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Episode 18: Battleground

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

 

January 28, 2004

 

On Earth, the Earth Military is massing troop carriers and armed soldiers at one of the main Orbital Ring elevators. Colbert and other high commanding officers are watching from the main command base, when Freeman comes onto the com monitor. Colbert asks him if he’ll be of any help, but Freeman tells him he’s not interested in his games and wants to know what he’s doing with D-Boy. Colbert says that the information is classified, but Freeman says he doesn’t need him anymore since he has the Sol Tekkaman armor. Colbert says that D-Boy is of his concern and is in his “care”, but Freeman says that D-Boy is of his concern, and the com goes off. Colbert starts thinking, and tells himself that as long as he gets D-Boy’s secret on his Tekkaman abilities to improve the Sol Tekkaman, he doesn’t care. In the Orbital Ring elevator, troops start marching in and begin attacking spidercrabs they meet. Balzak is in his Sol Tekkaman armor, and helps the troops about. He saves a soldier’s life, then shows off by killing another group of spidercrabs with ease. Balzak is proud of himself, and thinks that he’ll be a hero, while Tekkaman-Blade will be a bad memory. At the Space Knight HQ, Aki shouts at Freeman, demanding to know why Colbert won’t give D-Boy back to them. Freeman says that he did all he could, but he couldn’t do anything else. Noal says that he let everyone done, but Aki tries to talk to Freeman again. Noal tells her to not even bother, and walks out the room, then Aki goes as well. Freeman continues to work on a computer unchanged in his mood, then Rebin scolds Freeman next. Honda tells Rebin that they should get back to work, and then Rebin follows Honda out the room. Rebin asks Honda why they should act like nothing happened, but Honda says that Freeman is doing what he can, and that all they can do is work. Freeman finishes his work, then a disk pops out of the computer and he grabs it. Milly is about to run off, but Freeman calls her and tells her to load the information onto the mainframe. Milly says she’ll do it, but tells Freeman that everyone is upset. However Freeman doesn’t listen to her, and walks off. Back at the Earth Military HQ, D-Boy shoves a doctor into the medical room wall, telling him not to touch him. The doctors in the room tell him that they don’t want to hurt him, and just want him to go into a scanner. D-Boy starts hallucinating again, and a doctor tries to see what’s wrong with him while he’s quiet. D-Boy snaps and shoves the doctor to the ground, hearing Shinya’s voice in his head. A doctor sprays sleeping gas on him, and knocks D-Boy out. In his mind, D-Boy is having nightmare, as he’s Tekkaman-Blade, but his hands and spear are stained with blood. He can hear Shinya’s voice telling him to continue the way he is, and he sees himself kill Noal. Aki looks at him with fear, then he charges at Aki. D-Boy snaps out of his nightmare and wakes up in a cell room. D-Boy tells himself he won’t do it, and tries to lay down. Somewhere in the Earth Military base, Aki and Noal have finally made it, and try to see D-Boy. But a pair of guards shove them out of the security hall, and tell them to get lost. As one guard turns around, Aki punches and knocks out the first guard. The second guard tries to grab her, but Noal knocks him out as well. Aki tells Noal to get going, and Noal jokes about not ticking her off, following her down the hall. On the Orbital Ring, a Tekkaman is hiding in the shadows, watching the battles unfold. Balzak is having a few military officers replace the energy cell for his suit’s weapons, and then he gets a warning from a radar team that they’ve picked up something. The room next to the one Balzak and his team are in suddenly explodes, then Balzak sees the figure of a Tekkaman in the fire. He looks in shock, realizing it’s Evil. Evil sees Balzak, and asks him if he is "a would be Tekkaman." Balzak looks in shock, as he thought Evil was dead.

 

