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Episode 4: Dead Boy

 

Review by Joel Jankiewicz

December 29, 2005

 

Summary

 

The day is stormy, with rain coming down, wind blowing, and of course lightning striking about. Hayato is out with Yumi casually going around, and Hayato gets lucky when Yumi hugs him every time there is a crack of lightning. Anita, Goliate, and Natasha are shopping, with Goliate unfortunately carrying ALL of the items they bought. But somewhere out of the city, Blade is standing on the edge of a hill, all battered and bleeding. He just barely stands up, when someone approaches him. The figure appears to be a Tekkaman, but doesn’t look like one from Radam. Meanwhile, Aki is in D-Boy’s office, making some coffee while she waits for him. Blade and the other Tekkaman charge at each other, and then Aki gets a strange feeling. Blade is now lying on the ground beaten, and he isn’t getting up it would seem. The storm finally passes, and the Space Knights who were out in the city (except David), start heading back to base as quickly as possible in their vehicles. Natasha and Yumi agree they got a strange feeling, and Hayato nearly runs a man over when they stop at the front gate. But while Goliate is screaming his head off, they finally realize it was D-Boy standing in the middle of the road. Yumi is horrified at how much blood is on him, and they run to him when he collapses onto the street. A short time has passed, and the Tekkaman seems to be heading towards another nearby city. This same city also happens to be where David has been drinking again. He’s asleep on the table, and knocks a bottle over which starts a dream for him. He’s in his teenage years, running down an alley and tripping. He suddenly sees a light from a dead end part of the alley, and notices Aki, changing back from her Tekkaman form, but turns her back naked. David can’t help but stare, then notices someone else cover her, which happens to be Blade. His form changes to the D-Boy that he knows, then notices Aki take a quick look at him. Just as he walks up, both of them vanish, and he wakes up from his dream. The bar is empty, and David decides to leave it to wonder in the city. As he’s wandering in the streets, he starts thinking about how he thinks he hasn’t accomplished anything in his life and how he almost hasn’t changed. While he wanders, we see how the town doesn’t look very modern, and how it actually seems a bit more primitive and simplistic. He eventually walks to a graveyard, and thinks to himself, saying how he still has his mind on one person. He then hears a harmonica playing, then sees what seems to be a woman playing it on a hill. He likes the tune, but is surprised when the person playing is actually a man a little younger than him. He seems to be a cross dresser (Similar to Rebin), and David apologizes for bothering him. He compliments on how he liked the song, but the other man pulls out a dagger and tells him there isn’t room in the graveyard for both of them. David decides to leave, but says he’d like to hear the song again sometime. The young man takes it as another compliment, and tosses him the harmonica. He says they both seem to be nearly the same, since both are broken hearted. He tells David to keep the harmonica as his thanks, and leaps away. D-Boy finally gets back to the base, and only then finds out that D-Boy was defeated by another Tekkaman. Yumi and Natasha claim they felt the Mental Wave that Tekkaman get, and they crew begs to get going once Aki joins them and tells everybody that D-Boy is safe. This surprises David for some strange reason. In the medical bay, D-Boy is bandaged up and lying on a bed, with Aki and Honda looking at him. They talk about how he fought Radam in the past and was just as badly injured, and Honda starts giving off a few tears when he starts mentioning how he hopes that D-Boy’s efforts bring a world without Radam. Then he mentions how it was good that how they didn’t send the Space Knights out after this Tekkaman, since it would seem likely that they would lose. Aki breaks a pen in her anger, and says she also wishes to beat this Tekkaman with her own hands. The Space Knights are in some lounge, feeling miserable over what happened. Yumi is crying a little bit, but that upsets Natasha and she snaps at her, which ends up getting Anita and Hayato angered when Goliate tries to calm her down, but she puts him down for his role as a support pilot. Yumi screams for them to stop, but once things quiet down, David starts laughing and says he wants no part of the argument, and leaves the room. While Natasha apologizes, Yumi chases after him. She catches up to him on the balcony of the building, and David asks her if she came to admit she loved him. She says it’s not it, but then he mentions he only joked, and Yumi trips over the comment. But both are humored by it, and they go on about how everyone panicked over the news of what happened. They mention on how everyone thinks of him as a God, but David he’s to him he’s a God in a different way. Yumi’s confused, but he only says that he wants to see D-Boy remain invincible and never be defeated.

