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Episode 3: Power of the Space Knights

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

April 1, 2003

 

Summary

 

Blue-Earth is coming back home to the Space Knight HQ and Noal lands Blue-Earth on the launch pad and takes it into the hanger. Honda, Rebin, and Milly are watching Blue-Earth come to a stop, and Rebin asks how new equipment on the Blue-Earth checks out. Noal says he likes them a lot and Rebin asks if D-Boy likes the new computer tracking system that she (he) installed. Milly starts talking about D-Boy’s appearance then Rebin tells her it's more than just looks. Milly agrees then asks why D-Boy seems sad all the time. Meanwhile, Freeman is watching them talk from the back, then walks out the room. Aki, Noal, and D-Boy a bit behind them, walk out the ship, commenting on the new booster system. Noal says he'll buy the food this time and asks Noal if he wants to eat, but turns around and doesn't see him. He looks in another direction and sees D-Boy going down another hall. Noal and Aki ask D-Boy if he's hungry, and he says no this time. Freeman comes up with Milly and asks D-Boy if he would like to have an M.R.I. scan of his body done. D-Boy asks why and Milly says it may uncover on how D-Boy's powers work, and jokes if she may be able to use it. D-Boy looks at her and tells her she wouldn't want it. Later a machine is going over D-Boy's body and starts a scan on him, Aki, Noal, and Freeman watch as the scan does its tests. They don't find anything unusual about D-Boy at all, and Freeman wonders on how Milly is doing on her scan of the crystal D-Boy has. Milly can't identify what the crystal is made of at all, and it appears harmless. Freeman comments on how separately D-boy and the crystal are nothing unique, but when D-Boy uses it, it makes him a weapon. Meanwhile at the Allied Space Defense Forces command center, monitoring stations are picking up a section of the Orbital Ring falling towards Earth, and indicate they have 25 minutes max before it impacts Earth. Back at the Space Knight HQ, Freeman and D-Boy are walking down a hall, with Freeman thanking D-Boy for allowing the scan, even though nothing was found. He asks D-Boy if he can look at one more thing and D-Boy agrees. They enter a room and see large chambers with Tekno-pods in them. Freeman says that these particular pods were dug nearby a capital city and that they appear harmless so far, but fears of what they may do in the future. He asks D-Boy if he knows anything on them, but D-Boy says he doesn't know either. He asks if he can go and Freeman says he can leave if he wants to. D-Boy asks about his crystal and Freeman says he can take it, as it is his property. D-Boy thanks Freeman, and starts to walk off with his crystal, but Freeman asks if D-Boy would want to team up with the Space Knights. He asks if he is fighting a personal battle or one anyone can join. He tells him not to face it alone and that they could help one another. D-Boy says he'll think on it, and leaves the room. In a training room in another part of the Space Knight HQ, Aki grabs a man's arm and tosses him to the ground and the man gives up. The crowd cheers, with Milly saying to Noal how well Aki is doing. D-Boy walks in and both Noal and Milly greet him. Noal asks if he's sticking around and Milly says of course he is. Noal says not to push it and that it's up to him. Aki looks at them and adds in that having new blood would be a good idea. D-Boy thanks them on wanting to be friends, but says that people close to him end up dead. D-Boy walks off, leaving Milly and Noal confused. Aki watches D-Boy walk off, wondering on what is hurting him so much. Meanwhile, A shuttle carrying army personal belonging to the Earth Military is asking for permission to land at the Space Knight HQ, a man picks up the microphone, and it's the same general from the last episode, calling himself General Colbert. Freeman gives them permission to land, and later Colbert and 2 escorts walk into the base. They meet Freeman and they exchange handshakes, Colbert asking if Freeman has been monitoring the situation with the Orbital Ring section. Freeman nods and asks the base computer for the time of impact and location. The computer gives a location and says it'll impact Earth in 13 minutes. Colbert asks for the Space Knights help and Freeman asks what needs to be done. Colbert tells Freeman to relinquish command and give command of all the Space Knights under his command. Freeman says no and Colbert says that he'll be following his orders. Freeman says that the Space Knights are separate from the Earth Military, but Colbert says Freeman has no choice, but Freeman says that's where he disagrees. In the Blue-Earth hanger, D-Boy tells Honda he doesn't understand why everyone wants him to stay, and Honda asks him why not. He says there are people here who care for him and welcome him, and D-Boy is worried about that caring being the problem, but Honda says it's one worth living with. Meanwhile, Colbert is still demanding Freeman to give up his command. Freeman asks why and Colbert says that the Earth Military missiles aren't powerful enough to destroy the Orbital Ring section. He says that Tekkaman-Blade has the power to do so. Freeman says that D-Boy is not an official Space Knight and that he's still a civilian, but Colbert says he'll be following his orders from now on. Colbert walks up to Freeman and threatens him that if he doesn't give him command, he will destroy the base. Freeman doesn't believe him until his 2 escorts pull out laser pistols. The 2 station crew women jump up and ask Freeman if sounding the alarm is needed, but Freeman says to keep calm. Colbert pulls out a switch and pushes a button, and then the main viewer shows a live feed of Earth Military troops and tanks surrounding the base. Colbert asks if he will get Tekkaman-Blade, or will he have to level the base. Colbert asks again if he'll get the base, Tekkaman-Blade and if Freeman will relinquish command, but Freeman tells him that D-Boy is a civilian not under his control. The computer gives an 8-minute warning until the Orbital Ring section impacts Earth. Colbert speaks into the device he has and says commandos have infiltrated the base and have taken positions in different sections of the base, slowly taking control of it. He tells the commandos to await further orders while taking their positions. Colbert asks if Freeman will summon the Space Knights and D-Boy and ask them to do the job, but Freeman says that he'll only summon them right now. Jamison pushes a button and makes a call to all Space Knight personal, including D-Boy.

