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Episode 8: Snapshot

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

 

April 17, 2003

 

On the Orbital Ring, Ion Cannons take aim at Earth and begin attacking populated areas. Colbert is talking to an officer and is angered at the fact that they can’t fight back. The officer says that the aliens haven’t attacked since Tekkaman-Blade arrived, but Colbert says that because of that, the aliens are only using the Ion Cannons to attack, leaving them helpless. The officer asks if the Space Knights could destroy the cannons, and Colbert wonders how they could find out the secrets of Blade’s powers. He smiles then thinks he may know a way, and says Balzak will find the out. Later, a blonde haired, bearded man with glasses is driving a jeep, heading towards the Space Knight HQ. He stops at the entry point next to a check station and pulls out a camera, asking if this was the Space Knights HQ. The guard tells him he needs to see clearance and who authorized it, and the man tells the guard it’s someone behind him. The guard falls for the trick and the man drives inside the base, with the guard chasing him, but blinded as the man took a picture of him. In the hanger, Honda and D-Boy are working on the Teknobot, and asks D-Boy if he’s got a part right. D-Boy says it’ll be ok but wonders if the parts will hold. Honda tells him not to worry, and to trust him, as he’s part of the team. Millie watches Rebin working on a computer, and asks what ‘he’s’ doing. Rebin says that D-Boy is adding movement program upgrades since D-Boy claimed it was slow. The blonde haired man from before comes in and greets himself. Millie asks what he’s doing here and says if he’s sorry he startled them, and that he is here on assignment. Millie and Rebin tell him that it was nothing, but Honda and D-Boy see him. Honda demands to know how he got in and Rebin says he’s here on assignment. Honda says he still wasn’t told and tells the man the area is off limits. He picks him up and demands answers, and the man says just to put him down and let him explain. The alarms go off and the Space Knights are ordered to Central Communications. As D-Boy and the others run off, Honda holds the blonde man by the shoulder and asks for an explanation, and the man tells him in due time. In the com room, Freeman tells the Space Knights that they’ve been ordered by the military to help destroy the Ion Cannons that have been making attacks on Earth. Noal says they get all the dirty work and Freeman says maybe it’s the case, but Aki says to worry more about the people who got hurt from the attacks. She asks Freeman how they could destroy them all, but Freeman says that there are 35 satellites in Earth Orbit, and would take months to destroy them all, and by then it would be too late. Freeman says that they would need to re-program the satellite computer system, and D-Boy asks if they could just destroy the computer. Freeman says that won’t work and D-Boy asks why, and Freeman says that if that happens, the backup program will kick in and cause all the satellites to fire their cannons all at once. Noal goes back to the re-program idea and Freeman says he wants Aki and Milly to work on a new program for the satellites. Just as the door to the room opens, Freeman says that a reporter has been assigned to them, and Noal asks what reporter. The blonde man behind them says he’s the reporter and says his name is Balzak, and he pulls out a badge saying that he’s a war correspondent. Noal doesn’t believe this, but Balzak says he’s here to stay. Aki says it may not be a good idea to have him around during combat, but Freeman says that General Colbert gave the order to have Balzak here, and let the people know about the Space Knights and their fighting. Balzak walks up to D-Boy and asks him if he’s the one called Tekkaman-Blade. D-Boy says he is and then Balzak says that rumor was he doesn’t remember anything, and asks for the real story. Aki walks up to him and says it sounds more like a scandal story. Balzak he’ll need to be careful around her, and Freeman agrees. He tells Balzak he’s here only to observe, and that he’s not to interfere with the Space Knights during combat. Freeman asks if he’s clear on that, and Balzak says he’s here to do his job like everyone else. They both squint at one another, and Freeman says the operation will commence at eleven hundred hours today, and the Space Knights head to Blue-Earth. D-Boy, Noal, and Aki board Blue-Earth and start it up, with Balzak getting on as well. Blue-Earth launches and heads into space. During their launch, Balzak records some of the launch phase, and then puts the camera down.

 

