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Episode 28: Running on Empty

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

July 5, 2004

 

Summary

 

The Green Earth land cruiser that the Space Knights are now using is moving through a forest of spore plants, and the natural wild life around them is dying. Rebin and Aki check both Pegas and the Sol Tekkaman armor, and they both turn alright. Noal is driving the land rover, but his fuel indicator starts flashing, and Noal says they haven’t found a city yet. Milly tells him not to worry, and he tries to joke about it, while D-Boy sits and watches where Noal is driving. Aki and Rebin brings the news to Noal and D-Boy, and Rebin says that D-Boy’s crystal has shown signs of possible wear and tear, which may need repairing some how. If not, possibly have to replace it in another fashion. Noal says that they can just try to take a crystal from Axe or another Tekkaman, but D-Boy says it won’t be easy. D-Boy says it might be possible to use another crystal after his old one is beyond repair, but Rebin says ‘he’ wants to test if first at the new base once it’s completed. D-Boy looks at him in shock and asks where this new base is, and Aki says it’s being built in the Arctic up North. Noal says they don’t know their status since they haven’t been in touch with them for five months, while he and the rest of the gang have been trying to find spare parts for Blue Earth, or find a new ship some how. He also says that while they’ve been wandering around, the spore trees have been growing in size around the world, and Aki is worried about that, considering Miyuki’s warning. Off in the distance, Milly spots a town up ahead, and Noal steps on the gas to get the land rover moving towards it. Nighttime comes, and while D-Boy and Noal head to the town, Aki, Rebin, and Milly stay behind to cook. Aki does her best to peel potatoes, but she keeps cutting herself, while Rebin and Milly almost close their eyes at her painful attempts. Rebin says ‘he’ll’ peel the potatoes, while Aki agrees and heads back into Green Earth to do some computer work. Aki walks off, and Milly scolds Rebin for being ‘dense’ about her wanting to simply help out with the cooking. Rebin apologizes to Milly, and says ‘he’ didn’t mean to hurt Aki’s feelings. Aki is at a computer, and looks at her bandaged hands and gets a little down on herself, but manages to get to work. At the town, which seems to have guards all around it, Noal and D-Boy try to convince the mayor to give them some energy for their vehicle. The mayor says no, and that he can only turn on the generator in their town once a month, and for only five hours. And what little power they produce couldn’t help them. However he gets crabby and asks them to leave, saying it’s their fault as Space Knights for being unable to stop the Radam invasion of Earth so far. Noal demands that he listens, but D-Boy manages to convince Noal otherwise, and they leave the building. They walk through the city angry, and a flower girl walks up to them and asks D-Boy if he’d like to buy some flowers. Noal says that Aki loves flowers and urges him to buy some, but D-Boy declines the offer and walks away. Noal tries to make him reconsider, and tells him that Aki has been feeling lonely before they found him. Just as they walk by a ruined church, he even tells D-Boy he saw Aki praying at a church once. D-Boy asks him if it’s true, and Noal tells D-Boy that while he doesn’t know if praying works or not, he should at least buy flowers for Aki. He walks off, leaving D-Boy alone to think for a moment. Later, Rebin, Milly, and Noal are cooking supper, and Rebin is angry over what happened (And manages to accidentally toss some potato soup on Noal’s hand). Noal says he’ll try again tomorrow when the city starts the generator again, while Aki is listening in. She notices D-Boy sitting on a hill, and starts walking up the hill. D-Boy recalls what the mayor said about the generator, but at the same time, beneath the generator, a spidercrab seems to be waiting.

 

D-Boy is thinking about his sister Miyuki again, but Aki snaps him out of it when she sits next to him. She asks him what he’s thinking, and he mentions his sister, Omega, and how powerless he seems right now. Aki tries to cheer him up, and then hands him a data disc. She tells him its all the data they have on Axe so far, and she wants to help D-Boy in making Axe the one to take the crystal from. D-Boy thanks her for the help, and they sit together for a while. The next day has come, and the Space Knights try again to ask for power. The mayor’s armed guards stop them, and he warms them again that he won’t help them, otherwise if they try to take any, he’ll use force. Noal tries to convince him, but Rebin tells him to back off, otherwise the worst might happen. The mayor gives the order to start the generator, and the citizens start taking the energy they need. The Space knights take the Green Earth and leave, but Rebin is ticked about what happened. Aki tells him to calm down, as they are civilians just trying to stay alive. While the generator is on, the spidercrab awakens down in the ground and feeds on the power supply. The generator then malfunctions, and can’t be shut down. The spidercrab comes out the ground below onto the surface, and its size seems to have doubled. The Space Knights notice what’s happening, and Aki says they have to help them. Noal disagrees as the mayor never helped them, but Aki tells him it’s their duty to help the civilians. D-Boy agrees with Aki and runs to Pegas to become Tekkaman-Blade, and Noal finally agrees, even though he isn’t happy. While the civilians flee the town, the flower girl from before gets pinned behind a building, unable to run. Back at the Green Earth, Rebin and Milly decide to stay behind, helping them coordinate the attack. Just before the spidercrab can attack the generator again, Pegas with Blade attack it, and knock it down to the ground. While Blade attacks the spidercrab, the mayor’s guards start fleeing, even though he orders them to stay and help defend the generator. Noal shows up and fires a shot at the spidercrab, but his weapon doesn’t seem to penetrate the spidercrabs armor this time. The mayor asks him to defend the generator, which angers Noal more, but he stomachs it. Blade makes another attack, but finds that even his own lance weapon can barely cut the armor. He notices the flower girl behind the building, but the spidercrabs tentacles then catch him. He opens his Vol-Tekkers, but refuses to fire them as he might risk killing the girl. Noal, the mayor, and Aki wonder what he isn’t firing his Vol-Tekkers, when Aki notices him pointing to a building. Aki sees the child and drives a jeep to grab the girl and flee. Just as Aki gets away, Blade breaks free and finally fires the Vol-Tekkers at the spidercrab at an angle away from the generator, killing it in one shot. The dust settles down, and Blade is ok, but his timer warning is flashing. He is glad to see the girl is ok, and the girl is overjoyed to see him ok as well. Later, the generator is repaired and powered up again, but now it’s hooked up to the Green Earth and is giving it the energy it needs to keep going (While the mayor apologizes to Rebin with little success). While Aki is monitoring the power levels, D-Boy walks in, and drops some flowers off at the next seat. Aki notices this, but D-Boy says while he knows he can give Aki much more, the flowers are all he can give, and he leaves. Aki picks up the flowers and smells them; happy at least D-Boy is caring for her.

 

Commentary

 

After one filler episode, we seem to get another, with slightly less involving the main plot. We also seem to have another "kid of the episode" here, as in the previous one we had Rasheed, now we have a flower girl. Hopefully we have too many characters like that. But on the plus side, we do get some good development character wise. D-Boy is finally opening up to Aki more and more, and we also learn that Aki even seems to have some faith by even praying for D-Boy. At least the episode ends on a good note with the Green Earth getting power, and Aki getting the flowers D-Boy gave to her. But other than that, nothing big here. I also found the mayor to be completely stupid. What the bloody heck was going through his mind? I can see why the Space Knights hate him so much.

 

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