 

Honda, Rebin, Aki, Milly and Noal make it to the command room, and wonder where D-Boy is. D-Boy walks in and Colbert walks up to him. He says he admires him for someone with great power at a young age, and looks at his face. D-Boy tells Colbert to keep his hands off of him and slaps his arms away. Freeman tells the Space Knights that he's been told to relinquish command and the Space Knights ask what's going on. A monitoring soldier tells Colbert that the Orbital Ring section hasn't changed its course and that his troops have taken positions. Colbert is glad to hear that and tells them to hold their positions. Noal can't believe on how the Space Knights are being forced to obey Colbert, but Colbert tells Noal its D-Boy he wants. Noal tells them to back off but has guns pointed at his back by Colbert’s escorts. Freeman tells D-Boy that the choice is up to him and that the Space Knights will back him up. D-Boy thanks Freeman, then says that the Military should be listening to him, and orders Colbert to stand down. He tells him that without him they wont stop the piece from falling to Earth. The escorts ask Colbert if they need to silence him, but D-Boy threatens them that if they do, they loose their only chance to stop the falling Orbital Ring section. D-Boy looks at Colbert and says he doesn't take orders from anyone, and that he doesn't like the military at all, and Colbert grows furious and clenches his teeth. He tells the troops to open fire, and presses a signal button. Outside the base, tanks and missile tanks fire at the base, shaking everyone inside. Colbert says that he isn't bluffing, and asks again if he gets Tekkaman-Blade. Freeman says he has no authority here, but Colbert says to continue the attack. While the attack continues, a com member tells Colbert that message is coming in for him, and that it's from the president. Galt asks what it's about and Freeman jokes about it being about Colbert's resignation. The president comes on and asks Colbert why the Orbital Ring section has not been destroyed yet. Colbert tells him that the Space Knights aren't co-operating, but Freeman tells the president that he and his men were held at gunpoint forced to obey him. The president reminds Colbert that he was just sent to ask for Tekkaman-Blade and the Space Knight’s help, not force him to help. The president apologizes for Colbert's behavior and says that there is less than 6 minutes to stop the Orbital Ring section. Freeman accepts the apology and the president tells Colbert to pull his troops out and leave then the com channel stops. Colbert has no choice and calls off his troops. Freeman tells D-Boy that the Orbital Ring section is still falling to Earth and that if he will help. D-Boy agrees and says if anyone needs his help, they just need to ask for it. However, he tells them to stay out of his way when he's fighting, and that he doesn't need amateurs in the way. Freeman agrees and the Space Knights get to work. Blue-Earth launches with Noal, Aki, and D-Boy aboard, and reach orbit. Aki tries the new tracking system and finds the Orbital Ring section. Noal moves Blue-Earth closer and they see Spidercrabs waiting inside the hull. D-Boy gets to work and heads to the back section again of Blue-Earth, and changes into Tekkaman-Blade. Blade starts destroying the Spidercrabs, then Aki tells him he only has a minute left, but he's almost finished already. Blade tells them to back off, and he fires his voltekkers into the Orbital Ring section. The section explodes, knocking Blue-Earth out of control. Blade shoots his grappling hook and balances Blue-Earth enough for Noal to gain control of it again, and they fly off with Blade pulling himself closer, and landing on top of the ship. Back at the Space Knights HQ, Honda, Rebin, and Milly comment on how great a job D-Boy did. Freeman smiles as Colbert leaves, but he warns Freeman that it wasn't over yet, then he leaves the room. Down the hall, he can't believe that how the greatest weapon in known existence, Tekkaman-Blade is in control of "Renegades." Back in space, Noal tells Aki and Blade they're going home. Blade tells them that they've won this battle, but the war was far from over, and that Omega was still out there.

 

Commentary

 

A slightly better episode, as we get some suspense here. My predictions were right, Colbert no good, he’ll only prove to be trouble in the future. At least D-Boy is slowly trusting the Space Knights, but will there be a sour moment later? Looking at D-Boy, he believes that this war is something only he can win. He is a loner, and doesn't seem to think that the Space Knights can help him in any huge way. It's clear Aki is developing feelings for him already, but they seem almost motherly like in a way. It makes you wonder if D-Boy will do something in the future that will strain his friend ship with the Space Knights.

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