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Episode 15: Spy Game

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

October 25, 2003

 

Summary

 

At the Space Knight HQ, it’s 2:00 A.M. and D-Boy wakes up from a nightmare, drenched in sweat, and breathes heavily. Next to his quarters, Aki isn’t asleep either and puts down a book she was reading and walks outside to a balcony. She looks to her right and sees D-Boy standing on his balcony, but doesn’t notice her, and Aki wonders what’s going on. Inside the base, Balzak is in some spy jump suit and jumps onto an elevator and waits. Freeman walks into the elevator, and starts to head to the lower levels. Balzak waits, then notices Freeman press a button his watch when they reach the 8th floor, then a new pad pods up on the elevator keypad. He types in a number code, and a secret door for another elevator opens, and Freeman walks into it. Balzak jumps onto the second elevator as it continues down, and then it comes to s stop. Freeman leaves the elevator and walks down a hall, and then Balzak jumps into the elevator and looks into the hall but sees nothing. Before he enters the hall, he then freaks out and pulls out his goggles, and his hunch was right when he sees trip lasers. As Balzak thinks what to do next, he doesn’t notice a small camera on the side control panel that looks like a bolt, which is recording him. Later, Balzak is in his quarters working on his computer, and wonders what Freeman is hiding from everyone, even his own team. He sends a false transmission, hoping Radam will get it, and relaxes on his bed, and is thankful he’ll be leaving the soon. The next day, Rebin is surprised to hear Balzak telling ‘him’ that he’s leaving. Milly and Honda are with Rebin, and Balzak says that his article on the Space Knights is done and he’s been moved to another assignment. He hands the pictures he took earlier to Honda, and everyone is glad to see the photos. Noal, Aki, and D-Boy walk up to them, and ask what’s going on. Milly says that Balzak is leaving and Noal asks if that’s really the case, and Balzak thanks them for their co-operation. Rebin then mentions to Balzak to take a picture of D-Boy, and says that his family would be proud to see him a Space Knight. D-Boy says the word family once as if in confusion, then turns and walks away. Everyone looks at him confused, and then Balzak decides to walk after him. On the roof, D-Boy is thinking to himself, at how he says he once had a family. He turns around to see Balzak starring at him, and gives him a serious look and asks him what he wants. Balzak says he only wants to talk with him, just to talk. Meanwhile, Freeman is going over a book, and a picture of Balzak with information is in it. Freeman picks up a phone and asks another officer if the profile on Balzak is ready, and the officer says it’s ready and sends it to him. Back on the roof, Balzak is confused on why D-Boy says he can only stay as Tekkaman-Blade for thirty minutes, then asks D-Boy what it would be like if one could be made with no limit. D-Boy looks at Balzak with confusion, and asks how. Balzak it’d be a self contained suit with energy weapons and automatic navigation system, and asks if D-Boy would be interested. D-Boy asks why when it’s not possible, and Balzak tells D-Boy that if they knew how his Tekkaman armor worked, it could be possible, but says that he’s the only one who knows how to use the power. He goes on to say that if they lost Tekkaman-Blade, Earth would never have a chance to win the war. D-Boy asks Balzak to get to the point, and Balzak says that what if the Tekkaman armor that Earth could build was in fact real, but someone who had that knowledge refused to share it. D-Boy asks what he’s getting at, but the base alarms go off. Balzak says that they both know that ‘he’ was right, but says that they’ll need to talk later. D-Boy turns to run, but then stops for a moment when Balzak asks him what happens after half an hour. D-Boy doesn’t answer him and just runs into the base. Balzak realizes his plan is working, and that he can now make his move.

