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Episode 16: Sword and Steel

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

 

October 25, 2003

 

Within the main Terran Allied Defense Force’s HQ, Balzak has returned from his mission, and is just getting back to business. He is in his quarters, and shaves off his beard so that his face is clean. He walks up to a hidden camera, and actually surprises the main security woman who is watching by speaking into it, asking how much of a handsome devil he looks. In the main lab, a scientist is talking to Colbert about the data that Balzak delivered, and how useful it is in allowing them to finally construct a suit. Colbert looks through a mirror in one of the labs and watches it being built, and ask the scientist about what energy “Z-Tron” which is listed under the data that Balzak collected, and had it listed as an anti-matter type energy. He asks if this same energy could be reproduced if it’s used in Blade’s weapons and transformation, and the scientists believes it to be possible. Colbert is pleased, and believes he may not need Tekkaman-Blade anymore. In what seems like a dream now, Aki is running as fast as she can, then Blade comes up behind her and impales her. Noal runs towards Aki, but then Blade slices him in half. Honda and Rebin watch, and ask Blade what’s wrong. Blade charges at them but then Milly steps in the way when Blade strikes. Milly gets impaled and Blade looks down in shock, and then Milly suddenly changes in Miyuki, and asks why he’d hurt her. The dream ends, and D-Boy wakes up from the nightmare. Suddenly the com monitor comes up and Milly is on the screen, telling D-Boy it’s time to get up, and that Freeman wants to brief him. D-Boy says he’ll be right there, and Milly asks him what happened, and if he got up on the wrong side of the bed. D-Boy gets to the main control room, and Noal greets him but Aki tells him to be quiet. Freeman gets to the briefing and tells them they have to go to Texas, and shows picture of an old anti-matter generator plant, and says that the military wants it to produce the matter Z-Tron. But since the facility is so old, its defenses are down. Freeman assigns Milly to be in charge of communications, Aki, Noal, and D-Boy to guard the facility, and Honda and Rebin to repair the bases defenses. Freeman dismisses them, but D-Boy doesn’t move for some reason. Milly tells D-Boy that he was dismissed, then he finally leaves. Milly wonders what’s wrong, and Freeman wonders if D-Boy might be afraid of losing control of his powers again like before. Back at the TADF base, the scientist who was talking to Colbert is in a room with Balzak, mentioning how the Radam trees actually add color to the city in a humorous way. Balzak half agrees, but says they still scare him. The scientist says points a lot down in the city he used to be a game as a kid, then Balzak says he’s still playing that particular game, but it’s for real. Later at night, Balzak calls the scientist Marlo and asks him if he’d like a drink. Marlo says he knows a place named after a show, then they pass a poor man and kid. The kid runs up and asks for change, and Marlo gives him some money. They continue to the bar named “Cats”, and say it was too bad for them that they grew up in the same neighborhood. They enter the bar and look around. Marlo says he’ll buy a couple of drinks and Balzak waits, then the same man they walked by earlier in the treat comes up to him and asks if he has money for a drink. It then hits Balzak that he knows the man and only says maybe. The poor man gives a confused look, and Balzak asks the man if he remembers him, and Marlo comes next to him. The poor man panics when he realizes who he is, then stumbles to the floor. Balzak says that they used to be partners, until the poor man along time ago rated out on them. Balzak stares at the poor man, and tells him he has been looking forward to seeing him again.

 

