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Episode 10: Bold Soldier Boy

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

 

May 17, 2003

 

Inside the Orbital Ring above Earth, a commando team is making its way through, defending themselves from Spidercrabs as they come along. Surprisingly they are doing well, and manage to secure the section they’re in. The leader of the group tells them they have more sections to cover, and they move on to fight in another section. At the Space Knight HQ, Freeman is briefing Noal, Aki, and D-Boy about what’s happening. Freeman says that the Commando team is making its way to a hanger bay, where fighters have been stored. Noal asks what happenings when they get there, and Aki tells him they’ll fly them back down. Noal asks if the Earth Military asked for their help again, and Freeman nods to him. Freeman tells D-Boy that this time it’ll be his decision if he wants to go or not, and D-Boy asks what has the Earth Military done for them. He says that he’ll go, but only for the men up in the Orbital Ring, and not for the Earth Military. With that D-Boy walks away and Aki tells Freeman she can tell that D-Boy has a major grudge against the Earth Military. Noal says that what D-Boy said actually makes sense, but Aki says he’ll get over it, but Noal isn’t sure. In the hanger, Balzak is recording Rebin and the Teknobot behind Blue-Earth. Balzak backs up and asks if the Teknobot could lower its arm. Rebin gives a command and the Teknobot lowers the left arm. Balzak says it must’ve taken an experiment to program him, and Rebin takes the credit for it. Balzak jokes about them being in a movie, and then Honda comes down from an elevator, and says he’ll be the director, and tells them to get off the launch pad. The launch pod for the Blue-Earth slowly begins to start up, with the Teknobot going inside, and Rebin and Balzak getting out of the way. Blue-Earth launches, and starts to make its way up by flying straight next to one of the Orbital Ring support elevators. They manage to get into orbit, but Spidercrabs start to swarm them as soon as they’re clear. Noal fires the lasers on the ship but there is too many to handle at once, and one Spidercrab destroys a stabilizer. Aki asks if the ship will come apart if they keep going, and Noal says he doesn’t know. D-Boy says that it’s too dangerous for them to continue and he says he’ll complete the mission by himself. Noal asks since when D-Boy started to give out orders, then he says if he goes back he could have dinner with a person he has been dating. The ship rocks again, and Aki doesn’t like the joke he gave out, but Noal says it’s still a good idea to pull back, and tells her not to worry about D-Boy as he’s a super hero. D-Boy says it’s not funny, and Aki wishes him luck as he heads to the back of the ship. D-Boy activates the Teknobot, and jumps inside it to start changing. D-Boy becomes Tekkaman-Blade and he rides the Teknobot passed the Spidercrabs. He sees a window in the Orbital Ring and smashes through it, and the Spidercrabs start to chase after him. But an emergency shutter closes down, and the Spidercrabs can’t get in. Blade wanders the halls, and guns start pointing at him. A man tells his men to hold their fire, as it’s the backup they’ve been waiting for. A group of men in orange uniforms come out, and a man who seems to be missing his left eye. He walks up to Blade and says he’s Sergeant Barnard of the Earth Special forces and that this mission is under his command. He looks at the Teknobot and asks who he is, and the Teknobot says he is under Blade’s command. Barnard lifts his eyebrow and says that the Teknobot is a robot with a sense of loyalty. Barnard says he’s never seen Blade outside his suit, and asks him to show himself in person. The commandos watch, as the Teknobot’s back hatch opens, and D-Boy steps out. Barnard sits at a table with a glass with a drink, and D-Boy introduces himself. Barnard says he’s heard of him and says he indeed does hate Colbert as much as he does, and asks where the rest of D-Boy’s team is. D-Boy says they had to pull back and he’ll complete the mission on his own. Barnard agrees, and says that they’ve never needed help from anyone, and the commandos cheer around him. D-Boy slams his hands on the table, and says that they won’t complete the mission without his help. Barnard asks if that is the case and D-Boy nods. Barnard finishes his drink and puts it on the table, saying that D-Boy is part of the group. Barnard looks at D-Boy and then asks him if he’s heard of a Graviton Field. D-Boy gives him a confused face, shakes his head and says no. Suddenly D-Boy begins to feel dizzy, and asks what it is, just before he falls down unconscious against the floor, knocking the empty glass over that Barnard had. Barnard says that they’ve had one pointed at him since he stepped out, and he tells his men that it’s time to go to work.

