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Episode 6: Shattered Crystal

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

 

April 1, 2003

 

On the moon, Dagger is meeting Omega, with Omega surprised Dagger wants to return to duty, even though his face when in his Tekkaman form is still disfigured. Dagger claims he wants to keep it that way as a reminder of his defeat. Omega says that Blade is no longer Dagger’s concern, but Dagger insists on destroying Blade as his job. Omega says it’s revenge that Dagger wants and semi admires it, and gives Dagger another opportunity to destroy Blade. Omega leaves, and Dagger promises that Blade won’t escape. Back on Earth at the Space Knight HQ, Honda is doing patch work on the Blue-Earth, when the alarm goes off, and Space Knight personal are ordered to the briefing room. At the briefing room, a radio transmission of a man claiming to be trapped in a chemical plant on the Orbital Ring is broadcast. Freeman says that it looks like survivors are on the Orbital Ring, with Aki and Milly finding it hard to believe. Freeman orders the Space Knights to pick up any survivors on the Orbital Ring, and make sure they don’t fall into the hands of the aliens. Blue-Earth launches and they head to the Orbital Ring, with Aki and Noal talking about how many survivors there are on the Orbital Ring. D-Boy says it doesn’t matter, and that stopping Omega is the most important thing to do. Aki doesn’t understand, and D-Boy says it even doesn’t matter if he comes back. The SOS is picked up again, but it gets cut off. Milly tells Blue-Earth they lost the signal as well, and Aki says their finding a hanger to dock. She finds one but the hanger doors aren’t responding. Noal uses Blue-Earth’s lasers to blow open the hanger doors, and lands inside. D-Boy gets into a space suit and says he’ll go inside alone, as he is the only one equipped to handle any Spidercrabs that may be around. Aki tells D-Boy to keep a com channel open, and D-Boy says he’ll keep in touch. Noal jokes that if D-Boy finds any evil Tekkaman, for D-Boy to tell them that he send his chauffeur to run them over. D-Boy leaves, and Aki tells Noal that his joke wasn’t funny. D-Boy wanders the halls of the areas just outside the chemical plant, and Aki asks if D-Boy has found anything yet. D-Boy says no survivors yet, and Aki tells him to be careful. Noal tells Aki not to worry and that he’ll just change into Tekkaman-Blade, defender of the realm as he puts it. Aki tells Noal that it’s not funny then listens on the radio as D-Boy calls out to see if any survivors are in the chemical plant. D-Boy says it doesn’t look like survivors are around yet and does an atmospheric check, and finds the air breathable. He takes off his helmet and calls out again. He sees someone in a darker part of the room and looks around. He hears laughter and sees a man in dark blonde hair sitting in a seat. The man thanks D-Boy for coming and turns to look at him. The man seems to be a normal human, but the irises of his eyes are red, and the man smiles at him. D-Boy is shocked, and says that he’s Fritz Von Braun, Tekkaman-Dagger. Fritz says that if D-Boy thought he got rid of him he was wrong. D-Boy says that there are no survivors, but Fritz there could be, but wouldn’t count on it, and says that D-Boy will be the next to go. Aki is monitoring the radio, and Noal asks what’s going on. Aki says D-Boy’s radio channel is breaking up, and that he’s talking to someone. D-Boy asks if Fritz sent the SOS and Fritz says it was the easiest way to get D-Boy up here. Fritz pulls out his crystal and changes into Tekkaman-Dagger. Dagger tells D-Boy he’s been waiting to get even and moves his hand to the side, activating crystals on the ceiling. D-Boy pulls out his crystal and begins to Tekk-Setter as well, but his crystal stops and D-Boy is stuck in mid Tekk-Sett, the transformation not continuing and he’s stuck in his crystal barrier. Aki overhears this and tells Noal it was a trap. Blue-Earth shakes as something is activating inside the Orbital Ring.