Colbert watches from the main monitor in shock, and a communications officer is able to confirm that Evil is alive. He tells Colbert that Balzak has just finished reloading his suit, while Colbert prays to himself that Balzak will pull it off. On the Orbital Ring Elevator, Balzak tells Evil to get lost, but Evil jokes about it and says he wants to see what makes his suit tick, while taking him apart as well. The soldiers that have surrounded Evil open fire, but their attacks do nothing at all against him. Evil starts decimating the soldiers with ease, while he laughs at their attempts. Aki and Noal watch soldiers run by, and make a dash for the security area. They run into a locked door, and Noal thinks they come to a dead end, while Aki tries to open the door. The first door suddenly opens, then the other doors open in sequence. Noal asks Aki what she did, and she says she only touched a button and says she may have been lucky. They run down the hall, and find the main security desk empty with no guards about. Noal watches a computer monitor, while Aki tries to open another door. Suddenly that door also opens and Noal sees a message on the main computer screen. A message comes up saying “Save D-Boy, Milly”, and Noal almost throws a fit. He starts mumbling and Aki asks him what’s wrong. Noal says that it was Freeman who did all this, the person he least expected. At a computer terminal at the Space Knight HQ, Milly pops out the disk that Freeman gave her, and jokes about how easy it was. Aki and Noal start searching cells, then they find the one D-Boy is in, but he’s still unconscious in it. Evil is still going about killing soldiers, and Balzak is finally ready. He comes out of hiding and fires a round from his cannon while Evil’s back is turned, but he turns to see the shot coming as it hits him. Balzak watches the explosions, then is shocked when he sees Evil still standing, with no scratches on him. Noal and Aki try to convince D-Boy to go back, but he tells them they’re wasting their time. Aki says that he’s needed, but D-Boy starts to have visions of the nightmare again. D-Boy flips and grabs Noal by the cuff of his jacket, but Noal breaks loose and grabs ahold of D-Boy, telling him to calm down. D-Boy tells them to go away, saying that he’s a monster and should be forgotten. He says he doesn’t want to fight anymore, but Aki grabs him and shoves him into the wall. Aki slaps his face and D-Boy calms down, and Aki demands to know what’s wrong with him. D-Boy is speechless, and Aki falls to her knees and starts to cry, unable to think of what to do next. Evil tries to hit Balzak, but his own efforts seem to be small as Balzak dodges it easily and opens fire again. The soldiers start firing again, and Evil has had it with them and kills another batch of the soldiers under Balzak’s command. D-Boy is leaning against the wall, and tells Aki and Noal that he can’t be trusted. He says that he could turn on them at any time, and the same thing that drives his brother mad is in him as well. Noal says he didn’t know, but D-Boy says he does, and that someone should just kill him. Evil and Balzak stand across from each other, while dead soldiers are scattered about. Evil demands to know where his brother is, but Balzak tells him to worry about himself. Evil says he’s only a big talker, then Balzak’s suit goes into a hover mode (Is that suit trying be a DOM? Hehe ^_^), and starts running circles around Evil. Balzak tells Evil that he’s got enough firepower for two of him, and Evil jokes about it, saying he’ll control his fear. Balzak fires three rounds at Evil from over his head, then lands and fires another round at Evil, which causes a large explosion. The remaining soldiers come out, and Balzak believes he got Evil. Evil walks out the explosion, unimpressed by Balzak’s efforts. Balzak tries to fire another round, but he finds his energy cell drained. Soldiers start opening fire on Evil, and Balzak makes a dash for the squad, trying to get more ammo. Evil tells him that he himself is the real thing, and fires his Vol-Tekkers. Balzak jumps out of the way, but his squad is killed instantly and he gets caught in the explosion that follows and disappears. Colbert can’t believe what he sees, then other squads start requesting for backup, and start disappearing off the boards. Colbert is in utter shock, and realizes that with out the Sol Tekkaman suit, the Earth Military can barely fight back now. Spidercrabs start descending from the Orbital Ring, as Evil commands them to attack, and tells them to leave his brother alone for himself. A radar officer tells Colbert that a large attack group of spidercrabs are coming right to their main Head Quarters. On the Orbital Ring Elevator, Balzak in his damaged Sol Tekkaman suit is crawling away, and goes to find an escape pod to get back to Earth. Freeman and Milly watch the events unfold from the Space Knights HQ, and can only watch as they can’t do anything about it. Aki and Noal stare at D-Boy, as he refuses to move, and remains speechless.

 

Well, my guess was right, Balzak’s luck finally ran out. As impressive as the Sol Tekkaman armor was, it was clearly no match for a true Tekkaman, especially Evil, as Balzak’s attacks did nothing that could hurt him. D-Boy is almost utterly crazy it would seem, as he’s refusing to help out, and even asks to be killed. Now what are Noal and Aki going to do now? Spidercrabs are coming down to Earth Military HQ, Balzak’s been beaten, and D-Boy is in shock. Another cliffhanger yet again, but this time there is a bit more suspense here.

 

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