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Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby william-james88 » Sat Oct 17, 2015 7:56 am

Every 2 weeks, Seibertron.com brings you a top 5 list related to all things Transformers, usually written by william-james88, but for this special list of Transformers Headmaster Episodes, it was best to call on the expert, fellow Seibertronian Optimutt (Rob Queen). This list was requested by you, fellow fans, after we had published his list of the Top 10 Best G1 Episodes. These are opinions of one person, so what matters most is what you guys think of the topic or list, and we hope to see your own lists or comments on omissions and ranking. Let's have fun! All previous lists can be found here.


Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

By Rob Queen

The cartoon titled “The Return of Optimus Prime” marked the conclusion of Season Three of the original Transformers cartoon. What followed depended on where you were on planet Earth. If you were in the USA, you got the three-part “Rebirth” cartoon, which introduced audiences to Headmasters and Targetmasters. If you were in Japan, you were given thirty-five episodes of The Headmasters cartoon. For those of you who have wondered what the best of the series is, here they are. The notes at the end of the list are there for you trivia aficionados out there.

NUMBER FIVE

Episode 17. SOS from Planet Sandra - The Autobots respond when an emergency request for energy comes from the other-dimensional planet Sandra, who has squandered their energy reserves and are on the cusp of extinction.

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While Sandra is only a few years away from developing a new power source that would save its civilization, they need a bump to get them to that point.

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Overall, this felt like an ep of the American version, complete with a message about good life, and deeper meaning about how wasteful civilizations can be.

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There is also a good variety of roles in the episode, giving us a whole lot of transforming bots to marvel at.


NUMBER FOUR

Episode 2. The Mystery of Planet Master - After learning of the origins of the Headmasters and the planet Master, the Autobots race to recover the missing Matrix.

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This was just one of those rare episodes that is a joyride from beginning to end. But while it is action packed, it does have its problems (“we’re on Cybertron, so let’s also suddenly be at our headquarters on Planet Athenia”)

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Considering this series just started one episode prior, this manages to put a whole lot of attention on two classics: Blaster and Soundwave. While the final battle between them is a little too quick, it is nonetheless fun, as there were so few episodes in the original series where these two face off.

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Sure, forcing Optimus Prime to go off on some mysterious quest deep in the heart of Cybertron felt like a forced story-telling convention, but the rest of the episode made up for it, especially as we get to see who Hardhead, Brainstorm, Wierdwolf, and the others all came from.


NUMBER THREE

Episode 8 and 9 - Cybertron Is in Grave Danger, Part 1 and Part 2 - When Vector Sigma develops a powerful new alloy, the Decepticons initiate an all-out strike against Cybertron to claim it for their own.
I am treating these two episodes as one because they are essentially two halves of a complete whole.

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The most prominent aspect of this is how unforgiving the series actually is to its Transformers. Sure, Optimus Prime is killed off again in Episode Three, but it is in this that the Decepticons actually succeed in destroying. Their. Home. Planet.

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Not only that, Zarak, a mysterious character who has thus far only appeared in shadows, shows just how brutal his vision is. Since he has spent millions of years on Planet Master, a detachment from his race’s home planet is not all that surprising, but still. He blew up his own planet!

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The super bomb at the end is rather querulous, as it makes a critical observer wonder why the Decepticons haven’t used it on the Autobots, but in a way, this episode was a way to wipe the slate clean, as it sees Galvatron’s death (he gets better!) and the departure of Rodimus Prime, Kup, and Blurr.


NUMBER TWO

Episode 24. Ultra Magnus’ Death – After collecting massive amounts of energy, the Decepticons return to earth to unleash Galvatron’s final plan.

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Before they can be secure in their devastation, however, Sixshot is unleashed upon the Autobot populations of Sol 3. Whole platoons of generic-bots are wiped out before Sixshot goes toe to toe with Ultra Magnus.

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The battle is cool, showing off a whole bunch of Combiner Teams, Trypticon versus Metroplex, and in a mighty reveal, a seventh form of the Decepticon ninja!

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One of the oddest things about the episode is the fact that unlike every other death in the Headmasters cartoon, when Magnus dies, he does not fade to white. Instead, he retains the bright red, white and blue coloring he had in life. Is this proof that it was only the inner robot died and not the battle suit? Who can say?