 

Dagger say goodbye to D-Boy, then an explosion rips through one of the chemical plant’s sections. Noal asks what happened and Aki tells him it was an explosion nearby where D-Boy was. D-Boy is on floor, and Dagger walks up to him and laughs. He tells D-Boy that the disrupter crystals he put in the station section keeps D-Boy from changing into a Tekkaman. D-Boy looks at his crystal and notices small cracks forming. Dagger pulls out an arrow from his lance and says he’ll make D-Boy pay for what he did to his face. Back at Blue-Earth, Noal asks what’s wrong and Aki says she heard something about D-Boy unable to change, and Noal can’t understand why. Aki wants to help D-Boy but Noal says it’s best to remain on the ship for many good reasons. D-Boy dodges Dagger’s energy arrows and hides from Dagger. Dagger moves by D-Boy and misses him. Aki comes in on D-Boy’s com and asks what happened. D-Boy says he’s ok for now, but he can’t change due to disrupter crystals in the station. He needs to get outside and once he does, he can change then. Dagger finds D-Boy and picks him up by his leg. D-Boy demands to be put down and Dagger throws him across the room. D-Boy hits a wall and his radio gets busted. Aki says she lost D-Boy’s signal and Noal says to launch Blue-Earth. Aki asks why and Noal says if D-Boy needs and exit they can blast open and exit for him. Meanwhile, D-Boy keeps running from Dagger, and sees more disrupter crystals inside the Orbital Ring halls. He runs into a spidercrab, but manages to avoid it. Dagger follows D-Boy and is pleased that he’s heading for the airlock. Meanwhile, Blue-Earth heads for the airlock area as well, and then Aki and Noal see more disrupter crystals on the outer hull. Aki says if D-Boy goes outside, he won’t change still. Noal says that the crystals have to go, and turns on the targeting system. D-Boy finds the airlock, and closed the inner door before a spidercrab gets him. D-Boy turns on the opening sequence for the second door and puts on a helmet. Noal is shooting at spidercrabs now, but Aki tells Noal if D-Boy changes while in space he’ll be stopped and die out in space. Noal says his hands are full and tells her to hold on. Meanwhile, the airlock finally opens just as a spidercrab breaks the first door down. D-Boy is in space and tries to Tekk-Sett again. The disrupter crystal on the outer hull stops D-Boy again from changing, and his suit breaks up. D-Boy is now only alive since his transformation made the barrier that’s around him, but will break up again over time. Dagger is on the outer hull and says good bye to D-Boy, but doesn’t see Blue-Earth coming in. Noal fires the laser cannons, and Dagger just jumps at the last second. He dodges the shots, but the crystals on the station hull are gone. D-Boy’s transformation finally continues and he becomes Tekkaman-Blade. Dagger gets spidercrabs to back him up, but Blade opens his voltekkers and destroys them, except for Dagger. Blade flies away to Blue-Earth, but Dagger says Blade hasn’t escaped at all. Blue-Earth starts to enter the atmosphere, but Aki says they’re coming in too fast. Noal and Aki see Blade grab the left wing, and slow the ship down to the proper speed. Blade says something is wrong with him, and he gets inside the ship. Blade walks into the cockpit and says the ship should be fine now. Aki asks if he’s ok, but Blade says never mind that and turn the ship around, as Dagger is still out there. Noal says he can’t do that, and asks if it’s really worth it to just get one guy. Blade’s forehead gem starts glowing and Blade grabs his head in pain. He says his crystal is damaged, and yells in pain. His Tekkaman form disappears, and D-Boy falls on his knees to the floor naked. D-Boy’s crystal falls to the floor and shatters into different pieces, and D-Boy claims he can’t become Tekkaman-Blade now. D-Boy claims it isn’t over and promises to get back for what has happened to him, as Blue-Earth heads back home.

 

Well, certainly a better episode, and at least an episode that’s part of the main story. Now D-Boy can’t change into Tekkaman-Blade anymore, which isn’t good news. What’s he going to do now, since he can’t change into Tekkaman-Blade and fight Radam? And why does D-Boy usually have to be shown naked when he changes or when something goes wrong when he changes? Thank goodness for shadows in the front area, but I guess this seems to be service for the ladies who watch the show. Anyway, very good episode, some good plot development.

 

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