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Episode 12: Sibling Rivalry

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

 

May 17, 2003

 

A convoy of supply ships makes a landing at a runway, with Colbert and an armed escort waiting for them. A news reporter broadcasts that for the first time in a while, a convoy made it to Earth with no problems. The reporter tells the viewers that General Colbert was responsible for the plan, and the camera switches over to him talking on a podium. He says that with the Alien Generators destroyed, it’ll make it easier for them, and says it was the Allied Command who planned the operation well. Noal, Aki, D-Boy, and the other Space Knights are all in the lounge room, watching the broadcast. Noal looks away and says that it was he and D-Boy that did the work, while Colbert ‘polished’ his head. Aki calms him down saying that they did what they could. Milly says that she feels more relieved than she has in weeks, and Honda says it’ll be at least for a while. Rebin asks Freeman if they can stand down from general alert, and says they could use some rest. Freeman agrees and gives the Space Knights time for shore leave. Milly is happy about it and she asks Aki if she wants to go shopping. But Freeman tells them they aren’t on vacation and expects them back by fifteen hundred hours. Noal tells Freeman that the time he’s given isn’t enough, when D-Boy in the back suddenly gives a stern face, and walks out the room. Aki asks if it was something she said, and Balzak decides to walk after D-Boy. Balzak catches D-Boy outside the room and asks what’s wrong, and that why he doesn’t want some R&R. D-Boy looks at him, and Balzak tells him to take it easy and not get bent out of shape. D-Boy walks away from him, while Balzak says he was just trying to help him. In the city that is just near the ocean, a clothing room is dark, as a man puts on a jacket, with a clerk staring at him. Suddenly the woman falls over; her eyes wide open, not breathing. The man walks out the room, and closes the curtain behind him. Aki and Milly walk down a busy street, and Milly can’t believe that the people here act like there is no war at all. Aki points out to Milly a reminder, and a Radam sport plant is hanging on an old building outside the city. Aki forgets about it, and tells Milly they can do some shopping. Else where, Noal is watching some kids play soccer, when the soccer ball rolls to him. He asks the kids if he could have some fun with them, and they agree to let him play soccer as well. Aki and Milly said they might have gone overboard with the amount of stuff they bought, when Milly sees a stuffed animal store and runs to it, carrying her packages. She bumps into a person and apologizes, but the man tells Milly to watch where she is going, but Milly calls him a big grouch. Suddenly the man calls Milly by her name, and peeks over his stuff to look at Milly. Milly realizes its Rebin, and Milly asks what Rebin is doing here. Rebin looks back and points out ‘he’ has been buying equipment he can work on, while Aki simply watches them. Suddenly the same man in the jacket walks by Aki, and Aki almost goes into shock when she recognizes the face. She turns to look at the man again, but he’s already walking away from her, as he goes down an escalator. Aki runs up, and calls the man D-Boy, but he just ignores her. Milly and Rebin walk up to Aki and ask what’s wrong, and Aki tells them that D-Boy walked by. Rebin said that the last mission was hard on him, and that he was the silent but sensitive type. Aki just stares at the escalator, not sure of what she saw. At the Space Knight HQ, D-Boy is kicking a boxing bag, exercising when Honda walks up to him and asks him why he stayed behind. D-Boy says it helps him take his mind off things, but Honda tells him that there are easier ways to do so. Later in Honda’s quarters, Honda is cutting a stick and heating it, and D-Boy asks what Honda is making. He tells D-Boy he’s making a kite, and that when the war is over, he’ll fill the sky with them. He hands D-Boy a piece and tells him to try, and D-Boy says he’ll give it a try and smiles. Meanwhile, Freeman looks at a clock, and waits for everyone’s return. Noal is talking about his ‘date’ that he was trying to see when Milly asks D-Boy if he went to find any girls to meet, and D-Boy looks at her funny and says he doesn’t know what she’s talking about. Milly claims she saw him at the mall, and Aki asks D-Boy if he was at the mall. Honda tells Aki that he’s been with D-Boy the whole afternoon. Aki says that it’s funny because they saw someone who looked like D-Boy, almost like a twin. D-Boy walks up to her and grabs her shoulders, asking her if this man looked like him. Aki says it was a spitting image, and D-Boy can’t believe what he heard. Back outside the city, the same young man is standing in the ruined part of the city, and finds it strange for him to be back. He calls out to D-Boy and a strange symbol on his forehead glows.

