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Episode 14: Saber Strike

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

 

October 25, 2003

 

It’s not nighttime and a storm is raging, and Blade is raging out of control, slicing boulders of rock, slicing trees, anything generally in his path. An Earth Army Artillery opens fire on him, and the soldiers think they got him when all their weapons hit him. But when Blade comes out of the fire, they open fire again, only to have Blade attacks and pretty much decimates the unit. Blue Earth watches from above, and Noal can’t believe the damage he’s doing, while the Earth Army can’t seem to hurt him. Aki says they have to do something and Noal tries to circle around, then says to himself he that he should just ram Blade with the Blue Earth. Freeman comes onto the com and says that wouldn’t be a very good idea, and Noal is surprised Freeman overheard what he said. Freeman says they have too much invested in the Blue Earth, and doing a frontal attack on Blade wouldn’t work. Aki asks what they should do and Freeman says getting readings on Blade’s suit is the best answer, as they might find a way to fix his thirty-minute time limit. Blue Earth circles around and flies over Blade, and shoots small sensors that attach to Blade’s armor when he doesn’t even know it. Blade continues to rage out of control, attacking everything he can, while Aki can only watch. At the Space Knight HQ, Milly and Freeman watch Blade from a camera, and Milly asks from if there is anything they can possibly do to help him. Inside Blade’s mind, he starts dreaming and sees himself change back into D-Boy, but he seems distressed. Another vision comes around, and he sees himself as a young teenager running in a field of flowers, with his sister and younger brother following him. Suddenly vines grab his arms and legs, and the wildlife turns into a Radam spore plant forest. He sees Shinya up ahead, but he gives him a dark stare and creates a lance from his right hand. Shinya suddenly fades and becomes Evil, then charges and impales D-Boy. The dream ends, and Blade lashes out, destroying another Earth Army unit. A surviving soldier opens his com and says that Blade is heading for a nearby city, and that they can’t hold him off. General Colbert contacts the Space Knights and demands to know what’s going on. Freeman tells Colbert that he told him about the time limit problem weeks ago, but Colbert says he doesn’t care and wants solutions. He gives Freeman thirty minutes to solve the problem or he’d do things his way. He says Blade is heading for a city but it’s being evacuated, but if Freeman can’t get Blade back, Colbert will use a Quantum Energy Bomb (Sounds like a fancy nuke) on him. Colbert cuts the channel, and everyone looks in shock about his answer. Freeman tells Aki and Noal the news, and they are just as shocked as well. Freeman tells them to hurry up, and then disconnects. Noal asks what the idea is, and Aki says that if they can’t bring Blade back in thirty minutes, they need to save themselves. Blue Earth comes around again and Aki turns on the outer speaker and calls out to Blade, asking him to let them help him. Blade stops and Aki’s face fills with joy, but is surprised when Blade throws his lance at them. Blue Earth dodges in time, and Blade gets his lance back just in time when another Earth Army defense group opens fire on him. Blue Earth dodges missed shots, and everyone from the Space Knights HQ and Colbert's command base watch the video screens as the next group attacks Blade. Colbert starts to run out of patience and tells the crews to stand by the bomb to fire.

 

