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Episode 23: In the Beginning

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

February 1, 2004

 

Summary

 

D-Boy backs up against the console saying that Takaya Aiba is his name. Freeman says he did some investing and came up with information regarding Kouzu Aiba and an exploration ship called the Argos. Noal says it rings and bell, and Rebin says it was an exploration ship sent out to explore the moons of Saturn, but vanished. Freeman says that Kouzu took his family with him, and that two of those brothers in the family were twins. Noal asks if D-Boy is one of them, and Rebin agrees. Freeman says that there are still gaps and that only D-Boy can answer them, but D-Boy says that if he told them, they wouldn’t believe him, as he doesn’t believe it himself. A doctor pops up on the console com and says that Miyuki needs a blood transfusion otherwise she won’t make it. D-Boy says he’ll volunteer, and Aki agrees to help as well. D-Boy, Aki, and Miyuki are now in the hospital room, transferring blood from one another too Miyuki. D-Boy thanks Aki for the help, and Aki says she understands. Back on the Orbital Ring, Evil is recovering from his wounds in a healing pod, and then Omega telepathically communicates with him. He tells Evil that Rapier(Miyuki) can’t be allowed to join with the Space Knights, as she knows too much. He tells Evil that Blade and Rapier are at their weakest and that he should strike soon, and that other Tekkaman will be joining him soon. Back at the Space Knights base, the blood transfer is complete and doctors roll Miyuki’s bed out the room. D-Boy tries to get up and ask where she’s being taken, but Aki tells him that the blood transfusion worked and that she’s being taken to ICU for observation. Aki tells D-Boy to rest as they gave a lot of blood, and D-Boy agrees and they both lay back down on their beds. D-Boy looks at the ceiling lights and suddenly sees a creature of some kind, then says it’s out of a nightmare. Aki looks at him, and D-Boy goes on to tell what happened. The Argos heads to Saturn’s ring, and the entire family is on the bridge. Miyuki picks something up on the ship’s sensors and shows it to her father, displaying it on the monitor. The tip of an alien ship is pocking out of a wormhole of some kind, but seems trapped. Kouzu orders them to back off, but Shinya says that they can’t. The alien ship glows and knocks the Argos about, and the entire alien vessel comes out, and is more than three times the size of the Argos. D-Boy tells Aki that the ship was a Radam probe, and at the time they didn’t know. He says they could’ve run, but didn’t. Kouzu orders a damage report with Takaya (D-Boy) and Shinya telling him it is not serious. Miyuki tells her father that there is no communications but she’s picking up some kind of life inside. Shinya asks if they can go explore it, then Kouzu tells Miyuki to wake up Kengo and Hun Rii. D-Boy continues to tell the story, while the other Space Knights can’t believe what they’re hearing. D-Boy says that he and the others were stupid, and that they had no idea it would be a nightmare. The Argos crew enters the ship, and looks around the main structure, seeing no crewmembers of any kind. The ship appears totally organic, and Takaya touches something, but his father tells him to be careful. Pods up on the ceiling start glowing, and suddenly swoop down and start swallowing up Argos crewmembers one by one. Kouzu is finally caught, and Shinya tries to rescue him but gets swallowed too. Takaya is the last of the exploration crew left, and tries to make a dash for it. Miyuki loses all contact with the team and runs to the cryo chamber to try to wake up Kengo, Hun Rii, and the others. Takaya gets surrounded by the pods and pulls out his gun, but it’s knocked out of his hand by a tentacle. A pod charges at Takaya, then he’s swallowed up. D-Boy says that Miyuki, Kengo and his fiancé Hun Rii were taken next. Aki says she’s sorry and holds D-Boy for a moment. D-Boy goes on and says that the Argos was swallowed up by the Radam ship to become part of it, and the entire crew were now all in the Tekkaman Pods. Takaya and Miyuki watch as weak crewmembers die during the change, and are dumped out by the pods. D-Boy says that their own energy is taken from them and put back in, and their mind and body were subjected to tests, to become what Radam called Tekkaman.

 

Aki and D-Boy are now dressed, and Aki asks him how many more Tekkaman are there. D-Boy says at least five that he knows of, but with Dagger gone it makes four. Noal and Milly panic, as Milly says that they could barely hold their own against one. Freeman tells everyone to calm down, while Honda agrees and says they'll take it as it comes. He asks D-Boy how he got out to avoid the full Tekkaman Transformation, and D-Boy tells him that his father rescued him. D-Boy says that his father was rejected by the system, and was doomed to die. Kouzu falls out of the pod, but doesn’t die yet. He finds a pistol lying on the ground, and gets it to fire at the pod Takaya is in. Takaya falls out of the pods as a Primary Body, and Kouzu asks him if Takaya is still himself. Takaya calls himself, but is still mostly himself. Kouza drags Takaya off, and tells him that the aliens are called Radam and that Tekkaman are a slave warrior race. Kouza carries him back to the Argos, which was absorbed into the Radam ship, and puts Takaya into an escape pod with cyro abilities. Takaya asks his father for him to stay and fight, but Kouzu says that if he did, it would be useless and that Radam would just finish the job he started. Kouzu goes on by saying he was too weak, and says he was rejected and would soon die. Suddenly a hot gel starts filling the cabin, and Kouzu tells Takaya that now he has to get home with a responsibility. He tells Takaya that he was filled with knowledge of an invasion of Earth, and that any crewmembers or his that survive the Tekkaman Transformation, are his enemies. He tells him to forget his family, as they’ll be under Radam’s control. He ejects the pod Takaya is in, just as the gel swallows Kouzu whole. Takaya watches the ship, as his pod heads toward Earth. Aki starts crying for D-Boy, while the other Space Knights are getting emotional as well. D-Boy goes on, and says that it took him six months in the pod to get to Earth, but by that time the invasion of Earth was already underway, and he didn’t know when Omega came into power. He said that by the time he got to Earth, he only cared about revenge and fighting Radam, and that Takaya Aiba died, and Tekkaman-Blade had replaced him. From there he says that the rest is history, as he talks about the fight on the Orbital Ring against Dagger, to his falling to Earth and rescue by Aki and Noal. The Space Knights try to take it all in, then Freeman gets word that Miyuki has waken up. Milly tells D-Boy this, and Aki takes D-Boy to go see his sister. D-Boy and Aki arrive in the room Miyuki is resting in, and Miyuki is overjoyed to see her brother, and the feeling is mutual for D-Boy as they hug one another. Miyuki says she’s happen to see D-Boy(But calls him Takaya) again, before she would leave. D-Boy tells her everything will be all right but Miyuki says she’s not. She says that she left the Tekkaman Pod too early, becoming a rejected Tekkaman. She says she’ll end up like their father and starts crying, then Aki watches in shock as D-Boy yells out loud in anger and sadness.

 

Commentary

 

Well…Where do we start? In most series the truth isn’t learned till near the end, but where just about half way and we nearly have the whole picture. It would seem that D-Boy’s story is an unavoidable tragedy, and now there is more to worry about. Evil is still around, and more Tekkaman will join him, probably crewmembers from the Argos, and more or less probably members of his family. D-Boy tells his cruel fate that he has to undertake, and having to hear Miyuki tell him that she’ll die like their father is a tearjerker to say the least. This episode ends with another cliffhanger, as it would seem that an unavoidable tragedy will occur yet again.

 

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