NUMBER ONE

Episode 23. Mystery of the Space Pirate Ship - The Autobot and Decepticon clones enter the fray as both factions search for the hidden proton energy of Pirate Planet.

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In a series that introduces a whole lot of new products, none do it so well as this. It begins with the Clones, squaring off against each other for a skull medallion.

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Then, when they meet up with their sides, it becomes a race for the prize that the medallion is hiding. This has it all: mystery, puzzles, pirates, clones, and a final prize that in a surprising turn, is totally destructive.

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Even best of all, when the twist comes at the end, it stands up to logic! Trust me, if there is any major fault in this series, it is the strength of action in the face of logic. Quite possibly because of this simple fact, this takes the number one spot.


Notes:

- Most teams are just that: a team known as a team. Not a single team is a focus in the entire series, nor is any one member spotlighted with anything even relating to a personality.

- Trainbots are known as Trainbots, but only their combined form, Raiden, is named at any point in the entire series.

- In the series, Mega Zarak is the name of Scorponok, while Scorponok is Zarak. Which means that Scorponok becomes the head of Mega Zarak. For anyone with the toy, or who has seen the US episodes “The Rebirth”, it can be confusing, as Zarak becomes the head of Scorponok.

- Fortress Maximus is only slightly less confusing: Fortress is the head of the body that is the commander of the Headmasters. This then combines with Battleship Maximus to become Fortress Maximus. Fortress Maximus is the Big Mode combined robot form of Fortress and Battleship Maximus.

- Arcee’s role in this is strictly non-combative; think of Uhura from Star Trek mixed with the role of a nurse. Blurr and Kup, mainstays in Season Three of the cartoon become redundant: they never transform, they never enter into combat, and are written out a third of the way through the series.

- Transformations are a combination of traditional US TF sounds and a more SFy synth version. Most Headmasters say “Head On!” when transforming into robot mode. In keeping with the anime traditions, they also tend to announce their moves, like saying “Transform!” when they transform and Fort Max declaring “Master Sword!” whenever he draws his sword.

- Transtector – It is what the Headmasters’ larger, transforming bodies are known as. First mentioned by name in Ep 14. The heads are the actual transformers, and they come from Planet Master (hence the reason everyone is a “Master”).

- Metroplex is known as several names: Metroplex, Scramble City, and Autobot City. Each one is used roughly interchangeably, almost as if each one were nicknames they have given the mighty Titan (see what I did there?). So Scramble City could be a sub-class, like calling someone “king.” Metroplex as part of the total city could account for his nickname of Autobot City. Kind of like how New York City accounts for all five of the boroughs and the general area outside of the city, including Long Island.

- Similarly, Trypticon is also known as Dinobase. I can actually imagine Sixshot, coming up with something like “Using a thing by its given name all the time serves to call too much attention to it. Subterfuge lies in hiding the source from common sight.” Leave it to a ninja to come up with something like this, especially a ninja headquarted within the Dinobase.

- Chaar is known as “Chaarbase.” Very strange name. Not a planet, no, an actual base. They’ve pimped the place out and made it comfortably habitable, and the actual HQ is a base. This rather makes sense, as it implies that there are other areas of Chaar that are named. Maybe Chaar-Bar, or Chaarmall, or Chaar-Diner, or even Radio-Chaar.
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby BERSEKAEL » Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:14 am

Headmasters is amazing until rodimus has to depart.
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby ZeroWolf » Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:10 am

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Good list :) I assume one for masterforce and Victory are in the works?
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby Randomhero » Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:50 am

Headmasters is a damn good show. Master Force I can say I finished it. More of a standard anime from the 80s than a transformers cartoon. I can honestly say I got through 3 episodes of Victory before never going back. Way too anime for me. It's on the list to finish someday but I have better stuff to do at the moment.
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby Optimutt » Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:53 am

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ZeroWolf wrote: I assume one for Masterforce and Victory are in the works?


Indeed they are! I got a couple other things done first, but I'll be digging into the series to get a list together for you all.

