Transformers Animated

Season 1 Episode 13

Headmaster

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Aired Saturday 8:00 AM Mar 15, 2008 on Cartoon Network
8.3
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Headmaster
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One of Sumdac's ex-workers takes control of an Autobot. He then takes the Autobot out on the town.

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  • good episode

    9.6
    One of Sumdac's ex-workers takes control of an Autobot. He then takes the Autobot out on the town. Quotes of this episode: Ratchet: If you ask me, it's all a waste of time. No bot ever saved anyone with art!

    Bulkhead: I'm not trying to save anyone, I'm just... I dunno. I'm trying to... express how I feel. (the brush breaks and Bulkhead slams the picture to the wall nearly hitting Bumblebee)

    Bumblebee: I'm guessing you were feeling... anger? (edit) Captain Fanzone: (Sees Bulkhead painting on a billboard) Hey! We've got graffiti laws in this town! Reporter-Bot: Tell me Bulkhead, as the most imposing and potentially destructive of the Autobots, do you ever fear for the untold damage you might inflict on an unsuspecting city?

    Bulkhead: Wait... I thought we were gonna talk about how people shouldn't be afraid of me. That I'm as gentle as a... a really gentle thing. (takes the microphone attached from the reporter-bot and breaks it off) Sorry. Henry Masterson: (after the Headmaster Unit squashes the body and lauches a missile into the city) Sweet! (laughs, then sees Issac Sumdac)

    Issac Sumdac There is nothing sweet about it. That rocket is headed for the city! Oh, and by the way... You're fired! Henry Masterson: (demonstrating the Headmaster Unit) Now, say you're in battle and your war bot runs out of ammo.

    Issac Sumdac: Did you say "war bot?"

    Henry Masterson: (continues) You use the Headmaster unit to grab a new war bot!

    Issac Sumdac: (gasps) You said it again!moreless
  • This episode was total ownage, n00b!

    9.1
    They should have titled the episode BulkHEAD.

    Bulk. Head. Get it? *shot*



    I was expecting something dramatic, but they did a totally different play on it. Fine by me, seeing how this was, in my humble opinion, the greatest episode I have seen so far. I was either laughing or engrossed the whole time.



    I LOVE this villain. Lol, what a n00b. XD



    The friendship between Bumblebee and Bulkhead had some shining moments here. The short jokes. XD And the part with the squabble over the fire. They defiantly need to get one that's not attached to Prime before leaving Bee and BulkHEAD (Yes, I'm sticking with the lame joke) alone at the base again.



    Speaking of Bulkhead. MY GOODNESS. BULKHEAD. I....I love you Bulkhead. Seriously, now I don't know who my favorite character is anymore. Bulk or Bee. I mean, the ART THING. I had heard about it on another site and asked my friend, but when she was like "huh?" I assumed it was a weird rumor. But no, it was a LEAK. AN AWESOME LEAK. My inner artist just got a favorite character, and the rest of me is debating with it.



    A few things didn't make sense though. 1. Water on electric fires = bad. 2. Why didn't Sari's key give the robot a spark this time. 3. Why can a character almost die from a body injury, but later all his important parts are apparently in his head. But the error wasn't close to enough to bring this episode down.moreless
  • Sumdac's former employee decides to have a night on the town courtesy of Bulkhead

    5.0
    I'm sure I'm the only one who thought this way, but I thought this was the weakest episode in the series by far.



    The villain wasn't strong enough to stand a chance of connecting with the audience or to be taken seriously unless the target age was 5. Aside from the infant demographic, who really cared about this episode? Additionally, the storyline was campy. With the Autobot's intricate circuitry, we're supposed to believe that Bulkhead could survive and function normally without a body? Come on! Furthermore, I hated Headmasters in the G1 series because everything had gotten so convoluted so I'm automatically not wanting to see anything in reference to it. It might be a nice, retro nod to the G1 series, but the story was weak and the villain was horrible. He was a geek for crying out loud! It's like the writers attempted to substitute substance with witty dialogue, contemporary adages and clever colloquialsims. This episode was a whole lotta' *meh* and I hope to never see it again. Let's get back to the basics: Autobots vs. Decepticons.



    By the way, did anyone think of Galactus when seeing the Headmaster robot?moreless
  • This episode was ok but boring.

    7.5
    Sure this episode was ok and all but it was centered around Bulkhead(again). We know he is big and destructive so why not make episodes not about him.



    I find this episode ok because I liked the funny sayings and the time Bumblebee and Bulkhead had together but then the bad guy was kinda lame. I find Meltdown ok but this guy was just lame I guess because of the way he talked and all. This is actually my first time doing this so please don't get mad but this is just how I found the episode. Others might have liked this but I found it sorta boring. But I did have to laugh at the part when it just shows Bulkhead's head just lying there in the middle of the street.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Bulkhead: (Watching people looking at his art) You think I should tell them that that was an accident?
      Sari: What they don't know won't hurt them.

