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Episode 21: Decision

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

 

January 28, 2004

 

Freeman and Milly are working on data that could possibly enhance D-Boy’s powers, but Milly says she keeps running into dead ends, since the computer can’t make sense of D-Boy’s Tekkaman powers. Freeman tells her to continue, and they get back to work. Honda and Rebin are working on repairing Pegas, when Rebin asks Honda if it’s a good idea to repair Pegas. Honda asks Rebin why he asked such a question, and Rebin said that going up against Evil is like a suicide mission. Honda says that next time it’ll be different, and tells Rebin that Freeman is working on the problem. D-Boy is in the gym with Noal working out, trying to get some strength back, when Aki comes in and tells D-Boy he’s been in working out for hours. Noal tells her that D-Boy told him he has bad dreams if he doesn’t keep busy, but Aki says he’s worried about D-Boy’s body. Noal looks at her with confusion, and Aki said she referred to health wise, not what is going through Noal’s head. Noal tells her to stop joking around and runs off, but bumps into Rebin and they knock each other over. Rebin gets up and runs by Noal (Not noticing that he stepped on Noal’s left handed fingers in the process), and tells D-Boy that Freeman has been developing a system to enhance his Vol-Tekkers. Rebin says that they’ll use anti-matter weapons similar to that on the Sol Tekkaman suit that will combine with D-Boy’s own blast to form a Super Vol-Tekker. D-Boy asks if Rebin if he’s telling the truth and he says he is. Noal walks out of the gym, and Aki goes after him. Aki asks Noal why he just walked out, and Noal says that people are just worried about fixing him and sending him out again, as if he were a machine and not a human. They arrive in the main monitor room and Noal asks an operator if Freeman is around. The operator says she hasn’t seen Freeman, and his quarters go unanswered. The data Freeman is working on gives him another error, and he restarts the program. He tells Milly that perhaps upgrading D-Boy’s powers directly is not possible, and Milly says it might be possible with another external method. In the desert, Miyuki in trying to travel across it, but it’s daytime and Miyuki is suffering from the heat. She collapses on the ground, and looks up at the sun, joking to herself that her return isn’t much of a homecoming and then blacks out. Evil has finally found the crash site, but still can’t sense Miyuki anywhere. He refers to her this time by her Tekkaman name “Rapier” and wonders why she’d betray Omega’s cause. He sees a group of desert people on camels wondering about, and tells himself that they may be the only ones left on Earth once its turned into desert as a whole. Evil leaves, continuing his search some where else. Hours go by, and at the village that belongs to the same desert nomads that Evil passed by, Miyuki is unconscious in a tent. One of the nomads drips water on her face and tries to wake her up, and Miyuki comes to. They offer her water, and she drinks it, but coughs after she tries to gulp it. The leader of the group tells her to drink it more slowly, and she drinks her fill. Miyuki thanks them for their help, and a kid in the group asks her if she is a crazy person, since the method she was traveling was dangerous, but Miyuki only smiles at his question. The kid then asks if she is from another place, but she then hesitates to answer. The leader of the group tells his grand son not to ask anymore, and the kid runs off to a camel. Miyuki apologizes for being a burden, but the leader dismisses it. Suddenly they both hear screaming outside, and the leader runs out. The sand nearby his grand son starts to sink, as a spidercrab is coming out of the sand. The kid screams for help, and Miyuki comes out and watches. She hesitates, but then decides to Tek-Setter. The people around her look in shock as she changes, as Miyuki becomes Rapier. Miyuki throws a line that grabs the boy by his wrist, and she pulls him out. The spidercrab finally digs itself out of the sand and tries to attack Miyuki, but she steps out of the way. She backs up but she trips, but she is close enough for someone to grab the boy. She throws another line at one of the spidercrab’s legs, and drags it away from the village; back to the hole it came from. Miyuki then charges at it, and thrusts her dagger into the spidercrab’s head, then it explodes. Everyone watches the dust settle, then Miyuki walks out and offers her hand to the boy she saved, telling him that he’s safe. The boy screams and tells her to stay away, and Miyuki backs off. Everyone looks at her, then she hears their comments, from her being not human to the way she walks. She looks at her own hands, and screams, and falls to her knees with her forehead glowing. Miyuki starts crying, saying she wants to help, but has little time left. The boy looks at her again with a look of confusion on his face, as everyone in the village watches Miyuki cry out loud.