I have to admit, going through and watching all these cartoons again has been a blast. Sure, it can get pretty grueling from time to time (4 hours watching/ note-taking marathon, Ho!) but they are a whole lot of fun. And people say research can't be fun. Pshaw!
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby Mkall » Sat Oct 17, 2015 9:59 am

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Despite being a Transformers fan, I must admit to never fully watching the entirety of Headmasters, Masterforce or Victory. I need to get back on that bandwagon again.
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby fenrir72 » Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:41 am

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The sappy part of Six-shot's transformation from uber bad 'bot to a good one. I feel that should have been included. Remember, He again played a role in warning Metalhawk of the coming of Dvil Z.Truly redeemed himself.
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby Rated X » Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:20 am

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Good topic you're expanding your horizon and I like what you did here. :D

Truth is im still trying to finish the headmasters series which I got on a disc. Its a bit different from the style of the US cartoons, with the stories being very "interesting" in their own way. I only wish someone like Jonny 3.0 would give it a proper voice dub. The english version with the Malaysian voice actors is brutal. Its like 2 guys did the whole show and voiced over 100 characters that all sound the same.
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby Desslok2201 » Sat Oct 17, 2015 12:06 pm

Great topic!! I would have put Rebellion on Planet Beast and The Great Cassette Operation in there, but there were a lot of good episodes in Headmasters. I really wish the US would've gone this way
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby Ultra Markus » Sat Oct 17, 2015 1:23 pm

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i always loved the animation although i wish the voice acting wasn't so cheesy especially the English dubbed version, it made it hard to watch
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby Black Bumblebee » Sat Oct 17, 2015 2:53 pm

There have been several fan attempts at dubs (with the mentioned Jon involved) through TFCog and associated fan groups, though they keep disappearing from YouTube. Here's one episode that still exists on YouTube though that was dubbed just 2 years ago: https://youtu.be/LISpBoanrFA
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby Starsaber468 » Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:14 pm

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Black Bumblebee wrote:There have been several fan attempts at dubs (with the mentioned Jon involved) through TFCog and associated fan groups, though they keep disappearing from YouTube. Here's one episode that still exists on YouTube though that was dubbed just 2 years ago: https://youtu.be/LISpBoanrFA

That youtuber had a lot of the episodes dubbed already and had the files but sadly they were corrupted and he lost a lot of them and so far hes been trying ot fix them
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby Starsaber468 » Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:17 pm

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BERSEKAEL wrote:Headmasters is amazing until rodimus has to depart.

Well not really the show still was pretty great after that plus sometimes even better!
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby Starsaber468 » Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:22 pm

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I will bet some fan will say hey why isn't their the episode/episodes "rebrith" on the list I would respond with because it wasn't good plus it jammed in 1 season into 3 episodes we barely got to know the characters unlike the actual japan counterpart plsu the us ones backstories/etc weren't even done as well as the japan counterpart was
Also cannoy wait for the top 10 masterforce epsiodes and top 10 victory episodes and also ginrai is not optimus prime (we all know some people think he is when hes not
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby ZeroWolf » Sat Oct 17, 2015 5:57 pm

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Optimutt wrote:
ZeroWolf wrote: I assume one for Masterforce and Victory are in the works?


Indeed they are! I got a couple other things done first, but I'll be digging into the series to get a list together for you all.

I have to admit, going through and watching all these cartoons again has been a blast. Sure, it can get pretty grueling from time to time (4 hours watching/ note-taking marathon, Ho!) but they are a whole lot of fun. And people say research can't be fun. Pshaw!

I will look forward to them. Masterforce is my favourite of the takara shows although I do have to wonder what would of happened if Masterforce was adopted by hasbro in the late eighties. ..
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby OptimalOptimus2 » Sat Oct 17, 2015 6:24 pm

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I can't 100% agree with this list. If I only could have that Shout Factory Transformers: Headmasters DVD! :BANG_HEAD:
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby Duke of Luns » Sat Oct 17, 2015 7:45 pm

I think we need a mention of Grand Galvatron:

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Surprised the final two episodes didn't get a mention(where Predaking is infamously downed with one Targetmaster blast, and hey ALL OUT BATTLE BETWEEN AUTOBOTS AND DECEPTICONS!), or the duel between Sixshot and Chromedome. Those were pretty cool episodes.

