwaver acts petulant and points out that he’s the captain of the Multiforce. Well no shit, dumb dumb. He says it in frustration when Blacker asks him to hang back.
So Wingwaver punches a tree in frustration. That makes a bunch of birds fly away. Overhead, Yokoryu is patrolling the area and notices the birds fly away. Uh oh!
Yokoryu may be a dumb Dinoforce member but is apparently wise enough to intuit that no birds would fly unless and Autobot was down there punching trees. He seriously guesses that that’s what’s going on and starts flying around looking for them. I like to think that he’s constantly witnessing crocodiles hunting and parrots calling out and figures it has to be the Autobots and then spends hours of every day standing around searching for them.
Blacker has the Autobots all regroup while they try to avoid Yokoryu. Wingwaver says that he couldn’t possibly have seen him but Blacker points out that he noticed the birds you dumb piece of scrap. Not his exact words, but the intent was there.
Yokoryu reports the bird flying to the Dinoforce and is told to keep searching. But now the Decepticons are on alert so this stealth mission isn’t going to get much better than a C+ come review time.
The Autobots sneak around in the rivers while Yokoryu blasts away at the jungle, devastating large patches of the forest. Good job, Autobots. You’ll level the ecosystem in no time.
They all cross a deep river but on the other side, Dashtacker doesn’t come out. They wait and wait but nothing. None of them offers to go back and check for him. Instead, they sit around calling him names. What great allies.
The Autobots and Yokoryu see some bubbles coming up from the river. Yokoryu decides to uncover what’s going on by flapping his wings at the river. This causes a whirlpool! Blacker figures Dashtacker is about to be revealed and attacked so he hops into the whirlpool to help him. Then Yokoryu and the rest of the Dinoforce spot the Autobots and everyone starts shooting lasers. More trees are blown up.
Blacker ends up pushing Dashtacker’s two vehicle modes out of the river. Why Dashtacker never thought to transform into a robot is a mystery for Vector Sigma to solve, not minds as primitive as ours.
Blacker orders Dashtacker to radio for backup and yet again, Dashtacker fails. He claims their signal is being jammed, but for all we know he dropped his radio parts in the mud, too.
Blacker comes up with a plan – the Multiforce should ALL go back and tell Star Saber what’s going on while he creates a distraction. I’m honestly not clear on whether he’s intentionally sacrificing himself or if he thinks he can elude or take on all of the Decepticons by himself. He must have quite the ego either way.
Meanwhile, back at the shuttle base, Jean and the Rescue Patrol are doing absolutely nothing. They stand around and comment on how the other Autobots went to investigate the jungle. I can only assume the writers figured the audience had already become so bored that they forgot what was going on and decided to reiterate it to us.
The Decepticons keep shooting at Blacker but he’s so fast he avoids all the laser zaps. He even takes a moment to grin like a rascal at the hole in one tree. This seems very out of character for the by-the-books military man he’s been so far. Consistency be damned. Looking through a tree is hilarious!
The Mulitforce team gets to the top of a ridge and you can see the Autobot shuttle poking through the woods clear as day. I get that they parked pretty far away but they sure didn’t bother to hide their ship. If they hadn’t already been discovered, it was really only a matter of time.
Wingwaver orders the other two to continue back but that he was going to head back to help Blacker not get murdered. He feels obligated to help him since he did basically create the entire problem. However long it took them to get this far, it’s evening now. So maybe they really did land the shuttle very far away. But if so, it’s going to take Wingwaver a long time to get back to help Blacker. Let’s just say it was almost the evening and now it’s night.
Star Saber gives up on his plan to hear back from his Autobots and flies off to their original destination. Stakeout and Jean wonder where he could be going. There isn’t really a B-story so they should be able to guess. But they don’t.
Stakeout ain’t worried. He even giggles. So maybe we shouldn’t worry either. Well, you probably aren’t worried, are you? Do you think the Decepticons will win in episode 7? It’s not very likely, is it? The show doesn’t feel the need to make us think that it is.
Blacker briefly eludes the Decepticons and declares that he’s near the enemy’s supply of energy. We don’t see the energy but he says that he’s there so I guess he is. The show rarely feels obligated to give us establishing shots or let us know where things are.
The Dinoforce catches up to Blacker and starts kicking his ass. There’s a lot of swords. Robots like swords.
Goryu does this thing where he spins his club in a circle and it shoots energy at Blacker. Don’t worry! Blacker dodges it. I want a club that shoots laser hoops.
Wingwaver shows up just when Blacker is getting beaten up the worst by the Dinoforce. He isn’t grateful. They all keep fighting.
Meanwhile, it’s morning again! Star Saber gets radioed by the Multiforce members that made it back to the shuttle base. They update him on what’s going on. Star Saber keeps on flying to his destination. Good phone call.
Oh, and he also orders Machtackle and Dashtacker to return to base. I guess they can go play Yahtzee with the Rescue Patrol and other Brainmasters.
Back at the battle between Blacker, Wingwaver and the Dinoforce, Blacker shoots Yokoryu in his wings. His robot version falls and grabs onto his dinosaur Pretender shell and they both fall down and go boom. Honestly, the two Autobots are doing fairly well. I’m not convinced they need any backup.
Which is just as well because Star Saber lands near all the battling and reasons that this isn’t the location Dashtacker told them the Decepticons were attacking Blacker at. That’s why he’s the leader. He figures stuff out (sometimes).
He calls Blacker “Gripper” because of translation stuff, but he correctly guesses that Blacker has led the Decepticons away from the energy so that it doesn’t explode. Star Saber heads for the Decepticon energy stores. How’d he figure out where they were? Because he’s the leader, probably. Or because the episode is almost over.
Leozack reports that they’re doing fine and everything’s great. Once again, Deathsaurus treats him like shit and orders him to get out there and protect the energy because the Autobots are almost definitely about to take it back.
The Dinoforce is loading the energy onto the Thunder Arrow when Star Saber shows up and starts his episodic ass kicking. It’s not even a challenge.
Leozack orders the other Decepticons not to fight back with their guns because they don’t want to blow up the energy. He uses his staff to try to fight back, and then his chest transforms into a gun that’s completely useless against Star Saber because Star Saber’s really awesome you guys.
The Thunder Arrow takes off with some of the energy and Deathsaurus yells through the hull for Leozack to blow up the rest. Leozack foolishly transforms into a jet and tries to take on Star Saber in the air. Despite having the advantage as a jet, Star Saber transforms into his middle-size robot form and rides the back half of his jet that looks like a weird go-kart. He still easily slashes Leozack up.
After that, all the Decepticons immediately retreat. Star Saber says it was a close call but it really wasn’t. We never even saw any laser blasts go near the energy or anything remotely dangerous happen near it. The fight was over almost before it began.
The sun starts setting again so this was a fast day of fighting, apparently. Star Saber asks how the Decepticons found them out anyway because Blacker doesn’t usually make mistakes. Wingwaver presumably does the robot equivalent of shitting his pants.
Blacker says he was careless and Star Saber, completely unconvincingly, says he’ll just have to go with his story.
And even though it’s obvious that Wingwaver was the one that f’d up, Star Saber also orders Blacker not to call him a kid anymore. Wingwaver really pulled a Zack Morris there. Made all the mistakes, avoided all punishment.
And in case you didn’t understand what just happened, a narrator tells us that Star Saber knew that it wasn’t Blacker’s fault. Gee, thanks. How about telling me how to turn the tv off, too?