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Episode 11: Brother Beware

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

 

May 17, 2003

 

At the Earth Military HQ, a plan is underway to attack the Orbital Ring. Freeman and Colbert are there with other generals, as a general planer goes over the screen. He points out that the Radam’s weak points are four generators within the Orbital Ring. If they are destroyed, Radam can’t create anymore Spidercrabs. The planer names the operation “Ace High” and points out to Radam command pod, which acts as the Radam’s HQ on the Orbital Ring. He calls for a two front attack by groups King and Queen. Queen attacking from space, with King attacking from inside. He says a third group called Winning Hand will then attack the generators while the aliens are distracted. Colbert says that, even though the attack on the Radam HQ is a diversion, they need to make it look like a real effort to take it. Freeman asks Colbert if the plan will work, and Colbert says it will. The planer says that if any of the groups fail in their timing, it’ll be fatal to the others. If successful, the Spidercrabs will have no energy to breed and create more warriors, in which case will then die off. Colbert stands up, and says that Freeman will be responsible on his end for getting men for the diversion. He turns around and starts to walk away, but Freeman asks him if his men are really expendable. Colbert asks about Tekkaman-Blade, and asks if he was a match for anything Radam has. Freeman says maybe, but Colbert says that maybe isn’t enough, and says that if anything happens to him, that he’ll hold Freeman responsible. Inside a briefing room in the Earth Military HQ, Noal tells a group of people to calm down so he can get to the briefing. D-Boy and Aki are in the back, and D-Boy asks if Noal really likes to talk, and Aki tells him that he was brilliant in school and could’ve done whatever he wanted afterwards, but chose to become a Space Knight. Noal starts to begin the briefing but an old man interrupts him, and Noal asks if he could be quiet. The old man says he’s been up in the Orbital Ring twenty years ago, and goes on to explain its axial rotation. Noal lets him stand up to do some talking, and the old man tells him he’s not as ‘sleepy’ as he looks. The man asks if there are any pilots in the room, and a young teen stands up saying he’s a pilot, but gets laughed at. Noal tells the man he’s aced every simulation, and the man is pleased, but tells the boy that the mission isn’t a simulation. He admires the kid for having guts, but tells him that they need more than that, and that they need to be aware of what they are doing. The room cheers and Noal just sighs. D-Boy and Aki watch from the back, and D-Boy smiles. Later, Freeman, Aki, and D-Boy are being driven in a jeep back to the Space Knight HQ. Freeman tells them that since they’re acting as a diversion, it won’t be easy. D-Boy says he prefers actual fighting, and Noal jokes that if D-Boy wants to be a cowboy, to get Pegas a saddle. Aki giggles at the joke, as they make it back to their base. At the Radam base on the moon, a Tekno-Pod bursts open, and a new Tekkaman stands in the center of the room, as Omega calls the new Tekkaman “Evil”. Evil replies saying that he is here, and Omega tells him that he is so far the greatest Tekkaman created by him, and then tells him that his time has come. Back on Earth, Blue-Earth launches, and makes it’s way to the Orbital Ring, and at the same time, Earth Military ground troops use the Orbital Ring elevators to make their way up, while fighters launching from the base, head for orbit. Four transport ships remain on stand by at the Earth Military Base, as a command room is keeping track of the squads from monitors. Colbert and other generals watch, as a communications officer tells them that King group is being attacked.

 

Back inside the transports, the young teen and the old man are checking their ship systems, and the kid tells him that everything checks out. The old man relaxes, and tells the kid that now the hardest part is waiting, and that he should just stay calm and wait. Back at the command center, Colbert is told that King squad has moved ahead of schedule due to their early fighting, while Queen squad is in position. Colbert is glad to hear this and gives the order for Winning Hand to stand by. The ships eventually launch, and make their way to the Orbital Ring. Colbert gets word that Queen Squad is in position, and Aki comes onto the monitor telling them they’re ready to engage. Blue-Earth moves next to the Radam Pod on the Orbital Ring, and Noal tells D-Boy to get to work. D-Boy heads to the back of the ship and activates Pegas, and becomes Tekkaman-Blade. Colbert gets word that King nearly can’t hold out for very long, and Aki tells Colbert that she received the message as well. Colbert tells King Squad that Queen squad would assist them. Blade gets word of this and gets inside the pod by using Pegas’s cannons. Once inside he wastes a few Spidercrabs, and starts to navigate the structure. Meanwhile, all four Winning Hand ships arrive at their points, and begin off loading their troops. The old man tells the kid that his work was professional, and tells him to check the men in the back before they leave. While Colbert is watching the monitor, a young lieutenant in black hair calls up Diamond ship, and the young kid who was flying it pops up. The calls the kid Billy and asks him if he’s fine, and Billy says he is. Colbert asks for the report on all four ships, and the lieutenant, who seems to be Billy’s friend, turns the com off and goes to work. King squad comes onto the com again and tells Colbert and the others that they have to retreat. Colbert tells them that they have to hold their positions and hold on. Blade is still going through the Orbital Ring, killing Spidercrabs as he goes along. Two ships from winning hand report they are done, and Aki and King Squad coming back on the com. King says they can’t hold out and Colbert orders Blue-Earth (Queen Squad) to help the, but they report they can’t get to them. Colbert wants to Diamond ship go help King squad, but Billy reports that they’re pinned too. Finally the last two charges are placed, and Colbert tells Winning Hand to leave. The last of Diamond ship’s soldiers get inside, and Billy gets the ship out of the hanger. Blade leaves the Radam structure, and comments to himself that it’s ‘boom time’. The charges go off, and the Orbital Ring’s power goes off. Everyone starts cheering, including Billy in his ship. Noal and Aki get a report that King squad made it out ok, and Noal is thankful. Blade says it’s time to go home, and heads inside Blue-Earth. Billy is on the com talking to his friend, when one of the Winning Hand ships asks for their attention, saying something is attacking them. Suddenly the ship explodes, and D-Boy can sense someone out there. Tekkaman-Evil is riding on a craft similar to Pegas, and asks himself where Blade is and that if he left already. He says out loud that since he’s gone, he’ll miss the finale. Evil flies over Billy’s ship, and Billy tells Earth Military HQ and it’s another Tekkaman. Evil comes around, and destroys Billy’s ship, and his friend looks up in shock. D-Boy slams his fist onto a console and Noal asks what’s wrong. D-Boy tells him that Omega has sent another Tekkaman to replace Dagger, and Aki asks who he is. Noal stands up and says that it doesn’t matter, as he’ll take care of him like he did to Dagger. D-Boy looks up, and hopes that Noal is right. Evil watches the other ships get away, and says that he’ll be meeting Blade soon, as family members should keep in touch, since they are twin brothers. With that Evil starts laughing, hovering above Earth.

 

At last, we finally meet soon to be Blade’s arch rival, Evil. But otherwise, another episode with not much plot development aside from Evil appearing. Billy and the old man didn’t serve much purpose, and just like Sinus in episode 9, have to die as well. Now the fighting is probably gonna get heavier, with some twists coming sooner or later.

 

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