Marlo goes onto mention that it happened along time ago when they were kids. We get a flashback and we see Marlo and Balzak as kids. Marlo is keeping watch, while Balzak holds a jewel store owner up with a knife while he steals loot. Marlo tells him to hurry up, but Balzak says to not worry as Mailer is keeping watch outside with a control warning machine. In an alley not far, a car comes to a stop nearby a kid, when a detective and two police officers come up to him. The detective asks where the kids are, and Mailer says his friends are robbing the store. The detective gets the police to move in, then he hands Mailer a lot of money and tells him to leave. While Mailer leaves, the detective steps on the warning device. The flashback ends and the poor man Mailer apologizes, but Marlo says he doesn’t need too, and says that if not for him, they wouldn’t be where they are. Balzak adds in that if he didn’t rat out on him and Marlo out, they’d be poor like Mailer is. We get another flashback and see Balzak and Marlo in prison, when someone walks up in front of their cell, which seems to be a younger Colbert. He says that they could spend their lives in prison, or work for their country for covert operations. In the present, there are three drinks ready, while Balzak goes onto explain what happened. The flashback continues with Marlo and an IQ test, and his IQ is 180, while Balzak was good at pick pocketing and such, and became an undercover spy. The flashback ends, and Marlo says that they had no relatives or parents, but their future was secure now. Balzak says not to worry and tells Mailer to drink up and party, and Mailer gives thanks. They all take a sip, but Mailer chugs his drink down, and thanks Balzak again. Suddenly he starts choking, and then falls over the table dead. Balzak said that’s his version of saying thanks, and Marlo hides a bottle of pills back into his coat. Balzak and Marlo give cheers, and finish their drinks. In Texas, Honda and Rebin and trying to fix the defense system circuitry, while Blue Earth continues to patrol the skies. Noal asks how much longer it’ll take and Honda says at least a couple more hours. Aki says that the military hasn’t arrived, so they’re the only defense, and Noal tells them to hurry. Rebin jumps in and says hi to D-Boy, then the com channel ends. Aki asks D-Boy what’s wrong, and D-Boy wants her to promise him that if he loses control again, that she’ll get away from him. Aki tells him not to worry, and Noal pats D-Boy on the shoulder, saying that happened last time was just a fluke. The patrol continues through the night, and Noal doesn’t like how quiet it is. Suddenly Blue Earth’s alarms go off, and Aki says that spidercrabs are inbound. Aki reports to Milly about it, and Freeman gives them permission to engage. Inside the old factory, Honda says the defenses still aren’t ready, but Rebin says there is an old anti aircraft gun on the roof of the building. Honda says he’ll go, but Rebin says ‘he’ll’ do it and runs off, leaving Honda alone to do the work. Blue Earth opens fire on the spidercrabs, and Noal asks D-Boy what’s wrong. Aki asks him why he refuses to change, but D-Boy doesn’t answer. He suddenly remembers the nightmare he had, but is shaken from his dream when Blue Earth rocks. Rebin starts opening fire with the anti aircraft gun on the factory roof, and opens a clearing for Blue Earth. Aki tells D-Boy to get it together, then D-Boy snaps to his senses and changes into Tekkaman-Blade. He starts to fight the spidercrabs, but suddenly he sees an image of Aki in one of the spidercrabs places. Blade panics and flies off, and Aki and Noal notice it. Aki asks what’s wrong, and Noal says it looks like Blade is afraid of losing control, to the point he’s afraid to fight. Blade is still confused, then Rebin knocks a spidercrab away with the anti airgun. Honda tells Rebin over the com to take it easy on the gun, or it’ll over heat, but Rebin doesn’t listen. The gun starts to over heat, and then the barrels explode and knock Rebin away. ‘He’ tries to get up, but notices his leg is hurt and can’t get up. Blade looks around, and he sees the face of every Space Knight member on any spidercrab he says. He tries to get the visions to stop and tries to get the spidercrabs away from by making look like he’ll attack them. He sees Rebin on the roof, and sees two spidercrabs heading for him. At the same time, Honda is running through the facility, trying to get to Rebin. Rebin can’t get up and Blade tries to attack one of the two spidercrabs, but he sees his sister face, and instead knocks it off the roof. Blade hangs on to the side of the roof, but realizes he can’t get up in time to save Rebin. Suddenly an energy shot comes out of nowhere, and destroys the second spidercrab. Blade and Rebin look to the highest part on the roof, and look in shock. Honda comes out of the door and runs up to Rebin, and asks what’s wrong. Rebin tells him to look, and Honda then gasps. A tall figure stands on the roof, shadowed by the moon and unable to get a clear sight of whatever it is.

 

Well, we finally see how Balzak and his friend Marlo became who they are. Even though only short, we see enough to know what they were and how they started out. Poisoning their old friend, well, just shows you how cold they’ve become, even though luck put them in the position they are in. We also see that the military are now has the ability to build their own Tekkaman style armor. D-Boy is seriously in trouble if he’s starting to screw up this badly. First he’s afraid to change, now he’s even afraid to fight Radam in general. Just how far down the rabbit hole is D-Boy gonna go with this problem? It almost cost a friend his life, but was saved by something or someone. Is this the new Tekkaman armor of the military? Another cliffhanger here, we’ll have to watch next episode to find out.

 

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