 

Later, Yumi is wandering in the base, and ends up in the hanger when she said she wanted to go into her room. Yumi then gets the strange idea of working on the Blue-Earth Craft. Meanwhile, as she’s not having much luck by herself with her mechanic skills, Natasha, Goliate, Anita, and Hayato head towards the hanger. Yumi is trying to life a large part by herself, and David comes in to help, and says he’s not the only one who is a fool. Anita says this is the first time an entire unit has disobeyed and order, but Goliate says they’re all ready to accept punishment should it come. Yumi almost starts crying again, but David cheers her up. Aki is still in the medical bay, then gets up out of her chair when she sees D-Boy begin to wake up. The Blue-Earth Craft heads onto the runway with boosters attached to it, and the crew gets what Yumi was trying to do, since they can use the booster to leave the base without using the catapult and alerting everyone. Just as they launch, Yumi does an impression of Aki when she gives the order to launch, which happens to nearly scare David and Natasha. Blue-Earth Craft launches, and Honda finds out too late that they left, and tells Aki they were tricked. Just as Aki leaves, D-Boy grabs ahold of her. Blue-Earth Craft passes over the same city that David was previously in, and Goliate comments on how most of the district is slum like. Suddenly they see a beam of light leave the city, and they pursue it into orbit. Back at the Space Knights base, the original Blue-Earth is loaded with it’s own pair of boosters, and put onto the catapult. D-Boy and Aki are the only ones onboard, and they launch to follow the rest of the crew. The Space Knights follow the light just passed the Orbital Ring, and they see the light brighten, and see the same Tekkaman who defeated Blade from before. Yumi, David, and Natasha Tekk-Set into Hiver, Sommer, and Vesna, and attack the Tekkaman. But he just dodges them like they’re not trying, and then uses the Lightning Eagle, which surprises them since Blade was the only one they thought could use the ability. As the Space Knights start having their butts handed to them as they get thrown into the Orbital Ring time and again, Blue-Earth has nearly caught up, and Aki comments on how they must be scared in trying to assure D-Boy’s safety. But D-Boy says that nothing is ever assured and that in the war against Radam, it’s simply strength versus strength, which assures the survivor and victor. He says he watched how his own family was killed, and says that was how he came to that conclusion. Back on the Orbital Ring, the Space Knights are fairly beat, but Hiver tries the Reactor Vol-Tekker on the new Tekkaman. Just before the blast hits, the Tekkaman suddenly moves quickly out of the way, and lures the blast away from the Orbital Ring. The Space Knights see an explosion, thinking they got him. But suddenly the blast vanishes, and the Tekkaman stares at them with no scratch on him. As he starts making fools of them again by beating them, D-Boy and Aki Tekk-Set in to Blade and Red, and head out to help. The new Tekkaman uses the Lightning Eagle again after he forces the Hayato, Anita, and Goliate to eject from their ships, and heads towards the Space Knights. But another Lightning Eagle collides with it, and Hiver realizes Blade saved them. They start dueling it out, and Natasha is shocked out how fast and furious they’re going at it. Red tells them to stay away from the fight, but when David says they all can beat him, she’s about to give the reason why, but notice that Blade and the other Tekkaman have paused. The new Tekkaman tells Blade he’s superior to him in every way, and the Space Knights are stunned at how he’s speaking. Red tells them that the Tekkaman is an Earthling like them, and Hiver is shocked. Blade asks the Tekkaman why he hates him, but he doesn’t answer him and says how he regretted not snuffing him out from before. Blade gets shoved onto the Orbital Ring, and the Tekkaman impales Blade with his sword. The Tekkaman says he’s the only one who can defeat him, and a Vol-Tekker pad forms on his sword, and he fires it at point blank range. The Space Knights are pushed back against the Orbital Ring from the blast, but Sommer pulls himself close enough to the blast, saying how he won’t let Blade be defeated or get killed. Sommer charges recklessly, and the other Tekkaman fires energy bolts from his rest and tells him to stay out of the fight. Sommer charges anyway despite getting hit, and the Tekkaman throws Blade off his weapon to stop Sommer. Suddenly the Tekkaman gets a strange feeling when he stops the attack, and leaves them. Before Sommer can chase him, he stumbles upon Blade’s badly mauled body, and everyone gathers around him in utter shock. While David watches Red hold onto Blade, he suddenly remembers the dream, but suddenly sees Aki become surrounded in ice, and shatters. He starts crying to himself, with Goliate, Anita, and Hayato watching from their escape pods. They comment that even though Blade was beaten again, the Space Knights as a whole were beaten this time. Back on Earth, the day is coming up, and the Tekkaman who beat Blade is back in the graveyard David had wandered into. The Tekkaman returns to his human form, and kisses a cross on his chest. As he puts a shirt on, the person is the same young man that David met before. The person looks at the sun, and says how he’s surprised that the person he met into before is a Space Knight.

 

Commentary

 

This episode is a wake up call for those who thought Blade couldn’t be beat. The second arc for the OVA begins and now moves away from Radam for now. The new Tekkaman happens to be the same person that David wondered into, but he doesn’t know it. And this Tekkaman is more powerful than Blade and ALL of the Space Knights combined. This is strike two for Blade, and strike 1 for the Space Knights. But we still have yet to see why this Tekkaman hates the Space Knights so much, hopefully that’ll be explained in the next episode.

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4 out of 5 stars
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