 

A symbol that looks like D-Boy’s crystal glows on his forehead and D-Boy covers it. Aki asks what’s wrong, but D-Boy shoves her hand away when she tries to touch him, and he runs away from them. Noal asks what’s the mystery, but D-Boy doesn’t answer. D-Boy gets in a jeep, and drives away to the city, while at the same time, the young man is wandering about around and through the city, waiting for D-Boy. The young man walks through a ruined portion of the city, looking at the Tekno-pods growing. The young man tells himself that when they bloom, not even Blade can stop them and he turns around to see D-Boy staring at him. D-Boy calls him Shinya and tells him he has no place here. Shinya says he has as much right to be here, but D-Boy tells him to stop playing games. Shinya says he was given a mission to destroy a traitor, and D-Boy says if he happens to be that traitor. D-Boy tells Shinya that what Omega is doing is madness, but Shinya says it’s only survival of the fittest. Shinya says it’s just a fact of life and that D-Boy knows it. D-Boy says that Shinya and the other Tekkaman are human beings from Earth, but Shinya says he’s not a human anymore. Shinya says that be serving Omega, he’s been allowed to live by his true nature and has accepted it. But since D-Boy hasn’t accepted it says that he has to be punished. Shinya says if grieves him to be the one to kill his own brother, but D-Boy tells Shinya he isn’t his brother anymore. Shinya jumps in the air and Tek-Setters. Shinya becomes Tekkaman-Evil and stands on top of a ruined building. He says it reminds him of how he and D-Boy used to play catch, and he throws his spear at him, but D-Boy dodges it. D-Boy calls on out to Pegas, and Pegas activates from Blue-Earth’s bay. It does a manual launch on it’s own, with the other Space Knights noticing this. Freeman and Aki watch a monitor with Pegas leaving, and Aki says that it only means that D-Boy is in trouble. Aki asks for permission to leave, and Freeman allows Aki and Noal to help out. Back at the city, Evil is still attacking D-Boy, and D-Boy dodges another swing from Evil, but the result causes him to trip over a small ledge, and he falls on his face. He looks up to see Evil ready to attack again, but explosions catch him by surprise, and D-Boy sees Pegas looking for him. D-Boy calls Pegas down and gets into the interlock chamber, and becomes Tekkaman-Blade. Blade lands on top of a building and tells Evil he’s ready and Evil charges at him, getting his weapon locked against Blade’s own spear. Blue-Earth is heading towards them, and Aki tells Noal Pegas landed, and Noal asks her where Pegas is. Aki does some calculations and tells Noal Pegas is outside the main city. Noal asks what is with the goose chase and Aki brings up Pegas’s visual display. A picture of Evil comes into view, and Aki asks if he recognizes him. Noal tells them they better get there because the new Tekkaman is no joke. Blade and Evil keep fighting, when Blade flies onto a building roof, and Evil asks why Blade is leaving so soon. Evil catches up to him and swings his weapon down, but instead it makes a large hole in the roof as Blade leapt back. Evil tells Blade he should’ve never come back to Earth, as the Space Knights have made him weak. Both strike at each other and they trip off the roof, and fall down the side of the building. They smash through the ground, and fall into a subway system. Blade and Evil get up, and Evil knocks Blade down on his back. He swings down but Blade trips him, and Evil uses his jets to land next to a subway cart. Blade throws a boomerang blade at Evil, but he ducks, and the subway cart behind him is cut in half. Evil tells Blade that he’s already lost and he doesn’t know it, but says he also admires it. Blade tells him to not waste his breath, but Evil charges at Blade, telling him he’ll stop breathing. They swing at one another again, and they drag each other on their back jets across the subway track. Evil says that fighting Blade is almost like fighting a mirror image, but Blade says that what he sees is exactly the opposite. Blade knocks Evil against a wall and throws his spear at him, but Evil ducks and the spear misses. Blade uses his grappler to get his spear back, but Evil cuts the line, and takes Blade’s spear and tosses it to the ground, stepping on it. Evil says it’s time to cut the family ties and Blade asks what Evil means. Evil says that their encounter was bound to happen and that the universe isn’t big enough for twins like them, and says that one of them has to go. Evil charges at Blade and tries to jab him, but Blade grabs Evil’s spear and throws him into a wall, tossing Evil’s weapon away. Evil gets up from the rubble and punches Blade, knocking him through the wall behind him. Blade gets up, and asks Evil if that’s the best he could do, and says he’s only getting warmed up. Blade is about to charge at Evil, but his warning timer starts going off, and Blade grabs his head in pain. Evil says he can feel Blade’s panic and fear, and tells him that because his crystal is unstable, his darker nature is taking over. Blade jets away and smashes through the ceiling to the surface, and Evil follows him. Evil slowly walks up to Blade and says he’ll put him out of his misery, but a laser weapon digs into the ground in front of him, and Blue-Earth flies by. Evil laughs, and says he could destroy Blade’s friends easily, but says that because he enjoyed his get together so much, he’ll meet Blade another day. Evil jets away and leaves, while Blade calls Pegas down, and gets into the interlock chamber. Evil flies away on his air rider, and laughs as he leaves, flying by Blue-Earth. Aki tells Noal to forget about him and check up on D-Boy, and Blue-Earth lands nearby Pegas. The interlock chamber opens and D-Boy falls out, with Aki and Noal running to him. Aki asks D-Boy if he exceeded the time limit, but D-Boy trips and Noal catches him. Noal asks if he knows this Tekkaman, but D-Boy only says that he is family. Aki is confused and asks D-Boy what he means by that, but he doesn’t answer her.

 

Now this is one of the better episodes in the series. We finally see Blade and Evil go at it for the first time, and they seem to be equals. But Evil isn’t handicapped by Blade’s time limit, and he seems to notice this and take it with interest. Now with Evil around, there is only going to be trouble, and things aren’t looking hot for the Space Knights or D-Boy in this case.

 

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