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Episode 36: Evolution

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

January 22, 2005

 

Summary

 

Spidercrabs are charging at the Alaska base, and begin their attack. The Space Knights can’t believe there were so close for D-Boy to finish. Aki asks Freeman to lower the power to make the last hour less painful for him, but Freeman says he can’t stop the slow or stop the process, otherwise it may kill him. He reminds the crew that they have 1 hour until he’s done, and Freeman puts Barnard in charge of overall defense. Barnard says that while he and his men usually fight and try to live for another day, this time they’ll go all the way to make sure D-Boy is safe. The Space Knights all agree, and Barnard starts going over defense plans. Noal and Balzak are in one team fighting the spidercrabs outside the base with their Sol Tekkaman armor. Honda and Rebin will be with Barnard’s men, guarding the inner halls of the base. Barnard himself, Aki, Milly, and Freeman will guard D-Boy and Pegas. Barnard hands Freeman a rifle, and Freeman says he developed new rifles with a higher rate of fire, and use bullets made from spidercrab claws. Barnard tells everyone else to get going, and the plan is starts up. While the base is still being attacked, heavy double steel doors are locked down in the room D-Boy is in, and Freeman says they’re capable of stopping a small atom bomb (But somehow I doubt it’ll help too much). Noal and Balzak get outside and start their defense of the base, but Morimotoh is on top of a hill, and notices the entrance that Noal and Balzak used. Honda and Rebin are patrolling the halls, chatting with one another, and wonder if D-Boy will make it through ok. At an elevator, Morimotoh manages to get into it, and start going down into the base. The elevator stops and opens, but Morimotoh runs into one of Barnard’s men. The soldier demands to know who he is, and Morimotoh claims he fights for Omega. He charges the guard and grabs ahold of his neck, nearly crushing it, before slamming him into a wall. A mine on the ceiling goes explodes, and the rest of Barnard’s men come around a corner with rocket launchers and rifles, with Honda and Rebin with them. They spray the hall with everything they got, and pause for a moment when they see nothing but smoke. However, Morimotoh has become Tekkaman-Lance, and jumps out of the smoke and cuts two of Barnard’s men in half, and grabs the third by the back of his shirt. Honda demands that he let go of him, but Lance tells him he’s in no position to make demands, and asks where Blade is. Honda tells him he’s not at the base, but Lance says he is lying to him. The last of Barnard’s soldiers pulls a pin on his backpack, and yells at Rebin and Honda to duck for cover. A bomb in the backpack goes off, but Honda and Rebin manage to escape. They look around the hall, but can’t see Lance anywhere. Rebin finally notices Lance, but he’s sticking to the side of the wall with his feet. Lance pulls out one of the spidercrab bullets that almost penetrated his armor, and says that he and Honda are becoming thorns in his side. He pulls out of the rifles that they had, and takes aim at them.

 

