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Episode 9: Convoy

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

April 17, 2003

 

Summary

 

Honda and D-Boy are busy applying new paint over scratched areas of Blue-Earth, and Honda says that the Blue-Earth now seems to be spending more time in the hanger. D-Boy says to stop the complaining and tells him they have a job to do. Honda tells him not to take it the wrong way, and says he’s glad to be working on it, as the only chance he gets to work on it is when it’s in the hanger, and D-Boy smiles. Milly comes onto the com and gives an alert for all Space Knights to report for briefing. Honda takes off his mask and jokes about Freeman’s briefings. Balzak comes out of his quarters, with Noal and Aki flying by him. He asks easily and in a joke like voice where the meltdown is, and then Rebin goes by him next. Rebin tells him not to stand in the middle of the hall during an alert and runs off, and Balzak says next time he’ll scrunch into a ball and bounce away. In the briefing room, an image of a ship convoy in space is showed to the Space Knights, and Noal asks what was with the convoy. Freeman says that they are twelve Beta Transports from Jupiter’s moon of Io, carrying supplies with them. Aki asks if they are really Beta Transports, as they were only designed for Orbital Ring docking. Honda adds that if they try to belly land on Earth, there is a chance that there could a crater large for the moon as he puts it. Freeman says the convoy was warned by they decided to continue, and Freeman says it’s no surprise considering the convoy commander is Sinus Randon. D-Boy asks what the mission is, and Freeman says that the order came from the president to ensure that the cargo gets to Earth at all costs, and that this time they were expendable. Noal jokes about it and says that it’s a kamikaze mission this time. Blue-Earth begins to launch, and Noal tells Aki to send a message to the convoy to meet in the asteroid belt at given coordinates. He also adds in to have that message security coded, so that no Spidercrabs catch on. D-Boy jokes about Noal being nervous, and Aki tells Noal that the convoy is responding to the message. But Aki says they responded on an open channel, with D-Boy looking at her in shock over what she said. Blue-Earth launches and heads out into space, with Honda, Milly, Rebin, and Freeman watching the monitor. Freeman thinks to himself, and says that Sinus is one to fight for lost causes, then a memory comes up. It’s a meeting and Sinus is standing on a podium. He says that if a new military law were passed, then the Earth Military Generals would be answerable to no one. He says that if it happens, Earth’s resources would deplete at an accelerated rate. What looks like a younger Colbert says that there is no bases on Sinus’s ideas and tells him that a vote was already passed down and that the vote was successful. Everyone begins to leave, and we see a younger Freeman starting to walk away as well, as Sinus begs for the people to stay and listen to him. Sinus begs for Freeman to stay, but Freeman says he’s sorry. Sometime later, at one of the Orbital Ring's connecting elevator towers, with Sinus in a trench coat. His wife and daughter are behind him, and his daughter begs for him not to leave, and hugs him. Sinus says someday that she can come with him. Freeman comes up behind him and asks him if he’s really going. Sinus says he is that he feels a colony can be established on Io. He hugs his wife and says he won’t be long and that he’ll come back. He runs and picks up his briefcase, and runs passed Freeman. Freeman’s vision ends, and is brought back to the present. Blue-Earth flies past the Orbital Ring and starts to head for the asteroid belt, with no contacts. Noal jokes about Radam listening to Earth’s com channels and Aki relaxes as well. But D-Boy isn’t sure, and says it’s like Randon almost wanted his transmission to be heard. Blue-Earth gets to the convoy, which is already in the asteroid belt. Blue-Earth lands on the lead convoy ship, with Sinus watching Blue-Earth land. Later, Noal and Aki salute Sinus and greet themselves, but D-Boy just stands there looking at him. Noal apologizes and says D-Boy is new to the team. Sinus easily laughs and says he prefers a handshake. Aki asks if what she heard about the ships is true, and Sinus says that it is a fact that a crew of one only pilots each ship. He says that they’ll be well looked after and invites them for tea. At a lounge room, Sinus is pouring tea and apologizes about his message from before. D-Boy says it’s putting it mildly, but Sinus says it couldn’t be helped, as they’ve been having radio trouble once they got to the asteroid belt. Sinus takes a sip of tea, and D-Boy stares at a strange golden band around Sinus’s right wrist.

