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Episode 42: Beginning of the End

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

 

August 24, 2005

 

D-Boy and Aki are in the Blue-Earth doing their normal recon patrol, when he asks her if they could take a detour. Aki asks if it’s important, and he tells her it’s important to him. Aki agrees, and goes in the direction he points out too. They stop at a shore mansion, and when Aki asks him what the house is, D-Boy tells her it’s his home. He opens the front door, and aside from some fallen plants and stuff knocked around, the house is fairly untouched. He walks into the kitchen and has a memory of father’s day, with him, Shinya, and Miyuki celebrating for their father. He and Aki then walk to a work desk with a library behind it, and D-Boy finds his father’s smoke pipe there, which he thought his father lost on the Argos itself. Night time comes along, and Aki asks D-Boy if trying to remember this many of his memories, while making new ones, is a good idea for him in his condition. D-Boy says he doesn’t want to forget, and Aki says she feels helpless while he suffers. D-Boy reassures her that she the best of his memories, and they both kiss each other. The next day, D-Boy and Aki come back to the Alaska Base, but Freeman is busy working on a new weapon. He finishes a hand held cannon, and comes to the main command room to show D-Boy, Aki, and Milly are waiting for him. Freeman says he’s finished completing the “Counterflux Polariser”, which he said should, once it hits a Tekkaman, allow for normal attacks to hurt a Tekkaman. D-Boy asks if it’ll work on Omega, and Freeman says that it hasn’t been tested, but feels confident it will work. Honda comes up on the monitor and say the catapult will be completed in a couple of hours. The crew is overjoyed, and Aki says Noal and Balzak happy as well. At the same time, Noal and Balzak are getting their suits on and getting ready to go, and Noal notices a picture fall out of Balzak’s flight suit. He sees a picture of Balzak, Rachel, and Rick at the farm, when Balzak takes his picture back and tells Noal to mind his own business. Noal tells him not to worry and that he has something to return to. Balzak sees where this is going, and tells Noal that he too has something else to return to, and that they won’t die. He gives him a stick of bubblegum, and jokes how it’ll keep Noal from having his ears pop. On the Orbital Ring, the power is finally coming up online throughout the Orbital Ring, and control of it has now gone back to Earth. But Rebin gets in touch with Freeman and warns him that the Spore Plants around the world have finally begun to bloom. Freeman orders Rebin and Milly to patch him to the world broadcast system, and he warns all of Earth’s cities about the spore plants, and to evacuate to the Orbital Ring. Sometime passes, and Freeman asks Milly about an estimation about how many people they can save. Milly says only 20%, but D-Boy says that if they take out Omega, the invasion will be over. At the Radam base, Shinya is in a pod, finally finishing the same evolution process D-Boy went through. Omega releases him, and Shinya says he feels peaceful for some reason. Suddenly his body surges with pain, and can’t understand how his brother has survived the same pain he’s feeling. D-Boy suddenly feels a telepathic call, and Shinya talks to him, telling him they need to finish their game. D-Boy agrees with Shinya, and Shinya tells him he’ll be waiting on the Orbital Ring. D-Boy’s telepathic communication ends, and Aki asks him what’s wrong. D-Boy says Shinya called to him, and that he has to finish their fight. D-Boy runs off, and just as Aki goes off, Freeman tells her to look after him. Noal and Balzak ask to tag along too, but Freeman tells them to stay with the Blue-Earth since they have a task to do. As D-Boy and Aki take a fighter to the Orbital Ring, Freeman tells Noal that D-Boy has to finish the fight with his brother by himself. Honda comes onto the monitor and tells them the catapult is ready. The ground splits apart and the catapult comes up to the edge of a cliff, ready for use. However, Hun Rii is aware of this, and since Omega is once again resting, she goes off on her own to stop the Space Knights.

 

Noal and Balzak are on Blue-Earth and are moments from leaving, but Balzak jokes about having a meal before he leaves. Freeman says he’ll have a steak waiting for him, and Noal launches the Blue-Earth. The launch is successful, and the Blue-Earth heads for the moon. However, at the Alaska Base, Milly picks up a target heading towards the Blue-Earth. Noal and Balzak notice it eventually, and realize it’s Sword heading at them. Balzak tries the Blue-Earth’s new top mounted gun, but it doesn’t scratch the hover platform she’s riding on. Sword cuts the turret off and damages the Blue-Earth, and Balzak gets ticked about it. He goes off to the back of the ship to get into his Sol-Tekkaman suit, and tells Noal he’s going to try the special gun at Sword. As Noal tries to keep dodging Sword and her attacks, he notices Balzak’s picture fly off his console station. Balzak comes out of one of Blue-Earth’s airlocks and has a lifeline hooked onto his suit. He sees Sword come up from the rear and fires the Polariser at her, and it actually has an effect. Sword tries to shake it off, but when Balzak fires his regular cannon at her, he starts to wound her. Sword veers away, but Balzak doesn’t stop firing at her and wounds her again. She smashes against Blue-Earth’s wing, but uses her claws to stay on it, and stop not far from Balzak. Sword tries to come up to him, but gets another batch of shot leveled on her. Balzak thinks he finally dropped her, but Sword manages to stay standing and charges Balzak recklessly, and impales him with one of her claws, even while Balzak is firing at her. She grabs one of Balzak’s legs and drags him off the wing, and the lifeline snaps. Noal watches in horror as Balzak and Sword descend back into Earth’s orbit, and Balzak isn’t resisting at all. He thinks about Rachel, and back on Earth, a now pregnant Rachel herself feels something. Rick asks her if something is wrong, she tells him it’s nothing. As Balzak and Sword descend, Balzak fires one last time at Sword, and manages to leave a hole in her before he breaks away. Balzak starts descending into Earth, as his suit becomes engulfed in flame and begins to break apart. Sword spins out of control, but manages to fire her Vol-Tekkers at Blue-Earth, destroying one of its wings. Blue-Earth spins widely, and falls back to Earth. Sword asks that Omega remembers her, as she starts her descent, and burns up in orbit. At the Alaska base, Milly says they lost contact with the Blue-Earth. Honda prays for Noal and Balzak’s safety, while Freeman says they have no way to get to the moon now. On the Orbital Ring, D-Boy is about to leave Aki as he says Shinya is nearby. He starts to close a section door, and Aki wants him to promise to come back. The door closes, and he leaves, unable to answer her. Aki is still at the door, and says she’ll wait for him, and starts crying. D-Boy and Pegas come into a dark section, and D-Boy calls out for Shinya. Shinya answers him, and is happy to see he agreed to come. He asks D-Boy why he’s so driven to destroy him, and he says it’s because their twins. And because of that, he says that even D-Boy has the wish to kill his own brother. D-Boy says it’s not true, but will kill if he has too. Shinya says they’re both madmen ready to kill each other, but when D-Boy says he’s ready, Shinya tells him he probably isn’t, as he doesn’t know what he has in store for him, and he starts laughing.

 

I’ve heard about cutting it close, but this is REALLY cutting it close. With the 2nd to last episode, we’ve probably seen the last of Hun Rii. I doubt that after the injuries she suffered, she could survive a descent through Earth’s orbit, and she brought apart anyway. And it looks like Balzak may have been fated from the start of this episode, but we don’t know what happened to him or Noal for that matter. To make things worse for Earth, the Spore Plants have begun to take humans and convert them into primary body Tekkaman. The last episode will probably be a doozy, that’s for sure, so sit tight!

 

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