Still, while Headmasters does have some neat fight scenes it did get kinda tiresome, and at the end of the day the whole roaming planet second arc gathering energy didn't amount to anything, and blowing up Mars and Cybertron really didn't have an effect on the overall plot.

Looking forward to the eventual Masterforce and Victory lists as well. While Masterforce has it's own good and unique points Victory is my favorite of the Japanese G1 Trilogy.
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby Deathsanras » Sat Oct 17, 2015 8:59 pm

I found the entire series (sub, not dub) to be ponderous and overrated.
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby Rated X » Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:40 pm

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Black Bumblebee wrote:There have been several fan attempts at dubs (with the mentioned Jon involved) through TFCog and associated fan groups, though they keep disappearing from YouTube. Here's one episode that still exists on YouTube though that was dubbed just 2 years ago: https://youtu.be/LISpBoanrFA



That was awesome ! Its amazing how real voice actors with unique voices can turn a total snoozefest into an exciting adventure. Those guys should get together and dub all the Japanese transformers cartoons. I would pay top dollar for a collection with real G1 voices on DVD. But I wouldnt pay a penny for those crappy Asian dubs with subtitles that are all over the internet anyways.
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby ZeroWolf » Sun Oct 18, 2015 3:08 am

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I too would love a good English dub for these but aside from fans doing it for free I think it's no priority for any of the license holders.

Though I like the Japanese dubs especially in the more traditional a nine style installments
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby dragons » Sun Oct 18, 2015 11:38 am

people can say what they want about movies but animated series is no better action movies arcee few other wrtten off to be forgoten about in series with out transformations, and battel scenes, magnus stays blue and red in death, prime dies again, cybertron is blown up, and confusing headmaster parts of scorponk and fortressmaximus
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby ZeroWolf » Sun Oct 18, 2015 11:52 am

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So what if cybertron is blown up? At least it gives the bad guys a much needed win. Also I don't understand your comment about fortress maximus and scorpknok
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby Ultra Markus » Sun Oct 18, 2015 8:18 pm

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Black Bumblebee wrote:There have been several fan attempts at dubs (with the mentioned Jon involved) through TFCog and associated fan groups, though they keep disappearing from YouTube. Here's one episode that still exists on YouTube though that was dubbed just 2 years ago: https://youtu.be/LISpBoanrFA

now that's what i'm talking about! that was some awesome work done would be worth watching all the Japanese series if done that way..... here's to hoping
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby Duke of Luns » Sun Oct 18, 2015 11:42 pm

Ultra Markus wrote:
Black Bumblebee wrote:There have been several fan attempts at dubs (with the mentioned Jon involved) through TFCog and associated fan groups, though they keep disappearing from YouTube. Here's one episode that still exists on YouTube though that was dubbed just 2 years ago: https://youtu.be/LISpBoanrFA

now that's what i'm talking about! that was some awesome work done would be worth watching all the Japanese series if done that way..... here's to hoping


That was indeed quite excellent, no doubt ;) . And it was more than just a quality fan dub, they replaced music, sound effects, and I think even looped a few frames or eliminated some to better match the dubbing.

However, all of that work means it's not a faithful translation. I dare say I think it's an improvement, but that's mostly because Headmasters has a lot of elements left over from, well, G1, and it kinda brings it more in line with what I'm used to, so I'm not as put off by things being different.

If the same was done to Masterforce and Victory I don't think I'd look as highly on it. Masterforce has a very unique flavor to it and since there are few if any lingering elements of what came before it's easier to accept the new music and sound effects as well as storytelling style, and the abundance of humans. Victory takes it a step further because nearly everything in it is exclusive to the series.
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Re: Top 5 Best Transformers Headmasters Episodes

Postby Insurgent » Mon Oct 19, 2015 4:14 am

Nice list. It's been ages since I watched Headmasters, been meaning to watch it again at some point. The only thing is, you shouldn't wonder why Scorpinok used the Cybertron bomb then and not against the Autobots. The bomb itself wasn't particularly powerful. It was the fact it was placed on Vector Sigma that caused such a massive catastrophy. And the release of all that Plasma Energy is what gave them the idea to blow up Mars to get more energy.
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