    • Ratchet: If you ask me, it's all a waste of time. No bot ever saved anyone with art!
      Bulkhead: I'm not trying to save anyone, I'm just... I dunno. I'm trying to... express how I feel. (the brush breaks and Bulkhead slams the picture to the wall nearly hitting Bumblebee)
      Bumblebee: I'm guessing you were feeling... anger?

    • Captain Fanzone: (Sees Bulkhead painting on a billboard) Hey! We've got graffiti laws in this town!

    • Reporter-Bot: Tell me Bulkhead, as the most imposing and potentially destructive of the Autobots, do you ever fear for the untold damage you might inflict on an unsuspecting city?
      Bulkhead: Wait... I thought we were gonna talk about how people shouldn't be afraid of me. That I'm as gentle as a... a really gentle thing. (takes the microphone attached from the reporter-bot and breaks it off) Sorry.

    • Henry Masterson: (after the Headmaster Unit squashes the body and lauches a missile into the city) Sweet! (laughs, then sees Issac Sumdac)
      Issac Sumdac There is nothing sweet about it. That rocket is headed for the city! Oh, and by the way... You're fired!

    • Henry Masterson: (demonstrating the Headmaster Unit) Now, say you're in battle and your war bot runs out of ammo.
      Issac Sumdac: Did you say "war bot?"
      Henry Masterson: (continues) You use the Headmaster unit to grab a new war bot!
      Issac Sumdac: (gasps) You said it again!

    • Headmaster: The only thing more fun then getting new toys, is breaking new toys!

    • Professor Sumdac: (As the Autobots ambush Headmaster) I believe the phrase is "total ownage, noob."

    • Bumblebee: You need to relax.
      Bulkhead: What I need is a body!
      Bumblebee: Alright, alright! Don't lose your head!

    • Bumblebee: (Finishes a sculpture), See! What I'd tell you? Your vision, and my hands. It's magnificent! It's inspiring! (The sculpture catches fire)
      Bulkhead: It's on fire!
      Bumblebee: I got it! No problem! Where's the fire extinguisher?
      Bulkhead: Attached to Prime!
      Bumblebee: Okay, problem. Well, just don't sit there, give me a hand! (Bulkhead glares at him) Right, my bad.

    • Bumblebee: How do you lose an entire body? Especially one your size. That's like losing a planet, or something!
      Bulkhead: I don't know; I'm just standing there, and then I feel this sudden shock, and then, nothing! Could this day get any worse?
      Optimus Prime: Don't worry, Bulkhead. The police are already looking for your... body. We're on our way to help. Bumblebee, you take care of Bulkhead.
      Bumblebee: No problem. (to Bulkhead) Little buddy.
      Bulkhead: It just got worse.

    • Optimus Prime: I'm afraid I don't see the logic of trying to reproduce an image using such primitive tools.
      Prowl: I believe it's more about creating something using one's imagination. (points to a metal sculpture) Like this one, for instance.
      Bulkhead: Actually, that's just an accident I had with Ratchet's blowtorch.

    • Bulkhead: Guess I kinda made a mess, huh?
      Optimus Prime: Well, uh, no more then usual...

    • Sari: (to Bulkhead) I'm sure it wasn't that bad. You saved the city.
      Bumblebee: After destroying half of it.
      Sari: Not helping.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (6)

    • The A-Team
      The hasty assembly of a one-time use robot to reset the core resembles a plot point from many A-Team episodes where a device is built quickly from whatever is around to help solve the problem at hand.

    • Optimus's Trailer
      The trailer Optimus Prime hauls into the power plant resembles the trailer hauled by Optimus Prime from the original Transformers series. It only lacking the Autobot symbol.

    • Bumblebee's Pose
      In the scene with Bulkhead painting his hand, Bumblebee's pose (one leg behind his head, carrying a baby, in front of an overturned Jeep) is a direct reference to the 1980 film Airplane!, in which the main character is in a mental hospital and is painting a very similar image, with a live model.

    • The robots Masterson uses to work out his frustrations resemble the Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robot toys, right down to the loser getting it's head knocked off.

    • Headmaster resembles the Marvel Comics villain, Galactus.

    • Headmaster: Name and abilities

      Headmaster seems to be resembling one of the smaller robots of a Headmaster, which was a type of Transformer who uses a smaller character as their head. The fact that Headmaster is a human is a homage to the last episode of the orignal series, where the Transformers' heads turn into humans (or Nebulons).

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