 

Later, the commandos are going up a shaft in the Orbital Ring using inflated balloons on their backs to go quietly up. D-Boy has rope tied around his stomach, and is hanging on to the Teknobot. Barnard says that the name Teknobot is too impractical for something that can talk and more. Barnard says that since Teknobot could fly, that he’ll have the name Pegas. Teknobot looks at Barnard and asks what the name means. Barnard says that the name Pegas is short for Pegasus, which was a horse that had wings. Teknobot agrees and says that he approves the name and will use it. Barnard asks if Pegas could sing, and Pegas asks what singing is. Barnard starts singing a war song, when suddenly D-Boy wakes up, and demands to know what’s happening. Barnard says he’s never seen anyone wake up as quickly as D-Boy, which is less than three hours with the device he used on him. Barnard says that his Barnard’s Raiders don’t need help from anyone but themselves, but agrees that since D-Boy and Pegas are here, that he’ll accept their help. D-Boy asks who Pegas is, and Barnard says D-Boy knows him better than anyone. Barnard looks at a small device in his hand and picks up contacts. He tells D-Boy to suit up, and D-Boy calls the name Teknobot, in which case Pegas says his name IS Pegas. D-Boy realizes he goofed up and apologizes, and tells Pegas to power up. D-Boy becomes Tekkaman-Blade, and everyone readies their weapons. Barnard tells them to get ready, and Barnard opens a hatch door, with everyone charging through it. Blade and the commandos get rushed by Spidercrabs, but Blade quickly gets rid of the first wave, and Barnard says he’s impressed with Blade, even though he’s an amateur. A second wave comes in, and Blade rides Pegas to get to them. A Spidercrab knocks him off, and Blade asks for help. A rifle round blocks hits a Spidercrab in the face, and misses Blade as he gets back up. He pins a Spidercrab against the wall and tells Barnard and his men to get to the hanger. Barnard tells his men to split into two teams, one team to the hanger, and one team to help Blade. Blade tells them to all go to the hanger, and says he and Pegas will mop up any remaining Spidercrabs. Barnard and his men head to the hanger, as Blade destroys the last few Spidercrabs. He gets back on Pegas, and says he’s glad he’s named after a flying horse. Pegas asks why and says that he talks as well as he flies. In the hanger, Barnard tells his men to get the ships ready and head out, as Blade and Pegas come in. Barnard starts singing the same song he sung earlier, while his men get to work on the ships. Blade floats passed the men looking for Barnard, and sees him handing a bottle of what appears to be whisky to a dead soldier. Barnard turns around in shock and sees Blade, and relaxes. Blade tells Barnard it was an honor to fight beside him and his men, as they are well disciplined, skilled, and says he can see why his men have completed so many missions. Barnard walks over to another dead soldier and asks if Blade really thinks the mission was a success. Barnard says that the military brass back home will call this a success, but says that they only care about ratios and results. Blade looks at Barnard and says he doesn’t get it. Barnard looks at him and says he lost three men in the fighting, and asks Blade if the families who lost those men would agree that the mission was a success, and says that war isn’t about numbers but people. Barnard tells Blade not to forget that, and Blade says that he did his best. Blade says that despite what happened, that he is a success as a person, and as a man. Barnard thanks Blade, and apologizes for listening to the ‘ramblings’ of an old soldier. Suddenly the flooring starts to rise in two areas, and Spidercrabs land on top of the hanger dome. Blade tells Barnard and his men to get moving, and they man the ships, just as the flooring collapses. Blade goes to work on the Spidercrabs, as the three ships get ready too move. The first ship has a Spidercrab waiting for it, but Blade shoves it aside, and the first fighter leaves the hanger. The second fighter launches with no trouble, and the last ship with Barnard finally launches, and blows away a Spidercrab with the rear engines. Blade follows Barnard and they have Spidercrabs ahead, Blade tells them to let him take care if it. The Spidercrabs spray their sticky compound again, and Blade twirls his spear to deflect them, but gets some on his armor. Barnard says they have fifteen seconds to clear the hanger and Blade fires his voltekkers to clear the path. Barnard flies out the hanger and asks his men if they are ok. The other two ships report they’re fine and he tells them to head back home. Blade hangs on to Barnard’s ship, as Pegas escorts it back to Earth, singing his war song again. Later, back at the Space Knight HQ during the night, Pegas is singing the war song that Barnard sung to him. Honda, Rebin, and D-Boy just watch Pegas sing. Honda says he doesn’t like, but Rebin says he likes it, and D-Boy says that as far as he’s concerned, Pegas can sing as much as he wants. Rebin says it’s too bad there aren’t more men like Barnard, and Honda asks D-Boy that if he hates the Earth Military so much, why does he like Barnard. D-Boy says he doesn’t really know, and tells Honda that he had to be there. Aki and Noal come in, and Aki congratulates D-Boy on the mission, and Noal tells D-Boy that Freeman wants to see him, as the Earth Military might have another job for him. D-Boy says he is ready, and he starts walking down the hall. Noal is surprised that D-Boy didn’t over react this time, knowing the way he feels about the Earth Military, and Aki tells him that when it comes to D-Boy you can’t be sure of anything. At that same time, Barnard is in a room, and has a drink of his whisky.

 

Well, another character gets introduced yet again, but this one seems to be the most realistic I’ve seen. Being a war veteran, Barnard despises war, and he hates to see his men killed in action. D-Boy seems to draw confidence from him, and in the end he actually respects someone from the military that he hates. A plus about this episode is that Pegas gets his name, and now that he has it, he won’t have to keep that annoying old name. I doubt this is the last time we’ve seen Barnard and his men. This episode was a little bit more interesting, but still, no big plot development otherwise.

 

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