Blue-Earth is now in space, and heads towards the Orbital Ring. D-Boy enters the ship’s hanger, and sees Balzak with the camera looking at the Teknobot. D-Boy asks him what he’s doing and Balzak says he’s only taking pictures. D-Boy tells him not to touch anything and heads to a computer terminal. Balzak asks D-Boy if any one who enters the Teknobot, becomes a Tekkaman as well, and says that he could tell him. D-Boy says that only he can use the Teknobot, and Balzak asks why he’s the only one. He says the aliens have their own Tekkaman, and says that if not for the way people think of him, they might have thought of him as traitor for holding possible information. D-Boy grabs Balzak by his jacket collar and holds him in place. He says that how Balzak dares to ask that question, and says he’s doing everything he can to stop Radam, and lets Balzak go. Balzak tells him to relax and says that ‘he’ didn’t call him a traitor. He says that as a journalist, it’s his job to ask all the questions. He asks D-Boy again about his memory and D-Boy looks at Balzak confused. He says that the rumor was he has no memory, but he thinks that might not be the case, but then the ship’s alarms go off. Noal and Aki head for the Orbital Ring, but the batch of Ion Cannons are firing on Earth again. Spidercrabs start heading towards Blue-Earth and Noal tells D-Boy over the com that it’s time for Tekkaman-Blade. D-Boy activates the Teknobot, jumps into the back hatch and heads out. Balzak watches from a window, and says that if he can’t get the answers from D-Boy, he’ll have to get them himself. D-Boy becomes Tekkaman-Blade and starts to go to work on the Spidercrabs. Noal says that while Blade keeps them busy, they can head for the Orbital Ring now. Blade tells the Teknobot to go into Battle Mode, and the Teknobot streamlines itself. Blade’s armor streamlines as well, and the same energy that caused Blade to go twice as fast before surrounds both of them. Blade and the Teknobot start slamming through Spidercrabs, tearing entire groups to bits. Balzak watches with his camera and comments on how Blade is a one-man army, then Aki tells him on the ships com to suit up in three minutes if he wants to come along, and Balzak leaves Blade to continue his fighting. Blue-Earth lands inside one of the Orbital Ring’s hangers, and Noal asks Balzak if he truly wants to come, but Balzak says he wouldn’t miss it for the world. Aki uses a tracking device to help them as they move along the halls, and they reach a sealed bulkhead. Aki starts to work on the console and the door starts to open. But a Spidercrab is on the other side, and it breaks the door down just as Aki, Noal, and Balzak make a quick dash. Noal says to head for an overhead hatch, but another Spidercrab comes down from it and blocks their path. Noal asks what to do now, and then a double speared lance comes and destroys both Spidercrabs. Blade comes out the smoke riding on the Teknobot, and Balzak says he knows how to make an entrance. Aki tells Blade to follow them, and Blade says he’s right behind them. They reach another bulkhead and Aki says it’s the one to the main computer room, and she opens it. Everyone goes into the room, and sees a giant organism in the middle the room, attached to the walls. Noal asks if that ‘blob’ controls the computer, then tentacles shoot out from the side of the organism. Blade pulls everyone down, and the tentacles miss completely. Blade almost goes to attack the organism, but Aki reminds him of what will happen if it’s destroyed. Blade orders the Teknobot to hold and secure the organism, and the Teknobot heads toward it. The walls behind them break down and Spidercrabs start to come in, and Blade tells the gang to get to work on the computer then goes to fight the Spidercrabs. Aki goes to work on the computer with Noal and Balzak watching, and Aki says she’s almost done. A Spidercrab that was thought killed suddenly gets up and lifts its claw, with Blade noticing this and destroys it by throwing his spear into it. The Spidercrab explodes, but a claw jabs itself into the wires above the computer, and an emergency warning kicks in. Aki says the backup system is coming on, and Noal asks if she can disarm them. Aki says she’ll try and goes to work on the computer again. She says the computer isn’t responding, but Blade tells her to hurry up. Aki claims the computer isn’t responding to her commands to override the Ion Cannons, and she says the computer is frozen. The Ion Cannons start to take aim at Earth, and begin to charge up. Blade tells her to keep trying, but she says the cannons are about to fire. Balzak suddenly pushes her aside and starts typing on the computer. The cannons stop at the last minute, and the computer accepts the new program, with Aki and Noal shocked at what he did. Blade tells the Teknobot to throw the control organism outside, and the Teknobot throws it through the walls. Blade fires his voltekkers, and destroys the remaining Spidercrabs as well that were outside. Aki says she’s glad Balzak did what he did, and Balzak agrees with her. Balzak leans in the chair and breaths easily, and Noal says that for a reporter, he knows a lot about computers, and asks who he really is. Balzak says he’s just a reporter, but he happens to be good with computers, and winks at Noal. Later at night, back at the Space Knight HQ, Balzak is in his quarters on a com terminal. He speaks into the com and says that it was a good thing he went along, as his computer skills stopped another Ion Cannon bombardment. He claims he hasn’t found Tekkaman-Blade’s secret, but says it’s only a matter of time.

 

Well, we get introduced to yet another character, who claims he’s a reporter. Balzak is definitely not one in this case, and his computer skills prove otherwise. The way Freeman looked at Balzak earlier, it was almost as if Freeman knew he was more than he seemed, and in this case he’s right, as he seems to be a spy. After all, Colbert sent him, so it’s another hint he’s not just a reporter. Otherwise nothing overly new or exciting, this is one of the slower episodes.

 

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