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Episode 32: Axe Trap

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

 

September 6, 2004

 

Inside the spore plant forest, a large cathedral stands out in the forest. Axe has been using it as his base. Goddado (Tekkaman-Axe), walks to the castle’s balcony, and has a meeting with Omega through a large plant. Omega tells Goddado that he is displeased with how Blade hasn’t been eliminated yet, but Goddado says he has a plan to lure him into a trap at the cathedral, since he is after his crystal. Omega agrees with this, and lets Goddado proceed. The Green Earth wanders through the forest, and D-Boy is questioning the rest of the Space Knights if it’s a good idea for them to tag along. D-Boy reminds them that it’ll be a messy fight between him and Axe, and says he has a plan to go to the moon. He pulls out a shard from another crystal, which happens to be Miyuki’s. D-Boy tells everyone what happened to him just a few weeks after the original Space Knight base was destroyed. He went to use Pegas to Tekk-Setter, and then Miyuki’s crystal reacted with his own. As a result, he destroyed a large cluster of spidercrabs before his transformation was done. When he got out, he was in Earth Orbit, almost near the Orbital Ring. D-Boy tells the Space Knights that if he had a whole crystal, he can use it to get to Omega. Noal suddenly stops the Green Earth, and tells D-Boy the spore plants are becoming very thick. D-Boy insists that they should go on, as his forehead symbol is glowing, as Goddado is telepathically calling him. They decide to take a smaller vehicle, but is large enough to carry Pegas, Noal’s suit, and Balzak’s repaired and upgraded suit as well. Suddenly Noal turns too late at a corner, and the vehicle gets stuck in some muck that the spore plants produce. D-Boy gets out and decides to go on his own, but the rest of the Space Knights insist that they stick together. D-Boy runs off, and they lose track of him in some fog. D-Boy keeps running, as Goddado keeps telepathically calling him. D-Boy finally finds the cathedral, and heads to the front doors, which seem to open by themselves. Goddado walks outside, and greets D-Boy.

 

The Space Knights are now traveling on foot, with Noal and Balzak in their Sol Tekkaman suits, hoping to catch up to D-Boy. Back at the cathedral, Goddado and D-Boy discuss their situation. Aside from the fact of Goddado reminding him that he trained everyone in his family to fight, he also reminds D-Boy that he lost his father and his sister, and that Shinya is in bad shape. He asks D-Boy where he stands, and says that Omega is willing to take him back to become a family again, but D-Boy refuses. Goddado tells D-Boy to give it more thought, but he still refuses to join him. The Space Knights reach the cathedral, but before they can look inside, the same plant that Goddado was using earlier, spots them, and attacks them by spraying a liquid at them. Goddado tells D-Boy that since he taught him martial arts and how to fight, he respects him and his brother Shinya. But he says that D-Boy is a traitor, and that he’ll kill him to protect Shinya. Goddado and D-Boy duke it out, but D-Boy manages to hold his own. Outside, the liquid the plant sprayed, suddenly moves on its own, and starts to cover Pegas. D-Boy and Goddado continue to fight, but Goddado knocks D-Boy over with a kick. However, he’s over confidant and D-Boy manages to get a kick into Goddado’s face. He decides to Tekk-Setter into Axe, and D-Boy calls Pegas, but Pegas can’t move due to the goo all over it. D-Boy wonders what’s happening, and Axe tells him that Pegas won’t come. Aki, Rebin, and Milly are stumped at what to do, then Noal and Balzak try shooting the goo off, but it keeps attaching itself to spore plant trees. Axe throws his axe style lance at D-Boy, but he decides to make a run for it as he dodges it. Axe chases after him, and before D-Boy can get to the exit, spore plant vines grow out of the floor and block his exit. Axe corners D-Boy, but Noal and Balzak blast an opening and get inside. Noal distracts Axe, while Balzak takes D-Boy out and heads toward Pegas. D-Boy finally realizes what happened, and Balzak tells D-Boy to jump into Pegas the moment he shoots. Just as Balzak fires and makes some room for Pegas, he throws D-Boy, and he lands in the interlock chamber. But the goo covers Pegas again, and this time covers Balzak. As D-Boy Tekk-Setters, the energy from his own crystal and Miyuki’s causes the goo to harden and shatter, and D-Boy becomes Tekkaman-Blade. Axe knocks Noal out of the cathedral, and Blade tells Axe to leave him alone. Axe decides to go after Blade, and while they fight, Noal is still down, and the spore plant goo traps Pegas yet again. Axe tells Blade that he knows he’s after his crystal, and says that if he wants it, he’ll have to take it from him. During the fight, Blade lands on the ground, and finds his legs trapped when more spore plant goo snatches his legs. Axe throws his weapon at Blade and injures his leg, knocking him down. Axe walks up to Blade, and with the rest of the Space Knights watching, Axe lifts his weapon, and Aki screams.

 

So, it would seem that Goddado is actually D-Boy’s instructor. That would explain why D-Boy could fight him, but not on equal terms. In this case, it’s the student versus the master type scenario. But Axe isn’t fighting fair, as he has the very environment to his advantage. Now he’s got D-Boy pinned and is about to deliver a possible deathblow, and we’re left with a cliffhanger here. Have to see what happens in the next episode.

 

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