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Episode 7: Teknobot

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

April 1, 2003

 

Summary

 

Spidercrabs fly towards Earth and begin an all out attack. Milly is talking while this is happening, mentioning that the north and south pacific fleets have taken heavy damage and that far eastern command is gone. Noal and Aki are overseeing Milly work, and Aki says it’s no surprise attacks would come out now. Noal looks at an overview monitor, and actually says they need D-Boy’s help. At a meeting being held at the Terran Military HQ, Colbert blames Freeman for the lose of D-Boy’s powers, and says that he should’ve given command of D-Boy over to him. Freeman says that while he is responsible for what happened, he is answerable only to civilians. Colbert asks Freeman to give him D-Boy and see if they can salvage him, but Freeman disagrees and says the Space Knights have their own tradition of solving problems, that whatever they start, they finish. With that Freeman leaves the room, and gets a call on his pad display. Milly comes on and wishes Freeman a good morning. Freeman asks how the work on the Teknobot is going, but Milly says that Rebin and Honda have their hands full. Freeman tells Milly to tell them to keep the work going, as they’re under the gun. Back at the Space Knight’s HQ, Honda watches Rebin work a program that shows a diagram of a robot of some kind. Rebin makes final calculations and tells Honda that since ‘he’ came up with the plans for the put together crystal, he can build the Teknobot finally. Honda is glad and almost runs out of the room, but Rebin stops him and tells him to pick up the robot plans. In D-Boy’s quarters, D-Boy shoves over a tray of food Aki was giving to him, and he just lays down on his bed. Aki asks what’s wrong, but D-Boy says he just wants to be left alone. Noal was waiting at the entrance and asks Aki to forget about it. He says that once D-Boy is beaten once, he packs it. D-Boy sits up off his bed and stand ups, and says that without his crystal, he can’t become Tekkaman-Blade anymore, and asks Aki and Noal what they would feel if the Blue-Earth was to be taken away from them. D-Boy starts to walk towards the door, but Aki stops him and tells him to hold on, and tells him he can’t just walk away. D-Boy says what is she going to do to stop him, and with that Aki punches him, trying to knock sense into him. She grabs D-Boy by his arm and drags him out of his room, with Noal looking at them with shock. Aki takes D-Boy to the hanger deck, and shows him the Teknobot in it’s early stages of construction. D-Boy asks Aki why she didn’t just tell him this, and he sees his crystal across the hanger in another room. Rebin tries to calculate how the crystal works, but gets an error on the computer screen. D-Boy says he appreciates the help, but he’s not sure if it’ll pay off. Rebin sees them and runs out to talk to them. Aki asks how things are going and Rebin says there are some bugs to work out, with D-Boy saying it’s complex Radam science, and that it’s something that can’t be learned overnight. Honda says they’re not in the stone age and that this is what they do for a living. Aki asks close a break through is, but Rebin says that they’re running into trouble trying to create and artificial way to make D-Boy Tekkaman-Blade, but Rebin thinks they’re close. D-Boy still has doubts, but Noal walks up behind him and says his attitude is getting on his nerves, and Honda adds in to not count them out yet, and that Rebin is their best chance to get the Teknobot working. Everyone goes back to watch Rebin do the test again, and says they replaced the missing parts with synthetic parts. The test runs ok, but has another error at the last second. Honda says to keep trying and D-Boy turns around and looks away. Rebin says ‘he’ will think of something and give D-Boy the ability to become Tekkaman-Blade again. Freeman comes on the radio and tells Rebin and Honda to keep working, and asks the other Space Knights to the com room. Ion cannons from the Orbital Ring open fire on Earth, and attack populated areas as well as famous locations. Milly tells the gang that the attacks are precise, and then her com gets jammed. A voice comes on, and D-Boy recognizes it as Dagger’s voice. Dagger says that his lord, Omega, is merciful, and that the attacks will stop if they hand over the Tekkaman-Blade, and adds in that he is a traitor and a renegade. Dagger says to have him brought to the Orbital Ring by twelve hundred hours Earth time, or the attacks on populated areas will continue. Aki thinks it’s a bluff, but Noal thinks its for real as he holds all the cards. Dagger says they have until twelve hundred hours to decide, then the transmission ends. On the Orbital Ring, Dagger waits, says that D-Boy will come, and that he’ll be waiting.

