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Episode 5: Time's Up

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

April 1, 2003

 

Summary

 

It look like the next day, and the Space Knights have a meeting, with Aki of course not attending. Freeman doesn't hold D-Boy responsible to Aki's injuries or damage to Blue-Earth, but is worried if D-Boy will have another incident where he'll lose his strength when he becomes Tekkaman-Blade again. Colbert appears on the room monitor and congratulates then on a hard fought battle. Colbert tells them they have a new mission, and that the previous Tekno-pod batch they intercepted the last time they were out in space, isn't the last. More are coming, and Colbert wants the Space Knights to destroy them. Colbert says if they fail, he'll take D-Boy off of their hands, as he believes he can make him into a better fighter. He wishes them luck and the channel cuts off. Later, Freeman briefs the Space Knights on their objectives, and assigns Milly to be Blue-Earth's navigator since Aki can't attend this mission. Noal tells the gang that D-Boy will just break up the team, but Rebin and Milly say it's not true. Noal grabs D-Boy's uniform collar and warns him that if Aki doesn't recover, neither will he. Noal walks off, leaving everyone in the room. Rebin and Honda then go to work on Blue-Earth, and install the new lasers that were very much needed. Rebin wants to talk to Noal, but Honda says it's something he has to deal with. Later, in the monitoring room in the hospital section, where Aki is asleep, Noal is watching her. Noal then hears a door open, and sees D-Boy in the room, and wonders why D-Boy is there, and turns on the speaker to listen in. D-Boy tells Aki that he's sorry, and that he'll make up for it by not returning next time. Noal is shocked; he can't believe what D-Boy is saying. Later that night, D-Boy is starring at the moon, and Milly comes up to him. She tells him not to worry about Noal, but D-Boy tells Milly he may not come back. He tells her that he has a 30-minute time limit, then he loses control of himself and goes berserk. He asks Milly to promise to destroy him should it happen, and Milly, though she doesn't like the idea, makes that promise.

 

The Space Knights launch, with D-Boy, Noal, and Milly aboard. They reach orbit and find another cluster of Tekno-pods. D-Boy goes out, and Milly wishes him luck, and starts a clock count down. D-Boy becomes Tekkaman-Blade, and starts destroying the Spidercrabs. Freeman and the others watch, and can't believe why Colbert doesn't help them. Colbert is also watching, and believes that if D-Boy fails, he gets him. But if they win, he's hailed at a military genius. Blade keeps destroying the Spidercrabs, while Milly tells Noal that it's been 20 minutes already and that they need to help Blade out. Noal doesn't understand then a spidercrab attacks Blue-Earth. The clock and timing systems fail, and then Noal tries out the new lasers. The spidercrab takes the hits and falls onto another spidercrab, destroying both of them. Meanwhile, Spidercrabs surround Blade and shoot their sticky substance at him, pinning him in space. Blade's head gem starts beeping again, as his time is running out. Noal demands answers from Milly, then she tells him what Blade told her. Noal looks at his watch and says he only has 4 minutes or so left. He moves Blue-Earth past Spidercrabs while shooting at them. He shoots a few shots and cuts Blade loose. Blade lands on Blue-Earth's top and thanks Noal. They get to the Tekno-pods, and see that it also acts as a spidercrab colony. Blade jumps off of Blue-Earth and fires his voltekkers at the colony, destroying it completely. Milly asks how much time is left, and Noal looks at his watch and times up. Blade isn't moving, and Noal moves the laser cross airs over Blade, but Milly begs him to give Blade another minute. Noal remembers what happened in the hospital room, and says he has to do it. He fires, but Blade dodges the shots and asks why Noal shot at him, or if it was a wake up call. Blade gets back inside and turns back into D-Boy. He comes into the cockpit and says his time limit wasn't up yet. D-Boy falls over and goes unconscious, and Milly runs up to help him. Noal looks at his watch, confused, as he heads back home. Later, Honda looks over the watch and is fixing it, and tells Noal that it was knocked off time, and that it was 5 minutes ahead. Noal says he doesn't recall what happened, then remembers the fight he had with D-Boy, but doesn't mention it, only saying that he may have did something. Honda tells him to watch it, and chases Noal around with a large wrench, swinging at him. Later, Freeman, Rebin, Milly and Honda are in the hospital room as Aki is now awake, she says she is fine, and they wonder where D-Boy and Noal are. On the roof, looking at the moon, D-Boy asks Noal if he hesitated to shoot him. Noal says no and smiles at him, and tells him he trusts him less, but will give him a fair chance. D-Boy says that fine, while Noal walks off. D-Boy tells himself that he knows he stands alone. On the moon, Omega sits in his fortress, and waits for his time.

 

Commentary

 

Well, a sticky episode, now D-Boy has a time limit on him, so he can't stay as Tekkaman-Blade for very long. Noal in a way respects him, even though he doesn't trust him. I'm surprised how this little incident happened because the watch Noal won from Honda got damaged. I guess it goes to show you even little things can have some effect here.

 

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