Lance shoots the ceiling and the walls, and brings some of it down on Honda and Rebin. Lance lands on the floor, and notices both of them knocked out on the floor. He says he has a reputation to keep and pulls the trigger at them, but the gun is out of ammo. He gives up and bends the gun out of shape, and decides he wants to go after Blade instead. Freeman, Barnard, Aki, and Milly are still guarding D-Boy and Pegas, and Freeman tells them they have only 5 more minutes to wait. Suddenly they hear clanging down the hall, as Lance approaches the door. They take positions at the double steel doors, and Milly asks Barnard if it’s the enemy. The door gets slammed on and gets bent out of shape, and Barnard jokes at Milly by telling her if Balzak and Noal would bash the door open on them. Barnard tells them to get ready, and suddenly Lance’s fists come crashing right through the double steel doors. The middle section opens up, and the gang starts spraying the entire opening. Lance’s shadowy figure disappears, and Barnard tells them to stop firing, but to be ready. Milly doesn’t know if it’s over, and Aki runs into the hall. She looks right and left, but can’t find anything. She then notices Lance standing on the ceiling, but before she can shoot him, she knocks her back into the room and she looses her gun, but Barnard manages to catch her. Lance smokes them by saying they can’t hurt a complete Tekkaman like him, and demands to know where Blade is. He then notices Pegas hanging from the ceiling and wonders what he’s doing. Barnard reaches for a grenade on his back belt, but tries not to look suspicious. Freeman tells himself they need just another minute, and inside Pegas, D-Boy is having flashbacks about his fights with Evil, the deaths of Dagger and Axe, and the death of his sister Miyuki. Pegas’s cables starts unplugging, and Aki says D-Boy is all right out loud. Lance has no idea of what happened, but says he can re-arrange that. Barnard pulls out a flash bang grenade from his belt and charges at Lance, but gets impaled by his weapon as a result. He shoves the grenade into his face and it goes off, stunning Lance even though Lance shoves him off his weapon. Pegas disconnects itself from the wires and cables, and lands on the floor with everyone looking. Freeman tells D-Boy to hurry up, and Pegas’s interlock system opens. D-Boy has become Tekkaman-Blade, but he doesn’t look at different as he stares at Lance from on top of Pegas. Lance says nothing has happened to him, but Blade asks him if he’s sure, and suddenly his body starts changing again. His armor grows larger and becomes more advanced, and Aki is shocked to see him. Freeman says he’s become Tekkaman-Blaster-Blade, but Lance can’t believe he’s evolved. He fires shoulder beams at Blade and hits him, and thinks he got him. But Blade flies out of the smoke with not a scratch on him, and grabs onto Lance’s neck as he shoves him through the wall, and starts heading for the surface. Barnard says he’s happy to hear Blade land a good one on Lance, but says he’s sorry he didn’t see it. Freeman, Aki and Milly look at Barnard in shock, as he tells them to look after D-Boy and dies while Freeman is holding him. Blade reaches the surface and still holds onto Lance while he goes air born, just passing Noal and Balzak, as they wonder what’s happening. Lance fires his Vol-Tekkers at point blank range, and Blade vanishes in the red light. Lance is confident he couldn’t survive it, but he looks in shock to see Blade has no marks on him. Lance just dodges Blade he tries to grab onto him again, and then Blade uses the Lightning Eagle ability (Something only Miyuki had previously) to fly circles around Lance as he tries to hit him. Lance retreats to a horde of spidercrabs, and Blade opens the Vol-Tekkers on his shoulders and arms. Lance doesn’t know what is happening, as the ground breaks up around Blade, and spidercrabs a short distance from him start exploding. Noal and Balzak duck for cover, and Blade fires the Vol-Tekkers. Lance watches to his horror as the blast expands to a blast larger than any Vol-Tekker blast, and he gets caught in it and melts into nothing. A large explosion goes off, and Noal and Balzak find themselves in a field of dead spidercrabs from the blast, happy they survived what happened. Pegas heads back into the base, and the entire Space Knights crew meet him back in the chamber, and see D-Boy come out of Pegas. However, he falls to his knees, and Aki runs up to him and notices his eyes are glowing red. Aki looks at Freeman and demands to know what happened to him, but Freeman says that this is something D-Boy has never had before. Aki says he should’ve been rewarded instead of punished, and D-Boy tries to stand up, but he seems to have temporarily lost his sight. He asks where everyone is, and then he almost trips over Barnards' body. D-Boy realizes someone has died, and Aki can’t help but feel sorry for D-Boy, and then a pain spike erupts in D-Boy’s mind.

 

Commentary

 

Quite an action packed episode to say the least, and certainly a couple of surprises. Morimotoh was a fool for thinking he was better than Shinya or D-Boy in general, and found out the hard way when his attacks did nothing to hurt him, and died in his futile attempts. Barnard and his men died in a bloody way, it’s a shame to see them go, but I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later. But now with D-Boy in the state he’s in, it would seem that he has more side effects, even though he’s more powerful. We’ll have to wait and see how bad it is later.

 

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