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Episode 40: Sword Strike

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

August 7, 2005

 

Summary

 

Blue-Earth is out for a test flight, and Noal brings it back in for a landing. He, Balzak, and Aki are walking to a computer room to analyze the data they collected on the spidercrabs that landed on the Earth, but Noal tells Aki to spend more time with D-Boy. D-Boy is back in the medical room in a scanning machine, and the other Space Knights watch him. Freeman says his condition isn’t getting any better, and Honda begins to wonder if he’ll forget them, or which side he’s fighting on. Aki arrives as well, and too is told of D-Boy’s condition. Later, Freeman, Noal, Milly, Balzak, and Rebin are surprised to see the remainder of Barnard’s commandos ready to fight, and a woman this time is among them. They say they want to fight and take the Orbital Ring, and Freeman says he has a plan in mind. With most of the spidercrabs on Earth, the Orbital Ring has little guard. He says that with the help of the commandos, they can secure one of the spaceports on the Orbital Ring, and use that to have Blue-Earth get to the moon, since they don’t have a working catapult. Freeman says that it’s Rebin’s job to get the station back online, and the Space Knights agree that it’s a sound plan. D-Boy shows up, and asks to come along as well. Freeman is unsure, but the commandos easily accept him. Aki disagrees, but D-Boy says he has to use the time he has left. His decision is final, and the one commando woman looks at him strangely. On the Orbital Ring, Hun Rii watches a Queen Spidercrab lay eggs, and she tells it that its task is done. The Queen breaks free from its egg tube, then it starts eating its own eggs. Hun Rii watches, and says its part of the next plan. At one of the Orbital Ring elevators, the Space Knights are surprised that the elevator is still working, and the commandos say that it’s in basic function, which was why it’s not guarded. Rebin checks on Pegas, and Aki tells D-Boy not to change into Tekkaman-Blade, and to let Noal and Balzak do the work for him. The woman commando from before inspects her rifle, and her partner calls her “Angela”, and asks her if she could take middle position since she isn’t a professional soldier. She unholsters a pistol, and stares at it for some reason. The commandos and Space Knights ride the elevator up, and then D-Boy suddenly gets a call from Hun Rii. She can feel D-Boy’s presence, and transforms into Tekkaman-Sword, and tells him she’s waiting for him.

 

The Space Knights and Commandos float down the halls, and encounter a couple of Spidercrabs. The commandos easily take care of them with explosive darts, and they all proceed to the first spaceport. At the Alaska base, Milly and Freeman are monitoring them, and watch them approach the first port. The gang arrives, only to find that it’s been destroyed, and see that the 2 nd spaceport is destroyed as well. They monitor spaceport 3, and see that Sword is destroying the spaceports, staying one step ahead of them. D-Boy asks which ports are still working, and Rebin tells him that 5 and 6 are still working. D-Boy heads out, with Balzak, a few commandos, Pegas, and Angela, while a few commandos stay behind with Rebin, Aki, and Noal. As the group with D-Boy are driving along on vehicles, Angela asks D-Boy about the time he spent with Barnard. Angela goes on about how D-Boy first met him, and tells him about their relationship. She tells him that when he left for war, he’d leave the pistol she has on a table for her for protection. She then tells him that when she knew he wasn’t coming back, she decided to join the war as well. She asks D-Boy what it was like in Barnard’s final stand, but he can’t seem to recall. He tells her he can’t remember, and Angela is shocked. Meanwhile, Rebin tries to fix the computer back at the port they’re in, and she nearly blows up the console. Aki watches her do her work, and wonders what D-Boy is doing. Back with D-Boy, Angela asks him if he could end up truly forgetting everything one day, and D-Boy only tells her he just forgets more day by day. Angela tells him that if he remembers who he cares for or who he lost, he’ll never forget. She starts singing the song that Barnard sung, and Pegas joins in. D-Boy is surprised by this, and Angela jokes about Barnard making a robot sing. Suddenly the Commandos pick up something big coming their way, and the Queen Spidercrab shows up. They fire their weapons at it, but nothing seems to hurt it. They fire the special exploding darts, but they don’t detonate properly. They then try to shoot the darts to make them explode, but the Queen then shoots acidic slim that melts a few of the commandos. D-Boy has had enough and turns into Tekkaman-Blade, and Balzak joins him. But Blade and Balzak get knocked against the walls, and Angela rushes in to help them. A tentacle impales her and picks her up, but she’s still alive. She sees the darts and pulls out the pistol. Blade begs her not to fire, but she tells him not to forget, and asks if Barnard is waiting for her. She pulls the trigger, and sets the darts off, blowing apart the Queen’s head, and causing a large explosion. Blade’s anger reaches a boiling point and he evolves into his Blaster form, and fires the Vol-Tekkers. However, as they hit, the explosion is more volatile, and Sword can feel it, and says the trap worked. The explosion goes off, engulfing the section D-Boy and his group are in. Back at the destroyed spaceport 1, Rebin finally gets the computer working, but it malfunctions when the shock wave reaches them. Aki wonders if the explosion was from D-Boy, and becomes concerned. Sword says her plan worked, as the explosion ended up destroying spaceports 5 and 6, leaving only one of the eight left. At the site of explosion, the blast forced D-Boy out of his Tekkaman form, and he looks around, but can’t find anyone. He sees the pistol on the ground, and promises he won’t forget Angela or anyone else who died.

 

Commentary

 

Is it just me, or did we also get a taste of Aliens in this episode? I mean, first the different spidercrab types, and now a Queen Spidercrab? Well, something had to be making them right? Although why they just had to have a Queen, I’m not too sure. We meet Barnard’s lover and probably his wife, Angela, but she, like some the other side characters, seem to life only for a short time. The result of what happened caused D-Boy to fire his Vol-Tekkers and set Sword’s trap off, and now there is only one spaceport left. I wonder who will get there first, as we also are now pretty much on the final stretch, with only three episodes left.

 

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