 

Blue Earth launches with Aki, Noal and D-Boy onboard, but Aki is utterly confused on why Radam is attacking a position that has no value. Noal says D-Boy might know and asks him, but he doesn’t answer. Aki asks as well, then D-Boy looks at her confused; asking if they’re at the location already that is being attacked. Freeman comes onto the com and tells them that they have to repel the attack, and tells D-Boy to watch his time limit or he can be a danger again, and he wishes them luck. Noal tells D-Boy not to worry, and that he’ll still blast him if he goes nuts. D-Boy doesn’t answer, and Aki gives him a concerned look. Back at the Space Knight HQ, Balzak is walking down a hall casually, then enters the elevator from before. He starts to head to the 8th floor; he then pauses the lift and pulls out a small laptop. He opens the control pad and finds the hidden keypad, then uses his computer to calculate the password. He inputs the numbers, and the door to the second elevator opens. Meanwhile, Blue Earth is fighting off spidercrabs, and D-Boy activates Pegas. He’s about to charge inside, when he remembers what Balzak asked him about the time limit. D-Boy stops in his tracks, unable to then move. At the same time, Aki and Noal are wondering what’s taking D-Boy so long. Back at the Space Knight HQ, Balzak is in his gear again and has his goggles on to see the trip lasers. He fires off a hook across the lasers safely, then attaches it to his belt. He fires two more hooks, and is suspended in the air by the hook and starts to climb the wire over the trip lasers, and pauses for a moment to attach a safety wire to his main cord so it doesn’t snap. Back with Blue Earth, Aki asks D-Boy what’s wrong and tells him to get out there, and D-Boy finally jumps into Pegas and becomes Tekkaman-Blade. He goes out to fight the Radam spidercrabs, and Noal is impressed at the effort Blade is putting into this fight. Meanwhile, Balzak continues down the hall on the wire that he used then climbs down when he doesn’t see anymore trip lasers. He runs down the hall, but misses one that trips a laser turret. He pulls out a weapon and fires it at the laser’s wires, and the turret goes offline. He sees a door at the end of the hall. Back at the fight, Blade continues to destroy the spidercrabs with ease, and Aki asks how much time is left for Blade and Noal says he still has twenty minutes. Balzak in the meantime is now using his laptop to hack into the door’s codes, and gets the door open. He walks inside a large room and finds simple rough steel constructed Tekkaman armor types lying around, with one nearly completed one in the center of the room attached with wires. Balzak is impressed on how far Freeman got in his development, then walks up to the nearly completed armor. Suddenly Freeman comes out of the shadows from behind a corner, holding a gun at Balzak and says he was waiting for him. He tells Balzak he knows everything about him from his profile, and says he knows he works for General Colbert. He holds up a disc, and says it has all the information on the Tekka-System that he was studying, which Balzak was looking for. Balzak admits that he was caught red handed and that when he thought he fooled Freeman like everyone else, he was actually the one played. He asks Freeman what they’re going to do now since Freeman has the gun, but then Freeman lowers it and tosses Balzak the disc. Balzak looks in confusion and Freeman says that he just completed his mission. Balzak asks Freeman if there is something he wants in return, but then realizes it’s not his style. He asks Freeman why give him the disc with the information, which would give Colbert more power when he already has a great deal of it. Freeman says that in case he didn’t notice, the Earth is at war and he’s doing this for the people of Earth, and not for money or power. Back at the fight, Blade finishes his fight with the spidercrabs by destroying the last of them, and heads back to Blue Earth. Aki is glad he made it in time, and even Noal is glad to see D-Boy ok. D-Boy walks into the main cockpit and doesn’t seem too happy, and Aki wonders why. Back at the Space Knight HQ, Freeman walks into the main control room and asks Milly for a report. Milly says that everything went ok and that Blue Earth is heading back, and Freeman says that’s good to hear. Balzak is in his jeep, and stops at a guard gate and looks back at the base. He ponders on what Freeman is planning, whether he was told the truth, or is another pawn in one of Freeman’s plans. But Balzak tells himself that it doesn’t matter now, and that he got what he came for. He leaves the base, and has a feeling he’ll meet D-Boy again, as he watches Blue Earth fly by him.

 

Commentary

 

While not as action packed or as emotional as the last episode, this one is still solid and has more plot development. Freeman knew all along about Balzak and that he lied, and even had him at gunpoint as well. Freeman had the evidence he needed to even possibly bring Colbert down, but he just gives Balzak the information he’d been working on about the Tekkaman armor. What is he thinking? Freeman is definitely planning something, and his other Space Knights don’t even know about it. And what’s up with D-Boy? He seemed afraid to change into Tekkaman-Blade. Is it possible he’s afraid of losing control again? I’m sure we’ll see more of Balzak later, as I’m sure he’ll have an important role to play yet.

 

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3.5 out of 5 stars
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