On the Orbital Ring, Evil is talking to Omega again through a hologram and tells him that it’s a win/win situation, as Blade will either wipe out the resistance on Earth, or the military will kill him. Omega asks if there is a chance Blade will recover, and Evil says that there is no chance, as he says he knows him to well. Back on Earth, another defense line is smashed, and Blade continues to head for the city. Colbert tells the crews to get ready to fire, then Freeman gets informed of this and tells Aki and Noal to leave. Aki says they can’t leave him and Noal asks Freeman if he truly knows what a Quantum bomb can do, and Freeman says he knows. But he says that is not the concern and tells them to leave, and Blue Earth finally pulls away, and Colbert finally fires the missile. Blue Earth gets some distance and Aki and Noal see the bomb hit Blade’s area. Everyone watches the monitors and Colbert believes the missile destroyed Blade, as the explosion is huge. Aki looks in shock, and Noal asks if she’s ok, but Aki says she doesn’t know. Blue Earth goes down as the explosion begins to stop, then they both look in shock, as Blade is standing without a scratch on him in a large crater. Colbert can’t believe what he sees, and takes a few steps back in shock. Freeman just watches the monitor, calm as he is, and knew that Blade’s armor would keep him safe. Blade starts to have another dream, and he sees himself as D-Boy running away from Evil. D-Boy continues to run and sees faded people not far from him, and tells them to run away. They turn to him and suddenly fade into dark Tekkaman forms, and D-Boy panics. The ground beneath him collapses and he almost falls, but someone grabs his hand. He looks up to his sister Miyuki, then he feels relieved. He then panics again, as Miyuki suddenly turns into a dark Tekkaman form herself, and D-Boy tells her to get away from him. Miyuki loses her grip, and D-Boy falls into clouds below. D-Boy hears the sound of drops, then feels some thing wet like a drop touch his face as he comes too, and sees Miyuki crying over him. D-Boy says it’s really her, but she just tells him to rest. Blade gets up to look at Miyuki as she gives him a sad face, then suddenly his vision turns red as a blood line runs down Miyuki’s head as she screams. D-Boy watches in horror as Miyuki falls over dead and sees Evil standing behind her. He waves his lace in front of D-Boy’s face, and spatters blood across it, and then he screams Miyuki’s name. Out of his dream, an Earth Armory soldier talks over the com and says that Blade just keeps repeating the name Miyuki. Freeman wonders what it means then Milly says out loud that she knows. Freeman asks if she knows anything and Milly remembers the talk she had with D-Boy. Freeman opens a com channel and asks Honda and Rebin if the repairs on Pegas are done, and Rebin says they need only ten more minutes. Freeman tells Milly that he has a job for her, and tells her that she has to take a ship with Pegas and go talk to Blade. Aki and Noal come onto the channel, and say they can’t put her in danger like that. Noal is about to say something then Freeman says that as the commanding officer, he has to make this decision, and that this plane is something only Milly can do, as she is as equal as any soldier or officer of the Space Knights. Milly agrees, and is soon on a ship heading for city Blade is heading. Blade himself is now coming close, just coming to a bridge that enters the city. Aki and Noal watch and don’t know what to do, then see Milly’s ship fly over them. Milly comes onto com channel and says she’s scared, but Aki says she is too, then Milly says she’ll try. Her ship lands on the bridge, but Blade doesn’t seem to care or take notice, then pauses when the cargo door opens and sees Milly holding an amaryllis flower. Milly tells Blade that he really doesn’t want to hurt anyone, and asks him to come back. He starts walking towards her, then suddenly becomes confused when he sees Miyuki in Milly’s place. Milly says that coming back is what Miyuki would’ve wanted, and Blade begins to shack, but then sees a dark Tekkaman take Miyuki’s place again. Blade charges at Milly and grabs by the throat and tries to strangle her, but she says that everyone loves him. Blade begs to her to stop confusing him, and he keeps seeing Miyuki in Milly’s place. He screams out Miyuki’s name, then he suddenly pauses, and his eyes turn green again (And the weather begins to clear, some symbolism huh?). Blade comes back to his sense, and then he looks in shock at what he did to Milly. He lets go of Milly and she falls over, then Blade falls onto his hands and knees, exhausted. Aki tells Noal to take them down to get Milly, while Noal tells Pegas to get Blade. While Pegas puts Blade into the back chamber, Blue Earth lands, and Aki and Noal run to Milly. Aki picks Milly up and Milly asks if the plan worked, and Aki said it did. Milly said she’s happy, then she blacks out. Pegas opens its interlock chamber, and D-Boy stumbles out, normal again. Noal goes to check up on D-Boy, then hears him whimpering and almost cries, unable to believe what he did. He asks if Milly is all right, and smiles for a second when Aki tells him she’s fine. He then sees the ruined flower in his hand, then crushes it in anger. He grabs Noal by his collar and demands to be taken to the Orbital Ring. Noal says he’s nuts and Aki says that his body might not take that stress. D-Boy pleas to Noal to take him and Noal finally agrees. Blue Earth a short time later is put onto the catapult and launches, heading for the Orbital Ring. D-Boy becomes Blade again and rides Pegas the rest of the way, heading towards Evil. He calls out Evil and tells him he’s back, and fires his Vol-Tekkers at the section Evil is in. Evil looks in shock, then realizes too late that Blade indeed returned, as the blast caves in the walls, and Evil gets enveloped in the blast. Blade kneels down on Pegas, and says the blast is something to remember him bye. A great distance away Evil floats to the moon damaged, and says to himself that he’s surprised Blade had it in him. He says he’ll meet him again, and he laughs to himself. At the Space Knights HQ, time has passed and D-Boy is once again looking at the moon from the base’s roof. Milly walks up to him and is about to say something, but changes her mind and starts to walk away. D-Boy hears her and apologizes to her, saying he’d never hurt her for the world. He asks if they’ll be friends, and Milly says they always will, and laughs. Aki and Noal aren’t far behind, watching them talk. With in a living quarters, Balzak is talking to Colbert, and Colbert tells him that since Tekkaman-Blade can’t be trusted, to report to him on a weekly bases and help build a case. Balzak agrees, and says that it’s time to take off D-Boy’s mask.

 

Now this is truly a great episode! If it’s not about external conflict such as D-Boy’s fight with his own brother, it’s an inside battle with his own mind. Milly is able to bring D-Boy back to his senses, and his reaction is only regret, and even more anger towards his brother Shinya. Plus we see just how powerful he is as Tekkaman-Blade. The reaction on Colbert’s face is priceless, seeing Blade stand in the middle of a huge crater with not a mark on him. But now Colbert is cheesed over what happened and now wants Balzak to investigate. Now it makes you wonder what Balzak will do next, considering he first lied, saved the Space Knights once already, and now is planning something. Looks like we’ll once again have to wait and see.

 

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