 

Later, Sinus is showing them the cargo on the ship, and says that the plants aboard have the ability to grow on Earth and feed millions. They get to a large container and Noal asks what it is. Sinus says that it’s a Dooms Day device his people have been working on. Noal says that he was told there was something important aboard and asks Sinus what it is, and D-Boy adds in if it’s a surprise for Radam. Sinus says it’s classified, and that they’ll just have to trust him. Later, as the ships head towards Earth, Sinus makes another open com broadcast saying his ship has the D-Device and that it’s important his ship gets through. At the lounge, Noal is on the couch saying how sick he is of Sinus broadcasting on an open channel, and feels suspicious about him. Aki says he doesn’t have a choice as he’s been having radio problems and jokes if it’s a fact that Noal is basing his suspicions on a cup of tea. Noal goes on and says that if it’s so important, why weren’t they briefed on it. Aki tells D-Boy that Noal is probably going paranoid again, but D-Boy thinks that Noal isn’t paranoid at all. Suddenly the ship rocks, and they look out the window too see that Spidercrabs are attacking the convoy. They run down the hall passed Sinus and tell him to open the hanger bay for Blue-Earth. Sinus looks at the Spidercrabs, and notes how many there are. He says his plan is working, and he hits the hanger bay door button, allowing Blue-Earth to launch and begin defending the convoy. D-Boy becomes Tekkaman-Blade and heads out into action. Aki and Noal cover him while he fights, and notice Sinus on the com saying that the D-Device has to get through. His ship breaks formation, and Noal gets suspicious again, and says he’s going to follow him. Freeman comes onto the com and says not to break defense of the convoy, and to not leave Blade defenseless. Noal objects but Freeman says he’ll talk to Randon. Sinus is in the cockpit navigating the ship, when Freeman comes on a private channel. Freeman says he’s surprised he’s now sending a private channel to them, and Sinus says the circuits must’ve been kicked in during the attack. Freeman tells Sinus to stop joking and says he’s surprised and yet happy to see Sinus helping the Earth Military. Sinus says he isn’t helping them then Freeman asks why he’s doing this. Sinus says that you don’t need to wear a uniform to be a patriot, and says that he’s doing this for the Earth. An emergency light blinks, and a Spidercrab is wandering down the halls. Sinus is sealing the hallway doors, but a Spidercrab breaks through the top ceiling. Sinus sees this too late, and gets impaled through his chair. Freeman and everyone else can only watch, and Milly asks Freeman that if what he did was to draw them away from the convoy to let them through, by having them focus on his ship. Blade manages to fight his way to Sinus’s ship and get inside, and heads for the cockpit, but sees no Spidercrabs inside now. Blade runs up to Randon and asks if he’s all right, and Randon looks up to Blade and says he’s not all right. He tells Blade to make sure the ship reaches the atmosphere of Earth, as the D-Device onboard is a bomb that will be set off, taking the Spidercrabs with it. Blade says that he sacrificed himself to destroy the Spidercrabs and see the convoy through safely, and Sinus says it’s not much of an invitation but that was his plan. He undoes his wristband and hands it over to Blade and tells him to take it, and finally does in his seat. The Spidercrab from before comes up behind Blade, but he kills it before it could attack him. Aki tells Noal about what happened, and Noal says he was wrong about him and that he’ll feel bad for a while. He says they got a job to do, and continue to escort the other ships down. Blade kills another Spidercrab and seals the blast shudders on the windows. The ship enters the atmosphere with the remaining Spidercrabs on or inside the ship. The hull’s temperature rises, and Blade holds on to the wristband, while the bomb is finally set off, and the ship explodes, taking all the other Spidercrabs with it. Milly reports to Freeman that only one ship was lost, but Rebin says that it was Randon’s ship and asks if Blade got out. Honda tells ‘him’ not to worry. At the landing point nearby an ocean, a team of Earth Military personal awaits the convoy’s arrival. An officer sees them and his commander tells them to get ready. The ships land on the water, and Milly says that the plan to have them land on the water to cushion them worked. The Earth Military personal begin to unload the ships of their cargo and personal, while Aki and Noal wait for D-Boy to show up. The Teknobot comes out of the water, and Aki notices it. The Teknobot lands nearby them and D-Boy steps out, but he doesn’t seem to be happy. Aki and Noal run up to him, and Aki asks if he’s all right. The commander of the rendezvous point drives up to them and walks up, congratulating them on a job well done. Aki asks if enough supplies got through the commander says that there is plenty, while D-Boy opens a panel and sees a picture. Aki asks about the survivors and the commander claims only one man was critically injured, but is on his way to the hospital now and would be fine. The commander looks at D-Boy, then notices too late as D-Boy punches him, and the commander falls down. His officer tries to grab D-Boy but Noal holds him. The commander asks why D-Boy hit him, and D-Boy throws the wristband on the ground and asks the commander if it’s really no big deal. Aki asks what’s wrong, and D-Boy says he was one man too many, and walks away. Aki turns back and looks at the necklace on the sand, and is surprised to see a picture of Sinus, his wife, and his daughter in a picture, and Aki jus stares at it.

 

Commentary

 

Like every anime series, they all have their share of filler episodes, this one is no different. There isn’t much plot development at all, aside from the fact that D-Boy seemed to understand Sinus. Freeman and Sinus’s background doesn’t seem to show how far back they go, whether they were good friends or not. But it doesn’t matter too much, as Sinus only lived for one episode, a filler character. But this episode makes up for some emotional impact, as he didn’t seem to be just a man who wanted to help Earth, as he had a family as well. In which case, made him more of a person than a character. Aside from that, this episode isn’t too important to the plot.

 

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2.5 out of 5 stars
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