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Episode 34: On Ice

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

September 6, 2004

 

Summary

 

Some time has passed, and the Green Earth has stopped nearby a beach. Barnard is singing his song again, and Pegas is singing along with him. Rebin walks up and finally realizes it was Barnard who taught Pegas how to sing. Rebin tells Barnard food is nearly ready, and leaves Barnard to go back to his singing. Later, Barnard tells the rest of the Space Knights how he met D-Boy, but when he asks D-Boy what’s on his mind, D-Boy seems lost in thought and doesn’t answer anyone. Barnard pulls out a disk and plays it in a video display, and a pre-recorded message of Freeman comes up. He discusses how the Blue Earth is nearly ready, and wants the rest of the Space Knights to come to the new base. Milly is overjoyed to realize Blue Earth is nearly rebuilt, and Aki joins her in the conversation and asks D-Boy what he thinks now that he may not need another Tekkaman crystal. Suddenly his vision starts to blur, but he claims he’s ok. But Barnard just looks at him, suspecting something. Later that night, Barnard is outside drinking when Noal joins him. He asks him where the new Space Knight base is, and tells him it’s in Alaska. But he tells them that before they go there, they need to pick up a microchip in a base in Iceland, which is part of their plan to use on the moon. Noal agrees, but before he heads off, Barnard wants to tell him something else. Barnard tells him that while he passed D-Boy’s quarters earlier and looked in his window, he noticed him picking up a glass of water. However, D-Boy’s vision blurs and he has some kind of pain spike, and drops the glass of water on the floor, and it shatters. Noal doesn’t know what to make of what Barnard told him, but Barnard asks Noal not to tell anyone else. Later, Noal heads to D-Boy’s quarters, and sees him sitting on the couch in the dark. Noal asks him if anything is wrong, but D-Boy tells him he’s just tired. He tries to climb up on the bunk bed but falls off on his first attempt. Noal helps him up, but D-Boy says he’ll be fine. He gets up on the second try and falls asleep, and Noal notices the shattered glass still on the floor. It’s the next day in the morning. The Green Earth is on autopilot as it navigates the ocean, and Barnard gets everyone together for a briefing. Barnard puts in a disc and that displays the layout of the factory they’re going to, and Aki asks if it’s underwater, and Barnard says she’s correct. Rebin joins the briefing late, but is surprised D-Boy still hasn’t joined them. Noal and Barnard node to one another and Noal just says D-Boy must be just under the weather. In his quarters, D-Boy is trying to get his jacket on, but his vision blurs again and he starts to see red. He nearly collapses and holds himself in pain, unable to explain what’s happening.

 

Later that day, the Space Knights arrive in Iceland and find the base on a large ice patch, but the above ground portion is destroyed, and they can’t use the elevators to get down. D-Boy comes out of Green Earth and says he’ll get the chip, but nearly collapses again. Aki runs to him and holds his forehead, finding out he has a hot temperature, but D-Boy says he just has a slight fever. He tries to get up, but almost falls over, and Aki tells him he should rest again. Noal says that he and Balzak can get the chip, and Rebin agrees and says the Sol Tekkaman armor can be used for under water purposes. Noal and Balzak suit up, and open a hole in the ice and jump in. They swim to the bottom and find the under water portion of the base, and swim under it. They find an airlock and open it, and begin to look inside the base. A short time later they finally find the chip, and tell Barnard and the others they’re coming back up. D-Boy is sitting on the main bridge, while Aki is telling him to rest in his quarters. But D-Boy insists that he should stay awake incase something goes wrong. Noal and Balzak get ready, and dive into the water again. Before they begin to surface, they spot glowing red eyes in the dark, and when they approach them, find out they are actually underwater type spidercrabs. Noal warns Barnard about what they found, but the spidercrabs don’t seem to be attacking them. Noal readies his gun, but Rebin tries to warn him about it. Noal opens fire, and his main gun implodes, knocking out his suit’s propulsion. Rebin tells them that the main guns on the armor weren’t meant to be fired under water, and Balzak grabs Noal and make a break for it. The spidercrabs follow them, and Balzak tries the wrist cannon on his suit, but it’s almost like a peashooter under water. Balzak asks for D-Boy’s aid, but Noal tells him not to call for help. Aki over hears this on the com and demands to know what’s going on. Barnard finally tells everyone the truth, and tells D-Boy that Freeman was doing research, and says that every time he changes into Tekkaman-Blade, it’s like wear and tear, and his body degenerates every time he changes. But they can’t explain why yet. He gets to the point and says that if he changes again, it may kill him. D-Boy accepts the responsibility and decides to go and help Noal and Balzak. He takes Pegas out and becomes Tekkaman-Blade, and lets Pegas blast a hole in the ice for him. He goes underwater and starts attacking the spidercrabs, allowing Noal and Balzak to escape. However, Blade starts having another pain spike, and starts swinging his lance aimlessly in the water. A spidercrab attacks him, but he gets loose and makes a break for the surface. Blade makes it up onto the ice, but the spidercrabs actually surface as well and start crawling on the ice. Blade tries to use his Vol-Tekkers, but they seem to malfunction and fail to fire, and Blade gets another pain spike. Just before a spidercrab kills him, Balzak fires his main guns, and destroys the rest of them with Pegas’s help. Noal helps Blade up, and takes him back to Pegas to change back. D-Boy is back to normal, and is helped out of Pegas by Noal and Balzak. Noal hands Barnard the chip, and Aki asks D-Boy if he’ll be fine. D-Boy says he won’t let them done, but suddenly covers his mouth, and coughs blood out between his fingers, and he collapses to the ground unconscious, as everyone watches in shock at what just happened. Omega on the moon gets word of what happened, but for some reason isn’t too concerned with his own Tekkamen for some reason.

 

Commentary

 

Now the Evolution Arc begins, and we get some more info on D-Boy. It would seem that he’s is in trouble again, and this time it may be more fatal. He just put himself in a dangerous position, and now his condition is probably worse. We also see the under water type Spidercrab, I guess it figures that we’d have one sooner or later. I mean, we’ve seen the ground and air type, why not water as well? And what does Omega know that the rest of the Space Knights don’t know so far? Or does Freeman know as well? A cliffhanger again, we’re gonna need to see what the Space Knights come up with.

 

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