 

Later at night, Noal runs from the Blue-Earth, saying to himself that everything is a constant fire drill. He gets into the com room, and everyone is waiting there except for D-Boy. Milly turns to Noal and says that D-Boy insisted on going to the Orbital Ring alone, but Noal is confused and says the Blue-Earth isn’t ready yet. Milly says he’s found another ship, but Noal doesn’t believe it. Honda says D-Boy found an old booster rocket, and that he’ll use it to fly to the Orbital Ring. Freeman opens a com channel and asks D-Boy to shut the engine rockets down. Aki asks D-Boy to listen to Freeman, and Noal runs up saying not to be a hero, as he can’t become Tekkaman-Blade. D-Boy says he knows that, but that’s why he has to go. Noal asks what happens when his plug gets pulled, and D-Boy says that for one broken down ex Tekkaman in exchange for millions of lives sounds like a good deal to him. Noal doesn’t believe that and asks if the attacks really will stop. D-Boy says the attacks won’t stop if he doesn’t go, and says it’s at least worth a shot. Noal tells D-Boy not to go, and Aki asks him not to go as well. D-Boy starts the rocket systems, and says farewell to everyone and with that the rocket launches out of its hanger and heads for the Orbital Ring. Rebin blames ‘himself’ for D-Boy running off, and says that if he finished the Teknobot this wouldn’t have happened. Freeman tells Rebin to pull together, and Honda says it’s not over till it’s over, and Rebin agrees. D-Boy’s rocket let’s go of its back engines, and D-Boy holds on. Rebin goes back to work on the data, praying ‘he’ will get it right this time. D-Boy runs into Spidercrabs in space, but they don’t attack him, instead they let him pass. Rebin runs into another error, and wonders if it’s a computer glitch and not human error. Milly walks into the room and says she has the new data ‘he’ wanted, but she trips over power cords and two disks hit two buttons on the keyboard Rebin was on. The system reboots and ‘he’ asks Honda how long it’s been since the computer was serviced, and Honda doesn’t know. The correction comes in and an answer pops up for the crystal process to work, and Rebin thanks Milly for stumbling on the answer. Rebin tells Honda to get to work, and Honda starts working on the Teknobot. D-Boy finally reaches the Orbital Ring, and Dagger is waiting their for him. Dagger charges and leaves a large cut line in the rocket hull, and D-Boy jumps out of the hull breach. He fires his suit jets and hides under cover of the Orbital Ring, as debris just misses him. Dagger finds D-Boy and asks where his humor went, but D-Boy threatens Dagger by saying he has a ten gigawatt thermal fusion bomb built into his suit, ands says that with one tap on the trigger, they both end up space dust. At the Space Knight HQ, Blue-Earth finally launches, carrying a package with it for D-Boy. Rebin tells Noal to be careful wit the Teknobot, but Honda says to at least hurry up. Noal asks them to make up their minds and Aki tells him the Orbital Ring is coming up. D-Boy floats across the Orbital Ring surface, running from Dagger. Dagger asks where this bomb of D-Boy’s is, and shoots a tower to send debris flying at D-Boy. Aki is shocked for a second, as Spidercrabs charge at Blue-Earth, but Noal jokes and starts firing at them with Blue-Earth’s lasers, clearing a path for them. Dagger wanders around and finds D-Boy pinned by a pipe, and starts twirling his lance, with D-Boy moving his finger over the trigger on his suit. Dagger asks if he really has the guts to do it, and D-Boy says he will push the trigger if it shuts him up, but Dagger says he’s willing to pay that price to get rid of D-Boy. Suddenly Blue-Earth’s lasers send Dagger running for cover, and frees D-Boy loose of debris. Noal opens a com channel and tells D-Boy there is a Teknobot with his name on it, and moves Blue-Earth close enough to pick up D-Boy, with Dagger cursing at D-Boy to come back. D-Boy looks at the Teknobot will Noal tells him it’s voice activated, and says to have the commands loud and clear. D-Boy thanks Noal, and Noal is shocked at how D-Boy thanked him. D-Boy activates the Teknobot, and jumps into the back interlock chamber, and it closes on him. The Teknobot launches from Blue-Earth’s bottom launch bay, and the top hatch opens, letting Tekkaman-Blade loose. He lands on top of the Teknobot and is surprised the transformation actually worked. Dagger can’t believe D-Boy is a Tekkaman again, and Blade jokes about what people do with shattered crystals these days. Blade starts to destroy left over Spidercrabs, then charges at Dagger. Dagger gets his lance into an overload bow state, and fires arrows in batches in quick bursts. Blade bounces them off his spear while riding on the Teknobot, and opens his voltekker pads, and says good bye to Dagger. The voltekkers fire, and Dagger is unable to escape the blast, and says he’ll get him back, but he melts and comes apart in the blast, vanishing from site. Noal jokes about how well Dagger blew up good, and congratulates Blade thanks Noal again. Blade looks into space, and says he feels the battle is only starting. Back on the moon, Omega stands in his place, and says that even though Dagger has failed; he can replace him with yet a more powerful Tekkaman, and laughs to himself.

 

Commentary

 

Finally, this is where the series gets a good kick, and is on it’s way to officially start, another one of the better episodes in the series. The Teknobot allows D-Boy to become Tekkaman-Blade again, and I must say, riding a robot can’t really get cooler than that. I’m surprised that Aki actually punched D-Boy earlier, I wasn’t expecting that, but then again she must care for him enough to do that, if you can understand that. Now with Dagger gone, who is gonna replace him? Who is going to be this new Tekkaman to fight Blade in the future? We’ll have to wait and see.

 

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