 

The Earth Military are rebuilding their headquarters, but aren’t aware that Shinya is watching over them. But he’s in a Space Knight’s uniform, and his appearance makes him look very similar to his brother. He enters the base and starts looking around, when a young man stops when he notices him, and asks Shinya if he’s D-Boy the Tekkaman-Blade. Shinya stumbles on his words at first, but says he is D-Boy. The cadet shakes his hand, and asks him what he’s doing here. The cadet asks him if he was here for a briefing, then asks him if got left behind. Shinya says that it’s the case, and the cadet says he can take him to the Space Knights HQ. The cadet and Shinya are then on an airfield, and the cadet asks his superior if he could use hover transport to take ‘D-Boy’ back to the base. The officer says it’s unusual, but agrees, and says he’ll take him to the base. At the Space Knights HQ, everyone is in the main briefing room, and Noal asks Honda where Freeman is. Honda says he doesn’t know and tells Noal to calm down. The main door opens and Milly runs in claiming they can now use Pegas to strengthen D-Boy’s Vol-Tekkers. Freeman follows her, and Milly hands the disc she has to Rebin. Rebin asks if it’s true and Milly nods. Rebin is overjoyed, and Freeman tells him and Honda to start working. As Honda and Rebin leave, Noal asks Freeman why he’s being impersonal to D-Boy, and if he even considers his feelings. Milly steps in and tells Noal to be quiet; telling him that he doesn’t know anything. She says Freeman cares more about the people under his command compared to anyone else, and says everyone has to give up something once and a while, and tells Noal to ask Freeman what he had to give up. Everyone looks at Freeman with a curious face, and Freeman goes over to explain that it all started with the Earth Military. He tells everyone that if he didn’t hand over the Tekkaman data to Balzak who gave it to them, they would’ve taken D-Boy away from them. He goes on and says he knew his authority would be questioned, but it kept D-Boy with them. Noal apologizes, and everyone else agrees. D-Boy is about to say something, but Freeman already understands and nods at him, then the perimeter alarm goes off. Milly checks the radar and turns the main monitor on, then Noal recognizes the ship as a transport, and wonders what its doing in their area. On the transport, the officer tells Shinya they’ve arrived and that he’ll be setting down. Shinya thanks him, but says he doesn’t need him anymore. The officer looks at him with a confused face, and Shinya looks at him with a devilish smile. The transport explodes, and then Noal asks everyone what happened to it. A red light shoots out of the fire, and D-Boy realizes that its Evil. Freeman tells Milly to turn on the base’s defensives, and Milly gets to work. Radar like dishes rise out of different locations, and they create a beam like barrier around the base. Evil dismisses it as being weak, and rams it. He can’t break through and realizes it’s tougher than he anticipated. He then starts destroying the dishes one by one, and the barrier starts to fail. Rebin and Honda are working on Pegas to upgrade its weapons, when D-Boy runs into the lab demanding to use it. Rebin tells him it’s not ready, but D-Boy says he doesn’t care. Honda tells him to calm down and says he’s not helping by getting in their way. D-Boy shoves Rebin aside and tries to get to Pegas, but Honda tells him to be patient. D-Boy says he can’t let the base be destroyed, then tosses Honda done and tries to start Pegas up. Aki tells him he can’t go, otherwise a repeat of his last fight will occur, and asks him if he has forgotten it. D-Boy hesitates, and says he hasn’t. Evil continues to smash the base, and tries to call his brother, growing more furious as his calls go unanswered. D-Boy just stands, finally understanding that he can’t do anything now. Back in the desert, Miyuki is once again wondering the desert, when she suddenly she grabs her head in extreme pain. She falls to her knees crying, calling out to her brother.

 

Another cliffhanger, I know I know, but hey, I guess it’s a trademark of the series. What I’m truly surprised about is Noal’s reaction to how D-Boy is treated. When the series began, he hated him and loathed him, but now he’s actually concerned for him. Noal has really changed since the series got started. Miyuki is trying to get to D-Boy, but she is slowly suffering, and I think we all know why. Shinya is truly a mean guy; taking any advantage he can get, and even killing the officer who helped him. Now Shinya has become Evil and is attacking the base, and D-Boy can’t take Pegas out. This is quite a big jam, a miracle better happen and fast.

 

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